From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 02 January 2008 19:19
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 first months of 2008:-
Jan 3rd * £5.00 * BILL CADDICK
An outstanding songwriter and a compelling singer. "Holds your attention from first to last. He has hell of a voice and plays a mean guitar." fRoots
Jan 10th * £5.00 * MAT GREEN & ANDY TURNER
English folk dance tunes and songs from two of the finest exponents with Mat's fiddle
and solo jigging and Andy's melodeon, concertina and voice
Jan 17th * £5.00 * THE TITANIC SYNCOPATORS with PETA WEBB
With the Titanic Syncopators, Peta sings a range of distinctive songs from the 1920s and 30s, selected for their striking melodies and evocative lyrics.
Jan 24th * £5.00 * THE NEW DEAL STRING BAND
American Old Timey at its finest from three outstanding exponents. Tom Paley, his son Ben and Joe Locker.
Jan 31st * £5.00 * THE BOAT BAND
This very experienced quartet make their first appearance for us with their huge repertoire of English dance tunes and songs, many from the Lake District.
Feb 7th * Free Admission * TUNE-AROUND
Led by Will Duke and Dan Quinn. Join in with the tunes you know and play some we don't. Songs allowed.
Feb 14th * £4.00 * GAVIN ATKIN & JULIE WELLS
Romantic songs for Valentine's Day sung by wonderful Kent chanteuse accompanied on duet concertina and fiddle.
Feb 21st * £5.00 * ROGER JENKENS'
Roger Grimes, Ken Langsbury and Jen Spencer from Gloucestershire perform English traditional song.
Outrageous harmonies and outrageous stories from Ken. Memories of The Songwainers.
Feb 28th * £5.00 * RÓISÍN WHITE
Róisín is a noted, distinctive and very experienced singer from Armagh. She has a great range of varied songs in English and Irish
Mar 5th * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT
All performers, particularly new ones to the Royal Oak are welcome.
Mar 12th * £5.00 * PHIL CALLERY
One of Ireland's outstanding singers of traditional songs. Phil was with the leading Irish group,
The Voice Squad
Mar 19th * £6.00 * DAVE SWARBRICK
We are delighted to be able to present a solo appearance by the remarkable legendary fiddle player
Mar 26th * £4.00 * JAMIE CRAWFORD
A talented singer of ballads but mainly a compelling storyteller with a mesmeric presentational style.
Apl 3rd * £5.00 * ELIZABETH STEWART with ALISON MacMORLAND
Elizabeth is a prominent member of the extended travelling family that includes Britain's best traditional
singers with support from another remarkable Scots singer. Also exhilarating Scots tunes on piano from Elizabeth.
THEN OUR "AMERICAN SEASON" - 10th April until 5th June
Bryan Bowers (10/4) * Sara Grey & Kieron Means (17/4) * Claudia Gould & Ben
Paley (24/4) * Rosie Davis, Joe Locker & Bob Winquist (01/5) * Bayou Seco
(08/5) * Dana & Susan Robinson (15/5) * Jeff Warner (22/5) * Beverly Smith &
Carl Jones (29/5) * Judy Cook (05/6)
And then before the summer break:- TIM VAN EYKEN * MARTIN CARTHY
Other guests in 2008 will include:-
Dave Sealey * Bruce Molsky * Jeff Gillett & Ron Taylor
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:-
Bill Caddick - "Slipping Away" - (January 3rd)
Mat Green & Andy Turner - "Quicksteps" - (January 10th)
The Titanic Syncopators with Peta Webb - "Pennies From Heaven" - (January
The New Deal String Band - "Penney's Farm" - (January 24th)
The Boat Band - "Carlisle Reel" - (January 31st)
Roisin White - "Among The Heather" - (February 28th)
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:-
BILL CADDICK January 3rd
TOM PALEY [here with THE NEW DEAL STRING BAND] January 24th
ROISIN WHITE February 28th
DAVE SWARBRICK March 20th
BRYAN BOWERS April 10th
MARTIN CARTHY June 26th
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 January 2008.
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 228 covers the months of December &
January 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 four pages 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 229 has just passed. The copy date for the
April/may 2008 issue will be February 28th
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. The following issue is now on-line and is listed here with the
content of each page :-
ISSUE No. 228 DECEMBER 2007 - JANUARY 2008
Page 1 (2335kb) Croydon Folk Club (Mons), Lord Nelson, Brighton (Mons) Steve
Hicks concert in Horsham, Christmas Ceilidh in Bexhill.
