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SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE

Folk Music - Listings from August 20th until the end of September 2015

Thursday 20th August

Friday 21st August

Saturday 22nd August

  • COME ALL YE: THE DARK & THE LIGHT - Spotlight on GAYNOR & JOHN LAMB. MC SANDRA GODDARD. Bring songs & tunes to fit the theme. . - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • PORCHLIGHT SMOKER - THE VILLAGE HALL Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271

Sunday 23rd August

Monday 24th August

  • 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 25th August

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

Wednesday 26th August

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
  • SUPER SHOWCASE SPECIAL featuring MICKY & CHRIS JANMAN, KEY OF 3, RICK MONK,and WILL WARMAN - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

Thursday 27th August

Friday 28th August

Saturday 29th August

  • COME ALL YE: ALL ROUND THE GARDEN - With BRYAN CREER & VALMAI GOODYEAR. Bring songs & tunes to fit the theme. . - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email

Sunday 30th August

Monday 31st August

  • CLUB NIGHT WITH FLOOR SINGERS - 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

Tuesday 1st September

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

Wednesday 2nd September

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
  • MICHAEL CHAPMAN Michael's classic LP “Fully Qualified Survivor” was John Peel's favourite album of 1970 and features his unique and mesmerising guitar work and world-weary vocals. A musical craftsman still at the top of his trade, he is rightly regarded as one of our most important and influential folk/blues artists. - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm
  • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

Thursday 3rd September

Friday 4th September

Saturday 5th September

  • DICK MILES - Traditional songs & tunes from East Anglia & Ireland on English concertina & guitar. Dick also writes songs about the sea in traditional style. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
  • GRAND BAL WITH TONIK - 3.30 pm Dance workshop, with Anne and Mel. 6.30 shared supper + 8 pm La Soirée Rentrée with TONIK. Anne & co will refresh the steps in the workshop, Mel Stevens, Robert Watkins & Phil Gaillard (Tonik) will play the music. - DANCEZ FRANCAIS, Patcham Memorial Hall,Old London Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8XR Details:- email

Sunday 6th September

  • 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
  • SHOREHAM CREAM TEA AFTERNOON DANCE - Pulborough Village Hall 3 - 6pm SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01903 208851

Monday 7th September

  • JENKINS' EAR - CROYDON FOLK CLUB Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon. 8pm Enquiries - 020 8698 5322 or 0770 3210 795
  • PAUL DOWNES & ANNE WINTER - 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 8th September

  • 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 9th September

  • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
  • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
  • PORCHLIGHT SMOKER - Another of the most popular acoustic bands in Sussex and the south, making a return appearance at the Willows! Porchlight Smoker have been fast building up a strong fanbase over the last few years - featuring amongst their number several different singer-songwriters, the band have a very diverse sound that spans many genres of acoustic music, including folk, bluegrass, country, blues, and more. - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

    Thursday 10th September

    Friday 11th September

    • 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 12th September

    • LADY MAISERY VOCAL HARMONY WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m.The workshop will cover warming up, tune singing (diddling) arrangement and harmony techniques and using the voice as an instrument. Their previous workshop for us sold out fast. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
    • LADY MAISERY - Hannah James, Hazel Askew & Rowan Rheingans sing in harmony with accordion, harp, fiddle, banjo & concertina. Hannah also step-dances. They draw on the music of the British Isles, America & Scandinavia. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
    • HASTINGS DANCE - Ninfield Memorial Hall SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01424 753684
    • HORSHAM DANCE - Broadbridge Heath Village Centre SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01403 266457

    Sunday 13th September

    • MIKE NICHOLSON - Mike has been involved in the folk music scene since 1989 combining a traditional singing style with contemporary material. He's one of those remarkable singers who manages to create an immediate and loyal following everywhere he goes. This is due in large part to his unrestrained passion for what he loves doing the most - singing good songs! He draws his audience to him through an unassuming approach which only asks that the listener might share his love of singing and of the songs - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653

    Monday 14th September

    • CLUB NIGHT WITH FLOOR SINGERS - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
    • SINGERS & MUSICIANS NIGHT - 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 15th September

    • CELLARFOLK SONG CLUB - ROUND GEORGES, Sutherland Road, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details 01273 509552
    • MARTIN TAYLOR - G LIVE London Road, Guildford, GU12AA.

