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SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE

Folk Music - Listings from June 19th until the end of July 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 19th June

Friday 20th June
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 21st June
JOHN CONNOLLY - An outstanding writer & singer of songs in traditional style, John accompanies himself on guitar & melodeon. He's given us Dancing Days, Weary Winter, Angels of Lincoln, Old Men Sing Love Songs, The Trawling Trade, Time Ashore is Over, Mr. Punch & Judy Man & Fiddler's Green. . - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 22nd June
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 23rd June
JOHN CONOLLY - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
WINTER WILSON - Winter Wilson are known for beautiful songs, beautifully sung. Stunning harmonies, thought-provoking and often challenging lyrics, all held together with a weird, off-the-wall humour all of their own. - THE BEACON, Nr Tunbridge Wells Details: 01892 782326

Tuesday 24th June
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
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
SINGERS NIGHT - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email
PIGGIE'S OPEN MIC ROOM - THE PIG & BUTCHER Five Ash Down, Uckfield Enquiries - 01825 765779

Wednesday 25th June
RON TRUEMAN-BORDER - One of our most popular guests from past years makes another return visit! Ron is an excellent singer-songwriter whose work consistently draws comparisons with top songwriters. - 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
OPEN MIC NIGHT - The New Sussex Hotel, 182 South Street, Lancing
Phone 01903 763344
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 26th June

Friday 27th June
CAROLE PALMER & MARIA BARHAM- Already established as solo performers, singer songwriter Carole Palmer and Maria Barham teamed up after meeting at a festival. They can be heard singing self penned songs, thoughtfully chosen covers and traditional folk songs.- SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 28th June
MAZ O'CONNOR with HAZEL ASKEW - support HANNAH ALDRIDGE (USA) GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Social Club, GU26 6HL Details: 01428 604798
MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ - This event at The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA. One of our finest singers for over 40 years, Martyn brings songs from his time in Australia, from his native Sussex, & also some by Graeme Miles & Mike O'Connor, with guitar. He's solo tonight as a birthday treat for our good friends Trevor & Rosemary Curry. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 29th June
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 30th June
STANLEY ACCRINGTON - 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
Feature Night - THE GREAT WAR - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795

Tuesday 1st July
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
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

Wednesday 2nd July
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
STEVE ASHLEY - Steve’s extraordinary career has been chronicled in a recent biography “Fire and Wine”. Emerging in the late 1960s, his debut album “Stroll On” is still regarded as a folk/rock classic and his latest “Time and Tide” cements his place at the forefront of English songwriters inspired by the tradition. His rare live shows are always special, superb songs coupled with wonderful offbeat humour! - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm

Thursday 3rd July

Friday 4th July

Saturday 5th July
JIM CAUSLEY - This event at The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA. Jim is a spellbinding young singer from Devon. His glorious voice, accordion playing & cheeky humour illuminate the songs he brings from Devon & beyond. He's been in The Devil's Interval & Mawkin: Causley. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
ANDREW FOSTER - WORTHING THEATRES Cannaught Studio 7.30pm Enquiries - 01903 206206
SINGAROUND - EVERSHED FOLK CLUB Unitarian Chapel, Lakers Meadow, Billingshurst,   Details:- 01403 260046

Sunday 6th July

Monday 7th July
ANDREW McKAY & CAROLE ETHERTON - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB The Foresters Arms 52 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge TN9 2RT 8pm Details: 01892 822945 or email
THE DRUTHERS BROTHERS - Bluegrass & Alternative Country + Georgia Lewis Outstanding vocal stylist and multi-instrumentalist. Brighton Acoustic at THE PRINCE ALBERT Trafalgar St, Brighton (100 yards from Brighton Stn.)

Tuesday 8th July
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
SINGERS NIGHT - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email
SANGBOC FOLK CLUB - The second Monday of every month. - The Royal Oak, Wineham BN5 9AY
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

Wednesday 9th July
SIXFIFTEEN - Undeniably one of the biggest names on the local acoustic music scene in Sussex and the south, Sixfifteen are heralded wherever they appear for their diverse mixture of songs and styles, and for their blistering musicianship! Skillfully interweaving bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk, acoustic rock and funk, the band have a hard-hitting sound that is rich in colour and exciting to watch and listen to. - 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 10th July

Friday 11th July
CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY - support Steve Dan Mills GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Haslemere Educational Museum, High Street, HASLEMERE, Surrey GU27 2LA Details: 01428 604798

