From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 02 December 2006 18:34
Subject: Seven items of Folk Music News from Sussex
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
We have had a very successful autumn with lots of well-attended nights and some wonderful music from guests and floor singers alike. Here is the line-up for the next two months:-
Dec 7th * free admission * LEWES LATE NIGHT SHOPPING OPEN NIGHT Dec 14th * £5.00 * PETE MORTON, CHRIS PARKINSON & ROGER WILSON They combine their outstanding talents to bring us their Christmas show, Part of a very short tour.
Dec 21st * free admission * CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT Our annual night of singing and dancing is always hugely popular.
Dec 28th * CLOSED
Jan 4th * £5.00 * JOHN KIRKPATRICK
We start the new year in the strongest way possible with one of the folk scene's icons. Remarkable singing and masterly playing of accordion, concertina and melodeon Jan 11th * £5.00 * KATHLEEN O'SULLIVAN, KAREN RYAN & PETE QUINN The combination of Kathleen's fine singing, Karen's fiddle and Pete's piano make these three one of the top attractions in Irish music and song. From "The London Lasses"
Jan 18th * £4.00 * EMILY & HAZEL ASKEW
Two exciting young performers playing fiddle and melodeon and singing. They have been finalists in the New Roots Competition Jan 25th * £4.00 * ROBB JOHNSON An outstanding radical songwriter and a mesmeric performer, Robb has been instrumental in developing the "English Chanson" movement.
Future Guests include: -
Too Many Strings (Tom Redman, Dogan Mehmet, Matt Quinn) * Feb 8th Leon Rosselson * Feb 22nd The Omega Three (Clive Harvey, Derek Pearce, Da'aboth Te'He'Ling) * Mar 1st (Remember Clive and Derek with the great Roaring Jelly) Gordon Tyrrall * Mar 8th Tom Spiers * Mar 15th Hank Wangford & Reg Meuross * Mar 22nd Martin Carthy * Apl 12th Bruce Molsky *Apl 19th Michael Marra * Apl 26th Roy Bailey * May 10th Tim Laycock * May 24th Dick Gaughan * June 14th Chris Foster * June 21st Annie Dearman, Vic Gammon & Steve Harrison * Sep 6th Jerry O'Reilly & Jim McFarland * Nov 1st
Our website is at
Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include these dates amongst them.
2] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE - UPDATED
For all the listings of folk music, song club, dances, festivals in and around Sussex, have a look at
This site all always kept updated with the latest events and those currently listed cover all the dates up until the end of 2006
3] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY Issue no 222 covers the months of December and January and this is now available. It is 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. (Make sue that the SAE stamp meets the new postal charges!) It is also the address to send album review copies to. The copy date for the February/March is December 1st.. Potential advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates.
4] THE FOLK DIARY ON LINE
THE FOLK DIARY is now available on-line. For some years now, all the listings which THE FOLK DIARY gives has been given in date order on THE SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE but now, the entire magazine is available on-line; go to the website for the FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK, LEWES
and then click on the "Folk Diary"
symbol. You will need Adobe ACROBAT READER to read the pages and, frankly, unless you are on broadband, the page will take too long to download. The size of each page is given by each page link and the content of each page is indicated. Issue no 222 (December 2006/January 2007) is the issue that are currently on-line. The web counter shows that it is a service that is being widely used. The content of each page is as follows:-
Page 1 (408kb) Charity Ceilidh Steyning, Rude Mechanicals, Shoreham (Weds), Hailsham Pavilion Christmas Show, Black Horse Telham Christmas Reunion, Taverners Christmas Party, Brighton, Maypoles to Mistletoe Hawth Crawley Page 2 (1211kb) Croydon folk club (Mons), White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons), Beacon Tunbridge Wells (Mons), Meltdown Ceilidhs, Footlights West Chiltington (Sats), Page 3 (982kb) Komedia, Brighton, Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) - Advertising rates and copy dates Page 4 (583kb) Six Bells, Chiddingly (Tues), Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Sussex Folk Association, Fireman's Arms, Uckfield (Tues), Ashurst Harmony and Chorus Day, Button Badges, Page 5 (1405kb) A.C. Norman concertinas, Worthing Christmas Ceilidh, Acoustic Sussex, Seaford folk club (Fris), Page 6 (723kb) Horsham folk club (Suns), CD reviews Page 7 (585kb) Keith Potger at the Willows, CD Reviews, Page 8 (271kb) Eastbourne folk club (Weds), The Brighton Singaround (Mons), City Folk Club Chichester (Fris), Brighton Singers Club (Weds & Suns), Barry Murphy instrument maker, Elsie's Cowden Pound (Sats), Mid Sussex Folk Singers (Weds) Page 9 (1459kb) Terry Lees Summer Guitar School, Electric Voices, Hobgoblin Music Page 10 (940kb) Willows Arundel (Weds), CD Reviews Page 11 (845kb) The Sussex Pistols, CD Reviews Page 12 (314kb) Lewes Arms, Lewes (Sats)
5] Wednesday 20th December 2006,
7pm (6.15pm doors)
Brighton Lives: Corn Exchange
with The Sussex Pistols and caller Vic Smith Dust down those dancing shoes for a night of revelry for all the family.
