Future Shows

Faustus open the 18th season, Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds play support........

Sunday 15 October 2017 7.30pm

The exciting young band Faustus 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 Moray 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!...........

English Folk Roots singer Naomi Bedford joins up with songwriter Paul Simmonds from The Men They Couldn’t Hang to open the show

In 2015 Naomi and Paul were nominated for a BBC Folk Award (Best Original Song) and their album “A History of Insolence” was voted into Mojo magazine’s top 10 folk albums for the year.

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

When the blues come to call - Dave Kelly and local guests Danny Smith, Mark Caira & Jess Mckeown

Sunday 22 October 2017 7.30pm

If there is such a thing as a British 'blues pedigree', then Dave Kelly sets the standard. He is a blues craftsman, a journeyman and one of the very best vocalists and slide guitarists this country has produced.

It was Dave's big sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, who in the 1960’s first opened his ears to the blues and in those early years he played with the best, including Muddy Waters, while Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker, both felt the benefit of his playing in their touring bands.

Dave, however is probably best known for the thirty odd years he has spent with Paul Jones and The Blues Band, where his guitar and vocals form the very backbone of their distinctive sound......

Local support - Danny Smith from Eastbourne’s Motcombe Delta! together with Mark Caira and seventeen year old Jess Mckeown (close your eyes, you'll think its Etta James!)

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

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

Martin Carthy with local guests Milton Hide

Saturday 28 October 2017 7.30pm

For almost fifty 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.

His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many awards and admirers, including the BBC Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

With a back-catalogue that includes trailblazing musical partnerships with Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, The Imagined Village and his award-winning daughter Eliza Carthy, Martin brings his ground-breaking music style to the beautiful setting of the Old Chapel in Alfriston.

Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’

We are pleased that local favourites Milton Hide will open the show

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

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

From Austin Texas, The Hot Club of Cowtown

Wednesday 01 November 2017 7.30pm

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!

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £20.00 - Now booking

Curved Air

Saturday 04 November 2017 8.00pm - please note

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.

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £20.00 - Now booking

Fisherman's Friends

Sunday 12 November 2017 7.30pm

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!

BOOKING DETAILS.....

RESERVED AUDITORIUM STALLS SEATS (£24.50) - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414 AND ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

AUDITORIUM BOX SEATS (£24.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£21.50) BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

Balcony Seats also 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: £21.50 & £24.50 - Now booking

Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young

Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm

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.

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £20.00 - Now booking

Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings

Tuesday 21 November 2017 7.30pm

BELLOWHEAD REBORN!

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 are on the road again for a short tour and this time is eleven strong with a string and brass section to celebrate the launch of Jon’s new album “Afterglow”.

The eleven include fellow Bellowhead members Paul Sartin and Sam Sweeney, Leveret’s Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls and from King of The Southseas, Richard Warren.

BOOKING DETAILS.....

RESERVED AUDITORIUM STALLS SEATS (£24.50) - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414 AND ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

AUDITORIUM BOX SEATS (£24.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£21.50) BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

Balcony Seats also 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: £21.50 & £24.50 - Now booking

Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders

Saturday 25 November 2017 CANCELLED

WE REGRET THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED PLEASE CONTACT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION FOR REFUNDS - 01323 841414.

........"Further to my call earlier today this is to advise that due to an outstanding private family arrangement of Andy’s the date with you for 25th November @ St Mary’s, Hastings has to be rescheduled to a date in 2018......"

PLEASE NOTE as yet, there has not been any discussions as to whether we are able or prepared to arrange a future date and so we advise patrons to take a refund.

 

Seats: CANCELLED

Jim Moray

Saturday 25 November 2017 7.30pm

With five strikingly original and accomplished albums behind him, Jim Moray is rightly touted as one of the foremost standard-bearers of twenty-first-century folk music, but his relationship with the genre hasn’t been an easy one......

Brought up on pop, punk, and rock, he sees traditional music through a different prism than the average folk apologist – come and judge for yourself!

