LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB PROGRAMME

August September October November and Beyond Home
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AUG 3 Come All Ye ‘Lost & Found’ £3
With Don & Di Morgan
AUG 10 Come All Ye ‘Another Day, Another Crust’ £3
With Derek Seed
AUG 17 Come All Ye ‘Trouble & Strife’ £3
With Brad & Carole Chick
AUG 24 Come All Ye ‘All Dressed Up’ £3
With Diane & Steve Nevill
AUG 31 Come All Ye ‘High …Or Low?’ £3
With Sandra Goddard
   
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SEP 7 TOM LEWIS £8
http://www.tomlewis.net/
Tom sings with ukulele & melodeon. A superb, spellbinding singer of traditional sea songs & ones he’s written, drawing on his own experience of life at sea (24 years in Royal Navy submarines).
SEP 14 JEFF WARNER £8
http://www.jeffwarner.com/
SEP 14 JEFF WARNER US TRAD SONGS from THE WARNER COLLECTION WORKSHOP
Saturday 14th. September 2019 10.45 – 4.45 Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
A fine singer of American traditional songs, Jeff accompanies himself on guitar, 5-string banjo & English concertina. He presents music from North Carolina to New England with warmth, humour & understated scholarship.
He's also a great teacher with a deep understanding of the origins on the music & how to perform it for today's listeners.
His parents, Anne & Frank Warner, collected & published a huge number of traditional songs from the Eastern USA, with respect, empathy & affection for the singers. Their enormously important work is housed in the Library of Congress.
The early part of the workshop will be an overview of the Warner collection (1938-1966) including voices & photos of the traditional singers. In the late afternoon Jeff presents & teaches songs from the collection.
JEFF WARNER PERFORMS AT LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB IN THE EVENING
(£8; advance tickets from HERE
Details and booking form available HERE
SEP 21 JOHN SPIERS £10
https://www.johnspiers.co.uk/
SEP 21 JOHN SPIERS: MELODEON
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
John Spiers, known better in folk circles as Squeezy, has made a name for himself as one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation.
Well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden in the formidable Spiers & Boden as well as his contribution to the massively popular Bellowhead, John has also played with Eliza Carthy's Ratcatchers. He's now working as a duo with Peter Knight of Steeleye Span.
The workshop will cover building arrangements of traditional tunes on D/G melodeon to make full use of its many sounds & textures, both as a solo instrument & as part of a band.
This is a mixed ability workshop for all except complete beginners. Some music will be sent out in advance.
JOHN SPIERS PERFORMS AT LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB IN THE EVENING
£10; advance tickets from HERE
Details and booking form available HERE
SEP 28 DEREK SEED: THESE SONGS MADE ME A FOLKIE £ 4
Derek, one of our residents, presents twelve songs which have inspired, thrilled & attracted him over five decades of singing. There will be plenty of time for floor singers as well.
   
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OCT 5 SONGS OF THE SEA with DON MORGAN £3
Bring songs, tunes, stories & readings about the power the seas hold over humanity – not just shanties, but the whole range of maritime music.
OCT 12 VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER £8
http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/
Vicki (nyckelharpas, bagpipes, flute, voice)& Jonny (accordion, guitars, voice) bring delight, freshness, entertainment & dazzling skill to traditional songs & music from the British Isles & Sweden.
£8; advance tickets from HERE
OCT 12 VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER: EARLY DANCE MUSIC FOR FOLK MUSICIANS
http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17) Vicki Swan (nyckelharpas, bagpipes, flute, vocals) & Jonny Dyer (accordion, guitars, vocals)
As versatile musicans Vicki & Jonny wear many hats. One hat is playing for dance - early music, Playford, ceilidh and contra.
This workshop is all about the wonderful art of playing for dance. The art of the groove & accompaniment, how to play with bounce & getting the feet moving.
Vicki & Jonny have just released an album of danceable /listenable music with Purcell's Polyphonic Party.
Learn their vibrant approach of playing for dance in all the different iterations. Some music will be sent in advance.
Details and booking form available HERE
OCT 13 VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER: NYCKELHARPA & SCANDI WORKSHOP (any instrument)
http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17) Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a reputation for inspired & enchanting performances.
Vicki plays the Swedish nyckelharpa, an instrument attracting a growing following in this country. Having amassed an almost complete collection of nyckelharpas across the ages Vicki will teach the music dedicated to each type.
The workshop will take you on a nyckelharpa journey charting its development from the 1408 Sienaharpa, Moraharpa, kontrabasharpa and ending with the 19th century silverbasharpa.
Some nyckelharpas are available to borrow: Book early to reserve an instrument. Any chromatic instrument is also welcome. Some music will be sent in advance.
Details and booking form available HERE
OCT 19 JAMES CLIFFORD (half booking) & RUTH COOKE (CD launch) £4
In the Sherriff's Room, White Hart, 55 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XE
'Cliff', visiting from Austria, plays a lively guitar & sings his own pithy & humorous songs. Ruth, a powerful singer & storyteller, launches her CD 'A Rose From My Mother's Garden.'
OCT 26 ANDY IRVINE £12
http://www.andyirvine.com/
Andy is one of the great Irish singers, with a voice that gets to the very soul of Ireland. Musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career. He's played with Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD & Usher's Island.
(£12; advance tickets from HERE)
   
