From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 16 November 2008 10:09
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2008-11-16 - Young Folk Awards free tickets

Newsletter        16 November 2008


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REMINDER   Monday 17 November at The Ravenswood
plus support SHARON LEWIS


“My album of the year” Robert Elms, BBC  Radio London

“There are so many highlights it almost seems unfair to spotlight just one.
Maverick, The Pull, 5 Star Review

To listen to what all the fuss is about, click on the links to hear sample tracks from ‘The Pull’ on our MySpace jukebox


5 pairs of tickets for the BBC Young Folk Awards – 5 December
For anyone coming to the Kreg Viesselman show on Monday, we have 5 pairs of tickets for the final available, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.   The awards take place on 5th December at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, compered by Mike Harding. Now in its 11th year, the Award is Radio 2's annual search for the most promising folk musicians in the UK.  (If you want tickets but can’t get along on Monday, you can get tickets by ringing the Southbank Centre box office on 0871 663 2500.)  For more, see the
BBC website.


17 November
at The Ravenswood
Support: Sharon Lewis

£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



What they say…
'American songwriter' - that's Kreg's preferred description of himself. He's an artist who consciously sidesteps being labelled or categorised, but his career as restless troubadour and observer of life places him firmly in the classic US songwriter tradition that stretches back to the 1960s, and beyond.

Born in a small midwestern town, Viesselman lives far beyond his 30 or so years. Having worked as a sailor, farmhand, mountain guide and teacher, Viesselman’s varied experiences in life have given him an insight into the darkness, hope and humour of the everyday person, reflected with a rare poignancy through his music.

With a passionate voice that has received comparisons such as 'the finesse of Kelly Joe Phelps' and 'the delivery of Joe Cocker', and roots music luminaries like Taj Mahal singing his praises, it can only be a matter of time before the elusive Viesselman begins to receive the same sort of attention as his erstwhile fellow troubadour and friend from the highways of the USA, Ray LaMontagne.

“This guy is gooood! He’s writing some great stuff.” Taj Mahal


“In a word...revelatory”  The Greenman Review

“The songs have a potency that intrigue and make you want to listen.  This American singer/songwriter cannot fail…” Classic Rock Society

“There are so many highlights it almost seems unfair to spotlight just one. One of the few albums that warrants the listener hanging onto the artist's every single word...without exception I found every song totally engrossing.”  Maverick Magazine, Five Star Review

“It’s a must-listen CD.” Paul Kramer, The Hit Sheet

"Kreg's superb guitar playing and voice intertwine between each song.”

Viesselman’s songs have a sage, hardened pathos that’s hardly pretty boy stuff…silvery, potent lines that are killer in substance. Viesselman has a charmed beauty all his own.” Dirty Linen

“Enchanting simplicity...I really believe him when he sings.”
Acoustic Magazine

What we say…
A fine songwriter with a wonderful voice reminiscent of the likes of Ray Lamontagne or Richie Havens. ‘The Pull’ is one of our top albums of the last couple of years. With Brighton-based Sharon Lewis in support, this promises to be a mesmerising evening.


Kreg Viesselman

Sharon Lewis

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 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    9 December – Dougie MacLean + support (Jane Taylor)

Ø    20 January – SINGER SONGWRITER SHOWCASE with Anais Mitchell, Andy Whittle, Sadie Jemmett

Ø    9 February - “CELEBRATION OF THE GUITAR” with Gordon Giltrap, Alan Prosser, Jon Gomm, Duncan McKenzie

Ø    23 February – Martin Harley Band

Ø    23 March – Mark Erelli

Ø    1 April – Eliza Carthy

Ø    4 May – Karine Polwart (note change of date)

Ø    21 May – Cara Dillon

Ø    19 June – Show of Hands (NOTE - tickets NOW on sale from Chequer Mead Box Office 01342 302000)


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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