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £16.50 - Now booking

Celtic Christmas Strings

Sunday 03 December 2017 7.30pm

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

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION - BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

St Agnes Fountain

Saturday 09 December 2017 7.30pm

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.

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £22.50 - Now booking

Steeleye Span

Thursday 14 December 2017 7.30pm

An evening with Steeleye Span at any time of the year is a treat, at Christmas it becomes something really special!

Steeleye Span has been one of the most influential names in British roots music. Pioneers of folk-rock, they changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold discs and international tours.

Members have come and gone over the years, but Steeleye with Maddy Prior at the helm has always remained at the forefront of the genre they helped to define.....and some five decades later the band has become an institution in British music.

BOOKING DETAILS.....

RESERVED AUDITORIUM STALLS SEATS (£24.50) - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414 AND ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

AUDITORIUM BOX SEATS (£24.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£21.50) BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

Balcony Seats also 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: £21.50 & £24.50 - Now booking

Christmas Party Time - "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" The Blockheads......

Sunday 17 December 2017 7.30pm

Reasons to be Cheerful and a party to remember for The Blockheads are coming to us for Christmas - yes the same Blockheads that used to back Ian Dury and who, since the great man's death in 2000, have been touring regularly with most of the original line-up, performing both an awesome back catalogue and their own new material.

Dury’s front man vocal role is taken by his minder in the band's heyday, Derek the Draw, (Derek Hussey).

Joining Derek on stage are Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher from the original band and this line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums and saxophonist Gilad Atzmon.

Alongside Hussey’s new material you can expect all the familiar hits, Reasons to Be Cheerful, Billericay Dickie, What a Waste, Clever Trevor, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Sweet Gene Vincent, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and so many more.

This is the kind of gig where the audience is encouraged play its part, to join in with those well known songs.....some of the arrangements might be different from the original vinyl issues, but if you are able to adjust, we’ll undoubtedly have a night that Mr Dury will look down on - and smile!

BOOKING DETAILS.....

DANCE FLOOR/STANDING (with some unreserved seats) = £21.50

BALCONY - RESERVED SEATS = £24.50

IN PERSON & BY TELEPHONE from the Hailsham Pavilion - 01323 841414

Please note - Tickets cannot be purchased in advance at Eastbourne College Theatre

Seats: £24.50 : Standing £21.50....Now booking

Dr Feelgood

Saturday 13 January 2018 7.30pm

Its New Year Party Time and........

"Everybody needs a shot of R 'n B so come on down to our surgery"

Formed on Canvey Island, Essex some forty odd years ago Dr Feelgood has become one of the most popular rhythm and blues bands of all time.

The Blue Fingers open the show

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £20.00 - Now booking

Martin Simpson

Saturday 27 January 2018 7.30pm

Martin Simpson is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling.

His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving, and he has been rewarded by being nominated an astounding twenty three times in the eleven years of the BBC Folk Awards.

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £18.50 - Now booking

Remembering Swarb, a celebration of Dave Swarbrick – his life and his music

Saturday 03 February 2018 7.30pm

Dave Swarbrick (or Swarb as he was known to so many) very sadly passed away in 2016.

He left clear instructions that there was not to be a funeral....so there wasn’t. However, before he died, he did talk about one last bash with all his friends making great music and having lots of fun.

He may not have wanted a funeral but he didn’t say anything about a Wake!....so, we are giving him and his friends that party and a chance to share many very happy memories of the great man.

Already confirmed at the Pavilion to pay tribute to Swarb’s matchless career is Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Simon Swarbrick (Swarb’s maestro fiddling nephew and protégé), plus the sensational “folk/reggae” Jason Wilson Band from Canada, who will hopefully have within their ranks the legendary saxophonist, Pee Wee Ellis who spent all those years with James Brown before joining up with Van Morrison.

And there is plenty of time between now and February for other old pals to come on board!!!!!

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £18.00 - Now booking

Courtney Pine presents Song (The Ballad Book)

Saturday 17 February 2018 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Tickets for Courtney’s show two years ago soon sold out, so for those who missed seeing him (and those who will undoubtedly want to see him again) we are delighted that we are able to stage this concert.

