LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB PROGRAMME

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MAR 2 ELSIE'S BAND £7 http://www.elsiesband.com/
David Watts (voice) Iris Bishop (duet concertina, accordion) & John Hills (voice, songwriter, guitar, mandolin, harmonica) offer traditional & more recent songs & tunes in fine style.
MAR 9 BOND OF UNION £6 http://bondofunion.co.uk/
Brighton trio Richard Inman, Benjamin Board & Johnny Hewes sing in unaccompanied harmony about heroism & injustice, struggle & superstition, soldiers & revolutionaries, but always about the bonds of union that connect us.
MAR 16 TOM McCONVILLE £8 http://www.tommcconville.co.uk/
'Tom is a brilliant fiddler & great singer; a wonderful ambassador of the James Hill musical tradition.' (Aly Bain). Splendid Newcastle fiddler & singer blends Newcastle, Irish, Scottish & US traditions plus classical & jazz. Tom has been a big influence on the new generation of folk musicians. Advance tickets available.
MAR 16 TOM McCONVILLE FIDDLE & SONG WORKSHOP
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
Song accompaniment & basic harmony on the fiddle, either with another singer or yourself. Singers welcome too. Some music sent in advance.
MAR 23 ELYE CUTHBERTSON £5
Elye is a fine young melodeon player, finalist in the New Roots competition for young folk musicians in 2018, taught by Hazel Askew.
MAR 30 SHIRLEY COLLINS & IAN KEAREY £10 http://www.shirleycollins.co.uk
Shirley's love, knowledge & understanding of English traditional song are second to none. Ian is her musical director & accompanist; he produced her award-winning Lodestar album.
SOLD OUT, EMAIL TO JOIN WAITING LIST (Valmai Goodyear)
MAR 31 (Sunday) SHIRLEY COLLINS & IAN KEAREY: ENGLISH FOLK SONG & ACCOMPANIMENT WORKSHOP
SOLD OUT, EMAIL TO JOIN WAITING LIST (Valmai Goodyear)
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
For singers & musicians. Bring an English traditional song for Shirley to give her unique guidance on interpretation & performance. Ian will offer thoughts & techniques for developing sympathetic accompaniments.
   
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APR 6 JACK HOGSDEN & LEON HOGSDEN £6
Jack is a dazzling young melodeon player, singer & guitarist from Sussex (Ditchling Morris). His father Leon sings & plays a stylish guitar. Mainly English traditional songs & tunes.
APR 13 COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE £7 https://cohenbk.com/
Cohen is a young, brilliant & inventive melodeon & anglo concertina player & a glorious singer with a deep understanding of traditional music & a powerful, compelling style of his own.
He's in great demand at folk music festivals & clubs as a solo performer & with the trio Granny's Attic.
APR 13 COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE MELODEON WORKSHOP
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
The workshop will focus on English melodeon playing for experienced players.
Cohen will begin by delving into the rich repertoire of English traditional tunes & will explore how advanced melodeon techniques can be used to develop these tunes.
Finally, Cohen will explore the melodeon's capabilities as an accompanying instrument both for accompanying song & for accompanying other musicians. Some music will be sent out in advance.
APR 20 COME-ALL-YE: EASTER & SPRING (with home-made Easter biscuits) £4
Bring songs & tunes to suit the theme. A good night to try out something new or perform for the first time. We serve traditional home-made Easter biscuits.
APR 27 MATT QUINN & OWEN WOODS CD LAUNCH £7 https://mattquinn.bandcamp.com
Young, lively & entertaining concertina & melodeon duo play old & new dance tunes from around Europe & Canada, with some they have written & a few songs.
Tonight they launch their new CD 'Unaccustomed As We Are'.
   
