2022 (the 22nd and Final Year)


(Information will be regularly updated)

Spyboy has been regularly presenting 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 USA to play at the Pavilion)
but if you have only just found us, don’t despair for undoubtedly there are many more to come.

If you would like up-to-date information sent to you, please click info@spyboy.co.uk and safely leave  your email address


Future Shows



– 2022 –


So far in 2022 – Thank You to
The Magic of the Beatles : Phil Beer : Miranda Sykes : Steve Knightley
Feast of Fiddles : Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders

The Hot Club of Cowtown : The Gigspanner Big Band
Show of Hands : Track Dogs


(28/05 – 03/06 : SPYBOY’S PLATINUM PERIOD)

(Summer 2022 – A Time for Celebration)


Saturday 28th May at 8.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion

(Hot Jazz and Hot Blues on a Summer Evening) 

Paul Jones 
& The Digby Fairweather All Star Band


If you like Dixieland Jazz mixed with a bit of R&B, then this rarely performed show with Paul Jones
and the Digby Fairweather All Star Band is not to be missed.

Paul takes time off from touring with the Manfreds and the Blues Band to join up with Digby and his band that fifteen years
or so ago was one of British jazz’s most talked-about acts
when 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

Expect to hear those well known hits of Paul’s 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.

Now Booking – Seats £27.50 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Sunday 29th May at 7.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion 

Folk Families from both sides of the Atlantic

A gathering of some of the greatest names of traditional
folk music on the same stage on the same night

Peggy Seeger, Calum MacColl, Martin Carthy,

Eliza Carthy, The Copper Family,

Friends and Long Man Morris

Peggy Seeger

Charismatic singer, songwriter, feminist, icon and considered by many as the undisputed queen of folk and political song 
Born New York City, 1935, sister of the accomplished musician, Mike Seeger and half sister of the legendary
musician, songwriter and social activist Pete Seeger

Partner of the late Ewan MacColl, theorist and practitioner of the UK folk revival

Calum MacColl

Son of Peggy and Ewan, half brother of the late Kirsty MacColl
Producer, musician, songwriter, and musical director who has worked with artists of all genres for over 35 years.

Martin Carthy MBE

Born Hatfied, 1941, folk singer and guitarist and undoubtedly one of traditional music’s most influential figures,
inspiring contemporaries such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Richard Thompson.

Awarded the honour of an MBE  for services to folk music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 1998
Married for fifty years to the recently departed Norma Waterson an original member of The Watersons, the celebrated English
traditional folk group that included Martin, her sister Lal and her brother Mike.

Norma Waterson was often referred to as the “matriarch of the royal family of British folk music.”

Eliza Carthy MBE

Daughter of Martin and Norma, a truly inventive and innovative fiddle player, singer,  twice Mercury Prize nominee
and winner of innumerable accolades over a thirty year career, when she has recorded with a diverse array of artists
that include Paul Weller, Nick Cave and Joan Baez

Awarded the honour of an MBE for services to folk music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014
Played her first Spyboy show at the Pavilion in 2001.

The Copper Family

Bob Copper who died aged 89 in 2004 was very probably England’s most important traditional folk-singer and patriarch
of the famed Copper Family, who have been aptly described as the backbone of the English musical tradition,
and an inspiration to the 1960s generation of folk revivalists.

Their unique style of harmony singing is celebrated around the world and these days the troupe is in the capable hands
of Bob’s son and daughter, John and Jill Copper, Jill’s husband Jon Dudley (considered by all to be a Copper!)
together with Bob’s grandchildren and even great grandchildren.

Long Man Morris

Formed in 1978 with a mission to entertain through the medium of traditional English Folk Dance.
Today, locally, they are the premier Cotswold Morris group and proud custodians of the Wilmington tradition.

Sorry All Seats Now Sold


Thursday 2nd June at 8.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion

Fairport Convention


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

Such distinguished musicians as Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews and Dave Swarbrick
have all done their bit with the band over the years, which is now in the safe hands of Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg,
Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie, and the superb percussionist, Gerry Conway.

Now Booking – Seats £28.50 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Friday 3rd June at 8.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion

Albert Lee & Band


The two-time Grammy Award winner, guitar legend and all round good guy has over the years
played with a “who’s who” of musicians, including the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton,
Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker and Jackson Brown.

Our first show with Albert was in December 2004 and we are delighted that he again brings
hand-picked band of stellar musicians to play for us in the Pavilion’s intimate setting that he loves so much.

Now Booking – Seats £29.50 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414




(It’s the Final Countdown!)
Spyboy’s last series of shows



(Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin)

(Please DO NOT contact the Hailsham Pavilion re tickets & information)


Saturday 15th October at 8.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion 

Eddi Reader 


2022 sees Eddi Reader going on the road with her “40 Years Live” concert tour and we are privileged to stage
the final night of that tour at the Hailsham Pavilion

From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street sing across Europe
(like her hero Edith Piaf) Eddi’s path soon led her to a professional career
in music as a backing singer for Eurythmics and Gang of Four

Her band Fairground Attraction had huge international success and number one hits with “Perfect” and debut album
“First of a Million Kisses” which stormed the charts in the late 1980s

Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums
such as “The Songs of Robert Burns” and last year’s “Cavalier”

She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the world’s
greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres including
Folk, Jazz, Pop, World, Punk and even Classical work with various orchestras

The “40 Years Live” tour promises to be something special, for as with any Eddi Reader show,
the magic is being made in the moment, no two performances are ever the same

Click to download – See Eddi celebrating 40 years of Song

Now Booking – Seats £30.00 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Friday 21st October – Hailsham Pavilion
Show to be announced


Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm
Hailsham Pavilion

It Was 22 years Ago Today
(The first Spyboy show at the Pavilion was on 22nd October 2000)

“Who Knows Where the Time Goes”
A celebration of two journeys
aided by
The Sandy Denny Project


“Who Knows Where the Time Goes” 
 A celebration of two journeys

The 31 Years of one of folk music’s most influential and best loved singer-songwriters,
Sandy Denny
(06/01/1947 – 21/04/1978)

The 22 Years (to the day) of Spyboy Music at the Hailsham Pavilion (22/10/2000 – 22/10/2022)

The celebration is led by The Sandy Denny Project a six piece band that includes Marion Fleetwood, 
Sally Barker, Anna Ryder, PJ Wright, Mat Davies
and Mark Stevens – their interpretation of Sandy’s songs
is as fresh, poignant and as beautiful today as the time that they were penned

Sandy’s most memorable composition was probably “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”,
recorded by so many artists, including Judy Collins, Eva Cassidy and Nina Simone

At the Pavilion The Sandy Denny Project will be assisted by local favourites,
and show openers , Milton Hide
 and the

Who Knows Where the Time Goes Choir to perform their version of this iconic song

We hope you will come along and join in

All seats (are appropriately) £22.00

Now Booking – Seats £22.00 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Saturday 29th October at 8.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion

Steeleye Span


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 and Hasting’s own, 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 a big welcome
when making its first appearance at the Hailsham Pavilion

Now Booking – Seats £32.50 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Saturday 5th November at 8.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion

Cara Dillon


Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your life
Her wonderful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and deliver it with profound sweetness, poignancy and depth

Born in Dungiven in 1975, she was brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry
She was soon to sing with De Dannan, one of the most influential bands in Irish traditional music and then to folk music’s
super group Equation, where she took over from Kate Rusby

Since the Cara has regularly been performing to sell-out audiences all over the world and comes to the Pavilion
with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman

An evening to savour, try not to miss it

Seats £27.50 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Saturday 12th November at 8.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion

Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young


You are invited to this tequila fuelled Tex Mex party, with the cactus sharp, stetson wearing, Paul Young led band, Los Pacaminos,
whose music will no doubt remind you of The Texas Tornadoes, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion

Alongside Paul, Los Pacaminos boast some of our finest musicians, including the most sought after pedal steel player, Melvin Duffy
and ace guitarist Jamie Moses who over the years has been
a regular member of Queen and the Tom Jones band

Tex-Mex music is somewhere between the Mariachi and Norteno styles of Mexico and the Country/Blues/ Rock ‘n’ Roll
sounds of South-West America.

You’ll get such favourites as ‘Wooly Bully’, ‘La Bamba’ and sometimes, if enough tequila is flowing, ‘Speedy Gonzales’.

So put your blues on cruise and head to the Pavilion Party

Seats £27.50 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Saturday 26th November at 8.00pm
Hailsham Pavilion

The Counterfeit Stones


The Counterfeit Stones are more than a tribute to the Rolling Stones, they are a complete  re-enactment;
the repertoire, instruments and clothes faithfully match those of the originals
….and there is a healthy smattering of ‘Spinal Tap’ humour!

The band have shared stages with amongst others Joe Cocker, Iggy Pop, Blur, ZZ Top, Bryan Ferry, Oasis,
Motorhead, Phil Collins and Status Quo and this might be the last
to really let your hair down to live music at the Pavilion

All the hits and more, including, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil, Brown Sugar, Under My Thumb,
Midnight Rambler, Gimme Shelter, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,
Honky Tonk Women
and Street Fighting Man

Seats £27.50 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Saturday 3rd December at 8.00pm 
Hailsham Pavilion

(Promoters Pick)



Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career

Oysterband, the five times BBC Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion,
and power to folk and roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital

and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk
canon to their name

They still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives
all those years ago, but the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting,
coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship,
has lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era

Seats £27.50 from
www.hailshampavilion.co.uk & 01323 841414


Saturday 17th December – Hailsham Pavilion
St Agnes Fountain

Our Christmas show will be more special this year for this will be the final Spyboy show and very probably
the last live show at the Hailsham Pavilion

And there could not be anyone more special to play us out than our good friends who call themselves St Agnes Fountain

Christmas would not be Christmas without the “Aggies” Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention)
and BBC Folk Award Winners Chris While and Julie Matthews.

They have brought joy, laughter, a few tears, sparkling musicianship and heartfelt renditions of your favourite
seasonal tunes to the Pavilion for the past 20 years or so

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne”