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SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE

Folk Music - Listings from January 22nd until the end of February

The Folk DiaryThe listings on this page are taken from the paper magazine The Folk Diary. This paper magazine is now also available on line and each issue will be on-line as soon as it is prepared. As well as the listings, The Folk Diary has lots of useful adverts for folk festivals, shops and services as well as pages of reviews of recent folk and world music albums. Click on the symbol to go to the on-line version

Click HERE for details of the free, regular sessions of tunes, songs (or both!) in this area. Generally these are weekly or monthly sessions, but the webmaster will also help to publicise one-off sessions.

At the moment, it is not possible to update this page with last minute changes of programme/venue/cancellations etc. However all such changes are notes on the Facebook page of THE FOLK DIARY. Click HERE to go to it. Some late arranged gigs are also announced there.

Thursday 22nd January

Friday 23rd January

  • GERRY COLVIN TRIO - All performers free.- FOLK ON THE COAST Bognor Regis Town F.C. Nyewood Lane PO21 2TY 8pm Enquiries - 01243 820187 or 07751 594285
  • STEVE TURNER - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS- SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 24th January

  • LIAM ROBINSON DANCE BAND - MELTDOWN CEILIDHS, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath. Details: 01273 541453 or email
  • JOHN JOSEPH & MICK HOWARD - Eye-wateringly funny & full of surprises. Hard hats recommended in case of ballistic onions. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 25th January

  • SusFA SUNDAY WORKSHOPS - Pulborough Village Hall - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01432 65010
  • OPEN FLOOR - Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 26th January

  • PARTRIDGE FOLK - THE PARTRIDGE Partridge. Green. Details: 07768 934263 or email
  • IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email
  • BURNS NIGHT SUPPER - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795

Tuesday 27th January

  • PIGGIE'S OPEN MIC ROOM - THE PIG & BUTCHER Five Ash Down, Uckfield Enquiries - 01825 765779
  • SINGERS NIGHT - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email
  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 28th January

  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • SO LAST CENTURY STRINGBAND - The band's energised performance is driven by flatpicked guitar, frailing banjo, and lyrical fiddle playing, and laid on top of that are powerhouse vocal harmonies. The lineup of the band consists of Jamie Regan (guitar), Michi Mathias (fiddle) and Dan Edwards (banjo), with the recent addition of Ben McGuire on double bass. - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

Thursday 29th January

Friday 30th January

  • KING CREOSOTE - REVELATION,Ashford town centre
  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS- SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email
  • COME ALL YE - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443

Saturday 31st January

  • BOB LEWIS - Bob is a genuine Sussex source singer with a fine voice & an unusual selection of traditional songs - beautiful, funny, dramatic, moving & delightful. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • MARTIN TURNER'S WISHBONE ASH - GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott GU26 6TZ Details: 01428 604798

Sunday 1st February

  • CHRIS HAIGH & PAUL KERR - When it comes to fiddle playing, Chris Haigh wrote the book. Literally- he has eight fiddle publications to his name so far. He has also played on around 80 albums and has worked with an impressive array of artists across the genres of pop, rock, country, bluegrass, folk and world music, including such names as Morcheeba, Alison Moyet, All about Eve, James Galway, Michael Ball, Andrew Cronshaw, Brendan Power, Zumzeaux, Diz Disley, Leon Hunt, The Coal Porters, David Soul, Jyotsna Srikanth and Oumou Sangari. He is accompanied by singer/guitarist Paul Kerr, from Armagh City in northern Ireland. The two have worked together regularly for around fifteen years in a variety of bands. Two of Paul’s country songs appeared in the film Erin Brokovitch. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 2nd February

  • SO LAST CENTURY STRING BAND - Brighton Acoustic at THE LORD NELSON Trafalgar St, Brighton (100 yards from Brighton Stn.)
  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • CLUB NIGHT - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
  • IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email
  • ALMA - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB The Foresters Arms 52 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge TN9 2RT 8pm Details: 01892 822945 or email

Tuesday 3rd February

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 4th February

  • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005
  • BRIAN STIMPSON Expect a lively mix of folk, blues, country and jug band songs from our versatile banjo and guitar picker. - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
    RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 5th February

