Spyboy presents folk, roots, blues and acoustic music at the Hailsham Pavilion
and other special venues in and around East Sussex.
Many leading artists, have given us memorable performances over the past 17 years,
but if you have only just found us, don’t despair for undoubtedly there are many more to come.
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The Alfriston International Summer Season (continues)
Klezmer-ish (Music of the Travellers)
Sunday 1st July – 7.15 for 8.00pm
Four musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra explore
a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse
it all together into their own special style reminiscent of the Hot Club de France sounds of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt
Have a listen – here they play Blue Drag by Django Reinhardt
Join them on a musical journey through klezmer, tangos, salsa, gypsy jazz and Irish fiddle music and arrive by 7.15pm in time to join us for a wine reception and a chance to see some of the artworks currently on show at the nearby newart gallery including those of the abstract artist Gina Southgate, who is famed for her live paintings at music concerts
Seats £18.50 – 01323 841414
John McCusker (Scotland) & Heidi Talbot (Ireland)
(The final night of the Summer festival)
Sunday 15th July at 8.00pm
Between them they have shared the stage with the likes of Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Alison Krauss
and James Taylor, but this is a rare duo show from two of folk music’s most celebrated musicians.
Seats £18.50 – 01323 841414
Alfriston International Summer Season – Artists Websites
And on to the Autumn
Spyboy supporting the Hailsham Festival
From Durban in KwaZulu Natal
Saturday 22nd September
Children’s Dance & Drumming Workshop – Afternoon
Performance – Evening – (“Like Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high kicks!”)
Details available soon
Spyboy co-promoting with Park Promotions
Seats £23.00 & £25.00 from 01323 802020 and On line
(Tickets not available from usual Spyboy outlets)
Saturday 20th October at 7.30pm
Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (described by Seth Lakeman as “one of the best, if not the best folk band on the circuit today”) breathe new life into traditional music, combining contemporary originals with the occasional surprise rock cover.
Awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the 2016 BBC Folk Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall, they have quickly become one of the most in demand bands on the UK festival scene.
Expect to hear harmonies, soaring tunes and melodies, charming narratives and instrumental performances of the highest calibre, all led by Sam’s unmistakable vocals.
Friday 26th October at 8.00pm
The Pretty Things
The iconic band’s last year on the road after a journey lasting 55 years winds up at the O2 in December with friends that include David Gilmour and Van Morrison
The celebrations get underway at the Pavilion where the band are sure to perform tracks from the masterful album S.F. Sorrow
Saturday 3rd November at 7.30pm
Local Showcase featuring
The Equatorial Group
together with Chalk Horse Music and Hunters Moon Morris
The Equatorial Group’s music has been described in many ways…ramshackle folk rock, languid Americana, not-quite-prog….perhaps most importantly they believe it to be honest and heartfelt, tinged with their love of countrified sonic landscapes – check for yourself by listening to their long overdue first album or by coming to this very special show.
The songs of Chalk Horse Music are inspired by the stories, landscape and legend of Sussex.
Those stories will come to life at the Pavilion with a little help from Hunters Moon Morris.
Friday 9th November at 7.30pm
Old Chapel Alfriston
Ric Sanders Trio
Saturday 10th November at 7.30pm
Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young
Party at the Pavilion with Paul Young, one of the UK’s finest and best loved vocalists and his Tequila fuelled Tex-Mex band.
Saturday 17th November at 7.30pm
Dave Kelly (Family) Blues Band and The Blue Fingers
After releasing the album “Family and Friends” with a little help from the likes of Jo-Anne Kelly, Eric Bibb, Long John Baldry, Maggie Bell, Chris Barber, Christine Collister, Paul Jones, and Howlin’ Wolf, Dave Kelly, the founding member of the Blues Band, decided to put a live show together and the band at the Pavilion features an all star family cast, Pete Emery (guitars, husband of the late Jo-Anne Kelly), Sam Kelly (drums, Dave’s son), Homer Kelly-Tarrant, (the youngest male Kelly offspring) and a honorary family member, Lou Stonebridge on keyboards
The Blue Fingers have already played a couple of wonderful sets for us this year, supporting Dr Feelgood at the Pavilion and the mighty King King at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
The Blue Fingers – pic
Saturday 24th November at 7.30pm
Celtic Fiddle Festival
The Celtic Fiddle Festival was originally conceived as a unique touring project in 1992, by Kevin Burke, now a resident of Portland, Oregan, but who had been a mainstay of several seminal Irish supergroups, from The Bothy Band to the all-star Irish group Patrick Street, and had toured and recorded with countless artists including Kate Bush, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Brady and Christy Moore
Returning with Kevin to the Pavilion after last year’s sold-out show is Scotland’s Charlie McKerron, from Sean Connery’s favourite band, Capercaillie and Christian Lemaître from Brittany, France
Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicholas Quéméner from Brittany, the musicians combine their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humour to ensure an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace
Saturday 1st December at 7.30pm
The Urban Folk Quartet
In an age where the word “Folk” encompasses everything from Kate Rusby to hardcore traditional music, the use of such labels to distinguish one musical experience from another has arguably been stretched farther than ever
The Urban Folk Quartet features Paloma Trigas (fiddle), Joe Broughton, (fiddles and mandolin), Tom Chapman, (cajon) and newest member ace banjo player Dan Walsh.
This is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from Celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard.
From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afro-beat to north Indian rhythms
Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm
Old Chapel Alfriston
The Copper Family at Christmas
Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm
St Agnes Fountain
The annual St Agnes Fountain show at the Hailsham Pavilion is as essential to Christmas as plum pudding, carol singers and decorated trees
Expect all the festive favourites, Once in Royal David’s City, In the Bleak Midwinter, God Bless You Merry Gentleman, a haunting version of Silent Night, their classic rendition of I Saw Three Ships, and a few surprises that could include a reggae version of Away in a Manager and Little Town of Bethlehem delivered to the tune of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love!
Sunday 16th December at 7.30pm
Old Chapel Alfriston
A Celtic Christmas with Calan
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!
Autumn Artists Websites