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Date: Artist(s) or Event & Genre / Venue & Address / Details
Sat 04th Mar 2017 Sarah Gillespie
Artsdepot
Nether Street, North Finchley, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA
7.30pm, £10 tickets

Sun 05th Mar 2017

Jazz Breakfast With Mike Hatchard
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
An all-star billing. Frank Holder returns, the legendary ninety-something percussionist/vocalist who regularly performs at Ronnie Scott’s with his superb accompanist Shane Hill on guitar. It’s easy to use the term ‘jazz legend’ blithely, but when applied to Frank it ceases to be a hackneyed expression. An original member of the Dankworth band, both Cleo Laine and Matt Monro acknowledged the debt they owed to this man. But if THAT isn’t enough to tempt you. We also have Derek Nash, one of the top sax players in Britain today. A mainstay of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Derek also runs many successful ensembles including the award-winning Sax Appeal. Pastries and cakes will be available to purchase. Starts 11am. Tickets: £10. Box Office: 01273 464440

Mon 06th Mar 2017 John Copper
Brighton Acoustic Session
TheLord Nelson - Trafalgar Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN14ED
A rare solo appearance by John Copper, scion of the legendary Copper Family of Sussex "The First Family of English Folk"

Mon 06th Mar 2017 Open Mic
Virtually Acoustic @ The Library
The Library - 235 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RU
Get to the venue before 7pm to sign up. An atmospheric open mic held in a function room above the pub. Audience is quiet and attentive. All styles and abilities welcome. Most acts play original material. I'm afraid there no piano and we do not allow the use of backing tracks.

Tue 07th Mar 2017

The Grahams
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“Alyssa has a great voice, crystal clear, full of fire and passion perfectly complimented by Doug on dobro and vocals” ~ The Irish Post American folk duo Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since childhood, they became a couple in their teens and are now husband and wife. Somewhere along the way they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who have married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi’s Great River Road, resulted in their debut album ‘Riverman’s Daughter’. For its follow-up ‘Glory Bound’, they rode the rails across America recording not just a studio album, but a documentary and live album too, in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed ‘City of New Orleans’ train. This is Americana at its very best. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £12. Box Office: 01273 464440

Thu 09th Mar 2017 Jack Harris
The Goose Is Out!
The Ivy House - 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE.
Jack Harris : The Goose Is Out! Thursday 9 March, The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road. SE15 3BE........ Doors open 7pm.Live Music from 8pm. £7 on the door. Floorspots welcome....... We are delighted to see the brilliant Jack Harris finally getting the wider recognition he so richly deserves....... Jack is receiving much deserved praise for his new album " The Wide Afternoon", songs from which I'm sure you'll be hearing tonight....... Jack’s songs tell searching stories of human experience and reveal a maturity and understanding far beyond his years. His rich, complex lyrics and his powerful melodies draw upon a diverse range of influences – from the music of Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett and Laura Nyro...... "A most remarkable discovery" - fRoots...... "Poetic and powerful folk melodies" - The Guardian....... “Jack Harris is a priest of song who holds himself to a rigorous, ancient code of beauty most of us have forgotten exists.” – Anais Mitchell...... Here's Jack's website [jackharrismusic.com]......

Fri 10th Mar 2017

Skerryvore
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“This is the real thing, as wild and beautiful as the island they come from” ~ Celtic Connections Since their amped up ceilidh band beginnings on the Isle Of Tiree, Scotland, Skerryvore’s buoyant, tightly crafted folk rock sound has conquered the world gaining them a huge fan base. It all started with a holiday friendship between island brothers Daniel and Martin Gillespie, who played west coast dance music on accordion, bagpipes and whistles, and two budding musician visitors, singer/guitarist Alec Dalglish and drummer Fraser West, who played rock, pop and blues. A decade on from their debut release, the now seven-piece Skerryvore are as strong as ever, delighting audiences with the driving sounds of bagpipes, accordions and fiddle and kicking rhythms of guitar, bass and drums. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £18 seated, £16 standing. Box Office: 01273 464440

Sat 11th Mar 2017

Kokomo
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
British soul pioneers Kokomo built their reputation and loyal following through the immensity of their live shows. Featuring some of UK’s finest musicians and vocalists, recruited from bands such as Arrival, Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, and King Crimson, Kokomo were in a class of their own and in 1975 took London by storm! They joined the seminal ‘Naughty Rhythms’ tour alongside Dr Feelgood and Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, and the band’s debut album is now considered a classic among collectors. A series of packed reunion gigs in 2014 with seven of the ten original members proved Kokomo’s reputation as one of the finest ‘groove’ units ever to come out of this country remains largely intact. In 2015 they re-joined their old touring partners Average White Band for a ‘Soul Summit’ that sold-out London’s Royal Festival Hall. With the fire reignited, this show at Ropetackle promises to reaffirm Kokomo’s position as a powerhouse of live 70s soul. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £20. Box Office: 01273 464440

Mon 13th Mar 2017 Open Mic
Virtually Acoustic @ The Library
The Library - 235 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RU
Get to the venue before 7pm to sign up. An atmospheric open mic held in a function room above the pub. Audience is quiet and attentive. All styles and abilities welcome. Most acts play original material. I'm afraid there no piano and we do not allow the use of backing tracks.

