Spyboy presents folk, roots, blues and acoustic music at the Hailsham Pavilion and other special venues in East Sussex.
Many leading artists, have given memorable performances since our first show on the 22nd October 2000,
(when the Vigilantes of Love came from Athens Georgia to play at the Pavilion)
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, Glenn Tilbrook, Feast of Fiddles, Larry Garner, Norman Beaker Band, Evelyn Glennie, Lindisfarne, Show of Hands, Richard Shindell, Gigspanner, John Spiers, Milton Hide, Martin Carthy, Digby Fairweather Band, Paul Jones, Rachel Newton, Saskia Griffiths Moore, Phil Beer, Fairport Convention, Ben Paley, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, James Smith and Tim Cotterell, Chris Leslie, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Arcelia, Mel Duffy & Steve Nieve & Chris Difford, Dave Delarre and Eliza Carthy, Matthews Southern Comfort, Tom Robinson, Courtney Pine, Faustus, Swinging at the Cotton Club
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Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm
Gordon Giltrap with special guest Rosemary Yung
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED
It is with regret that this show has had to be cancelled as Gordon Giltrap is currently
in hospital with a lung infection.
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Thursday 21st November at 7.30pm
Way back in the 1970’s folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs
and introducing it to the world of gold discs, festival stages and international tours.
Members have come and gone over the years, but the band has always remained at the forefront
of the genre they helped to define, and, today the band with a line-up of old and new players has become an institution in British music.
Maddy Prior, the voice of the band since day one is still there, and local lad and drummer Liam Genockey is well on his way to a long service medal.
The rest of the band includes Julian Littman on guitars, top bass man Roger Carey, Spud Sinclair, guitars and keyboards, new boy and former Bellowhead front man Benji Kirkpatrick
and Jessie May Smart, a young and vibrant fiddle player who replaced long-standing stalwart, Peter Knight.
So the future of this famous band is still well and truly in capable hands and is sure to get another big welcome at the beautiful and historic St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.
Auditorium seats (£26.50) & Balcony seats (£24.50) from 01323 841414
Balcony only seats (£24.50) can also be obtained from Hastings Tourist Information Office – 01424 451111
Music’s Not Dead, upstairs in the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Sunday 24th November at 8.00pm
Gigspanner Big Band
(Now we are Six)
Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Sacha Trochet, Hannah Martin, Phillip Henry & John Spiers
As a trio, Gigspanner, formed by Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, and ably backed up by ace guitarist Roger Flack and the superb percussionist
Sacha Trochet has built a huge reputation for dismantling traditional music and song and reassembling it into what some have said, music of intelligently crafted brilliance.
Peter, Roger and Sacha will be joined at the Pavilion by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, BBC Folk Award winners, PLUS new for 2019, John Spiers, to form a really BIG Gigpanner Band.
Phillip plays slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, beatbox harmonica and chatturangui , a Hindustani slide guitar and has studied the Delta blues bottleneck for many years,
developing a style touch reminiscent of Ry Cooder, while his astounding harmonica technique is inspired by Sonny Terry.
Complementing this feast of music is Hannah Martin, a fine fiddle and banjo player, and a well gifted vocalist and songwriter.
And as if that collaboration wasn’t exciting enough in itself, enter melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, co-founder of Bellowhead and one half of the magical duo
Spiers and Boden, and more recently, Knight and Spiers.
The late Sir Terry Pratchett said that Peter Knight could spin the world on his bow, so with his leadership and the originality and combined musicianship
of those that make up the Big Band, concertgoers are likely to witness one of the most exciting live bands they are likely to see this year.
Friday 29th November at 7.30pm
Celtic Christmas Strings
(Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Harp and Chris Newman, Guitar)
As we discovered at the sold out Old Chapel show in 2018, Celtic Christmas Strings is a feast of harp and guitar featuring Máire Ní Chathasaigh
and Chris Newman who deliver a breath-taking blend of traditional Irish music, and festive favourites.
Máire Ní Chathasaigh, a recipient of the prestigious Irish Traditional Musician of the Year Award
and voted Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland Music Awards, is undoubtedly the doyenne of Irish harpists, whilst Chris Newman,
a former member of Scotland’s mighty band, the Boys of the Lough, is considered as one of the UK’s most influential acoustic guitarists.
Together they have already brought their unique musical vision to twenty-two countries on five continents, from the smallest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy
to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne.
The Holly and The Ivy, O Come All Ye Faithfull, Infant Holy and appropriately the Sussex Carol are sure to be included in their set, but freshly delivered
with inventive and moving arrangements and performed in a characteristically heart-warming style; a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.
Saturday 7th December at 7.30pm
A Traditional Sussex Christmas with
The Copper Family Ian Kearey and Shirley Collins
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The unique style of harmony singing by the Copper Family of Rottindean is celebrated around the world
and for this seasonal performance, that is sure to be full of good cheer and include such favourites as Shepherd’s Arise, The Christmas Song and While Shepherds Watched,
John and Jill Copper and Jill’s husband Jon Dudley (considered by all to be a Copper!) will be joined by the six grandchildren, Ben, Lucy, Thomas, Mark, Andy and Sean
Ian Kearey and Shirley Collins
Friday 13th December at 7.30pm
St Agnes Fountain
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The opening bars of their first song, a classic rendition of “I Saw Three Ships” send a tingle down the spine.
The festivities continue – it would not be Christmas without the “Aggies”
Saturday 14th December at 7.30pm
O’Hooley & Tidow
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Nominated for Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Belinda and Heidi have the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos,
from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
Their powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with honesty and empathy and along with the seasonal joy,
we’ll get to see some of the darker hued aspects of yuletide!
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Sunday 12th January at 7.30pm
New Year Party Time with
The Real Thing
Can You Feel the Force!
New Year Party Time at the Pavilion with the UK’s own rock and soul pioneers,
The Real Thing, who still blow up a storm from the minute they hit the stage.
Following the sad passing of Eddy Amoo, his brother Chris and Dave Smith still continue to
front the critically acclaimed multi-million selling Real Thing band, who return to their glory
days with a two hour soulsational night of non-stop classic anthems that include
You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force…….
Weds 15th January at 7.30pm
Dave Kelly and Paul Jones
Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots
go way back into the true undergrowth of the tradition.
As well as their own original material, they not only know and perform the work of the greats, ranging from
Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson – they actually played alongside them
and enjoyed their friendship.
After over a quarter century as presenter of his BBC Radio 2 R&B show, what Paul Jones doesn’t know
about the Blues can be written on a postcard – the same can be said about Europe’s leading bluesman,
Dave Kelly for he’s played with them all……
Saturday 1st February at 7.30pm
Keith James performs
Leonard Cohen’s death marked the end of an era, his music reached out to an entire generation.
Every line challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply
and recognize our own fragility
Keith James has an undying love of Cohen’s work and has performed his songs to more than
150,000 people in over 450 concerts
An intimate, sensitive and moving concert of Cohen’s celebrated material, including Famous Blue Raincoat,
Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his more rare and profound writing
such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life
Saturday 29th February at 7.30pm
The Rhythm Kings
Over the years the Rhythm Kings line-up that originally included such household
names as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler Peter Frampton, Gary Brooker, Georgie Fame,
Andy Fairweather-Low, Albert lee and Bill Wyman. has changed and special guests
have included Dennis Locorriere, Paul Carrack, Eddie Floyd, Mary Wilson, Gary U.S Bonds,
Solomon Burke, Ben. E. King, and Percy Sledge
We ‘re unsure who’ll be taking the stage at the Pavilion but we do know that
Beverley Skeete whose big voice has been heard on stage with the likes of Chaka Khan,
Dave Gilmour, and the Eurythmics; on disc with Elton John and Tina Turner and on film
with Madonna in Evita and The Hitman’s Bodyguard with Samuel Jackson and Ryan Reynolds
will be fronting the band – as she has since day one in 1996.
Bluesy, Soulful and some Rock and Roll crowd pleaser’s thrown in for good measure!
Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm
Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended
for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing.
Searching through his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores
the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics
and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own!
Sunday 15th March at 7.30pm
World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson has released over twenty solo album in forty years and has worked with a dazzling array of artists
from across the musical spectrum, Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, and Richard Thompson to mention a just a few.
Sunday 22nd March at 7.30pm
Expect songs ranging from folk ballads, to loud, blues based, slide guitar led rock.
From delicate, almost chamber jazz duos for guitar and bass, to those rousing numbers that everyone remembers
and will undoubtedly join in with word-perfect accuracy, like the Clements-penned, Meet Me on the Corner,
Lady Eleanor and the folk rock anthems, Run For Home and Fog On The Tyne.
Friday 27th March at 7.30pm
Feast of Fiddles
College Theatre Eastbourne
A joyous three hours of pure magic from the travelling band known as the Feast of Fiddles, a celebrated eleven piece collective combining the vast talents
of six of Britain’s top fiddlers in a flourish of fretwork, including Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie, Steeleye Span’s brilliant bowman for many years, Peter Knight,
Bully Wee Band’s Ian Cutler, Tom Leary from Lindisfarne and Battlefield Band’s Brian McNeill.
Sunday 29th March at 7.30pm
Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess
Benji Kirkpatrick, the Faustus and Steeleye Span stalwart with fellow Bellowheaders and a show that includes interpretations
of the work of one of his musical heroes, Jimi Hendrix!
Friday 3rd April at 7.30pm
Lucy Wainwright Roche
A bell tone voice, unshakable melodies and a knack for wise, wry lyrics from the half-sibling
to Rufus and Martha Wainwright and daughter of Suzzy Roche (The Roches) and Loudon Wainwright III.
The Ronnie Scott’s Story
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s
most iconic music venues with The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars
Sunday 5th April at 7.30pm
Calan breathe new life into old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting
songs from their Welsh homeland
Friday 10th April at 8.00pm
The Magic of the Beatles
“It was fifty years ago today” – April 10th 1970,
….the day the music died! – the break up of the most influential band of all time, The Beatles
Formed on 17th August 1960 their ten year story is brought to life by The Magic of the Beatles,
one of the UK’s leading tribute shows
Take a trip down memory lane (and Penny Lane) with us
Friday 17th April at 8.00pm
Booking details to be announced
On a rare tour, the 3 original members of Oysterband open their treasure-chest of music and stories of life on the road as one of the most-travelled bands in the folk world.
Expect great acoustic versions of classic and rare songs with John Jones’ characteristic passionate vocals, Alan Prosser’s sublime guitar skills and Ian Telfer’s soaring fiddle and dry wit.
3 musicians at the top of their game bring an irreverent and insightful glimpse into their world… with some great songs!
Sunday 26th April at 7.30pm
The Strawbs emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s, starting life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass.
Their 1967 debut, “All Our Own Work,” featured singer Sandy Denny a year before she joined Fairport Convention.
The line-up for this trio show features Dave Cousins, undoubtedly the heart and soul of the band
since day one, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and on the bass , Chas Cronk,
Friday 1st May – The Fureys – Hailsham Pavilion
Saturday 2nd May at 7.30pm
Albert Lee Band Show
Albert Lee, a two-time Grammy Award winner is a living guitar legend and over the years has played regularly with a “who’s who” of musicians,
including the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker and Jackson Brown.
Once again he comes from his US home with a hand -picked band of superb musicians to play in the Pavilion’s intimate setting that he loves so much.
Sunday 31st May – Juan Martin – The Old Chapel Alfriston
Thursday 4th June – Fairport Convention – Hailsham Pavilion
Friday 12th June – (To be Announced) – The Old Chapel Alfriston
Saturday 20th June – The State of the Union – The Old Chapel Alfriston
(Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams)
Saturday 27th June – The Blues Band – Hailsham Pavilion
(Spyboy 20th Birthday Weekend)
Saturday 17th October – Hailsham Pavilion
(Who Knows Where the Time Goes)
The Sandy Denny Project
(Sally Barker, PJ Wright, Marion Fleetwood, Anna Ryder, Mark Stevens and Mat Davies)
Sunday 18th October – Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys – Hailsham Pavilion
Sunday 25th October – (To Be Announced) – Hailsham Pavilion
Saturday 31st October – (To Be Announced) – College Theatre Eastbourne
Saturday 7th November – (To Be Announced) – Hailsham Pavilion
Sunday 15th November – Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers – The Way of the Drum – Hailsham Pavilion
Saturday 12th December – St Agnes Fountain – Hailsham Pavilion
Thursday 17th December – The Albion Christmas Band – Hailsham Pavilion (Prov)