LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB PROGRAMME

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FEB 7 ROBB JOHNSON http://www.robbjohnson.co.uk/ £6
The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA
A fine songwriter, singer & guitarist, Robb's songs are powerful, incisive & honed to perfection with plenty to enjoy & much food for thought. 'The real deal when it comes to songwriting.' (Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2).
FEB 14 TOM & JESSICA DALTON http://tomandjessica.weebly.com/ £5
New Roots finalists Tom & Jessica sing mainly traditional songs with some surprises. Two beautiful voices solo, in harmony & with guitar.
FEB 21 HECTOR GILCHRIST http://hectorgilchrist.co.uk/ £6
Hector is a skilful, sensitive singer of Scottish traditional & contemporary songs with scintillating guitar accompaniment. His latest CD on Wildgoose Records features Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer.
FEB 28 TUNES SESSION with BRYAN CREER & VALMAI GOODYEAR £3
The Dorset Arms, 22 Malling St. Lewes BN7 2RD
Bring instruments to join in & lead mainly English dance tunes. We'll whack out a few favourites & some novelties on English concertinas & fiddle. Party pieces and songs are very welcome, too.
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MAR 7 'THE RETURN OF SPRING,' a tribute to DAVE HILL £3
For many years Dave & his fiddle were mainstays of local tunes sessions. We all miss him very much. The last tune he played was 'The Return of Spring' so that is the theme for our tunes & songs this evening. Proceeds will go to the brain injury charity Headway.
MAR 14 PETER COLLINS £6
Peter is a much-loved local singer with a huge but subtle voice. He sings traditional songs & new ones in traditional style. Plenty of choruses, & a big range of emotions from humour to tragedy & back.
MAR 21 MIKE NICHOLSON http://www.mikenicholson.me.uk/biography.html £6
Mike brings a voice of 99% cocoa solids to a wide range of songs that tell stories & provoke thought, unaccompanied & with tasteful guitar.
MAR 28 BENNY GRAHAM, BARRIE & INGRID TEMPLE £7
http://www.bennygraham.com/start.htm
http://barrieandingrid.co.uk
The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA
Barrie & Ingrid sing Barrie's own songs, many about Newcastle, in thrilling vocal harmony with guitar & English concertina. Benny has a big, beautiful voice & plays melodeon. He's an expert on Newcastle song traditions & has performed with Bob Fox, Jez Lowe & Billy Mitchell in 'The Pitmen Poets'.
Advance tickets for the evening performance are available from the club or can be ordered here.

BENNY GRAHAM, BARRIE & INGRID TEMPLE WORKSHOP:
NORTH EAST SONGS DOWN THE GENERATIONS
Saturday 28th. March 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £30
The Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA
Benny, Barrie & Ingrid bring their huge knowledge & splendid voices to the subject of Newcastle singing down the centuries, illuminating pre-industrial life, mining, sailing, shipbuilding, whaling, music hall & social comment with humour & passion. The living tradition of Newcastle song will be celebrated too. There will be plenty of songs to learn, hear & enjoy.
Details and booking forms available from the club and here.
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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.
Advance tickets for the evening performance are available from the club or can be ordered here.

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.
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
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.
Details and booking forms available from the club and here
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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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7 June Martin Carthy
Ballad forum (details)
11 July Leon Rosselson
Songwriting (details)
18 July Pete Cooper
Fiddle
18 July Dan Stewart
Banjo
18 July Dave Arthur
Witchcraft in song & story
12 Sept Lady Maisery
Vocal harmony
19 Sept Alma Fiddle Band
Fiddles in harmony
14 Nov Sara Grey & Kieron Means
Appalachian & blues accompaniment
21 Nov Graeme Knights & Jim Magean
Shanties
28 & 29 Nov Alistair Anderson
Hidden Hexham suite for any instrument