August Folk News From Lewes
Subject: August Folk News From Lewes|
From: Vic Smith
Date: 23 Aug 09 - 11:11 AM
NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR AUGUST
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
Every Thursday 8.pm PROMPT START
July can be a difficult month for attendances in folk clubs, but we managed to finish our season with the real flourish. Two of the last four meetings had capacity crowds with people being turned away and then on our final Open Night we were inundated with performers; we restricted everyone to two items each and managed to fit in 26 performers – and, sadly, there were some that we were not able to fit in.
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.
Oct 15th * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT
At our end of season Open Night in July we started on time, had a short interval and restricted performers to two items each – we manages to fit in 26 and we still had five performers that we were not able to fit in! That made us feel rather guilty so we have managed to schedule another one for the autumn.
Oct 22nd * £6.00 * DAVE RUCH
Another top American visitor, this time from northern New York State. Fine local songs and multi-instrumental tune playing. First British tour.
Oct 29th * £6.00 * LEN GRAHAM
The outstanding traditional singer with the mellifluous voice from the north of Ireland is with us again.
Nov 5th * CLOSED – LEWES BONFIRE
Nov 12th * £5.00 * BOB LEWIS
The finest of the Sussex traditional singers and a genial man with the very fine repertoire of songs. The evening will also include a showing of Jonathan Roper's film about Bob entitled "The Crocodile, the Cobbler and Bob"
Nov 19th * £7.00 * DICK GAUGHAN
Edinburgh's finest. An outstanding radical singer and guitarist and a professional musician since Jan 1970. In two months time, Dick will have been performing for a living for 40 years.
Nov 26th * £6.00 * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE
The combination of Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan Stewart is a very special one and rightly they have become a very popular attraction.
Dec 3rd * Free Admission * LEWES LATE NIGHT SHOPPING OPEN NIGHT
There's always lots going on in the town on this night including many visiting musicians – and they usually wind up at the Royal Oak.
Dec 10th * £7.00 * PETE MORTON, MAGGIE BOYLE & CHRIS PARKINSON present "THE MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE TOUR"
Hilarious, entertaining, engaging, fascinating and musically excellent.
Dec 17th * Free Admission * CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
With the resident musicians acting as the band, we have a right old song and dance.
In 2010, our guests will include:-
* SARA GREY & KIERON MEANS * MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP * CHRIS COE & JOHN ADAMS * ROY BAILEY * JEFF DAVIS & HOWIE BURSEN * ANDY TURNER & MATT GREEN * JEFF WARNER *
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:-
The Copper Family - "Claudy Banks" (September 3rd)
Pete Coe - "The Fireman's Song" (September 10th)
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)
Len Graham - "Green Grows The Laurel" - (October 29th)
Dick Gaughan - "The Freedom Come-All-Ye" - (November 19th)
Rattle On The Stovepipe - "Eight More Miles To Louisville" (November 26th)
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:-
THE COPPER FAMILY – September 3rd
PETE COE – September 10th
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 September 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 238 covers the months of August and September. 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 will be August 28th for the October/November 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. 238 AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2009
Page 1 (937kb) The Twagger Band at Danehill. Clive Carroll at Croydon Folk Club, Brighton Folk & Blues Club, Folk at the Hawth Crawley.
Page 2 (832kb) Barry Murphy banjos, Vice's fiddles, Croydon Folk Club (Mond), North Brighton Singarounds (Weds & Suns), Eastbourne Lammas Festival.
Page 3 (770kb) Lewes Saturday Club, Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) - Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (959kb)Gary's Live Music Club (Sats), Chiddingly Festival
Page 5 (928kb) Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Open Stage at The Inn On The Park Golden Cross, The Rude Mechanicals (Weds), Abbie Lathe at Croydon folk club, Crawley Folk In Harmony, White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons).
Page 6 (781kb) Piggies Open Mike Uckfield (Tues), Sussex Folk Association, Eastbourne Folk Club (Weds), Hobgoblin Music, Chris Liddiard Designs, Jim Marshall Button Badges. Sussex Pistols dance band.
Page 7 (2055kb) Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Acoustic Sussex.
Page 8 (1325kb) Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Brighton Acoustic Session (Mons), Six Bells Chiddingly (Mons), Banjo, guitar, bass lessons, Brighton Cellarfolk (Tues), Beacon Tunbridge Wells ((Tues), Sussex Pistols Dance Band.
Page 9 (1827kb) Willows Arundel (Weds), Jo Chedley, Deal Maritime Festival
Page 10 (1963kb) Tenterden Folk Festival, CD reviews
Page 11 (403 kb) Amberley Folk Club (Tues), Seaford Live
Page 12 (1250 kb) Ropetackle Centre Shoreham
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:-
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
The Lewes Saturday Folk Club has a new domain name - http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/ . This will work in parallel with the old name http://www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/ for the time being but they hope to phase it out so please change your bookmarks.
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
~~~~~ August 30th – September 27th – October 25th – November 29th ~~~~~
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
9] SESSION AT THE ROYAL OAK, BARCOMBE
This from Derrick Hughes:-
I've decided to hold a birthday session on Friday 18th September at the Royal Oak at Barcombe. I've attached an invitation for your good selves and for any other folk you think would like to come along. Would you mind sending it out on your Royal Oak mailing list too?
The end result should produce enough noise to enable me to play my serpent with impunity!
...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 - availabledates for 2009/10 are being snapped up quickly. They have 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 email@example.com 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
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124