2019 (the 19th 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 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


Future Shows…..



Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm

Glenn Tilbrook

Hailsham Pavilion


It is the first time at the Pavilion for the legendary co-founder of that much loved band, SQUEEZE

Recognised as one of our most cherished singer-songwriters and guitarists, he comes armed with ready wit, raucous vibes and a shed load of grin-inducing great songs.

Through this show, and others on the tour,  Glenn will be promoting awareness for The Trussell Trust, the charity that supports a network of foodbanks around the UK.

At the Pavilion there will be a food drop point and Glenn will also be donating all profits from his merchandise, including an exclusive 4 track EP, to the organisation.

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

Glenn Tilbrook – website


Saturday 30th March at 7.30pm

Feast of Fiddles

St Mary in the Castle Hastings


There are times when the band can be as many as thirteen strong but there is always a front line of a minimum of six fiddles that always includes Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee Band), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two)

Then there are five or six in a back-line of rock guitars, keyboards, saxophone and accordion, all held together by legendary Fairport Convention drummer and now LA resident Dave Mattacks.

All auditorium seats now sold : Unreserved Balcony Seats available
at £23.50 from the Hailsham Pavilion – 01323 841414,
Hastings TIC – 01424 451111 and Music’s Not Dead in the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.

And now seats can be booked online at St Mary in the Castle – Click the Link


Saturday 13th April at 8.00pm

Larry Garner & the Norman Beaker Band

Hailsham Pavilion


Larry Garner was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1952 and was raised around Baton Rouge, the home of Swamp Blues music.

A five-time Blues Music Award nominee for Contemporary Male Blues Artist, he has a W.C. Handy Award and has been honoured by the BBC as its Bluesman of the Year.
Larry is in the UK for just a handful of dates and is being backed by his regular British based band led by Norman Beaker, who was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, registered in San Diego, California.
The band have shared the stage with amongst others Chuck Berry, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, Buddy Guy, Paul Jones, BB King, Alexis Korner, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Van Morrison.

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


Sunday 14th April at 3.30pm

An Afternoon with Evelyn Glennie

(In conversation with Darren Johnson)
(With musical interludes and time for questions from the audience)

Eastbourne College Theatre


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, Björk and Mark Knopfler.
In 2012, she was chosen to perform live at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
This is rare opportunity to learn more about Evelyn Glennie and her trailblazing personal and musical journey to overcome disability and develop a stellar career as the first ever international solo percussionist.


All seats £28.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk


……New Spyboy venue in Eastbourne – two familiar shows…… 


Saturday 27th April at 7.30pm


Royal Hippodrome Theatre Eastbourne


After a sell-out Spyboy show at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings earlier in 2018, the band makes a welcome return to the south coast with a classic 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…

All seats £26.50 – Available in person from the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, 108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, and by telephone  01323 80 20 20 and online at www.royalhippodrome.com.


Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm

Show of Hands with Richard Shindell 

Royal Hippodrome Theatre Eastbourne


Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, headlining major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD and playing all over the world, this is a celebration of the enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music that Steve Knightley and Phil Beer – Show of Hands – have had over the past thirty years.

Joining Steve and Phil in this beautiful Victorian theatre is the acclaimed US singer songwriter Richard Shindell.
Hailing from New Jersey but now a resident of Buenos Aries his songs are already firmly part of the Show of Hands repertoire.

 All seats £26.50 – Available in person from the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, 108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, and by telephone 01323 80 20 20 and online at www.royalhippodrome.com.


Sunday 12th May – First of the Alfriston Summer Shows (see below)


Sunday 19th May at 7.30pm

Hot Jazz & Blues on a Summer Evening with the

Digby Fairweather Band and Paul Jones

Hailsham Pavilion


Hot Jazz on a Sunday Summer Evening – “Rocking in Rhythm”

 Ten years or so ago Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen was one of British jazz’s most talked-about acts while they toured and recorded with blues-legend, George Melly.

After Melly’s death, Digby was left to find someone to fill those flamboyant suits and front his “Rocking in Rhythm” show; he finally teamed up with the well loved blues singer and aficionado, Paul Jones (taking time off from the Manfreds and the Blues Band)

If you like Dixieland music mixed with a bit of R&B, then this rarely performed show is not to be missed – expect to hear those well known hits like, ‘Doo Wah Diddy’ and ‘Pretty Flamingo’ along with the immortal songs of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and classics from the Great American Songbook.

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


Thursday 6th June at 8.00pm

Fairport Convention

Hailsham Pavilion


Simply described as the most celebrated folk-rock band of all time, Fairport Convention has regularly gained critical acclaim and is still able to attract over 20,000 music lovers to their annual Cropredy Festival.

They first took to the stage back in 1967’s summer of love and founding member Simon Nicol remains at the helm……

Over the years such distinguished musicians as Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews and Dave Swarbrick have all done their bit with the band, which now, along with Simon is in the safe hands of Dave Pegg (1969), Ric Sanders (1985), Chris Leslie (1996), and the superb percussionist, Gerry Conway (1998).

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


Saturday 8th June at 8.00pm

Chris Difford
(Up Close and Up the Junction)

The Old Chapel Alfriston

Up Close and Up the Junction – more stories from the kitchen sink!
A stand up and sit-down night of tales and songs from all of those years in and out of the studio and on the road with Squeeze

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

Chris Difford – website


Friday 2nd August at 8.00pm
as part of our Remembering Woodstock Weekend 

Matthews Southern Comfort

Hailsham Pavilion


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

Remembering Woodstock – a Weekend 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 on Friday 2nd August 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….”

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.


On the following night – Saturday 3rd Augustthere will be a screening of the film Woodstock
that includes performances from a “who’s who” of sixties bands and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”.



Summer Days in Alfriston 2019

A Celebration of the Fiddle and so much More!

The fiddlers are
Peter Knight : Eliza Carthy : Rachel Newton : Joseph O’Keefe : Phil Beer : Ciaran Algar : Ben Paley
Chris Leslie : Tim Cotterell and Nancy Kerr.
– All seven shows will begin at 8.00pm –


Sunday 12th May at 8.00pm

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

The Old Chapel Alfriston


Led by Steeleye Span’s long serving bowman, Peter Knight, probably one of this country’s best known and loved fiddle players, Gigspanner includes the dynamic percussionist, Sacha Trochet and guitar supremo Roger Flack.

Multicultural influences are fed into the mix, that flirt audaciously with French, Cajun, African, Cuban and even Aboriginal traditions, but whatever the style, Peter Knight is the star, skipping and slipping with the bow or seamlessly switching to pizzicato finger picking.

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


Saturday 18th May at 8.00pm

Eliza and Martin Carthy

The Old Chapel Alfriston


Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 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.

Her father, Martin Carthy was born in 1941 and for the past fifty years has remained one of the most influential figures in music, inspiring a generation of artists including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Richard Thompson.

With a back-catalogue that includes trailblazing musical partnerships with Steeleye Span, the Albion Band and the Watersons, he has been rewarded with an MBE and a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

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


Sunday 26th May at 8.00pm

Rachel Newton with The India Electric Co.

The Old Chapel Alfriston


Founder member of The Furrow Collective, The Emily Portman Trio and The Shee, Rachel Newton plays fiddle, viola and harp and was voted Musician of the Year at the 2017 BBC Folk Awards.

Rachel specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music

Her most recent album (her fourth) was recorded in her late grandparents’ old croft house in Wester Ross in the Highlands of Scotland.

Support on the night comes from Spyboy and Old Chapel favourites, The India Electric Co (Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) who hail from the West Country and play traditional instruments in contemporary styles with influences from around the world.

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


Saturday 1st June at 8.00pm

Phil Beer

The Old Chapel Alfriston


The multi-instrumental half of the award winning duo, Show of Hands, Phil Beer is a most popular ambassador for acoustic roots music.

He is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler – but his skills don’t stop there, for along with his rich vocals, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro.

Special guest – Saskia Griffiths Moore

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


Sunday 16th June at 8.00pm

Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell with Ben Paley 

The Old Chapel Alfriston


Two time BBC Folk Award winners Ciaran Algar, (the All-Ireland Championship winning fiddle player and one of Sam Kelly’s Lost Boys) and Greg Russell with his powerful voice and driving guitar style, combine original contemporary songwriting with traditional material and are undoubtedly one of the one of the most exciting young folk duos on the circuit today.

Brighton based Ben Paley who has been playing fiddle since the age of six opens the show –  expect Swedish, Irish, Klezmer and American traditional music from the son of Tom Paley, a founder-member of the seminal New Lost City Ramblers.

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


Sunday 30th June at 8.00pm

Chris Leslie with Tim Cotterell 

The Old Chapel Alfriston


It was fifty years ago when Chris Leslie started to play fiddle modelling himself on Dave Swarbrick, Peter Knight and Barry Dransfield

It was around that time through Adderbury Morris that he first met Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, the band he eventually joined as singer and multi instrumentalist in 1997.
Regular Spyboy concertgoers will have seen him not only with Fairport but also with Feast of Fiddles and St Agnes Fountain at Christmas.

Sharing the stage with Chris is Brighton’s Tim Cotterell , fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, producer and regular member of the Reluctant Ramblers, the band led by John Jones of Oysterband.

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


Sunday 7th July at 8.00pm

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan 

The Old Chapel Alfriston


Songwriter and celebrated fiddle player Nancy Kerr, spent her early years playing with Eliza Carthy. More recently it has been with the Sweet Visitor Band and the ground breaking super group, The Full English led by Seth Lakeman.

She has a very special voice and has been rewarded with six major BBC Folk Awards including Folk Singer of the Year.

Nancy comes to the Old Chapel with her husband and regular stage partner, James Fagan.

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


Autumn/Winter 2019
Programme currently being arranged (includes)……..

Saturday 12th October – The Counterfeit Stones (SMCH)
Saturday 19th October – Courtney Pine (Herstmonceux Castle)
Sunday 20th October – Albert Lee (HP)
Saturday 26th October – Faustus (OCA)
Saturday 2nd November – Tom Robinson (HP)
Thursday 21st November – Steeleye Span (SMCH)
Sunday 24th November – Gigspanner Big Band (HP)
Friday 29th November – Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman – A Celtic Christmas (OCA)
Saturday 7th December – The Copper Family at Christmas (OCA)
Friday 13th December – St Agnes Fountain (HP)
Saturday 14th December – O’Hooley & Tidow (OCA)

(All shows subject to contract exchange)


Sat 7th March – Steve Knightley   :   Friday 1st May – The Fureys