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.
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Those who played for us in 2018 included… Albert Lee, Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink, Calan, Celtic Fiddle Festival, Chalk Horse Music, Chris Difford & Boo Hewerdine, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Courtney Pine, Dave Kelly, Dr Feelgood, Eliza and Martin Carthy, Fairport Convention, Feast of Fiddles, Gigspanner Big Band, India Electric Co, John Mc Cusker & Heidi Talbot, Juan Martin, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, King King, Klezmer-ish, Lindisfarne, Los Pacaminos, Martin Simpson, Miranda Sykes, Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds, O’Hooley & Tidow, Otis Gibbs, Peter Knight & John Spiers, Ray Cooper, Ric Sanders, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, Shirley Collins, Show of Hands, St Agnes Fountain, Steve Knightley, The Blue Fingers, The Blues Band, The Copper Family, The Equatorial Group, The Fureys, The Pretty Things, Urban Folk Quartet.
And already in 2019 we have seen 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
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Friday 13th December at 7.30pm
St Agnes Fountain
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The opening bars of their first song, a classic rendition of “I Saw Three Ships” send a tingle down the spine.
The festivities continue – it would not be Christmas without the “Aggies”
Saturday 14th December at 7.30pm
O’Hooley & Tidow
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Nominated for Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Belinda and Heidi have the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos,
from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
Their powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with honesty and empathy and along with the seasonal joy,
we’ll get to see some of the darker hued aspects of yuletide!
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Sunday 12th January at 7.30pm
New Year Party Time with
The Real Thing
Can You Feel the Force!
New Year Party Time at the Pavilion with the UK’s own rock and soul pioneers,
The Real Thing, who still blow up a storm from the minute they hit the stage.
Following the sad passing of Eddy Amoo, his brother Chris and Dave Smith still continue to
front the critically acclaimed multi-million selling Real Thing band, who return to their glory
days with a two hour soulsational night of non-stop classic anthems that include
You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force…….
Weds 15th January at 7.30pm
Dave Kelly and Paul Jones
Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots
go way back into the true undergrowth of the tradition.
As well as their own original material, they not only know and perform the work of the greats, ranging from
Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson – they actually played alongside them
and enjoyed their friendship.
After over a quarter century as presenter of his BBC Radio 2 R&B show, what Paul Jones doesn’t know
about the Blues can be written on a postcard – the same can be said about Europe’s leading bluesman,
Dave Kelly for he’s played with them all……
Saturday 1st February at 7.30pm
Keith James performs
the Songs of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen’s death marked the end of an era, his music reached out to an entire generation.
Every line challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply
and recognize our own fragility
Keith James has an undying love of Cohen’s work and has performed his songs to more than
150,000 people in over 450 concerts
An intimate, sensitive and moving concert of Cohen’s celebrated material, including Famous Blue Raincoat,
Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his more rare and profound writing
such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life
Saturday 29th February at 7.30pm
The Rhythm Kings
Over the years the Rhythm Kings line-up that originally included such household
names as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler Peter Frampton, Gary Brooker, Georgie Fame,
Andy Fairweather-Low, Albert lee and Bill Wyman. has changed and special guests
have included Dennis Locorriere, Paul Carrack, Eddie Floyd, Mary Wilson, Gary U.S Bonds,
Solomon Burke, Ben. E. King, and Percy Sledge
We ‘re unsure who’ll be taking the stage at the Pavilion but we do know that
Beverley Skeete whose big voice has been heard on stage with the likes of Chaka Khan,
Dave Gilmour, and the Eurythmics; on disc with Elton John and Tina Turner and on film
with Madonna in Evita and The Hitman’s Bodyguard with Samuel Jackson and Ryan Reynolds
will be fronting the band – as she has since day one in 1996.
Bluesy, Soulful and some Rock and Roll crowd pleaser’s thrown in for good measure!
Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm
Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended
for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing.
Searching through his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores
the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics
and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own!
Sunday 15th March at 7.30pm
World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson has released over twenty solo album in forty years and has worked with a dazzling array of artists
from across the musical spectrum, Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, and Richard Thompson to mention a just a few.
Sunday 22nd March at 7.30pm
Expect songs ranging from folk ballads, to loud, blues based, slide guitar led rock.
From delicate, almost chamber jazz duos for guitar and bass, to those rousing numbers that everyone remembers
and will undoubtedly join in with word-perfect accuracy, like the Clements-penned, Meet Me on the Corner,
Lady Eleanor and the folk rock anthems, Run For Home and Fog On The Tyne.
