2018 (our eighteenth year)

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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Future Shows…..


Martin Simpson

The Old Chapel, Alfriston

Saturday 27th January at 7.30pm

Martin Simpson is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations
of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling and his shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

Seats £18.50 from 01323 841414

Martin Simpson website


Dave Swarbrick – a Celebration

Hailsham Pavilion

Saturday 3rd February at 7.30pm

Friends of the late folk fiddler including Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Jason Wilson’s Canadian reggae band
and the legendary American saxophonist, Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown / Van Morrison) get together
for a party and to share happy memories of the great man.

Seats £18.00 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

Dave Swarbrick website


Courtney Pine

The Birley Centre at Eastbourne College

Saturday 17th February at 7.30pm

No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past twenty years than Courtney Pine and this is a rare opportunity to see the most celebrated and exciting jazz saxophonist on the planet – up close.

Tickets £27.50 from 01323 841414

Courtney Pine website


Martin & Eliza Carthy

Hailsham Pavilion

Saturday 24th February at 7.30pm

Martin Carthy is one of folk music’s best loved and greatest innovators and for this very special concert
he is joined by his twice Mercury-nominated daughter Eliza.

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

Eliza Carthy website : Martin Carthy BBC Music site


Peter Knight and John Spiers

The Old Chapel, Alfriston

Friday 2nd March at 7.30pm

The ex- Steeleye Span and current Gigspanner bowman is joined by the hugely popular
squeezebox player who co-founded the mighty multiple award-winning band Bellowhead.

Seats £17.50 from 01323 841414

Peter Knight website : John Spiers website


Steve Knightley

Hailsham Pavilion

Saturday 10th March at 7.30pm

Show of Hands songwriter and frontman – expect his self-penned classics like Cousin Jack and Country Life
as well as songs from some of his favourite composers that include Dylan and Springsteen.

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

Steve Knightley website


Miranda Sykes

The Old Chapel, Alfriston

Saturday 17th March at 7.30pm

The acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands is returning to her roots……
After a career of over twenty years performing with the world’s top musicians, she comes to the
Old Chapel with just her upright bass, guitar and haunting voice.

Seats £16.50 from 01323 841414

Miranda Sykes website


Chris Difford and Boo Hewerdine

Hailsham Pavilion

Sunday 18th March at 7.30pm

Chris Difford, songwriter supreme and Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with modern day classics such as Cool For Cats and Up The Junction……
Boo Hewerdine also knows how to pen a good song (ask Eddi Reader!) for which he has been rewarded
with numerous Novello nominations.

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

Chris Difford website : Boo Hewerdine website



St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

Saturday 24th March  at 7.30pm

Geordieland’s (and perhaps our) favourite folk rock band return with a seven-piece line up of long-time members,
fronted by the band’s original founder, Rod Clements.

Expect the full repertoire of their much-loved songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor
and Run For Home….you might end up dancing in the aisles!

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

Lindisfarne website


O’Hooley and Tidow

The Old Chapel, Alfriston

Sunday 25th March at 7.30pm

As well as high praise for their beautiful, interweaving harmonies, the BBC Folk Award Nominees
are seen as one of the strongest song-writing partnerships on the contemporary folk scene.

Seats £17.50 from 01323 841414

O’Hooley & Tidow website


The Gigspanner Big Band

Hailsham Pavilion

Friday 6th April at 8.30pm NB

It is that man Peter Knight again and a band that includes ace guitarist Roger Flack, percussionist Sacha Trochet
and BBC Folk Awards winners, Phil Henry and Hannah Martin.

Recently described as “one of the most exciting live bands you are ever likely to see”

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

Gigspanner website


Feast of Fiddles

Eastbourne College Theatre

Saturday 14th April at 7.30pm

It is difficult to believe that it will be seven years since we last staged a Feast of Fiddles show, so we are delighted to welcome back this mighty eleven/twelve/thirteen!! piece band that includes such illustrious bowmen as Peter Knight (Gigspanner and ex Steeleye) and Chris Leslie ( Fairport and St Agnes Fountain) and the legendary Dave Mattacks (ex Fairport) on the drum stool.

