December Folk News from Lewes, Sussex
Subject: December Folk News from Lewes, Sussex|
From: Vic Smith
Date: 30 Nov 09 - 05:58 PM
TWELVE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR DECEMBER
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 coming months:-
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 MAGICAL 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.
CLOSED CHRISTMAS EVE & NEW YEAR'S EVE
Jan 7th * £6.00 * ROSIE DAVIS, JOE LOCKER & BOB WINQUIST
A tremendous trio offering great singing and musicianship on fiddle, banjo, autoharp, guitar and bass plus Rosie's sparkling dancing.
Jan 14th * free admission * OPEN NIGHT
Jan 21st * £5.00 * BING LYLE
The very engaging local singer of traditional songs, songwriter and a talented multi- instrumentalist.
Jan 28th * £7.00 * SARA GREY'S 70th BIRTHDAY PARTY.
We give a party for the American singer and banjoist who has made very many appearances in Lewes since the 1960s and made a huge contribution to the folk scene on both sides of the Atlantic. She appears with her song Kieron and surprise guests.
Feb 4th * £6.00 * MARTYN WYNDHAM READ & IRIS BISHOP
One of the finest voices on the folk scene in the company of one of the most talented and sensitive accompanists.
Feb 11th * £6.00 * JEZ LOWE
'One of the best writers to come out of England' Richard Thompson. 'One of our best songwriters' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
Feb 18th * £6.00 * CHRIS BARTRAM, NEIL BROOKES & TONY WEATHERALL
A new trio from Shropshire that combines the excellent singing of Chris with the a pair of the finest exponents of English dance music on fiddle and melodeon
Later in 2010, our guests will include:-
* CHRIS COE & JOHN ADAMS * MARTIN CARTHY, NORMA WATERSON & CHRIS PARKINSON * JOHN KIRKPATRICK * ANDY TURNER & MATT GREEN * JEFF WARNER * BAYOU SECO
Our websites are at
Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all of the above.
2] LEWES FOLK FESTIVAL 7 -10th OCTOBER 2010.
The two Lewes folk clubs are combining their efforts to promote this festival, largely based in their own clubrooms and other venues in the town. At the moment this is still in the early planning stages but watch this circular and elsewhere for updates on the guests/programme etc. At the moment the following artists have agreed to appear: - SHIRLEY COLLINS, JOHN KIRKPATRICK, CHRIS COE, JOHN ADAMS, PETE COE. SUE COE, CHRIS PARTINGTON
3] SARA GREY'S 70th BIRTHDAY – 28th JANUARY 2010
One regular recipient of this monthly circular will not be receiving it this time – and that is Sara Grey! We have booked her along with her son Kieron Means to appear on that night and we do want to make it a very special occasion so please:-
* Contact us with your suggestions of what we could do on the evening
* Send your cards, letters to us at the address below and we will present them to Sara on the evening.
* Any email messages we will collate and print to give to her - email@example.com
* Any short .mp3 message of greeting attached to emails will be played to her during the evening – also firstname.lastname@example.org
But most of all – please make an effort to be there to make it a very special occasion for Sara who has been a stalwart of the folk club scene in this country for over 40 years now.
4] 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:-
Maggie Boyle [with Pete Morton & Chris Parkinson] - "The Little Thatched Cabin" - (December 10th)
Chris Parkinson [with Pete Morton & Maggie Boyle] - "Scotch Measure/Mount Hills" - (December 10th)
Pete Morton [with Maggie Boyle & Chris Parkinson] - "The Two Brothers" - (December 10th)
Rosie Davis [with Joe Locker & Bob Winquist] - "My Blue Heart" - (January 7th)
Bing Lyle - "Painting the Town" - (January 21st)
Sara Grey & Kieron Means - "Lazy John" - (January 28th)
Martyn Wyndham Read & Iris Bishop - "The Foggy Dew" - (February 4th)
Chris Bartram, Neil Brookes & Tony Weatherall - "Barleycorn" - (February 18th)
Tony Weatherall [as part of Bartram. Brookes & Weatherall]- "The Woolsack - Oh What A Row - Reel" - (February 18th)
Mat Green & Andy Turner - "Quicksteps" - (March 4th)
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:-
PETE MORTON December 10th
MAGGIE BOYLE December 10th
ROSIE DAVIS JOE LOCKER & BOB WINQUIST January 7th
SARA GREY & KIERON MEANS January 28th
MARTYN WYNDHAM READ & IRIS BISHOP February 4th
JEZ LOWE February 11th
5] 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 2009.
6] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY. Issue no 240 covers the months of December and January. 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 will be December 31st for the February/March 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
Issue 240 covers the months of December and January and as is a bi-monthly publication, it does not take much to work out that it will mark 40 years of this local listings magazine!!!! And all the time the same two people have been at the helm.