Friday 27th March at 7.30pm
Feast of Fiddles
College Theatre Eastbourne
A joyous three hours of pure magic from the travelling band known as the Feast of Fiddles, a celebrated eleven piece collective combining the vast talents
of six of Britain’s top fiddlers in a flourish of fretwork, including Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie, Steeleye Span’s brilliant bowman for many years, Peter Knight,
Bully Wee Band’s Ian Cutler, Tom Leary from Lindisfarne and Battlefield Band’s Brian McNeill.
Sunday 29th March at 7.30pm
Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess
Benji Kirkpatrick, the Faustus and Steeleye Span stalwart with fellow Bellowheaders and a show that includes interpretations
of the work of one of his musical heroes, Jimi Hendrix!
Friday 3rd April at 7.30pm
Lucy Wainwright Roche
A bell tone voice, unshakable melodies and a knack for wise, wry lyrics from the half-sibling
to Rufus and Martha Wainwright and daughter of Suzzy Roche (The Roches) and Loudon Wainwright III.
Saturday 4th April at 7.30pm
The Ronnie Scott’s Story
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s
most iconic music venues with The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars
College Theatre Eastbourne
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.
Sunday 5th April at 7.30pm
Calan breathe new life into old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting
songs from their Welsh homeland
Friday 10th April at 8.00pm
The Magic of the Beatles
“It was fifty years ago today” – April 10th 1970,
….the day the music died! – the break up of the most influential band of all time, The Beatles
Formed on 17th August 1960 their ten year 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
Friday 17th April at 8.00pm
On a rare tour, the 3 original members of Oysterband open their treasure-chest of music and stories of life on the road as one of the most-travelled bands in the folk world.
Expect great acoustic versions of classic and rare songs with John Jones’ characteristic passionate vocals, Alan Prosser’s sublime guitar skills and Ian Telfer’s soaring fiddle and dry wit.
3 musicians at the top of their game bring an irreverent and insightful glimpse into their world… with some great songs!
Sunday 26th April at 7.30pm
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,
Friday 1st May at 7.30pm
Legends of Irish Music and Song, The Fureys are responsible for some of the most
stirring music ever to capture the public imagination.
They have received standing ovations in some of the largest concert halls of the world.
and their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, – sadness and joy.
A Fureys concert is always a night to remember.
Saturday 2nd May at 7.30pm
Albert Lee Band Show
Albert Lee, a two-time Grammy Award winner is a living guitar legend and over the years has played regularly with a “who’s who” of musicians,
including the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker and Jackson Brown.
Once again he comes from his US home with a hand -picked band of superb musicians to play in the Pavilion’s intimate setting that he loves so much.
Sunday 31st May at 8.00pm
Booking opens 10th December
Juan Martín, who was recently voted as one of the top three guitarists in the world fuses flamenco and gypsy jazz
with Arabic, Indian and classical influences that create a truly captivating musical experience that is not to be missed
Thursday 4th June
Fairport Convention – Hailsham Pavilion
Friday 12th June at 8.00pm
Booking opens 10th December
Gigspanner, led by Steeleye Span’s long serving bowman, Peter Knight is ably backed up by ace guitarist Roger Flack
and the superb percussionist Sacha Trochet.
The trio have built a huge reputation for dismantling traditional music and song and reassembling it into what some
describe as music of intelligently crafted brilliance!
Saturday 20th June at 8.00pm
The State of the Union
(Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams)
Booking opens 10th December
Boo Hewerdine & Brooks Williams – The State of the Union – a magical, stripped back and enthralling performance of Americana and blues music
that is sure to delight fans of hook-laden songs, fiery and emotional guitar playing and soulful vocals.
Saturday 27th June
The Blues Band – Hailsham Pavilion
(Spyboy 20th Birthday Weekend 17th/18th October)
Saturday 17th October – Hailsham Pavilion
(Who Knows Where the Time Goes)
The Sandy Denny Project
(Sally Barker, PJ Wright, Marion Fleetwood, Anna Ryder, Mark Stevens and Mat Davies)
Sunday 18th October – Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys – Hailsham Pavilion
Sunday 25th October – (To Be Announced) – Hailsham Pavilion
Friday 30th October – Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar – The Old Chapel Alfriston
Saturday 7th November – Los Pacaminos – Hailsham Pavilion
Sunday 15th November – Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers – The Way of the Drum – Hailsham Pavilion
Sunday 6th December – (To Be Announced) – Hailsham Pavilion
Friday 11th December – A Traditional Sussex Christmas – The Old Chapel Alfriston
Saturday 12th December – St Agnes Fountain – Hailsham Pavilion
Thursday 17th December – The Albion Christmas Band – Hailsham Pavilion (Prov)