The weekend of the 16th is the Bowl at Hastingleigh Beer Festival (01233 750 354).
Laura in a reflective mood near the end of her farewell gig in Nov. 2000.
At Broadstairs Cultural Centre, in Crow Hill,
An Audio-Visual Work celebrating the beauty of the earth.
Ramona Egle harp & low whistle
Adrian Sullivan stories, poems & landscape images
Tuesday 13th July, 8:00 pm 01304 615079.
This makes a fascinating and most enjoyable combination - do go!
Adrian is also opening his most excellent gardens for teas, every day until
the 27th of June :
Gardener's Cottage, West St., Finglesham, Deal. CT14 0NQ 01304 615079.
I hear Kevin Smith (Fling) is in the Bowl in Hastingleigh, also on the same Saturday evening.
Celtic and other Sessions
If you have been looking for the Wednesday Celtic session at the George Inn, Stone St. this has now terminated again - the session is back in the Anchor Inn in Wingham, until further notice. However there are also now sessions in a number of pubs on different days of the week:
On the last Tuesday of the month there is a mixed session/folk evening in the Kings Head, Hythe.
Celtic session at the Anchor Inn, Wingham, on the A257 near Canterbury. New musicians very welcome.
This mixed session has now moved to the Three Tuns, 16 Tanners St., Faversham;
There is also a Celtic session in the White Hart Hotel, Hythe.
On the 1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday there is a Celtic session in the Compasses, Sole Street, Crundale. CT4 7ES
The last Sunday Celtic session at Deal has no home at the moment.
Saturday 17th July 1.15pm to 2.15pm
CAJUNOLOGIE with Chris Saddler at the Ashford Folk Day just outside Woolworths (82-86 High Street, Ashford). Free all-day event with lots of bands, morris dancing and a carnival. For more info contact sue_at_ashfordtcp_dot_plus_dot_co or Tel: 01233 664410.
Friday 30th July 9pm
WHITSTABILLIES at the Wrotham Arms (9 Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs). Free.
Saturday 14th August
A Cajun Dance by CAJUNOLOGIE at the Theatre In The Park (Strode Park, Herne, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7NE). Start 7.30pm, Tickets, £8 (conc. £7) from the Box Office tel: 01227-455343. For directions and more info see
From: Bottleneck Blues
Subject: Chris Smither 23rd July
Well I saw Geoff off from Heathrow yesterday evening & I guess that's it for another year or so....he says "Thanks a Ton" by the way. His 2005 tour is fully booked but the gigs must go on so let's look at the next gig-fest at The Bottleneck.
Firstly a slight change of billing.....Charlie Dore...is not now supporting Chris Smither (I'll tell you why when I see you). However I have found a gem, (thanks to Terry & Suzanne) in the shape of one Miles Winter Roberts who plays & sings in the styles of Jose Feliciano, James Taylor, J.J. Cale & Carole King to name but a few of his influences. His CD "Shoo-lallelujah" is a joy & both Geoff & I have listened to it several times. I urge you to visit his site & listen to the sound-bytes ~ you'll definitely want to come to this gig ~ www.mileswinterroberts.com
Boy!......& that's just the "support".......if you've not had the pleasure to hear Chris Smither then you're missing out on a special experience. He has a unique style, a wonderful voice matched by intricate, swinging guitar work which is unmistakably his.
I wouldn't normally open this late in the season but when I was offered Chris I couldn't refuse....he is one of America's major stars... www.smither.com
Friday 23rd July
THE BOTTLENECK BLUES CLUB
Week Street, Maidstone.
Chris Smither with Miles Winter Roberts
Doors 8:00pm to late
Still some tables left for this one but not many....I have loads of bookings from Surrey, Essex, London, Hampshire (these people know!) but not many from Kent...come on guys don't let the side down! .
John & Dee
From: Vic & Tina Smith
Subject: 6 Items of Folk Music News from Sussex and 2 from The Gambia
I'm going to start this time with a mention for our Gambian interests:- 1] JALI SHERRIFO KONTEH
We will be bringing our great friend, the master kora player and singer, JALI SHERRIFO KONTEH to England and the end of September for a month's tour. We have currently arranged for around 20 appearances for him all over England during that month. We could fit in a few more but we must also give him some days off, though it would be good to have at least one London appearance which we have not managed so far. (any ideas?) We are currently in the throes of the bureaucracy of bring an African musician to Britain for the first time. When this is completed we will give full details of the tour in this newsletter and on his website at
The response from the bookers to the Sherrifo demo has been very pleasing. Anyone who would be interested in booking him on this, or any future tour, please contact us.
2] BUBA DRAMMEH BATIKS.
For a few years now we have been selling in Britain some of the wonderful batiks made by our friend, Buba to help him support his family. We returned from The Gambia in March with a batch of individually designed batik tee-shirts and these are now for sale, along with the batiks on the website that we maintain for him at
www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/buba.htm In addition Buba has sent us three more packages of tee-shirts and these are also illustrated on the website.
MEANWHILE, BACK IN SUSSEX...........
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK, LEWES EAST SUSSEX.
Thursdays at 8.00 pm
Contact tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk or 01273 478124
So many great nights lately including the Shirley Collins Book Launch show and a wonderful evening with Jon Boden & John Spiers. More good things to look forward to include:-
Jul 8th * £4.00 * ROSIE DAVIS
The first solo appearance for us from this fine singer, musician and dancer. Her songs range from the English tradition through to bluegrass. Rosie will probably have some talented friends helping out on some items. Jul 15th * £4.00 * ANDY TURNER & MAT GREEN
A superb combination offering tunes on fiddle and concertina, excellent singing from Andy and enthralling morris jigs to his own fiddle playing from Mat.
Jul 22nd * £4.00 * JIM WARD
A master of monologues and songs from the music halls, Jim is a very popular performer and a one-off character.
Jul 29th * FREE * END OF SEASON OPEN NIGHT.
A chance for the many floor singers who get squeezed out on our guest nights to have a go.
CLOSED DURING AUGUST
Sept 2nd * £4.00 * KEVIN BARBER & MARK TAYLOR
Two very popular and talented local singers provide their entertaining selection of American songs.
Sept 9th * £4.00 * KEVIN & ELLEN MITCHELL
Kevin, from Derry and Ellen, from Glasgow are both outstanding exponents of the traditional song of their own countries.
Sept 16th * £5.00 * ANDY IRVINE
One of Ireland's top entertainers makes a very welcome return. Andy has played with many top Irish bands and is also a compelling soloist. Sept 23rd * £4.00 * KARINE POLWART
This fine singer/guitarist from Edinburgh makes her first appearance for us. Karine is the lead singer in Malinky and was in the Battlefield Band. Sept 30th * £4.00 * JOHN FOREMAN
We are delighted that at last we can present this great performer of Music Hall songs. John is a legend from the early days of the folk scene. Oct 7th * £4.00 * JIM WOODLAND
One of England's finest songwriters and a compelling performer of his own songs.
Oct 14th * £4.00 * ANNA TABBUSH
Fine singing, fiddle and flute playing from this exhilarating young musician.
Oct 21st * £4.00 * ROGER BRASIER
Verse, worse (!) and a few songs from one of our most popular regular performers
Oct 28th * £4.00 * ROISIN WHITE
One of Ireland's leading singers of traditional songs comes over from Armagh to perform for us.
Nov 4th CLUB CLOSED - BONFIRE NIGHT BADGE MEETING IN CLUBROOM Nov 11th * £4.00 * ALISON MacMORLAND & GEORDIE MacINTYRE Two very fine Scots singers make their debut for us. Alison accompanies them on the banjo.
Nov 18th * £4.00 * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE
The attractive sound blend of Dave Arthur (melodeon & banjo), Pete Cooper (fiddle) and Chris Moreton (guitar) present a programme of Old Timey material.
Nov 25th * £5.00 * JAMES FAGAN & NANCY KERR
Future Guests include:-
Next year we will be having visits from John Kirkpatrick and from Vic Gammon, Annie Dearman & Steve Harrison. The Copper Family will be along for what would have been Bob Copper's 90th Birthday........ See the next item.
Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include these dates amongst them.
2] BOB COPPER.
We have been approached by The Copper Family to say that they felt that there should be no reason not to go ahead with a celebration of Bob's 90th birthday on January 6th 2005 even although the great man is no longer with us. We will be planning a celebration of his life in song and we are looking for items that could help us to make this a memorable occasion:- film, video, photos, articles, stories, anecdotes about the man, anything that people have and would be prepared to lend or bring to the occasion would be welcome. In particular, at the moment, I am looking for photos of the man in a variety of circumstances and performances to contribute to a multi-media show about Bob's life. Any ideas/contributions to me at
Incidentally the latest issue of "Folk On Tap", their 100th issue celebrating 25 years of the magazine includes long tributes to Bob Copper from Peter Collins and Vic Smith
3] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE UPDATED
The Sussex Folk Guide Website has been updated with listings of many folk song and dance events in and around Sussex between now and the end of June. There are around 80 folk song and dance events listed on the site. You can find it at whatson.brighton.co.uk/folk
4] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY Issue no 207 covers the months of June and July. It is packed with adverts for various folk festivals, folk music record
companies, specialist shops, instrument makers and other services. 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. The August/September issue (208) has just been sent to the printers. Please note that the copy date for the October/November (209) issue will be about 10 days earlier than usual for holiday reasons on August 21st. Potential advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates.
5] INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL WORKSHOPS IN LEWES
The Saturday daytime instrumental workshops in Lewes organised by Valmai Goodyear - valmaigoodyear_at_aol_dot_com - continue to attract increasing support. The next in their long series of attractive learning opportunities will be:-
Saturday 4th September Maryeagle. Appalachian song style
Saturday 9th October, Tim Laycock, all-systems concertina
Saturday 20th November, John Kirkpatrick (Topic still to be decided) Saturday 4th December. Tom McConville, fiddle
6] SHIRLEY COLLINS' FIRST BOOK
Look out for:-
"America Over the Water"
ISBN: 0 946719 66 7 Publication: May 2004
192 pages (illustrated). Hardback
Price UK £20 US $30
A fascinating journey into the cultural roots of traditional American Music accompanying legendary music archivist Alan Lomax
"Shirley Collins is without doubt one of England's greatest cultural treasures." - Billy Bragg
Probably the easiest way to obtain it is direct from the publishers, SAF, at www.safpublishing.com/store/system/store.htm
...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 2004 are being snapped up quickly.
Dance to them at the Lammas Festival in Eastbourne in August. Vic Smith
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
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