    Wednesday 16th September

    • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
    • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
    • OPEN STAGE - EASTBOURNE FOLK CLUB, The Lamb, High Street, 8.30pm
    • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

    Thursday 17th September

    Friday 18th September

    • BOB WOOD- Bob Wood, from the west of Scotland is a warm and engaging solo singer, accomplished guitarist and entertaining performer with an easy going sense of humour. - SEAFORD FOLK CLUB , The British Legion, Claremont Road BN25 2BJ; Details: phone 01323 899405 email

    Saturday 19th September

    • ALMA: FIDDLES IN HARMONY WORKSHOP - 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35 A day for fiddlers to revel in playing together in harmony, with guidance & inspiration from four fine players with their own distinctive styles. Some music will be available in advance. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
    • ALMA FIDDLES - Emily Askew, Sarah Jones, Nicola Lyons & guitarist Adrian Lever are inspired by fiddle traditions from England & across Europe. At the heart of their music is the bright & vibrant sound of three fiddles in harmony. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
    • SEAFORD TEA DANCE - Annecy School Seaford 2-5pm SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01323 890759
    • CARA DILLON - G LIVE London Road, Guildford, GU12AA.
    • SILK PURSE - ELSIE'S, Details: 01732 862862

    Sunday 20th September

    • 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 21st September

    • NICK DOW - 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
    • MID SUSSEX CHORUS & HARMONY NIGHT - The CHEQUER INN, Steyning. Enquiries - 01444 443280

    Tuesday 22nd September

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

    Wednesday 23rd September

    • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
    • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
    • FLOSSIE MALAVIALLE - A singer whose fans include such luminaries as Allan Taylor, Colum Sands and Vin Garbutt, Flossie burst onto the folk scene several years ago and has gone on to become one of its most popular performers thanks to her stunning voice and charming, personable nature that leaves audiences eating out of her hand! - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

    Thursday 24th September

    Friday 25th September

    • ALLAN TAYLOR - St. George's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton. Details:- email
    • SOUTHDOWNS FOLK FESTIVAL - Events at the Regis Centre, Hotham Park and at other venues throughout Bognor. Very many top names and many events. See their website. - Festival Office: 01243 820187 or 07751 594285 or email

    Saturday 26th September

    • SIMPSON, CUTTING & KERR . - Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill Details:- 01444 242888
    • CAPELLA - At The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA Tony & Lesley Petty sing traditional, music hall, new & humorous songs in beautiful, unusual vocal harmony. - LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB, Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. Details:- 01273 476757 or email
    • MAGHAM DOWN DANCE - Ninfield Memorial Hall SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01323 841127
    • CHICHESTER DANCE - Fishbourne Centre SUSSEX FOLK ASSOCIATION. Details 01243 552539
    • BETTY & THE BOY - Plus ELLIOTT MORRIS GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ Details: 01428 604798
    • SOUTHDOWNS FOLK FESTIVAL - Events at the Regis Centre, Hotham Park and at other venues throughout Bognor. Very many top names and many events. See their website. - Festival Office: 01243 820187 or 07751 594285 or email

    Sunday 27th September

    • LEWES FOLK IN THE CHAPEL CONCERTS - Regular folk concerts on the 4th Sunday of the month in Lewes. 2.30 pm. This concert features WILL DUKE, GLASHIN (Paul & Jo Dengate) and JOHN CAVE. 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
    • JAYWALKERS - Mike Giverin: Mandolin, Guitar, and Backing Vocals - Jay Bradberry: Fiddle, Guitar and Lead Vocals - Lucille Williams: Double Bass and Backing Vocals. Since reaching the finals of the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2008, Jaywalkers have cemented their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British Folk scene. Effortlessly creating a unique sound based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the band takes influence from Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part harmony and impressive slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face…. The music Jaywalkers create is in­novative, rooted deeply in tradition, and exhilarating. - HORSHAM FOLK CLUB The Normandy Centre Denne Road.8pm Enquiries - 01403 251188 or 01306 875653
    • SOUTHDOWNS FOLK FESTIVAL - Events at the Regis Centre, Hotham Park and at other venues throughout Bognor. Very many top names and many events. See their website. - Festival Office: 01243 820187 or 07751 594285 or email

    Monday 28th September

    • PARTRIDGE FOLK - THE PARTRIDGE Partridge. Green. Details: 07768 934263 or email
    • CLUB NIGHT WITH FLOOR SINGERS - THE WHITE HORSE Bodle St. Green Nr. Herstmonceax. Details: 01435 812201 or 01435 864271
    • SINGERS & MUSICIANS NIGHT - 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 29th September

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

    Wednesday 30th September

    • RUDE MECHANICALS - THE RED LION, Shoreham Details: 01273 452957 or 461950
    • BRIGHTON SINGERS CLUB - Brighton Tavern, Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP, Brighton. Details 01273 590850
    • COME ALL YE - OPEN STAGE NIGHT - - WILLOWS FOLK CLUB, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road Every Wednesday at 8.00pm Details: 07790 511005

      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:
      August 31st for the October/November 2015 issue.
      Next update of this page will be on September 18th 2015

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