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SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE

Folk Music - Listings from March 20th until the end of April 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.

Thursday 20th March

Friday 21st March
ALASDAIR ROBERTS - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
MATT QUINN- An energetic and entertaining young man, son of Dan, playing and singing traditional songs with a variety of instruments, and he only lives along the coast - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 22nd March
JUDY COOK - Touring from America, Judy brings a huge range of splendid traditional songs & ballads, including some logging & cowboy songs. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, , Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. .   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
BEXHILL SPRING DANCE - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Ninfield Memorial Hall Details 01424 842690

Sunday 23rd March
JUDY COOK BALLAD FORUM - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Judy lifts the spirit & entertains with a fascinating & varied Anglo-American repertoire. Her unaccompanied presentation & delivery are a great example to any singer & combine with her joy of singing to delight all listeners. In the forum Judy will perform & lead discussion of ballads which have crossed to America from Britain. You are invited to bring a ballad of your own choice to sing & talk about. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, , Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. .   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
SALA CELTICA - ZAZA MUSIC The Old market, Hove
LUCY WARD - Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn’t looked back since! - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 24th March
SALSA CELTICA The combination of some of Scotland and Ireland’s leading Celtic musicians with a stellar group of international salseros, ensures that Salsa Celtica are always a potent blend of virtuosity and energy.- - G LIVE London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA Ticket Desk: 0844 7701 797
MIRSNDA SYKES & REX PRESTON - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
CLUB NIGHT - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271

Tuesday 25th March
DAVE TOYE & FRIENDS - OPEN MIC - Folk, blues, plus almost any other genre of music with a bias towards acoustic folky stuff.- The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield. RH17 6EF Details: 07710 412118
PIGGIE'S OPEN MIC ROOM - THE PIG & BUTCHER Five Ash Down, Uckfield Enquiries - 01825 765779
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 26th March
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105
OPEN MIC NIGHT - The New Sussex Hotel, 182 South Street, Lancing
Phone 01903 763344

Thursday 27th March

Friday 28th March
O'HOOLEY & TIDOW - UNION MUSIC STORE PRESENTATIONS The Elephant & Castle, Lewes.
SINGERS & MUSICIANS NIGHT- Another circular evening of music, song and laughter. All welcome - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 29th March
VIC & TINA SMITH - At the end of 2013 Vic & Tina stepped down from running the excellent Royal Oak Folk Club in Lewes. Tonight, as well as singing & playing, they will give a presentation on their 50 years of running traditional music clubs, with wonderful anecdotes & nostalgic pictures. This will be very entertaining and instructive to anyone interested in what makes a good folk club. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, , Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. .   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
THE BURSLEDON VILLAGE BAND Caller BARRY GOODMAN - GBH CEILIDHS, Borough Hall, Bridge Street, Godalming GU7 1HR

Sunday 30th March
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 31st March
SINGERS & MUSICIANS NIGHT - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795

Tuesday 1st April
SINGERS NIGHT- APRIL'S FOOL DAY THEME - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email
DAVE TOYE & FRIENDS - OPEN MIC - Folk, blues, plus almost any other genre of music with a bias towards acoustic folky stuff.- The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield. RH17 6EF Details: 07710 412118
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 2nd April
EMMANUEL PARISELLE & CHRISTIAN MAES - . Two great diatonic accordion players from Central France. - THE ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE, Shoreham-by-Sea. Details 01273 464440
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
THE BLUE COCONUT ORCHESTRA - One of the South Coast's most versatile and entertaining bands! This fine trio, featuring guitarist Steve Ball, mandolin player Ian Robinson and bassist Warren Ball, are a veritable powerhouse of musical skill, setting standards of excellence for acoustic music in Sussex, and have given many outstanding performances at the Willows over the years! - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105

Thursday 3rd April
GOLDEN SLIPPER CLUB - FERRY INN, Shoreham High Street. Details:email
OPEN MIC
- CROSS IN HAND INN Cross In Hand, near Heathfield. Enquiries - 07445 952163 or email

Friday 4th April
The opening Night of the Sovereign Seas International Maritime Festival
- An international night tonight with a nautical theme. Come and enjoy and join in with sea songs and shanties from Hans Weehuizen from Holland and Charlotte and Spong, from Brighton. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email
SAUL ROSE & JAMES DELARRE - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443

Saturday 5th April
THE RHEINGANS SISTERS - Rowan Rheingans (of Lady Maisery) & her sister Anna play & sing traditional & new music from Scandinavia, Britain & America with two fiddles, two voices, banjo, cello, bansitar & concertina. Gorgeously refreshing. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, , Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. .   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
SINGAROUND - EVERSHED FOLK CLUB Unitarian Chapel, Lakers Meadow, Billingshurst,   Details:- 01403 260046
MOLTENAMBA and caller KERRY FLETCHER - MELTDOWN CEILIDHS, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath. Details: 01273 541453 or email
THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS - with support STUART & AMY REED and introducing GEORGIA LEWIS. - FRAMFIELD MEMORIAL HALL, The Street, Framfield TH22 5NR   Details:- email
HEATHFIELD SPRING DANCE - Bodle St. Green Village Hall - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01435 873551
The Sovereign Seas International Maritime Folk Festival
DUTCH UNCLE * MALCOLM WARD * THE FULL SHANTY * HARD PRESSED * CHARLOTTE AND SPONG * PAM & JON FITZGERALD
- THE UNDER GROUND THEATRE CENTRAL LIBRARY, GROVE RD, EASTBOURNE, BN21 4TL Details 01323 484244

Sunday 6th April
DEBRA COWAN - With a voice that blends Celtic and Appalachian styles, Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk songs. Her performances gives listeners old and new story-songs reflecting the human experiences, comedic short ditties all the while encouraging the audience to join in on choruses and refrains - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653
BRING A SONG ALONG - THE EDINBURGH, 67a Upper Gloucester Road, Brighton
The Sovereign Seas International Maritime Folk Festival
DUTCH UNCLE * MALCOLM WARD * THE FULL SHANTY * HARD PRESSED * CHARLOTTE AND SPONG * PAM & JON FITZGERALD
- THE UNDER GROUND THEATRE CENTRAL LIBRARY, GROVE RD, EASTBOURNE, BN21 4TL Details 01323 484244

Monday 7th April
DAVE DALE (Seven Song Session) plus floor singers - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
TITUS - Brighton Acoustic at THE PRINCE ALBERT Trafalgar St, Brighton (100 yards from Brighton Stn.)
SINGERS & MUSICIANS - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795

Tuesday 8th April
DAVE TOYE & FRIENDS - OPEN MIC - Folk, blues, plus almost any other genre of music with a bias towards acoustic folky stuff.- The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield. RH17 6EF Details: 07710 412118
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 9th April
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
COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105
CEILIDH with KATE'S KITCHEN BAND - MILE OAK COMMUNITY CENTRE, Chalky Road, Mile Oak BN41 2WF Details:- 01273 464440

Thursday 10th April
FABLE & FOLKLORE - REVELATION, Ashford, Kent
CHICHESTER PICKERS - Our friendly, informal club welcomes all acoustic musicians and listeners. We feature the best local pickers and singers - singer/songwriters, blues, bluegrass, old-timey, country, jazz and folk. - The Gribble Inn, Gribble Lane, Oving, Chichester PO20 2BP Details: 01243 776391 or email

Friday 11th April
TIM EDEY - FOLK ON THE COAST Bognor Regis Town F.C. Nyewood Lane PO21 2TY 8pm Enquiries - 01243 820187 or 07751 594285
CLAIRE BOOTH- We welcome this young gifted songer songwriter from Arundel to her first session here in Seaford. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 12th April
EMMANUEL PARISELLE & CHRISTIAN MAES FRENCH DANCE TUNES WORKSHOP for any instrument - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Two inspiring teachers, experts in French regional dance music, favourites at On Bouge in London & all over the country. Emmanuel has taught at Concertinas at Witney and regularly leads melodeon-building weeks for EATMT in Suffolk. The workshop will cover a nice choice of dance tunes from Brittany, central & south-west France, with Christian teaching melody style & Emmanuel chordal accompaniment. Some music will be sent in advance. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, , Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. .   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
EMMANUEL PARISELLE & CHRISTIAN MAES - Emmanuel & Christian are two of the best melodeon players in France. They are brilliantly entertaining & very funny, too. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, , Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. .   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
JOE TOPPING & THE VAGRANT KINGS - Joe Topping is a brilliant Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter from The Wirral. He has made a name for himself as a solo performer and because he is both a member of Ashley Hutchings' Rainbow Chasers and a band called Elbow Jane. Clearly Joe is a musicians'musician but now he wants to reach a wider audience with his own compositions. Joe has toured the length and breadth of Britain with his unique blend of British and American Folk, with more than a hint of the Delta Blues and we are delighted that he has included Grayshott as part of his UK tour. He is also bringing along The Vagrant Kings with him and they are the perfect backdrop for his heartfelt blues style guitar and vocals. support JESS MORGAN GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Village Hall, GU26 6TZ Details: 01428 604798
HASTINGS DANCE - Ninfield Memorial Hall - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01424 753684

Sunday 13th April
TIM EDEY - Tim Edey is the current BBC Radio Two Folk Musician of the Year. Hailing from Broadstairs in Kent, Tim has played, toured and recorded both on record and TV with quite literally a who's who of the Celtic and acoustic music scene. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653
BRING A SONG ALONG - THE EDINBURGH, 67a Upper Gloucester Road, Brighton

Monday 14th April
BRIAN PETERS - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
SANGBOC FOLK CLUB - The second Monday of every month. - The Royal Oak, Wineham BN5 9AY

Tuesday 15th April
SINGERS NIGHT - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email
DAVE TOYE & FRIENDS - OPEN MIC - Folk, blues, plus almost any other genre of music with a bias towards acoustic folky stuff.- The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield. RH17 6EF Details: 07710 412118
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 16th April
THE MOUNTAIN FIREWORK COMPANY - . Led by Irish singer-songwriter Gareth McGahan, this all-acoustic five piece delivers “gorgeous folk/alt country” which is equal parts darkness and cheeky humour! With a devoted fan base their music bristles with energy, melody and vitality..- EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm
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
BRAM TAYLOR - Bram is widely regarded as one of the best in the business by folk fans across the UK - throughout the course of his career he has recorded many albums for legendary folk label Fellside Records. - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105

Thursday 18th April

Friday 18th April
MICHAEL J TINKER- Jon Boden says he is “Top notch” and that’s good enough for me. He is a magical singer and plays more instruments than I can list here. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 19th April
EASTER COME-ALL-YE - Bring songs, tunes, stories & readings for spring & Easter. We serve home-made Easter biscuits. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, , Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. .   Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 20th April
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
BRING A SONG ALONG - THE EDINBURGH, 67a Upper Gloucester Road, Brighton

Monday 21st April
CLUB NIGHT - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
SHOREHAM SESSION - BRIDGE INN, Shoreham High Street. Details:email
MID SUSSEX CHORUS & HARMONY NIGHT - THE CHEQUER INN, Steyning 01444 443280

Tuesday 22nd April
DAVE TOYE & FRIENDS - OPEN MIC - Folk, blues, plus almost any other genre of music with a bias towards acoustic folky stuff.- The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield. RH17 6EF Details: 07710 412118
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 23rd April
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
COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105

Thursday 24th April
CHICHESTER PICKERS - Our friendly, informal club welcomes all acoustic musicians and listeners. We feature the best local pickers and singers - singer/songwriters, blues, bluegrass, old-timey, country, jazz and folk. - The Gribble Inn, Gribble Lane, Oving, Chichester PO20 2BP Details: 01243 776391 or email

Friday 25th April
TINDERBOX- Tinderbox are an award winning acoustic duo featuring Dublin born Monique Houraghan with a distinctive ‘honey-like’ vocal, and Dan Tucker with an intricate finger style guitar technique. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email
PETE COE - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443

Saturday 26th April
ASKEW SISTERS - Frequent festival headliners, this splendid young duo perform glorious, lively traditional songs & tunes with fiddle & melodeon. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, , Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. .***At The Crown Inn, 191 High Street, Lewes BN7 2NA***   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
JED GRIMES - support DAMIAN CLARKE GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Social Club, GU26 6HL Details: 01428 604798
A NEW VINTAGE Caller PETE COE - GBH CEILIDHS, Borough Hall, Bridge Street, Godalming GU7 1HR
SEAFORD TEA DANCE - Annecy School, Sutton Avenue, BN25 4LF - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01273 516668

Sunday 27th April
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
BRING A SONG ALONG - THE EDINBURGH, 67a Upper Gloucester Road, Brighton

Monday 28th April
STEVE TURNER - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
PETE METCALF & PAUL STEPTO - Great guitar and harmonies in both contemporary and traditional song. A good night in store. - THE BEACON, Nr Tunbridge Wells Details: 01892 782326

Tuesday 29th April
SINGERS NIGHT featuring FRAN GALPIN - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email
DAVE TOYE & FRIENDS - OPEN MIC - Folk, blues, plus almost any other genre of music with a bias towards acoustic folky stuff.- The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield. RH17 6EF Details: 07710 412118
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
PIGGIE'S OPEN MIC ROOM - THE PIG & BUTCHER Five Ash Down, Uckfield Enquiries - 01825 765779

Wednesday 30th April
BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
PIAF - THE SONGS - REVELATION, Ashford, Kent
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
THE VILLAGE BAND - One of the south coast's most popular Irish / Celtic bands, featuring an entertaining array of well-known chorus songs to set an audience singing and every foot in the room tapping! Performing songs such as "The Black Velvet Band", "The Galway Shawl", and other well-known favourites - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 51105

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.

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:
February 28th for the April/May 2014 issue.
Next update of this page will be on 20th March 2014

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