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NOV 2 HALLOWEEN EVENING with soul cakes, candles & fire £4
We light the open fire & a host of candles & serve home-made soul cakes. Bring songs, tunes & readings for Halloween. We will finish by singing the Lyke-Wake Dirge.
NOV 9 RILEY BAUGUS £10
Advance tickets from HERE
SUNDAY NOV 10 RILEY BAUGUS US OLD-TIME BANJO WORKSHOP
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
Riley Baugus represents the very best of old-time US 5-string banjo & song. His powerful singing voice & brilliant playing place him squarely at the head of the next generation of US roots music. )
Born in the Southern Appalachians, he has toured with dancer Ira Bernstein, singer Tim Eriksen & fiddle & banjo player Dirk Powell. He's recorded with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss & Willie Nelson.
The workshop will cover an attractive selection of tunes which Riley learned from old folks in the mountains, with lots of historical & musical information. )
He passes the music on as he learned it, without dots or tablature, but he teaches in a modern way, playing the tune several times, breaking down & working through each phrase slowly, focusing on techniques to improve one's playing.
Details and booking form available HERE
NOV 16 IRIS BISHOP, MARILYN BENNETT, SUE GATES £7
Iris plays duet concertina & accordion with Martyn Wyndham-Read, Marilyn has a fine, clear haunting voice suited to both blues & English trad song, while Sue’s voice lends a beautiful contrast.
NOV 23 SIMON MAYOR & HILARY JAMES £12
https://mayorandjames.com/
Advance tickets from HERE
NOV 23 SIMON MAYOR MANDOLIN WORKSHOP
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
Simon is beyond doubt this country's finest mandolin player, moving effortlessly between classical, traditional, jazz & blues. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. )
He's also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability.
The workshop will cover all right & left hand techniques including position-shifting, tremolo, decoration, tone production & more. )
Simon will also introduce improvisation & ensemble playing with some easy parts to follow.
Some music (an entirely different repertoire from his last visit to Lewes) will be sent in advance.
Details and booking form available HERE
NOV 23 HILARY JAMES VOICE WORKSHOP
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £30 (2 under-25s £15) Royal Oak, Station St., Lewes BN7 2DA
Hilary has a wonderful, pure, quintessentially English voice that adapts delightfully to traditional song, blues & baroque. She performs with brilliant mandolinist Simon Mayor & has recently recorded with him, )
Brendan Power, Dave Mattacks, Frank Kilkelly & many more. Her CD English Sketches features in the Sunday Times Best Ten World Music Albums of 2011.
Hilary's workshop introduces a variety of songs & styles from British & American traditions. Discover your natural voice & how to get the best out of it )
with vocal warm-ups, tips for breath control, tune & flexibility. Group singing 'by ear' with simple improvised harmony.
Song sheets & sound clips available in advance.
Details and booking form available HERE
SUNDAY NOV 24 SIMON MAYOR FIDDLE WORKSHOP
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
Not only is Simon beyond doubt this country's finest mandolin player, he is a brilliant fiddle player, guitarist, composer & wit. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. )
He has a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability. Simon plays fiddle in a wide range of styles. )The workshop will concentrate on fiddle tunes from North America: Old Time, Appalachian, with a couple of French & French Canadian for good measure. There'll be an introduction to improvisation and - with some slow airs - discussion of tone production.
Music & audio files will be provided in advance.
Details and booking form available HERE
NOV 30 BOB LEWIS £7
Bob is a fine, authentic source singer of unusual traditional songs, many from Sussex, with a beautiful, fluid voice & an engaging manner. The real thing.
   
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8 Dec Thomas McCarthy Traveller life, songs & stories (Sunday)