Future Shows

Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes

Sunday 27 April 2014 7.30pm

Albert Lee, who is stopping off for his regular annual Spyboy show, is a musician's musician with an impeccable pedigree achieved over many years of touring and recording with amongst others, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.

Some of the best known Rock 'n Roll & Country musicians go to make up Hogan's Heroes and they have been playing together for almost twenty years, taking in such illustrious events as The Prince's Trust Concert, the Glastonbury Festival and a few "Late Night" shows with Jools Holland.

Eric Clapton said of Albert Lee "He is undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists in the world"......why not come along and see for yourself!

Seats: all sold - email info@spyboy.co.uk with returns request. Please do not contact the Hailsham Pavilion

Fairport Convention welcome in Hasting's famous Jack in the Green Festival

Thursday 01 May 2014 7.30pm

Co-founded way back in 1967 by Simon Nicol and Ashley Hutchings, Fairport Convention is the most celebrated folk-rock band of all time.

Such distinguished musicians as Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews and Dave Swarbrick have all done their bit over the years with the band, which is now in the safe hands of Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie, and the superb percussionist, Gerry Conway.

Fairport Convention are recipients of the coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and their seminal album Liege & Lief was voted as the Best Folk Album of All Time in a recent BBC readers poll.

Fairport Convention almost 50 years on - "Who knows where the time goes"


RESERVED BOX SEATS (£22.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£19.50) BY PHONE (from the Hailsham Pavilion) - 01323 841414

.....Unreserved Balcony Seats also on sale at Music’s Not Dead, Bexhill on Sea - 01424 552435

Tickets cannot be purchased in advance at St Mary in the Castle

Seats: £19.50 & £22.50 - Now booking

Eliza and Martin Carthy

Saturday 10 May 2014 7.30pm

We are thrilled to see Father and Daughter come together for a very special one-off performance at the Hailsham Pavilion.

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures.

As well as all those years of train journeys and solo performances there have been trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, The Imagined Village, and his award-winning family, Waterson Carthy.

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most engaging performers of her generation.

Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable accolades over a career that has seen her performing and recording with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Nick Cave and Joan Baez.


BY PHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £19.50 - Now booking

Guy Davis - a very special guest from the USA

Saturday 17 May 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

"Guy Davis is like a brother to me, we both grew up in the suburbs of New York City, though our musical souls are in the southern regions of rural America" Eric Bibb

Though raised in New York City Guy Davis grew up hearing accounts of life in the rural south from his parents and especially his grandparents, who told him stories of his great-grandparents and their days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous Ku Klux Klan.

It was through listening to these stories that Guy’s love of the blues began. He taught himself guitar and today after a lifetime dedicated to reviving the traditions, you can clearly hear those who have influenced him…Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal...


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

The Blues Band

Thursday 29 May 2014 7.30pm

The Blues Band was formed in 1979, by ex Manfred Mann group members, Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness, originally to play a few pub gigs.

The Blues had always been their first love, indeed Manfred Mann for a short time backed Sonny Boy Williamson and Tom’s first band, the Roosters, also included a young Eric Clapton.

Paul & Tom were to be joined by slide guitarist Dave Kelly, who brought in Gary Fletcher to play bass guitar, while Hughie Flint sat on the drum stool.

Rob Townsend later replaced Flint, otherwise the line-up is still the same today.

See the band perfoming "You Got To Move" live


RESERVED AUDITORIUM SEATS (£22.50) - BY PHONE - 01323 841414 AND ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

BOX SEATS (£22.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£19.50) BY PHONE - 01323 841414

.....Unreserved Balcony Seats also on sale at Music’s Not Dead, Bexhill on Sea - 01424 552435

Tickets cannot be purchased in advance at St Mary in the Castle

Seats: £19.50 & £22.50 - Now booking

Chris and Kellie While

Friday 27 June 2014 8.00pm

It might well cross your mind why mother and daughter duo Chris and Kellie While don’t take to the stage together more often.

Chris who is recognised as one of the finest singers on the acoustic circuit, is always busy with various projects and came to the Hailsham Pavilion last Christmas with St Agnes Fountain, but Kellie hasn’t played a Spyboy show since December 2011; then as part of the Albion Christmas Band.

She has, however, found time to provide guest vocals for some of the most respected names in folk including Eddi Reader, Fairport Convention, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Martin Simpson.

Kellie says finding time to sing with mum is important and a real pleasure....“It comes almost as naturally as breathing, and something we have done ever since I was small”.

“There’s no ego, no competition - just two women who love to sing together - wish we could do it every day!".

Seats: £16.50 - Now booking

Steve Knightley and "The Wake the Union Band" Bringing the album to life.....

Wednesday 20 August 2014 8.30pm

Shrewsbury Folk festival have asked Steve Knightley to present over the August Bank Holiday weekend a special “Wake the Union Band” headline show featuring musicians involved in the making of the classic Show of Hands album.

