Traditional Music Sessions in Sussex, Kent and Surrey

This is a selection of the free, participatory tune and song sessions happening in a loosely defined area roughly corresponding to Sussex, Kent and Surrey.
If you would like your entry modifiied or removed or know of any other sessions that should be here, contact Bryan Creer.
I can accommodate one-off or irregular sessions if you talk to me nicely.
This is an automated system which automatically calculates the date of the next "Second Wednesday of the month" or whatever. Unfortunately, life isn't like that.
I can manually adjust one off changes if I know about them but it is always best to contact the organiser before travelling any distance.

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    Venue -click for full address and map. Organiser - click for contact details

First Saturday of the month
Next session is on Saturday 5th January 2019
8:00 - 11.00 The Coopers Arms Crowborough TN6 1SN Ian and Jane Boulton
Folk at the Coopers Arms
We are acoustic only and welcome all abilities playing music, singing, telling stories or jokes.

First Sunday afternoon of the month
No session in December
Next session is on Sunday 6th January 2019
12:00 - 2.30 The Volunteer, 12 Eastgate St, Lewes BN7 2LP Bryan Creer
Instrumental, mainly traditional English.
Closed in May if it's Bank Holiday weekend.

First Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 6th January 2019
8:30 The Crown, Newick Alan Rae
Open acoustic jam session at the Crown every first Sunday of the month starting 8.30pm. We do a lot of traditional stuff but also some golden oldies etc...

First Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 6th January 2019
8:00 The Gun and Spitroast, Horsmonden Gavin Atkin
The aim is to play a good mix of mainly English tunes, including whatever people bring along, as well as our own favourites and a good helping of the tunes folks have been been looking at during the Wednesday night classes
(see the http://www.singdanceandplay.net/free-traditional-music-classes-at-the-gun-and-spitroast-horsmonden/ site for details).

First Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 6th January 2019
7:30 Famous Green Man, 71 High Street, Ewell Village, Surrey, KT17 1RX Helena Cooper
" Broadly in the English tradition, the session is designed to be welcoming to intermediate and beginner players and will include a steady-speed hour with tunes from a provided list.

First Monday evening of the month
No session in December
Next session is on Thursday 1st January 1970
8:30-11:00 The Greets Inn, Warnham Ring Polly Dare on 01403 248387
English tunes session.

First Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 1st January 2019
8:00-11:00 John Harvey, Lewes Valmai Goodyear
Instrumental, mainly traditional English.

First Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 1st January 2019
8:00-11:00 Red Lion, Shoreham BN43 5TE Annie
An informal gathering of 'Last Orders' playing mostly Irish songs and instrumentals. Anyone is welcome to come and listen or play a tune or sing a song. Mostly Irish, but English and Scottish welcome.

First Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 1st January 2019
8:00-11:00 Alton Steady Session David Johnson
A monthly session aimed at beginner and improving musicians at the Three Horsehoes in East Worldham, GU34 3AE, so if you’d like to play some mainly English tunes at a ‘slow and steady’ pace, please do come along. There will be no pressure!

First and third Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 1st January 2019
8:30 Gavin Atkin
Free traditional music classes by Gavin Atkin. They're not sessions exactly (we tend to focus on only a few tunes each time) but they will be of interest to some of the same people.
http://www.singdanceandplay.net/free-traditional-music-classes-at-the-gun-and-spitroast-horsmonden/

First Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 1st January 2019
8:00-11:00 Green Man, Horsted Keynes Brian Reynolds
Open to all singers and musicians; in fact anyone who enjoys performing and listening to others.

First Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 2nd January 2019
7.30 - 10.00 Beechwood Hall Hotel, Worthing Amaryllis Gunn
The South Downs Folk Singers - songs of the South Downs
Voices only! Come and join us: we perform at local gigs too.
http://southdownsfolksingers.blogspot.co.uk/

First Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 2nd January 2019
7.30 - 10.00 The Squirrel Inn, Hurtmore Kevin Gorton 01483 415962
The sessions are mainly traditional English, Scottish and Irish but we do have some other types of music.<

Second Sunday evening of the month.
Next session is on Sunday 13th January 2019
8pm The George Hotel, Henfield Mike Ainscough
An eclectic mix of blues, rags, reels and airs...

Second Sunday evening of the month.
Next session is on Sunday 13th January 2019
8pm The Jenny Lind, Hastings Paul
Irish Traditional Music Session run by Hastings Comhaltas branch. First hour is a slow session for learners.

Second Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 13th January 2019
8:00-11:00 The Laughing Fish, Isfield Will Duke
Instrumental, mainly traditional English.

