From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 29 March 2008 00:10
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2008-29-03 Reminder

Newsletter         15th February 2008


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 REMINDER               Brooks Williams

                   with Marsha Swanson

 Monday 31st March, The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

“One of the most fluid acoustic/electric guitarists on the planet”  fRoots

“Like a more upbeat Bruce Cockburn – from an artist who only gets better with every release.  …One of America’s most inspirational singer, songwriter, guitar-slingers of recent years”. Mojo

 “A consummate artist, Williams ranks among America’s musical treasures”  Dirty Linen

“Intelligent, soulful song-writing and dazzling guitar work.”  Acoustic Guitar


Now playing on our
MySpace Jukebox: Brooks Williams, Corinne West, Marsha Swanson and David Celia

As featured in this month’s Blues in Britain magazine
No 56 in the “Top 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists”

31 March

at The Ravenswood

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

Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin Records, Crawley


Click here for full News Release in PDF format


Come and see our new staging, being used for the first time for this show!



“If Williams' guitar picking gets any sharper, we'll have to invent new adjectives," wrote the Boston Globe. Well, they better start inventing because Williams' music, lyrics, singing, and picking get sharper with every recording. Critics and writers hail Brooks as "an acoustic guitar god'" and a "fret monster," saying his music is "electrifying," "dazzling," and "breathtaking," and that he sings like the "Angel of Soul." His unique combination of traditional and original music inspired Dirty Linen magazine to call him one of "America's musical treasures”.

His guitar skills have recently won Brooks a place in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists list, in company with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Jan Akkerman, and John Martyn, to name a few. With thirteen albums to his credit, his growing catalogue of original songs is "exquisite," says MOJO magazine.

Likened to James Taylor, Robert Johnson, Bruce Coburn and Bert Jansch Brooks is back in the UK with a new set of songs and a new album (featuring Dave Mattacks), The Time I Spend With You, launched this week. The title track was written whilst Brooks was on tour here last year.

It’s pleasantly difficult to pin down Brooks Williams; a diverse and versatile musician who is quite simply one of the most entertaining and engaging performers on the circuit today.

“This guy is incredible. I thought I'd seen all the great guitar players, now I've just had to go and add another to the list… the boundaries have been stretched” ! Kev Hutch, Live Review

“Brooks continues to consolidate his pole position as guitar picker par excellence…but it's good to be reminded of just how compelling a songwriter Brooks is……hearing his records doesn't really prepare you for the impact - total satisfaction guaranteed.”  Net Rhythms

Joining Brooks for this show is Marsha Swanson, recently voted Best Folk Artist and Album at the Glasswerk New Music Awards.


Brooks Williams

Click here for album review
by NetRhythms

Marsha Swanson

For your future diaries...


Other 2008 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    21 April – Corinne West + support: David Celia

Ø    15 May – Tannahill Weavers + support: Celtish

Ø    24 May – Anais Mitchell + support (tbc)

Ø    2 June – Amy Wadge + support: Andy Walker

Ø    18 June – Eleanor McEvoy + support (tbc)

Ø    30 June – Thea Gilmore + support (tbc)

Ø    21 July - Eve Selis Band + support (tbc)

Ø    8 September – Kirsty McGee (tbc)

Ø    22 September – Dave Swarbrick & Martin Carthy

Ø    3 October – Eliza Gilkyson + sipport (tbc)

Ø    3 November – John Tams & Barry Coope + support (tbc)

Ø    9 December – Dougie MacLean + support (tbc)


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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