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, Glenn Tilbrook, Feast of Fiddles, Larry Garner, Norman Beaker Band, Evelyn Glennie
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(UNLESS THE SHOW IS POSTPONED OR CANCELLED)
……New Spyboy venue in Eastbourne – two familiar shows……
Saturday 27th April at 7.30pm
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…
Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm
Show of Hands with Richard Shindell
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.
Sunday 12th May at 8.00pm
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner
with special guest, the former Bellowhead founder and frontman, John Spiers
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.
Saturday 18th May at 8.00pm
Eliza and Martin Carthy
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.
Sunday 19th May at 7.30pm
Hot Jazz & Hot Blues on a Summer Evening with the
Digby Fairweather Band and Paul Jones
Hot Jazz and Hot Blues 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.
Sunday 26th May at 8.00pm
Rachel Newton with The India Electric Co.
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.
Saturday 1st June at 8.00pm
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
Thursday 6th June at 8.00pm
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).
Sunday 16th June at 8.00pm
Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell with Ben Paley
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.
Sunday 30th June at 8.00pm
Chris Leslie with Tim Cotterell
Chris Leslie is a multi instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, primarily known for the past nineteen years for his work with Fairport Convention and regular Spyboy concertgoers will have seen him not only with Fairport but also with Feast of Fiddles and St Agnes Fountain at Christmas.
He has also provided music for a number of Radio Four plays and classic serials, and his fiddle playing has been heard on the TV series Heartbeat, Midsommer Murders and Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland.
Sharing the stage with Chris is Brighton’s Tim Cotterell , fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, producer and member of the Reluctant Ramblers, the band led by John Jones of Oysterband.
Sunday 7th July at 8.00pm
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
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.
Thursday 11th July at 8.00pm
Chris Difford with special guest Steve Nieve
(THIS SHOW HAS BEEN MOVED FROM ALFRISTON TO THE BIRLEY CENTRE, EASTBOURNE AND THE DATE CHANGED FROM 8th JUNE TO 11th JULY)
(SUBJECT TO FINAL CONFIRMATIONS BY 23rd APRIL AFTER WHICH TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE AND EXISTING HOLDERS WILL BE CONTACTED)
When Chris invited his old friend and Elvis Costello’s former right hand man, Steve Nieve to join him, we needed a piano.
There wasn’t one at the Old Chapel, but Eastbourne’s Birley Centre has rather a nice Steinway – Steve approved – and the show was moved.
So now it will be a stand up and sit-down night of tales and songs from all of those years that Chris spent in and out of the studio and on the road with Squeeze – with a little help from the Attractions, Imposters and of course Squeeze and Madness player – should be rather special!
Friday 2nd August at 8.00pm
as part of our Remembering Woodstock Weekend
Matthews Southern Comfort
NOW BOOKING FOR FRIDAY 2nd AUGUST
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 August – there 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”.
BOOKING DETAILS FOR SAT 3rd AUGUST – TO FOLLOW
Saturday 12th October – The Counterfeit Stones – (St Mary in the Castle Hastings)
Saturday 19th October – Courtney Pine – (Herstmonceux Castle)
THE ABOVE SHOW IS NOW BOOKING
Seats £35.00 (inc drinks on arrival) from the Hailsham Pavilion 01323 841414
Sunday 20th October – Albert Lee – (Hailsham Pavilion)
Saturday 26th October – Faustus (Old Chapel Alfriston)
Saturday 7th December – The Copper Family at Christmas (Old Chapel Alfriston)
2020 “under construction!”
Weds 15th January – Paul Jones and Dave Kelly : Friday 21st February – Track Dogs : Sat 7th March – Steve Knightley
Sunday 5th April – Calan : Friday 1st May – The Fureys