From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 22 July 2009 17:46
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-07-22 - MeridianFM gets go-ahead

Newsletter               22 July 2009


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Tel. 01342 716975
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On the day MeridianFM announces confirmation of its full-time licence!
Folk Roots & Acoustic programme tonight on MeridianFM
Just some of the artists on the playlist for this week’s programme:

This from the
MeridianFM website:
Meridian FM is delighted to announce that the community radio regulator, Ofcom, have offered us a full-time radio licence”

Click here for more

And a reminder of our upcoming events (after the summer break!):


3 September
Claire Martin

at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead

In association with the Cuisine Studio Jazz Cafe

£13 (£ 11 conc)    8pm
Box Office 01342 302000
Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead


Justly acclaimed as one of the world's greatest jazz singers, Sussex-based Claire Martin is one of the jewels of the UK jazz scene. A peerless singer, with a breathtaking ability to inhabit a lyric and bring songs to life, her Autumn tour coincides with the launch of a brand new album, A Modern Art, which Claire describes as "A brand new take on jazz singing in the 21st century!"

Five times winner of the Best British Jazz vocalist awards, Claire was born to sing. Growing up in a house full of music in Wimbledon, South London, she'd learned all of Judy Garland's songs by the time she was 12. But it was hearing Ella Fitzgerald's legendary Song Books that changed her life, inspiring her to go to Stage School and then to study singing in London and New York.

Her last CD, 2007's 'He Never Mentioned Love' was hailed as her finest album to date. Recalling the songs and spirit of the late and legendary Shirley Horn, it featured some of the hottest talent in UK jazz and captured the singer in intimate and mature mode. Her new album features two brand new self-penned tracks together with stylishly re-worked and much loved standards by Cy Coleman and Rodgers and Hart, plus sassy originals and modern classics from Esbjorn Svenson, Michael Franks and Donald Fagan.

laire will be performing with her trio of Gareth Williams on piano, Laurence Cottle on bass and Chris Dagly on drums. The show is presented in association with the theatre's Cuisine Studio, which regularly hosts Jazz Café evenings at the venue. Telephone 01342 324860 to reserve a table for a pre-show meal.


Claire Martin

Pre-show meals available in Chequer Mead – reservations 01342 324860

7 September
Sam Baker

at The Ravenswood

with special guests:
The Haley Sisters

£12 (£15  door)    7.30pm
Tickets 01342 714810/716975
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website

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





A lot can happen in a few years. Sam Baker can tell you that a lot can happen in a few seconds. Back in 1986, he was travelling in a train through Peru, when the carriage he was in was blown apart by a terrorist bomb, killing fellow passengers and leaving him clinging to life. Deafened and gravely injured, Baker spent the better part of the next decade working on both a physical and spiritual recovery. It was through storytelling and the art of songwriting that Baker began to make sense of a sometimes senseless world.

Baker's songs are pictures sketched in short, spare lines and lay bare the honest truths and simple details of life. His vocals are fragile, almost spoken, and totally absorbing.

These days, Sam is becoming one of the biggest underground Americana names of recent years. His debut album, Mercy, gained much critical acclaim, largely by word-of-mouth. Within days of its release in Europe, his second album, Pretty World, was sitting at the Number 1 slot on the Euro-Americana Chart and his increasing popularity led him to the headline slot of the 2008 Maverick Festival.

His new album Cotton, is not released in the UK until September but is already getting repeated airplay on UK radio such as BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris' programmes.

" He is a major artist. He'll be playing play live on the show when he's in the UK in December. 'Pretty World' is magnificent - one of the great albums of the year." Bob Harris

"A fantastic album that is guaranteed to open your mind and your heart."
Maverick Magazine

Special guests for this show are The Haley Sisters, Jo-Ann and Becky, who have appeared at leading venues, festivals, theatres and clubs throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe, gaining massive popularity by virtue of their natural talent, dedication and down to earth personalities. In 1993 guitarist Brian Smith joined them, having previously worked in Nashville, Tennessee, on Crystal Gayle’s “Three Good Reasons” album.

“The great undiscovered natural talent of the UK music scene”
Alan Cackett, Maverick magazine


Sam Baker

The Haley Sisters

15 September
Sinéad & The Dawnbreakers

at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead

Support: Danni Nicholls

£12 all seats    8pm
Box Office 01342 302000
Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead

 Pre-show meals available -reservations 01342 324860


Click here for News Release and biography (PDF file)



Sinéad and The Dawnbreakers is a 4 piece rockabilly/country band, playing original material with a few classic hits thrown in. Lead singer Sinéad Quinn was runner-up in the TV show, Fame Academy in 2002. She was the only contestant selected by public vote rather than the judges’ panel. She subsequently released 2 hit singles and a self-penned album entitled 'Ready to Run'.

Sinéad has since spent time performing for the British Armed Forces around the world and has shared the stage with artists such as Lulu and Justin Hayward (when she played the role of Beth in Jeff Wayne’s musical production of War of the Worlds).

Sinéad recently married drummer Paul Stewart of The Feeling, who hails from Copthorne (several members of the band have strong Sussex connections). Their marriage, in Sinéad’s home town of Irvinestown in Co Fermanagh, was heavily featured in OK! magazine, although the couple turned down an exclusive deal so that everyone in the town could enjoy their big day.

The band's name is taken from the Irish Showband who backed her mother, Philomena, in the 1960s, and with her father Gerry also a working musician, Sinéad grew up surrounded by the very music she now writes and performs with her band - rock'n'roll, rockabilly and country music. She has returned to her roots and those of her parents, her love of music from the 50s and 60s clearly evident in her own songwriting, which brings these styles up to date with a contemporary twist.

Sinéad and The Dawnbreakers' vibrant, engaging and energetic performance never fails to get the crowd on its feet and guarantees a great night out.

And for this show, husband Paul joins virtuoso rock & roll guitarist, Ray Waters, and one of the UK's leading double bass players, Tom Waters, to complete the line-up.

“80's pop stars Toyah Wilcox and Carol Decker were the stars of the festival, but just as impressive was Sinéad Quinn, who started the concert series in South Shields. with her new band the Dawnbreakers.
South Shields Gazette, 5 July 2009


Support for this show is from a wonderful Brighton singer-songwriter, Danni Nicholls, who is currently working on a new album with Kate Walsh's producer, Tim Bidwell.


Sinead Quinn

Danni Nicholls

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     21 September – Corinne West + Tinderbox

Ø     12 October – Uiscedwr + Luke Sital Singh

Ø     9 November – Chris & Kellie While + Joseph Topping

Ø     20 November – Dar Williams  Now selling online

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

Ø     11 December – The Unthanks (formerly 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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