From: Vic Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 04 April 2012 15:23
Subject: NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR APRIL
NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR APRIL
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
3 Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA
Enquiries: - (01273) 478124 or 881316
Email tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk .
Our programme for the next three months up until the end of June:-
Mar 01st * £7.00 * CHRIS BARTRAM, NEIL BROOKES & TONY WEATHERALL English
traditional song & dance music at its finest. Neil’s fiddle and Tony’s
melodeon generate real excitement and Chris’s singing is wonderfully easy on
Apl 05th * £7.00 * JEFF WESLEY
Retired farm worker from Northamptonshire whose mellifluous voice is able to
project all that is worthy about English traditional song.
Apl 12th * £8.00 * ANDY IRVINE
A man that has played with so many fine top groups Planxty, Sweeney’s Men,
Mosaic, Patrick Street. A rare chance to see him in an intimate venue.
Apl 19th * £7.00 * JIM MacFARLAND & JERRY O’REILLY Two of Ireland’s finest
singers come over for a short tour. They feature a range of the very best in
the Irish repertoire from the pastoral to the political.
Apl 26th * £7.00 * MIKE GULSTON & BLANCHE ROWEN Two excellent singers who draw
their material from English, Welsh and French sources. Mike is a talented
multi-instrumentalist on a range of string instruments.
May 03rd * £6.00 * MANDY MURRAY, BEN PALEY & JIM BURCH A really memorable
evening in prospect with the most vibrant local musicians in Irish music and
song with Mandy on concertina, Ben on fiddle and Jim on guitar.
May 10th * £7.00 * ROSIE DAVIS, JOE LOCKER & BOB WINQUIST An English woman, a
New Yorker and a Canadian combine to bring us the very best in bluegrass, old
timey and early country music on fiddle, banjo, bass and guitar.
May 17th * £8.00 * JOHN KIRKPATRICK
One of the most talented and popular performers that we are able to present at
the Royal Oak, John is a master of a range of free reed instruments and the
outstanding singer of English traditional songs.
May 24th * £7.00 * BAYOU SECO TRIO
We are delighted to be able to welcome back Ken and Jeanie from Silver City,
New Mexico bringing us their superb range of music and song from the south
east of the USA. On this tour they are joined by their godson, fiddler Tomás
May 31st * £6.00 * DENISE & STUART SAVAGE An evening with these two great
local favourites who are able to present a varied evening that is both
interesting and delightful
June 7th * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT
One of the few occasions during the year that we operate without guest
artists, giving our many regular supporters more of a chance to show their
skills. Performers new to our venture will be made particularly welcome
June 14th * £7.00 * GORDON TYRRALL
Gordon performs in a radically different and exciting manner. He is a masterly
guitarist and flautist, a great singer who puts his fascinating repertoire
over in a warm and engaging manner.
June 21st * £6.00 * MATT QUINN (Album Launch Evening) This summer will be very
significant for Matt. He will have graduated from the Newcastle Traditional
Music degree course before embarking on a professional musical career marked
by the release of this debut solo album.
June 28th * £7.00 * JIM CAUSLEY
Jim is rapidly fulfilling his early promise as being one of the bright young
hopes of the folk scene. A compelling singer and accordionist, he draws much
of his repertoire from his native Devon.