Courtney Pine is probably the most celebrated and exciting jazz saxophonist on the planet, and this is a rare opportunity to see the musical legend up close.

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

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £27.50 - Now booking

Eliza and Martin Carthy

Saturday 24 February 2018 7.30pm

We are thrilled to see Father and Daughter, Martin and Eliza Carthy return to the Pavilion after a four year gap.

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.

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.

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £19.50 - Now booking

Peter Knight and John Spiers

Friday 02 March 2018 7.30pm

What a combination, Peter Knight, all those years as bowman with Steeleye Span and now the main cog in the Gigspanner wheel and John Spiers, former member of Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers and co founder with Jon Boden of the mighty and all conquering band, Bellowhead.....

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

Steve Knightley

Saturday 10 March 2018 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.

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

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £19.50 - Now booking

Miranda Sykes

Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands is returning to her roots.

After a career of over 20 years with the world’s top folk musicians, she will be touring solo with bass and guitar and her spine-tingling voice!

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £16.50 - Now booking

Chris Difford and Boo Hewerdine

Sunday 18 March 2018 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist Chris Difford, has with his partner, collaborator, friend and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time, Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love to name but a few.

Glenn takes a back seat here and Chris is joined by acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated and musician’s musician Boo Hewerdine, who is widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest singer songwriters.

His songs have been covered by over fifty artists including Eddi Reader, Kd Lang and Natalie Imbruglia.

BOOKING INFO.....

IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414 : ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £19.50 - Now booking

Lindisfarne

Saturday 24 March 2018 7.30pm

The original Lindisfarne band finally called it a day in 2003, but are now back with a classic six-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements and Alan Hull’s son-in-law Dave Hull-Denholm.

With a repertoire of much-loved songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, Lindifarne’s power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get you on your feet at St Mary in the Castle.

Lindisfarne 2017 is Rod Clements (1969-present) Vocals, mandolin, fiddle, guitars.

Dave Hull-Denholme (1994-present) Vocals, guitars.

Steve Daggett (1986-present) Vocals, keyboards, guitars.

Charlie Harcourt (1973-present) Guitar, vocals.

Ian Thomson (1995-present) Bass : Paul Thompson (ex-Roxy Music) Drums.

Click....to see the band live.

BOOKING DETAILS.....

RESERVED AUDITORIUM STALLS SEATS (£24.50) - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414 AND ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

AUDITORIUM BOX SEATS (£24.50) - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

Seats: £24.50 - Now booking

O’Hooley & Tidow

Sunday 25 March 2018 7.30pm

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

In 2017 there was a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music, a five star review and feature in the Guardian, and their latest album, Shadows, earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums....

Like their previous album The Hum, (produced by Mercury nominated Gerry Diver), Shadows reveals the pulsing undercurrent of optimism, grit and mettle in migrating people, the oppressed and the disenfranchised.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON BUT ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

A rare opportunity to see the Gigspanner Big Band

Friday 06 April 2018 Performance time to be confirmed

Subject to contract exchange

BBC Folk Awards winners, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin join the celebrated Gigspanner band for one of their only five planned Big Band shows......

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Feast of Fiddles

Saturday 14 April 2018 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Seats: Booking details to be announced

The Fureys

Saturday 21 April 2018 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

The Fureys , have been on the road for almost forty years and are responsible for a string of hit songs including ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’ ‘Leaving Nancy’ and some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination......Listen here (250,000 have already!) to a live version of “The Green Fields of France”

Throughout those years the band have regularly received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and some of their greatest admirers have ranged from the neighbours they grew up with in the Dublin suburb of Ballyfermot, to such eminent figures as Pope John Paul II.

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Sunday 22 April 2018 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

To trace the history of Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman you have to go back to the 1990’s when they were part of the “super-group” Equation, with Kate Rusby and the other Lakeman brothers (Sam and Seth)

Kate was subsequently replaced by Cara Dillon (who eventually ended up marrying Sam!)

