From: Vic Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 01 March 2010 12:25
Subject: TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR MARCH
TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR MARCH
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries: - (01273) 478124 or 881316
Every Thursday 8.pm PROMPT START
Here is our programme for the coming months:-
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 NOW SOLD OUT <<< 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
April 1st * Free Admission * ALL FOOLS DAY OPEN NIGHT Anything is possible!
April 8th * £6.00 * HAZEL & EMILY ASKEW
Traditional songs and music with melodeon and fiddle played with attack, verve and imagination
April 15th * £6.00 * ROSIE DAVIS, JOE LOCKER & BOB WINQUIST The vibrant trio of an English woman, an American and a Canadian combine to give us a stunning combination of bluegrass, Old Timey and flat-foot dancing. This replaces the booking for these three cancelled in January because of bad weather
April 22nd * £6.00 * JOHN ADAMS & CHRIS COE John and Chris combine forces to present their own lively and absorbing brand of (mainly traditional) songs and tunes
April 29th * £6.00 * ROGER WATSON & MUSA M’BOOB The English singer and melodeon player and the Gambian master drummer who work together brilliantly in Boka Halat bring as their exhilarating music
May 6th * £6.00 * ÉAMONN Ó BRÓITHE & CREENA MULCHRONE Éamonn is an outstanding exponent of the uillean pipes and Creena is the wonderfully talented young Irish singer who has been gracing our club lately
May 13th * £6.00 * PAUL BURGESS
One of England finest fiddle players (Old Swan Band, English Country Dance band etc.) is also a talented singer
May 20th * £6.00 * JEFF WARNER
Singer, musician on banjo and concertina, folklorist , Jeff’s performances are musically satisfying as well as being entertaining
May 27th * £6.00 * DEBBY McCLATCHY
The first visit of this expert entertainer who performs with wit and imagination. While she plays a variety of acoustic instruments, when touring she just takes banjo and maybe a fiddle
Later in 2010, our guests will include:-
CHRIS FOSTER * KEITH KENDRICK & SYLVIA NEEDHAM * BAYOU SECO * SPIDER JOHN KOERNER * JOHN CONOLLY * THE CLAQUE * JOHN KIRKPATRICK * KEN HALL & PETA WEBB (replaced the recently postponed date)
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
will gradually be developed as plans become finalised.
3] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON "MYSPACE"
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
Currently on our MYSPACE we have the following tracks by coming guests:-
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) Emily & Hazel Askew - "Fare The Well, My Dearest Dear (April 8th) Rosie Davis [with Joe Locker & Bob Winquist] - "My Blue Heart" - (April
Chris Coe & John Adams - "Peeler Creek Waltz/Dog In Difficulty" - (April
Jeff Warner - "Come Take A Trip In My Airship" - (May 20th)
After each gig the songs will drop off to be replaced with another by an upcoming guest.
In addition there are videos by each of the following coming guest artists:-
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 ROGER WATSON & MUSA M'BOOB April 29th JEFF WARNER May 20th CHRIS FOSTER June 17th SPIDER JOHN KOERNER September 2nd THE CLAQUE September 30th JOHN CONOLLY September 16th JOHN KIRKPATRICK October 7th
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
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 has just passed. 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 Or VIC SMITH 01273 478124 tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk The next 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
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:- ISSUE No. 241 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010 Page 1(640kb) 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
7] 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:-
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
or contact Valmai Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_at_aol_dot_com The Lewes Saturday Folk Club has a new domain name -
This will work in parallel with the old name
for the time being but they hope to phase it out so please change your bookmarks.
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
~~~~~ March 28th April 25th ~~~~~
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
10] HORSES BRAWL IN LEWES
This message from Robin:-
Although my wife and I live near Dorking, we run a concert series in Lewes, at the workshop of the harpsichord maker Malcolm Rose. This is the website for the series:
On 20th March we have Horses Brawl, which is a real classical/folk crossover act, as you may already know. It's just a small venue - about 50 seats - and we have at least 20 left at this stage.
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...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
and they have a MYSPACE profile as well at
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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