From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 15 April 2007 13:11
Subject: Acoustic Sussex newsletter - 15 April 2007

Newsletter            15th April 2007


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
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What’s new…  Anais Mitchell, Anna Ryder, Hans Theessink …and more

Following cancellation of her February show, the re-scheduled appearance of Anais Mitchell is now confirmed for Saturday 16th June, with special support from Kristen Marie Holly (who you may know from her actress role in films such as Spiderman or Entourage). Tickets now available (more details below).

We are delighted to confirm that the superb singer-songwriter annA rydeR will be supporting Vin Garbutt on Monday 4th June (see below).

And for lovers of blues, an additional date in the programme is the appearance later in the year of Hans Theessink on Monday 8th October.

For more information on the next 5 shows, starting with the wonderful Charlie Dore, follow the links below:

Ø     Monday 30th April  Charlie Dore + support Zauberei at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Ø     Monday 14th May – Corinne West + support Piefinger at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Ø     Monday 4th June – Vin Garbutt + support Anna Ryder at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Ø     Saturday 16th June – Anais Mitchell + support Kristen Marie Holly at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Ø     Friday 22nd June – Claire Martin + support (tbc) at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead


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

Now playing- sample tracks from Charlie Dore and Zauberei

REMINDER Folk, roots and acoustic programme starts next week

East Grinstead’s community radio station, Meridian FM, returns on 22 April and will again feature a folk, roots and acoustic programme on Sunday evenings.  After receiving great feedback last time (which featured live sessions and interviews), Acoustic Sussex is delighted to have been invited to host the show again. The licence has again been granted on a temporary basis, pending application for a permanent service in 2008. More information on the station’s website at:


FM 87.7 or listen on line at

For your diaries – some upcoming local festivals:

The Big Culture Show, Haywards Heath – 31 May to 2 June
Postponed from last year, acts are still being confirmed but include some big names such as The Feeling and folk/roots artists such as Rosie Oddie, Foy Vance and Hummingbird.

Horsham Music Week - 22 June and the following week
Featuring a range of events local to Horsham and a Folk Stage on Saturday 23 June in The Forum, with an appearance by Wizz Jones plus many local musicians.

Crawley Folk Festival (in The Hawth theatre grounds)– 29 June – 1 July
Artists confirmed so far include The Copper Family, Matthew Ord, The Haley Sisters, Touchstone, Colvin Quarnby, Last Night’s Fun, Duck Soup, The Lonnigans, Julie Roberts & Gary Gholder, Fiddlesticks, Ruth Notman & Bryony Bainbridge, John Tams & Barry Coope and Thea Gilmore.

Acoustic Sussex is pleased to be supporting all these festivals – hope to see you there!


30 April
The Ravenswood
£10adv (£12 door)    8pm

Buy tickets online or:
Tel. 01342 714810/716975
or email



Charlie Dore is one of the UK’s most respected songwriters. Initially a highly original solo artist (her self-written single Pilot Of The Airwaves reached number 13 on the Billboard chart back in 1980), she went on to ply her gifts for inspired melodies, big harmonies and clever, quietly subversive lyrics in the wider commercial marketplace, and with great success: Tina Turner, Celine Dion, George Harrison, Lisa Stansfield, UB40, Jimmy Nail, Sheena Easton and Hayley Westenra are just a handful of the diverse artists to have covered her songs.

Her most recent album, ‘Cuckoo Hill’ received rave reviews; if you appreciate good songs, beautifully sung, it’s highly recommended. On 17th March, Charlie released her new single, Some Kind of Love, a celebration of dysfunctional relationships. Charlie says: "I'm not saying everyone I know is in a dysfunctional relationship, but when I mention what the song's about, so far, most people give me a very knowing look. A lot of my favourite people stagger along in what, from the outside looks like a disastrous pantomime horse of a partnership, yet they survive somehow. Some people don't recognise love unless it's carrying a big stick"

"Imagine what might happen if you shut the McGarrigle Sisters in a room with Gillian Welch and made them listen to Lennon and McCartney all day” Alan Jackson

"A clever songwriter with a dream of a voice that glides from folk and country to jazzy cabaret' - The Telegraph

Support for this show is from Zauberei, an acoustic band that formed in the summer of 2005 and won the Horsham acoustic battle of the bands in 2006.