A young family was then to interrupt Kathryn and Sean's musical lives, but they returned to the folk scene in 2012 with an album, a full gig list and were very quickly rewarded with a major prize at the BBC Folk Awards (Voted Best Duo – 2013) and again in 2016.

During those “off the road” years Sean had been busy with Seth’s band, producing the hugely successful run of solo albums including the Mercury Prize nominated Kitty Jay, and working with the likes of The Levellers, Frank Turner, Billy Bragg, Imelda May and Bellowhead.

Kathryn re-emerged as part of the Cecil Sharp Project and more recently she was asked to join the iconic 70’s folk rock band Fotheringay, thus stepping into the shoes of the late great Sandy Denny.

In the beautiful setting of Alfriston’s Old Chapel it is all about Sean and Kathryn as a couple and the quality of Kathryn's voice, for she is undoubtedly one of the best singers around, (and a fine piano and flute player to boot!)

……..and Sean’s guitar, sounding so economical and effortless as it weaves it’s ever more complex rhythmic and melodic course through a great set of songs,

Seats: Booking details to be announced

King King

Thursday 03 May 2018 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Britain’s No.1 Rock Blues Band

King King are the four-piece blues maestros who seemed to spring up from nowhere to wipe the board at last year’s British Blues Awards.......

Best Male Vocal, Best Bass Player, Best Song , Best Album and Best Songwriter.

So right now, King King are a band breaking into a swagger. There’s no denying the momentum of the Glasgow rockers saluted as “the best blues-rock band in the world” (Blues Rock Review) – but for Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keys), it’s far from mission accomplished. “We’re not stopping to smell the roses,” says Alan. “We want to take this band as far as we can.”

The driving force behind King King’s unstoppable charge is Alan Nimmo, a virtuoso frontman possessed of an almost impolite level of charisma and the talent to back it up. An award winning bluesman in his own right his full-blooded style, technical brilliance and impassioned vocals are instantly recognisable.

Check out this link – New Album – Tour (includes London, Birmingham, Edinburgh) – Videos - Pics - Biog etc......

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Show of Hands

Friday 04 May 2018 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

With special guest, Geoff Lakeman - A thank you show with songs that will be turned into a live album by the end of the tour.....

Seats: Booking details to be announced

From Saturday 12th May - the Alfriston International Summer Season - shows include.......

Saturday 12 May 2018 to Sunday 15th July 2018

All subject to contract exchange

Saturday 12th May – “Steady Rollin' Blues”

Hans Theesink (Holland) & Brooks Williams (USA)

Sunday 20th May

Chris While & Julie Matthews (England)

Sunday 3rd June

Juan Martin (Spain)

Friday 8th June - "double header"

Ray Cooper (aka Chopper of Oysterband) (Scotland/Sweden)

Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe - the India Electric Co

Sunday 1st July

Klezmer-ish.......music of the travellers

Sunday 15th July

John McCusker (Scotland) & Heidi Talbot (Ireland)

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Hans Theessink and Brooks Williams

Saturday 12 May 2018 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

The Steady Rollin’ Blues Tour......

Hans Theessink, (pronounced Tay-sink), is one of the top acoustic blues stars worldwide, a man who has played with the best - American and European, black and white, old and young, since the late 1960s.

A native of the Netherlands he has played regularly on the other side of the Atlantic taking in such festivals as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Edmonton Folk Festival, the St Louis Blues & Heritage Festival and the Woody Guthrie Festival to name just a few.

Brooks Williams, has already played the Old Chapel – a sell-out show with Guy Davis…...Originating from Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks is ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time, and walks the line between blues and Americana, bringing together electric, acoustic and slide guitar, in a way that is blues to its core but also dips a little deeper into the well.

Seats: Booking details to be confirmed

Chris While and Julie Matthews

Sunday 20 May 2018 8.00pm

Subject to contract exchange

Chris While and Julie Matthews came together in the legendary folk super-group The Albion Band before leaving in 1997 to concentrate on their work as a duo which has seen them tour throughout the world and gain an ever growing devoted fan-base.

