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Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2008-05-17 - ticket availability (various shows)

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Newsletter                5 May 2008


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
or email:

Ø     Last chance for Anais Mitchell tickets – next Saturday (24th)

If you’re thinking of going to the Anais Mitchell show next Saturday (24 May at The Ark in Turners Hill) please get in touch quickly to secure any remaining seats. You can buy online or email/telephone 01342 716975 to reserve.  More details below.


Now playing on the MySpace jukebox: Anais Mitchell (including live BBC recording), Amy Wadge and Eleanor McEvoy.

Ø     Amy Wadge – 2nd June – buy online facility available this week only

Due to holidays, the buy online facility for this show will be unavailable from 23 May so, for advance tickets, please telephone 01342 714810 after this date.  More details below.

Ø     Tickets now available for Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick

We expect a complete sell-out for this show on 22 September at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne, so please do book early (tickets are already selling). Special support for this show is Lisa Knapp, who is fast building a strong reputation on the folk scene.  Click here for more details.


Ø     Saturday 24 May Anais Mitchell at the Ark, Turners Hill

Ø     Monday 2 June Amy Wadge (w/Andy Walker) at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Ø     Wednesday 18 June Eleanor McEvoy (w/Liehsja) at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Ø     Monday 30 JuneThea Gilmore (w/Pete Du Pon) at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Ø     Monday 21 JulyEve Selis Band at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Click here for other 2008 dates


Acoustic Sussex website

24 May
at The Ark
Turners Hill

Support tbc



£10 (£12  door, subject to availability)  7.30pm
Tickets 01342 716975
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website



What they say…
Anais Mitchell began writing songs at 17.  At 18 she moved from Vermont to Boston, and started playing for whoever would listen. After a year of that, Anais enrolled in a liberal arts school back in Vermont, where she studied political science and languages, ran a folk radio show, and wrote and performed a good deal. She spent a half-year in Austin, waitressing on 6th street and playing as much as she could. She also recorded her debut album during that spring ('The Song They Sang When Rome Fell').  In 2003, The Kerrville Folk Festival honoured her work with the prestigious New Folk Award .

After spending time in Cuba, a semester in the Middle East and some unexpected touring with a rock project called "Circus Guy's Rock & Roll Revue" Anaïs released her acclaimed album, 'Hymns for the Exiled' (being re-released next month). The stirring collection of guitar and voice cemented Mitchell's status as a singer-songwriter to watch, and the record eventually reached the ears of Ani DiFranco, a songwriter whose fusion of personal and political themes was a formative influence on a teenage Mitchell. After seeing a few of Anaïs' captivating concerts, DiFranco signed the artist to her label, Righteous Babe Records.

Anaïs is passionate about the music of her native land, from old-school country to dustbowl labour ballads to rebel rock.  However, the time she's spent in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East has lent a worldly depth to her writing, which she presents to her audience with a graceful presence of spirit.

“A songwriter of startling clarity and depth, equally skilled at turning a melody or lyrical phrase into what you didn’t know you needed until you heard it.”  Acoustic Guitar magazine

"Not since Bob Dylan's early years has a 23 year old songwriter had such power and meaning. Political and poetic, personal and universal, Anaïs Mitchell's work is my latest obsession.Jonathan Byrd 

What we say…
Quite simply the most interesting artist we know – totally unmissable. Her current obsession is her self-written folk opera, Hadestown – you’re sure to hear some pieces tonight.


Anais Mitchell


A scene from Hadestown

2 June
at The Ravenswood
Andy Walker

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

Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead

Click here for full News Release in PDF format



What they say…
Amy Wadge is a fine singer/songwriter and inspirational live performer, with a vocal range that can be as intimate as a whisper or as powerful as gritty gospel shout.

She first came to national attention in 2002 when she won Best Female Solo Artist at the BBC Welsh Music Awards, ahead of Charlotte Church.  She went on to win same award the following year (beating Cerys Matthews).  Her honest, unsentimental emotionally articulate songs have often been compared to Sheryl Crow.

She has appeared at many festivals including Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2003, she was personally invited by the Welsh Prime Minister Rhodri Morgan to perform for the 'Wales Rocks Sydney' showcase in Australia during the Rugby World Cup. She has opened for the legendary Jeff Beck and played support to Van Morrison, Damien Rice, Brian Kennedy and Eric Bibb, among others

Amy is about to release her next album, "Bump!" It was recorded at Room With A View studios in Dorset, at the end of her "Bump on the Road Tour", when she was nearly eight months pregnant! Amy has four previous releases; The Famous Hour, (2002), Woj, (2004), No Sudden Moves, (2006) and Tougher than Love, (2007), by an all female, three part vocal harmony group called Hummingbird, in which Amy was involved and which toured extensively during 2006-7.

What we say…
Amy is a superb singer, guitarist and songwriter – she really has it all. She was our choice for the first ‘official’ Acoustic Sussex gig in February 2005, and this welcome return marks her third appearance for us. Just great!


Amy Wadge

Andy Walker

18 June
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
Support: Leihsja:
£13 (£11 conc)     8pm
Box office 01342 302000

Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead

Click here for full News Release in PDF format



What they say…
Eleanor McEvoy is one of the leading singer songwriters of her generation, known throughout the world for her stunning live performances.  A multi-instrumentalist, Eleanor first shot to prominence when her song ‘A Woman’s Heart’ became the theme and title track to the biggest selling ever Irish album ‘A Woman’s Heart’.  The album stayed in the Top 10 for over a year and still remains in the Irish charts to this day.