STOP PRESS: Hear Charlie Dore live on BBC Southern Counties’ Richard Lindfield show on Monday 23rd April


Charlie Dore



14 May
The Ravenswood
£10adv (£12 door)    8pm

Buy tickets online or:
Tel. 01342 714810/716975
or email


From the open meadows of California’s sierra mountains, Corinne West spins tales with a part velvet and part grit voice that is both achingly penetrating and highly addictive. Her music has a cool, layered, yet driven sound and has been referred to as "utterly spell-binding", "radiant", and "extraordinarily beautiful" by reviewers world-wide.

Her writing runs a golden thread through the likes of country, bluegrass, western, Americana and folk, resulting in a style that is hers alone. She is forging her own contribution to Americana music, which fuses the distinct voice of an original singer-songwriter with the driving steam of an American Roots train.

“It’s quite impossible to not give your full attention to Corrine West; her enchanting voice, music and exceptional lyrics simply will not allow it”
Alan Cackett, Maverick

Support: Piefinger


Corinne West


2 June
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
£12 (£10 conc)     8pm
Box Office 01342 302000


One of the best-known performers on the music scene today, and one of the most sought-after. It is no surprise. His song-writing is witty and powerful, tackling thought-provoking issues which others prefer to avoid. Despite years of performing, the songs always remain fresh and vibrant, and his repertoire is always changing. Vin is genuinely funny, and his quirky observations of life are always very much part of the act, delighting audiences everywhere – book early for the best seats

“The diversity and controversial nature of his powerful, thought provoking self-penned songs performed with passion, integrity and a sincere belief in the subject matter earn him universal respect. Add to this his wealth of traditional songs, fun songs, fine musicianship, a zany rare wit, with introductions which could send his audiences "rolling in the aisles", and you have the ingredients for the perfect recipe for success.”
Folk on Tap

Support: annA rydeR


Vin Garbutt

annA rydeR

16 June
The Ravenswood
£10adv (£12 door)    8pm

Buy tickets online or:
Tel. 01342 302000
or email




Anais Mitchell began writing songs at 17.  At 18 she moved from Vermont to Boston, and started playing for whoever would listen. After a year of that, Anais enrolled in a liberal arts school back in Vermont, where she studied political science and languages, ran a folk radio show, and wrote and performed a good deal. She spent a half-year in Austin, waitressing on 6th street and playing as much as she could. She also recorded her debut album during that spring ('The Song They Sang When Rome Fell').  In 2003, The Kerrville Folk Festival honoured her work with the prestigious New Folk Award .

After spending time in Cuba, a semester in the Middle East and some unexpected touring with a rock project called "Circus Guy's Rock & Roll Revue" Anaïs released her acclaimed album, 'Hymns for the Exiled'.

Anaïs is passionate about the music of her native land, from old-school country to dustbowl labour ballads to rebel rock. However, the time she's spent in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East has lent a worldly depth to her writing, which she presents to her audience with a graceful presence of spirit.

"A songwriter of startling clarity and depth, equally skilled at turning a melody or lyrical phrase into what you didn’t know you needed until you heard it.  Acoustic Guitar magazine

Support: Kristen Marie Holly



Anais Mitchell

The Brightness CD

22 June
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
£13 (£11.50  conc)     8pm
Box Office 01342 302000


Acclaimed as the best ever British jazz singer in a recent issue of America’s leading jazz publication Jazz Times, and several times winner of the Best Britsh Jazz vocalist awards, Martin was born to sing. Growing up in a house full of music in Wimbledon, South London, she’d learned all of Judy Garland’s songs by the time she was 12. But it was hearing Ella Fitzgerald’s legendary Song Books that changed her life inspiring her to go to Stage School and then to study singing in London and New York. A further seminal moment came at 18 when she saw the great improvising singer Betty Carter at Ronnie Scott’s. It confirmed what she already felt ­ she had to be a jazz singer.

“The best British jazz singer for a generation.“ Mojo magazine

“Talented and hip beyond her years… the most exciting jazz star to soar to my attention in a decade” New York Observer


Claire Martin

For your future diaries..


Future dates in the 2007 Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    7 July - Chris & Kellie While  (see website)

Ø    15 September – Ric Sanders Group  (see website)

Ø    8 October – Hans Theessink  (see website)

Ø    15 November – The Dylan Project  (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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