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SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE

Folk Music - Listings for April 21st until the end of May 2016

Thursday 21st April

Friday 22nd April

  • BURGESS HILL FAIRTRADE FESTIVAL, - THE BIG SESSION with THE ASKEW SISTERS, BONFIRE RADICALS,SHORT COVER, THE RED STAR THISTLES - Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill Box Office 01444 242888
  • SI BARRON - “I think he’s a really,really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs”. Mike Harding No more to be said! - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 23rd April

  • ST. GEORGE'S DAY BARN DANCE with JIGALOTS - GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Village Hall Details: 01428 604798
  • BURGESS HILL FAIRTRADE FESTIVAL, - FAY HIELD & THE HURRICANE PARTY with LONG LANKIN - Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill Box Office 01444 242888
  • NEWTON FAULKNER - DE LA WARR PAVILION Bexhill. Enquiries - 01424 229111
  • COCK & BULL with caller MICHAEL CATOVSKY - MELTDOWN CEILIDHS, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath. Details: 01273 541453 or email
  • THE NIGHT WATCH: MEDIAEVAL MUSIC FOR FOLK MUSICIANS WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m. - 4.45 p.m.Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ Andy Casserley and Ian Pittaway sing & play bray harp, recorders, rebec, gittern, oud, shawm, saz, simfony, psaltery, & more. The workshop will cover early harmony, demonstration of instruments, mediaeval singing & playing styles, & interpreting mediaeval notation. No previous experience of early music is necessary. Some music will be sent in advance. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • THE NIGHT WATCH: 'FROM BARD TO VERSE' - Ian Pittaway & Andy Casserley present songs & music from Shakespeare's plays with tremendous style using period instruments & in costume. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 24th April

  • LEWES FOLK IN THE CHAPEL CONCERTS - Regular folk concerts on the 4th Sunday of the month in Lewes. 2.30pm. This concert features:- RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE. All proceeds to support THE OYSTER PROJECT. - FOLK IN THE CHAPEL, The Westgate Chapel, 92a High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XH Details:- 01273 478124 or email
  • ALTAN - One of Ireland's Greatest Bands -. FOLK ON THE COAST Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Bognor Regis 7.30pm Enquiries - 01243 820187 or 07751 594285
  • JOHN KIRKPATRICK - John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands. He rejoined The Albion Band for The National Theatre productions of "Lark Rise" and "Candleford", and has regularly worked on shows at The Victoria Theatre (later The New Victoria Theatre) in North Staffordshire, The Orchard Theatre Touring Company based in Devon, and elsewhere. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings. John has lived in Shropshire for many years. He still dances, with all four sons (on a good day), with the Morris team he founded, The Shropshire Bedlams. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 25th April

  • SHAKESPEARE'S NIGHT SUPPER - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • CLUB NIGHT with floor singers - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271<

Tuesday 26th April

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
  • UCKFIELD FOLK & BLUES - Everyone is welcome at our folk club. You're very welcome to come and watch, or come and play or sing. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday in each month and start at about 8.30pm - although it is best to get here earlier to make sure you get a seat. - THE RINGLES CROSS PUB, London Rd. Uckfield TH22 1HG
  • UCKFIELD ACOUSTIC MUSIC CLUB - ***NEW VENUE*** - The Alma Arms, Framfield Road , Uckfield. Details 01825 765779 or 07964 147805 or 07892 658439

Wednesday 27th April

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
  • "BOB COPPER: A GENTLEMAN OR HIGH RENOWN" - A multimedia presentation on the life of this iconic figure in English Folk Music presented by Vic & Tina Smith with stories, photos recordings and video clips many of which have not been seen/heard before. 8pm. In support of THE OYSTER PROJECT. - FOLK IN THE CHAPEL, The Westgate Chapel, 92a High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XH Details:- 01273 478124 or email
  • BARBER, TAYLOR & REED - A perfect musical match since they began working together in 2002, Brighton-based duo Kevin Barber & Mark Taylor have established themselves as an act of world-class quality, setting standards of excellence in contemporary folk and acoustic music in the South. With interweaving guitar parts underpinning immaculate vocal harmonies, and with a vast range of influences from the realms of folk, blues and acoustic Americana, the duo make music of a quality to rival many of the folk world's finest! With a number of CDs already to their name, Kevin & Mark have established excellence as a trademark, and in recent years have added the sublime talents of fiddle player Amy Reed to create an even more impressive and dynamic sound! Everyone who loves good acoustic music is encouraged to come along and support these three fine musicians! - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