Our Future Guests will include:-
* Shirley Collins, Birthday Party (July 5th)
* Jim & Lynette Eldon (July 19th)
* Rattle On The Stovepipe (Sept 6th)
* Sisters Unlimited (September 13th)
* Jeff Warner (October 4th)
* Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick (October 11th)
* Chris Foster (October 18th)
* Alice Gerrard & Beverly Smith (October 25th)
Our websites are at
Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all of the
2) LEWES FOLK FESTIVAL OCTOBER 11th 14th 2012 The headline acts will be:-
***MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK***
***THE YOUNG COPPERS***
***MARTYN WYNDHAM READ’S full “DOWN THE LAWSON TRACK” show with SHIRLEY
COLLINS*** ***Dance to THE NEW SLIDE with caller ALEX CUMMING plus THE SEVEN
Look out for updates at
Phone 01273 478124
Meanwhile, there are nearly 200 photos of nearly all the 2011 festival events
3] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON "MYSPACE"
Our MYSPACE profile enables us to provide sample tracks of coming guests as
well as show photos and biographies of coming guests. It is at
Currently on our MYSPACE we have the following tracks by coming guests:-
Jeff Wesley - "Unquiet Grave" - (April 5th) Andy Irvine - "Gladiators" -
(April 12th) Jim MacFarland [with Jerry O'Reilly] - "Reynardine" - (April
19th) Jerry O'Reilly [with Jim MacFarland] - "Father Murphy" - (April 19th)
Mike Gulston & Blanche Rowen “Early Spring in Llangyfelach” (April 26th)
Mandy Murray [with Ben Paley & Jim Burch] “Drogheda Lasses/The Game of
Love”) (May 3rd)
Ben Paley [with Mandy Murray & Jim Burch] “Old Hag You Have Killed
Me/Frehar’s Jig” (May 3rd) Joe Locker [with Rosie Davis & Bob Winquist]
“Rain & Snow” (May 10th) John Kirkpatrick - "Welcome To Hell" - (May 17th)
Bayou Seco - "Lazy Heart" - (May 24th)
(After each gig the tracks will drop off to be replaced with another by an
upcoming guest.) There are also two photo montage videos of some of the best
nights at the Royal Oak. One covering the club evenings during 2007 and the
other between 2002 and 2006.
4] 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 there are over
100 events currently listed covering all the dates up until the end of April.
5] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper
magazine, THE FOLK DIARY. Issue no 254 covers the months of April & May. 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. To obtain copies of
this free magazine as it is published, please send SAE's to Vic Smith at the
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 June/July issue (no. 255) is April 30th Please contact JIM
MARSHALL 01273 559750 jimars_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk Or VIC SMITH 01273 478124
tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk Advertising space is always sold on a first come
first saved basis, so if you would like to advertise, please contact one of us
to reserve your space.
6] THE FOLK DIARY ON LINE
THE FOLK DIARY is available on-line at
You will need Adobe ACROBAT READER to read the pages. The following issue is
now on-line and are listed here with the contents:-
ISSUE No. 254 April - May 2012
Page 1 Rude Mechanicals Shoreham (Weds), Wildwood Promotions. Steve Knightley
at Framfield, Singing for Beginners Workshop in Lewes.
Page 2 Spyboy Presentations
Page 3 Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes (Thurs).
Page 4 Twagger Band in Ditchling, Elsie's (Sats), Sussex Folk Association.
Folk On The Coast Bognor (Fris). Eastbourne Folk Club (Weds), Brighton
Page 5 Climax Ceilidh Band in Lewes, Hobgoblin Music, The Banjo Whisperer.
Page 6 Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Sangboc Folk Club (Mons), Vince's Violins,
Croydon Folk Club (Mons), St. Mary's Ashford events Page 7 Greyshott Folk Club
(Sats), Brighton Acoustic Session (Mons), Chichester Pickers, GBH Ceilidhs
Godalming, Lewes Folk Festival, Amberley Acoustic Music Club Page 8 Piggies
Open Mic Uckfield (Tues), Sandra's Party, Horsham Folk Club, Mid-Sussex Chorus
& Harmony Night (Mons) Advertising rates & copy date. .
Page 9 Dave Toye's Open Mic Cowfold (Tues), Guitar Freq Steyning, Electric
Voices Guildford, Beacon folk club (Mons) Willows Folk Club Arundel (Weds),
Page 10 Fee Calls Ceilidhs, White Horse Bodle Street Green (Mons), Six Bells
Chiddingly (Tues), Tonbridge Folk Club (Mons), 50 years of Chichester folk
club, Evershed Arts Folk Club Billingshurst.
