LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB PROGRAMME

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APR 4 BIBLE STORIES WITH A DIFFERENCE £3
At The Dorset Arms, 22 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RD
For Easter Saturday bring songs that tell Bible stories, or stories about people in the Bible, that aren't in the Authorised Version. Tunes & songs on other subjects welcome too.
APR 11 JOHN SPIERS http://www.johnspiers.co.uk/ £8
John is one of the leading melodeon players of his generation and a fine Anglo concertina player. He's a mainstay of Bellowhead, played with Jon Boden as Spiers & Boden & also with Eliza Carthy's Ratcatchers.

JOHN SPIERS MELODEON WORKSHOP
Saturday 11th. April 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35
The workshop will cover using chords on both hand to fill out the sound, with some new repertoire on the 2-row melodeon in D/G. Some music will be sent out in advance.
THE WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT BUT WE'RE KEEPING A WAITING LIST.
APR 18 ONE SHEET SHORT (KEITH KENDRICK & DEREK GIFFORD) £7
At The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA
Keith is a fine singer & player of Anglo & English concertinas. Derek is also a fine singer, guitarist & songwriter. Expect a majority of songs about the sea, with some surprises & laughs.
APR 25 TOM McCONVILLE http://www.tommcconville.co.uk/ £7
Scintillating fiddle-playing, a silky smooth singing voice, a wide grin & a dry Geordie wit.
Advance tickets for the evening performance are available from the club or can be ordered here.

TOM McCONVILLE FIDDLE WORKSHOP
Saturday 25th. April 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35
In Tom's ground-breaking fiddle playing the traditional sounds of Newcastle, Scotland, Ireland & America are fused with classical, jazz & bluegrass. He has played with Bob Fox, Alistair Anderson's Syncopace, Phil Cunningham, Barbara Dixon, Chris Newman & Pauline Cato. The workshop will focus on how to choose fiddle tunes & play them in a simple, lively & dynamic style, conscious control of the bow & violin, & the use of chords & embellishment. Some music will be sent out in advance.
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MAY 2 TO WELCOME IN THE MAY £4
Bring songs & tunes to celebrate May. We serve home-made Maids of Honour, a traditional May treat of pastry filled with cream, eggs, lemon, almonds & currants.
MAY 9 BLACK STRAP MOLASSES £5
Eastbourne Folk Club residents bring voices, guitar, bass & keyboard & thoughtful & amusing songs, many with a transatlantic flavour. Watch out for gems such as Take Me Back To Eastbourne (Miles Wootton) & Ani Couni, a First Nation American lullaby.
MAY 16 COLUM SANDS http://www.columsands.com £7
Touring from Ireland, Colum is a beautiful singer, guitarist & songwriter & a warm, entertaining performer. His songs have been recorded by Billy Connolly, Maddy Prior, June Tabor, Andy Irvine, Roy Bailey, Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy.
MAY 23 COME ALL YE £3
Bring songs & tunes to share. There's no theme this evening.
MAY 30 MARTIN & SHAN GRAEBE http://www.martinandshan.net/ £6
Martin & Shan sing mainly English traditional songs from the West Country in beautiful, sensitive vocal harmony. Martin also writes skilful songs in traditional style.
Advance tickets for the evening performance are available from the club or can be ordered here.

MARTIN & SHAN GRAEBE VOCAL HARMONY & VOICE WORKSHOP
Saturday 30 May 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £25
The workshop will cover approaches to singing traditional songs in two-part harmony, using examples from England & America. It will also focus on keeping your voice working well. Music will be available but teaching will be by ear.
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
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JUN 6 MARTIN CARTHY http://www.watersoncarthy.com/id22.htm £10
A magnificent singer & guitarist; one of the greatest influences on British traditional music for two generations.
Advance tickets for the evening performance are available from the club or can be ordered here.

