The Barn Dance in Littlebourne's thatched barn
on Saturday 27th September
went with a swing - excellent calling from Ned Gayner,
and many comments about how much people enjoyed
the playing from the fused Lonstone-Camine band.
The next dance there will be a Cajun dance, with Cajunologie, on the 8th March.
More festivals on the way, see the KentFolk Festivals
page for more details.
The month kicks off with the Tenterden Festival
The Canterbury Festival is later this month, and the Festival Club gigs are on the calendar.
Public Entertainment Licence
The new act changing the rules for public entertainment has now been passed, and will come into force over the next year or so - I have put a few personal view points from the web and myself on the KentFolk site:
The Licensing Bill
PEL now to be law
and a page with a set of truncated excerpts (14 pages from the vastly longer full official document, plus a bit from the official explanatory notes), that may be of use in finding your way around the new laws.
Wednesday Celtic Session
If you have been looking for the Wednesday Celtic session at the George Inn, Stone St. this is back in place with a swing, until further notice, but there are also now sessions in a number of pubs on different days of the week:
Wednesday at the George Inn, Stone St.
on Thurday there is the Three Tuns, 16 Tannery St., Faversham;
on the 1st Sunday there is a Celtic session at the Shipwrights Arms, Faversham;
on the 2nd Sunday there is the White Horse, Chilham, which is a mixed Blues / Celtic / Country evening;
and on the last Sunday the Deal Celtic session is now in the Ship.
- please do support them and the pubs.
Cajunologie are playing at the hospital benefit gig in the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury on October 4th, at 4pm.
- O.K. so some other band cancelled, Cajunologie were put on early, and quite a few of us missed it !!
The Cajun Dance Night with Cajunologie, October 11th, clashed with a Canterbury Festival Cajun gig, so has been cancelled.
However there is a New Years Eve Cajun Dance with Cajunologie :
new years eve party
31st December 2003
'laissez les bon temps rouler'
The Canterbury Centre
St. Alphege Lane (off Palace St.), Canterbury
(where the Festival Club is).
Tickets £8 (£10 on the door) available from :
There will also be a Cajun dance, with Cajunologie,
on the 8th March 2004, in the
and a further one at St. Peters Church House, Cromwell Road, Whitstable, on the 5th June 2004.
Kay Anderson will be at the Littlebourne one to lead a short dance workshop, but do go to some of the workshops below if you wish to learn more about Cajun dance :
The next Cajun dance workshop is on October 26
with Wild Turkey (Yves and Chris from Cajunologie).
The workshop is led by Kay Anderson, 2:30pm - 4:30pm at St. Peters Church House, Cromwell Road, Whitstable; £3.50, ring 01227 779 178.
There are further workshops there on the 14th December 2003, 22nd February 2004, 25th April, 2004, 23rd May, 2004.
On 16th November there is a Cajun dance workshop, with Wild Turkey,
led by Kay Anderson, 2:30pm - 4:30pm at Star Hill Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester. £3.50, ring Ann on 01634 405 840.
There are further workshops there on the 18th January 2004, 21st March 2004.
Check the calendar for Jazz - You will find Andy Maclean regularly in the Rose & Crown, Stelling Minnis, on a Wednesday, and the George Inn, Stone St. is now having Jazz on a Sunday, starting 2pm.
The Tiger at Stowting have just celebrated 20 years of Jazz on a Monday with Ian Shawcross, without a break.
News from The Bottleneck Blues Club :
FRI 17th OCT
The Bottleneck _at_ Zaffa, Week Street, Maidstone. ME14 1RH
MIKE DOWLING (USA) plus JOHNNY DICKENSON (UK)
10 years as a Nashville session man have honed Mike's guitar picking skills to the limit of the instrument. He's appeared with Geoff Achison, Mary Flower, Joe Vanuti & written songs for Emmylou Harris, Nashville Bluegrass Band & Del McCoury to name a few. He's more than a bluesman, you name it, he plays it. Johnny Dickinson I'd never heard of until a CD popped through my letterbox ~ I loved it ~ I played it to Ben Andrews & he loved it. Johnny was the original guitarist with Paul Lamb & The King Snakes & now does a beautiful acoustic show which I'm sure you'll love. www.mikedowling.com for more info.
