From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 18 April 2007 12:01
Subject: TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM SUSSEX
TEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM SUSSEX 1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
Here is our programme for the rest of the season up until the end of July:-
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.
May 3rd * Free Admission * TUNE SESSION WITH A FEW SONGS
Led by Will Duke & Dan Quinn.
May 10th * £5.00 * ROY BAILEY
One the Folk World's finest voices, Roy Bailey has been performing for more than 40 years both in the UK and abroad.
May 17th * £6.00 * RORY McLEOD
Singer, songwriter, storyteller, harmonica virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist and traveller with music - he has a natural troubadour's talent for weaving magical spells in music
May 24th * £7.50 * TIM LAYCOCK * MIKE NICHOLSON * WILL DUKE & DAN QUINN
After more than a decade's service, we give our door man his head for this evening only. Tonight is "advance tickets only" - from G H Wagstaff, Downside Cottage, 71 Telscombe Road, Peacehaven. BN10 7UB. (SAE please) Evening includes CD Launch of an augmented version of the 1972 "Family Album"
May 31st * £4.00 * NOEL DUMBRELL
An evening of old-fashioned Sussex from one of our favourites. Songs and a caseful of harmonicas.
June 7th * £5.00 * ROGER WATSON & MUSA M'BOOB
A multicultural evening as Roger's English melodeon meets Musa's remarkable West African drumming. Both are fine singers.
June 14th * £6.00 * DICK GAUGHAN
Always one of our most popular guests from the man whose committed performances have made him a top performer for decades.
June 21st * £5.00 * CHRIS FOSTER
One of the great singer/guitarists to come out of the folk revival. A rare chance to see him as Chris now lived in Iceland
June 28th * £4.00 * ALAN & CAROLE PRIOR
Two of the most distinctive voices in Scottish song with a splendid repertoire of new and traditional songs. Utterly convincing performers
July 5th * £5.00 * THE YOUNG COPPERS
The six grandchildren of Bob Copper carry on the family tradition that can be traced back through seven generations.
July 12th * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT
July 19th * £5.00 * STEVE TURNER
We are delighted to see this very talented man returning to performing with his arresting voice and fine musicianship on mandolin and concertina
July 26th * £6.00 * JAMES FAGAN & NANCY KERR
We finish our season with a bang with this hugely respected and popular duo.
Come early to get in as this evening will attract a lot of people.
Future Guests include: -
Annie Dearman, Vic Gammon & Steve Harrison * September 6th Jim Bainbridge * October 4th
Sandra Kerr * October 18th
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] 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
or you can follow a link from the main Royal Oak website.
The songs that are on the MYSPACE profile at the moment are :-
Bruce Molsky - "Peg'N'Awl" (April 19th)
Michael Marra - "King Kong's Visit to Glasgow" (April 26th)
Will Duke & Dan Quinn - "Foul Weather Call/From Night 'Til Morn (May 3rd)
Roy Bailey - "The Day Before The War" (May 10th)
There is also a photo montage video of some of the best nights at the Royal Oak between 2002 and 2006 and video clips of some of our coming guests - Bruce Molsky, Michael Marra, Roy Bailey, Rory McLeod, Dick Gaughan, Andy Irvine
3] 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
This site all always kept updated with the latest events and those currently listed cover all the dates up until the end of April 2007. The site also provides links to all the other Brighton area listings, Theatre, Cinema, Night Clubs etc.
4] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY Issue no 224 covers the months of April and May 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 June & July is nearly upon us; it is APRIL 30th.
5] THE FOLK DIARY ON LINE
THE FOLK DIARY is 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 224 (April/May 2007) is the one that is currently on-line.
6] 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 5th. Any show of interest should be communicated through me at tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk in the first instance.
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 - 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] TOMMY PEOPLES IN SOUTH-EAST ENGLAND
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
9] 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
10] SOMPTING MORRIS DAY OF DANCE
Hi Vic & Tina,
Thanks for the latest newsletter.
I realise it's some way ahead but can we at Sompting Village Morris ask you to put up a notice for our splendid Mass Morris and International Dance Display all around Worthing town on Saturday 7 July. Every year we hold a Sompting Morris Day of Dance in Worthing with a few guest sides, but this is our 'every 4th year' Weekend of Dance and are expecting around 300 performers at a number of sites throughout the day. Sides are joining us from all over England and National dance teams from Germany, Holland and the Channel Isles. It will be a colourful and fun public event and of course, absolutely FREE!
See the Sompting website for details: s
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:-
and they are on show at
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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