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SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE

Folk Music - Listings from October 23rd until the end of November 2014

The Folk DiaryThe listings on this page are taken from the paper magazine The Folk Diary. This paper magazine is now also available on line and each issue will be on-line as soon as it is prepared. As well as the listings, The Folk Diary has lots of useful adverts for folk festivals, shops and services as well as pages of reviews of recent folk and world music albums. Click on the symbol to go to the on-line version

Click HERE for details of the free, regular sessions of tunes, songs (or both!) in this area. Generally these are weekly or monthly sessions, but the webmaster will also help to publicise one-off sessions.

At the moment, it is not possible to update this page with last minute changes of programme/venue/cancellations etc. However all such changes are notes on the Facebook page of THE FOLK DIARY. Click HERE to go to it. Some late arranged gigs are also announced there.

Thursday 23rd October

Friday 24th October
DAVE BURLAND - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
SINGERS/MUSICIANS EVENING- Always full of surprises – come and share your songs or poems or just listen. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 25th October
MÁIRE NÍ CHATHASAIGH IRISH HARP WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Many times an All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic award winner, Maire has developed profoundly influential techniques for harp performance of traditional Irish music. She gives regular workshops in Ireland, the UK, USA and Europe. Learn some lovely tunes from the Irish tradition and discuss appropriate rhythm, phrasing, ornamentation and accompaniment - primarily by ear and imitation, though written music will be provided. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
CHRIS NEWMAN GUITAR WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. *** at The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA *** Chris's playing is full of grace, brilliance & humour. As well as being steeped in traditional music he has played with Diz Disley & Stéphane Grappelli & Fred Wedlock. He is the guitar tutor on the Newcastle University traditional music degree course. The workshop will cover technical exercises, ways of playing cleanly and economically, and a look at several different musical styles. Music will be sent out in advance. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
MÁIRE NÍ CHATHASAIGH & CHRIS NEWMAN - Virtuoso Irish harp & guitar playing & singing. Entrancing. . - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 26th October
SUSFA SUNDAY WORKSHOP - Pulborough - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01243 265010
ENSEMBLE MUSIC WORKSHOP FOR MIXED INSTRUMENTS - Les by Paul Hutchinson 10 - 4pm - BRIGHTON Details:- email
OPEN FLOOR - Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 27th October
PARTRIDGE FOLK - THE PARTRIDGE Partridge. Green. Details: 07768 934263 or email
MAGGIE BOYLE & PAUL DOWNES - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email

Tuesday 28th October
PIGGIE'S OPEN MIC ROOM - THE PIG & BUTCHER Five Ash Down, Uckfield Enquiries - 01825 765779
CLUB NIGHT - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 29th October
CRAOBH RUA - Pulse-pounding Irish music from this outstanding band! With many sell-out gigs and high-profile festival appearances to their name, it wouldn't be an overestimation to describe Craobh Rua as legendary amongst fans of Celtic music. - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105
BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 30th October

Friday 31st October
MOIRAI - Jo Freya, Melanie Biggs & Sarah Matthews - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
PHIL HARE- Phil is an accomplished guitarist and his songs are finely crafted and often socially aware with great choruses. ‘If folk song is history from underneath, then Phil’s songs are today’s broadsides.’ Ian Wells, Daily Telegraph - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 1st November
SINGING FOR BEGINNERS DAYTIME WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m.Want to sing but a little nervous that the right sounds won't come out on demand? Tutor HALEY STEVENS - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
MOIRAI - Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews & Melanie Biggs sing & play saxophone, keyboard, fiddle & melodeon in this exciting new trio. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 2nd November
JAMES KEELAGHAN with HUGH McMILLAN - James Keelaghan is one of Canada's international stars. His passionate mix of roots rock, Americana, and contemporary folk has established Keelaghan's presence in Europe, Australia, and North America. While growing up in western Canada, Keelaghan was an avid follower of music and theater, but studied history while attending the University of Calgary. Music took over, however history would be a major catalyst in Keelaghan's warm-hearted songwriting.
Hugh McMillan, multi-instrumentalist, is capable of playing practically anything with strings on it. He plays octave mandolin, mandolin, bass, fretless bass, 8 String Bass, pedal steel and lap steel, just for starters. He is a producer, composer and engineer, as well as a bit of a mad scientist. As well as accompanying James Keelaghan he plays concerts with Canada's super group Spirit of the West, and with Chilean-Canadian wildcat Oscar Lopez - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 3rd November
CAROLINE KENDALL - Brighton Acoustic at THE LORD NELSON Trafalgar St, Brighton (100 yards from Brighton Stn.)
SINGERS AND MUSICIANS NIGHT - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
CLUB NIGHT - FLOOR SINGERS - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email
HANNAH SANDERS & LIZ SIMMONS - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB The Foresters Arms 52 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge TN9 2RT 8pm Details: 01892 822945 or email

Tuesday 4th November
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 5th November
OPEN STAGE - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm
COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105
BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 6th November

Friday 7th November
SAUNDERS/SIMMONS- Norfolk born singer, guitarist and dulcimer player Hannah Saunders, and Boston, New England, based Liz Simmons, find common ground in their symbiotic love of English and American Old Time music, with some blues and contemporary thrown in. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 8th November
ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA - UNION MUSIC STORE PRESENTATIONS The CON CLUB, Lewes.
CAROLYN ROBSON & MOIRA CRAIG VOCAL HARMONY WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m.Essentials of group singing; learning some songs in harmony; working out your own arrangements; using harmony to create interest & excitement in a song. Music reading is not essential but some music may be available if needed. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
CAROLYN ROBSON & MOIRA CRAIG - Moira's silvery voice & Carolyn's warm, honeyed tones combine beautifully in songs from Scotland & Northumberland. As well as being distinguished solo singers, they were until last year two of the three members of the well-loved trio Craig Morgan Robson. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
HASTINGS DANCE - Ninfield Memorial Hall - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01424 753684
Moira's silvery voice & Carolyn's warm, honeyed tones combine beautifully in songs from Scotland & Northumberland. As well as being distinguished solo singers, they were until last year two of the three members of the well-loved trio Craig Morgan Robson.

Sunday 9th November
OPEN FLOOR - Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 10th November
HATFUL OF RAIN - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email
SANGBOC FOLK CLUB - The second Monday of every month. - The Royal Oak, Wineham BN5 9AY

Tuesday 11th November
EMILY BARKER & THE RED CLAY HALO - UNION MUSIC STORE PRESENTATIONS ALL SAINTS CENTRE, Lewes.
SINGERS NIGHT - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 12th November
SUPER SHOWCASE SPECIAL featuring THE WORTHING SHANTYMEN, PETER TWIDLE & TONY COX, CLAIRE BOOTH and BRYON WINSLADE & CHRIS DAVIS - An exciting evening featuring an extended 20-minute set from four great acts!
The Worthing Shantymen are a collection of some of the Willows' most popular floorsingers, combined to create a fun-filled vocal group performing well-known (and some not so well known) sea shanties. The Shantymen got together especially to perform a short set at a charity event in 2013, and went down so well that they've been asked to get together for more performances...including this set at the Willows! Peter Twidle & Tony Cox are a terrific local duo, firm favourites at many venues locally. The combination of Peter's smooth, rich voice and guitar coupled with Tony's skillful harmonica playing makes for a lovely warm, mellow sound.
Claire Booth is a great local singer-songwriter, known across the south coast for the fantastic music that she makes - achingly beautiful vocals and a fine selection of songs, largely self-penned. It's not difficult to see why she has such a strong fan following!
Bryon Winslade & Chris Davis are a great duo, performing primarily acoustic country music on guitar & mandolin. These two have been playing music together for a number of years, working together in a number of bands including Way Out West and most recently Cadillac Country - however, this set focuses firmly on the exciting duo performances that they are known for at the Willows and elsewhere. - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105
BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 13th November

Friday 14th November
COME ALL YE - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
DICK MILES- SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email
HANNAH SANDERS & LIZ SIMMONS & - Support - THE BLACK FEATHERS - GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott GU26 6TZ Details: 01428 604798

Saturday 15th November
JODY KRUSKAL:US OLD-TIME & VINTAGE MUSIC for all concertina systems - - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. A few American old-time songs & tunes for learning, simple techniques to get that American sound & develop elements of style & accompaniment. Some music will be sent out in advance. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
JODY KRUSKAL - Direct from Brooklyn NY, Jody is a master of the unruly Anglo concertina, squeezing out vintage US tunes & songs that are hilarious, gritty & true - often with strong bluesy flavours & fine choruses. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
SEAFORD AUTUMN DANCE - Cons Club - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01273 516668
MONTY'S MAGGOT and caller WILL HALL - MELTDOWN CEILIDHS, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath. Details: 01273 541453 or email

Sunday 16th November
SHOREHAM CREAM TEA DANCE - Pulborough Village Hall - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01903 742542
SO LAST CENTURY STRING BAND - Appalachian old-time music with fiddle, banjo, guitar & double bass. Squaredance tunes, songs of whisky and gambling and chickens, old gospel, jug-band songs, weird crooked tunes, three-part harmony, a bit like recordings from the 1920s and 30s only maybe not quite as scratchy.
If Dan Edwards doesn't have a banjo in his hands, then it's a guitar or fiddle. He took up the banjo while living in the States, played in a whole bunch of bands in Oklahoma and Texas, and is much in demand as a musician.
Michi Mathias was smitten by old-time fiddle as a teenager growing up in the US and hearing this music on the radio. She can hardly remember what it's like to walk around without fiddle tunes constantly playing in her head.
Jaime Regan has long been a singer/ songwriter as a solo artist or with his own bands, but when he discovered old-time music it was "like finding a door to another room in your house that you never knew was there. And not just a room but a whole suite." - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 17th November
SINGERS AND MUSICIANS NIGHT - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
PORCHLIGHT SMOKER - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email
JODY KRUSKAL - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB The Foresters Arms 52 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge TN9 2RT 8pm Details: 01892 822945 or email

Tuesday 18th November
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 19th November
KIRSTY McGEE - - Kirsty’s supreme talents have earned many accolades, including BBC Folk Award nominations and the Independent Music Award for best live album 2011. A stunning vocalist, her engaging music lies somewhere between folk, jazz, chanson and Americana and, in 2013, her song “Sandman” was personally chosen by Danny Boyle to be featured in his film “Trance”. “Absolutely superb” – Bob Harris BBC Radio 2. EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm
COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105
BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 20th November

Friday 21st November
SINGERS/MUSICIANS EVENING- Always full of surprises – come and share your songs or poems or just listen. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 22nd November
DOVETAIL TRIO - Fine young performers Matt Quinn (voice, melodeon, concertina, mandolin, fiddle) Rosie Hood (voice) & Jamie Roberts (guitar, voice) present England's traditional songs with a bold & fresh approach. - - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 23rd November
SUSFA SUNDAY WORKSHOPS - Pulborough Village Hall - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01243 265010
SONG & DANCE - Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band. Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 24th November
PARTRIDGE FOLK - THE PARTRIDGE Partridge. Green. Details: 07768 934263 or email
CATHERINE CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email

Tuesday 25th November
SINGERS NIGHT - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Wednesday 26th November
PIED MERLIN - Another exclusive reunion from one of the South Coast's most legendary bands! Featuring amongst their number legendary Sussex showman Rick Willings, guitarist Peter English (both best-known for their work with bands Taxi Home and Big Yellow Taxi), Mal Simms (musical lynchpin for bands Legacy and Celtic Simbel), and superb multi-instrumentalist Steve "Tune Master" Lane, this band make a sound like no other! Brilliant material, sensational musicianship, great personalities and amazing vocal harmonies - taken together, they add up to pure entertainment and an evening that is uniquely Pied Merlin! - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105
BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056

Thursday 27th November

Friday 28th November
EMILY PORTMAN TRIO - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
SINGERS/MUSICIANS EVENING- Always full of surprises – come and share your songs or poems or just listen. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 29th November
JERRY O'REILLY: IRISH TRADITIONAL SONG WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m.Vocal decoration, song selection, Irish broadsides & Irish language songs translated into English. Teaching will be by ear and will include listening to recordings of inspirational traditional singers. - - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
JERRY O'REILLY - A commanding, spellbinding singer steeped in Irish traditions, beginning with singers in many generations of his own family. He helps to run the foremost traditional singing club in Ireland, An Góilín.- - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
Ceilidh with THE BARNFIELD BAND Caller IAN LAMB - HANOVER CENTRE, Southover Street, Brighton, Details: 07749 913413 or email
HOUSE DEVILS - Support - KIM LOWINGS & THE GREENWOOD GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott GU26 6TZ Details: 01428 604798

Sunday 30th November
OPEN FLOOR - Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

To book a barn dance or ceilidh band for events in this area, contact The Sussex Pistols - email here or have a look at their website. Once again, they will be playing for the huge Midwinter Ceilidh at the Corn Exchange in Brighton on Monday 22nd December.

Credits

This page has been produced by VIC SMITH, email here

Most of the information is from the (paper) The Folk Diary , which is edited and produced by: Jim Marshall, 3 Chester Terrace, Brighton BN1 6GB (Tel/Fax: 01273 559750) and Vic Smith, 26 Ferrers Road, Lewes BN7 1PZ (Tel/Fax: 01273 478124) The Folk Diary is free and is available at most of the events listed here, plus information centres, libraries and tourist information offices. If you have difficulty in obtaining a copy, send an SAE to either Jim or Vic.

Copy date for next issue of The Folk Diary:
October 31st for the December 2014/January 2015 issue.
Next update of this page will be on November 20th 2014

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