TUES 28th OCT
The Bottleneck Blues Club _at_ The Roffen, New Road, Rochester. ME1 1DY THE ANDY ROBERTS BAND (UK) plus Migden & Gibson (UK & USA)
Andy's band just get better & better ~ silky smooth vocals matched to an exceptional band ~ when they played Maidstone a year ago you all asked for them back .well here they are! Migden & Gibson are the soul drenched vocals of ex-Lee Sankey Band-er Dave Migden with the wonderful picking of Joe Gibson. Eric Bibb heard them on my sampler & couldn't believe they didn't have a recording contract ~ neither can I!!!!
Subject: Folk South-East
(Apologies for the late newsletter - the Folk South-East IT Division has been on holiday with his missus...)
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR. . .
. . . when days start getting shorter, leaves on the trees turn brown and the autumn edition of Folk South-East's newsletter drops through the letter-box.
While you've been out there this summer enjoying the sun, our dedicated staff at Folk S-E Headquarters have been hard at work preparing a programme for your delight in the months to come. And what a varied, exciting programme it is! Just feast your eyes on the names below, and on the smart leaflet from the Dartford branch of our mighty organisation. Even if you don't know some of the names, be certain that, if Folk S-E puts 'em on, they're sure to be good!
Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead, Wednesday 1 October, 8pm
LINDISFARNE - Two concerts:
Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead, Sunday 12 October, 7.30pm (please note earlier start time)
the at themickjaggercentre, Dartford, Saturday 18 October, 8pm
'AS I CYCLED OUT ON A MAY MORNING' (Ashley Hutchings and friends) EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Friday 24 October, 8pm
Prices and details of these and other upcoming shows are, as usual, on our website at www.folksoutheast.org.uk
RECOMMENDED SHOWS AT TRINITY ARTS CENTRE, TUNBRIDGE WELLS
A chance of policy at Trinity means that they are now concentrating on World Music, rather than the indigenous music of the British Isles that Folk South-East have presented there over the past twelve years. We recommend these attractions from their current programme:
THE ANGEL BROTHERS and SATNAM SINGH, Friday 10 October, 8pm
Tickets £11.50 (concs £9.50) 01892 678678
TENTERDEN FOLK FESTIVAL
Friday 3 to Sunday 5 October
Tenterden is one of the most attractive towns in Kent. Its unusually wide High Street is lined with historic and listed buildings, with numerous friendly pubs and restaurants. It's the ideal place for a family day out, particularly when it's
taken over, on the first weekend in October each year, by a myriad of Morris dancers, musicians, singers, street entertainers and a craft fair. A particular attraction on Sunday this year is the traditional Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, described by the New York Times, no less, as 'a band of speed demons, laughing its way across the lumpiest musical terrain'. For more info, phone
01580 763572 or visit the Festival's website at
Hoping to see you at one of our events soon,
Folk S-E organiser - John Smedley 01732 460171
From: Vic & Tina Smith
To: "Folk (Virtual Brighton)" folk_at_brighton_dot_co_dot_uk
Subject: Six items of Folk News from Sussex
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK, LEWES, THURSDAYS AT 8pm.
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881416
Here is our programme for the rest of 2003:-
Oct 2nd * £3.00 * JOY LEWIS & DERRICK HUGHES
A very warm entertaining evening with songs and tunes played on Northumbrian pipes, whistles, hammer dulcimer and guitar
Oct 9th * £4.00 * A BAND LIKE ALICE
Bob Winquist, Richard Collins, Serryl Payne, Gary Payne, Alan Ward combine their considerable talents in the best of bluegrass.
