2019 (the 19th 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 us memorable performances since our first show on the 22nd October 2000, 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



Future Shows



Originally scheduled for Saturday 20th July at 8.00pm

(Show date changed on 13/07/19)

Eliza Carthy

The Old Chapel Alfriston

A rare Solo Performance by the twice Mercury Prize nominee and winner of innumerable other accolades over her 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.



Friday 2nd August at 8.00pm

Remembering Woodstock and So Much More  

Matthews Southern Comfort

Hailsham Pavilion


Seats £20.00 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

Remembering Woodstock and So Much More – a Celebration

“By the time we got to Woodstock they were half a million strong”

The music festival held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City, fifty years ago in August 1969, attracted an audience of more than 500,000.

We celebrate this historic event with a live concert by Matthews Southern Comfort
……the band that had a UK No 1 hit with the title song Woodstock , that was also recorded by Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and came to define all the idealism of the late-Sixties hippie movement…… “We are stardust, we are golden….”

The show will also include scenes from the Woodstock film that was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”.

Throughout his career Iain Matthews (an original member of Fairport Convention) has been involved in many projects, including the years spent with his band, Plainsong…..then in 2011 Matthews Southern Comfort was reborn – expect a set of both old and new songs.




Saturday 12th October at 8.00pm

The Counterfeit Stones

St Mary in the Castle Hastings


It was 50 years ago – 1969 – to some the Summer of Love – to others the year of the Festivals, Dylan at the Isle of Wight, Hendrix at Woodstock
and the Rolling Stones with 300,000 others at Altamont in Northern California

The Altamont set list included Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil, Under My Thumb, Brown Sugar, Midnight Rambler, Gimme Shelter, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Women and Street Fighting Man and you can re-live that special year and all these songs along with many other favourites with the UK’s No 1 tribute band, The Counterfeit Stones

The Counterfeit Stones have shared stages with amongst others Joe Cocker, Iggy Pop, Blur, ZZ Top, Bryan Ferry, Oasis, Motorhead, Phil Collins and Status Quo.

They are more than a tribute to the Rolling Stones, they’re a complete re-enactment, the repertoire, instruments and clothes faithfully match those of the originals….and there is a healthy smattering of ‘Spinal Tap’ humour!

Seats £24.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Friday 18th October at 7.30pm 

Tom Robinson

Hailsham Pavilion


In the heyday of punk no demonstration was complete without a rendition of one of Tom Robinson anthems.

A vocal supporter of Amnesty International, Rock Against Racism and LGBT rights, Robinson enjoyed chart success with hits including “2-4-6-8 Motorway”, “Up Against the Wall” and “War Baby” but is best remembered for “Glad to be Gay”, the song that the BBC tried to ban in 1978, a stricture defied by John Peel.

Eventually the Beeb came to accept Tom as he embarked on a new career as a broadcaster, championing independent musicians and emerging artists through his BBC 6 Music programme.

After leaving his guitar in its case for thirteen years, Tom returned to the road in 2015 and played to a packed Pavilion
as part of a nationwide tour………Welcome back

Seats £22.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Saturday 19th October at 8.00pm

Courtney Pine

Herstmonceux Castle

Courtney at the Castle


Once again we are delighted to be staging a concert with arguably the most celebrated and exciting jazz saxophonist on the planet, the mercurial Courtney Pine

This time it will be in the magnificent Ballroom of Herstmonceux Castle, so this really is a rare opportunity to see the musical legend up close
and for this very special concert he will be accompanied by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman.

Gaining an OBE and CBE for services to music, his recordings and live work have been recognised throughout his career,
with numerous awards including BBC Jazz Awards, MOBO and Mercury Music Prizes.

See below for ticket information
(Please note tickets cannot be purchased in advance at Herstmonceux Castle)

For Hospitality and Overnight Accommodation Information
Please contact – info@spyboy.co.uk 

Seats £35.00 (inc drinks on arrival) available from the Hailsham Pavilion 01323 841414


Sunday 20th October at 7.30pm

Albert Lee & Band

Hailsham Pavilion



Albert Lee, a two-time Grammy Award winner is a living guitar legend and once again he makes his annual visit to the Hailsham Pavilion with a hand-picked band of superb musicians.