Thu 16th Mar 2017

Flats & Sharps
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“The picking is exhilarating, the harmony vocals precise. You can but admire” ~ MOJO Hailing from Cornwall, Flats & Sharps blur the lines between bluegrass, folk, country and pop. They’ve come a long way from humble beginnings busking in Penzance to performing at the O2 and BBC Proms In The Park. Along the way they’ve gained recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as renditions of bluegrass classics. These five incredible young musicians have honed their skills in countless live performances over nearly five years, charming and wowing audiences along the way. The band comprises Kirk Bowman (banjo), Mikey Ponsford (mandolin), Josh Warner (guitar), Liam Fitzharris (double bass) and Danny Hart (fiddle). Their instruments may be familiar, but together Flats & Sharps offer something far more than the archetypal bluegrass band. Highly recommended. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £12. Box Office: 01273 464440

Fri 17th Mar 2017

Stevie Nimmo
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“Stevie’s voice is at times gritty, other times emotional but all times perfection!” ~ Maverick Magazine Singer-songwriter and co-frontman of the Nimmo Brothers alongside sibling Alan, Stevie has for almost 20 years been successfully touring the UK, Europe, and America performing electrifying blues. Born and raised in Glasgow Stevie never had a guitar or singing lesson growing up, but throughout his family there were plenty of musical people to learn from. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and subsequent surgery resulting in the loss of his voice for over two months, Stevie was forced to ease on touring and spend time recovering. In 2010 however, he bounced back with a new album and has launched into touring and performing like never before. In 2016 he was nominated three times at the British Blues Awards. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £13. Box Office: 01273 464440

Mon 20th Mar 2017 Open Mic
Virtually Acoustic @ The Library
The Library - 235 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RU
Get to the venue before 7pm to sign up. An atmospheric open mic held in a function room above the pub. Audience is quiet and attentive. All styles and abilities welcome. Most acts play original material. I'm afraid there no piano and we do not allow the use of backing tracks.

Thu 23rd Mar 2017

Emily Portman & The Coracle Band
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
“Coracle is, without doubt, one of the folk albums of the year” ~ Songlines Following the release of her acclaimed third album ‘Coracle’, Emily Portman is heading out on tour with The Coracle Band, a stellar cast of musicians who featured on the studio album, now brought together to recreate the album in an ambitious live show. Joining Emily’s celebrated and longstanding collaborators Lucy Farrell (viola, saw, voice) and Rachel Newton (harp and voice), The Coracle Band features virtuosic string player Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead, BBC Folk Musician Of The Year 2015) guitarist M.G. Boulter (Lucky Strikes), and classical percussionist Toby Kearney (BBC Young Musician Of The Year 2006). Sought-after sound engineer Andy Bell (Bellowhead, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr) who produced and engineered Coracle, will also be providing live sound on the road, enhancing the experience for audiences whatever the space. Together The Coracle Band will realise the full breadth and beauty of Emily’s finest work to date. Percussion, vibes, pedal steel, electric harp and soaring strings combine with a veritable choir of voices. This will be an unmissable live show. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £15. Box Office: 01273 464440

Fri 24th Mar 2017

Red Butler
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler is fast making a name for itself across Britain and Europe. Audiences instantly tap into the fire and passion generated by the young band from Brighton. Thrilling both long-time blues/rock fans as well as younger audiences, Red Butler combine influences from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters to Royal Blood. The power and sensitivity of their music has seen Red Butler win numerous awards and receive critical acclaim. Despite an average age of just 24, the band have a wealth of experience that makes for an electrifying live show. Touring with an extended line-up, don’t miss them light up the Ropetackle stage. A new year and a new Red Butler. The band have recently announced a ‘situation vacant’ for a new lead singer, after the mutual decision to change the current line-up. They pay tribute to Jane Pearce’s sterling work with them, and wish her well in future endeavours. In the meantime, during the search for a permanent singer, rhythm guitarist Dan Spellman will take on the lead vocal duties. The band want to thank their friends, fans and followers for their continued support: “We can promise you that 2017 is gonna be one hell of a year for Red Butler. Onwards and upwards!” Starts 8pm. Tickets: £10. Box Office: 01273 464440

Sat 25th Mar 2017

Damien O’Kane Trio & Daoirí Farrell
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents. In collaboration with master guitarist Steven Byrnes and Steven Iveson’s sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, his trio take traditional Irish music and song and turn it into “folk-pop that is Irish music for the 21st century” (The Telegraph). O’Kane is a singer. A very good one, too, with a relaxed, assured, hypnotic vocal style that exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs. Added to his accomplished banjo and guitar skills, he is an artist of rich imagination and fearless vision. His music embodies both deep respect for the folk tradition as well as a willingness to explore its boundaries. Daoirí Farrell is a former electrician who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV. Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Starts 8pm. Tickets: £14. Box Office: 01273 464440

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