From: Vic Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 29 April 2010 16:37
Subject: NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR MAY
NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR MAY
1] 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. Watch this circular and elsewhere for updates on the guests/programme etc. If you would like to receive an email of the programme for the festival (as it stands at the moment) please email folk_at_brighton and the .doc file of the programme will be sent to you
The programme is reaching its final shape and the following artosts 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
is being developed as plans become finalised.
We are delighted that Shirley Collins has agreed to become the festival’s patron.
Advance tickets will go on sale from June 1st.
2] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries: - (01273) 478124 or 881316
Here is the programme for the rest of our season up until the end of July:-
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
June 3rd * £8.00 * BLACK UMFOLOSI 5 (from ZIMBABWE) An amazing coup for us! We bring you one of Africa's outstanding vocal harmony groups singing in Shona and English ***ADVANCE TICKETS - PHONE OR EMAIL***
June 10th * £6.00 * PETA WEBB & KEN HALL Peta & Ken's artistic ability and warm, informative approach and their visible enthusiasm for singing have deservedly won many friends and admirers.
June 17th * £6.00 * CHRIS FOSTER
Thoughtful, passionate, intelligent, nerve-jangling performances of English traditional songs and ballads. One of the folk revival's greats.
June 24th * £6.00 * KEITH KENDRICK & SYLVIA NEEDHAM Making their first appearance for us, they bring entertaining performances of traditional songs and ballads of both land and sea.
July 1st * £6.00 * BAYOU SECO
From Silver City, New Mexico, Ken and Jeannie present a vibrant, stunning range of the rural musics of the southern states of the USA
July 8th * £6.00 * REG MEUROSS
The remarkable singer/songwriter who last played here to a capacity crowd in the company of Hank Wangford.
July 15th * £6.00 * THE OTHER BAND
Perennial local favourites, Marilyn, Iris and Gary perform their catholic repertoire to the highest musical standards
July 22nd * £6.00 * KAREN RYAN, PETE QUINN & BRONA McVITTIE Three members of the superb band, "The London Lasses" bring us the Irish tradition in song and music on fiddle, harp and piano.
July 29th * Free Admission * END OF SEASON OPEN NIGHT All performers welcome - particularly those who have not performed for us before.
Our Future Guests will include:-
SPIDER JOHN KOERNER * JOHN CONOLLY * THE CLAQUE * JOHN KIRKPATRICK *
DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON
Our websites are at
Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all
of the above.
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:-
Roger Watson [with Musa M'Boob] "Gulliver" - (April 29th)
Jeff Warner - "Come Take A Trip In My Airship" - (May 20th)Mat Green &
Andy Turner - "Quicksteps" - (March 4th)
Debby McClatchy - "Charlie Poole's Ramble" - (May 27th)
Black Umfolosi - "Summertime" - (June 3rd)
Peta Webb & Ken Hall - "Yodel It Over Again" - (June 10th)
Chris Foster - "Lord Bateman" - (June 17th)
Bayou Seco - "Lazy Heart" - (July 1st)
The Other Band - "Dark Eyes" - (July 15th)
Spider John Koerner - "The Danville Girl" - (September 2nd)
The Claque - "The Devil's Questions" - (September 30th)
After each gig the songs will drop off to be replaced with another by an
In addition there are videos by each of the following coming guest artists:-
ROGER WATSON & MUSA M'BOOB April 29th
JEFF WARNER May 20th
BLACK UMFOLOSI June 3rd
CHRIS FOSTER June 17th
BAYOU SECO July 1st
SPIDER JOHN KOERNER September 2nd
JOHN CONOLLY September 16th
THE CLAQUE September 30th
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
site all always kept updated with the latest events and those currently
listed cover all the dates up until the end of May 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 243 covers the months of April
& May. 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
The copy date for the June/July is April 30th is on us now. 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
JIM MARSHALL 01273 559750 jimars_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
VIC SMITH 01273 478124 tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
The current issue is number 242 covers the months of April and May and
is now available.
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 issues are
on-line and are listed here with the content of each page:-
ISSUE No. 242 APRIL - MAY 2010
Page 1(3815kb) Barber, Taylor & Reed Open House Brighton, Twagger Band
Eastbourne, Meltdown Ceilidhs Haywards Heath, Northern Harmony
Chichester, Folk Camps.
Page 2 (337kb) Spyboy Presentations.
Page 3 (937kb) Lewes Saturday folk club, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes
(Thurs), Copy dates and contact details.
Page 4 (1601kb) Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Croydon Folk Club (Mons), Folk
On the Coast Bognor (Fris), SEFAN meeting, White Horse Folk Club Bodle
St. Green (Mons).
Page 5 (1565kb) Blakewood The Blue Coconut (Thurs),Acoustic Sussex
Page 6 (449kb) Tonbridge Folk Club (Mons), Hat Music Films, The Ceremony
Of May, Horsham Folk Club (Suns).
Page 7 (1419kb) Electric Voices presentations.
Page 8 (1361kb) Amberley folk club (Tues), Brighton Acoustic Session the
Nelson (Mons), Bluegrass & Old Timey sessions, Andy Franks obit. Piggies
Open Mic Uckfield (Tues).
Page 9 (1231kb) (385kb) Mid Sussex Folk Singers (Weds), Rude Mechanicals
(Weds), Lamb Folk Club Eastbourne (Weds), Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Crawley
Folk Festival, Brighton folk & blues club (Fris).
Page 10 (2784kb) Barry Murphy banjos, Beacon Tunbridge Wells, (Mons),
Garry's Live Music Club Coolham, Vince's fiddles, Six bells Chiddingly
Page 11 (3495kb) Bellingham All Acoustic Festival, Broadstairs Folk
Week, Hobgoblin Music
Page 12 (1094 kb) Songs of the South Downs Lands, Komedia Brighton,
Kate's Kitchen Band, Gigar Box guitars, Elsie's (Sats), Sussex Folk
Page 13 (3412kb) (385kb) Tenterden Folk Festival, CD & DVD reviews.
Page 14 (1019kb) Willows Arundel (Weds), CD & DVD reviews
Page 15 (2991kb) Lewes Folk Festival, Tenterden Folk Club, CD & DVD reviews
Page 16 (2830kb) St. George's Day Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath.
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:-
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
~~~~~ May 30th - June 27th - July 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
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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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