So along with Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, Phil Henry, Hannah Martin, Rex Preston and Miranda Sykes, he will be putting together on Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th August a residential programme of workshops, informal performances and rehearsals in the beautiful setting of Herstmonceux Castle, leading to this special Preview Concert at the Hailsham Pavilion on Wednesday night before taking it on to Shrewsbury for thousands to see.

Currently there are no seats available but it is possible there may be a few nearer the time - email info@spyboy.co.uk - should you want to join the wait list (Please do not contact the Hailsham Pavilion)......


Eddi Reader

Sunday 12 October 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Eddi Reader started her career as a session backing vocalist for such artists as Alison Moyet, Annie Lennox, Eurythmics and The Waterboys, before meeting Mark E. Nevin and going on to form Fairground Attraction, whose album “The First of a Million Kisses” won the best album award at the 1989 Brits.

It also spawned the No 1 hit single “Perfect”.

Since then, she has recorded ten solo albums, including the 2003 classic "Songs Of Robert Burns".

In the wonderful setting of St Mary in the Castle she will be presenting very personal folk-infused songs from her latest release, “Vagabond”.

Seats: xxxx

Karine Polwart

Friday 17 October 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Former lead singer with Scots-Irish quintet Malinky and a one-time member of the Battlefield Band, Karine Polwart released her first solo album, Faultlines, to great acclaim, and was immediately rewarded at the 2005 BBC Folk Awards with top prizes in three major categories.........

Best New Artist - Best Album and Best Original Song

(The Sun's Comin' Over the Hill)

Eight years later and the nominations continue...this time, Best Album, Best Original Song & Folk Singer of the Year.

Seats: xxxx

Martin Simpson

Saturday 25 October 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson has been a professional musician for 35 years.

He has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the 12 years of the BBC Folk Awards and twice won musician of the year; his latest album Vagrant Stanzas was co-produced by Richard Hawley and includes original compositions alongside classic songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Seats: xxxx

Will Pound Band

Sunday 02 November 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

BBC Folk Awards Best Musician nominee and featured artist on Christmas No.1 single for Hillsborough, harmonica player Will Pound tours with Chris Sarjeant, Henry Webster and John Parker.

The Band play a mix of English and Irish tunes with jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock & funk rhythms

Seats: xxxx

O'Hooley & Tidow

Saturday 08 November 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

As well as high praise for their beautiful, interweaving harmonies Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are acknowledged as one of the strongest song-writing partnerships on the contemporary folk scene.

Their new album The Hum, produced by Mercury nominated Gerry Diver, reveals the pulsing undercurrent of optimism, grit and mettle in migrating people, the oppressed and the disenfranchised.

Seats: xxxx

The Dylan Project

Sunday 09 November 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Veteran rocker Steve Gibbons, in the company of Fairport Convention’s legendary rhythm section – Gerry Conway (drums) and Dave Pegg (bass) – join Phil Bond (keyboards) and PJ Wright’s pedal steel and slide guitars to form the The Dylan Project, and bring to life the songs of rock’s unofficial Poet Laureate, Bob Dylan.

Seats: xxxx

"Insights and Anecdotes" – An Intimate Evening with (Swarb) Dave Swarbrick

Saturday 22 November 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

A rare chance to get up close and personal with hugely influential folk icon Dave Swarbrick, or Swarb as he is affectionately known

To some, the name Dave Swarbrick is synonymous with innovation and he is indeed credited with heralding the ‘Second Folk Revival’ whilst a member of the seminal Folk/Rock band Fairport Convention.

To others he is the fiddler’s yard stick to which they aspire.

Here is your chance to hear not only the mesmerising fiddle of Swarb, but also anecdotes and insights from his extraordinary life (and death - his obituary appeared in the Telegraph in 1999!!!) and ask those questions which are on the tip of your tongue.

Seats: xxxx

(Almost) The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

Saturday 06 December 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Special Gala Christmas Reunion with Roger Ruskin Spear (his very last but one performance as a Bonzo), Rodney Slater, Sam Spoons, Legs Larry Smith, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell and distinguished guests that include Dave Glasson and Andy Roberts.

Diabolical mayhem and scenes like this from the largest number of Bonzos still playing together anywhere on the surface of the earth is guaranteed.

Seats: xxxx

St Agnes Fountain - A Celebration of the Season

Thursday 11 December 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

It is St Agnes Fountain that come to the Pavilion again for our Christmas show.

The "Aggies" have become something of a seasonal institution, staging a series of sell-out Christmas shows across the country for the past thirteen years.

David Hughes and Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie together with Chris While and Julie Matthews present a feast of superb musicianship and inventive arrangements.

This is music with all the festive joy, and celebration of the season with familiar Carols such as Once in Royal David's City, In the Bleak Mid Winter, Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Little Town of Bethlehem and their classic version of I Saw Three Ships.

Seats: xxxx

Carols & Capers - Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band

Friday 19 December 2014 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Renowned folk singer Maddy Prior, joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show Carols & Capers.

Together they mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour, putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare... take a look

A Christmas Party to remember in a venue never to be forgotten!

Seats: xxxx