Future Shows

Fairport Convention

Saturday 30 May 2015 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"

BOOKING DETAILS.....

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

BOX SEATS (£23.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£19.50) 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: £19.50 and £23.50 - Now booking

Peter Knight's Gigspanner will play our Summer "picnic" show

Friday 05 June 2015 8.00pm

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.

Note the 8.00pm start - lots of time to picnic on the the Tye beforehand!

Sharpe Goes Walkabout - courtesy of Peter Knight's Gigspanner

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

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £17.50 - Now booking

Fotheringay (remembering Sandy!)

Sunday 21 June 2015 7.30pm

Fotheringay was formed in 1970 by Sandy Denny on her departure from Fairport Convention.

Trevor Lucas, Sandy’s husband to be, together with Gerry Conway, Jerry Donahue and Pat Donaldson made up the band, which sadly, after only twelve months disbanded, during sessions for a projected second album.

Forty odd years on the surviving members (Donahue, who has gone on to work with amongst others Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, The Proclaimers, Nancy Griffith and The Beach Boys, Conway, Fairport’s mainstay drummer and Donaldson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle) are to reunite with some very special friends to perform a handful of live concerts and festivals to help promote the release of a limited edition Fotheringay Boxed set.

The Hailsham Pavilion has been chosen for one of those shows and joining the three original members to represent Fotheringay ’15 is the superb guitarist P J Wright (you might have seen him at the Pavilion with Little Johnny England and the Dylan Project ) and whilst it is impossible to replace Sandy, they have done their best by bringing in Kathryn Roberts (who along with her regular partner Sean Lakeman were winners in the Best Duo category at the BBC Folk Awards) and Sally Barker, former Poozie and often Show of Hands guest and finalist in the 2014 BBC programme, The Voice.

Fotheringay ’15 - Original members, Gerry Conway, Jerry Donahue, Pat Donaldson and special guests Kathryn Roberts, P J Wright and Sally Barker.

Here Sally Barker sings Sandy Denny's "Who knows where the time goes".

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £21.00 - Now booking

Chris Difford of Squeeze plays our second Summer "picnic" show with special guests Arcelia

Saturday 25 July 2015 8.00pm

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.

Chris with 16 Squeeze albums, 3 critically acclaimed solo albums, countless top 20 hits, 52 American tours, 50 UK tours and a variety of global tours under his belt, is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians, that include Elton John, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland and Paul Carrack.

Arcelia, a trio who have recently supported Maddy Prior and Oysterband and have a deserved reputation for beautiful songwriting and stunning harmony will be joining Chris, who says "think Paul Simon, James Taylor and you're in the same ballpark."

This is another Spyboy Summer evening show in the beautiful setting of Alfriston

..........come early and picnic on the Tye.

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

Seats: £16.50 - Now booking

Spooky Men's Chorale

Sunday 09 August 2015 7.30pm

Hailing from Australia's remote Blue Mountains, the fifteen strong Spooky Men's Chorale are a fearsome bunch of larrikins who seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male through tight harmonies, a sly collection of hats and facial hair and most importantly a cheeky twinkle in their eyes.

Despite their hilarity, the Spooky men are a class act, with perfectly executed vocals, a theatrical delivery, savvy lyrics and imaginations that run riot!

Wave goodbye to choirs as you know them.....this one is a macho juggernaut; zany, black-clad, big as a behemoth and sounding as sacred as a high church choir one minute and wickedly off the wall the next.

Here the Spooky Men join Show of Hands at the Shrewsbury Festival and here they are on their own with “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

BOOKING DETAILS.....

RESERVED AUDITORIUM SEATS (£19.50) - BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414 AND ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

BOX SEATS (£19.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£17.50) 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: £17.50 and £19.50 - Now booking

The British Blues All-Stars play the first show of our Autumn season and of our Fifteenth Year!

Sunday 18 October 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

The five musicians who make up the The British Blues All-Stars have over the years played together in various combinations, but until recently have not played together in the same band.

Their collective professional experience amounts to 250 years of playing blues and rock music and over the years they have performed with some of the greats, Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Son House, The Allman Brothers, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bob Dylan, The Animals, and Nina Simone, to name just a few......

Pick Withers the drummer from Dire Straits – played on the band’s first four albums and their monster hit singles Sultans of Swing and Romeo and Juliet.

Gary Fletcher has been The Blues Band’s bass player since they formed in 1979.

Dave Kelly, a founder member of The Blues Band, is regarded as one of our finest slide guitar players and is blessed with one of the best Blues voices this side of the Mississippi.

As a British Blues All Star Pete Emery stands well alongside Dave Kelly, because Pete honed his craft over many years on the club circuit with his legendary partner and soul mate, Dave’s much-missed sister, Jo Ann Kelly.

Zoot Money has been one of the great names of British R&B scene for half a century and with his Big Roll Band he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Alexis Korner, Pink Floyd, The Police, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and a Pavilion favourite, Chris Farlowe.

