From: Vic Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 03 January 2011 16:32
Subject: TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR DECEMBER
TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR DECEMBER
May we start by wishing everyone who reads this A HAPPY NEW YEAR! There may be
a lot to dread in what many pundits are predicting for the New Year but as
always, Lewes has lots to look forward to on the musical front.
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries: - (01273) 478124 or 881316
Here is our programme for the first four months of 2011:-
Jan 06th * £6.00 * MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP
We like to start off the new year with something really good and they don’t
come much better than these two.
Jan 13th * £6.00 * ARCHIE FISHER
We are delighted to be able to present for the first time, a man who has been
an iconic figure in Scottish song over four decades.
Jan 20th * £6.00 * GEORGE PAPAVGERIS
Here’s a man who has been turning a lot of heads with his incisive songwriting
and mesmeric performances. His first time at the Royal Oak
Jan 27th * £6.00 * THE TWAGGER BAND
Traditional Music and song with Joy Lewis, Derrick Hughes, Sue Evans, Ian
Chisholm and Will Duke. Count how many instruments they play!
Feb 03rd * £6.00 * PETE MORTON
One of the best songwriters that the folk scene has produced and one of its
most engaging performers.
Feb 10th * £6.00 * MAGGIE BOYLE & MANDY MURRAY Two childhood friends combine
their very considerable talents for this one-off. Both are very fine singers
and their playing of Irish dance tunes on concertina and flute is outstanding
Feb 17th * £6.00 * STEVE TURNER
A remarkable singer of folk songs and ballads and the very finest accompanist
on the concertina. Excellent tune playing in string instruments as well
Feb 24th * £6.00 * GAVIN & JULIE ATKIN
Gavin sings and plays fiddle and duet concertina and Julie weighs in with her
delightful way with songs from the shows.
Mar 03rd * £6.00 * JIM BAINBRIDGE
Jim, with his wonderful melodeon playing and distinctive Geordie singing and
amazingly diverse repertoire has been a welcome visitor for decades.
Mar 10th * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT.
All are welcome to come and have a go!
Mar 17th * £6.00 * TERRY MASTERSON
The man who started the first folk club in Lewes all those years ago.
Come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a great singer who has a huge
repertoire of Irish songs.
Mar 24th * £7.00 * TOM PALEY
A rare solo appearance by this important and prominent figure. The best of Old
Timey on fiddle, banjo and guitar.
Mar 31st * £10.00 * MARTIN CARTHY & CHRIS PARKINSON (Advance tickets on sale
from Feb 01st) These two greats will also be joined by Norma Waterson if her
health improves from the time that this was written.
Apl 07th * £7.00 * PETE COOPER & RICHARD BOLTON Richard on guitar and cello
and Pete on fiddle and mandolin present a mesmerising evening of fiddle tunes
Apl 14th * £7.00 * DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON
Two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing
interpreters of the American experience with a deep understanding of their
Apl 21st * £7.00 * JEZ LOWE
Utterly convincing singing backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on
guitar, cittern, and mandolin has made Jez one of Britain's top attractions on
the folk/acoustic/Celtic circuit.
Apl 28th * £7.00 * BAYOU SECO
From New Mexico, Ken and Jeanie bring us a range of their wonderful music
that covers Cajun, traditional Hispanic, Cowboy, native American and Old Timey
Our Future Guests will include:-
NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN * JEZ LOWE * ZOOX * ALICE GERRARD & BEVERLY SMITH *
DENISE & STUART SAVAGE with their presentation on the life & songs of Henry
Our websites are at
Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all of the
2] LEWES FOLK FESTIVAL 6th 9th OCTOBER 2011 Following the success of this
October’s event, the organisers have decided to go ahead with another festival
in 2011. Details of guests and events will be announced in future issues of
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:-
Martin Wyndham-Read & Iris Bishop - "The Foggy Dew" - (January 6th) Archie
Fisher - "Bonnie Border Lass" - (January 13th) George Papavgeris -
"Serendipity" - (January 20th) Pete Morton - "The Two Brothers" - (February
3rd) Mandy Murray [with Maggie Boyle] - "Drogheda Lasses" - (February 10th)
Maggie Boyle [with Mandy Murray] - "Lady Margaret" - (February 10th) Steve
Turner - "The Isle of St. Helena" - (February 17th) Julie & Gavin Atkin - "I'm
Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself S Letter"
- (February 24th)
Jim Bainbridge - "East End Girls/The Bellingham Boat/Elsie Marley - (March
3rd) Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson & Chris Parkinson - "Boston Burglar" -
(March 31st) Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton - "Roadrage Berserk" - (April 4th)
(After each gig the tracks will drop off to be replaced with another by an
upcoming guest.) There is also two photo montage videos of some of the best
nights at the Royal Oak. One covering the club evenings during 2007 and the
other between 2002 and 2006.
