TEN 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:-
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
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
Noel Dumbrell * May 31st
Roger Watson & Musa M’Boob * June 7th
Dick Gaughan * June 14th
Chris Foster * June 21st
The Young Coppers * July 7th
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 http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/
Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include
these dates amongst them.
2] WILL DUKE
The latest update on Will’s health is that his recovery is going well and he hopes that his first evening back at the club will be next Thursday, March 1st.
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 enables us to profile sample tracks of
coming guests as well as photos and biographies. It is at
http://www.myspace.com/royaloakfolklewes or you can follow a link from the main
The songs that are on the MYSPACE profile at the moment are by the guests that we have booked for March:-
The Omega Three - "It's Only
Thursday - (March 1st)
Gordon Tyrrall - "Down By The
Tom Spiers - "The Sailor Deceived" - (March 15th)
Hank Wangford & Reg Meuross - "Must You Throw Dirt in My Face" - (March 22nd)
There is also a photo montage
video of some of the best nights at the
4] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE – REDESIGNED AND 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 March 2007. The site also provides links to all the other Brighton area listings, Theatre, Cinema, Night Clubs etc.
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. The copy date for the next issue, covering April and May is nearly upon us; it is FEBRUARY 28th.
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
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic 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 223 (February/March 2003 are the ones that is currently on-line.
7] THE YOUNG COPPERS
Anyone that has known anything about The Copper Family will know that they have never been pushy about putting themselves forward for people to book them. However, it is really great that the six grandchildren of Bob Copper have developed an interest in singing together and they would like it to be known that they will be available for a limited number of bookings at concerts, festivals and clubs under the name of THE YOUNG COPPERS. They will be appearing under that name at The Royal Oak in Lewes on July 7th. Any show of interest should be communicated through me at tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk in the first instance.
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 -
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
http://members.aol.com/lewesarmsfolk/workshps.html or contact Valmai
Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_at_aol_dot_com
9] TOMMY PEOPLES IN
In the item about, you can see that the Lewes Arms have a terrific coup in managing to the great Tommy Peoples to do a fiddle workshop for them. It is inevitable that this will be sold out as soon as places become available, so Beau Webber wants it to be known that there is another opportunity for fiddle workshops with Tommy:-
Sunday 10th June, 2007; Littlebourne, near Canterbury, Kent:-
Tommy Peoples will hold an afternoon fiddle workshop at the excellent
Littlebourne Thatched Barn, near Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1TU, on Sunday 10th
June, 2007, and then give an evening concert.
Fiddle Workshop: 2pm, £20; Concert: 7.30pm, £12. Tickets: 01227 721 736
Dr. Beau Webber
10] REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA
Bryan Creer has taken on the task of detailing these and they are listed at
http://members.aol.com/LewesArmsFolk/Sessions.html Have a look and
if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on
A NUMBER OF OUR GAMBIAN INTERESTS HAVE NOW BEEN GATHERED TOGETHER UNDER
THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE
Have a look at it at http://www.compoundsounds.com 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
suggestions for possible venues would be most welcome. Sheriffo also has a
MYSPACE profile at http://www.myspace.com/jalisherrifokonteh .
The lovely batiks made by Buba Drammeh sell through this site and we
photograph each one to show on the site:-
http://www.compoundsounds.com/batiks/index.html and they are on show at http://www.myspace.com/bubadrammeh
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
...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
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/pistols.htm and, yes, they also
have a MYSPACE profile as well at http://www.myspace.com/thesussexpistols
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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