Friday 6th February

  • ENGLISH STRING BAND - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
  • SO LAST CENTURY STRING BAND- Plays jug-band songs, square-dance tunes, songs of whisky and gambling, gospel, weird crooked tunes and crunchy harmonies . . . all sorts of Appalachian old-time music going back to the 1920s and 30s with fiddle, banjo & guitar. Sounds fabulous. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email
  • THE TWAGGER BAND - ELSIE'S, Details: 01732 862862

Saturday 7th February

  • THE ENGLISH STRING BAND caller BARRY GOODMAN - GBH CEILIDHS, Godalming Borough Hall, Godalming, GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
  • SETH LAKEMAN- Plus Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin. - ST, GEORGE'S, Brighton. Details: zazamusic.co.uk
  • ROBB JOHNSON - *** This week at The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA *** A fine songwriter, singer & guitarist, Robb's songs are powerful, incisive & honed to perfection with plenty to enjoy & much food for thought. 'The real deal when it comes to songwriting.' (Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2). - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 8th February

  • SONG & DANCE - Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band. Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment.- HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 9th February

  • ELSIE'S BAND - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email

Tuesday 10th February

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
  • SINGERS NIGHT - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email

Wednesday 11th February

  • BARBER & TAYLOR - Barber and Taylor Excellence is a trademark for this superb Brighton-based duo, an act who always leave audiences wanting more! A perfect musical match since they began working together in 2002, Kevin & Mark have established themselves as an act of world-class quality, setting standards of excellence in contemporary folk and acoustic music in the South.- WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
    RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 12th February

Friday 13th February

  • BROKEN HEARTED BALLADS - A new EFDSS commission featuring Emily Portman, Paul Sartin and James Fagan REVELATION,Ashford town centre
  • FERNHILL - GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, St. Alban's Church, Tilford Road. Hindhead GU26 6RB Details: 01428 604798
  • DAMIAN CLARKE- Accompanies his traditional singing on the hammer dulcimer and the hurdy gurdy. His repertoire includes songs from the Irish, Platt Deutsch and Breton traditions. This promises to be an interesting and unusual evening. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 14th February

  • VALENTINE'S CEILIDH: THE SUSSEX PISTOLS with caller VIC SMITH - Book the babysitter! Valentine’s Ceilidh! If there’s someone you want to sweep off their feet this Valentine’s, there’s no better place to do it than in the Corn Exchange for our ceilidh. Led by the ever popular Sussex Pistols, whose resident caller, Vic Smith, will help you through the dance steps, Brighton’s most barnstorming barn dance promises great music, great fun and love in the air this Valentine’s weekend. - CORN EXCHANGE, BRIGHTON, Church Street Brighton, BN1 1UE Details & Box Office:- DOME BOX OFFICE
  • TOM & JESSICA DALTON - New Roots finalists Tom & Jessica sing mainly traditional songs with some surprises. Two beautiful voices solo, in harmony & with guitar. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • HASTINGS & ST. LEONARDS DANCE - NINFIELD MEMORIAL HALL SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01424 753684
  • HORSHAM DANCE - BROADBRIDGE HEATH VILLAGE CENTRE SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01403 266457

Sunday 15th February

  • DOVETAIL TRIO - The Dovetail Trio effortlessly combine the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of Fred Jordan Memorial Award winner Rosie Hood, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn. Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explore familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 16th February

  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • CLUB NIGHT - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
  • MID SUSSEX CHORUS & HARMONY NIGHT - The CHEQUER INN,Steyning. Enquiries - 01444 443280
  • IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email
  • TEYR - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB The Foresters Arms 52 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge TN9 2RT 8pm Details: 01892 822945 or email

Tuesday 17th February

  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552

Wednesday 18th February

  • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005
  • OPEN STAGE - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
    RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 19th February

Friday 20th February

  • PAGODA - An exciting collaboration featuring acclaimed accordionist Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar's Feast; Hoover the Dog) and clarinettist Karen Wimhurst. Original compositions, stunning performance and humour from this wonderfully talented duo. - St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Brighton BN1 3LJ Details:- 01273 540217 or email
  • JEZ LOWE - ELECTRIC VOICES, The Guildford Institute GU1 4LH Box Office 01483 871443
  • TEYR- Based in North London, this exciting trio bring songs from the corners of the British Isles, accompanied by accordion, fiddle and uileann pipes. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 21st February

  • HECTOR GILCHRIST - Hector is a skilful, sensitive singer of Scottish traditional & contemporary songs with scintillating guitar accompaniment. His latest CD on Wildgoose Records features Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS- - UCKFIELD CIVIC CENTRE TN22 1AE Details:07947 275684 or email
  • ROSCOE LEVEE & THE SOUTHERN SLIDE - Plus The Jamie Freeman Agreement. - UNION MUSIC STORE PRESENTATIONS The ALL SAINTS CENTRE, Lewes.
  • RANDOM with caller NICK WALDEN - MELTDOWN CEILIDHS, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath. Details: 01273 541453 or email

Sunday 22nd February

  • PAGODA - An exciting collaboration featuring acclaimed accordionist Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar's Feast; Hoover the Dog) and clarinettist Karen Wimhurst. Original compositions, stunning performance and humour from this wonderfully talented duo - The Barn Church, Atwood Avenue, Kew TW9 4HR Details:- 07806 612101 or email
  • SusFA SUNDAY WORKSHOPS - PULBOROUGH VILLAGE HALL SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01243 265010
  • OPEN FLOOR - Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 23rd February

  • STEVE TILSTON - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • IRISH SET DANCING - Every Monday 8 - 10.30pm All Welcome. No experience or partner needed - THE EMERALD CLUB Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG, Details:- 01273 747875 or email
  • PARTRIDGE FOLK - THE PARTRIDGE Partridge. Green. Details: 07768 934263 or email

Tuesday 24th February

  • PIGGIE'S OPEN MIC ROOM - THE PIG & BUTCHER Five Ash Down, Uckfield Enquiries - 01825 765779
  • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
  • CLIVE WOODMAN - THE SIX BELLS Chiddingly Enquiries - 01825 873337 or email

Wednesday 25th February

  • DAVE ELLIS & BOO HOWARD - One of the UK's most popular acoustic duos, Dave & Boo appeared last year as two thirds of the Liz Simcock Trio, and now return to the Willows for a duo gig in their own right! Dave & Boo first began performing together in the late 1970s, focussing first of all on electric music. Dave had previously gained considerable acclaim on the UK folk circuit for his talents as an acoustic guitarist, acclaim that lead to appearances at some of the top London venues, and even TV appearances on shows like The Old Grey Whistle Test.- WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - The Pond, Gloucester Road, nr. Brighton Station Every Wednesday 9pm Phone 01273 692849 or 383056
    RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950

Thursday 26th February

Friday 27th February

  • PHIL BEER - FOLK ON THE COAST Bognor Regis Town F.C. Nyewood Lane PO21 2TY 8pm Enquiries - 01243 820187 or 07751 594285
  • HANNAH SAUNDERS- Hannah came in November with her singing partner Lizzie Simmons and we enjoyed the evening so much we invited Hannah to come back on her own. Wonderful songs, expertly accompanied on guitar and a fabulous voice. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 28th February

  • THE TWAGGER BAND- Unforgettable virtuosity on an amazing array of instruments - ST, JOHN'S, Burgess Hill; RH15 9AA Details: email
  • THE LEVELLERS - Plus A CURIOUS LIFE. - DE LA WARR PAVILION, Bexhill on Sea Box Office 01424 229111
  • TUNES SESSION with BRYAN CREER & VALMAI GOODYEAR - *** The Dorset Arms, 22 Malling St. Lewes BN7 2RD *** Bring instruments to join in & lead mainly English dance tunes. We'll whack out a few favourites & some novelties on English concertinas & fiddle. Party pieces and songs are very welcome, too. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • LINDFIELD BARN DANCE - KING EDWARD HALL SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01424 753684

    To book a barn dance or ceilidh band for events in this area, contact The Sussex Pistols - email here or have a look at their website. After their success in the recent huge Midwinter Ceilidh at the Corn Exchange in Brighton, the band will be back in the Corn Exchange on 14th February for their annual Valentine's Ceilidh.

    Credits

    This page has been produced by VIC SMITH, email here

    Most of the information is from the (paper) The Folk Diary , which is edited and produced by: Jim Marshall, 3 Chester Terrace, Brighton BN1 6GB (Tel/Fax: 01273 559750) and Vic Smith, 26 Ferrers Road, Lewes BN7 1PZ (Tel/Fax: 01273 478124) The Folk Diary is free and is available at most of the events listed here, plus information centres, libraries and tourist information offices. If you have difficulty in obtaining a copy, send an SAE to either Jim or Vic.

    Copy date for next issue of The Folk Diary:
    February 28th for the April/May 2015 issue.
    Next update of this page will be on February 19th 2015

 
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