From: Vic Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 05 September 2012 12:59
Subject: NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR SEPTEMBER
NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR SEPTEMBER
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 .
We begin our 23rd eleven-month season at the Royal Oak with a very strong
programme starting with:-
Sept 06 * £7.00 * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE One of the most popular acts that we
have ever presented return to open a new season for us; the combination of
Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper & Dan Stewart is unbeatable.
Sept 13 * £8.00 * SISTERS UNLIMITED
The best female group that the folk scene ever produced reforms to play a few
dates. We are delighted to be included in the short tour by Rosie Davis,
Sandra Kerr, Janet Russell & Peta Webb
Sept 20 * £6.00 * IAN CHISHOLM & STEPHEN SIBBALD Superb Scots fiddle playing
to excellent guitar along with engaging singing from these two outstanding
Sept 27 * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT
An opportunity for our many regular supporters to get more of a chance to
perform than they do on our ordinary guest nights. New performers to our
venture are particularly welcome.
Oct 04 * £7.00 * JEFF WARNER
Jeff is among the USA?s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music.
His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America
link us with the everyday lives of 19th century Americans.
Oct 11 * £12.00 * MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK (Opening Night of Lewes Folk
Festival) Advance tickets only for this rare small venue appearance by these
iconic performers. Tickets from
Oct 18 * £7.00 * CHRIS FOSTER
Chris is a master of his trade recently described as ?one of the finest
singers and most thoughtful inventive guitar accompanists of English folk
Oct 25 * £7.00 * ALICE GERRARD & BEVERLY SMITH These touring Americans have
known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass
greats over decades and have in turn earned worldwide respect for their own
important contributions to the music.
Nov 01 * £6.00 * THE OTHER BAND
One of the most distinctive and popular units in the South-East. The lovely
combination of Marilyn Bennett, (harmonica & vocals) Iris Bishop (concertina &
accordion) and Gary Holder (double bass & tuba) takes some beating.
Nov 08 * £6.00 * GAVIN & JULIE ATKIN
Old fashioned songs in the 21st century. Julie sings a wide range of songs
from diverse backgrounds whilst Gavin provides great accompaniments on a range
of instruments whilst contributing excellent singing himself.
Nov 15 * £7.00 * BOB WALSER
Bob, on a rare visit from the USA is a leading interpreter and scholar of
music of the sea whose performances bring fresh repertoire to the world of
Nov 22 * £8.00 * TOM PALEY
Tom?s illustrious history from working with Woody Guthrie in the 1950s through
his days with the New Lost City Ramblers and his many achievements since make
him a central figure in the folk revival in two continents.
Nov 29 * £8.00 * ALASDAIR ROBERTS
We have been trying for a long while to book him. Primarily an outstanding
singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, his work consists of the
interpretation and arrangement of traditional ballads as well as the writing
and composition of new songs.
Our Future Guests will include:-
The False Beards (Ian Anderson & Ben Mandelson) * Robb Johnson * The Askew
Sisters * Archie Fisher * Brigitte Kloareg & Yann-Fa?ch Perrocches
* Sara Grey & Kieron Means & Tom Spiers and Family * Rosie Stewart & R?is?n
White * James Fagan & Nancy Kerr * Jez Lowe
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 * FAUSTUS * THE YOUNG COPPERS * LES BARKER
* 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 CHAMPIONS
Others appearing or leading workshops include: Pip Barnes * Iris Bishop
* Charlotte & Spong * Will Duke & Dan Quinn * Noel Dumbrell * Carrie Elkin &
Danny Schmidt * Linda Game * Gary Holder * Bob Lewis * Bing Lyle
* Terry Masterson * Jan Mulreany & Lizi Storey * Steve & Diane Nevill * Elle
Osborne * Peppers Ghost Magic Lantern Show * Matt Quinn * Stuart Reed * Denise
& Stuart Savage * Derek Seed * Vic & Tina Smith * So Last Century String Band
* Spare Parts * Sussex Harmony
The dance teams taking part will be: The Knots of May * Oyster Girls * Seven
Champions Molly Dancers * Mythago * Black Dragon * Marlings Morris
* Broadwood Morris * Magog * Sompting Morris (2 sides) * Ditchling Morris
Brighton Morris * Cuckoo?s Nest * Rampant Rooster * Long Man Morris * Sun Oak
Tickets have been selling more briskly than last year.