Over the years he has played regularly with a “who’s who” of musicians, including the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker and Jackson Brown.

He enjoys playing in the Pavilion’s intimate setting and is undoubtedly our most popular performer – tickets for his shows sell very quickly

Seats £26.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Saturday 26th October at 7.30pm


The Old Chapel Alfriston


Benji Kirkpatrick, Saul Rose and Paul Sartin, three of the most pivotal players of the past decade in
the English roots revival, go to make up the exciting young band, Faustus

Benji who shares his time with favourite folk-rockers, Steeleye Span was a key member of the multi award winning big band, Bellowhead
and that of Mercury Music Prize nominee, Seth Lakeman.

Saul Rose also appeared in the Bellowhead line-up and was recently nominated for the Musician of The Year award title at the BBC Folk Awards
He also played the part of the Songman in the West End play War Horse.

Classically trained Paul Sartin who has played with such varied ensembles as, yes you’ve guessed it, Bellowhead and Belshazzars Feast completes the line-up.

Seats £19.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Saturday 9th November at 7.30pm

Swinging at the Cotton Club

Hailsham Pavilion


An action packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club, New York’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s, where performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Fats Waller would have had the joint jumping – whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers
lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines.

In this performance, the dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the world’s premier jazz and jive dance company, The Lindy Hop Dancers,
whilst the ten-piece band, one of the swingiest on the circuit, features the American vocalist Marlene Hill and compere Megs Etherington.

Seats £26.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm

Gordon Giltrap

The Old Chapel Alfriston


Awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to Music and Charity, the legendary guitarist will be performing a rare
and what promises to be an electrifying solo acoustic show.

Over the years he has worked with an amazingly broad range of artists, from rock musicians such as Brian May, Rick Wakeman and Midge Ure to the jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor,
the classical guitarist Raymond Burley and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Expect to hear such classics as Heartsong and Lucifer’s Cage alongside new material from his latest album
‘The Last of England’

“Gordon Giltrap is one of an elite few who truly have become legendary in their field.
I am proud to call him my friend.” – Brian May

“Gordon Giltrap is undoubtedly one of the most respected acoustic guitar players in the world.
He has always been way ahead of his time. His concerts and playing are breathtaking.”
Ritchie Blackmore – Deep Purple

Seats £19.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Sunday 17th November at 7.30pm

Moya Brennan
The Voice of Clannad with her band

Hailsham Pavilion


Following successful tours in the last two years, Moya Brennan, with her band that includes
Cormac De Barra, harp, Aisling Jarvis, guitars, Clare Friel, violin and Paul Jarvis, percussion and keyboards,
returns to the UK in the Autumn, bringing the distinctive wild Atlantic atmosphere of Northwest Ireland to her unique voice and sound.

Moya has travelled the world as an enthusiastic advocate of the Irish language and has performed for Popes, Princes and Presidents along the way
…….and she has sung with many of the greats, including The Chieftains, Robert Plant, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan and of course, Bono,
(who said “she has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced”)
but the first Lady of Celtic music is surely better remembered as the voice of the Grammy award winning band, Clannad.

Seats £26.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Thursday 21st November at 7.30pm

Steeleye Span

St Mary in the Castle Hastings


Way back in the 1970’s folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs
and introducing it to the world of gold discs, festival stages and international tours.

Members have come and gone over the years, but the band has always remained at the forefront
of the genre they helped to define, and, today the band with a line-up of old and new players has become an institution in British music.

Maddy Prior, the voice of the band since day one is still there, and local lad and drummer Liam Genockey is well on his way to a long service medal.

The rest of the band includes Julian Littman on guitars, top bass man Roger Carey, Spud Sinclair, guitars and keyboards, new boy and former Bellowhead front man Benji Kirkpatrick
and Jessie May Smart, a young and vibrant fiddle player who  replaced long-standing stalwart, Peter Knight.

