2020 (the 20th year)

Spyboy presents folk, roots, blues and acoustic music at the Hailsham Pavilion and other special venues in East Sussex.

Many leading artists, have given memorable performances since our first show on the 22nd October 2000,
(when the Vigilantes of Love came from Athens Georgia USA to play at the Pavilion)
but if you have only just found us, don’t despair for undoubtedly there are many more to come.

If you would like up-to-date information sent to you, please click info@spyboy.co.uk and safely leave  your email address

 

In 2019 we saw The Counterfeit Stones, India Electric Co, Jack Cookson, Cara Dillon, Albert Lee, Steve Knightley, Edgelarks, Glenn Tilbrook, Feast of Fiddles, Larry Garner, Norman Beaker Band, Evelyn Glennie, Lindisfarne, Show of Hands, Richard Shindell, Gigspanner, John Spiers, Milton Hide, Martin Carthy, Digby Fairweather Band, Paul Jones, Rachel Newton, Saskia Griffiths Moore, Phil Beer, Fairport Convention, Ben Paley, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, James Smith and Tim Cotterell, Chris Leslie, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Arcelia, Mel Duffy & Steve Nieve & Chris Difford, Dave Delarre and Eliza Carthy, Matthews Southern Comfort, Tom Robinson, Courtney Pine, Faustus, Swinging at the Cotton Club, Steeleye Span, Gigspanner Big Band, Celtic Christmas Strings, Ian Kearey, Shirley Collins, The Copper Family, St Agnes Fountain, O’Hooley and Tidow

 

And in 2020, The Real Thing, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, Keith James (Leonard Cohen), The Rhythm Kings, Steve Knightley, Martin Simpson

 

WEBSITE UPDATED 23/05/2020

 

Future Shows

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BUYING TICKETS WE ARE UNABLE TO EXCHANGE OR MAKE REFUNDS IF UNUSED 
(UNLESS THE SHOW IS CANCELLED)
 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT SHOWS THAT WERE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE BETWEEN
22nd MARCH AND 27th JUNE 2020

The following shows have been cancelled and full refunds are applicable

22/03 – Lindisfarne – St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
29/03 – Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess – The Old Chapel Alfriston
03/04 – Lucy Wainwright Roche – The Old Chapel Alfriston
17/04 – Oysters 3 – Hailsham Pavilion
31/05 – Juan Martin – The Old Chapel Alfriston
12/06 – Gigspanner (Trio show) – The Old Chapel Alfriston
(For information – a Gigspanner Big Band show is planned to take place at the
Hailsham Pavilion on Sunday 6th December 2020 – watch this site for booking etc)
20/06 – The State of the Union – The Old Chapel Alfriston

The following shows have been cancelled and full refunds are applicable
(But please note the rearranged dates and the new venue – the Hailsham Pavilion)

27/03 – Feast of Fiddles – College Theatre Eastbourne
A new show is arranged – 17th April 2021 at the Hailsham Pavilion
(Watch this website for booking news/dates)

04/04 – Ronnie Scott’s All Stars – College Theatre Eastbourne
A new show is arranged – 9th January 2021 at the Hailsham Pavilion)
(Watch this website for booking news/dates)

The following shows have been postponed – you have the option of retaining your tickets
for the rearranged date (if so don’t do anything, for after 27th June your booking will automatically be transferred to the new date )
or you can apply for a full refund (via the Hailsham Pavilion)
This option is only available until 27th June 2020 – after which refunds will not be available
unless there are further postponements or cancellations

10/04 – The Magic of the Beatles – Hailsham Pavilion – New date = Sat 3rd April 2021
(We tried unsuccessfully to arrange 2020 Autumn date)
01/05 – The Fureys – Hailsham Pavilion – New date = either Thurs 22nd or Sat 24th April 2021
(We tried unsuccessfully to arrange 2020 Autumn date)
02/05 – Albert Lee – Hailsham Pavilion – New date = Sat 6th March 2021
(We tried unsuccessfully to arrange 2020 Autumn date)
04/06 – Fairport Convention – Hailsham Pavilion – New date = Sat 5th June 2021
(We tried unsuccessfully to arrange 2020 Autumn date)
27/06 – The Blues Band – Hailsham Pavilion – New date = Friday 19th February 2021

These shows were either sold out or almost sold out and seats that become available for the new dates
will go on sale later in the year – keep watching www.spyboy.co.uk for up to date news.

