From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 20 October 2006 22:11
Subject: Acoustic Sussex newsletter - 20 October 2006

Newsletter         20th October 2006


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
or email:



For more information on Acoustic Sussex shows including sound samples, click on the artists' website links below or visit our
Myspace website

Sound samples for Pierre Bensusan, Matthew Ord and Tommy Emmanuel playing now!

Yes, we admit it – our next couple of shows are unapologetically dedicated to the music of the guitar. Come along and experience the drama, passion and grace of world musician Pierre Bensusan or the simply dazzling musicianship of Tommy Emmanuel. With two superb young musicians in support, these two shows in November are not to be missed!  (Please note that Tommy Emmanuel tickets are expected to sell out within the next week or so.)

And talking about guitars, people who came to our last event will know that the Beth Nielsen Chapman concert on Saturday 27th January is also a charity fund-raising event, which will include an auction of an electro-acoustic guitar (sponsored by Hobgoblin Music in Crawley) signed by a number of well-known musicians. Watch this space for more in future newsletters. (Please note that only around a third of the seats remain for this concert, and the rest are likely to sell very quickly once Beth’s website is updated with her 2007 dates – for tickets, ring the Chequer mead Box Office on 01342 302000.)

Click on these links (or visit the website) for more information on our three remaining 2006 shows:

Ø       Monday 6th November – Pierre Bensusan + Matthew Ord, at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Ø       Tuesday 28th November – Tommy Emmanuel + Gareth Pearson at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Ø       Monday 11th December – John Tams & Barry Coope + Edwina Hayes, at Chequer Mead


Beth Nielsen Chapman
Saturday 27 January
Chequer Mead)

Monday 6 November September

The Ravenswood
£10 adv (£12 door) 8pm
01342 714810/716975
or email


French-Algerian Pierre Bensusan is rated as one of the top ten finger-style guitar players in the world, and one of the most eloquent and diverse musicians of our time, effortlessly moving from classical to jazz to ethnic.

Working exclusively in the unusual DADGAD tuning, Pierre has developed a bittersweet melodic approach that incorporates Folk, Celtic, Jazz, Impressionist, Brazilian, Medieval, Latin, North African rhythms, wordless vocals and French songs.

In solo concerts that have been described as “a must-have experience“ sometimes lasting up to 3 hours), each performance is brimming with passion, drama, rich ornamentation, grace and sheer joy, along with some of the most dazzling acoustic guitar playing on the planet.

"Pierre’s music gives me the shakes. No other guitarist shares his  strange gifts of sophistication, accessibility and downright joy.  Even at its most complex, Pierre’s music only needs ears to be enjoyed."

Leo Kottke

Joining Pierre exclusively for this concert is Matthew Ord, a superb young guitarist who combines an impressive picking technique with a feel for the blues that's rare at any age and remarkable in such a young player, with echoes of John Fahey and John Renbourn. We think Matthew will reach wider attention very soon, so come and get an early taster.

This is a fabulous double-bill that we cannot recommend highly enough.


Pierre Bensusan

Click here for more
in our News Release

(a PDF file)

Matthew Ord

28 November

Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
£15.50 (£14 conc)    8pm
Box Office:
Tel. 01342 302000
or email





The late and great Chet Atkins (with whom Tommy Emmanuel shared a Grammy nomination for ‘The Day Fingerpickers Took Over the World’) said of Tommy " of the greatest players on the planet...". No wonder, since he has amazed everyone who hears him with his indefinable acoustic guitar style - a style which has led him to working with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Michael Bolton, Olivia Newton-John, John Denver, Albert Lee, Leo Kottke, Hank Marvin, Joe Walsh, and countless others.

A household name in his native Australia, Tommy’s music and his life have become part of Australian legend. With countless awards including 4 platinum and 3 gold albums, he sets the standard for others to emulate. Book early for this certain sell-out show.

"I think he’s probably the greatest finger-picker in the world today... inventive, fearless and a flawless sense of rhythm... You can’t watch Tommy perform and not feel happy.” Chet Atkins

"a true colossus of the instrument in performance." Brian Miller, Celtic Connections

In support tonight is Gareth Pearson, a young guitarist from South Wales. He was inspired to play the guitar when he saw a video tape of Tommy Emmanuel in concert.

“There will be an opening act that we met in England. He's a teenage acoustic guitar player that knocked us all out. His name is Gareth Pearson. He doesn't sing, he has no band, and he is mesmerizing. I love his music, and you will, too...or else..” Southside Johnny


Tommy Emmanuel

Gareth Pearson

11 December
Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
£12 (£10 conc)    8pm
Box Office:
Tel. 01342 302000
or email




Returning to East Grinstead after their hugely popular show last year, John Tams, one of the country's leading songwriters, with his colleague of many years, the widely respected singer and keyboard player Barry Coope.

John is considered by many to be one of our finest English songwriters. His warm, tender-hearted and distinctive vocals are among the most expressive and soulful in English music.  He won a hat-trick of awards in the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of the Year; Album of the Year; and Best Traditional Song. He was also Musical Director for the acclaimed recent Radio Ballads series on BBC Radio 2.

John will be remembered by many as Daniel Hagman in the ITV Sharpe series - a role he played for five years alongside Sean Bean. He also co-wrote the music for the series.

Barry Coope combines his exquisite versatility as a singer with a deeply passionate mastery of time and harmony as an accompanist.  The collaboration of these two extraordinary talents, who also happen to be great friends, is a recipe for a wonderful evening of entertainment with a fine mixture of traditional and original songs.

"They confound expectations.  Rich, diverse, contemporary and utterly compelling.  It simply does not get any better than this" 
Colin Hall, What's On in London

Were especially pleased to confirm that Edwina Hayes will be providing support for this show.


John Tams and Barry Coope

BBC Radio 2
2006 Folk Awards


Edwina Hayes

For your future diaries..

Future dates in the 2007 Acoustic Sussex programme (some of them provisional) are:

Ø    19 January 2007, Acoustic Strawbs (see website)

Ø     27 January 2007, Beth Nielsen-Chapman  (see website)

Ø    9 February 2007, Keith James – Songs of Nick Drake  (see website)

Ø    26 February 2007, Anais Mitchell (see website)

Ø    12 March 2007, Clive Carroll (tbc) (see website)

Ø    26 March 2007, Richard Durrant  (see website)

Ø    30 April 2007, Charlie Dore  (see website)

Ø    4 June 2007, Vin Garbutt  (see website)

More information on all up-and-coming artists can be found on our website: You can also find us on MySpace (with samples from some of the artists appearing) at: If you know anyone who you think may enjoy our events, please forward this email to them.




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