Oct 16th * £5.00 * LEON ROSSELSON
The leading songwriter makes a very welcome return visit. Spirited singing of remarkable songs to polished guitar
Oct 23rd * £4.00 * TIM LAYCOCK
This will be the first solo appearance by this talented, long established performer who delighted us with his New Scorpion Band
Oct 30th * £4.00 * GINA LE FAUX
A great all-round performer- fine singer and sensitive guitar player and the best English fiddler around.
Nov 6th * collection * POST BONFIRE OPEN NIGHT
Nov 13th * £4.00 * BRYAN PETERS
Traditional songs unaccompanied and to guitar and tunes played on melodeon and anglo-concertina. A fine entertainer.
Nov 20th * £4.00 * DAVE ARTHUR, PETE COOPER & CHRIS MORETON Dave brings along the musicians who played on his excellent recent album "Return Journey" Songs and tunes from Britain and The States
Nov 27th * £4.00 * JANE & AMANDA THRELFALL, ROGER EDWARDS & MARTIN ELLISON The sisters sing beautifully together and receive wonderful accompaniments on guitar, melodeon and concertina.
Dec 4th * collection * LATE NIGHT SHOPPING OPEN NIGHT
Dec 11th * £5.00 * THE JOHN KIRKPATRICK CHRISTMAS SHOW
A sort of one-man version on the famed "Wassail" tour.
Dec 18th * CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
Dec 25th * CLOSED
Jan 1st * CLOSED
We start 2004 with Bob Copper's Birthday Celebrations (Jan 8th). Other guests in the new year will include Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson, Martyn Wyndham-Read and No Man's Band, Dick Gaughan, Judy Cook.
Our website is at www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic
Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include these dates amongst them.
2] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE UPDATED
The Sussex Folk Guide Website has just been updated with listings of many folk song and dance events in and around Sussex between now and the end of October . There are over 110 folk song and dance events listed on the site. You can find it at whatson.brighton.co.uk/folk
3] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY Issue no 203 covers the months of October & November. It also has adverts for various folk festivals, folk music record companies, specialist shops, instrument makers and other services. There are four pages of reviews of new folk music CDs and books. 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 review copies to. The copy date for the December / January issue will be October 31st. Potential advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates.
4] INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL WORKSHOPS IN LEWES
Valmai Goodyear - valmaigoodyear_at_aol_dot_com - continues to organise some really useful Saturday daytime instrumental work shops in Lewes. The next ones are:-
Oct 11th MOIRA CRAIG & SARAH MORGAN: VOCAL HARMONY WORKSHOP
Nov 22nd BÁRA GRÍMSDÓTTIR - ICELANDIC HARMONY SINGING WORKSHOP Nov 22nd CHRIS FOSTER - GUITAR WORKSHOP
Dec 6th KEITH KENDRICK
Dec 13th NANCY KERR - FIDDLE WORKSHOP
Dec 13th JAMES FAGAN - BOUZOUKI WORKSHOP
5] ROCKET RADIO - FOLK MUSIC AND WORLD MUSIC PROGRAMMES.
Rocket Radio will be back in the Lewes area for a three-week period in late October / November. The frequency on FM is yet to be allocated but there is Vic Smith will presenting two weekly programmes. For potential listeners outside the broadcast are there will be streaming audio from the station's website at www.rocketradio.org.uk
Here is his schedule:-
Wed. 29th October 6-7pm Folk Music
Sun. 2nd November 8-10pm World Music
Wed 5th November 3-4pm Folk Music
Sun 9th November 8-10pm World Music
Wed 12th November 6-7pm Folk Music
Sun 16th November 8-10pm World Music
Any information/gig details/suggested interviews/CDs for inclusion in the programme to Vic at the address below.
6] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - SHIRLEY COLLINS
The Tenterden Folk Festival is always an enjoyable occasion. This year it is on the weekend of 3-5 October. Highly recommended is the talk "A Most Sunshiny Day" at 1pm. on the Saturday. Find more details on the festival's website at www.folkspots.btinternet.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 2003/4 are being snapped up quickly.
Vic & Tina Smith
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
ROYAL OAK WEBSITE:-
SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE:-
SUSSEX PISTOLS BARN DANCE BAND WEBSITE:-
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