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!


Swell Park Schism, Stella Homewood and Twenty-One Crows, Lewes Con Club, 1 March

Picture by Simon (handolio on Flickr)

We’ve all been trying to stay dry, and Simon’s now a daddy. What next? .

An intimate evening of fireside songs at the Con Club

Michi, Matthew and Charlie played as Swell Park Schism back in November, and people seemed to like it, so we’re bring the nyckelharpa back to Lewes, this time for an evening with our friends Stella Homewood and Twenty-One Crows.

We last played with Stella at Songs to the River, and she lent her exquisite voice to several tracks on the Small Shipwrecks record. Stella’s just completed her second album, The Wild Places, and we’re excited that she’ll be launching it at this show.

album cover for Stella Homewood's The Wild Places

We’ve wanted to share a bill with Brighton-based Twenty-One Crows for a long time. Uncut magazine says they “spin dense and stirring tales of war, death and God against a backdrop of immaculate Pete Seeger-inspired folk,” which is pretty much a perfect Saturday night out in our book.

Twenty-One Crows playing live

If it sounds like your kind of Saturday night too we look forward to seeing you there.

Swell Park Schism, Stella Homewood, Twenty-One Crows
1 March 2014, 8pm
The Con Club, Lewes
Advance tickets from Union Music Store (cheaper) or £5 on the door

Swell Park Schism, 13 Nov, The Brunswick

Small Shipwrecks' first show, at Pickled Lewes







In November, the magpie cracks a weary tune.

Join us for an autumnal gathering at the Brunswick in Hove, featuring Jaime Regan and the first outing of Swell Park Schism – that’s Matthew, Michi and Charlie of Small Shipwrecks.

We shared a bill with Jaime at Songs to the River back in June (and Michi shares a stage with him all the time, as part of the So Last Century String Band). Jaime’s got a knack for haunting melodies matched with country rhythms (think Bon Iver and Band of Horses). This year he released his second solo album ‘Winterborn’, which you can hear performed by Jaime’s full band on the night.

With Small Shipwrecks taking a break from full line-up shows until next Spring, 3/5 of the band are taking the chance to try out some new songs in front of an audience for the first time. With guitar, six-string banjo, fiddle, nyckelharpa and minimum viable glockenspiel, you can expect to hear a handful of new tunes alongside and a couple of recent additions to the Shipwrecks live set.

Jaime Regan + Swell Park Schism
Weds 13 Nov, from 8pm
The Brunswick, Hove

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With Thea Hopkins and Gill Sandell at the Brunswick

We’re getting excited about finally playing the Brunswick in Hove, particularly as we’re sharing the bill with Thea Hopkins and Gill Sandell.

Thea Hopkins

Boston-based Thea is on a short UK tour following the release of her Lilac Sky EP earlier this year. Promising ‘a fresh stamp on Americana’, stand-out songwriting and a voice with ‘the mystery and power of… Nick Drake’, it’s great to be supporting her.

It’s brilliant that we’re being joined by Gill Sandell – singer/songwriter; also pianist, flautist and accordionist with Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo. Gill’s playing the only Brighton date in the tour for her lovely album Light the Boats, which launched this week – it’s worth coming for that alone.

And us? Well, we’ve got two brand new songs to play, and a few nearly-new ones. Also this is probably our last gig before we take a few months off to move house, become parents and record a few of the new songs – we’ll probably be re-emerging next spring. It’d be great to get you all down there for a send off – tickets are just a fiver X

Uncivilisation festival this weekend

We’re all geared up for this weekend’s Uncivilisation festival in Hampshire (15-19 Aug). Not your average festival; it promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking weekend of writing, music and conversation, all in a beautiful setting.

Uncivilisation header

Saturday’s fully-acoustic music line up is curated by marvelous band-chum Chris T-T, who’s kicking things off himself at 6.30pm. We’re on at 7pm, followed by Matt Wicking, 30 Pounds of Bone, Grace Petrie and an intriguing secret special guest headliner.

Still a handful of tickets left we think, so if you fancy a festival with a difference snap one up at the link above and we’ll see you in the woods x

Home Grown at the Grange

In Lewes tomorrow? Of course you are. Whether or not you’re there for the main Mumford & Sons extravaganza, come and enjoy a tranquil breakfast in the Grange Gardens. Starting at 8 in the morning (wah…?) there’s a breakfast buffet, arts, crafts, shiatsu, all to the delightful acoustic soundtrack of BE-ings, Louise Almeida and our own selves.

We’re playing from 1pm and the event ends at 3pm, but make sure you get there early – you don’t want to miss out, and Lewes is likely to be completely rammed so it’ll take longer than you expect to get around.

For more info on what’s going on see details here. See you there! Bring hats and suncream!Event poster

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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Meadowlands ahoy!

Don’t be fooled by today’s crappy rain, this weekend’s going to be perfect festival weather, just in time for Meadowlands. Various Shipwrecks will be at the festival on Saturday, and we’ll all be there for our slot on Sunday: 2pm on the Woodland Stage. It’s going to be great.

Saturday’s highlights include Sweet Billy Pilgrim – beloved by Simon and Charlie – and fellow Lewesians The Self Help Group. On Sunday there’s an early slot from the lovely Straw Bear (12pm, Sound Harvest Stage) and a 10.15pm slot on the Woodland Stage for Fire Eyes (featuring Farah’s fellow Josephine, Maria).

We’re told there are a handful of tickets left, and that they’re cheaper online than on the gates. You can buy for the weekend, or just for the day.

See you there!

Meadowlands festival

Only one gig in May but it’s a good ‘un – we’re on at Meadowlands, our home festival!

It’s a three-day festival at Glynde Place, Lewes, from 24-26 May, and the headliners include British Sea Power, The Herbaliser and the bloody marvellous Sweet Billy Pilgrim. We’re playing the Woodland Stage at 2pm on Sunday 26 May. Weekend tickets are £95 including camping, or you can buy a Saturday/Sunday-only ticket for £48 (includes camping that evening).

We’ll be warming up with a live set on Folk is Not a Rude Word the Wednesday before. More on this soon!