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NOV 5 CLOSED FOR LEWES BONFIRE Don't even think about it
NOV 12 FRANKIE ARMSTRONG http://www.frankiearmstrong.com £7
Stirring, evocative, humorous & moving ballads, rural, industrial, music hall & modern songs.
Sunday 13 November 10.45 a.m. - 4.45 p.m. Places £35 (£17 for two under 25-year-olds)
At The Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ
Frankie has worked with Louis Killen, Ewan McColl, Bert Lloyd, Peggy Seeger & Sandra Kerr & is a superb solo performer. She's a pioneer of natural voice techniques. Enjoyable & relaxing exercises, improvisations & songs will help release the voice. Music reading not necessary.
NOV 19 COPPER FAMILY http://www.thecopperfamily.com £10
Songs in harmony from the family's own tradition sung by members of two generations. As Sussex as the Downs, flint walls, Bonfire & Harveys Best.
Advance tickets from the club or here.
NOV 26 PETA WEBB & KEN HALL http://www.englishfolkinfo.org.uk/mustrad/mtc.html £7
Peta & Ken sing Irish, English, US & music hall songs in beautiful, charming harmony.
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DEC 3 TOM PALEY & BEN PALEY https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Paley £8
Tom sings & plays banjo, guitar & fiddle. Ben plays fiddle. Tom has played with Woody Guthrie, Mike Seeger, Leadbelly & the New Lost City Ramblers & has played a huge part in reviving US old-time & vintage music.
Advance tickets for the evening performance are available from the club or can be ordered here.

10.45 a.m. - 4.45 p.m. Places £35 (£17 for two under 25-year-olds)
Ben is a natural & scintillating musician who's played the fiddle music of the USA, Sweden & Ireland since he was six. He tours widely with his father Tom, The Long Hill Ramblers, The New Deal String Band, & Sarah Grey & Kieron Means. The workshop will use tunes from Ireland, USA & Sweden to explore techniques.
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
DEC 10 TOM LEWIS http://www.tomlewis.net £7
At the Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA
Songs of the sea, from life on board Royal Navy ships, through the loneliness & lure of the sea, to traditional shanties, classic nautical poetry & many of Tom's own fine songs, with melodeon & ukulele.
We light the open fire and a blaze of candles & serve home-made mince pies. Choose a carol for everyone to sing from our own carol book, or do a Christmas party piece. Traditionally the Hollingdean Tipteerers (mummers) pay a visit. We also put on our very own minimalist panto.
CLOSED DECEMBER 24th. & 31st.
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Old Sussex carols in vocal harmony with flute, clarinet, fiddle, concertinas, whistles & serpent; tunes & readings from Sussex sources.
Bring songs & tunes for winter & the turn of the year. We serve our fruity, rum-soaked Twelfth Cake & a wassail bowl of hot spiced old ale. Bring a twig of your own apple tree to be wassailed at our special indoor ceremony. We light the open fire & candles once more.
JAN 21 SUSSEX ALL-DAY SINGAROUND 11.00 a.m 11.00 p.m.
The Royal Oak, Barcombe, near Lewes BN8 5BA
The day starts with an hour of informal tunes while people arrive. Then the singing begins, with a break from 6.00 7.00 p.m., finishing with a good hour of glorious choruses. Ballads & the occasional instrumental party piece are very welcome too.
Free admission with collection.
JAN 22 (Sunday) FREE ENGLISH TUNES SESSION, noon- 3.00 p.m., Elephant & Castle
This session follows the annual Sussex All-Day Singaround on 21st. January at The Royal Oak, Barcombe in Barcombe.
Good pub food on sale. Free admission.
JAN 28 SOUND TRADITION http://soundtradition2.wordpress.com/ £6
Linda Baddeley, David Bartlett, Catherine Legg & Moose Rosser sing traditional songs in glorious four-part harmony under the influence of such as Peter Bellamy, The Young Tradition & The Watersons.