From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 20 June 2007 22:13
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 20 June 2007 (including news of PRS Foundation Award)

Newsletter                20th June 2007


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
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More details below


Click here for JazzWise magazine review of Claire Martin’s new album

Anais Mitchell – concert review and Bob Harris show

A wonderful show by Anais Mitchell on 16th June at The Ravenswood was followed immediately afterwards by an appearance on BBC Radio 2’’s Bob Harris programme, just after midnight. Until next week’s show is broadcast on Saturday, you can use the BBC Listen Again Service to hear Anais perform three tracks live in the studio, including an unrecorded tack ‘Behind the Wall’ from her new ‘folk opera’ project.
Go the
BBC website and navigate from the radio section or follow this link:

There’s also a review of the Ravenswood show on our website – click here


News just in – Acoustic Sussex receives PRS Foundation award

For the second year running, we are delighted to have received recognition and a financial award of £1,000 from the Performing Rights Society Foundation in relation to our contribution to the performance of new music in the UK. The PRSF is the UK's largest independent funder of new music across all genres, achieved through its own funding schemes and partnerships with other organisations. In particular, it seeks to support music creators, performers and promoters who are involved in creatively adventurous or pioneering musical activity.


Our next events

Ø     Friday 22nd June – Claire Martin at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Ø     Saturday 7th July – Sandi Thom + support Andy Walker at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Ø     Future shows – September onwards

To hear sound samples from artists appearing, visit our MySpace website.
Now playing on the ‘jukebox’ are tracks by Claire Martin, Sandi Thom and Andy Walker



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 five times winner of the Best British Jazz vocalist awards, Sussex-based Claire 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. She has been nominated once again for this year's BBC Jazz Awards in Best Vocalist category

Claire's latest CD, 'He Never Mentioned Love' is already being hailed as her finest album to date. Recalling the songs and spirit of the late and legendary Shirley Horn, the album features some of the hottest talent in UK jazz and captures the normally 'sassy' singer in intimate and mature mode. Claire was deeply affected and influenced by the technique, spirit and approach of Horn, and she describes the album as “A really heartfelt hour of remembering someone who I really love." Claire explains: "I wanted to do my own little tribute, because she has given me so much. She has taught me so much musically. I wanted to doff my cap and say fantastic, great, ideal. Although I’m not trying to copy her in any way."

“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

This special show at Chequer Mead is presented in association with the theatre’s excellent Cuisine Studio, which is hosting a new a series of Jazz Café evenings (next is on July 11th). To book for a pre-show meal, telephone 01342 324860.


Claire Martin

7 July
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
£17.50 (£15  conc)     8pm
Box Office 01342 302000


Part of the 'nu folk' scene, Sandi Thom has been compared to Janis Joplin and KT Tunstall and, according to the reams of press cuttings that accompanied her rise, was penniless and struggling until she secured a £1m deal with RCA by web-casting 21 gigs from her Tooting basement, leading to her hit single I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair). Her debut album 'Smile… It Confuses People' climbed to No 1 in the album charts and very quickly reached platinum status.

Her initial success was very much down to launching herself through a virtual 'world' tour through performances over the internet, starting with an audience of 70, quickly reaching a peak of 70,000 viewers.

Now 25, Sandi grew up in a small fishing village called Banff on the North East coast of Scotland. A singing teacher in Aberdeen suggested she should apply for a place at the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts, where she assembled the group of musicians with whom she continues to perform to this day. Last year, Sandi successfully toured the UK, US and Australia, where she achieved a record number of weeks at the top of the Australian chart.

After a European tour earlier this year, Sandi is now back in the studio finishing her second album which is expected to be released later this year. She is doing a small number of UK dates this summer, including Guilfest and this show at East Grinstead's Chequer Mead Arts Centre.

Every new young female songwriter from 1970 onwards has been compared to Joni, but most of them are not fit to scrub her plectrum. Thom, however, has the potential.

Support for this show is from Brighton singer songwriter, Andy Walker – a name to watch!


Sandi Thom

Andy Walker

For your future diaries..


Future dates in the 2007 Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    15 September – Ric Sanders Group  (see website)

Ø    8 October – Hans Theessink  (see website)

Ø    15 November – The Dylan Project  (see website)

Ø    3 December – Dick Gaughan (tbc) (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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