And after twenty years, ten albums and BBC Folk Award recognition for their live performances, the undisputed queens of British female folk duos, continue to come up with the goods, delivering songs about human frailty and human endurance that showcase their seemingly inexhaustible creative talents as both writers and performers.

Regular performers at Spyboy shows, you may have seen Chris and Julie at Christmas with St Agnes Fountain at the Hailsham Pavilion and on other occasions with Blue Tapestry and Daphne’s Flight.

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Fairport Convention

Friday 25 May 2018 Performance time to be confirmed

Subject to contract exchange

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Albert Lee (full band show)

Saturday 26 May 2018 Performance time to be confirmed

Subject to contract exchange

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Juan Martin

Sunday 03 June 2018 8.00pm

Subject to contract exchange

Following his two sell-out performances at the Old Chapel in 2017 we welcome back Juan Martín, who fuses flamenco and gypsy jazz with Arabic, Indian and classical influences.

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.

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Ray Cooper (aka Chopper of Oysterband) and Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe - the India Electric Co.

Friday 08 June 2018 7.30pm

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Ray Cooper, Scottish mother, English father, Irish ancestral connections.

Dropped out of Brighton art college, joined an arty punk band called Amazorblades, went pro, bought a cello met a drummer called Lee and at the end of the 80’s the two of them joined Oysterband (Lee (Partis) played with the band until 2008, Ray, who now lives in Sweden, until 2013).

Ray plays cello, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and piano and is influenced by the folk music of Sweden and Scotland and artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Ennio Morricone and June Tabor!

Ray shares the bill with Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe, India Electric Co. who have played Spyboy shows with Karine Polwart, Cara Dillon and Show of Hands

After releasing their debut album The Girl I Left Behind Me in 2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure and have become an integral part of his band.

They still find time for their own music (sometimes folk, sometimes not - often gypsy, jazz and Irish reels!) and in 2017 performed at all the major festivals and toured Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Ireland to coincide with the release of their latest recordings.

Seats: Booking details to be announced

The Blues Band

Saturday 16 June 2018 7.30pm

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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

Seats: Booking details to be announced

Klezmer-ish.......music of the travellers

Sunday 01 July 2018 7.30pm

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Klezmer music draws on centuries-old Jewish traditions and incorporates sounds from European and international traditions, including Roma (gypsy) music, Eastern European folk music, French Cafe music and early jazz.

Klezmer-ish is what happens when four classically trained musicians and current members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound.

A musical journey through klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz and Irish fiddle music…....

The musicians of Klezmer-ish are Tom Verity (clarinets, whistle) clarinetist with the RLPO - Rob Shepley (guitar, violin, vocals) is the principal viola of the RLPO - Concettina Del Vecchio (piano accordion, violin) sub-principal violinist of the RLPO and Marcel Becker leader of the double bass section of the RLPO.

Click.... Klezmer-ish play Blue Drag composed by Josef Myrow made famous by Django Reinhardt.

Seats: Booking details to be announced

John McCusker & Heidi Talbot

Sunday 15 July 2018 8.00pm

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This is a rare opportunity to see the husband and wife partnership of John McCusker and Heidi Talbot perform a duo show and we are delighted they are able to play for us......

Born in the rural village of Kill, County Kildare, Heidi Talbot came to prominence as lead singer with the Irish-American super group, Cherish the Ladies, and with them played all over the world, including that famous performance at the White House in Washington.

More recently she has been nominated twice as a solo performer at the BBC Folk Awards and has a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana.

Celebrated fiddler John McCusker who hails from Bellshill near Glasgow formed his first band, Parcel O’Rogues, at 15, and later joined top Scottish folk act the Battlefield Band.

A multi award winner, John is renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries and keeping his music fresh and exciting.

For the past decade he has been a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, playing arenas around the world, including a double bill with Bob Dylan at The Hollywood Bowl and twenty one nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Seats: Booking details to be announced