Future Shows

Slim Chance - still playing the music of Ronnie Lane

Friday 03 February 2017 7.30pm

Slim Chance have come together to celebrate the music of one of the shining lights of the '60s and '70s British music scene and the man who formed the band after leaving The Faces, Ronnie Lane, who tragically died in 1997 after his much-publicised twenty year battle with multiple sclerosis.

Over time there have been many musicians who worked with Ronnie, as part of Slim Chance and its offshoots.

The present line includes original members Steve Simpson, Charlie Hart and Steve Bingham who are joined by Geraint Watkins, John Lingwood, Des Horsfall, and Jim Russell, but this is merely the tip of the iceberg for over the years there have been contributions by such illustrious musicians as Benny Gallagher, Graham Lyle, Henry McCullough, Ian McClagan, Ian Stewart, Pete Townshend and Mick Weaver.

Ronnie Lane believed in life, music, friends, and having a good time, sentiments that his band, Slim Chance have inherited and will undoubtedly bring to the Pavilion for this very special show.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £19.50- Now booking

Juan Martin (Flamenco)

Saturday 04 February 2017 7.30pm

Juan Martín, who is considered as one of the world's most brilliant musical performers, fuses flamenco and gypsy jazz with Arabic, Indian and classical influences creating a truly captivating musical experience that is not to be missed......

Voted one of the top three guitarists and the top flamenco guitarist in the world by US magazine, Guitar Player, the great man has performed alongside the likes of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, played at Picasso’s 90th birthday, appeared at all the world's major festivals, brought the Royal Albert Hall to its feet during a live BBC broadcast and was the first flamenco artist to record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The celebrated virtuoso is now based between his native Andalucia and London, although he spends much of his time touring the world and has recently played sell out concerts in New York, Toronto, Sydney and throughout Europe and Asia.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION.

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

Clare Teal in concert with Jason Rebello

Saturday 18 February 2017 7.30pm

As much as she loves fronting her Big Band or her Hollywood Orchestra, multi award winning singer and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal still revels in performing in more intimate venues accompanied only by piano.

From swing to sublime ballads, Clare’s duo concerts are renowned and the rich, jazz-infused repertoire explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, through to the work of more contemporary writers.

On stage with Clare is Jason Rebello who in 1998 was invited by Sting to join his band, where he was to stay for six years, touring and recording three albums.

For the next six years he became part of Jeff Beck's band, and during this period he also worked with Chaka Khan, Mica Paris, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION.

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £26.50 - Now booking

Celtic Fiddle Festival

Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Described as three of the finest folk violinists anywhere by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations.

Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Capercaillie's Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles.

Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by the group.

Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicholas Quéméner from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humour for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace.

Celtic Fiddle Festival was originally conceived as a unique touring project in 1992, by Kevin Burke, now a resident of Portland, Oregan, but who had been a mainstay of several seminal Irish supergroups, from The Bothy Band to the all-star Irish group Patrick Street, and had toured and recorded with countless artists including Kate Bush, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Brady and Christy Moore.

Three sensational fiddlers from three distinct Celtic traditions. Jazz and rock musicians should take note: bravura, lightning-fast playing is rarely such exhilarating fun. Breathtaking! – The Boston Herald

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £20.00 - Now booking

Albert Lee with his band from the USA

Saturday 04 March 2017 7.30pm

Albert Lee is bringing his American band to the Pavilion for what promises to be a very special show.

The band includes, Will McGregor, Jason Harrison Smith and the legendary John J.T. Thomas who has played in the bands of Captain Beefheart, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby, Tracey Chapman and Emmlou Harris.

Seats: Sorry - all sold

Phil Beer

Friday 10 March 2017 7.30pm

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the West Country’s award winning acoustic duo Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer.

With a professional career of almost forty years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience.

Expect a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

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Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Thursday 16 March 2017 7.30pm

Bringing together English folk, American blues and Indian classical music, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin create a sound that is textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating.

Phillip plays slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, beatbox harmonica and chatturangui (a Hindustani slide guitar) and has studied the Delta blues bottleneck for many years, developing a touch reminiscent of Ry Cooder, while his astounding harmonica technique is inspired by Sonny Terry.

Completing and complementing this feast of music is Hannah Martin, who is a fine fiddle and banjo player, as well as being a gifted vocalist and songwriter.

Her interest in the traditional music scene around Devon (where she grew up) has led to a beautiful catalogue of songs that innovatively blend old traditions and new melodies.

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Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

Strawbs (full electric show)

Saturday 25 March 2017 TBC

The Strawbs are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, & The Moody Blues.

The band emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s, starting life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass.

Their 1967 debut, "All Our Own Work," featured singer Sandy Denny a year before she joined Fairport Convention.

The current Strawbs line-up comprises Dave Cousins, undoubtedly the heart and soul of the band, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who recorded and toured together in the 1970s.

They are joined by keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of the group Iona.

