LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB PROGRAMME

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DEC 7 THOMAS McCARTHY £8
https://www.thomasmccarthyfolk.com/
Thomas is an Irish traveller, singer & storyteller from Birr in County Offaly. He comes from a long line of old traditional singers & musicians who kept their traditions strong. Thomas is a spellbinding & utterly authentic performer.
SUNDAY DEC 8 THOMAS McCARTHY WORKSHOP: TRAVELLER LIFE, SONGS & STORIES
10.45 am - 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
The workshop will include traditional traveller songs, stories old & new, & the realities of traveller life today together with its history.
DEC 14 SHEPHERDS ARISE £8
A glorious selection of old Sussex carols, Sussex dance tunes, Sussex readings & a Sussex Mummers Play.
Advance tickets from HERE
Advance tickets only as this sells out - only 40 available.
DEC 21 CHRISTMAS PARTY £4
We light the open fire & a blaze of candles & serve home-made mince pies. Bring a Christmas party piece or choose a carol from our carol book for everyone to join it. Ball gowns optional.
DEC 28 PEPPER'S GHOST MAGIC LANTERN SHOW £7
https://magiclanternsussex.wordpress.com/
Rene & Allan Marriot bring their Victorian Magic Lantern & a wonderful selection of historic slides, some hand-painted, some moving parts & some photographic. The slides are chosen to illustrate entertaining songs & tunes from Charlotte Oliver & Richard Spong (voices, concertina, fiddle, mandolin, guitar). Feel free to dress up – the performers will be in costume.
   
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JAN 4 COPPER FAMILY £12
http://www.thecopperfamily.com/
SOLD OUT
To be put on the waiting list for returns please email Valmai Goodyear. Include a phone number to be contacted at short notice.
Our wonderful family of traditional singers from Sussex who for many generations have sung a matchless collection of unusual songs in distinctive vocal harmony. The real thing.
JAN 11 WASSAIL with candles, fire, Wassail bowl, Twelfth Cake £4
We light the open fire & candles & serve a rich Twelfth Cake full of crystallised ginger, orange peel & rum, & a Wassail bowl of hot spiced old ale. Bring a long twig from your apple tree to share in the blessing of our indoor Wassail ceremony.
JAN 18 SUSSEX ALL-DAY SINGAROUND, ROYAL OAK, BARCOMBE BN8 5BA Free
11:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.
First an hour of informal tunes while people arrive. Then the singing starts, with a break from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. finishing with a good hour of glorious choruses. Ballads & the occasional instrumental party piece will be very welcome too.
SUNDAY JAN 19 ENGLISH TUNES SESSION, ELEPHANT & CASTLE, LEWES Free
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Good pub food on sale.
JAN 25 DOM PRAG £6
https://www.domprag.com/
Fine, compelling young singer & stylish guitarist with a wide range of traditional & more recent songs from Richard Thompson, Christy Moore & Paul Davenport, plus some intelligent & varied songs of his own.
   
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FEB 1 VIC & TINA SMITH 'ALL THE BIRDS OF THE AIR'£7
Lewes musicians Tina and Vic (of the Sussex Pistols & Folk at the Royal Oak) bring a multi-media show celebrating our feathered friends in song, tune, verse and lore along with many illustrations. The live performance will be interspersed with a few recordings of relevant songs from some of Britain's finest traditional singers.
FEB 18 SOUND TRADITION £7
https://www.soundtradition.co.uk/
An a cappella folk foursome (David, Linda, Catherine and Moose) singing in glorious harmony. Their varied repertoire ranges from lively chorus songs to lilting ballads, and from medieval times to the modern day, but always with an ear for the English folk tradition. Stirring stuff.
FEB 15 MARTYN WYNDHAM-READ & IRIS BISHOP £10
https://dandadesign.co.uk/about/
Martyn has a spellbindingly beautiful voice & sings old & new songs from the British Isles & Australia, sprinkled with anecdotes & monologues, with guitar. He’s a festival headliner. Iris accompanies magically on duet concertina & accordion.
FEB 22 UNDERSTORY £7
https://understory.band/
Understory are Heather McAslan (mandolin, piano) John Sandall (little fiddle, big fiddles, stringy things) & Tom Evans (accordion, slide guitar, feet, potentially anything) three young musicians & singers infusing traditional songs & tunes with flavours of classical music & jazz.
FEB 29 JIM & LUKE MURRAY £6
http://www.jim-murray.co.uk/jbm/a-music.html
Jim, a founder member of Hedgehog Pie, plays guitar & sings songs from Tyneside & ones he's written in his local style. The songs are often humorous, always inventive & ingenious, & often with a social point to make. Jim's son Luke plays fiddle. They are joined by The Too Good to Hurry Band (TGTH), who are Alex Szyszkowski - melodeon and concertina, Dave Wooldridge - fiddle, & Lis Stewart - concertina.
   
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MAR 7 NARTHEN £10
http://haremusic.agency/narthen/
Narthen are Jim Causley (Devil's Interval, Mawkin Causley) Barry Coope (Coope Boyes & Simpson) Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Moirai) & Fi Fraser (The Old-Fashioned, Polkaworks). They offer songs to touch your heart, make you think, & thrill your ears. They are known for their 4-part harmony, but also play piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele & whistles. Advance tickets from club & website.
Advance tickets from HERE
SATURDAY MAR 7 NARTHEN VOCAL HARMONY WORKSHOP
10.45 am - 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
The workshop will use traditional & contemporary folk song, covering a range of topics, arranged for three- and four-part harmony. Each harmony part has its own dedicated tutor. Teaching will be by ear but dots will be available for those who like to have them. This is a mixed ability workshop.
Details and booking form HERE
MAR 14 JACK RUTTER £7
https://www.jackruttermusic.com/
Fine young singer with guitar & bouzouki has a deep understanding of traditional songs & brings them powerfully to life.
MAR 21 ASKEW SISTERS £10
http://askewsisters.co.uk/
Emily & Hazel, two young singers with melodeon & fiddle offer inspired arrangements of traditional music – fresh & compelling. As a duo & in other bands they are popular festival headliners.
MAR 28 DAOIRÍ FARRELL £12
http://www.daoiri.com/
Dublin-born Daoirí is a fine singer of Irish traditional song & turns the bouzouki into a force of nature, with a range from powerful to subtle & always in sympathy with the song. In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer Award at the Fleadh in Co. Derry.
Advance tickets from HERE
SATURDAY MAR 8 DAOIRÍ FARRELL BOUZOUKI WORKSHOP
10.45 am - 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
The workshop will cover bouzouki backing tunes, song accompaniment & arrangement, new chords & alternative runs. It's for enthusiastic beginners & intermediate players. Details and booking form HERE