New shows: Coffeehouse & Westgate Chapel

It’s been a while, but we’re back, with two Shipwrecks / Shipwrecks-related shows.

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Small Shipwrecks (duo) play Son of Arson
Wednesday 25 February 2015

Coffeehouse, Fisher St, Lewes

Launch of a new evening at one of Lewes’ best new spots, the Coffeehouse on Fisher Street. Son of Arson will feature music & spoken-word performances, cine film, cocktails and bring-your-own vinyl. Entry £5.

Matthew and Charlie will be playing, for the first time as a duo.

Coffeehouse front

Gill Sandell & Chris T-T with Swan Steps
Friday 6 March 2015

7.30 – 10.30pm
Westgate Chapel, High Street, Lewes

The first in a series of ‘Shipwrecks Presents’ shows at Sussex’s best-kept-secret venue, the Westgate Chapel in Lewes.

This evening forms part of the UK tour for two acclaimed alt-folk artists and old friends, Gill Sandell & Chris T-T.

Performing as a duo for the first time, they are launching their first ever collaborative work. Walk Away, Walk Away is an atmospheric collection of noir songs from across pop, rock and folk, covering artists from Willie Nelson and Joni Mitchell to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Voice Of The Beehive. It is themed around travel and absence; separation and journey; ancient pathways and empty freeways.

Gill & Chris are both multi-instrumentalists; expect piano, accordion, guitars and effects, alongside their sublime, unusual voices in harmony. There’s also a lot of dry humour in the album and live show.

Tickets £8 advance from Union Music Store (from next week) or Eventbrite

Flyer for show at Westgate Chapel feat Chris T-T and Gill Sandell

Opening the show is the second outing for Swan Steps. This is Charlie’s solo project, which is building up a repertoire of songs inspired by childhood in Kent and the landscape and nature of the South Downs in Sussex. “Like First Aid Kit, but only one person and not a woman” (Joe Street).

Expect an intense, intimate performance to include some Shipwrecks tunes as well as newer material, including ‘I’ll Be the Line’:

Tickets are already selling for this one, don’t leave it too late!


Songs to the River

Thanks to all of you who came out to Meadowlands, or tuned in to hear us on Folk Is Not a Rude Word!

For our next show, we’re back in Lewes for a unique event: a summer Sunday evening performance on the Railway Land nature reserve, against the backdrop of Cuilfail cliff.

Poster for Songs to the River music event

Songs to the River is acoustic music in celebration of the Ouse. The show will feature Small Shipwrecks collaborator Stella Homewood (behind most of the lovely female vocals on Eucatastrophe – we’ll try and tempt her to join us on stage) and the wonderful Guy Hayes.

The event follows the Festival of Water, and there will be Harveys beer and food courtesy of Pleasant Stores.

Limited advance tickets are available – find them at Union Music Store for £5 plus booking fee, or online.

This really should be a special evening, we hope to see you there.

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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…?