Thursday 28th April

  • CHICHESTER PICKERS - THE CHICHESTER INN, 38 West Street PO19 1RP

Friday 29th April

  • BOB FOX - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
  • KIM LOWINGS & GREENWOOD - Kim is an enchanting singer and song writer. With exciting arrangements from Dave Sutherland, Tim Rogers, and Andrew Lowings on guitar, bouzouki, Appalachian dulcimer , double bass and percussion, they bring a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes – and promise a wonderful evening - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email
  • MICHAEL CHAPMAN - DE LA WARR PAVILION Bexhill. Enquiries - 01424 229111
  • EMILY PORTMAN TRIO - DE LA WARR PAVILION Bexhill. Enquiries - 01424 229111

Saturday 30th April

  • THE RHEINGANS SISTERS FIDDLE WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m. - 4.45 p.m. Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ The workshop will cover rhythm, bowing & ornamentation in several European & American traditional fiddle styles, ideas to use in your own playing, improvisation, making up harmonies, accompanying songs & duo playing. Teaching by ear. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • THE RHEINGANS SISTERS - Spellbinding fiddle-singers Rowan & Anna are steeped in traditional music from Britain, France, Scandinavia & beyond. Rowan performs with Lady Maisery, Nancy Kerr's Sweet Visitor Band, Eliza Carthy & Karine Polwart. Anna holds a 1st. class diploma from the Conservatoire Occitan. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 1st May

  • MICHAEL CHAPMAN - DE LA WARR PAVILION Bexhill. Enquiries - 01424 229111
  • 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 2nd May

Tuesday 3rd May

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
  • CLUB NIGHT with floor singers - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271

Wednesday 4th May

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
  • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005
  • OPEN STAGE Free. - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm

Thursday 5th May

  • RICHARD BURGESS & EMMANUEL PARISELLE - Anglo-French concertina fraternisation. - THE ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE, Shoreham-by-Sea Details:- 01273 464440.

Friday 6th May

  • JIMMY & SID - Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith play traditional and original folksong of the British Isles. They tell stories of hardship, joy, struggle and celebration held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 7th May

  • JEZ LOWE & THE BAD PENNIES - GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Village Hall Details: 01428 604798
  • VIC & TINA SMITH plus MICK WILLS - plus spots from top quality local performers - BILLINGSHURST FOLK CLUB The Chapel, Laker's Meadow, Billingshurst RH14 9NP
  • TRINITY FOLK FESTIVAL, - LUKE JACKSON TRIO * GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR * NINEBARROW * TALISK * LONG LANKIN and more - St. Mary's Church, Quarry Street, Guildford. then Late Night at the Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford SAM KELLY TRIO Details:- 01483 444333
  • MANDY and AISLING MURRAY - Mandy is an all-Ireland Anglo concertina champion & a fine singer of Irish traditional songs. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 8th May

  • JULIE ROBERTS & MICHAEL HINTON plus ELPHICK, MATCHAM & TRISTRAM - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 9th May

  • FOLK & ACOUSTIC SINGERS' EVENING - Shottermill Club 2 Liphook Road. Haslemere GU27 1NL Details: 01428 641727
  • ELLIOTT MORRIS - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • DANIEL BACHMAN - DE LA WARR PAVILION Bexhill. Enquiries - 01424 229111
  • CLUB NIGHT plus floor singers - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271

Tuesday 10th May

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
  • SINGERS NIGHT - ` FOLK AT THE STAR The Star, Afriston Details email

Wednesday 11th May

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
  • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

Thursday 12th May

  • UCKFIELD FOLK & BLUES - Everyone is welcome at our folk club. You're very welcome to come and watch, or come and play or sing. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday in each month and start at about 8.30pm - although it is best to get here earlier to make sure you get a seat. - THE RINGLES CROSS PUB, London Rd. Uckfield TH22 1HG
  • CHICHESTER PICKERS - THE CHICHESTER INN, 38 West Street PO19 1RP

Friday 13th May

  • NA MARA - Rob Garcia and Paul McNamara perform self-penned songs in traditional style on a range of contemporary and historical topics as well as traditional songs and tunes from across the British Isles, their own translations songs from the Breton, French and Quebecois traditions and a wide variety of tunes from Asturias, Galicia, Brittany and northern France - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 14th May

  • DAN McKINNON - ELSIE'S, The Queen's Arms, Cowden Pound, Kent TN8 5NP Details: 01732 862862
  • THE BIG PETTOS - Peter Collins sings traditional-style songs in a huge, warm, expressive voice, with plenty of choruses. Jane & Tony Petto join him in bluesy, gospelly vocal harmonies. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • OCEANS DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH - A musical journey from the shores of the British Isles to the Appalachian Mountains. Nine musicians present a multimedia experience taking the listener on a voyage of spoken word, step-dance, and song. They sing the story of British folk, from our shores, to the Americana and Bluegrass we know today. Featuring Elle Osborne; Georgia Lewis & Friends; The Swamptown Boys; - THE BRIGHTON UNITARIAN CHURCH 8pm. Details:- 07841 971 411 or email