There are two further shows that were in the schedule that we still hope
to present in 2020 – please watch this website for updated news

05/04 – Calan – The Old Chapel Alfriston – Currently rearranged for Sunday 20th December 2020
26/04 – Strawbs – The Old Chapel Alfriston – Currently rearranged for Sat 14th November 2020

The Hailsham Pavilion is dealing with refunds and if you need to contact them please do so……..
but please by email only – info@hailshampavilion.co.uk

(Please note re the Lindisfarne show – 22nd March, St Mary in the Castle, Hastings,
…….you will need to contact SMITC or Hastings TIC if you purchased tickets
through either of these points rather than through the Hailsham Pavilion)

 

 

AUTUMN

PLEASE WATCH THIS SITE FOR BOOKING DETAILS AND UP TO DATE NEWS

Please note some shows that were previously listed in this period have been moved to 2021 and some have been cancelled altogether

 

Saturday 17th October
(Trying to rearrange for 2021)
 (Who Knows Where the Time Goes)
The Sandy Denny Project – Hailsham Pavilion
(Sally Barker, PJ Wright, Marion Fleetwood, Anna Ryder, Mark Stevens and Mat Davies)

The Sandy Denny Project was formed in 2017 to celebrate the music of the late Sandy Denny, who died in 1978

Recognised as a founding member of the British folk-rock movement, and perhaps its most important female singer, her songs remain as fresh, poignant
and as beautiful today as they were when penned and the repertoire of The Sandy Denny Project reflects the amazing legacy of what she left behind

 

Friday 30th October

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar – The Old Chapel Alfriston

A welcome return to the Old Chapel for Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar who have risen through the ranks of the UK folk scene in double quick time
and picked up a string of BBC Folk Awards along the way 

They’re both talented multi-instrumentalists with Greg playing guitar, bouzouki and English concertina, while Ciaran (an All-Ireland fiddle champion
at the age of eleven! and a mighty member of Sam Kelly’s Lost Boys) plays fiddle, guitar and bouzouki

Expect a mix of material from the folk tradition with contemporary compositions that are masterfully inciteful

 

Sunday 1st November

Eliza and Martin Carthy – Hailsham Pavilion

Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a twenty
year career, Eliza Carthy is a truly inventive and innovative fiddle player and singer and has
performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including Paul Weller, Rufus Wainwright,
Nick Cave and Joan Baez.

Her father, Martin Carthy was born in 1941 and for the past fifty years has remained one of the
most influential figures in music, inspiring a generation of artists including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon
and Richard Thompson.

With a back-catalogue that includes trailblazing musical partnerships with Steeleye Span, the Albion
Band and the Watersons, he has been rewarded with an MBE and a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Saturday 14th November
Rearranged show
Strawbs Acoustic – Old Chapel Alfriston

The Strawbs emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s, starting life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass.
Their 1967 debut, “All Our Own Work,” featured singer Sandy Denny a year before she joined Fairport Convention.
The line-up for this trio show features Dave Cousins, undoubtedly the heart and soul of the band
since day one, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and on the bass , Chas Cronk

 

Sunday 15th November

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers – The Way of the Drum
Hailsham Pavilion

Experience the thundering, exhilarating rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and captivating show of primal rhythm, energy and choreographed movement

After years of appearing at some of our most prestigious venues, touring across continents, and collaborating with musicians from countless genres,
members of Mugenkyo now return to the roots of Taiko drumming with a lively and powerful

performance of traditional Taiko whilst revealing its history, culture and background
in a dramatic but intimate show

 

Friday 20th November

Gary Stewart’s Graceland – Hailsham Pavilion

Led by the legendary Leeds-based troubadour Gary Stewart and backed by his incredible seven piece band, this spectacular group of musicians
come together to recreate Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland album in all its glory

Magical songs (including The Boy in the Bubble, Gumboots, Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes, You can call me Al and Homeless)
with captivating stories, distinctive harmonies and South African rhythms brought to life with no detail spared,

from the layers of guitars and percussion, right down to the legendary bass solos and token dance moves!

Let the singing, dancing and nostalgia take hold and pretend you’re basking “Under Hot African Skies!”

 

Saturday 21st November

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys – Hailsham Pavilion

If you like your folk music edgy, traditional songs turned on their head or nudged into the mainstream, Sam Kelly is your man, 
who along with his group of hand picked musicians were recently nominated as Best Band
at the BBC Folk Awards, just twelve months after scooping the coveted Horizon title,
which recognises the best emerging talent

Folk luminaries including Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman and Cara Dillon line up to wax lyrical
about the band, a mix of youthful exuberance and instrumental virtuosity, they breathe new
life into traditional music, letting it rub shoulders with contemporary originals and occasionally swerving into rock territory

 

Saturday 28th November

Belinda O’Hooley – Inversions  – The Old Chapel Alfriston

Belinda O’Hooley is half of four time BBC Folk Awards Best Duo nominees O’Hooley & Tidow
described by The Guardian as “exceptional songwriters” and by MOJO as “British Folk’s mightiest combinations”

Their song ‘Gentleman Jack’ features as the closing theme song for Sally Wainwright’s, BBC blockbusting drama series Gentleman Jack

Belinda’s latest solo project, ‘Inversions’ showcases her abilities as a composer and pianist,
with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father (who died in 2017)
inherited from a long line of musicians from Monalea up in the Ox Mountains in the West of rural Ireland

 

Sunday 6th December

The Gigspanner Big Band – Hailsham Pavilion

As a trio, Gigspanner, formed by Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, and ably backed up by ace guitarist Roger Flack
and the superb percussionist Sacha Trochet has built a huge reputation for dismantling traditional music and song
and reassembling it into what some have said, music of intelligently crafted brilliance

Peter, Roger and Sacha will be joined at the Pavilion by BBC Folk Awards winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, co-founder of Bellowhead
and one half of the magical duo Spiers and Boden,  and more recently, Knight and Spiers,
to make up one of the most exciting live bands you are likely to see this year!

 

Friday 11th December

A Traditional Sussex Christmas with the Copper Family
and some Very Special Friends – The Old Chapel Alfriston

The unique style of harmony singing by the Copper Family of Rottingdean
is celebrated around the world and for this seasonal performance, that is sure to be full of good cheer,
John and Jill Copper and Jill’s husband  Jon Dudley (considered by all to be a Copper!)
will be joined by the six grandchildren, Ben, Lucy, Thomas, Mark, Andy and Sean
AND some Very Special Friends

 

Saturday 12th December

St Agnes Fountain – Hailsham Pavilion

The opening bars of their first song, the classic rendition of “I Saw Three Ships”
send a tingle down the spine.
Let the festivities begin – it would not be Christmas without the “Aggies”!

 

Sunday 13th December

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band – Carols and Capers
St Mary in the Castle Hastings

As is customary during the Festive Season (and since 1984) renowned folk singer Maddy Prior leaves her Steeleye Span surroundings
to join up with the Carnival Band to present their unique celebratory shows Carols at Christmas and Carols & Capers

Together Maddy and the band mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour,
putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare

A Christmas Party to remember in a venue never to be forgotten!

 

Sunday 20th December
Rearranged show
Calan – Old Chapel Alfriston

Calan is one of the most exciting bands on the circuit and at Christmas they really let their hair down!
 Against the backdrop of old traditions the show includes Plygain singing popular at Christmas in the chapels of Wales

Step dancing also features and the seasonal tunes are played on a range of instruments including fiddle,
guitar, whistles, accordion, Welsh harp and Welsh bagpipes!

 

 

2021

2021 is the centenary year for the Hailsham Pavilion, for it was erected as a purpose
built ‘picture palace’ in 1921.

It was officially opened on Monday 28th November to a packed audience for a performance
of the The Kid starring Charlie Chaplin.

After a chequered history and some years of serious neglect it was reopened in its present
form on Tuesday 1st February 2000 – the first live Spyboy show was staged later that year
on Sunday 22nd October.

In 2021 Spyboy will be presenting a series of select shows at the Hailsham Pavilion
and already booked to appear are
Ronnie Scott’s All Stars (09/01) – The Blues Band (19/02) – Albert Lee (06/03) – The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan (20/03) – The Magic of The Beatles (02/04)  
Feast of Fiddles (17/04) – The Fureys (?/04) – Fairport Convention (05/06)  – Show of Hands (06/06)
St Agnes Fountain : tbc (17/12)

 

Saturday 9th January
Rearranged show  and please note New Venue
(Replaces the cancelled Saturday 4th April 2020 show that would have taken place at the Eastbourne College Theatre)
(It will be necessary to make a new booking for tickets for this new date)  
Ronnie Scott’s All Stars – Hailsham Pavilion
In this, the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s most iconic music venues
the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the road to celebrate the ‘Ronnie Scott’s Story’

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world class live jazz
alongside rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, take
you on a guided, musical tour of this iconic venue
Website – The Ronnie Scott’s Story and Ronnie Scott’s All Stars
Preview the story of the show – The Ronnie Scott’s Story and Ronnie Scott’s All Stars

(WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)

 

Friday 19th February
Rearranged show 
The Blues Band – Hailsham Pavilion

Formed some forty years ago by the now legendary Paul Jones together with another Manfred Mann group member, Tom McGuinness, the Blues Band
included slide guitar ace and vocalist Dave Kelly, who brought in Gary Fletcher to play bass guitar, while Hughie Flint, said farewell to John Mayall to sit on the drum stool.
Rob Townsend replaced Flint in 1982, and the line-up remains the same today.
The Blues Band members are still regarded as Britain’s finest and most skilled practitioners in the art of the blues and when Paul Jones
and the band step onto the stage you know you are in for a rocking good night!

THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 27th JUNE 2020
FINGERS CROSSED FOR THIS 2021 DATE!

(WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)

 

Saturday 6th March
Rearranged show
Albert Lee Band Show – Hailsham Pavilion

Albert Lee is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a living guitar legend who over the years has played with a “who’s who” of musicians,
including the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker and Jackson Brown.
Our first show with Albert was in December 2004 and we are delighted that he regularly chooses
to play for us in the Pavilion’s intimate setting that he loves so much

THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 2nd MAY 2020
AND WE HAD HOPED TO REARRANGE IT FOR SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER 2020
HOWEVER THAT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE BUT FINGERS CROSSED FOR THIS 2021 DATE!

(WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)

 

Saturday 3rd April 
Rearranged show
The Magic of The Beatles – Hailsham Pavilion

(It Was Sixty Years Ago……!)
After a few years as the Quarrymen and the Silver Beetles, they took on the name of The Beatles on 17th August 1960
Their story is brought to life by The Magic of the Beatles, one of the UK’s leading tribute shows
Take a trip down memory lane (and Penny Lane) with us!

THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 10th APRIL 2020
AND WE HAD HOPED TO REARRANGE IT FOR SUNDAY 18th OCTOBER 2020
HOWEVER THAT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE BUT FINGERS CROSSED FOR THIS 2021 DATE!
(WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)

 

Saturday 17th April
Rearranged show and please note New Venue
Feast of Fiddles – Hailsham Pavilion

(Replaces the cancelled Friday 27th March 2020 show that would have taken place at the Eastbourne College Theatre)
(It will be necessary to make a new booking for tickets for this new date)

(WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)

 

Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th April
Rearranged show
The Fureys – Hailsham Pavilion

THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 1st MAY 2020
AND WE HAD HOPED TO REARRANGE IT FOR WEDNESDAY 11th NOVEMBER 2020
HOWEVER THAT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE BUT FINGERS CROSSED FOR THIS 2021 DATE!
(WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)

 

Saturday 5th June
Rearranged show
Fairport Convention – Hailsham Pavilion

THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY 4th JUNE 2020
AND WE HAD HOPED TO REARRANGE IT FOR FRIDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2020
HOWEVER THAT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE BUT FINGERS CROSSED FOR THIS 2021 DATE!
(WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)