Tickets: £8 adults, £5 children, £22 family Tickets available from
We have been playing for this lovely event for quite a number of years now.
In spite of the large capacity of the Corn Exchange, it is always a sell-out so early booking is advisable.The calendar of events for the Sussex Pistols for 2007 is currently filling up quite quickly so contact Tina Smith on 01273 478124 or tina_at_twistle_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk to check their availability for any event that you would like them to play at.
The band's website is at
6] INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL WORKSHOPS IN LEWES LEWES ARMS FOLK CLUB WORKSHOPS 2006 Workshops last a full Saturday and the tutor performs at the club in the evening. Forthcoming workshops in 2007 -
17th Feb Cockersdale Vocal harmony
10th March Judy Cook Ballad Forum
17th March Ed Rennie English Dance Music
24th March Tom McConville Fiddle
24th March Aaron Jones Bouzouki/Guitar
24th March Claire Mann Flute & whistle
2nd June Jon Boden Vocal harmony
2nd June John Spiers Melodeon
9th June Tommy Peoples Fiddle
30th June Matt Seattle Instrumental harmony
Sun 1st July Matt Seattle Bagpipes
21st July Bonnie Shaljean O'Carolan's music
10th Nov Craig Morgan Robson Vocal harmony
Sun 11th Nov Craig Morgan Robson Ballad forum
The website for more details is
or contact Valmai Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_at_aol_dot_com
7] REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA - NEW WEBSITE The organisers of the two Lewes folk clubs have been discussing the need for a website to bring attention to the many and varied regular song and tune sessions in our area (Well, those that don't mind being publicised anyway!) Bryan Creer has decided to take on the task and he is building up a list of them at
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on Bryancreer_at_aol_dot_com
AND A NUMBER OF OUR GAMBIAN INTERESTS HAVE NOW BEEN GATHERED TOGETHER UNDER THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE
Have a look at it at
This includes the work that we are doing to help to set up a new music school in Brikama, teaching kora, balafon, djembe and jali singing to European tourists to The Gambia.
We arrived back from our last visit to The Gambia with over 200 of the lovely batiks made by Buba Drammeh to sell through this site and we photograph each one to show on the site:-
The Compound Sounds website can now accept payment for batiks and for the two albums by the kora maestro Jali Sherrifo Konteh by Paypal and most major credit cards. Sound clips from Sherrifo's album "Chesano" have been added to this website.
...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 2007 are being snapped up quickly. It is the busiest year that we have had for quite a few years. As well as playing for the Farewell event for the Brighton Festival at the end of May, we have been booked back at the Corn Exchange to play for the midwinter ceilidh on 20th December. Contact Tina on
01273 478124 or email her at tina_at_twistle_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk to book the band.
The band's website is at
VIC & TINA SMITH
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
ROYAL OAK WEBSITE:-
SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE:-
SUSSEX PISTOLS BARN DANCE BAND WEBSITE:-
COMPOUND SOUNDS WEBSITE
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