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £20.00 - Now booking

Tom Robinson (full band show)

Sunday 25 October 2015 8.00pm – please note this

Subject to contract exchange

Songwriter, musician, LGBT rights activist, broadcaster and early supporter of Rock Against Racism & Amnesty International, Tom Robinson has recorded 14 albums since 1978 and is possibly best remembered for his hits "Glad to be Gay", "2-4-6-8, Motorway" and "War Baby".

In 2015, inspired by the vibrancy of today's new artists, Tom has returned to the recording studio with award winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver to make his first album in almost 20 years.

Gerry who will be part of Tom’s band at the Pavilion has quite a CV - Shane McGowan, Van Morrison, Laurie Anderson, Christy Moore, The Beautiful South and The Housemartins to name but a few.

Tom's new songs are as vibrant and edgy as any he's ever written, the sound of a veteran craftsman, drawing on his long rich fund of experience, with a renewed energy and purpose.

This will be the first time in thirteen years that Tom has toured, and that was with Steve Knightley and Martyn Joseph in a one-off project known as "Faith Folk and Anarchy" – who knows it might be another thirteen – don’t miss it!

BOOKING INFO - IN PERSON AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION

BY TELEPHONE - 01323 841414

ONLINE - www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

Seats: £22.50 - Now booking

The Unthanks

Friday 30 October 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of last decade (worldwide, all genres), The Unthanks have an army of notable fans – Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Colin Firth, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Ryan Adams, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby, to name but a few......

The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally.

Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s seven albums to date.

Chris Price on guitars and bass, and Niopha Keegan on fiddle join Rachel, Becky and Adrian for this long awaited show at St Mary in the Castle.

BOOKING DETAILS.....

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

BOX SEATS (£23.50) AND UNRESERVED BALCONY SEATS (£20.50) 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: £20.50 and £23.50 - Now booking

Chris Leslie

Saturday 31 October 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Chris Leslie first picked up a fiddle some forty odd years ago and modelled himself on the likes of Dave Swarbrick, Peter Knight and Barry Dransfield.

In those early days he was also a member of Adderbury Morris and was to meet with Dave Pegg, who he later teamed up with in Fairport Convention, after spending some time with such bands as Whippersnapper, the Albion Band and All About Eve.

These days Chris is still very much part of the Fairport set up and you can also catch him on the road with the Feast of Fiddles ensemble and at Christmas with St Agnes Fountain (who will be with us at the Hailsham Pavilion again this year – 17th December)

This very rare solo performance from Chris deserves to be staged in a very special setting.....that is why we have chosen the Old Chapel at Alfriston!

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

BY PHONE - ONLY ON 01323 841414.

Seats: £16.50 - Now booking

Eddi Reader

Saturday 07 November 2015 7.30pm

A new venue for Spyboy - it is beautiful!

Five successful years with Fairground Attraction followed by an enduring solo career, Eddi Reader is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts – Perfect!

She 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", collected an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts in 2006 and has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

BOOKING ONLY AT THE HAILSHAM PAVILION.....

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

Seats: £23.50 - Now booking

Fisherman's Friends

Friday 13 November 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Since the release of the Port Isaac’s 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.

Seats: Details to be announced

Rory McLeod

Saturday 14 November 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Rory McLeod , ex-circus clown and fire eater, whose solo sets combine virtuoso harmonica and spoon playing, great lyrics, rhythm generated by the use of the tap board and a percussive guitar style which at times echoes reggae and blues and other times folk and South American Music.......

A one man soul-band, poet, singer-songwriter, storyteller and modern day travelling troubadour, who weaves yarns between his songs that so often have a cultural or political significance.

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

Seats: £16.50 - Now booking

Toyah - up close and personal

Saturday 21 November 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Toyah, the charismatic award-winning rock legend, comes to the Pavilion to perform an acoustic set of her best loved hit singles and classic songs.

Seats: Details to be announced

The Albion Christmas Band

Saturday 05 December 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

Four years without Kellie While, Simon Nicol, Simon Care and the guv'nor himself, Ashley Hutchings has been far too long! - we welcome back The Albion Christmas Band

Seats: Details to be announced

Steeleye Span at Christmas

Thursday 10 December 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

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

Maddy Prior, the voice of the band for 40 years, leads a line-up featuring Rick Kemp on bass, Julian Littman on guitars, Richard Thompson's right hand man, and multi-instrumentalist, Pete Zorn, "local lad" Liam Genockey on the drum stool, and their brand new fiddle player, Jessie May Smart.

Seats: Details to be announced

Christmas at the Pavilion would not be the same without St Agnes Fountain.....

Thursday 17 December 2015 7.30pm

Subject to contract exchange

St Agnes Fountain - affectionately known as the "Aggies" have become something of a seasonal institution, staging a series of sell-out Christmas shows across the country for the past fourteen years.

David Hughes and Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie together with Chris While and Julie Matthews bring festive joy, and a celebration of the season.

Seats: Details to be announced