Page 11 Tenterden Folk Festival, CD Reviews.
Page 12a Wickham Festival.
Page 12b Union Music Store.
7] LEWES WORKSHOPS AT THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE The workshops last a full Saturday
or Sunday and the tutor performs at the club in the evening.
Forthcoming workshops in 2012 -
28 Apr CLOUDSTREET Vocal harmony
19 May HALEY STEVENS Singing For Beginners
26 May JIGJAW Song for dancing
30 Jun ANNE NEILSON/GORDEANNA McCULLOCH Ballads
14 Jul BRENDAN POWER Irish harmonica
21 Jul WILSON FAMILY Mining & Graeme Miles songs
15 Sep CRAIG MORGAN ROBSON Vocal harmony
16 Sep CRAIG MORGAN ROBSON Ballads
20 Oct CHRIS SHERBURN Irish concertina
20 Oct DENNY BARTLEY Irish song/guitar
17 Nov ANDY CUTTING Melodeon
24 Nov JEZ LOWE Songwriting in the tradition
1 Dec KATIE & JOHN HOWSON East Anglian tunes for any instrument
8] REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA Bryan Creer has taken on the
task of detailing these, and they are posted at
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him
9] VIDEO PAGES ON THE FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK WEBSITE The Folk at the Royal Oak
website now has a page devoted to YouTube and Facebook videos. It is at
The page is divided
into five pages, the first showing videos of guest artists who will be
appearing at the Royal Oak, and the other four showing videos of some
performances on past nights at the Royal Oak. The videos currently being shown
on the “Coming Guests” page are as follows:-
ANDY IRVINE on April 12th
DAVIS, LOCKER & WINQUIST on May 10th
JOHN KIRKPATRICK on May 17th
BAYOU SECO on May 24th
GORDON TYRRALL on June 14th
MATT QUINN on June 21st
JIM ELDON on July 15th
JEFF WARNER on October 4th
MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK on October 11th In addition there are now four
pages of videos of appearances at the Royal Oak including Chris Foster. Jez
Lowe, Bartram Brookes & Weatherall, Martyn Wyndham-Read & Iris Bishop, Mike
Gulston, Tim Van Eyken, Carthy Waterson & Parkinson, Mandy Murray, Davis
Locker & Winquist, Black Umfolosi 5, John Kirkpatrick, The Long Hill Ramblers,
The Twagger Band, Maggie Boyle, Linda Game, Edel Fox, The Savoy Family Band,
Matt Quinn Jeanie Harris & Dan Quinn, Bing Lyle, Derrick Hughes, Tina Smith,
Derrick Hughes, Cathal McConnell & Duncan Wood, Ian Chisholm, Terry Masterson,
Noel Dumbrell, Dan Quinn, Danny Meeney, Mike Ainscough, Derrick Hughes. Debby
McClatchy, Henry Sparks, Marilyn Bennett, Dave Andrews, Sheila Bentham, Jim
Ward, Roger Brasier, Annie Winter, Rattlebag, Jan Creaye, Hannah James, Rowan
Rheingans, Lady Maisery, Zoox, Brigitte Kloareg & Yann-Fañch Perroches, Keith
Wheele, Brighton Morris Men, Vic Smith, Rattle On The Stovepipe, Sandra
Goddard, George Smith. Rattle On The Stovepipe, Valmai Goodyear & Bryan Creer,
Murray Shelmerdine, Jeff Davis.
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...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 2012 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
and they have a MYSPACE
profile as well at
VIC & TINA SMITH
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
ROYAL OAK WEBSITES:-
SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE:-
LEWES FOLK FESTIVAL WEBSITE:-
SUSSEX PISTOLS BARN DANCE BAND WEBSITE:-
COMPOUND SOUNDS WEBSITE