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 1st May
 
Song and Dance PLUS
Broadwood Morris

At 7:30 Broadwood Morris will open the evening as the final part of their May Day celebrations by dancing outside Normandy Hall (weather and legs permitting).
Then it will be 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 8th May
 
Julie Roberts and Michael Hiinton PLUS
Tony Elphick & friends

Julie Roberts
Tony Elphick

Julie Roberts has a mellow, distinctive voice and is a sensitive interpreter of songs.She has performed at festivals, clubs, pubs, churches and concert halls across the South East. She has sung in duos, with small groups and big bands. She loves to sing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Jobim, Billy Joel, Gershwin, Errol Garner, Hoagy Carmichael . . . Julie has worked with many talented musicians but is especially excited about her collaboration with Michael Hinton.

Michael Hinton is an accomplished, versatile pianist and an exceptional accompanist. He has worked extensively as musical director for theatrical productions, for five years he worked as a teacher at the Dartington International Summer School and for many years directed two community choirs. Michael is also a talented song-writer, composer and arranger.



Tony Elphick, Steve Matcham and Mike Tristram come from the West Sussex villages of Binsted (near Arundel) and Sompting. Tony plays concertina/melodeon for Broadwood Morris and barn dance bands, and Steve plays recorder for Martlet Morris. After 7 long years singing and playing together in a Barnham pub they occasionally form a trio. The trio mostly sing traditional songs with links to Sussex and nearby counties - mainly harmony, sometimes solo or accompanied.

Admission £7 (members £5)

Sunday 15th May
 
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 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 29th May
 
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 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 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)

Sunday 26th 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)

Sunday 3rd July
 
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 10th July
 
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 17th July
 
Sunjay
Sunjay

To round off Horsham Festival, Sunjay will be performing at Horsham Folk Club and demonstrating his ability to entertain all-comers.
You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen that 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 £8 (members £5)
       

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