Successful Funding Bid – Thank You Sussex Community Foundation

With huge thanks to the Sussex Community Foundation, which has awarded the Southdowns Folk Festival a grant of £4000 for future festival projects.

‘Your application to Sussex Community Foundation has now been considered and I am pleased to inform you that your project has been awarded a grant of £4,000 made up of funding from the Frank and Lorna’s Fund and the Inspire Fund at Sussex Community Foundation.’

We will be using the funding to create and manage a Shanty project which we will be launching at the festival this September.

Do check back, as more news will follow soon.

Win Tickets To Ports Fest

Win tickets to see The Longest Johns at Ports Fest next month.

Click on the original Facebook post (clicking ‘Last Friday’ or ‘See More’ will take you to the correct post) below, for details of how to enter.

This Bristol-based a cappella folk music band were born from a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. Rocking maritime songs alongside more unusual reworkings and less traditional folk tunes, this male four-piece takes harmonies to new heights, whilst retaining just the right mix of quality and hilarity and delighting audiences wherever they go. As the face of the 2021 sea shanty revival with their track Wellerman, the Longest Johns are reaching millions of new fans across the globe.

Ukulele Celebration – A Huge Success

Sharing further photos from our recent Ukulele Celebration event.

Many thanks to all involved, and to all those who bought tickets to support our local music scene.

It was so fabulous to enjoy live music together

Please keep any eye on our website and social media for details of our next events.

Merry Hell – Saturday Night Headliners

Merry Hell Headline Our Saturday Night

The brilliant, award-winning Merry Hell are now headlining on Saturday 18th September in place of The Strawbs, who have sadly had to pull out due to medical reasons.

Multi-award winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting folk-rock, with a message for troubled times.
Native to the North-West of England, the 8-piece musical charabanc was built from the embers of the much loved folk-punk band The Tansads, developing a life and feel all of its own. Their energy and passion is complimented by their love of what they do and desire to share hope and togetherness with as many people as are willing to listen. Through 6 well-received albums and hundreds of gigs, they’ve offered voices of hope and beacons of light to anyone valuing both melody and positive humanity.

Alexandra Theatre | Saturday | 8.40pm

We’ve Reached Our Fundraising Target

We’ve only gone and done it!

We’ve reached our fundraising target of £1,500 🎉

Thank you so much! What a wonderful, lovely lot you are.

Special (Covid-free) hand shakes go to Stuart Cunningham who tipped us over the £1500 mark a few days ago.

As a ‘not for profit’ community event, your generosity has helped us to fill the gap created by our 2020 event not taking place.

Our event runs year round out-reach projects such Making Your Mark (ukulele sessions for mainly older people) and Musical Minds (improving mental health through music). All monies raised will go to making sure our event and outreach projects can survive and get even better.

Your support is hugely appreciated and will mean we can continue to benefit the community and, in particular, disadvantaged groups within it.


Find out more: Southdowns Folk Festival Fundraising Campaign

Bognor Radio Respect

Bognor Radio Respect are one of our key partners for the ‘Musical Minds’ festival project, which we will be running in the lead-up to, and during, this September’s Festival.

Bognor Radio Respect follows the ethos of being dedicated to mental health and wellbeing. It is an online radio station with live shows hosted by a team of dedicated volunteers, discussing mental health issues, offering information and advice, while also playing some great music.

Music has always been a great way to combat stress and depression. The station uses their love of music to help lift those that are struggling, with many of their presenters finding that producing their shows live on air has helped them with their own mental health.

The station offer support for people dealing with mental health matters, including wellbeing advice and information about other helpful organisations. They are dedicated to bringing the mental health community closer together, helping people to understand their condition, offer helpful and practical information, locally in Bognor Regis as well as world-wide.

If you like what the station are doing and think you can help, please contact them via email at

Further news about our Musical Minds project can be found via Musical Minds.

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle at HOME this Spring

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle at HOME this Spring 🎶

We’ve teamed with our friends at WemsFest to host a show on Friday 2nd April at 8pm.

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle have recorded a very special show to be streamed straight to your laptop, tablet or TV. Following on from their successful Christmas tour the trio will perform some old favourites that anyone who has seen them in the flesh will recognise.

Best known for their work with Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and BBC Transatlantic Sessions as well as artists including Solas, Capercaillie and Kate Rusby, the multi award winning trio have recorded a 45 minute set.

Each show is different and at the end, questions submitted from the audiences of each venue and festival make for some unique moments.

Ticket sales will be split between the artists and the individual venues/festivals, so you can be confident that your purchase will not only support McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle, but also your local venues, promoters and festivals.

What happens now:
Go to Mcgoldrick Mccusker & Doyle Ticket Link and find the date below that you want to buy a ticket for. Please ensure you click to buy tickets for the 2nd April show, to help support our 2021 festival, as well as our friends at WemsFest.

Once you have purchased your ticket you will receive an email with information about how to watch the show in the comfort of your own home. Each ticket will allow one more screening within a 7day period.

Many thanks for your continued support.

An Evening With Breabach

Tuesday 16th February. 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Tickets: £12.

We have joined forces with WemsFest and the Wickham Music Festival to bring you a wonderful, hour long evening, with Breabach.

The evening features Dùsgadh (see meaning below), as well as behind the scenes footage and unseen live performances from the band, plus a Q&A hosted by BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster and musician Anna Massie.

Dùsgadh (n. awakening) is an exciting new collaboration between Scottish Bafta winning animator Cat Bruce and internationally renowned, multi award-winning folk group, Breabach.

This unique and innovative project takes the form of an animated film with original score. Based on ‘The Sea Maiden’ a folkloric tale collected by John Francis Campbell, the film is available to view in Gaelic and English, narrated by renowned tradition bearer Margaret Bennet. It features a soundtrack comprising five new pieces of music, one from each of Breabach’s five members. It is a powerful and poignant piece of work conceived and delivered throughout a turbulent and challenging year for the arts; all music was written, recorded and produced individually, from home.

Tickets cost £12 and proceeds will be split between the artists, WemsFest, Southdowns Folk Festival and Wickham Festival.

Times are hugely challenging for artists, and the whole live music scene currently.
We are really pleased to be part of this project, so please do lend your support and buy your tickets. When you book you’ll get instructions on how to access the event. Your ticket will also enable you to watch the show a second time – up until 8th March.

To book your tickets please click here.

While it’s possible to buy tickets for any of the shows on the tour, please do buy them for ‘our’ show so that Southdowns Folk Festival, and friends, benefit.