Second Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 8th January 2019
8:00-11:00 Elephant and Castle, Lewes Bryan Creer
Concertinas Anonymous. Concertina practice session. All systems, beginners welcome.

Second Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 8th January 2019
8:00-11:00 The Good Intent, 40-46 College Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4AF Nick Molyneux
All welcome, we mainly play tunes but songs occasionally slip through the net, and are welcomed when they do. You can sign up the email list and see some videos of previous sessions here: http://petersfieldfolksession.blogspot.co.uk/

Second Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 8th January 2019
8:00-10:00 The Star, Alfriston Andy and Mac
Folk and Acoustic music with guests

Second Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 8th January 2019
8:00-11:00 Prince of Wales, 49 South Road, Newhaven BN9 9QL facebook icon Paul Pops Vaughan facebook icon
A small friendly gathering with no strict format or rules. The locals enjoy the music and an appreciative landlord provides snacks.....and the occasional pint!

Second Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 9th January 2019
8:00 - 11:00 The Roundhill, 100 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 4SG Saskia Jackson
Informal and friendly group playing English instrumental dance tunes. All acoustic players welcome, of any level. We usually have a mix including melodeons, concertinas, strings, guitar and woodwind. Please join our Facebook group 'English Dance Tunes Sessions @ The Roundhill' for the latest information.facebook icon

Second Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 9th January 2019
8:30-11:00 The Royal Oak, PettChris Hamblin
This is an open gathering of musicians sharing in the extensive repertory of Irish session tunes. Instrumentalists who have some knowledge of Irish tunes are welcome to join in, anyone is welcome to come along, sit down, have a drink and listen. Session usually led by Chris Hamblin, Charlie Gask & Friends

Second Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 9th January 2019
8:00-11:00 The Lamb, 10 Fisher Street, Lewes, BN7 2DG Michi Mathias
Fiddle & banjo tunes from American old-time Appalachian stringband tradition.
Usually closed in August.

Second Thursday evening of the month
Next session is on Thursday 10th January 2019
8:30 The Old House, West Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1BY Ann Wade
Mainly English traditional tunes with a few songs

Third Monday evening of the month
Next session is on Monday 21st January 2019
8:30-11:00 The White Horse, Maplehurst Ring Polly Dare on 01403 248387
French tunes session, with a few poems. Tunes from England and Continental Europe very welcome as well.facebook icon
Ring Polly to check that it is on during the summer.

Third Monday evening of the month
Next session is on Monday 21st January 2019
9:00-11:00 Bridge Inn, Shoreham by Sea BN43 5TE.
Variable so check the website.
Shoreham Sessions
The music mainly originates from the folk tradition, and might have come from England, Scotland, Ireland or elsewhere

Third Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 15th January 2019
8:00-10:30 Now at Sandra's house. Check with Elizabeth or Sandra for the address. Elizabeth Rimmington
Bring songs, tunes and storytelling - whatever you find interesting and/or want to share with us, but be prepared for us to want to learn all about it.
Bring your own beverages.

Third Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 15th January 2019
7.30 - 10.00 John Harvey, Lewes Tina Cox
The South Downs Folk Singers - songs of the South Downs
Voices only! Come and join us: we perform at local gigs too.
http://southdownsfolksingers.blogspot.co.uk/

Third Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 15th January 2019
7.30 - 10.00 The Albion, 33 George Street, Old Town, Hastings, TN34 3EA Alan Jeffries
Mainly English tunes with a few traditional songs thrown in. Runs from 20:00 to around 22:30.

Third Wednesday evening of the month
Session is today Wednesday 19th December 2018
Next session is on Wednesday 16th January 2019
8:00-11:00 The Rose and Crown, Fletching Alan Rae
While most of our repertoire is folk music of one sort or another our definition of “Folk” is pretty elastic so if you want to play some blues or acoustic rock you will be very welcome.

Third Wednesday evening of the month
Session is today Wednesday 19th December 2018
Next session is on Wednesday 16th January 2019
8:00-11:00 Frimhurst Family Home, Guildford Road, Frimley Green, Surrey, GU16 6NU Jason French
Surrey Bluegrass Jam.

Third Wednesday evening of the month
Session is today Wednesday 19th December 2018
Next session is on Wednesday 16th January 2019
9:00-11:00 Folk By The Fireside at The Woolpack, Burgess Hill, RH15 8NN Dan Whaley
Eclectic, acoustic singaround, with absolutely all styles welcomed. We adhere to the “All music is folk music –I ain’t never heard no horse sing” point of view.

