Sussex Folk News for February
Subject: Sussex Folk News for February|
From: Vic Smith
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 06:02 PM
EIGHT ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM SUSSEX FOR FEBRUARY
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Every Thursday 8.pm PROMPT START
Here is our programme for the next four months of 2009
Feb 5th * £6.00 * JEFF DAVIS
A very welcome return visit for one of America's finest performers of traditional songs and tunes on banjo, mandolo, guitar and fiddle.
Feb 12th * £5.00 * ZOOX
The enormously entertaining and talented trio of Linda Game, Becky Menday and Jo May
Feb 19th * £5.00 * THE OTHER BAND
One of the most popular bands in the south of England with a wide repertoire, Marilyn Bennett, Iris Bishop & Gary Holder
Feb 26th * £6.00 * FAUSTUS
The third trio on the trot! This time the superb combination of three of the folk scene's young Turks, Benji Kirkpatrick, Saul Rose and Paul Sartin
Mar 5th * £7.00 * MARTIN CARTHY, NORMA WATERSON & CHRIS PARKINSON
It is difficult not to fall back on superlatives; let's just say that in English folk music terms, this is as good as it gets.
Mar 12th * £5.00 * JIM & LYNETTE ELDON
The pride of Yorkshire! Jim is rightly regarded as one of the icons of English music with his singing and fiddling and Lynette is a champion clog dancer.
Mar 19th * £7.00 * DAVE SWARBRICK
We are delighted to welcome back the legendary fiddle player for another night of his tunes, songs and stories.
Mar 26th * £6.00 * LEON ROSSELSON
This year Leon will be celebrating fifty years of singing his challenging, thoughtful, provocative songs. His performances are a delight.
Apl 2nd * 5.00 * JIM BAINBRIDGE
A real one-off character. Jim's songs come from a wide range of sources and represent a unique approach to the tradition. He is also a great melodeon player
Apl 9th * £5.00 * MATT QUINN & TOM MOORE
Matt is a superb young multi-instrumentalist and singer who honed his skills at the Royal Oak. Tonight, he is joined by an even younger musician, the amazing fiddler, Tom Moore.
Apl 16th * £5.00 * HAZEL AND EMILY ASKEW
These sisters are two of the finest young performers on the scene. Fiddle and melodeon duets and lovely singing
Apl 30th * £6.00 * THE PALINKA BAND
A young female quartet from Hungary and Transylvania bring us their interpretation of this very rich cultural heritage.
May 7th * £5.00 * CON FADA Ó DRISCEOIL *** Irish Season ***
One of Ireland's foremost comic song writers in the traditional style in recent decades and a very fine button accordion player
May 14th * £5.00 * KEVIN & ELLEN MITCHELL *** Irish Season ***
Two of Britain's finest singers of traditional songs. Kevin is from Derry and Ellen is from Glasgow
May 21st * £5.00 * OLIVER MULLIGAN & BRENDAN McAULEY *** Irish Season ***
Oliver, originally from County Monaghan, is a much respected singer of mainly Irish traditional songs, most in English and a few in Irish Gaelic. Tonight he is joined by a very fine uillean piper.
May 28th * £5.00 * KATHLEEN O' SULLIVAN & BILLY TEARE *** Irish Season ***
A welcome return for Kathleen, the lead singer with "The London Lasses", one of the finest singers around, tonight in the company of one of Ireland's leading story tellers
Our Future Guests will include:-
TONY HALL * THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS * JERRY EPSTEIN & RALPH BODINGTON * SPIERS, SHEPHEARD & WATSON * DAVE RUCH * DICK GAUGHAN * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE
Our websites are at
Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all of the above.
2] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON "MYSPACE"
Our MYSPACE profile enables us to profile sample tracks of coming guests as well as show photos and biographies of coming guests. It is at http://www.myspace.com/royaloakfolklewes
Currently on our MYSPACE we have the following tracks by coming guests:-
Jeff Davis - "Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy" - (February 5th)
Zoox - "Draggin' The Bow" - (February 12th)
The Other Band - "Dark Eyes" - (February 19th)
Faustus - "Ballina Whaler" - (February 26th)
Norma Waterson - "Sheepcrook And Black Dog" - (March 5th)
Dave Swarbrick - "The Trip We Took Over The Mountains - (March 19th)
After each gig the songs will drop off to be replaced with another by an upcoming guest.
In addition there are videos by each of the following coming guest artists:-
ZOOX - February 12th
NORMA WATERSON & MARTIN CARTHY ? March 5th
DAVE SWARBRICK ? March 19th
JIM ELDON - March 12th
DAVE SWARBRICK ? March 19th
LEON ROSSELSON ? March 26th
THE ASKEW SISTERS - April 16th
CHRIS FOSTER - April 23rd
TONY HALL - June 11th
DAVE RUCH ? October 22nd
3] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON "YOUTUBE"
There are two photo-montage videos of artists that have appeared at the Royal Oak in past years posted on "Youtube".