7] 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. 240 DECEMBER - JANUARY 2009
Page 1(432kb) Croydon folk club - "The Magical Christmas Tree Show, Derrick Hughes plays serpent, "Maypoles to Mistletoes" at The Hawth, Crawley, Brighton Folk & Blues Club at The Open House (Fris).
Page 2 (399kb) Meltdown Ceilidhs Haywards Heath, Nellie Folk Club Tonbridge (Mons), Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Sandra's Party, Spyboy Presentations.
Page 3 (936kb) Gary's Live Music Club Coolham Village Hall, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes (Thurs), Copy dates and contact details.
Page 4 (1.00mb) Rattlebag singarounds Hastings (Thurs), Folk on the Coast Bognor (Fris), The Sussex Pistols Barn Dance Band.
Page 5 (0.99kb) Barry Murphy banjos. Vince's fiddles, Croydon Folk Club (Mons), Crow Jane recording studio Lewes, Mid-Sussex folk singers Ashurst (Weds).
Page 6 (291kb) Amberley Folk Club (Tues), Steve Winchester new album, Fee calls Ceilidhs, North Brighton singarounds (Thurs & Suns), Rude Mechanicals (Weds), Blakewood The Blue Coconut (Thurs), Get the Folk Diary by post.
Page 7 (586kb) CD reviews by Jim Marshall and Vic Smith
Page 8 (1.29mb) CD reviews by Jim Marshall and Vic Smith
Page 9 (755kb) (385kb) CD reviews by Jim Marshall and Vic Smith
Page 10 (392kb) CD reviews by Jim Marshall and Vic Smith
Page 11 (2.04mb) Willows Arundel (Weds), SEFAN Regional Meeting, Acoustic Sussex
Page 12 (1.10mb) Piggies Open Mike Uckfield (Tues), Sussex Folk Association, Lamb folk club Eastbourne (Weds), Hat Music and Films
Page 13 (1.54mb) Blakewood Acoustic sessions (Weds), Brighton Cellarfolk Brighton (Tues), Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues). Elsie's (Sats), Brighton Acoustic session (Mons), White Horse Bodle Street Green (Mons)
Page 14 (2.26mb) Geordie's Winter Almanac Tour Winchester, Forty Years of The Folk Diary!
Page 15 (1.13mb) Seaford Folk Club (Fris) Brighton Singers Club (Weds), All Good Folk ( carols), Electric Voices Guildford area.
Page 16 (123kb) (123KB) Lewes Saturday Club.
8] 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:-
5th. Dec Billy Teare Storytelling
5th. Dec Kathleen O'Sullivan Irish song
Then the programme for 2010 is as follows:-
20th Feb Steve Turner Concertina (all systems)
27th Feb Coope Boyes & Simpson Vocal harmony
27th Feb Georgina Boyes Folklore: a participatory talk
27th. March Ben Paley Fiddle
17th. April Shirley Collins English traditional song masterclass
18h. April Shirley Collins English traditional song masterclass
24th April Issey Emeney Melodeon
22nd. May Joe Penland North Carolina traditional song & society
5th June Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs Cornish traditional tunes from manuscripts
6th June Mike O'Connor Songwriting in the tradition
10th. July Karen Tweed O'Carolan's music (any instrument)
18th. Sept Moor Music Dartmoor music (any instrument)
9th. Oct John Adams, Chris Partington Village Music Project (any instrument)
10th Oct Chris Coe Ballad forum
30/31st. Oct Martin Carthy Guitar (workshop on Sunday 31st)
13th. Nov Frankie Armstrong Voice & performance technique
20th. Nov Tim Laycock Concertina (all systems)
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.
9] 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
~~~~~ - January 31st – February 28th ~~~~~
No session in December
They will be run by Vic & Tina Smith.
10] OTHER REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA
Bryan Creer has taken on the task of detailing these, and they are posted at 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
11] BRIGHTON MIDWINTER CEILIDH – CORN EXCHANGE, BRIGHTON - 20th DECEMBER
This huge event is one of the most popular and well attended folk dances in the south of England. Dancing to THE SUSSEX PISTOLS with caller VIC SMITH. It always sells out so get your tickets well in advance from http://www.brightondome.org/EventSeatBlock.aspx
12] THE COPPER FAMILY – HOUSE CONCERT – 26th JANUARY
This from Jon Dudley
It's coming up that time of year again - January, and we've decided to have another house concert, Our guests will be 'Rattle on the Stovepipe' and the date will be Tuesday 26th January (the last Tuesday in January if it helps people remember), Any chance you might feel like MC'ing Vic?
We hope you may be available for this onerous task and that you would be kind enough to mention the event to your august and faithful audience via your email blast...again we're suggesting a 'voluntary' £7.00 donation. There will be a free glass of Harveys or a glass of red or white wine, subsequent ones at £1 a throw. Strictly not-for-profit. All proceeds to artists.
Tickets will be by email application only and we'll be emailing everyone that came last time as well. Please email
...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 2010 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 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
VIC & TINA SMITH
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124