Ten Items of Folk Music News From Lewes
Subject: Ten Items of Folk Music News From Lewes|
From: Vic Smith
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 01:24 PM
TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR APRIL
Let's start this month with a look forward to October:-
1] LEWES FOLK FESTIVAL 6th – 9th OCTOBER 2011
Following the success of this October's event, the organisers have decided to go ahead with another festival in 2011. Details of guests and events will be announced in future issues of this circular – already some mouth-watering names have been announced:-
SID KIPPER * THE BLACK UMFOLOSI 5 from Zimbabwe * THE GECKOES with caller WILL HALL * SHIRLEY COLLINS * THE COPPER FAMILY * THE LONG HILL RAMBLERS * THE TWAGGER BAND * ANDY TURNER
Once again there will be many dance teams displaying on four sites in the Cliffe area of the town on Saturday as well as singarounds, tune sessions, a varied range of workshops, presentations etc.
The programme as it is finalised will appear on the website at http://www.lewesfolkfest.org/ and tickets will be on sale from June 1st.
2] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries: - (01273) 478124 or 881316
Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Following two exceptional nights played to capacity crowds from TOM PALEY and the MARTIN CARTHY & CHRIS PARKINSON, we now have plenty of good things to look forward to:-
Apl 07th * £7.00 * PETE COOPER & RICHARD BOLTON
Richard on guitar and cello and Pete on fiddle and mandolin present a mesmerising evening of fiddle tunes and songs
Apl 14th * £7.00 * DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON
Two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience with a deep understanding of their musical heritage.
Apl 21st * £7.00 * JEZ LOWE
Utterly convincing singing backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on guitar, cittern, and mandolin has made Jez one of Britain's top attractions on the folk/acoustic/Celtic circuit.
Apl 28th * £7.00 * BAYOU SECO
From New Mexico, Ken and Jeanie bring us a range of their wonderful music that covers Cajun, traditional Hispanic, Cowboy, native American and Old Timey music.
May 5th * £7.00 * MARRY WATERSON & OLIVER KNIGHT
A new generation of England's leading folk music family! They are Lal Waterson's children; Marry an outstanding singer and Olly a great multi-instrumentalist.
May 12th * £7.00 * TIM LAYCOCK
A return visit for this multi-talented performer – an excellent singer and great musician. Tim has a wonderful way of involving his listeners in his varied performances.
May 19th * £6.00 * STUART REED
One of the cornerstones of the folk scene in Sussex, Stuart's voice was at the centre of our most popular group, The Taverners.
May 26th * free admission * OPEN NIGHT
Our Future Guests will include:-
• Denise & Stuart Savage present "What A Happy Young Man!" - The songs of Henry Hills of Lodsworth (June 9th)
• Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (June 16th)
• Liz & Yvonne Keane & Edel Fox (June 23rd)
• Savoy Family Band [Marc, Ann, Joel & Wilson Savoy] (July 28th)
• Cathal McConnell & Duncan Wood (September 15th)
• Debby McClatchy (September 22nd)
• Black Umfolosi 5 (September 29th) - Opening night of Lewes Folk Festival
• Alice Gerrard & Beverley Smith (October 13th)
• Lady Maisrey [Hazel Askew, Rowan Rheingans and Hannah James] (October 27th)
• Zoox [Linda Game, Jo May & Becky Menday] (November 10th)
• Elsie's Band [Dave Watts, John Hills, Iris Bishop & Tony Deane] (November 17th)
Our websites are at
Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all of the above.
3] THE SAVOY FAMILY BAND FROM EUNICE, LOUISIANA – JULY 28th
A real coup for the Royal Oak as we are able to present one of the world's top Cajun music bands consisting of Marc & Ann Savoy and their songs Joel and Wilson. We rarely do advance tickets for our events but this will be needed in the case of the Savoys because of the anticipated size of the turn out. Tickets (£10) will be on sale from June 1st – please phone 01273 478124 or email email@example.com in the first case.
4] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON "MYSPACE"
Our MYSPACE profile enables us to provide 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:-
Pete Cooper & Richard Bolton - "Roadrage Berserk" - (April 7th)
Dana & Susan Robinson - "Glory In The Meeting House" - (April 14th)
Jez Lowe - "The Judas Bus" - (April 21st)
Bayou Seco - "Lazy Heart" - (April 28th)
Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight - "Father Us" - (May 5th)
Tim Laycock - "Old Daddy Fox" - (May 12th)
Stuart Reed - "Rolling Home" - (May 19th)
Stuart & Denise Savage - "Our Captain Cried" - (June 9th)
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - "The Banks of the Condamine" - (June 16th)
Edel Fox [with The Kane Sisters] - "Jigs" - (June 23rd)
(After each gig the tracks will drop off to be replaced with another by an upcoming guest.)
There is also two photo montage videos of some of the best nights at the Royal Oak. One covering the club evenings during 2007 and the other between 2002 and 2006.
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 there are over 100 events currently listed covering all the dates up until the end of April.
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 248 covers the months of April and May. 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 delivery of issue 249 covering June and July is April 30th.
JIM MARSHALL 01273 559750 firstname.lastname@example.org
VIC SMITH 01273 478124 email@example.com
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 contents:-
ISSUE No. 248 April - May 2011
Page 1 Blackwood's Blue Coconut Club (Thurs), North Brighton Sing & Chat (Suns), London Old Timey & Bluegrass week, "What A Happy Young Man" Lodsworth.
Page 2 Spyboy Presentations, Cara Dillon at East Grinstead, Crawley Folk & Beer Festival.
Page 3 Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes (Thurs).
Page 4 Piggie's Open Mic Uckfield (Tues). Folk Diary advertising rates & Copy Dates, Amberley Folk Club (Tues), Meltdown Ceilidhs Haywards Heath (Sats), Barber & Taylor at The Open House Brighton.
Page 5 Acoustic Festival of Britain
Page 6 Gilmore/Roberts at the Stag Sevenoaks, Bryan Creer's 60th birthday party, Sandra Goddard's party, Edge of Chaos Orchestra gigs, Hat Music Films, Fee Calls Ceilidhs, the second Lewes Folk Festival, Lewes Favourites Tune practice sessions.
Page 7 Hobgoblin Music, Fareham & Gosport Easter Festival, Rattlebag singarounds Hastings (Thurs), Wickham Festival.
Page 8 Electric Voices presentations, CD Reviews.
Page 9 Willows Folk Club Arundel (Weds), CD reviews.
Page 10 Tenterden Folk Festival, CD Reviews.
Page 11 Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Acoustic Sussex presentations.
Page 12 The Unreel's Barn Dance Henfield, Barry Murphy's banjos, Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Croydon Folk Club (Mons), Beacon Tunbridge Wells folk club (Mons).
Page 13 Eastbourne Folk Club (Weds), So Last Century String Band, Brighton Acoustic session (Mons), Chichester Pickers (Thurs), Folk & Blues at the Roebuck Ringmer (Suns), Grassroots gigs, Folk at the Coast, Bognor (Fris), Brighton Singers' Club (Weds).
Page 14 Cigar Box Guitars, The Rude Mechanicals Shoreham (Weds), Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues), Vince's violins, Elsie's (Sats), Eastbourne Story Tellers, White Horse Bodle Street Green (Mons), Mid-Sussex Chorus & Harmony Ashurst (Weds), Button Accordeon for sale, Tonbridge Folk Club (Mons).
Page 15 St. George's Day Folk at the Orchards. Haywards Heath.
Page 16 Towersey Village festival.
8] VIDEO PAGE ON THE FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK WEBSITE
The Folk at the Royal Oak website now has a page devoted to YouTube and Facebook videos. It is at http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/videos.htm The page is divided into two sections, the first showing videos of guest artists who will be appearing at the Royal Oak, and the second section showing videos of some performances on past nights at the Royal Oak. The videos currently being shown on that page are as follows:-
VIDEOS: VIDEOS OF COMING GUESTS
PETE COOPER on April 7th
DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON on April 14th
JEZ LOWE on April 21st
BAYOU SECO on April 28th
MARRY WATERSON & OLIVER KNIGHT on May 5th
NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN on June 16th
THE KANE SISTERS & EDEL FOX on June 16th
THE SAVOY FAMILY BAND on July 28th
CATHAL McCONNELL & DUNCAN WOOD on September 15th
BLACK UMFOLOSI 5 on October 6th
ALICE GERRARD on October 13th
BEVERLY SMITH on October 13th
LADY MAISERY on October 27th
ZOOX on November 10th
VIDEOS TAKEN DURING CLUB EVENINGS AT THE ROYAL OAK
Them38 videos embedded here include performances by CHRIS FOSTER * JEZ LOWE * CHRIS BARTRAM, NEIL BROOKES & TONY WEATHERALL * MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP *MIKE GULSTON * TIM VAN EYKEN * CARTHY, WATERSON & PARKINSON * DAVIS, LOCKER & WINQUIST * BLACK UMFOLOSI from ZIMBABWE *SPIDER JOHN KOERNER with CHIP SMITH * TERRY MASTERSON * MARILYN BENNETT * JOHN KIRKPATRICK * THE LONG HILL RAMBLERS * THE TWAGGER BAND * LINDA GAME * MAGGIE BOYLE * MANDY MURRAY
 LEWES WORKSHOPS AT THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE
The workshops last a full Saturday or Sunday and the tutor performs at the club in the evening.
Forthcoming workshops in 2011 -
09 April The Claque Ballad forum
30 April Sara Grey Banjo & song
04 June Martyn Wyndham-Read & Iris Bishop Singing & accompaniment
11 June John Kirkpatrick John K's tunes (any instrument)
16 July Brian Peters Melodeon
17 July Brian Peters Ballad forum
15 Oct Tom & Barbara Brown West Country songs
29 Oct Jody Kruskal Concertina
03 Dec Paul & Liz Davenport Ballads
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.
10] 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 2011 are being snapped up 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
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
ROYAL OAK WEBSITES:-
SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE:-