Page 2 (1589kb) Sussex Folk Association. Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Elsies (Sats),
Worthing Ceilidhs, Footlights West Chiltington (Sats), Pepper's Ghost at
Brighton Toy Museum, Rude Mechanicals Shoreham (Weds), Spyboy events at
Page 3 (402kb) Lewes Arms Lewes (Sats), Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) -
Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (402kb) Book and CD reviews
Page 5 (422kb) CD reviews, Amberley Folk Club (Tues), BCMA trip to Texas.
Page 6 (926kb) Cellarfolk Brighton (Tues), Vince Purcell fiddles, Mid-
Sussex folk singers (Weds), Willows Folk Club Arundel (Weds), Seaford Folk
Page 7 (581kb) Fireman's Arms Uckfield (Tues), Brighton Singers' Club (Weds
& Suns), GBH Ceilidhs Godalming, Chris & Jill from Cornflower Blue, Acoustic
Page 8 (227kb) CD reviews.
Page 9 (284kb) CD reviews, Button Badges, The Sussex Pistols
Page 10 (1263kb) Barry Murphy banjoes, Sandra's party, Horsham Folk Club
(Suns), Lewes Ceilidhs, Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues), White Horse Bodle St.
Page 11 (1437kb) Hobgoblin Music, Electric Voices Guildford area, Meltdown
Page 12 (2053kb) Mistletoes To Maypoles Hawth Crawley, Transports of Delight
at Brighton Toy Museum, Komedia Brighton.
6] INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL WORKSHOPS IN LEWES
LEWES ARMS FOLK CLUB WORKSHOPS 2008
The workshops last a full Saturday or Sunday and the tutor performs at the
club in the evening.
15th March Alistair Anderson Northumbrian music
19th April Martin Carthy Guitar & song
(12 places only)
7th June Cloudstreet Vocal harmony
14th June Paul Hutchinson Accordion
14th June Paul Sartin Fiddle
Belshazzar's Feast evening
19th July Mick West Scottish song
19th July Frank McLaughlin Scottish music for
20th Sept Mary Humphreys & Anahata Fenland tunes (any
18th Oct John Kirkpatrick Modes (any
25th Oct Coope Boyes & Simpson Vocal harmony
25th Oct Georgina Boyes Seminar on Wassails, Carols & Winter
22nd Nov Roy Clinging & Neil Brookes Cheshire tunes (any
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] HUGE EVENT with SHIRLEY COLLINS AT THE SOUTH BANK CENTRE IN LONDON IN
This press release has been issued by the South Bank Centre in London:-
SHIRLEY COLLINS' 'FOLK ROOTS, NEW ROUTES'
25 - 30 March 2008, Southbank Centre
Folk Roots, New Routes - a five-day series of performances and talks in the
Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room programmed by the renowned and
much-loved folk singer Shirley Collins. The America Over The Water talk in
the Purcell Room (a fascinating account of her journeys with Alan Lomax) was
a surprise hit event of 2006. The diverse line-up of expected guests will
attest to an influence and an address book that extends far beyond the world
of folk music.
Look out for more details of these talks/concerts/performances etc as they
emerge. There will certainly be full details in these circulars. Here's what
The Guardian had to say about it in their New Year's Day "What to Look
Forward to in 2008" supplement.
Shirley Collins: Folk Roots, New Routes
The grande dame of UK folk - alas now retired from live performance herself-
curates a fascinating-sounding string of events, collectively named after
her legendary, ground-breaking 1965 album with errant folk guitarist Davy
Graham. Performances and talks - including Collins' own account of her
journeys with legendary US folklorist and song-collector Alan Lomax, America
Over the Water - are promised, along with a diverse line up that "extends
far beyond the world of folk music".
South Bank Centre, London, March 25-30 (08716632500).
9] SUSSEX ALL-DAY SINGAROUND - SATURDAY 19th January 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Once again the venue for this will be ROYAL OAK, BARCOMBE, EAST SUSSEX BN8
Free admission - pub food on sale all day.
There will be an hour of informal tunes while people arrive. Then the
singing starts, finishing with a good hour of glorious choruses. Ballads &
the occasional instrumental party piece will be very welcome too. And the
following day, whilst people are in the area:-
ENGLISH TUNES SESSION Sunday 20th. January noon - 3.00 p.m.
The Lewes Arms,
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 Jail Sheriff Kenneth playing at the Whitby
Music port Festival in October 2005.
*** This website includes the work that we are doing to help to set up a
new music school in Brakeman, teaching okra, blazon, demes and jail singing
to European tourists to The Gambia.
***The lovely batiks made by Bubal Drummer 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 this website.
Sherrifo has a Myspace site where you can hear six tracks by him at
...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 2008 are being snapped up quickly.
Contact Tina on 01273 478124 or email her at tinasmith226_at_yahoo_dot_co_dot_uk to
book the band.
The band's website is at
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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