From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 25 October 2007 11:57
Subject: NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM SUSSEX
NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM SUSSEX
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
Here is the programme for the rest of 2007:-
Oct 25th * £6.00 * JALI SHERRIFO KONTEH
The outstanding singer and kora player from The Gambia is on his third British
tour and gives another concert in the town that he regards as his English home.
Nov 1st * £4.00 * JERRY O'REILLY & JIM McFARLAND
Two of Ireland's finest traditional singers combine their talents to give us
prospect of an outstanding night's entertainment.
Nov 8th * £4.00 * WILL NOBLE & JOHN COCKING
Two singers that have been the cornerstones of the Holme Valley Tradition.
unadorned yet full-bodied singing is a delight
Nov 15th * £5.00 * MOOR MUSIC
The best in English music song and step dancing from Dartmoor with Mark
Jason Rice, Rob Murch and Gareth Kiddier
Nov 22nd * £5.00 * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE
One of the most exciting groups on the scene with a repertoire from England
The Appalachians. Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and new member Dan Stewart
Nov 29th * £6.00 * JOHN KIRKPATRICK'S "CAROLLING & CRUMPETS"
Christmas starts early at the Royal Oak this year as John presents his very
popular, hilarious one-man show. Not an evening to miss!
Dec 6th * Free Admission * LEWES LATE NIGHT SHOPPING OPEN NIGHT
Dec 13th * £6.00 * ANDY IRVINE
One of the finest performers around is also a popular and regular visitor to
The Royal Oak. Andy is a committed performer who is a total joy to listen
Dec 20th * FREE ADMISSION * CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
And a right old song and dance it is too!
Then in 2008:-
Mat Green & Andy Turner * The Titanic Syncopators with Peta Webb * The New
Deal String Band * The Boat Band * Elizabeth Stewart * Beverley Smith & Carl
Jones * Roisin White * Sara Grey & Kieron Means * Bryan Bowers * Bayou Seco
* Phil Callery * Jeff Warner * Tim Van Eyken
Our websites are 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 has been developed to give the
venture a MYSPACE profile. This should enable us to profile sample tracks of
coming guests as well as photos and biographies. It is at
Currently on our MYSPACE we have the following tracks by coming guests:-
Jali Sherrifo Konteh - "Alla L'aa Ke" (October 25th)
Moor Music - "Crooked Stovepipe" - (November 15th)
Andy Irvine - "Gladiators" - (December 13th)
Jerry O'Reilly - "Father Murphy - (November 1st)
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:-
JALI SHERRIFO KONTEH October 25th
JOHN KIRKPATRICK November 29th
ANDY IRVINE December 13th
TOM PALEY (with THE NEW DEAL STRING BAND) January 24th
3] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE - 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 November 2007.
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 227 covers the months of October &
November and this is now available. They are 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. As well there are lots of reviews of recent
fool music books, CDs and DVDs. To obtain copies of this free magazine as it
is published, please send SAE's to Vic Smith at the address below. (Make
sure 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 issue no 228 covering the months of December and
January is October 31st.
5] 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
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. The following issue is now on-line and is listed here with the
content of each page :-
ISSUE No. 227 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2007
Page 1 (410kb) Barry Murphy banjoes, Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues), Copper
Family concert Southwater, Spyboy Presentations Hailsham.
Page 2 (635kb) Cellarfolk Brighton (Tues), Vince's fiddles, Footlights West
Chiltington (Sats), Croydon folk club (Mons), White Horse Bodle St. Green
(Mons), Seaford Folk Club (Fris).
Page 3 (729kb) Lewes Arms Lewes (Sats), Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) -
Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (1613kb) Hobgoblin Music, Triskel concert Littlehampton, Brighton
Dome folk concerts.
Page 5 (611kb) Fireman's Arms Uckfield (Tues), Eastbourne folk club
announcement, Rude Mechanicals Shoreham (Weds), Folk Highlights Martlets
Hall Burgess Hill (Suns), Brighton Singers Club (Suns & Weds), Mid-Sussex
folk singers (Weds).
Page 6 (678kb) Willows Arundel (Weds), CD and DVD reviews
Page 7 (620kb) CD and DVD reviews, Tenterden Folk Festival
Page 8 (671kb) CD and DVD reviews, Lewes Ceilidhs (Sats), Beacon Tunbridge
Page 9 (742kb) Hawth Crawley folk concerts, Komedia Brighton, Amberley folk
Page 10 (1673kb) Horsham folk club (Suns), Elsies (Sats), Acoustic Sussex,
American Dance Boreham Street.
Page 11 (955kb) Sussex Folk Association, Fee calls ceilidhs, The Drift
ceilidh Lewes, Brighton acoustic session Lord Nelson, SEFAN Meltdown
ceilidhs Haywards Heath.
Page 12 (861kb) Electric Voices presentations Guildford area.
6] 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 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
7] 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
8] NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR TINA
Tina has had to change her email address (for a second time recently) It is
9] BRIGHTON MIDWINTER CEILIDH
20th DECEMBER CORN EXCHANGE, BRIGHTON
Once again, this hugely popular event will feature The Sussex Pistols with
caller Vic Smith. Though there is a very large capacity, the event sells out
very quickly. Last year, we had quite a number of enquiries coming to us to
see if we had any tickets, once the Dome Box Office announced that it was
sold out. Well, we didn't have any and won't again this year so if want to
come, you would be advised to go soon to their website at
or to phone the Box Office on 01273 709709
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.
The lovely batiks made by Buba Drammeh sell through this site and we
photograph each one to show on the site:-
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 and 2008 are being snapped up quickly. Once again this year, the
Sussex Pistols will be playing for the big Brighton Midwinter Ceilidh at the
Corn Exchange in Brighton on December 20th.
Contact Tina on 01273 478124 or email her at tina_twistle_at_yahoo_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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