Two events Event 1 MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK and Event 23 SHIRLEY
COLLINS TRADITIONAL SONG WORKSHOP are now sold out and there are a couple of
others that are getting pretty close. That means that there are two reasons
for moving quickly to get your tickets.
a] The tickets are selling well and some events are nearly sold out and b] The
advance ticket sales discount is only available until October 1st. After that
date, door admission prices will apply.
Our 16-page free programme is widely available To obtain one, send a SAE to
the address at the bottom of this email. If you would like to read or print
your own copies, then all sixteen pages are on-line at
The programme is printed early and if we are forced to make any changes, the
updates will appear at both
For more details:-
Phone 01273 478124 (Vic & Tina)
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:-
Rattle On The Stovepipe - "Eight More Miles To Louisville" - (September 6th)
Sisters Unlimited - "My Better Years" - (September 13th) Jeff Warner - "Come
Take a Trip In My Airship" - (October 4th) Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick -
"Foggy Dew" - (October 11th) Chris Foster - "Georgie" - (October 18th) Alice
Gerrard [with Beverly Smith] - "Custom Made Women Blues" - (October 25th)
Beverly Smith [with Alice Gerrard] - "Mississippi Moon - (October 25th) The
Other Band - "Dark Eyes" - (November 1st) Reg Meuross - "Sail Away No More" -
(November 8th) Alasdair Roberts - "The Daemon Lover" (November 29th)
(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 August.
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 255 covers the months of June & July and
no. 256 covers the months of August & September.
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.
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. The copy date for issue 257 (October/November) is
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. 256 August -
September 2012 Page 1 Beginners English Barn Dance Classes, Croydon folk club
(Mons), Hobgoblin Music, Lewes Summer Hoedown.
Page 2 Lancing Open Mic (Weds), Cowfold Open Mic (Tues), Brighton Acoustic
Session (Mons), Vince's Violins, Instruments For Sale, No.1 Ladies Accordion
Orchestra concert in Brighton, Home Service at Farnham Maltings Page 3 Lewes
Saturday Folk Club, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes (Thurs).
Page 4 Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Guitar Freq Music Shop, Village Folk (Thurs),
Folk On The Coast Bognor (Fris), Grayshott Folk Club (Sats).
Page 5 Union Music Stores, White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons), Brighton
Cellarfolk (Tues), Hatful of Rain Page 6 Seaford Live Festival, CD reviews
Page 7 JigJaw dance Workshop Horsham, Amberley Acoustic Music Club (Tues),
Eastbourne Folk Club (Weds), Tonbridge folk club (Mons), Tenterden Folk
Page 8 Willows Arundel folk club (Weds), Unreel Barn Dance Henfield, Evershed
Arts Folk Club Billingshurst (Sats), Rude Mechanicals (Weds), Six Bells
Chiddingly (Tues). Wildwood Promotions Brighton.
Page 9 Meltdown Ceilidhs Haywards Heath (Sats), Sangboc Day of Folk, Fee Calls
Ceilidhs, Brighton Singers Club (Weds), St Mary's Arts Ashford, Sussex Folk
Association, Elsies (Sats) Page 10 Piggies Open Mic (Tues), Hampden Arms South
Heighton (Weds), Horsham folk club (Suns). Mid- Sussex harmony singing (Mons),
Copy Dates & Advertising rates Page 11 ,Sweet Sunny South Festival, Amy
Harrison & The Second Hand String Band, Chiddingly Festival.
Page 12 Lewes Folk Festival
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 -
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 videos area 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:-
RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE on September 6th JEFF WARNER on October 4th MARTIN
CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK on October 11th CHRIS FOSTER on October 18th ALICE
GERRARD & BEVERLY SMITH on October 25th BOB WALSER on November 8th ALASDAIR
ROBERTS on November 29th HAZEL & EMILY ASKEW on April 4th ARCHIE FISHER on
April 11th Brigitte KLOAREG and Yann-Fa?ch PERROCHES on April 18th SARA GREY &
KIERON MEANS on April 25th
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-Fa?ch 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 2012/2013 are being snapped up quickly.
We have already been booked once again for the really huge Brighton Midwinter
Ceilidh at the Corn Exchange in Brighton on December 20th.
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