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SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE

Folk Music - Listings from May 21st until the end of June 2015

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 21st May

Friday 22nd May

  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS- Another fun packed evening. Come along and sing, play, or listen - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 23rd May

  • COME ALL YE £3 - Bring songs & tunes to share. There's no theme this evening. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 24th May

  • LEWES FOLK IN THE CHAPEL CONCERTS - The first of regular folk concerts on the 4th Sunday of the month in Lewes. 2.30 - 4.00pm. This SECOND concert features STUART REED, VIC & TINA SMITH and TERRY MASTERSON. All proceeds to support THE OYSTER PROJECT. - FOLK IN THE CHAPEL, The Westgate Chapel, 92a High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XH Details:- 01273 478124 or email
  • 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
  • SINGERS' NIGHT hosted by WOODY WOODHAM - THE ADMIRAL ALEHOUSE, 2 Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3DD Details: 01273 691028 or email

Monday 25th May

  • 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
  • TIM IZZARD - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
  • Trad Irish Session with BEN PALEY & MANDY MURRAY - THE ADMIRAL ALEHOUSE, 2 Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3DD Details: 01273 691028 or email
  • PARTRIDGE FOLK - THE PARTRIDGE Partridge. Green. Details: 07768 934263 or email
  • CLIVE GREGSON - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795

Tuesday 26th May

Wednesday 27th May

  • OPEN MIC NIGHT - The New Sussex Hotel, 182 South Street, Lancing
    Phone 01903 763344
  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005
  • TOM PAXTON - - ZAZA MUSIC, St. George's Church, Kemptown, Brighton
  • Acoustic Session with BEN PALEY & TAB HUNTER - THE ADMIRAL ALEHOUSE, 2 Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3DD Details: 01273 691028 or email

Thursday 28th May

Friday 29th May

  • CLUBNITE - FOLK ON THE COAST Bognor Regis Town F.C. Nyewood Lane PO21 2TY 8pm Enquiries - 01243 820187 or 07751 594285
  • THE TWAGGER BAND - THE UNDERGROUND THEATRE, Eastbourne,
  • NINEBARROW- Jon Whitley and James LaBouchardiere are an award-winning, Dorsetshire folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email
  • DAVID FRANCEY - FOLK ON THE COAST Bognor Regis Town F.C. Nyewood Lane PO21 2TY 8pm Enquiries - 01243 820187 or 07751 594285

Saturday 30th May

  • MARTIN & SHAN GRAEBE VOCAL HARMONY & VOICE WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. The workshop will cover approaches to singing traditional songs in two-part harmony, using examples from England & America. It will also focus on keeping your voice working well. Music will be available but teaching will be by ear. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • MARTIN & SHAN GRAEBE - Martin & Shan sing mainly English traditional songs from the West Country in beautiful, sensitive vocal harmony. Martin also writes skilful songs in traditional style. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 31st May

  • RAWBONES - American bluegrass and old time roots music, from the deeply Southern State of Charlwood, on the Surrey Sussex border in the good old United Kingdom of England. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653
  • SINGERS' NIGHT hosted by WOODY WOODHAM - THE ADMIRAL ALEHOUSE, 2 Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3DD Details: 01273 691028 or email

Monday 1st June

  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS NIGHT - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • ROSEWOOD - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB The Foresters Arms 52 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge TN9 2RT 8pm Details: 01892 822945 or email
  • SUSFA AGM - URC Church Hall Hassocks 7.45pm SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01403 741431
  • RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE - Brighton Acoustic at THE LORD NELSON Trafalgar St, Brighton (100 yards from Brighton Stn.)
  • 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 2nd June

  • 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 3rd June

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • SHOWCASE SPECIAL featuring JO & GRAHAM and ANDREW PERRY & GOOD COMPANY - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005
  • WIZZ JONES - A true legend of British folk/blues, John Renbourn, Eric Clapton and Keith Richard have all named Wizz as an important early influence. After more than 50 years on the road, Wizz continues to amaze with his unique guitar style, eclectic repertoire and “right hand worthy of Broonzy”. - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm

Thursday 4th June

  • GOLDEN SLIPPER CLUB - The Golden Slipper Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Ferry Inn. Shoreham Start time is 8.30 for 9pm.

Friday 5th June

  • PETE ATKIN - A return visit from cult singer best known as Clive James' songwriting partner. - HOVE FOLK CLUB Poets' Corner pub. 33 Montgomery Street, Hove BN3 5BF.
  • JINSKI- Steve Wegrzynski and Dave Kennedy are two highly individual guitarists/musicians with strong distinctive voices, performing a wealth of great original songs that draw from acoustic roots and the singer/songwriter tradition - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 6th June

  • SUSSEX PLAYFORD BALL - The Barn, The Causeway, Horsham SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01403 753684
  • MARTIN CARTHY - A magnificent singer & guitarist; one of the greatest influences on British traditional music for two generations.. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • COLIN TURTON and his City Folk Club Friends - Evershed Arts is re-launched as 'Folk at the Chapel.' Floor spots with extended sets from local and national artists. 1st Saturday of each Month. 8.00pm Great atmosphere in our tiny Grade II listed chapel. Tea and coffee or BYO. FOLK AT THE CHAPEL - BILLINGSHURSTLakers Meadow, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9NP
  • KATE'S KITCHEN BAND - St John's Field, Burgess Hill. Details 01444 245178

Sunday 7th June

  • OPEN FLOOR - Spotlight on Julie and David Roberts - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653
  • MARTIN CARTHY BALLAD FORUM 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m - Martin Carthy is unsurpassed as a performer of English traditional song & dance music. His knowledge & skill in performing & restoring ballads is unequalled. Martin will bring his expertise in restoring & performing ballads, & also his insights into the ballads that you bring yourselves. Choose a ballad in advance that you will sing & the group will discuss. Ballads chosen so far are Omie Wise, The Trees They Do Grow High, Fause Foodrage, Fair Janet, The Earl of Mar's Daughter, The Proud Girl, Little Sir Hugh and Lady Diamond. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Monday 8th June

  • SIMPSON, CUTTING & KERR - 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 9th June

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

Wednesday 10th June

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

Thursday 11th June

Friday 12th June

  • GEOFF HIGGINBOTHAM- A welcome return visit from the big man from Stockport. One of the great entertainers of the folk scene making his annual visit to Seaford, armed with some of the funniest anagrams around. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 13th June

  • HASTINGS DANCE - Ninfield Memorial Hall - SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01424 753684
  • GEOFF LAKEMAN - Father of Seth, Sean and Sam, Geoff sings and plays duet concertina. Many of his songs are traditional from Devon and Cornwall, and he writes songs in traditional style. A warm and engaging performer. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 14th June

  • DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON - Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary song-writing and traditional Appalachian music brings to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 15th June

  • "WATERLOO 200" SINGERS & MUSICIANS NIGHT - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • SADIE JEMMETT - TONBRIDGE FOLK CLUB The Foresters Arms 52 Quarry Hill, Tonbridge TN9 2RT 8pm Details: 01892 822945 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
  • SHOREHAM SESSION - The Shoreham Sessions take place on the third Monday of each month, currently, at the Bridge Inn, High St, Shoreham, at 8.30 for 9pm.
  • MID SUSSEX CHORUS & HARMONY NIGHT - The CHEQUER INN, Steyning. Enquiries - 01444 443280

Tuesday 16th June

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

Wednesday 17th June

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • J.D. WALKER - Back because you demanded it, we once again welcome this truly outstanding singer, guitarist and all-round entertainer to our stage! J.D. is an enchanting professional musician who's played in folk clubs on-and-off throughout his life - his easy, relaxed style, coupled with a wide and eclectic repertoire of songs from his long and successful career, have made him a firm favourite for many. Scottish by birth, J.D. performs folksongs from right across the board, both traditional and contemporary - Burns meets Buddy Holly and all points in-between! J.D. returns for a full evening at the Willows by popular demand! - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005
  • OPEN STAGE - FREE - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm

Thursday 18th June

Friday 19th June

  • BLACKBEARD'S TEA PARTY - GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ Details: 01428 604798
  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS- Another fun packed evening. Come along and sing, play, or listen - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 20th June

  • "WATERLOO" - Bring songs & tunes to mark the 200th. anniversary of the battle. If you'd like to reserve a song or tune, email us to make it yours. . - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • SNAPES - ELSIE'S, Details: 01732 862862

Sunday 21st June

  • OPEN FLOOR - - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

Monday 22nd June

  • VIN GARBUTT - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • 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

Tuesday 23rd June

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

Wednesday 24th June

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

Thursday 25th June

Friday 26th June

  • CRAWLEY FOLK & REAL ALE FESTIVAL - - The Saw Doctors Duo - THE HAWTH, Crawley. Details 01293 553636
  • JON HESLOP- A wonderful singer, musician and songwriter from the West Country , one of the Cornish Song Writers. Both serious and very funny - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

Saturday 27th June

  • HARD PRESSED - Three voices (Liz Randall, Roger Resch & Derek Seed) sing all manner of sea songs to accordion, whistle, concertina & autoharp, with plenty of choruses. . - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • CRAWLEY FOLK & REAL ALE FESTIVAL - - Kent Duchaine - THE HAWTH, Crawley. Details 01293 553636

Sunday 28th June

  • 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
  • LEWES FOLK IN THE CHAPEL CONCERTS - The first of regular folk concerts on the 4th Sunday of the month in Lewes. 2.30pm. This THIRD concert features MIKE AINSCOUGH & CHRIS WOLFERSTAN, HICKORY SIGNALS and GUY HAYES. All proceeds to support THE OYSTER PROJECT. - FOLK IN THE CHAPEL, The Westgate Chapel, 92a High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XH Details:- 01273 478124 or email
  • GOOD LOVELIES - UNION MUSIC STORE PRESENTATIONS The CON CLUB, Lewes.
  • CRAWLEY FOLK & REAL ALE FESTIVAL - - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - THE HAWTH, Crawley. Details 01293 553636

Monday 29th June

  • SINGERS & MUSICIANS - 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 30th June

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

    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. Another great Success for The Sussex Pistols at The Corn Exchange in Brighton for their Valentine's Ceilidh. Book the band for your event now before all the dates go. They already have a number of bookings for prominent dates in 2016

    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:
    June 30th for the August/September 2015 issue.
    Next update of this page will be on June 18th 2015

 
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