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MAY 4 WELCOME IN THE MAY: COME ALL YE £4
Bring songs, tunes, readings & poems for May. We serve Maids of Honour, a traditional May treat with cream, butter, eggs, cream cheese, lemon, currants & almonds. A good night for soloists, vocal & instrumental groups to try performing for the first time.
MAY 11 COME ALL YE: ‘DIRTY WORK’ with DEREK SEED £3
Bring songs, tunes, readings & poems to fit the theme. A good night for soloists, vocal & instrumental groups to try performing for the first time.
MAY 18 EMMANUEL PARISELLE & RICHARD BURGESS £10
Emmanuel is one of the best melodeon players in France, singer, songwriter & expert on French regional dance music. Richard sings with guitar & English concertina. They draw on a mixture of French, Scandinavian & English traditions with great enthusiasm for sea songs.
Advance tickets available from the club and here
MAY 18 EMMANUEL PARISELLE & RICHARD BURGESS: FRENCH & SCANDINAVIAN DANCE MUSIC (any instrument)
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
Emmanuel is one of the best melodeon players in France, a singer & an expert in French regional dance music. He also plays a specially-designed 'Franglo' concertina. He has taught at Hands-On Music & regularly leads melodeon-building weeks for EATMT in Suffolk.
Richard, originally from Kent, sings & plays guitar & English concertina. He has spent all his adult life in Norway & is a key figure in the country's folk music scene, drawing on Scandinavian & English traditions.
The workshop will focus on learning tunes, chiefly from South-Western France & some from the Norwegian-Swedish border, placing them in their cultural contexts & looking especially at different strategies for chordal & rhythmic accompaniment.
Some music will be sent out in advance.
Details and booking form available from the club and here
MAY 25 COME ALL YE with DIANE & STEVE NEVILL £3
Bring songs, tunes, readings & poems. A good night for soloists, vocal & instrumental groups to try performing for the first time.
   
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JUN 1 JERRY JORDAN £6
Jerry has a fine voice & compelling way with traditional songs, especially ballads. He also writes his own in traditional style. Jerry has recently recorded a CD, ‘The Leaves of Life’ & is working on another.
JUN 8 JEZ LOWE £8 https://www.jezlowe.com
One of England's finest singer-songwriters, making powerful, moving & often humorous songs using the traditional styles of his North-East home about working people, especially minters, shipbuilders & deep-sea fishermen. Jez plays guitar, harmonica & cittern.
Advance tickets available from the club and here
JUN 8 JEZ LOWE: SONGWRITING IN TRADITIONAL STYLE
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
Jez's songs such as Back in Durham Gaol, Old Bones, The Bonny Barque the Bergen, These Coal Town Days & High Part of the Town have been recorded by Fairport Convention, the Tannahill Weavers, the Unthanks & the Young'uns.
He currently works with his band The Bad Pennies, with Bob Fox, Billy Mitchell & Benny Graham in The Pitmen Poets, and contributed to the new BBC Radio Ballads series.
The workshop will cover an approach to writing 'modern' songs using the techniques & sensibilities often found in traditional folk songs & narrative ballads, both lyrically & musically. People who don't read music or play an instrument are welcome.
Details and booking form available from the club and here
JUN 15 CHARLIE QUINNELL £6
Charlie has a beautiful, expressive voice & wide repertoire of traditional songs in English, with a few in Scots Gaelic. Originally from Framfield, he now lives in Inverness & swings a mean scythe.
Many people will remember him from Sussex All-Day Singarounds & Lewes Folk Festival.
JUN 22 SANDRA KERR £9 https://www.sandrakerr.net
Sandra Kerr has long been a brilliant & influential singer & player of the English concertina, since with her days with Ewan MacColl's Critics Group.
A versatile musician with a fine, expressive voice, she is also an accomplished songwriter & has been a core tutor on the Newcastle University Traditional Music degree course.
Sandra has recorded with many fine performers including her daughter Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. She also co-wrote the music for the children's TV series Bagpuss.
Advance tickets available from the club and here
SUNDAY JUN 23 SANDRA KERR : CONCERTINA & SONG WORKSHOP
10.45 am – 4.45 pm Places £35 (2 under-25s £17)
The workshop is for any concertina system. It will focus on creative accompaniment for the voice & also a short session on the tunes Sandra recorded with Vic Gammon on the highly entertaining CD Early Scottish Ragtime.
Some music is ready to be sent in advance.
Details and booking form available from the club and here
JUN 29 CAPELLA £6
Old & new songs in 2-part vocal harmony
   
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JUL 6 SUNTRAP £6
Folk fusion, vocal harmony, guitars, fiddles, banjo, whistle
JUL 13 JIM GLOVER & CHRIS SKINNER £6
Trad & new sings unnaccompanied songs.
JUL 20 DAVE WEBBER & ANNI FENTIMAN £6
Trad & new sings songs in vocal harmony.