Sunday Evenings at 8 pm (doors open 7:45) at:
The Normandy Centre Denne Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1JF

Acoustic folk club - Licensed bar - Non members welcome
Admission varies between £2 and £8 (discounted for members)

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2015      
SUMMER BREAK!      
Sunday 6th September   Song and Dance Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 13th September   Mike Nicholson
Mike has been involved in the folk music scene since 1989 combining a traditional singing style with contemporary material. He's one of those remarkable singers who manages to create an immediate and loyal following everywhere he goes. This is due in large part to his unrestrained passion for what he loves doing the most - singing good songs! He draws his audience to him through an unassuming approach which only asks that the listener might share his love of singing and of the songs.

Mike performs a wide spectrum of material, and generally speaking, it's material that has something to say. From his early acting days, he's retained an enthusiasm for utilising any format which can tell a story or which might stimulate the intellect. Through his singing, many audiences would agree, he's found the vehicle that suits him best.
"Those who have heard Mike Nicholson sing will not need me to tell them what a delightful experience that is. When Mike sings a song it stays sung - and you won't forget it" (the late) Bob Copper, Copper Family
Admission £5 (members £3)
       
Sunday 20th September   Open Floor Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 27th September   Jaywalkers
Mike Giverin: Mandolin, Guitar, and Backing Vocals
Jay Bradberry: Fiddle, Guitar and Lead Vocals
Lucille Williams: Double Bass and Backing Vocals
Since reaching the finals of the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2008, Jaywalkers have cemented their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British Folk scene. Effortlessly creating a unique sound based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the band takes influence from Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part harmony and impressive slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face…. The music Jaywalkers create is in­novative, rooted deeply in tradition, and exhilarating.

2015 has seen the release of their highly anticipated new album – "Weave". Unlike their previous two albums which were done for minimal cost, their third album finds the band working with a much larger budget, courtesy of Help Musicians UK, who offered the band an ‘Emerging Excellence Award’ in March 2014. This meant the band were able to work with the fantastic Andy Bell (and his dog Hudson), who would engineer and produce the album. Considered by many to be the top folk producer working on the British Folk Scene, Andy won a Folk Award for best album with the Full English project last year. The Emerging Excellence Award also enabled them to afford an illustrator to design the album and record most of it at Wavelength Studios in Doncaster (used by the likes of Martin Simpson and Jon Boden).

Most of their set consists of original songs inspired by stories and poetry from Mike’s home county of Lancashire. The history of the area starts around the time of the Industrial Revolution when the cotton industry arrived, so there are strong themes running through the set about the trials of life in industrial Lancashire. But, its not all doom and gloom! The band litters their set with blistering, foot-stomping, up-tempo instrumentals and more cheerful traditional songs to entertain the soul and cheer the heart.

With the release of their new album and over 40 UK and Ireland tour dates in February to April, a variety of summer festival gigs, and a winter tour in the planning, 2015 may well be the band’s best year yet.
Admission £8 (members £5)
       
Sunday 4th October   Song and Dance Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 11th October   Nigel Bagge & Eddie Armer
Nigel Bagge...is synonymous with his smoky vocals, sensitive guitar, blues & Americana. As the original guitarist in Nicky Moore’s Blues Corporation, he toured The UK and Europe. He later became the guitar-man for Angela Brown (Chicago blues diva) and her band The Mighty 45s. Apart from touring much of Europe and head-lining major festivals, Nigel's guitar was captured by legendary producer, Mike Vernon on Angela's album: "Thinking Out Loud". This work also included a performance from Carey Bell on Harp and a ghostly sample of the late, great Willie Dixon. Recorded in 1998, it went on to be Blues Album of the Year! Nigel has since worked with such legends as Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green, Chris Farlowe, Miller
Anderson. As well as fronting his own band there is another side to Nigel as a performer. Armed with an acoustic guitar he delivers some beautiful ballads - all with a bluesy feel!

Eddie Armer’s extraordinary harmonica skills have led to working with Pete Seeger, Odetta and Ronnie Wood to name but a few. He also fronts the "Lonnigans Skiffle Band" (A Must see Act!). Recently, Eddie received a number of "nods" for his playing in various music publications. In particular, he was pipped-to-the-post in "The Writers Poll" in Blues Matters Magazine...........Only Paul Lamb, Alan Glen and Paul Jones were considered better players by the Blues Matters committee!

Together they have appeared at festivals and many clubs including the Ram Folk Club, Amberley Acoustic and of course Horsham Folk Club.
Admission £7 (members £5)
       
Sunday 18th October   Open Floor Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 25th October   Foxglove Trio
The Foxglove Trio is a group of multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh. Gathering material from sessions, published song collections and contemporary artists, these talented musicians are making a name for themselves on the UK folk scene for their beautiful harmonies, creative new arrangements and engaging live performances.
"The Foxglove Trio were fantastic - their music was gorgeous and they were witty and charming as a group." Helen Chinn, Watford Folk Club
"A wonderful band, with a lovely take on traditional folk songs, as well as great original material." Annie Windley, Softly Softly events, London
Admission £7 (members £5)
       
Sunday 1st November   Open Floor and Spotlight on Tony Elphick Tony Elphick is sometime member of our Song and Dance band.

Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 8th November   Song and Dance and
Desert Island Folk
Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment.
And a mystery item......
Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 15th November   Jody Kruskal
Jody Kruskal sings vintage American songs and plays tunes on the Anglo concertina. His concerts in England offer a warm and engaging solo presentation of traditional and popular American songs from yesteryear. From witty and humorous ditties to songs that explore the depths of the human condition, his singing tells American stories that are hilarious, gritty and true… stories of train wrecks and wrecked marriages, death row convicts and lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, swaggering braggarts, lazy slackers and slapstick fools. Plan to join in on the chorus.

His love affair with the concertina goes back thirty years. He plays often at local New York contra dances with a number of bands and has played extensively for morris and sword teams and also many Playford dances in NYC.

“Brilliant concertina player” - Vin Garbutt
“Amazing concertina player from America. Really swings. You’ve got to be a truly great Anglo concertina player to be able to get music like that out of the squeezebox. Great stuff” - Mike Harding
“Technical fireworks... exceptional skills... very exciting playing... he's able to make the anglo-concertina sound like a mouth organ... bending and blurring notes, so that his playing could never be mistaken for that of an English or even Irish player. ” - Rod Stradling, Musical Traditions
Admission £7 (members £5)
       
Sunday 22nd November   Gus MacGregor

Gus was born and grew up in the north west of England, but spent seven years living in Bern, Switzerland. In October 2014 he moved to Brighton, England, where he lives with his wife and his two young sons, George and Arthur. Since making a splash on national Swiss radio with his first single Lifeline, he has become known for his intimate, story-telling concerts. His lyrics are often brutally honest, but he nearly always manages to let the humorous side of any situation come forward. The songs range in subject from childhood dreams of playing for Liverpool Football Club (Football Days), to going to the cinema in the day time (Silly Thing), and a moving message to his unborn son (Rain to Rainbows). His disarming lack of pretension allows him to transcend fashion - don't be surprised to see teenage goths, fashionable 30-somethings and retired couples mixed together at his concerts. Although he mostly writes alone, Gus has co-written songs with, among others, Judie Tzuke, Jon Allen, Kim Ritchie, Adam Argyle and Jåel Malli.
"Intelligent songwriting of the highest order.” Folking.com
"It's lovely when singer-songwriters can actually sing and write songs...Gus does both with effortless ease, combining aching lyrics with tender guitar." Nottingham Evening Post
Admission £7 (members £5)

       
Sunday 29th November   Open Floor Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 6th December   Sally Ironmonger

Sally Ironmonger is a singer-songwriter based in Medway, in the South East of England, who writes and performs in collaboration with her husband, Brian Carter.Her songs sit very comfortably within the genres of folk, roots, poetry and comedy, and have featured on a number of BBC documentaries. The songs also have the ability to trap the listener into thinking .... I've been there ... I've done that. Familiarity - yes, that's the word.

Brian Carter is guitarist, co-writer, musical director and husband. He has had a varied musical career, playing guitar professionally since his teens, and has developed a style which fuses jazz, folk & latin to produce a unique mix of melody and bass rhythms.

Theirs is mostly original material, acoustic/folk based, which is entertaining, quirky, with very solid
musical foundation and strong lyrics. They can be found performing at festivals, clubs, and other venues, and have recently been supporting artists for Barbara Dickson, Jacqui McShee, Chris Wood & Jez Lowe.

Love it when you hear a great song for the first time. Happened last night when Sally Ironmonger performed her song "No Ships" at the Tom Thumb Theatre. (Jez Lowe, June 2013)
Really enjoyed sharing a night in concert with Sally & Brian. Good raw British lyrics with no frills and great songs about old Kent and nostalgia further afield. You could say it was a raspberry ripple moment, a bit tasty and a real treat, my pleasure guys. (Richard Digance, June 2012)
Admission £7 (members £5)
       
Sunday 13th December   Open Floor Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 20th December   Song and Dance Songs, tunes and poems from members & guests plus dancing to our excellent ceilidh band.
Beginners and experts alike are welcome and our experienced callers ensure everyone can work their way through the dances with enjoyment. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Sunday 27th December   Open Floor Our open floor nights are an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience, although there is no obligation to perform, and those who simply like to listen (and taste the excellent and inexpensive beer) are welcome. Admission £2 (members £1)
       
Coming up in 2016      
Sunday 7th February   Hatful of Rain  
Sunday 24th April   John Kirkpatrick  
Sunday 22nd May   Mean Mary  
       
       
       

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