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 17/18 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…..



Now on to Autumn

Spyboy supporting the Hailsham Festival

From Durban in KwaZulu Natal


Hailsham Pavilion

Saturday 22nd September


They have been described as “Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high kicks!” and hail from Durban in KwaZulu Natal.

ZULU Tradition is a company of young Zulu singers and dancers who rekindle their culture and heritage and deliver a heady mix of African harmonies that includes traditional songs as well as Afro-Gospel, with drum-rhythms and high-energy, athletic dance.

The pounding rhythm of the African drums and the energy of the dance create a stage show that is exciting, enthralling, hugely entertaining and not to be missed!

Afternoon Workshop at 3.30 : Children/Adults Free
Evening Performance at 7.30
Adults £12.50 : U14 £5.50 from
01323 841414
and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk



Spyboy co-promoting with Park Promotions

Steeleye Span

Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne

Saturday 6th October

Seats £23.00 & £25.00 from 01323 802020 and On line 

(Tickets not available from usual Spyboy outlets)

Steeleye Span website



Autumn 2018

Saturday 20th October at 7.30pm

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys

Hailsham Pavilion


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.

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

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys – Web

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys – Live


Friday 26th Octoberat 8.00pm

The Pretty Things

Hailsham Pavilion


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

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

The Pretty Things – Web

The Pretty Things – Live


Saturday 3rd Novemberat 7.30pm

Local Showcase featuring

The Equatorial Group

together with Chalk Horse Music and Hunters Moon Morris

Hailsham Pavilion


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.

Seats £12.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

The Equatorial Group : Chalk Horse Music
Hunters Moon Morris

The Equatorial Group – Live


Friday 9th November at 8.00pm

Ric Sanders Trio

The Old Chapel Alfriston


Since 1985 Ric Sanders has played fiddle with the legendary Folk Rock Band Fairport Convention.
In the late 1970s he was very much part of both Soft Machine and The Albion Band, where he met the famed percussionist, Michael Gregory.

At the Old Chapel Ric and Michel are joined by ace guitarist Vo Fletcher who over the years has played with artists as diverse as Rik Mayall and Nigel Kennedy!!

Seats £17.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

Ric Sanders Trio – Web


Saturday 10th Novemberat 7.30pm

Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young

Hailsham Pavilion


Party at the Pavilion with Paul Young, one of the UK’s finest and best loved vocalists and his Tequila fuelled Tex-Mex band.

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

Los Pacaminos – Web

Los Pacaminos – Live


Saturday 17th November at 7.30pm

Dave Kelly (Family) Blues Band and The Blue Fingers

Hailsham Pavilion


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

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

Dave Kelly Band – Live


Saturday 24th November at 7.30pm

Celtic Fiddle Festival

Hailsham Pavilion


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

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

Celtic Fiddle Festival – Live


Saturday 1st December at 7.30pm

The Urban Folk Quartet

Hailsham Pavilion


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

The Urban Folk Quartet – Web

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

The Urban Folk Quartet – Live


Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm

A Traditional Sussex Christmas with the Copper Family

and Chalk Horse Music

The Old Chapel Alfriston


A special seasonal performance that is sure to include such favourites as Shepherd’s Arise, The Christmas Song and While Shepherds Watched, from Sussex’s own Copper Family, who have been aptly described as the backbone of the English musical tradition.
Joining the Coppers is Chalk Horse Music who gain their inspiration from the stories, the landscape and legends of Sussex.

Seats £15.00 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

The Copper Family – Web    :   Chalk Horse Music – Web


Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm

St Agnes Fountain

Hailsham Pavilion

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!


St Agnes Fountain – Web

St Agnes Fountain – Live


Sunday 16th December at 7.30pm

A Celtic Christmas with Calan

The Old Chapel Alfriston


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!

Seats £18.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

Calan – Web

Calan – Live     :   Calan – Live


– 2019 –

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, Stray Cat Blues, 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 when the UK’s No 1 tribute band, The Counterfeit Stones comes in party mood to the Hailsham Pavilion on Saturday 12th January

The Counterfeit Stones (12/01)

(Brown Sugar) – Live

– Booking details to be announced –


……Spring/Summer 2019 – As at 31/07/18 – Shows awaiting contract exchange include……

Counterfeit Stones : India Electric Co & Jack Cookson : Cara Dillion : Glenn Tilbrook
Albert Lee : Steve Knightley  : Feast of Fiddles : Larry Garner and the Norman Beaker Band : Lindisfarne  Show of Hands : Gigspanner : Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen featuring Paul Jones : Fairport Convention  Edgelarks : Evelyn Glennie  : Rachel Newton : Chris Leslie : Phil Beer : Nancy Kerr and James Fagan


Ladies in Waiting!
Cara Dillon (21/02) and Evelyn Glennie (14/04)

There is Nothing like a Dame!
An Afternoon with Evelyn Glennie – Sunday 14th April

Dame Evelyn Glennie, CH, DBE, the Scottish virtuoso percussionist has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12 and claims to have taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears.

She has been awarded 15 honorary doctorates from universities, an OBE in 1993 and was promoted to Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2007.
Ten years later she was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH), and two years prior to that was selected as one of the two laureates for the Polar Music Prize (Nobel Prize in Music).

Evelyn has collaborated with many other musicians including former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Bela Fleck, Björk and Mark Knopfler.
In 2012, she was chosen to perform live at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games

– Booking details to be announced –


New Spyboy venue in Eastbourne – two familiar shows (27/04) (03/05)

– Booking details to be announced –


Summer Days in Alfriston 2019 – A Celebration of the Fiddle and More!

– Booking details to be announced –