From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 05 June 2009 12:12
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-06-05

Newsletter               5 June 2009


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Tel. 01342 716975
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REMINDER  This coming Monday, 8 June

Click to listen to sample tracks of upcoming shows on our MySpace jukebox
Dick Gaughan
Ruth Notman
Show of Hands
Christine Collister
Alex Hall

8 June

Dick Gaughan

at The Ravenswood

Special guest:
Ruth Notman

£10 (£13  door)    8.00pm
Tel. 01342 714810
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website

Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead





Scottish singer and guitarist Dick Gaughan is just as strong and inspirational as when he started out, over 30 years ago.  He grew up steeped in the music of the Gaels with his Scottish and Irish ancestry. Both parents were musicians - his mother a singer and his father a fiddle player - and he started playing an instrument when he was seven years old.

His first solo album won him a Folk Album of the Year award, and almost twenty years later in 1989, Folk Roots Magazine voted his album, A Handful of Earth, Album of the Decade. In 2005, Gaughan was nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award.

Restlessly imaginative, passionate in his beliefs, Gaughan remains a commanding presence on the musical scene. You go home from a Dick Gaughan session feeling exhilarated, not just at the wonderful skills of the most potent singer ever to emerge from the Scottish folk-music revival, not just at the astonishingly fluent and explosively eloquent guitar playing, but by the sense of the stark exposition of wrong and the tremulously argued legitimacy of right.

"There are very few singers who can inspire audiences with the commitment, passion, emotion and downright understanding that Gaughan has consistently achieved over the last 30 years or so.  A truly masterful performer." Folk Roots

"Commitment. Passion. Honesty. You'll rarely find a review of a Dick Gaughan recording or concert that doesn't come up with one of these terms" Living Tradition

Special guest for this show is Ruth Notman, who was a finalist in the 2006 BBC Young Folk Awards. She started out on the live circuit at just 13 years old, performing at folk clubs and venues in the Midlands and soon began securing slots at leading Festivals. Her debut album, Threads achieved much critical acclaim with top reviews in The Guardian, Mojo, The Independent, BBC Radio 2 and fRoots, among others.

Ruth's pure and powerful voice conveys stories of love, loss, adventure and heartache, weaving through simple stripped down ballads and soaring above complex arrangements.

"One of the most assured, varied and impressive debut albums
of the year."
The Guardian

“An 18 year old with such a spark in her voice it's hard to see
how she can fail"
**** Mojo

"A great new talent." John Tams

“A new voice in British folk” The Independent – ALBUM OF THE WEEK


Dick Gaughan

Ruth Notman

REMINDER GRYPHON – 6 June - Queen Elizabeth Hall
Back in the mid 70s, a South-East based outfit called Gryphon were one of the most interesting and unusual progressive bands on the music scene. The band has reformed for a reunion concert, taking place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 6th June. Why are we telling you this? Well, a well-kept secret is that the band’s drummer, Dave Oberlé, is these days part of the team that stages the Acoustic Sussex programme of events (he does the sound engineering for many of their shows).

It’s been over two years in the planning, but we’re delighted it’s happening at last.” said Oberlé, who is the band’s spokesman. “It’s over 30 years since the band last gave a public performance – we were rather knocked sideways like many bands at the time by the punk rock movement. Before that, we were used to playing big venues such as Houston Astrodome and Madison Square Gardens in New York. Back in 1974, we supported bands like Yes and Steeleye Span on their UK tours. For the reunion concert, all of the original band members will be there to play an acoustic concert of material from our first two albums, ‘Gryphon’ and ‘Midnight Mushrumps’.”


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Don’t forget that as well as our own shows, the Acoustic Sussex website has a Regional Gig Guide and links to venues and clubs in the South East that offer folk, roots and acoustic music – and our MySpace site contains over 500 links to a variety of other MySpace ‘friends’ sites, including musicians, venues, magazines and lots more.


Regional Gig Guide

For your future diaries...


Future 2009 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø     19 June – Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes (SOLD OUT)

Ø     26-28 June – Crawley Folk Festival (or click here for PDF flyer)

Ø     6 July – Christine Collister + Alex Hall

Ø     20 July - Iain Matthews + Mary Leay

Ø     3 September – Claire Martin

Ø     7 September – Sam Baker (band) + The Haley Sisters

Ø     21 September – Corinne West + Tinderbox

Ø     12 October – Uiscedwr + Luke Sital Singh

Ø     9 November – Chris & Kellie While + Joseph Topping

Ø     23 November – Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies + Lucy Ward

Ø     11 December – The Unthanks (formerly known as Rachel Unthank & The Winterset)


More information on all up-and-coming artists can be found on our website: You can also find us on MySpace (with samples from some of the artists appearing) at: If you know anyone who you think may enjoy our events, please forward this email to them.


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