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):
Under 21s get free admission to all events.
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Sunday 14th February
 
Song and Dance PLUS
Evie Ladin
Evie Ladin

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)

We're pleased to announce that the evening will include a visit from Evie Ladin - energetic and electrifying banjo player, clever songwriter and rhythmic dancer, with a wonderful voice, Evie is “a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve,” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Sunday 21st February
 
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 28th February
 
Jim McLean
 
Jim McLean is a composer, musician and singer-songwriter. His music is acoustic-based and live performances usually contain a blend of Traditional, self-penned and covers from his favourite artists.
Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 6th March
 
Winter Wilson
 
2014 saw Winter Wilson make a real impact upon the UK folk scene. Following two years of intensive touring, their live performances had gone from strength to strength, developing superb stage presence and the ability really to engage with audiences, from festival main stage to intimate house concert.
Then their latest album “Cutting Free” was featured as one of “Ten Fine Albums” by Martin Chilton of the Daily Telegraph. Martin's was just one of many excellent reviews, helping to raise Winter Wilson's profile yet further, and leading to a full diary for 2015 with a steady flow of bookings already coming in for 2016.
Described by John Tams (Sharpe, Warhorse, National Theatre) as a “magnificent” songwriter, Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the best on the English acoustic scene. In addition to covers by some of folk's “greats”, his songs are now regularly sung in folk clubs across the country by everyone from floor singers and groups to choirs. He's also a mean guitar player with a relaxed easy singing style.
Kip Winter's voice is simply one of the best in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure (described by one promoter as “from melting to belting”). In the past she has sung everything from jazz to opera, but is at her best and happiest when singing folk and blues. She also plays flute, piano accordion and occasional guitar.
Whether performing in concert venue or folk club, this duo provides contemporary acoustic folk music at its very best, and always with a smile.
Put these two together and you get great songs, stunning harmonies and much laughter - a performance guaranteed to deliver superb entertainment!
Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 13th March
 
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 20th March
 
Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
 

Kim Lowings & The Greenwood have been going from strength to strength establishing themselves on the British Folk Scene. Stourbridge based songwriter and Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer player Kim Lowings sings with an enchantingly pure voice. The Greenwood work with both traditional and contemporary folksong. They have had the honour of sharing the stage in support of Dougie MacLean, Jackie Oates, Martin Simpson and Faustus among others.
"Expect great things to come" - Paul Sartin, Bellowhead, Faustus,
Belshazzar's Feast

Admission £7 (members £5)  

Sunday 27h March
 
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 3rd April
 
Granny's Attic
 
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees, Granny's Attic are a folk trio from the English Midlands, with members Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals). They play a variety of traditional folk music from the British Isles and further afield, complemented by original compositions. Their debut EP, 'Mind The Gap', was released in late 2011 and their first album, 'Better Weather' was released in early 2014.
Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 10th April
 
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 17th April
 
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 24th April
 
John Kirkpatrick
John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.

He rejoined The Albion Band for The National Theatre productions of "Lark Rise" and "Candleford", and has regularly worked on shows at The Victoria Theatre (later The New Victoria Theatre) in North Staffordshire, The Orchard Theatre Touring Company based in Devon, and elsewhere. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.

John has lived in Shropshire for many years. He still dances, with all four sons (on a good day), with the Morris team he founded, The Shropshire Bedlams.
Admission £8 (members £5)

Sunday 22nd May
 
Mean Mary
Mean Mary

A welcome return for Mean Mary James, known internationally for lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs, she travels the genres of folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues with banjo, fiddle, and guitar. Anything from ghost pirates to demon guitars could romp through a Mean Mary show!

"Startling talent" - The Tennessean
"Her personality and energy light up the room and the crowd goes crazy" - Chris Lash, Radio Veteran, Whiplash Radio LLC
"Fantastic. I had chills from hearing your wonderful playing! Five Stars for sure!" - Janet Deering, Owner/CEO, Deering Banjos
Mary is a consummate performer with a bewitching voice that is at once sexy, vulnerable, and yet as powerful as any man’s.” Jack Montgomery, The Amplifier

Admission £8 (members £5)

Sunday 12th June
 
The Jigantics
Jigantics

The Jigantics are a five piece band from the West of England who the British press described as one of Roots music's "super groups".

Their debut album, the appropriately titled Daisy Roots, has been critically acclaimed by music journalists around the world and featured on radio playlists in more than thirty six countries. Like many bands they served a tough musical apprenticeship before breaking into the folk festival and club scene, where their upbeat musical style was found to be refreshing and joyous, crossing musical boundaries at will and taking audiences by surprise and delight.

It's an ongoing journey, as the band continue to explore all the options open to their multi instrumental, multi-talented personnel. Marion Fleetwood couples exquisite vocals with soaring fiddle while every member, including drummer/percussionist Martin Fitzgibbon, contributes harmonies and occasionally lead vocals to the mix. The instruments get passed around with Mark Cole swopping squeeze boxes for mandolin and Lyndon Webb stand up base for acoustic guitar. Whilst another gem is the virtuoso slide guitar playing of Rick Edwards.

The whole effect is one of wondering what may come next and then being surprised when the unexpected happens. Never afraid to mix musical styles but always with a touch of class The Jigantics foot-tapping feel good and totally convincing tearjerkers make for a remarkable and spellbinding evenings’ entertainment.
"A class act" Roger Nash Southdown Folk Festival
Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 19th June
 
Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise
Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise

A bringing together of two travelling songstresses, one from a remote seaside town in the south-western corner of Australia, and the other from Sheffield. Lucy and Kirsty's songs tell stories of love, people and places which zoom in on everyday moments of light and darkness. Their melodically-rich music is steeped in the Celtic, American and English folk music traditions that surrounded them growing up. Both recognised in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for their stunning vocals and intimate and moving performance styles, Lucy and Kirsty come together to tour both Australia and the UK together in 2016. An evening not to be missed.

Kirsty is a young contemporary folk singer based in Sheffield who draws upon a wide range of traditional music. She has a most disarmingly transparent voice, but also the uncanny and beautiful knack of drawing attention to the song rather than the messenger, by the manner in which she employs it.

Hailing from the far South Western corner of Australia, singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her masterful storytelling, intricate ukulele and guitar playing and soulful voice.
Admission £7 (members £5)
       
       

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