Folk Music News from Lewes for May
Subject: Folk Music News from Lewes for May|
From: Vic Smith
Date: 06 May 09 - 10:12 AM
NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR MAY
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
Every Thursday 8.pm PROMPT START
Here is our programme for the next three months. For the four Thursdays in May, we will be having a season of Irish performers and each are outstanding performers bring different aspects of the rich tradition of that country.
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
June 4th * £6.00 * TIM LAYCOCK
Tim is a folksinger, songwriter and actor. He has performed with Magic Lantern, The Albion Band and The Mellstock Band, and played concertina in five productions at The National Theatre.
June 11th * £5.00 * TONY HALL
The master of playing distinctive, quintessentially English style two-row melodeon, a great singer and a naturally very funny man.
June 18th * £5.00 * DUCK SOUP
A fascinating and different way of interpreting traditional song and dance tunes with some instruments that you would not expect to hear in a folk club with Adam Bushell, Ian Kearey & Dan Quinn
June 25th * £6.00 * THE NEW DEAL STRING BAND
One of the legendary figures of the revival of interest in Old Timey music, Tom Paley, is joined by his son Ben and long-time associate, Joe Locker
July 2nd * £5.00 * GORDON TYRRALL
Gordon has been deeply involved in traditional music since the 1970s as a mesmeric singer, an outstanding guitarist and an immaculate flute player.
July 9th * £7.00 * LEON ROSSELSON & ROBB JOHNSON – "THE LIBERTY TREE"
Not an ordinary club night, Leon and Robb's show on Tom Paine will take the entire evening. Part of the "Thomas Paine & Lewes Festival".
July 16th * £7.00 * THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS
An amazing coup for us as we present the leading female Cajun band from Louisiana - Ann Savoy, Jane Vidrine, Anya Burgess, and Lisa Reed.
July 23rd * £6.00 * JERRY EPSTEIN & RALPH BODINGTON
Jerry has been involved in traditional music for 40 years and was director of the New York Eisteddfod. Ralph is a superb performer of banjo tunes and ballads from the old-time Southern mountain culture.
July 30th * Free Admission * GRAND END-OF-SEASON OPEN NIGHT
All welcome, particularly performers who have not been at the Royal Oak before – then we are closed for the month of August
CLOSED DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST
Our Future Guests will also include:-
SHEPHEARD, SPIERS & WATSON * MICHAEL MARRA *DAVE RUCH * DICK GAUGHAN * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE * CARL JONES & BEVERLY SMITH * LEN GRAHAM * JEFF WESLEY * PETE MORTON, MAGGIE BOYLE & CHRIS PARKINSON * SARA GREY & KEIRON MEANS
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:-
Con 'Fada' Ó Driscoeil - "King Lear" - (May 7th)
Kevin Mitchell - "The Banks of Brandywine" - (May 14th)
Kathleen O'Sullivan - "My Generous Lover" - (May 28th)
Tony Hall - "Jimmy Shand's March/Miss Elspeth Campbell" - (June 11th)
Gordon Tyrrall - "Jessie" (July 2nd)
Shepheard, Spiers & Watson - "Jock Hawk's Adventures in Glasgow" - (September 17th)
Michael Marra - "Hermless" - (September 24th)
Beverly Smith & Carl Jones - "Carter's Blues" - (October 1st)
Jeff Wesley - "Young and Growing" - (October 8th)
Dave Ruch - "Cabbage Head" - (October 22nd)
After each gig the songs will drop off to be replaced with another by an
In addition there are videos by each of the following coming guest artists:-
CON "FADA" O'DRISOEIL - May 7th
TONY HALL - June 11th
DUCK SOUP - May 18th
THE NEW DEAL STRING BAND - June 25th
GORDON TYRRALL - July 2nd
THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS - July 16th
MICHAEL MARRA - September 24th
BEVERLY SMITH & CARL JONES - October 1st
DAVE RUCH - October 22nd
LEN GRAHAM - October 29th
DICK GAUGHAN - November 19th
3] 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 May 2009.
4] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the
paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY. Issue no 236 covers the months of April and May 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 and reviews of CDs. 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 June/July issue has just passed so the next copy date will be June 30th for the August/September issue. 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 email@example.com
VIC SMITH 01273 478124 firstname.lastname@example.org
5] THE FOLK DIARY ON LINE
THE FOLK DIARY is available on-line at http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/fd.htm
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 are listed here with the content of each page:-
ISSUE No. 236 APRIL - MAY 2009
Page 1 (2002kb) Greg Harper album, Pig's Ear Kentish Folk Ale 2009, Crawley Folk Festival
Page 2 (1687kb) Piggies Open Mic Uckfield (Tues) Lamb Eastbourne (Weds), Sussex Folk Association, The Mick Jagger Centre, Spyboy presentations
Page 3 (812kb) Lewes Saturday Club, Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) - Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (1420kb)Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Acoustic Sussex.
Page 5 (488 kb) Gary's Acoustic Music Club, Kate Rusby at the Hawth, Crawley, Electric Voices
Page 6 (410kb) Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Hove Folk Club (Fris), Mid-Sussex Folk Singers (Weds), G P Music Promotions (Crawley) .
Page 7 (969kb) Harmony Glen dates, Brighton Folk & Blues Club (Fris), Royal Oak Lewes Sunday Session, Royal Oak Lewes Irish Month in May, Hobgoblin Music
Page 8 (1670kb) Barry Murphy banjos, Vince's fiddles, Willows folk club Arundel (Weds),North Brighton Singarounds (Weds & Suns), White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons), Meltdown Ceilidhs
Page 9 (399 kb) Littlehampton Folk & Roots Festival.
Page 10 (817 kb) Brighton Acoustic Session (Mons), Elsie's (Sats), Rude Mechanicals (Weds), Duck Baker concert Hurstpierpoint, Beacon Tunbridge Wells (Mons), Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues), Brighton Cellarfolk (Tues)
Page 11 (1696 kb) Tenterden Folk Festival, CD Reviews
Page 12 (1883 kb) Folk In The Orchards Haywards Heath
6] 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 the remainder of 2009 will be:-
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 ValmaiGoodyear@aol.com
7] MONTHLY SESSION IN LEWES
After a gap of several years, Sunday afternoon tune and song sessions have returned to the bar of the Royal Oak in Station Street in Lewes. These will be on the last Sunday of the month from 3.30 – 5.30pm. Dates for the next sessions are
***** 31st May – 28th June - 26th July *****
They will be run by Vic & Tina Smith.
8] OTHER 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 http://www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/Sessions.php
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on Bryancreer@aol.com
9] BAYOU SECO AT BEECHWOOD HALL, COOKSBRIDGE Friday May 8th
There are still tickets available for the concert by the wonderful Bayou Seco at this wonderful new community hall this coming Friday. Here are the details:-
Event: "BAYOU SECO" Now booking!
Date: Friday 8 May 2009
Place: Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge
Price: Adults £8.00; Concessions £5.00; Children £5.00
Additional information: New Mexican band, Bayou Seco, celebrate the music and dance traditions of America's southern States. A Bayou Seco performance is a lively night of toe-tapping music that spans from Louisiana to Arizona featuring Cajun and Zydeco, Norteno Tex-Mex, Chicken Scratch, New Mexican colonial dance tunes and cowboy songs. They delve into the rich stew of traditional American music that has been simmering for centuries and it certainly is spicy!
TICKETS IN ADVANCE ONLY.
To book call: 01273 477706 or e-mail: email@example.com
...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 firstname.lastname@example.org t obook 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
ROYAL OAK WEBSITES:-
SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE:-
SUSSEX PISTOLS BARN DANCE BAND WEBSITE:-
COMPOUND SOUNDS WEBSITE