From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 03 February 2008 17:47
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
Every Thursday 8.pm START
Here is the programme from now until the beginning of June:-
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.
***This will be followed by our nine-week "ALL-AMERICAN SEASON"***
Apl 10th * £.5.00 * BRYAN BOWERS
From Virginia, Bryan is a master of the auto-harp and a highly regarded singer, His last visit here, six years ago, was a huge success
Apl 17th * £5.00 * SARA GREY & KIERON MEANS
With her huge repertoire of songs, distinctive singing and crisp banjo playing, Sara has been hugely popular in the UK and the USA since the 1960s.
Her career has taken new impetus in her partnership with her very talented son
Apl 24th * 5.00 * ROSIE DAVIS, JOE LOCKER and BOB WINQUIST
Three very experienced and talented performers come together to perform Old Timey and Bluegrass music on banjo, fiddle and autoharp. Then there is Rosie's dancing...
May 1st * £5.00 * CLAUDIA GOULD & BEN PALEY
Another mother and son combination. Amongst other accomplishments, Claudia is a great interpreter of the traditional song of the Appalachians. Ben is a very talented and hugely popular fiddler.
May 8th * £5.00 * BAYOU SECO
From Silver City, New Mexico, Ken and Jeannie are acknowledged experts on a range of the traditions of the south and they perform them with enthusiasm and great style
May 15th *£5.00 * DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON
From Virginia, they purvey a selection of songs and tunes on guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. "...rural America explored with elegant simplicity."
May 22nd * £5.00 * JEFF WARNER
From New Hampshire, Jeff is one of North America's outstanding singing folklorists. His repertoire is full of songs with interesting lyrics and lovely melodies
May 29th * £5.00 * BEVERLY SMITH & CARL JONES
Doyens of the American traditional music scene, they have a gentle but utterly convincing with their singing and instrumental playing on mandolin, fiddle, banjo and guitar
June 5th * £5.00 * JUDY COOK
Born in Virginia, Judy has a wide experience and is respected on both sides of the Atlantic as a singer and propagator of the old songs.
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:-
Tune-Around with Will Duke & Dan Quinn - "Scan's Polkas" - (February 7th)
Gavin Atkin & Julie Arnott - "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" -
Roisin White - "Among the Heather" - (February 28th)
Dave Swarbrick - "The Trip We Took Over The Mountains" - (March 20th)
Elizabeth Stewart - "The Cruel Mother" - (April 3rd)
Bryan Bowers - "The Rights of Man" - (April 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:-
GAVIN ATKIN February 14th
ROISIN WHITE February 28th
DAVE SWARBRICK March 20th
BRYAN BOWERS April 10th
MARTIN CARTHY June 26th
BRUCE MOLSKY October 9th
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 February 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 229 covers the months of February &
March 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 folk
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 the April/May 2008 issue will be February 29th
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. 229 FEBRUARY - MARCH 2008
Page 1 (2546kb) Beacon folk club (Mons), Vince's fiddles, Six Bells
Chiddingly (Tues) Lark Rise to Candelford at Chequer Mead East Grinstead.
