Folk Music News from Lewes for July
Subject: Folk Music News from Lewes for July|
From: Vic Smith
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 08:30 AM
EIGHT ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR JULY
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 Thursdays leading up to our summer break during the month of August and then the first few weeks afterwards. This includes what is probably our most adventurous booking ever with the Magnolia Sisters on July 16th:-
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 – THEN WE START THE NEW SEASON WITH A BANG WITH AN EVENING WITH THE COPPER FAMILY ON SEPTEMBER 3rd.
Sept 3rd * £6.00 * THE COPPER FAMILY
Jon, Jill and John and some of their children will be on hand as we welcome one of the regular visits from England's leading traditional singing family.
Sept 10th * £6.00 * PETE COE
One of the top names on the scene. A fine singer and multi-instrumentalist. He will even stepdance as he plays!
Sept 17th * £6.00 * PETE SHEPHEARD, TAM SPIERS & ARTHUR WATSON
Three fine performers of Scots traditional song, all with a deep understanding of the genre and all with excellent voices. Accompaniments on melodeon, fiddle and whistle
Sept 24th * £6.00 * MICHAEL MARRA
Scotland's top songwriter is also a very fine singer and accompanies himself beautifully on piano and guitar.
Oct 1st * £6.00 * BEVERLY SMITH & CARL JONES
Old- Timey tunes and songs accompanied by banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle by two top American performers on tour. They were great on their last two visits.
Oct 8th * £5.00 * JEFF WESLEY
Making a very welcome return from Northamptonshire, Jeff Wesley will be singing traditional English songs with that note of authority and authenticity stamped on every note.
October 22nd * £6.00 * DAVE RUCH
Another top American visitor, this time from northern New York State. Fine local songs and multi-instrumental tune playing.
Our Future Guests will include:-
* DICK GAUGHAN
* LEN GRAHAM
* RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE
* PETE MORTON, MAGGIE BOYLE & CHRIS PARKINSON
* SARA GREY & KIERON MEANS
* MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP
* CHRIS COE & JOHN ADAMS
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:-
Leon Rosselson - "Jumbo The Elephant" (July 9th) [with Robb Johnson]
The Magnolia Sisters - "Honky Tonk Boogie" (July 16th)
Ralph Bodington - "Gypsy Davy" (July 23rd) [with Jerry Epstein]
Jerry Epstein – "Pretty Sally" (July 23rd) [with Ralph Bodington]
The Copper Family - "Claudy Banks" (September 3rd)
Shepheard, Spiers & Watson - "Jock Hawk's Adventures in Glasgow" - (September 17th)
Michael Marra - "Hermless" - (September 24th)
Beverley 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:-
THE COPPER FAMILY – September 3rd
PETE COE – September 10th
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 http://whatson.brighton.co.uk/folk
This site all always kept updated with the latest events and those currently
listed cover all the dates up until the end of July 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 237 covers the months of June and July. 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 several pages of reviews of CDs and books. 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 has just passed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
VIC SMITH 01273 478124 email@example.com
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. 237 JUNE - JULY 2009
Page 1 (3070kb) White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons), Brighton Acoustic Session (Mons), Sevenoaks, Festival, The Kinraid Band at Brighton Festival
Page 2 (423kb) ) Piggies Open Mic Uckfield (Tues), Sussex Folk Association, Eastbourne Folk Club (Weds), Brighton Folk & Blues Club (Fris), Spyboy Presentations
Page 3 (881kb) ) Lewes Saturday Club, Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) - Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (3759kb) ) Willows Folk Club Arundel (Weds), CD Reviews
Page 5 (2028kb) ) Tenterden Folk Festival, CD reviews
Page 6 (970kb) ) Electric Voices presentations Guildford area, Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Elsies (Sats), Barber & Taylor at The Open House, Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues), Cellarfolk Brighton (Tues), Village Harmony concert.
Page 7 (573kb) ) Crawley Folk Festival.
Page 8 (184kb) ) Barry Murphy banjos, Vince's fiddles, North Brighton Singarounds (Weds & Suns), Roots Around The World, Uckfield Festival
Page 9 (1213kb) ) Stokes Bay Festival, CD reviews.
Page 10 (4696kb) ) Amberley Folk Club (Tues), Shoreham Folk Day, Croydon Folk Club (Mons) CD reviews)
Page 11 (1858 kb) ) Hove Folk Club (Fris), Hobgoblin Records, Robin & Bina Williamson concert in Lewes
Page 12 (1064 kb)) Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Luca Music Lessons, Mid-Sussex Folk Singers (Weds), The Rude Mechanicals Shoreham (Weds), Vin Garbutt at Croydon Folk Club, Pig's Ear Kentish Ale
Page 13 (2716kb) ) Mick Jagger Centre, Gary's Live Music Club Coolham, Acoustic Sussex.
Page 14 (674 kb) ) Beacon Tunbridge Wells (Mons), Crawley Ceilidh Experience 2009, CD & Book reviews
Page 15 (737 kb) ) Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Summer Ceilidhs Rottingdean, Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson in "The Liberty Tree" Royal Oak Lewes
Page 16 (1081 kb) ) Gryphon at the QEH South Bank
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:-
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
~~~~~ July 26th – August 30th – September 27th ~~~~~
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, and they are posted at
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact
him on Bryancreer@aol.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. They have just been booked, once again for the largest and most prestigious dance in our area, the BRIGHTON MIDWINTER CEILIDH at the Corn Exchange in Brighton on December 20th. Book early for this as it always sells out very quickly.
Contact Tina on 01273 478124 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to
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