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 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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www.fullshanty.co.uk
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)

Sunday 5th 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 12th April
 
Greg Russell and
Ciaran Algar


Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. “The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so” (R2 Magazine).

In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Following the award win, Russell and Algar toured the country in April and, after completing school and University Exams in May, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

After recording their second album in the November of 2013, again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”.

The duo come from musical households and both began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces. Algar, originally a member of TRI became All Ireland Champion, and All Britain Champion on numerous occasions before the age of 16 and Russell had begun a career as a solo musician supporting acts such as Karine Polwart and Lau, amongst others.
Admission £8 (members £6)

Sunday 19th 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 26th 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 3rd May
 
Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis

Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis are an acoustic folk duo from the South of Cornwall. They have been performing together since the start of 2014 and have been winning acclaim from both local and national sources including Folk Radio and Radio 2 Folk Award winners Lau.
Gareth previously enjoyed success as a solo artist winning the 'What’s On' solo performer of the year in 2012 beating off competition of the likes of Ben Howard and Ruarri Joseph. Multi-Instrumentalist Annie, formerly of Kola has moonlighted on many local artists work including The People’s String Foundation, Jack Wallen and Brother & Bones.
Gareth & Annie have been recognized by the likes of Bob Harris and were invited to do his 'Under the Apple Tree' session. Their album 'A Little Light' was featured as Folk Radio UK's Album of the Month and the duo have been selected by Tom Rose (Reveal Records) for his 10 Days/10 Artists Management Project.They are currently working on writing material for the next EP.
"It’s a real pleasure to champion such fine talent, these are a duo you really want to keep an eye on"
- Alex Gallacher, Folk Radio UK
Admission £6 (members £4)

Sunday 10th May
 
Sunjay Brayne

You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen; singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 21 years.
With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends. A completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since.

Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars on the folk and acoustic circuit. Sunjay's performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”.

Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award, Nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2012 and at the British Blues Awards 2014, he has caught the eyes and ears of many venues and festivals across the country.

“You’ll be truly amazed at his maturity, skill and expertise; not only does he engage the audience with his exquisite guitar work but he brings a depth of meaning to all the songs he sings that belie his age.”
- Woodman Folk Club
Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 17th May
 
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 24th May
 
Open Floor and Spotlight on Stuart Coupe.

Stuart is a local singer whose songs are mainly inspired by the wisdom and folk traditions of the world. Always keen to engage the audience with a chorus, he accompanies himself on finger-style guitar.
stuartcoupesingersongwriter.blogspot.co.uk

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)

Sunday 31st May
 
Rawbones

'Rawbones' perform American bluegrass and old time roots music, from the deeply Southern State of Charlwood, on the Surrey Sussex border in the good old United Kingdom of England.
Admission £5 (members £3)

Sunday 7th June
 
Open Floor and Spotlight on Julie and David Roberts

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)

Sunday 14th June
 
Dana & Susan Robinson

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary song-writing and traditional Appalachian music brings to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

Since 1994 Dana has released nine critically acclaimed albums working with such producers
as Grammy-award winning Bil VornDick and Pete Sutherland. Dana and Susan’s last two CDs,
Round My Door and Big Mystery, went to number one and number three respectively on the Folk
DJ charts with two top ten singles.

Dirty Linen magazine said, “Many songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and soul of folk music.”

“…have long been one of my favourite American roots duos, their old-timey music I think, is absolutely superb – banjo, fiddle, guitar - fantastic… great stuff.” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

"The best acoustic fiddle, mandolin and guitar players seem to have an unerring ability to embrace a rhythm... Dana Robinson can do this and, when he does, all you can do is to give him room, step back and smile. He and Susan Robinson, along with her beautifully understated way with a banjo or a vocal harmony, are worth traveling distances to see." Maverick Magazine
Admission £8 (members £6)

Sunday 21st June
 
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 June
 
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)
       
SUMMER BREAK!      
       
Sunday 13th September   Hatful of Rain  
Sunday 27th September   Jaywalkers  
Sunday 25th October   Foxglove Trio  
Sunday 15th November   Jody Kruskal  
       
       
       
       

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