Seats £24.50 from 01323 841414

Feast of Fiddles website


The Fureys

Hailsham Pavilion

Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm

We are pleased to announce after an absence of three years a concert by this legendary Irish band
Expect all the hit songs including I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet Sixteen,
Red Rose Café, From Clare to Here, Leaving Nancy and the Green Fields of France.

Seats £23.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

The Fureys website


Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

The Old Chapel, Alfriston

Sunday 22nd April at 7.30pm

With a story that includes making music with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk and were recently rewarded by being voted Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards.

Seats £17.50 from 01323 841414

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman website



St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

Thursday 3rd May at 7.30pm

King King are without doubt the most successful blues rock band on the circuit today .
In 2016 they won no less than five prizes at the British Blues Awards including Album of the year,
and best singer with Alan Nimmo, who with his big charisma is the driving force behind the band.

Support will be in the shape of the Blue Fingers who played a sensational opening set for us and Dr Feelgood in January.

Tickets £21.50 from 01323 841414

King King website


Show of Hands

St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

Friday 4th May  at 7.30pm

Dovetailing old songs with new, this is an unmissable celebration of the enduring impact on roots,
acoustic and folk music that Show of Hands have had over the past thirty years.

Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, they bring
Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe, along as special guest.

Seats £24.50 and £21.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

Show of Hands website


Fairport Convention

Hailsham Pavilion

Friday 25th May at 7.30pm

Simply described as the most celebrated folk-rock band of all time and still able to attract over 20,000 music lovers
to their annual Cropredy Festival – So how wonderful is this….
Fairport Convention come to play for less than 200 of their supporters in the Hailsham Pavilion.

Seats £25.00 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

Fairport Convention website


Albert Lee and his band from the USA

Hailsham Pavilion

Saturday 26th May at 7.30pm

Undoubtedly our most popular performer at the Pavilion, Albert brings his band from the USA
that includes the legendary J.T. Thomas who has played in the bands of Captain Beefheart,

Emmlou Harris, and Tracey Chapman.

Seats £25.00 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

Albert Lee website


The Blues Band

St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm

Formed in 1979 by Paul Jones along with another Manfred Mann group member, Tom McGuinness,
The Blues Band also includes slide guitar ace Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher on bass guitar and Hughie Flint,
who said farewell to John Mayall, behind the drums.

Seats £24.50 and £21.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

The Blues Band website


Alfriston International Summer Season

Hans Theesink (Holland) & Brooks Williams (USA)

The Old Chapel, Alfriston

Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm

One of in Europe’s finest acoustic players is joined by the soulful Americana man
for the Steady Rollin’ Blues tour


Chris While & Julie Matthews (England)

Sunday 20th May at 7.30pm

The musical partnership for these BBC Folk Awards Winners began almost twenty five years ago

Seats £17.50 for each show from 01323 841414


Alfriston International Summer Season

Juan Martin (Spain)

The Old Chapel, Alfriston

Sunday 3rd June at 8.00pm

Voted the top flamenco guitarist in the world by US magazine, Guitar Player, the great man fuses flamenco and gypsy jazz with Arabic, Indian and classical influences.


Ray Cooper (Sweden)

Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe (India Electric Co)

Friday 8th June at 7.30pm

The former Oysterband man plays cello, guitar, mandolin, and piano
and its folk, gypsy, jazz and Irish reels from the India Electric Co

Seats £19.50 (3/6) £16.50 (8/6) from 01323 841414


Alfriston International Summer Season

Klezmer-ish (Music of the Travellers)

The Old Chapel, Alfriston

Sunday 1st July at 8.00pm

Four classically trained musicians let their hair down, explore a wide range of music from travelling people across the world and fuse it all together into their own unique sound.

John McCusker (Scotland) & Heidi Talbot (Ireland)

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 for each show from 01323 841414

Alfriston International Summer Season – Artists Websites

Hans Theesink : Brooks Williams : Chris While & Julie Matthews : Juan Martin : Ray Cooper : India Electric Co
Klezmer-ish : John McCusker : Heidi Talbot