Saturday 12th July
ANDY TURNER: ENGLISH DANCE MUSIC for CONCERTINA WORKSHOP ( all systems) - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m This event at The Dorset Arms,22 Malling St. Lewes BN7 2RD Andy is a splendid solo performer & a popular & experienced tutor. He's also played with the Oyster Band, Chris Wood, the Christminster Singers & the Mellstock Band. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
MAT GREEN: ENGLISH DANCE MUSIC for FIDDLE WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Mat has a distinctive fiddle style – quintessentially English & very danceable - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
ANDY TURNER & MAT GREEN - Andy is a fine player of English dance music on Anglo concertina, as well as a singer. Mat is a splendid fiddler, the Squire of Bampton Morris, & was in the popular Woodpecker Band. They play together in the concert band Magpie Lane. Andy is in Geckoes. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
THE VAGABAND - UNION MUSIC STORE PRESENTATIONS The CON CLUB, Lewes.
HASTINGS & ST.LEONARD'S DANCE - Ninfield Memorial Hall 7.70pm - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01424 753684

Sunday 13th July

Monday 14th July
THE MELROSE QUARTET - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
BASTILLE NIGHT - . A real challenge, sing songs from Europe. Think La Mer, Dancing Queen, Volare etc. - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271

Tuesday 15th July
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
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

Wednesday 16th July
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
OPEN STAGE - - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm

Thursday 17th July

Friday 18th July

Saturday 19th July
CAROLE ETHERTON & ANDREW McKAY - This event at The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA. Carole used to live in Sussex but Andrew whisked her away to the Gower, Wales, where they write & perform songs in traditional style with Andrew's Crane duet concertina & Carole's cornemuse. Their inspiration comes mainly from historic tales & traditions of Swansea & Gower. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email
FOLK BY THE WATER - ALEX KING * BARBER, TAYLOR & REED * DYLAN HODGSON * HICKORY SIGNALS * SHADY GROVE * SLIPJIG * STUART REED * THE FIERY CLOCKFACE * THE SPLINTERMEN * THE RUDE MECHANICALS * THE VALENTINOS * WILL * WOLFY * WOODY WOODHAM - Admission free - THE BRIDGE INN High Street, Shoreham.

Sunday 20th July
FOLK BY THE WATER - ALEX KING * BARBER, TAYLOR & REED * DYLAN HODGSON * HICKORY SIGNALS * SHADY GROVE * SLIPJIG * STUART REED * THE FIERY CLOCKFACE * THE SPLINTERMEN * THE RUDE MECHANICALS * THE VALENTINOS * WILL * WOLFY * WOODY WOODHAM - Admission free - THE BRIDGE INN High Street, Shoreham.

Monday 21st July
DAVE ARTHUR - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB The Foresters Arms 52 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge TN9 2RT 8pm Details: 01892 822945 or email
MID SUSSEX CHORUS & HARMONY NIGHT - THE CHEQUER INN, Steyning 01444 443280
SINGERS AND MUSICIANS NIGHT - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795

Tuesday 22nd July
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
DOWN UNDER 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

Wednesday 23rd July
MICK GROVES with NICK WYKE & BECKI DRISCOLL - Back because you demanded it, another Willows appearance from this terrific singer & guitarist, joined by two wonderful fiddle players, namely Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, who are also an acclaimed folk duo in their own right with many club and festival appearances under their belt! An evening packed with choruses and "feelgood factor" is in store! Mick made a name for himself as a member of The Spinners, Britain's foremost folk group for over 30 years. - 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 24th July

Friday 25th July

Saturday 26th July
THE CLAQUE Free admission (Valmai's birthday treat) - Tom Addison, Bill Crawford, Barry Lister, Dave Lowry, & Sean O'Shea blend five voices of depth & maturity in thrilling, rich & sometimes dangerous harmony. Between them they have been in The Songwainers, Isca Fayre & Hollinmor. They choose unusual & compelling songs, mainly from the tradition. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ.   Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 27th July

Monday 28th July
THE YOUNG'UNS - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795

Tuesday 29th July
CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
CLUB NIGHT - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
PIGGIE'S OPEN MIC ROOM - THE PIG & BUTCHER Five Ash Down, Uckfield Enquiries - 01825 765779
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

Wednesday 30th July
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
OPEN MIC NIGHT - The New Sussex Hotel, 182 South Street, Lancing
Phone 01903 763344
RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 31st July
MIKE NICHOLSON - FOLK IN THE VILLAGE Telscombe Village Club Enquiries - 01273 585462 or email

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:
August 31st for the October/November 2014 issue.
Next update of this page will be on July 18th 2014

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