A seasoned session musician and orchestral fiddle player from an early age, Eleanor was first signed to Geffen Records and has toured the world, achieving chart success in many countries with the eponymous album ‘Eleanor McEvoy’.  A move from Geffen to Sony Columbia yielded two further highly rated albums ‘What’s Following Me’ and ‘Snapshots’ before she embarked on her own musical journey.  ‘Yola’, her first independent release, was Hi-Fi Plus album of the year and became a standard reference in the world of High End Audio.  This was followed by the moody late night album ‘Early Hours’ and the highly acclaimed ‘Out There’

Eleanor's new album, 'Love Must Be Tough', is planned for released in late May. The album represents a completely new departure, featuring a band of Ireland's finest session players and songs from a wide range of writers.

“Immaculately tuneful, lyrically potent tales of love and life”  MOJO

“Bags of class… McEvoy earns plenty of respect for her multi-instrumental skills ..  her writing gets better & better”  Daily Telegraph

“First class songs sung by a genuinely soulful singer. Spare, clean arrangements and respectful covers. I think that about ticks all the boxes” Maverick

What we say…
A true class act. Eleanor's new album, 'Love Must Be Tough', is planned for release in late May. The album represents a completely new departure, featuring a band of Ireland's finest session players and songs from a wide range of writers.  We are also delighted that local harpist Liehsja is joining Eleanor for this show.


Eleanor McEvoy

A Woman’s Heart CD


30 June
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
Support: Pete du Pon
£14 (£12 conc)     8pm
Box office 01342 302000


Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead

Click here for full News Release in PDF format



What they say…
Thea has blazed a unique and highly independent trail since releasing her debut album in 1998 aged 18. Prolific and diverse, her albums run the gamut from hushed, intimate acoustic settings to full throttle rock, always unified by her spine-tingling vocals and lyrics that combine poetic grace with acerbic, take-no-prisoners social observation.

In 2003, Thea achieved commercial breakthrough with the album Avalanche, which became Radio 2's Album Of The Week and included the hit singles Juliet and Mainstream. In the two years following this, she toured the US and Canada five times, including a 2004 pre-presidential-election tour with long-time fan Joan Baez, who joins Thea for the final track on the new CD.

Indeed, over the years, Thea has collaborated and shared stages with some of music's most revered names including the Waterboys, Steve Earle, Martha Wainwright, Peggy Seeger, Karine Polwart and Beth Orton. Noted Thea Gilmore fans include Bruce Springsteen - who regularly uses her tracks as his pre-performance music.

Thea Gilmore is an artist of great talent and integrity, who really matters and the show promises to be an unforgettable night.

What we say…
Just over a year since her last visit (and after headlining last year’s Crawley Folk Festival), Thea returns to East Grinstead to showcase her new CD, Liejacker, due for release on 12th May. The album is a back-to-basic affair – and we love it. Come and hear for yourself.


Thea Gilmore

Thea Gilmore headlining at  Crawley Folk Festival 2007

21 July
at The Ravenswood
Support: tbc

£13 (£15  door)     8pm
Tickets 01342 714810
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website

Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead



What they say…
From the west coast of America, Eve Selis has been impressing audiences from Hollywood to New York and many places in between with her powerful and distinctive vocals. Winner of the 2005 San Diego Best Americana award, the California-based singer mixes country with R&B, blues and folk. Her vocals are strong and her band includes some of Southern California's finest musicians. Eve has been compared to Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt and Joan Osborne but has more than proved herself as an artist in her own right - she is one of the top female artists on music download site and has had ten number one songs in various charts.

On stage Eve delivers a stunning performance with equal parts innocence and authority, always soulful, strong and sexy. Her voice is variously described as passionate, melodic, raspy and sweet, with a phenomenal range. She has opened for Crosby, Stills & Nash who dedicated "Darkstar" to her after a mesmerizing set.

Eve is not only a writer and performer but is also committed to helping less fortunate people and supports various charities including one for battered women and abused children.

"A gifted writer and electrifying singer who stands head and shoulders above many of her big name contemporaries"  Maverick magazine

"One of the best shows I've ever seen in the U.K.Bob Harris, BBC2

"A modern day queen of 'Roadhouse Rock', Eve blends soaring pop melodies with hard-hitting rock & roll and alternative country twang, topped off with a passionate and powerful delivery. Her live performances with a kick-ass band are something to behold"

What we say…
After a short break to have a baby, Eve is back with a superb new CD, out on 31 May, co-written by her long-time musical partner and wonderful guitarist, Mark Intravaia, and she’s touring with a full band including ‘Cactus’ Jim Soldi (Johnny Cash Band)  – a guaranteed top show!


Eve Selis

Mark ‘Twang’ Intravaia

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.


Regional Gig Guide

For your future diaries...


Other 2008 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    8 September – Kirsty McGee + supoort (tbc)

Ø    22 September – Dave Swarbrick & Martin Carthy + support (tbc)

Ø    3 October – Eliza Gilkyson + support (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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