Sunday 15th May

  • 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 16th May

  • THE WHERE'S SPOT BAND - A popular 4 piece band from Essex, who offer interesting arrangements of traditional and contemporary folk, with a leavening of other material added. Skilled musicianship, with beautiful harmonies. - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB - ***NEW VENUE*** Ye Olde Chequers Inn, 122 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AS.
  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • MID SUSSEX CHORUS & HARMONY NIGHT - The CHEQUER INN, Steyning. Enquiries - 01444 443280

Tuesday 17th May

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 18th May

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
  • PIED MERLIN - Another exclusive reunion from one of the South Coast's most legendary bands, this time to celebrate the launch of their long-awaited and much-requested debut album! 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 511005
  • TWO COATS COLDER Describing themselves as “a quirky, progressive acoustic folk band”, this superb four-piece come highly recommended. Their melodic mix of original and traditional songs features guitars, bass, mandolin and Indian Harmonium. “Anna Bass's voice is really quite amazing” Mike Harding. - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm

Thursday 19th May

Friday 20th May

  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS NIGHT - Always full of surprises – come and share your songs, tunes, or even listen - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 21st May

  • JEFF WARNER : AMERICAN SONGS & SINGING WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m. - 4.45 p.m. The workshop will cover traditional American songs, American songs influenced by or grown from British ones, and ways of making traditional songs your own using techniques adapted from traditional singers. Bring a traditional or newer song to sing. MP3s & lyrics will be sent ahead for sample songs - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • JEFF WARNER - A fine singer of American traditional songs, Jeff accompanies himself on guitar, 5-string banjo & English concertina with warmth, humour & understated scholarship. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 22nd May

  • LEWES FOLK IN THE CHAPEL CONCERTS - Regular folk concerts on the 4th Sunday of the month in Lewes. 2.30pm. This concert features:- JACK HOGSDEN & TOM EVANS, THE FULL SHANTY, JOY LEWIS & DERRICK HUGHES. All proceeds to support THE OYSTER PROJECT. - FOLK IN THE CHAPEL, The Westgate Chapel, 92a High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XH Details:- 01273 478124 or email
  • MEAN MARY - A welcome return for Mean Mary James, known internationally for lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs, she travels the genres of folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues with banjo, fiddle, and guitar. Anything from ghost pirates to demon guitars could romp through a Mean Mary show! - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 23rd May

  • KAREN TWEED - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • MARILYN & ANDY - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271

Tuesday 24th May

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 25th May

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
  • FINAL FLING - Yes, it's true! After 15 fantastic years of running the Willows, Trish, Les & Chris are reluctantly calling it a day due to outside pressures and health reasons. So, they plan to go out with a blast with a special FINAL FLING to celebrate 15 years of fun, friendship and music! - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

Thursday 26th May

  • STEVE KNIGHTLEY - STEYNING FESTIVAL, The Steyning Centre, 7.30pm . Details:- 01903 812062
  • UCKFIELD FOLK & BLUES - Everyone is welcome at our folk club. You're very welcome to come and watch, or come and play or sing. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday in each month and start at about 8.30pm - although it is best to get here earlier to make sure you get a seat. - THE RINGLES CROSS PUB, London Rd. Uckfield TH22 1HG
  • CHICHESTER PICKERS - THE CHICHESTER INN, 38 West Street PO19 1RP

Friday 27th May

  • NAOMI BEDFORD & PAUL SIMMONDS - Combining the infinite wealth of folk and country styles, cultures and stories, Bedford – along with musical comrades Paul Simmonds - has forged an original and contemporary hybrid of earthy roots music over which her unique voice provides stirring counterpoint - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 28th May

  • COME ALL YE with DIANE & STEVE NEVILL - *** This event at the Dorset Arms, 22 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RD *** - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 29th May

  • NADIA REED - DE LA WARR PAVILION Bexhill. Enquiries - 01424 229111
  • 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 30th May

Tuesday 31st May

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
  • CLUB NIGHT with floor singers - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
  • UCKFIELD ACOUSTIC MUSIC CLUB - ***NEW VENUE*** - The Alma Arms, Framfield Road , Uckfield. Details 01825 765779 or 07964 147805 or 07892 658439

    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. Book the band for your event now before all the dates go. They already have a number of bookings for prominent dates in 2016

    Credits

    This page has been produced by VIC SMITH, email here

    Most of the information is from the (paper) The Folk Diary , which is currently edited and produced by: Paul Brazier, 98 Hythe Road, Brighton BN1 6JS (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 Paul or Vic.

    Copy date for next issue of The Folk Diary:
    April 30th for the June/July 2016 issue.
    Next update of this page will be on May 20th

 
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