The Strawbs' album "Hero & Heroine" has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the fifty greatest prog rock albums of all time” and they will undoubtedly play tracks from this album along with all other Strawbs favourites.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £21.50 - Now booking

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Friday 31 March 2017 xxxx

Led by Steeleye Span's long serving bowman, Peter Knight, probably one of this country's best known and loved fiddle players, Gigspanner seems custom built to support the more fluid side of his musical personality.

Backing him here is talented rock guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist Vincent Salzfaas, a two-man engine room that produces the revs.

There’s Irish folk in the shape of slipjigs, there’s French style Jazz, and there’s African beats and rhythms that pushes Senegal trained Salzfaas to the fore for stunning solos, playing with hands on a collection of Conga’s and Djembe Drums.

But whatever the style, Peter Knight is the star, skipping and slipping with the bow or seamlessly switching to pizzicato finger picking.

Sharpe Goes Walkabout - courtesy of Peter Knight's Gigspanner

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Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band

Saturday 29 April 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Voted Folk Singer of the Year at the 2016 BBC Folk Awards, influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr brings her Sweet Visitor Band that includes, James Fagan (Cara Dillon, The James Bros), Tom Wright (Albion Band, and Eliza Carthy Band), Rowan Rheingans (Lady Maisery) and top bassist Tim Yates (Blackbeard’s Tea Party) to the Pavilion.

Already a respected interpreter of traditional material, Nancy’s emergence as a writer of rare style has drawn comparisons to William Blake in her reawakening of a radical folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives about love and conflict, migration, hardship and jubilation, and the tensions between rural and urban life.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £19.50 - Now booking

Fairport Convention

Saturday 06 May 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Fairport Convention are celebrating a big birthday for they were co-founded way back in 1967 by Simon Nicol and Ashley Hutchings.

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 recently voted as the Best Folk Album of All Time.

BOOKING DETAILS.....

RESERVED AUDITORIUM STALLS SEATS (£23.50) - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414 AND ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

AUDITORIUM BOX SEATS (£23.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£20.50) BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

Balcony Seats will also soon be on sale at Music’s Not Dead, Bexhill – 01424 552435 and Hastings TIC (on the seafront) - 01424 451111

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

Seats: Now booking

Steve Knightley

Thursday 11 May 2017 7.30pm

As well as a fine singer and musician, Steve Knightley is the the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands.

From a rock background, he is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics.

His rock style rant "Country Life" and anthemic rally call "Roots" were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Folk Awards, and his widely acclaimed "Arrogance Ignorance and Greed" finally lifted the prize.

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Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

Daphne's Flight (Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold, Chris While, Julie Matthews & Christine Collister)

Saturday 13 May 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Twenty one years after their debut self titled album and one and only UK tour, the tour de force that is Daphne’s flight is set to return to the theatres and festivals in 2017.

Daphne’s Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boy’s ‘God Only Knows’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘Ship Building’.

With a complete line-up of all five original members (Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold, Chris While, Julie Matthews, and Christine Collister) and a brand new studio album, this is the tour that fans have been waiting for since their first impromptu performance at Cambridge festival in 1995, when they took a packed club tent by storm and decided the time was right to join forces.

Drawing on their collective wealth of talent and varied styles, each of them accomplished songwriters, musicians and renowned singers, it was the combination of all five voices, a powerhouse of harmonies that left audiences breathless and brought them much critical acclaim.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £20.00 - Now booking

Shakespearean Theatre, The Festival Players present The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sunday 21 May 2017 2.45pm

Originating from the Bard’s home county, The Festival Players Theatre Company, who performed Hamlet in nearby Alfriston last year, bring you this hilarious and colourful comedy in an all-male, fast paced, costumed production – a summer feast of farce!

The roguish and foolish knight, Falstaff, schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husbands’ money, but the wily Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him.

Tickets on sale online at Cornish Riviera Box Office - CRBO Yes you are reading it right!

Seats: £16.50 (£13.50 seniors and juniors) - Now booking

Chris and Kellie While (Part of the Alfriston Summer Season)

Saturday 03 June 2017 TBC

Subject to contract exchange

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 2015; 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!".

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION.

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

Martyn Joseph (Part of the Alfriston Summer Season)

Sunday 04 June 2017 TBC

Subject to contract exchange

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics.

With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.

He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, and this along with a powerful show stopping voice and a mesmerising live performance has seen him compared to Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews.

A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION.

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

Otis Gibbs (Part of the Alfriston Summer Season)

Sunday 11 June 2017 xxxx

Subject to contract exchange

Otis Gibbs, who hails from Wanamaker, Indiana, currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee and with his full beard streaked grey and his horn-rimmed glasses, he might be mistaken for one-time Nashville resident Steve Earle, had the latter not grown tired of the big city and moved back to Texas, leaving Nashville to Gibbs.

Nonetheless, the comparison stands, with lyrics about the downtrodden, the misfits, and the victims of injustice, his songs get compared to Earle’s, as well as to those of Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Bragg, and Bruce Springsteen.

The songs are full of social and political issues, earthy, intimate, bittersweet, and yearning; the imagery vivid and the attitude uncompromising.

Seats: xxxx