From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 30 January 2007 13:10
Subject: Eight items of Folk Music News from Sussex
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
We have a very strong programme lined up for the next few months:-
Feb 1st * £5.00 * AN EVENING IN PRAISE OF SHIRLEY'S AWARD We gather together many friends and admirers of Shirley Collins to celebrate the award of the M.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List.
(N.B. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A MESSAGE TO BE PASSED ON TO SHIRLEY ON THE EVENING - PLEASE EMAIL IT TO THIS ADDRESS BEFORE THURSDAY LUNCHTIME)
Feb 8th * £4.00 * TOO MANY STRINGS
The youngest band that we have ever booked and one of the most vibrant.
Tom Redman, Dogan Mehmet & Matt Quinn offer a new generation's take on traditional song.
Feb 15th * £4.00 * BING LYLE
An utterly convincing singer of traditional song, an exceptional songwriter and a remarkable musician on accordion and guitar.
Feb 22nd * £5.00 LEON ROSSELSON
An evening with Leon is always an absorbing and challenging experience.
presents "My Life as a Songwriter or How I Failed to Become Rich & Famous."
Mar 1st * £5.00 * THE OMEGA THREE
Who remembers the wonderful "Roaring Jelly" Clive Harvey & Derek Pearce from that band are back in the company of Da'aboth Te'He'Ling Mar 8th * £5.00 * GORDON TYRRALL Gordon's totally engaging performances are one of the most satisfying experiences on the folk scene; great singing and outstanding playing of guitar and flute.
Mar 15th * £4.00 * TOM SPIERS
Tom has an unparalleled knowledge of the Scots song tradition and sings his lovely songs in his beautifully distinctive manner, unaccompanied or to fiddle.
Mar 22nd * £5.00 * HANK WANGFORD & REG MEUROSS The twisted Godfather of British Country music brings his very experienced fellow band member for what should be a memorable night.
Mar 29th * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT
Apl 5th * £4.00 * JEFF WESLEY
The remarkable traditional singer from Northamptonshire returns to give us more of his wonderfully engaging singing.
Apl 12th * £6.00 * MARTIN CARTHY
The consistently outstanding performer that we have been booking for over 30 years now. An evening with Martin is always a delight.
Apl 19th * £5.00 * BRUCE MOLSKY
Old-Timey music at its best with the fiddle- guitar- and banjo- playing and the singing of Bruce. Always a top attraction.
April 26th * £5.00 * MICHAEL MARRA
The Scots singer, pianist ands guitarist and the writer of so many outstanding songs offers another of his delightful evenings.
Future Guests include: -
Roy Bailey * May 10th
Rory McLeod * May 17th
Tim Laycock * May 24th
Dick Gaughan * June 14th
Chris Foster * June 21st
Annie Dearman, Vic Gammon & Steve Harrison * September 6th Jim Bainbridge * October 4th Jerry O'Reilly & Jim McFarland * November 1st John Kirkpatrick - "Carolling & Crumpets" * November 29th Andy Irvine * December 13th
Our website is at
Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include these dates amongst them.
2] WILL DUKE
Some of you will already know that Will Duke went into hospital for a serious operation which took place yesterday. This morning he is reported as "sitting up in bed and eating his corn flakes".
Obviously he will be missing from the Royal Oak's body of resident performers for the next few weeks and the loss of his magnificent unique musicianship, his delightful singing and his perky querky humour will be very noticeable.
Anyone who would like to send letters or cards should send them to:- Will & Christine Duke
41 Dallas Lane
We all wish Will a speedy and complete recovery. Come back soon, Will, we all need you very much.
Will Duke has been accurately described by John Foreman as a "National Treasure"
3] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON "MYSPACE"
An additional website for the Royal Oak is being developed to give the venture a MYSPACE profile. This should enable us to profile sample tracks of coming guests as well as photos and biographies. It is at
4] 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 February 2007.
5] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY Issue no 223 covers the months of February and March 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. Potential advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates.
6] 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. Issues no 222 (December 2006/January 2007) and 223 (February/March 2003 are the ones that are currently on-line.
7] INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL WORKSHOPS IN LEWES LEWES ARMS FOLK CLUB WORKSHOPS 2007 Workshops last a full Saturday and the tutor performs at the club in the evening. Booking forms are available from the Lewes Arms club and can be printed from their website about three months before the event. Forthcoming workshops in 2007 -
17th Feb - Cockersdale - Vocal harmony (now booking) 10th March - Judy Cook - Ballad forum (now booking) 17th March - Ed Rennie - English dance music for any melody instrument (now
24th March - Tom McConville - Fiddle (now booking) 24th March - Aaron Jones - Bouzouki/Guitar (now booking) 24th March - Claire Mann - Flute & whistle (now booking) 2nd June - Jon Boden - Vocal harmony 2nd June - John Spiers - Melodeon 9th June - Tommy Peoples - Fiddle 30th June - Matt Seattle - Arrangement & harmony for any instrument Sun 1st July - Matt Seattle - Bagpipes 21st July - Bonnie Shaljean - O'Carolan's music for any instrument 10th Nov - Craig Morgan Robson - Vocal harmony Sun 11th Nov - Craig Morgan Robson - Ballad forum 24th Nov - Robert Harbron - English concertina 24th Nov - Emma Reid - Fiddle The website for more details is
or contact Valmai Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_at_aol_dot_com
8] REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA Bryan Creer has taken on the task of detailing these and they are listed at
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on Bryancreer_at_aol_dot_com
A NUMBER OF OUR GAMBIAN INTERESTS HAVE NOW BEEN GATHERED TOGETHER UNDER THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE
Have a look at it at
where we have added a video clip of Jali Sherrifo Konteh playing at the Whitby Musicport Festival in October 2005.
This website 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 will be bringing Sherrifo to the UK again in the autumn and any suggestions for possible venues would be most welcome. Sheriffo also has a MYSPACE profile at
The lovely batiks made by Buba Drammeh 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. 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
and, yes, they also have a MYSPACE profile as well 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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