From: Vic Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 10 March 2011 15:38
Subject: TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR MARCH
TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR MARCH
Rather later this month as Vic & Tina have been out of the country
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries: - (01273) 478124 or 881316
A great start to the New Year with a large attendance appreciating some really
fine music. Now we look forward to:-
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)
The iconic singer/guitarist who has been the leading exponent of English
traditional song for decades now is joined by one of his favourite
accompanist on various free reed instruments.
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 and songs
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 musical heritage.
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 music.
May 5th * £7.00 * MARRY WATERSON & OLIVER KNIGHT
A new generation of England’s leading folk music family! They are Lal
Waterson’s children; Marry an outstanding singer and Olly a great
May 12th * £7.00 * TIM LAYCOCK
A return visit for this multi-talented performer an excellent singer
and great musician. Tim has a wonderful way of involving his listeners
in his varied performances.
May 19th * £6.00 * STUART REED
One of the cornerstones of the folk scene in Sussex, Stuart’s voice was
at the centre of our most popular group, The Taverners.
May 26th * free admission * OPEN NIGHT
Our Future Guests will include:-
NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN * ZOOX * ALICE GERRARD & BEVERLY SMITH * DENISE
& STUART SAVAGE with their presentation on the life & songs of Henry
Hills * CATHAL McCONNELL & DUNCAN WOOD
Our websites are at
Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all
of the above.
2] ADVANCE TICKETS FOR MARTIN CARTHY & CHRIS PARKINSON 31st MARCH
It is now obvious that Norma Waterson will not be back to full health in
time for this booking. She is still in hospital after twelve weeks
(though reports in the last few days do report an encouraging progress).
The booking will go ahead with only Martin and Chris, but will still be
an enormously popular attraction so we will be selling advance tickets
(£10 each). Tickets will be on sale at the Royal Oak each Thursday but
you can apply for tickets by sending a cheque and an S.A.E. to us at the
address at the bottom of this newsletter.
3] 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 this circular but names
as diverse as SID KIPPER and THE BLACK UMFOLOSI 5 from Zimbabwe have
already been booked.
4] 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:-
Terry Masterson - "The Song of Wandering Aengus" - (March 17th)
Tom Paley - "George Collins" - (March 24th)
Martin Carthy - "The Foggy Dew" - (March 31st)
Chris Parkinson “Scotch Measure/Mount Hills” (March 31st)
Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton - "Roadrage Berserk" - (April 4th)
Dana & Susan Robinson - "Glory In The Meeting House" - (April 14th)
Jez Lowe - "The Judas Bus" - (April 21st)
Bayou Seco - "Lazy Heart" - (April 28th)
(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.
5] 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 there are over
100 events currently listed covering all the dates up until the end of
6] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the
paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY. Issue no 247 covers the months of
February & 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 delivery of issue 248 covering April & May is
promised for tomorrow.
JIM MARSHALL 01273 559750 jimars_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
VIC SMITH 01273 478124 tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
7] 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 contents:-
ISSUE No. 247 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2011
Page 1( Meltdown Barn Dances Haywards Heath (Sats), Brighton Singers'
Club (Weds), Vinces's violins, Spiers & Boden at Martlets Hall Burgess Hill
Page 2 Spyboy Presentations, Richard Thompson Band at Brighton Dome,
Page 3 Brighton Folk & Blues Club is taking a break, Cara Dillon at
Chequer Mead East Grinstead, De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill Presentations
Page 4 Eastbourne Folk Club (Weds), Brighton Acoustic Session (Mons),
Cigar Box Guitars, Roebuck Laughton (Suns), Folk On The Coast Bognor
(Fris), Beacon Tunbridge Wells (Mons), Cellarfolk Brighton (Tues).
Page 5 Lewes Saturday Folk Club,Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes (Thurs).
Page 6 CD Reviews.
Page 7 Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Sussex Song and Ale in July, Electric
Voice Presentations in the Guildford area
Page 8 Chichester Pickers (Thurs), Rude Mechanicals Shoreham (Weds), Six
Bells Chiddingly (Tues), Elsies (Sats), Tonbridge Folk Club (Mons),
North Brighton Song & Chat (Suns), Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Mid-Sussex Chorus
& harmony Night Ashurst (Weds), White Horse Bodle St, Green (Mons).
Page 9 Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Acoustic Sussex Presentations
Page 10 Amberley Folk Club (Tues), Copy dates and contact details, Hove
Folk Club (Fris), Hat Music Films, Sussex Folk Association.
Page 11 Willows Folk Club Arundel (Weds), Tannahill Weavers at Framfield
Hall, Fairtrade Festival Ceilidh Burgess Hill.
Page 12 Ropetackle Shoreham Events.
8] 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:-
VIDEOS: VIDEOS OF COMING GUESTS
TERRY MASTERSON on March 17th
TOM PALEY on March 24th
MARTIN CARTHY & CHRIS PARKINSON on March 31st
PETE COOPER on April 7th
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
VIDEOS TAKEN DURING CLUB EVENINGS AT THE ROYAL OAK
Them38 videos embedded here include performances by CHRIS FOSTER * JEZ
LOWE * CHRIS BARTRAM, NEIL BROOKES & TONY WEATHERALL * MARTYN
WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP *MIKE GULSTON * TIM VAN EYKEN * CARTHY,
WATERSON & PARKINSON * DAVIS, LOCKER & WINQUIST * BLACK UMFOLOSI from
ZIMBABWE *SPIDER JOHN KOERNER with CHIP SMITH * TERRY MASTERSON *
MARILYN BENNETT * JOHN KIRKPATRICK * THE LONG HILL RAMBLERS * THE
TWAGGER BAND * LINDA GAME * MAGGIE BOYLE * MANDY MURRAY
9] 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 -
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
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.
10] REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA
Bryan Creer has taken on the task of detailing these, and they are
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 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
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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