Third Thursday evening of the month
Next session is on Thursday 20th December 2018
9:00-11:00 The Stag Inn, Hastings TN34 3BJ Ring Sian Hayward 01424 427985
Rattlebag (a 4-piece acappella folk group) host this singaround on the third thursday of the month at The Stag Inn, Hastings Old Town. facebook icon

Third Thursday evening of the month
Next session is on Thursday 20th December 2018
7.45 The Three Moles, Selham, Selham OR The Chichester Inn, Chichester - please check the website each month Julie Thurston
The South Downs Folk Singers - songs of the South Downs
Voices only! Come and join us: we perform at local gigs too.
http://southdownsfolksingers.blogspot.co.uk/

Third Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 20th January 2019
8:00 onwards The Wheatsheaf, 34 Kingston Road, Ewell. KT17 2AA Alan Mead
The Ewell Sessions
7.30pm slow session for newish players or anyone that doesn’t mind playing slowly. 8pm onwards a more regular session, informal, plenty of steady tunes mostly traditional English.
http://www.theewellsessions.net/

Fourth Monday evening of the month
Session moved in December.
Next session is on Monday 21st January 2019
8:30 onwards The Partridge, Partridge Green Mick Bullen or ring Brian Skinner on 01403 865130
No particular focus - tunes, songs, whatever! Now hosted by Brian Skinner, Tim Carter and Mick Bullen

Fourth Tuesday evening of the month
No session in December
Next session is on Tuesday 22nd January 2019
8:00-11:00 Elephant and Castle, Lewes Bryan Creer
Lewes Favourites session tunes practice session.
Come and learn some of the tunes played in local sessions. We run through them at a sensible speed as many times as you like.

Fourth Sunday evening of the month
Session in December is on Sunday 30th
8:30-11.00 The Plough, Lower Beeding Brian Skinner
English music session at The Plough, Lower Beeding. Fourth Sundays - not when its Christmas Day. Lead by Brian Skinner, Marilyn and Phil Jarrett.

Last Tuesday evening of the month
No session in December

Next session is on Tuesday 29th January 2019
8:00-11:00 The Swan, Worthing Freddie Adams
Mostly English, but with a bit of French and Irish thrown in for good measure.

Last Tuesday evening of the month
No session in December

Next session is on Tuesday 29th January 2019
8:00-11:00 Red Lion, Shoreham BN43 5TE Will Flewett
Irish Traditional Music Session.
Hosted by Will Flewett (Uilleann Pipes and mandolin), Sue Johnston (fiddle, vocals), John Brewins (whistles, flute, vocals, guitar).

Last Friday evening of the month
Next session is on Friday 28th December 2018
8.30 The Royal Oak, Whatlington Paul
Irish Traditional Music Session.

Last Sunday evening of the month (except Bank Holiday weekend when it will be the Monday)
Next session is on Sunday 30th December 2018
8:00-10:30 The White Horse Pub, Ditchling Ian Chisholm
Ballads and blues, rags reels and airs, an eclectic acoustic session.

Last Sunday evening of the month
from September to April
Next session is on Sunday 30th December 2018
8:00 Castle Inn, Crook Road, Castle Hill, Brenchley, Kent, Kent, TN12 7BN Gavin Atkin
Starting at 8pm and continuing until it's time to sing Nellie Dean.
The style's very much mixed tunes, stepping and singing, and the material's trad and old fashioned.
They're chaired sessions with featured guests, but there's no entry charge.
http://www.singdanceandplay.net/free-traditional-music-classes-at-the-gun-and-spitroast-horsmonden/

Every Sunday afternoon 4:00-6:00 The Bugle, Brighton  
Predominantly Irish tunes.

Every Sunday evening 8.45 for 9.00 The Mitre, Brighton  
Singaround.

Every Monday evening 9 p.m. start The Admiral, Brighton Mandy Murray
Mainly Irish tunes but also some Swedish, French, English and American.
Line up is Mandy Murray,Ben Paley and Jim Birch,musicians and singers welcome

Every Monday evening 9 p.m. start The Star, Godalming,Surrey Kevin Gorton 01483 415962
The sessions are mainly traditional English, Scottish and Irish but we do have some other types of music.

Every Wednesday evening 9 p.m. start The Pond, Brighton Ring Kluggers on 01273 692849 or Ian on 01273 509552
Singaround

Every four weeks on a Sunday evening
Next session is on Sunday 30th December 2018
8:00 Fitzherberts, Brighton Vince Purcell
Old Time American session run by Vince and friends