The first one features singers and musicians who have played at The Royal Oak between 2002 and 2006. You can see it at:-
It is accompanied by the following music:-
a] Foul Weather Call/From Night Till Morn
b] Monkey Hornpipe/Stepdance
c] Hunt The Squirrel/Four Hand Reel
This is played by Dan Quinn & Will Duke, two of the resident performers at the Royal Oak, and taken from their album "Wild Boys" available from:-
The second one is a montage of some of the best performances at the Royal Oak during 2007. You can see it at:-
It is accompanied by the following music:-
a] The High Low Schottische / Untitled Schottische
b] The Bird on Nellie's Hat / Hopscotch Schottische
It is played by Will Duke, one of the resident performers at the Royal Oak, and taken from his 2008 album "Out of the Box " available from Will by emailing him at email@example.com
4] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE - UPDATED
For all the listings of folk music, song club, dances, festivals in and around Sussex, have a look at
This site all always kept updated with the latest events and those currently listed cover all the dates up until the end of February 2009.
5] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY. Issue no 235 covers the months of February and March and this is now available. They are packed with adverts for various folk festivals, folk music record companies, specialist shops, instrument makers and other services as well as details of all the folk song and dance events in our area. 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. Potential
advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates.
The copy date for the April/May issue is February 28th. However, it should be mentioned that once the available space has been filled, no more adverts can be accepted even if they are received BEFORE the copy date. With this in mind, it is worth contacting the editors before the copy date to state your intentions and reserve advertising space even if you have not got final details or you copy prepared.
JIM MARSHALL 01273 559750 firstname.lastname@example.org
VIC SMITH 01273 478124 email@example.com
6] THE FOLK DIARY ON LINE
THE FOLK DIARY is available on-line at
You will need Adobe ACROBAT READER to read the pages. The size of each page is given by each page link and the content of each page is indicated. The following issue is now
on-line and is listed here with the content of each page:-
ISSUE No. 235 Febuary - March 2009
Page 1 (1679kb) Folk at the Hawth Crawley, Luca's music lessons, Folk Camps, Beacon Tunbridge Wells (Mons), Barber & Taylor at Open House Brighton
Page 2 (1290kb) Piggies Open Mic Uckfield (Tues), Sussex Folk Association, Lamb Eastbourne (Wednesdays), Electric Voices presentations, Spyboy presentations
Page 3 (828kb) Lewes Saturday Club, Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) - Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (1306kb)Gary's Music Club Coolham (Sats), Vince's fiddles, Barry Murphy banjos, White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons). Willows Folk Club Arundel (Weds)
Page 5 (1346kb) Spinning Jenny Dance Band, Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Hove Folk Club (Fris), Mid-Sussex Folk Singers (Weds)
Page 6 (1314kb) Brighton Acoustic Sessions (Mons), SEFAN Conference, North Brighton singarounds (Suns & Weds), Rude Mechanicals (Weds). Meltdown Ceilidhs (Sats), Cellarfolk Brighton (Tues), Fee calls Ceilidhs, Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues)
Page 7 (887kb) Broadstairs Folk Week, Brighton Folk & Blues Club, Hobgoblin Music
Page 8 (2068kb) Acoustic Sussex presentations, Horsham folk club (Suns)
7] LEWES WORKSHOPS AT THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE
The workshops last a full Saturday or Sunday and the tutor performs at the club in the evening. The programme for 2009 will be:-
28th Feb Brian Peters Melodeon
1st. March Brian Peters Ballad forum
28th. March Tom McConville Fiddle
25th. April Craig Morgan Robson Way through the Woods
26th. April Craig Morgan Robson Vocal harmony
6th. June Kerr /Fagan /Harbron Fiddle /Bouzouki /Concertina
7th. June Kerr Fagan /Harbron Vocal harmony/Winter MS tunes
11th. July Will Duke Scan Tester's tunes
18th. July Bonnie Shaljean Harp
12th. Sept Tommy Peoples Fiddle
19th. Sept Jeff Warner Song accompaniment
10th. Oct Tim Edey Melodeon
14th. Nov Vicki Swan Scottish smallpipes
21st. Nov Tom & Barbara Brown Ballad forum
5th. Dec Billy Teare Storytelling
5th. Dec Kathleen O'Sullivan Irish song
The website for more details is
http://www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/workshps.html or contact Valmai
Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email
8] REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA
Bryan Creer has taken on the task of detailing these, but has made changes to the way this is presented. Here is what he says:-
I have given free rein to my inner geek and written a new version of the Sessions page that works out the date of the next of each session (except for the weekly ones where it seemed a bit pointless). This was inspired by the uselessness of "Fortnightly counting from 3rd October 2006".
I think it probably works almost all of the time (maybe). Would you
like to change any references you make to it to
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on Bryancreer@aol.com
Look out for a return of an old favourite. The free monthly Sunday afternoon sessions at the Royal Oak in Station Street are going to be revived in March. More details of this in next month's newsletter.
...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 2009 are being snapped up quickly.
Contact Tina on 01273 478124 or email her at
book the band. The band's website is at
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/pistols.htm and they have a MYSPACE profile as well at http://www.myspace.com/thesussexpistols
VIC & TINA SMITH
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124