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      

Sunday 4th January
 
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 11th January
 
Will and Wolfie


Will Fly & Chris Wolferstan
Purveyors of high class Jazz, Ragtime, Blues, Country, Rock'n Roll and Good-time music to the Quality.

Will has been playing guitar since 1964, performing in northern folk clubs, then in London in the late '60s and early '70s with the Egbert Souse All Stars jug band. In 1976 he moved to Sussex playing in the Jubilee Jazz Band. In the '80s he played 1950s rock'n roll with drummer Raye Du-Val, then joined southern soul band the Roadrunners. Will has teamed up with many other Sussex musicians to play duets - including the brilliant Brighton guitarist Chris Wolferstan - known to his many friends, fans as "Wolfie".

Chris Wolferstan started playing guitar in the 60s, when he played in jazz bands and folk groups in Brighton and London. At one time he was one of Leo Sayers' guitarists at sessions in Shoreham. He played in a jug band - King Edward's Easy Scrapers -in London in the 1970s and later played extensively in New Zealand, where he lived for 2 years. Chris lived in Spain for a year, where he could be heard on national radio. Over the years he has played with many musicians and bands in Brighton. Chris also teaches guitar.

Admission £5 (members £3)

Sunday 18th January
 
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 25th January
 
Open Floor and Spotlight on
Jeff and Caroline.

Jeff & Caroline have a range of styles in their repertoire through blues, country, 60s folk and gospel. Expect banjo, guitar, harmonica and a solo or two from Jeff; some duo numbers and the possibility of some humour thrown in by Caroline. Violin augmentation supplied by Rory Foxley; bass guitar input Dick Streeter; surprise performance Mrs Foxley.

Our Spotlight nights are also an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience and spotlights if they want to stand in them, 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 1st February
 
Chris Haigh and Paul Kerr


When it comes to fiddle playing, Chris Haigh wrote the book. Literally- he has eight fiddle publications to his name so far. He has also played on around 80 albums and has worked with an impressive array of artists across the genres of pop, rock, country, bluegrass, folk and world music, including such names as Morcheeba, Alison Moyet, All about Eve, James Galway, Michael Ball, Andrew Cronshaw, Brendan Power, Zumzeaux, Diz Disley, Leon Hunt, The Coal Porters, David Soul, Jyotsna Srikanth and Oumou Sangari.
He is accompanied by singer/guitarist Paul Kerr, from Armagh City in northern Ireland. The two have worked together regularly for around fifteen years in a variety of bands. Two of Paul’s country songs appeared in the film Erin Brokovitch.
Tonight the duo will be concentrating on bluegrass and country roots music, with songs ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, along with some red hot instrumentals.
Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 8th February
 
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 15th February
 
The Dovetail Trio

The Dovetail Trio effortlessly combine the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of
Fred Jordan Memorial Award winner Rosie Hood, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn. Presenting England's traditional songs w
ith a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explore familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage.
Rosie Hood 's pure voice and engaging performances are garnering widespread acclaim. With a keen eye on the history of the songs she sings, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, she has performed at a number of the country's leading festivals and folk clubs, and opened for the Cecil Sharp Project.
Barnsley's Jamie Roberts is renowned for his narrative singing and driving guitar rhythms. In 2007 he joined folk quartet Kerfuffle with Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, and in 2013 was a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee with duo Gilmore:Roberts.
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Quinn has been performing melodeon, mandolin and fiddle, and singing his way around the English folk scene for the last 7 years in various bands including Dogan & the Boombox Karavan , The Mighty Quinns and the Eliza Carthy Ceilidh Band.
Admission £8 (members £6)

Sunday 22nd 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 1st March
 
The Full Shanty

The Full Shanty sing sea songs and sea shanties in four-part harmony for the entertainment and amusement of land-lubbers and sea-dogs alike.

With a long list of performance credits - including Electric Theatre (Guildford), Hawth (Crawley), Harlequin (Redhill), Dartmouth Music Festival, Southdowns Folk Festival (Broadstairs Folk week later this year) etc. - the Full Shanty have entertained at boat clubs, folk clubs, posh dinners (why, you may ask?), churches, cheap dives and weddings.

The repertoire is mainly sea shanties, sung with gusto and melodious harmony (the two are not mutually exclusive) with a view to interesting and entertaining the audience. The shanties are introduced with just enough information about their origin to rivet the attention, and interspersed with songs of the sea and working life, some hauntingly beautiful.
"It's nice to have some people who can sing." - Sound Engineer, Underground Theatre
"How long have you been wearing those shirts?" - Somebody's mother
"I've never heard 3 Score and Ten sung so beautifully... like a new song" - Liz Randall, Hard Presse
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Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 8th March
 
Open Floor and Spotlight on Skiffle

Tonight the spotlight will be on skiffle as she is played by anyone who remembers how to play it. There will be a core of members and friends who might even have practised, but if you know a skiffle-era song, come along and sing it. Or play any suitable authentic instruments... We regret that Lonnie Donegan will only be present in spirit.

Our Spotlight nights are also an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem knowing they have a sympathetic audience and spotlights if they want to stand in them, 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 15th 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 22nd March
 
Cathryn Craig and
Brian Willoughby


Cathryn Craig is from Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter.
She has sung with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen.
Her great-grandfather Jacob Sowder was recorded by Cecil Sharp and is featured in Sharp’s book English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians.

Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.

“They catch a mood that could produce goosebumps on sheet metal"
The Glasgow Herald
“Long live traditional music, even when it's only just been written”
The Living Tradition
“…sublime guitar work and one of the finest voices around”
Folking.com
"The only Musicians ever to receive a “Standing Ovation” from our Club audience"
Pam & Keith London, Hinckley.

Admission £8 (members £6)

Sunday 29th March
 
Open Floor and Celebration Spotlight

The main celebration will be that of 60th birthdays - particularly of one Lawrence Long. for whom high-class members and friends will be hogging the spotlight.

But of course our Spotlight nights are also an opportunity for anyone to try a song, a tune or a poem - celebratory or not - knowing that they have a sympathetic audience and spotlights if they want to stand in them, 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 in 2015      
Sunday 12th April   Greg Russell and
Ciaran Algar
 
       
       

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