NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR FEBRUARY
1] FOLK AT THE
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries: - (01273) 478124 or 881316
Every Thursday 8.pm PROMPT START
Here is our programme for the coming months:-
Feb 4th * £6.00 * MARTYN WYNDHAM READ & IRIS BISHOP
One of the finest voices on the folk scene in the company of one of the most talented and sensitive accompanists.
Feb 11th * £6.00 * JEZ LOWE
'One of the best writers to come out of England' Richard Thompson. 'One of our best songwriters' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
Feb 18th * £6.00 * CHRIS BARTRAM, NEIL BROOKES & TONY WEATHERALL
A new trio from Shropshire that combines the excellent singing of Chris with the a pair of the finest exponents of English dance music on fiddle and melodeon
February 25th * £6.00 * PETA WEBB & KEN HALL
Two great singers whose voices combine wonderfully well. Their repertoire of songs come from England, Ireland and
America and they are noted experts on traditional singing.
March 4th * £6.00 * ANDY TURNER & MAT GREEN
A welcome return for this talented pair. Andy sings and plays melodeon and anglo-concertina. Mat dances morris jigs and plays fiddle. Their playing really creates sparks of excitement.
March 11th * £7.00 * TIM VAN EYKEN
Following his great success at the National Theatre and the West End in "War Horse", Tim returns to solo performing and this will be one of his first gigs since doing so. Ex-Waterson:Carthy
March 18th * £10.00 * MARTIN CARTHY, NORMA WATERSON & CHRIS PARKINSON
>>>ADVANCE TICKET ONLY<<< This tremendous trio provided one of our best nights ever when they visited last year. These three have been amongst the top names on the folk scene for decades now.
March 25th * £6.00 * JIM McFARLAND
One of Ireland's top singers of traditional songs is making a short English tour from his home in Derry. Jim has a great voice, many excellent songs and he decorates his singing in a beautiful way
Later in 2010, our guests will include:-
* ROSIE DAVIS, JOE LOCKER & BOB WINQUIST (replacing the band weather cancellation evening) * CHRIS COE & JOHN ADAMS * JOHN KIRKPATRICK * JEFF WARNER * BAYOU SECO * DEBBIE McCLATCHY
Our websites are at and
Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all of the above.
2] LEWES FOLK
FESTIVAL 7 -10th OCTOBER 2010.
The two Lewes folk clubs are combining their efforts to promote this festival, largely based in their own clubrooms and other venues in the town. At the moment this is still in the early planning stages but watch this circular and elsewhere for updates on the guests/programme etc. At the moment the following artists have agreed to appear: - SHIRLEY COLLINS, JOHN KIRKPATRICK, CHRIS COE, JOHN ADAMS, PETE COE. SUE COE, CHRIS PARTINGTON, THE COPPER FAMILY, BOB LEWIS, PEPPERS’ GHOST and a notable number of display dance teams have also indicated their willingness to participate. The website at http://www.lewesfolkfest.org/LFFindex.php will gradually be developed as plans become finalised.
3] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON
Our MYSPACE profile enables us to provide sample tracks of coming guests as well as show photos and biographies of coming guests. It is at http://www.myspace.com/royaloakfolklewes
Currently on our MYSPACE we have the following tracks by coming guests:-
Martyn Wyndham Read & Iris Bishop - "The Foggy Dew" - (February 4th)
Chris Bartram, Neil Brookes & Tony Weatherall - "Barleycorn" - (February 18th)
Tony Weatherall [as part of Bartram. Brookes & Weatherall]- "The Woolsack - Oh What A Row - Reel" - (February 18th)
Mat Green & Andy Turner - "Quicksteps" - (March 4th)
Tim Van Eyken - "Barleycorn" - (March 11th)
Chris Parkinson [with Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson] - "Scotch Measure/Mount Hills" - (March 18th)
Norma Waterson [with Martin Carthy & Chris Parkinson] - "Sheepcrook & Black Dog" - (March 18th)
Martin Carthy [with Norma Waterson & Chris Parkinson] - "Georgie" - (March 18th)
Jim MacFarland - "Reynardine" - (March 25th)
Rosie Davis [with Joe Locker & Bob Winquist] - "My Blue Heart" - (April 15th)
gig the songs will drop off to be replaced with another by an upcoming
In addition there are videos by each of the following coming guest artists:-
MARTYN WYNDHAM READ & IRIS BISHOP February 4th
LOWE February 11th
TIM VAN EYKEN March 11th
MARTIN CARTHY March 18th
NORMA WATERSON March 18th
JIM MacFARLAND March 25th
ROSIE DAVIS JOE LOCKER & BOB WINQUIST April 15th
JEFF WARNER May 20th
CHRIS FOSTER June 17th
4] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE - UPDATED
For all the listings of folk music, song club, dances, festivals in and around Sussex, have a look at http://whatson.brighton.co.uk/folk This site all always kept updated with the latest events and those currently listed cover all the dates up until the end of February 2010 .
5] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY. Issue no 241 covers the months of February and March. They are packed with adverts for various folk festivals, folk music record companies, specialist shops, instrument makers and other services as well as details of all the folk song and dance events in our area. To obtain copies of this free magazine as it is published, please send SAE's to Vic Smith at the address below.
It is also the address to send album review copies to. Potential advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates.
The copy date for the April/May issue is February 26th. However, it should be mentioned for future issues that once the available space has been filled, no more adverts can be accepted even if they are received BEFORE the copy date. With this in mind, it is worth contacting the editors before the copy date to state your intentions and reserve advertising space even if you have not got final details or you copy prepared.
JIM MARSHALL 01273 559750 jimars_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
VIC SMITH 01273 478124 tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
issue will be number 242 and will cover the months of April and May and will be
available from Mid-March.
6] THE FOLK DIARY ON LINE
THE FOLK DIARY is available on-line at
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/fd.htm You will need Adobe ACROBAT
READER to read the pages. The size of each page is given by each page
link and the content of each page is indicated. The following issue is now
on-line and are listed here with the content of each page:-
Beacon Tonbridge Wells (Mons), Vinces Fiddles, Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues),
Nanci Griffiths at De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill.
Page 2 (938kb) Pokey Lefarge at the Blue Coconut Pulborough, Grub's Music Bar East Grinstead, White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons), GBH Ceilidhs Godalming (Sats), Elsie's (Sats), Folk On The Coast Bognor (Fris).
Page 3 (861kb) Lewes Saturday folk club, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes (Thurs), Copy dates and contact details.
Page 4 (1601kb) Amberley Folk Club (Tues), Brighton Acoustic sessions at The Nelson (Mons), Kate's Kitchen Band, Brighton Cellarfolk (Tues), Piggie's Open Mic sessions Uckfield (Tues).
Page 5 (1688kb) Hobgoblin Music, The Hawth Crawley, Gary's Live Music Club Coolham (Sats).
Page 6 (449kb) The Blue Coconut Pulborough, Mid-Sussex Folk Singers Ashurst (Weds) Rude Mechanicals Shoreham (Weds), Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Lamb folk club Eastbourne (Weds), Brighton Folk & Blues Club Open House (Fris).
Page 7 (1667kb) Meltdown Ceilidhs Haywards Heath (Sats), Sussex Folk Association, Acoustic Sussex.
Page 8 (474kb) Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Brighton Singers Club The Pond (Weds), Tonbridge Folk Club (Mons), The Sussex Song & Ale, Croydon Folk Club (Mons), Barry Murphy's banjos.
Page 9 (1339kb) (385kb) Blue Coconut Pulborough, Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Jolly Brewer Brighton (Suns), Electric Voices Guildford area.
Page 10 (1241kb) Willows Arundel (Weds), CD reviews by Jim Marshall and Vic Smith
Page 11 (938kb) Folk Music in Tenterden (Fris), CD reviews by Jim Marshall and Vic Smith
Page 12 (942 kb) Spyboy Presentations
LEWES WORKSHOPS AT THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE
The workshops last a full Saturday or Sunday and the tutor performs at the
club in the evening. The programme for 2010 will be:-
20 Feb STEVE TURNER
Concertinas for song accompaniment
27 Feb COOPE BOYES & SIMPSON Vocal harmony
27 Feb GEORGINA BOYES Folklore seminar (pm)
27 March BEN PALEY Fiddle
17 April SHIRLEY COLLINS Trad song masterclass
18 April SHIRLEY COLLINS Trad song masterclass
24 April ISSEY EMENEY Melodeon
22 May JOE PENLAND North Carolina song & society
5 June MIKE O'CONNOR & BARBARA GRIGGS Cornish tunes from source manuscripts
6 June MIKE O'CONNOR Songwriting in the tradition
10 July KAREN TWEED O'Carolan's music (any instrument)
18 Sept MOOR MUSIC Dartmoor music (any instrument)
9 Oct JOHN ADAMS Village Music Project (any instrument)
10 Oct CHRIS COE Ballad forum
31 Oct MARTIN CARTHY Guitar
13 Nov FRANKIE ARMSTRONG Singing & vocal techniques
20 Nov TIM LAYCOCK Concertina (all systems)
The website for more details is
http://www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/workshps.html or contact Valmai
Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_at_aol_dot_com
The Lewes Saturday
Folk Club has a new domain name - http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/.
This will work in parallel with the old name http://www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/ for
the time being but they hope to phase it out so please change your
8] MONTHLY SESSION IN LEWES
There are very enjoyable Sunday afternoon sessions in the bar of the Royal Oak in Station Street in Lewes. These will be on the last Sunday of the month from 3.30 – 5.30pm. Dates for the next sessions are
~~~~~ February 28th – March 28th ~~~~~
They will be run by Vic & Tina Smith.
9] OTHER REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA
Bryan Creer has taken on the task of detailing these, and they are posted at
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact
him on Bryancreer_at_aol_dot_com
...And if you are ever looking for a good barn dance band, look no further than THE SUSSEX PISTOLS - though you should get in quickly - available dates for 2010 are being snapped up quickly. They performed once again for the largest and most prestigious dance in our area, the BRIGHTON MIDWINTER CEILIDH at the Corn Exchange in Brighton on December 20th. As usual, the 500 plus tickets sold out very quickly.
Contact Tina on 01273 478124 or email her at tinasmith226_at_yahoo_dot_co_dot_uk to
book the band. The band's website is at http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/pistols.htm and they have a MYSPACE profile as well at http://www.myspace.com/thesussexpistols
VIC & TINA SMITH
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
ROYAL OAK WEBSITES:-
SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE:-
LEWES FOLK FESTIVAL WEBSITE:-
SUSSEX PISTOLS BARN DANCE BAND WEBSITE:-
COMPOUND SOUNDS WEBSITE
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