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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Sunday 7th 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 14th September
 
My Sweet Patootie

My Sweet Patootie is an acoustic roots group from rural Ontario bringing twining vocal harmonies, monstrous fingerstyle guitar, fiddle, percussion and abundant charisma together in one perfect package.
Terry Young and Sandra Swannell started MSP in 2007 as a duo. They are both Canadian Folk Music Award winners with classical music backgrounds.

Terry Young is described by Penguin Eggs as an “acoustic guitar god”. BBC critic James Harrox calls his playing "virtuosic", while FATEA magazine describes it as "jaw dropping". He has taught advanced fingerstyle guitar clinics and has written about his technique for Chicago's Plank Road Folk Music Society Magazine. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist who toured from 1999 - 2009 with Tanglefoot, performing on guitar, mandolin, banjo and whistle. Terry is a classically trained singer and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Sandra Swannell is a classically trained violinist/ violist, but her style owes much more to the influences of Joe Venuti and Stephane Grappelli. Her diverse musical background ranges from recording with Canada's legendary Stompin' Tom Connors to writing a series of musical sketches for string orchestra. Before joining the group Tanglefoot in 2005 she was the principal violist of the Georgian Bay Symphony and fronted the Celtic art-rock band The Shards .

In the spring of 2012, MSP became a trio with the exciting addition of percussionist Bradford Nowak. He has an extensive background in funk & jazz and is a collaborating musician with Kitchener Ontario's popular VOC Silent Film Harmonic, performing live improvised soundtracks to classic silent movies. Bradford also plays trumpet and baritone featured on MSP’s third recording “Good Day”.
The band's name "My Sweet Patootie" is a slang term of endearment which became popular in the 1920s meaning a "hot dame" or a "sassy sweetheart".
Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 21stSeptember
 
Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

Individually, and in combination with a variety of well-known singers and bands, Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner have both served long apprenticeships on the shop-floor of folk music.

Lynne sang in a duo with Sue Ashby; performed with John Lambert and Frank Lee as Tom, Dick and Harriet; and has made a CD, 'Stars in My Crown' with Keith Kendrick. She was, for many years, the organiser and MC for the Hoddesdon Folk Club.

Pat toured for six years with the folk band Filigree, making an album and also releasing a single! She was co-founder and MC of the City Folk Club in London.

Together they later joined Pete Cunningham (ex-English Tapestry and Heritage) to form Brandis, making several radio appearances. They finally settled into a permanent duo and made their first CD, 'Parallel', in 2003, and have since made three more on the Wildgoose label.

Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to dressing up or dancing when a song requires it. They both agree, however, that their voices are their most important instruments. Their resulting style is a unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut in glorious vocal harmony!"
Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 28th 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 5th October
 
Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle is a French singer who started getting involved in the British folk scene in 2000-2001 while she was on a teacher exchange in the North East of England.
After 12 years of teaching English full time in secondary schools in the South of France, she decided to apply for a job as a French teacher in England, as she felt it would boost her English to live abroad for a year. She got one in Stockton-on-Tees and was living in Darlington at the time (great part of the world to improve on your English, like). She had also been singing for years in France before that and that’s why she found it quite natural to turn up at the Darlington folk club one night to meet the locals and sing a song... She didn’t realise then that this was going to be the beginning of a new life in England for her.
After her exchange was over, she went back to France for a year but she missed the life she had had in England so decided to come back! She is now based in Darlington, does some supply teaching in the area when needed but is mainly focused on her singing.

“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song”
Colum Sands
“Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”
Vin Garbutt
“To have a song covered by a voice with the beauty, clarity and passion of Flossie is a pleasure that should be enjoyed by all songwriters”
Kieran Halpin

Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 12th 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 19th 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 26th October
 
Open Floor and Spotlight on No Strings Attached

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.
Tonight we'll have the Spotlight on No Strings Attached, who first took shape as a five-piece folk a cappella group in May 2012 and performed as "The Folk Collective" at Crawley Folk & Beer Festival in June 2012. With the addition of Bonnie Flitney, and to highlight the fact that they had decided to ditch the instruments they became "No Strings Attached" & debuted at The Talbot, Cuckfield in October 2012. Since then they have performed at pubs & folk clubs throughout Sussex.

Admission £2 (members £1)

Sunday 2nd November
 
James Keelaghan with
Hugh McMillan

James Keelaghan is one of Canada's international stars. His passionate mix of roots rock, Americana,
and contemporary folk has established Keelaghan's presence in Europe, Australia, and North America. While growing up in western Canada, Keelaghan was an avid follower of music and theater, but studied history while attending the University of Calgary. Music took over, however history would be a major catalyst in Keelaghan's warm-hearted songwriting.
Hugh McMillan, multi-instrumentalist, is capable of playing practically anything with strings on it. He plays octave mandolin, mandolin, bass, fretless bass, 8 String Bass, pedal steel and lap steel, just for starters. He is a producer, composer and engineer, as well as a bit of a mad scientist. As well as accompanying James Keelaghan he plays concerts with Canada's super group Spirit of the West, and with Chilean-Canadian wildcat Oscar Lopez
Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 9th 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 16th November
 
So Last Century StringBand

Appalachian old-time music with fiddle, banjo, guitar & double bass. Squaredance tunes, songs of whisky and gambling and chickens, old gospel, jug-band songs, weird crooked tunes, three-part harmony, a bit like recordings from the 1920s and 30s only maybe not quite as scratchy...

If Dan Edwards doesn't have a banjo in his hands, then it's a guitar or fiddle. He took up the banjo while living in the States, played in a whole bunch of bands in Oklahoma and Texas, and is much in demand as a musician.
Michi Mathias was smitten by old-time fiddle as a teenager growing up in the US and hearing this music on the radio. She can hardly remember what it's like to walk around without fiddle tunes constantly playing in her head.
Jaime Regan has long been a singer/ songwriter as a solo artist or with his own bands, but when he discovered old-time music it was "like finding a door to another room in your house that you never knew was there. And not just a room but a whole suite."
Ben McGuire is a blue-grass banjo player in his other life, and also a student of jazz...

"Your recent visit to Bath as part of the Americana Festival was a real treat for me. ... Your appearence on July 6th in my opinion was utterly superb. Each instrument was a sheer delight."
- Sue B, Somerset
Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 23rd November
 
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 30th November
 
Open Floor and Spotlight on Phil & Jane


Phil and Jane met a couple of years ago at a local folk club in West Sussex and have been singing together ever since. They both love close harmonies.
Neither of them came from a musical back ground and so it takes a long time for them to perfect a song. But they say the practising is just as enjoyable as performing because they both love music and feel frustrated that they didn’t pursue it a long time ago. They perform some self penned songs which are mainly about areas of outstanding beauty in Sussex and Hampshire.

Our open floor nights are also 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 7th December
 
Jennifer Crook Duo

Jennifer's songwriting draws on her Americana influences but remains undeniably English in it's story-telling. A multi-instrumentalist, Jennifer sings, plays harp, guitar and banjo and for tonight’s concert, will be performing alongside Mike Cosgrave (Jackie Oates, Jackie Leven).
Jennifer and her trio have recorded her latest album ‘Carnforth Station’ at Real World Studios it is set to be released in September 2014.
With the combination of great musicianship and songs that inspire a genuine emotional connection, this is first class contemporary folk.

"Amazing….the kind of thing that gives modern folk a good name"
Zeitgeist
"Utterly beguiling" Properganda
“A Class Act” R2

Admission £7 (members £5)
       

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