MARTIN CARTHY BALLAD FORUM
SUNDAY 7TH. JUN 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35
Martin Carthy is unsurpassed as a performer of English traditional song & dance music. His knowledge & skill in performing & restoring ballads is unequalled. Martin will bring his expertise in restoring & performing ballads, & also his insights into the ballads that you bring yourselves. Choose a ballad in advance that you will sing & the group will discuss. Ballads chosen so far are Omie Wise, The Trees They Do Grow High, Fause Foodrage, Fair Janet, The Earl of Mar's Daughter, The Proud Girl, Little Sir Hugh and Lady Diamond.
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
JUN 13 GEOFF LAKEMAN £6
Father of Seth, Sean and Sam, Geoff sings and plays duet concertina. Many of his songs are traditional from Devon and Cornwall, and he writes songs in traditional style. A warm and engaging performer.
JUN 20 WATERLOO £3
Bring songs & tunes to mark the 200th. anniversary of the battle. If you'd like to reserve a song or tune, email us to make it yours.
JUN 27 HARD PRESSED £6
Three voices (Liz Randall, Roger Resch & Derek Seed) sing all manner of sea songs to accordion, whistle, concertina & autoharp, with plenty of choruses.
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JUL 4 AISLING MURRAY & ROWAN PIGGOTT £5
Two fine young performers sing & play Anglo concertina & fiddle: Irish & English songs & tunes with some Swedish tunes as well.
JUL 11 LEON ROSSELSON http://www.leonrosselson.co.uk/ £8
Leon has been writing incisive, thought-provoking, witty & beautiful songs for over 50 years. He sings & plays guitar.
Advance tickets for the evening performance are available from the club or can be ordered here.

LEON ROSSELSON SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
Saturday 11 JUL 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35
Leon's early songs were topical-satirical (broadcast on That Was The Week That Was) but he later drew on Music Hall, French Realist song amongst others.
The workshop will cover approaches to writing, effective & singable song language, song form & techniques, & bringing a song alive with music.
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
JUL 18 RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE http://www.petecooper.com/rattle.htm £8
American Old-Time songs & tunes from Dave Arthur (voice, guitar, 5-string banjo, melodeon) Pete Cooper (fiddle, voice) & Dan Stewart (5-string banjo, guitar, voice). Exciting, authentic & very entertaining.
Advance tickets for the evening performance are available from the club or can be ordered here.

JUL 18
PETE COOPER, OLD-TIME FIDDLE WORKSHOP
10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35
Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
DAN STEWART, OLD-TIME 5-STRING BANJO WORKSHOP
10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35
Rights of Man, 179 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
DAVE ARTHUR: WORKSHOP on WITCHCRAFT IN FOLK TALES & BALLADS
10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £35
Dorset Arms, 22 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RD
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
JUL 25 DAN QUINN http://danquinn.co.uk/ £6
Dan plays melodeon & sings. He's one of the country's best players, firmly rooted in English traditional dance music with excursions into music from Australia, New Mexico, Italy & Quebec. He's been in the influential bands Flowers & Frolics, Gas Mark Five, the Dan Quinn Trio & The Dan Quintet, & also performed as a duo with Will Duke. These days he plays with Duck Soup, The Watch & with his son Matt as The Mighty Quinns. We've bullied him into playing solo tonight.
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August
We run Come -All-Ye sessions throughout August.
SEP 5 Dick Miles
SEP 12 Lady Maisery
Workshop Vocal harmony
SEP 19 Alma Fiddle Band
Workshop Fiddles in harmony
OCT 10 Copper Family
As part of Lewes Folk Festival
OCT 17 Jim Bainbridge
OCT 31 Theme Night
Halloween
NOV 14 Sara Grey & Kieron Means
Workshop Appalachian & blues accompaniment
NOV 21 Graeme Knights & Jim Magean
Shanties Workshop
NOV 28 & 29 Alistair Anderson
Workshop Hidden Hexham suite for any instrument
DEC 5 Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner