From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 07 November 2007 23:11
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 8 November 2007 (note change of programme)

Newsletter        8th November 2007


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
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Change of programme

Apologies to anyone who has bought tickets already for Steve Knightley on 7th February – the show has been cancelled* for reasons outside our control. Instead, Rachel Unthank and The Winterset have been scheduled for the same date (at East Grinstead’s Chequer Mead Arts Centre). The band have been described as “the only new folk combo with a traditions-favouring spirit who would sound equally at home performing with Waterson:Carthy as they would Joanna Newsom.” (Time Out).

Their debut album ‘Cruel Sister’ was Mojo’s Folk Album of the Year, and the new album ‘The Bairns’ was described as "utterly gorgeous" by The Guardian; and "a work of towering quality" by The Telegraph. Tickets will be on sale in the next few days from the Chequer Mead Box Office on 01342 302000.   (*Refunds for Steve Knightley are on the same number.)



Rachel Unthank & The Winterset



Now playing on the Acoustic Sussex MySpace site  - Dylan Project, Ella Edmondson, Sam Baker and The Haley Sisters




Acoustic Sussex Regional Gig Guide

Acoustic Sussex recommends…

Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them - you won't be disappointed.”  Andy Farquarson, Iconic Music

We couldn’t agree more – the show looks like selling out, so to avoid disappointment, phone the Box Office soon on 01342 30200. More information below.

This Saturday, 10 November, the one and only Vin Garbutt is at the Hailsham Pavilion. And he’s joined by Leon Rosselson – now in semi-retirement, this is a rare opportunity to see and hear him perform, and the first time he has shared the stage with Vin. Tickets are £15.50 - call 01323 841414. Info:

Also this Saturday (10th November) is Crawley Blues Festival at the Hawth, featuring some the finest electro acoustic acts in the country, from 1.30pm till midnight, with four acts in the afternoon and six in the evening, workshops etc. Tickets are £28 for the day/£12 afternoon/£16 evening only – from the Hawth Box Office 01293 553636 or online

Don’t forget that as well as our own shows, the Acoustic Sussex website has a Regional Gig Guide and links to venues and clubs in the South East that offer folk, roots and acoustic music – and our MySpace site contains over 500 links to a variety of other MySpace ‘friends’ sites, including musicians, venues, magazines and lots more.


Ø     Thursday 15 NovemberThe Dylan Project (support: Ella Edmondson) at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Ø     Monday 3 DecemberSam Baker (support: Adeline) at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Ø     Monday 17 December – The Haley Sisters at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Ø     Click here for 2008 dates (below)


15 November

at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
Ella Edmondson

£15 (less conc)     8pm
Box Office 01342 302000



Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band.

The musicians in question are Fairport Convention's Gerry Conway (drums and percussion), Simon Nicol (guitars) and Dave Pegg (bass), joined by PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest post-war songwriter in the English language – Bob Dylan.

The Dylan Project is far more than a mere copycat act. The members bring their own distinctive take on the music: Steve Gibbons sounding uncannily like Dylan interprets the lyrics with stylish individuality, while retaining his own inimitable vocal style. There's PJ Wright’s scintillating slide and haunting pedal steel; Simon Nicol adding compelling rhythm guitar and fine backing vocals; Dave Pegg bringing his beautifully subtle and powerful bass lines, and Gerry Conway holding the whole groove with a tour de force on drums and percussion.

Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums - you won't be disappointed.”  
Andy Farquarson, 2003

Support for this show is talented young singer songwriter Ella Edmondson (daughter of Jennifer Saunders and Ade Edmondson).


The Dylan Project

Ella Edmondson

3 December
at The Ravenswood
Support: Adeline

£10 (£12  door)     8pm
Tickets 01342 714810
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website



20 years ago, Austin songwriter Sam Baker was riding on a train in Peru when it exploded, the result of a terrorist bomb. Many people died and Sam was seriously injured, enduring 17 reconstructive operations over 10 years. Sam doesn't understand how he survived. He wrote about it in the song Steel on his 2004 debut album, Mercy -  "God have mercy / I believe my heart has failed / Smoke rises through a hole in the roof / The dead say fare thee well."  Sam began writing stories in an effort to make some sense out of the chaos in his mind. He also re-evaluated his songwriting. "My prior songwriting was pretty boilerplate: 'I love you, you love me, you don't love me.' After (the incident) those songs didn't make as much sense to me. I was a better observer of other people and how they lived their lives." The bomb damaged Sam’s hearing and he now plays guitar left-handed. At times, he almost talks through his songs, with his gravel tones inflecting deep humanity into the stories he is telling.