Page 2 (1297kb) Meltdown Ceilidhs, SEFAN, Barry Murphy banjos, Brighton
Acoustic Session, Rude Mechanicals (Weds), Spyboy presentations
Page 3 (833kb) Lewes Arms Lewes (Sats), Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) -
Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (1918kb) Acoustic Sussex, Euro Ceilidh Hassocks, Zoox appearances
Page 5 (1213kb) Hobgoblin Music, Mid-Sussex Folk Singers Harmony Day,
Page 6 (1017kb) CD reviews
Page 7 (177kb) CD reviews, White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons)
Page 8 (1017kb) Fireman's Arms Uckfield (Tues), Brighton Singers Club (Weds
& Suns) Willows Folk Club Arundel (Weds), Lamb Folk Club Eastbourne (Weds),
Croydon Folk Club (Mons)
Page 9 (1205kb) Sussex Folk Association, Travelling Folk Song & Ale, Elsies
(Sats) Fee Calls Ceilidhs Pigs Ear Folk & Ale, Hawth Crawley
Page 10 (1136kb) Footlights West Chiltington (Sats), Mid-Sussex Folk
Singers, Ashurst (Weds), Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Seaford Folk Club (Suns)
Page 11 (1077kb) Amberley Folk Club (Tues). Electric Voices Guildford area
Page 12 (340kb) Gosport & Fareham Easter Festival
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 (any instrument)
19th April - Martin Carthy - Guitar & song (12 places only)
7th June - Cloudstreet - Vocal harmony
5th. July - Will Duke - Scan Tester's tunes
19th July - Mick West - Scottish song
19th July - Frank McLaughlin - Scottish music for guitar
20th Sept - Mary Humphreys & Anahata - Fenland tunes (any instrument)
18th Oct - John Kirkpatrick - Modes (any instrument)
25th Oct - Coope Boyes & Simpson - Vocal harmony
25th Oct - Georgina Boyes - Seminar on Wassails, Carols & Winter Customs
22nd Nov - Roy Clinging & Neil Brookes - Cheshire tunes (any instrument)
6th Dec - Paul Hutchinson - Accordion
6th Dec - Paul Sartin - 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, but has made changes
to the way this is presented. Here is what he says:-
I have given free rein to my inner geek and written a new version of the
Sessions page that works out the date of the next of each session (except
for the weekly ones where it seemed a bit pointless). This was inspired by
the uselessness of "Fortnightly counting from 3rd October 2006".
I think it probably works almost all of the time (maybe). Would you
like to change any references you make to it to
Have a look and
if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on
8] NEW WEEKLY SESSION IN LEWES
Members of The Ceilidh Crew have a new session starting on Sunday 3rd Feb
from 2.30pm till 4.30 and probably beyond. Hosting the session will be Tim
Cotteral, Joe Hinchcliff and Gill Emerson. Come along, join in, listen,
enjoy! Harveys beer flows from the pipes at good prices.
Lewes Con Club
139 High Street
9] SHIRLEY COLLINS NEWS
Shirley is to receive a Good Tradition Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk
on February 4th at The Brewery in London.
At their website, it says:- Shirley Collins, who has championed English song
over the decades and whose work recording folk artists with Alan Lomax was
one of the most important song-collecting exercises of any musical genre,
will receive a Good Tradition Award.
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
A full list of the events at the South Bank includes:-
Shirley on the South Bank
Tuesday 25th - Sunday 30th March Shirley as curator/presenter and performer
TUESDAY 25 MARCH
MARTIN SIMPSON WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHRIS WOOD
Two of England's finest interpreters of traditional and contemporary music.
Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.45pm
FRIDAY 28 MARCH
The Scotland-based folk singer and guitarist performs songs from his new
album The Amber Gatherers.
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.45pm
SATURDAY 29 MARCH
SOUNDS OF THE SOUTH:
A COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED TALKS WITH SHIRLEY COLLINS and Pip Barnes
Gypsy songs and singers of Southern England. An original and beguiling
performance with readings, illustrated with recorded music and pictures.
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall 2pm
A MOST SUNSHINY DAY
A passionate and timely look at the traditional songs and singers of Sussex,
illustrated with recorded music, pictures and dance.
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall 4.30pm
AMERICA OVER THE WATER
Shirley Collins presents an enthralling and unique show based on her book
America Over the Water, with readings, field recordings and rare pictures.
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall 8pm
SUNDAY 30 MARCH
CATHERINE BOTT HERINE BOTT
A performance from one of London's leading sopranos.
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall 5.30pm
CLOSE OF PLAY
Featuring Rattle On The Stove Pipe, Linda Thompson, Lisa Knapp, Martyn
Wyndham-Read with No-Man's Band, John Kirkpatrick, Brighton Morris, Hot
Vultures 3 and Ned Oldham.
Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm
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 Brikama, teaching kora, balafon, djembe and jali singing
to European tourists to The Gambia and to local children.
***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 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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