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 there are around
125 events currently listed covering all the dates up until the end of
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 246 covers the months of December &
January. 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 February/March issue has just passed. For the April/May
issue the copy date is Febuary 28th. 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
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. 246 DECEMBER 2010 -
JANUARY 2011 Page 1(4597kb) The Rude Mechanicals (Weds), Cigar Box guitars,
The Taverners Christmas Party, Martyn-Wyndham-Read new album, Maypoles To
Mistletoe at The Hawth.
Page 2 (737kb) Sussex Folk Association, Hove Folk Club (Fris), Folk On The
Coast Bognor (Fris), Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Fest Noz Patcham, Shape Note Singing,
Hat Music Films.
Page 3 (545kb) Spyboy presentations, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes (Thurs),
Copy dates and contact details.
Page 4 (711kb) Edge of Chaos Orchestra at Blakewood Pulborough, Brighton
Singers' Club (Suns), Mid-Sussex Chorus & Harmony Night Ashurst (Weds),
Amberley Folk Club (Tues).
Page 5 (1551kb) Roots Around The World, Hobgoblin Music, Brighton Folk & Blues
Page 6 (1179kb) Croydon Folk Club (Mons), Coolham Acoustic Club (Fris),
Horsham Folk Club (Suns).
Page 6 (699kb) Barry Murphy banjos, Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues), Vince's
violins, Elsie's (Sats), Tonbridge Folk Club (Mons), Barber Taylor & Reed at
The Open House, Beacon Tunbridge Wells (Mons).
Page 8 (2704kb) Lamb Eastbourne (Weds), Brighton Acoustic Session (Mons),
Sandra's party, The Roebuck Laughton (Suns), White Horse Bodle Street Green
(Mons), Meltdown Ceilidhs (Sats), Brighton Cellarfolk (Tues).
Page 9 (1597kb) Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Blakewood Acoustic Music Club
(Thurs), Electric Voices presentations.
Page 10 (405kb) John Towner obituary, CD Reviews.
Page 11 (1008kb) CD Reviews, Piggies Open Mic Uckfield (Tues), Twagger Band in
Brighton, Willows Arundel (Weds).
Page 12 (1121kb) Lewes Saturday Folk Club.
7] NEW VIDEO PAGE ON THE FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK WEBSITE The Folk at the Royal
Oak website now has a page devoted to YouTube and Facebook videos. It is at
The page is divided into
two sections, the first showing videos of guest artists who will be appearing
at the Royal Oak, and the second section showing videos of some performances
on past nights at the Royal Oak. The videos currently being shown on that page
are as follows:- SECTION 1
VIDEOS: VIDEOS OF COMING GUESTS
MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP on January 6th ARCHIE FISHER on January 13th
GEORGE PAPAVGERIS on January 20th THE TWAGGER BAND on January 27th PETE MORTON
on February 3rd MANDY MURRAY [with Maggie Boyle] on February 10th MAGGIE BOYLE
[with Mandy Murray] on February 10th STEVE TURNER on February 17th GAVIN &
JULIE ATKIN on February 24th JIM BAINBRIDGE on March 3rd MARTIN CARTHY, NORMA
WATERSON & CHRIS PARKINSON on March 31st DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON on April 14th
JEZ LOWE on April 21st BAYOU SECO on April 28th NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN on
June 16th ALICE GERRARD on October 13th BEVERLY SMITH on October 13th SECTION
2 VIDEOS TAKEN DURING CLUB EVENINGS AT THE ROYAL OAK CHRIS FOSTER sings
"GEORDIE" June 2007 JEZ LOWE sings "WE'LL HUNT HIM DOWN" February 2010 CHRIS
BARTRAM, NEIL BROOKES & TONY WEATHERALL sing "THE OLD ARM CHAIR"
CHRIS BARTRAM, NEIL BROOKES & TONY WEATHERALL sing "THE CAMPANERO"
CHRIS BARTRAM, NEIL BROOKES & TONY WEATHERALL sing "JOHN BARLEYCORN" and play
"TRUNKLES" February 2010 MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP sing "OLD WHITBY
HARBOUR" February 2010 MIKE GULSTON sings "FELTON LONNIN" and "HERE'S THE
MIKE GULSTON sings "CANNILY CANNILY" February 2010 TIM VAN EYKEN sing "YOUNG
ALVIN" March 2010 CARTHY, WATERSON & PARKINSON sing "BRIGHT SHINY MORNING"
March 2010 CARTHY, WATERSON & PARKINSON sing "BLUE MOUNTAIN" March 2010
CARTHY, WATERSON & PARKINSON sing "A BUNCH OF THYME" March 2010 DAVIS, LOCKER
& WINQUIST sing "ALL SMILES TONIGHT" April 2010 BLACK UMFOLOSI from ZIMBABWE
sing "SHOSHALOZA" June 2010 BLACK UMFOLOSI from ZIMBABWE sing "WIMOWEH" June
2010 BLACK UMFOLOSI from ZIMBABWE perform that gumboot dance without the boots
June 2010 SPIDER JOHN KOERNER with CHIP SMITH sings "CARELESS LOVE" September
2010 SPIDER JOHN KOERNER with CHIP SMITH sings "ACRES OF CLAMS (OLD SETTLER
SONG)" September 2010 TERRY MASTERSON sings "THE GALWAY RACES" September 2010
MARILYN BENNETT sings "BOLL WEEVIL" September 2010 JOHN KIRKPATRICK sings "ON
THE ROAD TO FREEDOM" and plays "ACCORDIONISM"
and “JUMP AT THE SUN" October 2010
JOHN KIRKPATRICK plays "DANCE OF THE DEMON DAFFODILS" and sings "THE CARTER'S
SONG" October 2010 JOHN KIRKPATRICK October 2010 This sequence starts with The
Ox Ploughing Song followed by some tunes.
JOHN KIRKPATRICK sings "St. George" and "Coalport China" October 2010 THE LONG
HILL RAMBLERS October 2010 This long sequence of Ben Paley, Laura Hockenhull
and Tab Hunter includes You Won't Get Me Down In Your Mine and Hop Rabbit Hop
with lovely flat foot dancing from Rosie Davis.
8] LEWES WORKSHOPS AT THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE The workshops last a full Saturday
or Sunday and the tutor performs at the club in the evening.
Forthcoming workshops in 2011 -
19 Feb Clive Harvey Ukulele
26 Feb Chris Foster & Bara Grimsdottir Icelandic vocal
12 March Tom McConville Fiddle
12 March David Newey Guitar
19/20 March Alistair Anderson Steel Skies Suite & performance (any
09 April The Claque Ballad forum
30 April Sara Grey Banjo & song
21 May Chris Sherburn Irish concertina
21 May Denny Bartley Irish song & guitar
04 June Martyn Wyndham-Read & Iris Bishop Singing & accompaniment
11 June John Kirkpatrick John K's tunes (any instrument)
16 July Brian Peters Melodeon
17 July Brian Peters Ballad forum
17 Sept Cloudstreet Vocal harmony
15 Oct Tom & Barbara Brown West Country songs
29 Oct Jody Kruskal Concertina
03 Dec Paul & Liz Davenport Ballads
The website for more details is
or The Lewes Saturday
Folk Club has a new domain name -
will work in parallel with the old name
the time being but they hope to phase it out so please change your bookmarks.
9] 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
10] JAN 15th SUSSEX All-day SINGAROUND
11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. The Royal Oak, High Street, Barcombe (near
Lewes) East Sussex BN8 5BA
Free admission -
good pub food on sale all day. An hour of informal tunes while people arrive.
Then the singing starts, finishing with a good hour of glorious choruses.
Ballads & the occasional instrumental party piece will be very welcome too.
Tunes session in Lewes at the Elephant & Castle the following lunchtime.
Contact Valmai Goodyear on (01273)
476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_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 2011 are being snapped up 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
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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