These days, Sam is becoming one of the biggest underground Americana names of recent years. His debut album gained much critical acclaim, largely by word-of-mouth. Within days of its release in Europe, his new album, Pretty World, was sitting at the Number 1 slot on the Euro Americana Chart, compiled from returns sent in by over sixty Americana music journalists, radio show presenters and internet sites in the UK, Eire, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.  The album looks set to project this unassuming Texan out of his cult-hero status and into mainstream consciousness.

On the inside cover of Pretty World, are the words "how beautiful are these days". Come and discover Sam Baker’s beautiful world for yourself.

"His vocals are halting, spoken like he is singing to himself with no mind for the audience, this is a private dialog, the songs are short films playing in his head. It doesn’t exclude the audience though; you are drawn in to these tightly sketched dramas by the imagery, the broken vocal and most importantly for the initial listens – the sympathetic musical

“Absolutely fantastic reaction to the Sam Baker track I played last Saturday. He is a major artist. He'll be playing play live on the show when he's in the UK in December. 'Pretty World‘ is magnificent - one of the great albums of the year."  Bob Harris

Support for this show is French songstress Adeline, who now lives in Hastings.


Sam Baker




17 December
at The Ravenswood
Support: tbc

£9 (£11  door)     8pm
Tickets 01342 714810
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website



Jo-Ann and Becky - The Haley Sisters – have been described by Maverick magazine’s Alan Cackett as “the great undiscovered natural talent of the UK music scene” and we couldn’t agree more. 

Born and Raised in West Yorkshire, in the village of Harden, just outside Bingley, they followed in their parents’ footsteps showing a strong interest in music, especially Country Music. They first appeared professionally back in 1989, when they launched themselves into a successful singing career. Since then they have appeared at leading venues, festivals, theatres and clubs throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe, gaining massive popularity by virtue of their natural talent, dedication and down to earth personalities.

In June 1993 top guitarist Brian Smith joined them, having previously worked in Nashville, Tennessee, on Crystal Gayle’s “Three Good Reasons” album.

Here are just some of the many awards and accolades they have already received:- 1990 Most Promising New Act - British Country Music Association. 1990/91 Most Popular British Duo - Country Music Round-Up Paper. 1992 Top British Duo - British Country Music Association. 1993 Top British Duo - British Country Music Awards. 1993 Top British / Irish Duo or Band - Country Music People Awards. 1993 British / Irish Rising Stars - Country Music People Awards. 1994 Most Popular Group – Country Music Round Up 1995 Top Female Vocalist (Becky) - North Country Music Magazine 1996 Best Duo/Band - Great British Country Music Awards 1997 Best Band – Country Music Round Up 1998 Best Trio – North Country Music Magazine 1999 Best Band – British Country Music Awards 2000 Best Band – British Country Music Association.

"I fell in love with the Haley Sisters when I first saw them in 2006 at the Soul Cafe in Maidstone (on a 'Bob Harris Presents' evening - he's a big fan). They were a sensation at this year's Crawley Folk Festival as the 40-strong queue to buy their CDs afterwards testified - what amazed me was to hear afterwards that everyone in the queue bought more than one CD - I've never heard of anything like it before, or since."
Martin Snodin, Acoustic Sussex




Brian Smith

Click here to visit
The Haley Sisters
MySpace site


For your future diaries...


2008 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    14 January 2008 – Martin Stephenson (website)

Ø    7 February 2008 – Rachel Unthank and The Winterset (website)

Ø    18 February 2008 – Charlie Dore Band (website)

Ø     1 March 2008 –Lark Rise to Candleford  (About the show)

Ø    10 March – Tom McConville (website)

Ø    31 March – Brooks Williams (website)

Ø    21 April 2008 - Corinne West (website)

Ø    15 May 2007 – Tannahill Weavers (website)

Ø    26 June - Lucy Kaplansky  (website)

Ø    21 July 2008 - Eve Selis  (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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