Future Shows

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.


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

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.


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

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.


ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £21.50 - Now booking

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Friday 31 March 2017 7.30pm

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 Sacha Trochet , 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


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

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.


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.


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


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.


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

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.


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 International Summer Season)

Saturday 03 June 2017 7.30pm

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!".


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

Martyn Joseph (Part of the Alfriston International Summer Season)

Sunday 04 June 2017 7.30pm

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.


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

Otis Gibbs (Part of the Alfriston International Summer Season)

Sunday 11 June 2017 7.30pm

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.


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: 16.50 - Now booking

ZULU Tradition (Part of the Alfriston International Summer Season)

Saturday 17 June 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

From Durban in KwaZulu Natal, to the world's stage, ZULU Tradition is a company of young Zulu singers and dancers who rekindlle their culture and heritage and deliver a heady mix of African harmonies (traditional songs as well as Afro-Gospel) with drum-rhythms and high-energy, athletic dance.

"Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high kicks!"

Festival favourites, they hit national TV in the UK and in South Africa when performing for the first officially sanctioned Mandela Day at the British Museum in July 2010.

As a troupe they have performed at Buckingham Palace and the South African High Commission, whilst individual members have performed in the UK as part of The Mighty Zulu Nation and on the West End stage in The Lion King as well as in various bands and groups.

See Zulu Tradition here - in the Jungle!


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: 17.50 (U15 £13.50) - Now booking

Juan Martin (Flamenco) (Part of the Alfriston International Summer Season)

Sunday 16 July 2017 8.00pm

Subject to contract exchange

Following his sell-out performance at the Old Chapel in February we welcome back 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.


BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: 19.50 - Now booking

Faustus (First show of the Autumn season)

Sunday 15 October 2017 7.30pm

This exciting young band consists of three of the most pivotal players in the English roots revival of the past decade.....

Benji Kirkpatrick was a key member of folk big band and BBC Award winners Bellowhead.

He also featured in Seth Lakeman’s Band who shot to fame when they were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, and has also performed with numerous other artists including Oysterband, Maddy Prior, Eliza Carthy, Jim Murray and Cara Dillon.

Saul Rose has also appeared in the Bellowhead line-up and was a long time member of Waterson:Carthy, winning two BBC Folk Awards. More recently you'll find him alongside Eliza Carthy in her mighty Wayward Band.

Considered by many as the finest melodeon player in the country, he has been nominated for the Musician of The Year award in the BBC Folk Awards and played the part of Songman in the West End play War Horse.

Paul Sartin is a hugely versatile and classically trained musician who has played with such varied ensembles as (yes you’ve guessed it) Bellowhead, Jon Boden’s Remnant Kings, Belshazzars Feast and the Christchurch Cathedral Choir!

Seats: xxxx

From Austin Texas, The Hot Club of Cowtown

Wednesday 01 November 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

From the bright lights of the Grand Ol' Opry to Glastonbury and festival stages worldwide, touring with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and opening seven nights of Roxy Music’s sold-out “For Your Pleasure” U.K. stadium tour, the multi award winning Hot Club of Cowtown have become the premier ambassadors of Hot Jazz and Western Swing through the unstoppable power of their breathtaking live show.

This time they leave their home in Austin, Texas to take a short tour of the UK (and we are naturally delighted that they will be once again playing at the Pavilion) to give us glimpses into Romany music and culture that capture the sophistication and sizzle of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt's Quintette du Hot Club de France.

Here The Hot Club of Cowtown share Hogmanay with Jools Holand!

Seats: xxxx

Curved Air

Saturday 04 November 2017 8.00pm - please note

Subject to contract exchange

Founding members Sonja Kristina and Florian Pilkington-Miksa are joined by Kit Morgan, Yehudi Menhuin-schooled violinist Paul Sax, Chris Harris and Robert Norton .

Curved Air was originally formed in 1969, a ground-breaking progressive art-rock band known for a unique and powerful combination of a remarkable female vocalist and virtuoso musicians.

Reformed in 2008 after a sabbatical of 18 years, Curved Air’s concert and festival appearances in the UK, Japan, Italy, Malta, Germany, Portugal, Holland and Belgium continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion.

The band is still fronted by Sonja Kristina, who topped the British Music Female Vocalist polls throughout the 1970s.....she has been the constant flame, leading Curved Air through the decades.

Seats: xxxx

Fisherman's Friends

Sunday 12 November 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Since the release of the Fisherman’s Friends eponymous debut album on Island Records in 2010, the group have had a tremendous amount of success reaching gold status in album sales, performing at festivals all over the country, including the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and picked up the Good Tradition Award at the BBC Folk Awards.

The original buoy band are back with a vengeance!

Seats: xxxx

Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young

Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Whilst Tex-Mex band Los Pacaminos is led by Paul Young one of the UK’s finest vocalists he is not the only luminary in this fun loving and rocking outfit.

Some of the best musicians in the business have teamed up to present an incendiary mix of Tex-Mex classics, Spanish songs and original material.

There’s Drew Barfield (Joe Jackson and Level 42), Melvyn Duffy, possibly the finest young pedal steel guitar player in Britain, Steve Greetham (from the Joan Armatrading band), Mark Pinder (Alison Moyet), and Jamie Moses who has worked with The Pretenders, Mike And The Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Mica Paris, Pete Townsend, Paul Rodgers, Curtis Stiegers, Dave Stewart, Tom Jones and is now a regular member of the current Queen set-up.

Seats: xxxx

Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings

Tuesday 21 November 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Lead singer and frontman of the now defunct all conquering band Bellowhead, Jon Boden stopped off for a Spyboy Remnant Kings show during their last tour in 2013.

The band was made up of friends and fellow Bellowhead band members and included multi-instrumentalists Paul Sartin and Sam Sweeney, concertina virtuoso Rob Harbron and double bass maestro Rick Foot.......we wait to see who is on board this time around.

Seats: xxxx

Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders

Saturday 25 November 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Andy Fairweather Low came to prominence as the lead singer in Amen Corner way back in the 1960's and since those early days has gone on to work with (WAIT FOR IT) Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Elton John, Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Steve Winwood, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Jeff Beck, Mary J. Blige, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, Pete Townshend, and hundreds more....

2013 saw Andy & The Low Riders opening the shows on Eric Clapton’s European tour, headline The Americana Festival and complete their first tour in Japan with eight shows in Tokyo.

The following year there was a landmark appearance at Bluesfest at The Royal Albert Hall and since then they have appeared at the Celtic Connections Festival, toured the UK, Germany and Japan, but perhaps the highlight was when the band was chosen as the opening act for Eric Clapton’s 70th Birthday tour starting at Madison Square Garden, NYC and ending with a run of seven shows at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Seats: xxxx

Celtic Christmas Strings

Sunday 03 December 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Features Chris Newman (Guitar)

& Máire Ní Chathasaigh (Harp)

One of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists joins up with the doyenne of Irish harpers, a recipient of the prestigious Irish Traditional Musician of the Year Award and Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland Music Awards 2016.

The duo have brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in 22 countries on five continents and their Christmas show features a breath-taking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice

The arrangements are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and are performed in their characteristically spellbinding treat for mid-winter

Seats: xxxx

St Agnes Fountain

Saturday 09 December 2017 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie and the BBC Folk Awards winners, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have staged a series of sell-out Christmas shows each year across the country.

St Agnes Fountain - affectionately known as the "Aggies" have become something of a seasonal institution, and have endeared themselves to an ever-growing audience (tickets were again being sold for this year’s tour as the curtain fell last year).....Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain - festive joy and a celebration of the season.

Seats: xxxx