So the future of this famous band is still well and truly in capable hands and is sure to get another big welcome at the beautiful and historic St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.

Seats £26.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Sunday 24th November at 8.00pm

Gigspanner Big Band

Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Sacha Trochet, Hannah Martin, Phillip Henry & John Spiers

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 Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, BBC Folk Award winners, PLUS new for 2019, John Spiers, to form a really Big Gigpanner Band.

Phillip plays slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, beatbox harmonica and chatturangui , a Hindustani slide guitar and has studied the Delta blues bottleneck for many years,
developing a style touch reminiscent of Ry Cooder, while his astounding harmonica technique is inspired by Sonny Terry.

Completing and complementing this feast of music is Hannah Martin, a fine fiddle and banjo player, and a well gifted vocalist and songwriter.

The late Sir Terry Pratchett said that Peter Knight could spin the world on his bow, so with his leadership and the originality and combined musicianship
of those that make up the Big Band, concertgoers are likely to witness one of the most exciting live bands they are likely to see this year.

Seats £22.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Friday 29th November at 7.30pm

Celtic Christmas Strings

(Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Harp and Chris Newman, Guitar)

The Old Chapel Alfriston



As we discovered at the sold out Old Chapel show in 2018, Celtic Christmas Strings is a feast of harp and guitar featuring Máire Ní Chathasaigh
and Chris Newman who deliver a breath-taking blend of traditional Irish music, and festive favourites.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh, a recipient of the prestigious Irish Traditional Musician of the Year Award
and voted Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland Music Awards, is undoubtedly the doyenne of Irish harpists, whilst Chris Newman,
a former member of Scotland’s mighty band, the Boys of the Lough, is considered as one of the UK’s most influential acoustic guitarists.

Together they have already brought their unique musical vision to twenty-two countries on five continents, from the smallest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy
to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne.

The Holly and The Ivy, O Come All Ye Faithfull, Infant Holy and appropriately the Sussex Carol are sure to be included in their set, but freshly delivered
with inventive and moving arrangements and performed in a characteristically heart-warming style; a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

Seats £19.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Saturday 7th December at 7.30pm

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 Rottindean is celebrated around the world
and for this seasonal performance, that is sure to be full of good cheer and include such favourites as Shepherd’s Arise, The Christmas Song and While Shepherds Watched,
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
Some Very Special Friends

Seats £19.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


Friday 13th December at 7.30pm

St Agnes Fountain

Hailsham Pavilion

ALL SEATS NOW SOLD – CONTACT info@spyboy.co.uk FOR RETURNS (£26.50)
(Please do not contact the box office)

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

The Old Chapel Alfriston


ALL SEATS NOW SOLD – CONTACT info@spyboy.co.uk FOR RETURNS (19.50)
(Please do not contact the box office)

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!


2020 “under construction!”
All Shows Subject to Contract Exchange

Weds 15th January – Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, Hailsham Pavilion

Saturday 1st February – Keith James (The Songs of Leonard Cohen), Old Chapel, Alfriston
Friday 21st February – Track Dogs, Old Chapel, Alfriston

Saturday 7th March – Steve Knightley, Hailsham Pavilion
Sunday 15th March – Martin Simpson, Old Chapel, Alfriston
Sunday 22nd March – Lindisfarne, St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
Friday 27th March – Feast of Fiddles, College Theatre, Eastbourne

Saturday 4th April – College Theatre, Eastbourne – 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
Sunday 5th April – Calan, Old Chapel, Alfriston

Friday 1st May – The Fureys, Hailsham Pavilion
Saturday 2nd May – Albert Lee, Hailsham Pavilion


Saturday 17th October (Spyboy 20th Birthday Show)
The Sandy Denny Project (Who Knows Where the Time Goes), Hailsham Pavilion
Saturday 12th December – St Agnes Fountain, Hailsham Pavilion