Brighton Folk, this Sunday

**UPDATE – We’re really sorry but we’ve had to pull out of tonight through illness. Please do still go along anyway – it’ll still be lovely**

Everyone survived Christmas, we hope? We’re suffering a nasty drum infection, but we’re aiming for normal service in time for Sunday when we’ll be playing at the first Brighton Folk of the year.

For those who don’t know it, it’s a regular folk and acoustic night hosted by singer/songwriter Amy Hill, usually on the third Sunday of the month at the Brunswick in Hove. This month it’s a week early, on Sunday 13th Jan.

Also playing are Brightonian Zoë Hazel Hedderwick, and Belfastian Isobel Anderson, who sounds this bloody good:

It’ll be great, and it’s free. See you there.

Small Shipwrecks with Chris T-T – SOLD OUT!

It’s less than a week until our Christmas gig at Lewes’ lovely Buttercup Cafe, and we’re thrilled to announce that Chris T-T will be our special guest. Although he’s lived in the area for a decade, this will be Chris’ first ever Lewes performance. It should be a special evening.

For those who don’t know the Buttercup – host to our August launch for Eucatastrophe – it’s an intimate, friendly venue with lovely acoustics and great food. Claire will be serving her delicious mezze plates ‘with a Christmas twist’, so make sure you turn up hungry!

There are limited tickets; they cost £5.50 and are available online or in person at the Union Music Store. Soft drinks are available, but if you want alcohol please bring it with you.

Incidentally, if you’re looking for other gigs in the run-up to Christmas, head along to what might be Chris T-T’s last performance of Disobedience. It’s an all-ages show in which Chris sets the words of A.A. Milne to his own music. It’s the afternoon of the following Saturday (22nd) in Brighton, and it’ll be quite, quite lovely.

**UPDATE 15/12**

Sorry but this is now sold out. Numbers are strictly limited and there are no tickets on the door, so please don’t turn up without one. Our next gig is at Brighton Folk on January 13th – see the listings over to the right ->

Brighton gig this Friday

We’re excited about the imminent arrival of our first Brighton gig, at 7.30pm this Friday (7 December) at the Coach House in Kemptown.

We’ll be playing with the smashing Guy Hayes and the mysterious New Rib. There are no tickets but the venue will be taking donations at the door.

Note that it’s not the pub in Middle Street; it’s up near the hospital:

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It would be great to see you there x

Sussex Band Names

The other night, over post-practice pints in the Lewes Arms, we got talking silly Sussex band names.

Best / worst so far:

Dirty Three Bridges
Black-Eyed Peasmarsh
Findon Henley
Alicia Keymer
Frankie Goes To Hollingdean
Ronnie Woodmancote
Bonnie Prince Billingshurst
Bignor Country
The Brede-rs
Berwick Astley
Wu Tangmere Clan
Southease 17
Rodmell & Kim
Goodwoody Guthrie
Everything But The Firle
Johnny Rottingdean.
Van Hailsham
Counting Crowborough
The Ore-b
Nick Haywards Heath
The Hass(c)ocks
Ten Polegate Tudor
Richard Crawley
Gary Nuhaven

Any more…?

December gig in The Buttercup Cafe, Lewes

We’re delighted to announce our return to the beautiful Buttercup Cafe in Lewes for a Christmas gig on Saturday 15 December.

We’ll be playing two acoustic sets featuring tracks from Eucatastrophe, some new songs and one or two surprises. Full details and tickets are available now from the event website,

If you can’t make it, don’t forget we’re also playing with Guy Hayes at the Coach House in Brighton on Friday 7 December. We’d love to see you!

December Brighton Gig

We’re pleased to announce our first Brighton gig, on Friday 7 December at The Coach House in Kemptown. It’ll be a mostly acoustic set in an intimate venue – join us!

Also playing is the lovely country blues guitarist Guy Hayes, who sounds much like this:

We think this gig’s unticketed, possibly with donations on the door, but we’ll update this post if we hear otherwise.

Free track download!

Camera Marks a Point, the last song on Eucatastrophe, has made it into the Listening Post on Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net site this week.

We’re pretty chuffed, so for this weekend only we’ve made it a free download – just click the Download button above.

(Note that Charlie accidentally created a new Soundcloud account; our regular Soundcloud page lives here.)

Band book club

Recently we’ve got into a bit of a thing with reading various musical non-fiction. It accidentally started when I bought It’s Lovely to be Here, James Yorkston’s notes from 10 years of gigging, and it ended up getting passed around the band.

James’ writing is similar to his lyrics and narration; amusing, honest, gently self-mocking. The book’s great, and it appears to have cemented JY in the band’s affections – even if he did tell Charlie’s moothie to feck off.

Currently doing the rounds is The Glamour Chase, Tom Doyle’s biography of the eclectic, mercurial and sadly departed Billy MacKenzie. I didn’t know much about MacKenzie, being a bit young for the Associates in their time, but a corner of my head is forever reverberating to Party Fears Two; possibly the weirdest and most brilliant hit single ever. Reading this was partly an (unsuccessful) attempt to exorcise this glorious earworm.

Matthew’s first contribution to Band Book Club is Alanna Nash’s The Colonel, which tells the story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis. Again, don’t know much about Elvis – don’t like his music much – but the shadowy Colonel sounds far more intriguing. Looking forward to finding out more, thangyouverymuch.