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 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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The first Spyboy show was on 22nd October 2000 at the Hailsham Pavilion
It featured the Vigilantes of Love from Athens, Georgia USA








Full houses for the first two shows of the Autumn/Winter season


Future Shows…..



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

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

The Urban Folk Quartet – Web

The Urban Folk Quartet – Live


Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm

A Traditional Sussex Christmas with the Copper Family

Chalk Horse Music and very special guest Shirley Collins

The Old Chapel Alfriston

A special seasonal performance from our own Copper Family, who have been 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.

We are thrilled to announce that Shirley Collins has accepted a late invitation to join us and she will undoubtedly be reading extracts from her acclaimed book of memoirs, All in the Downs.


The Copper Family – Web    :   Chalk Horse Music – Web
Shirley Collins – 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


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 –

Saturday 12th January at 7.30pm

New Year Party Time with

The Counterfeit Stones

Hailsham Pavilion


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 when the UK’s No 1 tribute band, The Counterfeit Stones comes to the Pavilion for our New Year party.

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, nostalgia is caught on film, and there is a healthy smattering of ‘Spinal Tap’ humour!

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

The Counterfeit Stones (Brown Sugar) – Live


Friday 1st February at 8.00pm

The India Electric Co

with special guest

Jack Cookson

The Old Chapel Alfriston


The India Electric Co (Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) who hail from the West Country have become firm favourites at Spyboy concerts and it is good to have them play for us at the Old Chapel on this, their first headline tour.

In recent years they have become very much part of Midge Ure’s band, but now they are standing on their own feet – so sometimes folk, sometimes not, they play traditional instruments in contemporary styles and introduce themes and influences from around the world.

Jack Cookson is another multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Devon who has learned much from his mentor, Ralph McTell, resulting in a distinct style that combines deeply articulate lyrics with intricate, finger style guitar arrangements, influenced by roots music from
both sides of the Atlantic.

Jack was recently rewarded by becoming one of the final four nominees for the Young Folk Award at the BBC Folk Awards.

Seats £16.50 from 01323 841414 and online at www.hailshampavilion.co.uk

India Electric Co – Web   :   India Electric Co – Live – “Without Lisa”
India Electric Co – Live – Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire”

Jack Cookson – Web
Jack Cookson – Live –“Thistles”


Thursday 21st February at 7.30pm

Cara Dillon

The Birley Centre Eastbourne


A native of Dungiven in County Derry, Cara Dillon, who according to Mojo magazine has “Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice” has for the past twenty five years been regularly performing to sell-out audiences home and abroad.

In the intimate setting of the Birley Centre, together with a Steinway piano and her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, Cara is sure to deliver a set of moving songs with every note and word sung with passion – an evening to savour, try not to miss it.

SEATS £24.50 (Regret cannot be booked online or at the Birley Centre) AVAILABLE IN PERSON FROM THE HAILSHAM PAVILION & BY TELEPHONE  01323 841414

Cara Dillon – website


Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm

Albert Lee Band Show

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

Albert Lee – website


Friday 8th March at 7.30pm

Steve Knightley

Hailsham Pavilion


In his highly anticipated 2019 solo tour, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites you to share a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career.

The Show of Hands front man showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair.

Add to this a rare glimpse into his personal playlist as he plays tribute to some of his influences –  Dylan to Radiohead to Prince to Springsteen!

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

Steve Knightley – website


Friday 15th March at 8.00pm


(Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin)

The Old Chapel Alfriston


Firmly established on the roots and acoustic scene, the BBC Folk Award winning duo (and prominent members of the Gigspanner Big Band) blend British traditional music with Indian classical slide guitar, stomping beatbox and harmonica to blistering effect.

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

Edgelarks – website


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.

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

Feast of Fiddles – website


Friday 5th April – Matthews Southern Comfort



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.


Sunday 14th April at 3.30pm

An Afternoon with Evelyn Glennie

(In conversation with Darren Johnson)

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.
There will be musical interludes and time for questions from the audience……Come prepared!


……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 on a Summer Evening with the

Digby Fairweather Band and Paul Jones

Hailsham Pavilion


Thursday 6th June at 8.00pm

Fairport Convention

Hailsham Pavilion
– Details to be announced –


Summer Days in Alfriston 2019

A Celebration of the Fiddle and so much More!

The fiddlers are
Ciaran Algar : Eliza Carthy : Chris Leslie : Nancy Kerr : Tim Cotterell
Joseph O’Keefe : Phil Beer : Rachel Newton : Peter Knight : Ben Paley

Sunday 12th MayPeter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) with his band, Gigspanner

Saturday 18th MayEliza Carthy with her father Martin Carthy

Sunday 26th MayRachel Newton (Fiddle and Harp – Voted Musician of the Year 2017 BBC Folk Awards)
Together with Joseph O’Keefe and Cole Stacey – the India Electric Co

Saturday 1st JunePhil Beer (Show of Hands)

Sunday 16th JuneCiaran Algar with Greg Russell
(Winners BBC Folk Awards – Young Folk Award of the Year and the Horizon Award for best emerging artists)
Together with Ben Paley (bands include The New Deal String Band)

Sunday 30th JuneChris Leslie (Fairport Convention) together with Tim Cotterell (Reluctant Ramblers)

Sunday 7th JulyNancy Kerr (Voted Folk Singer of the Year 2015 BBC Folk Awards) with James Fagan

– Details to be announced –