The Country Diary In Song – A Folk Musical Tribute To An Edwardian Lady

The Country Diary In Song – A Folk Musical Tribute To An Edwardian Lady | Saturday 24th September
2.30pm | Regis Centre Studio 1
South Downs regulars, acapella quintet Broomdasher bring their much much-praised folk musical based on Edith Holden’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, to this year’s Festival.

In the show, almost thirty of the most popular traditional folk songs – including Wild Mountain Thyme; Bushes and Briars; The Seeds of Love and If I was a Blackbird – take you on a nostalgic journey through the year in a musical version of the classic book recreating a heart-warming and intimate atmosphere – with encouragement to join in the familiar choruses.

Described as “Wonderful” by Fatea Magazine, “Fantastic Entertainment” by Folking and “A Stunning Evocation of Rural Life” by The Birmingham Mail, the show has entertained sold-out houses across the country.

Tickets for this event are £10.50, concessions £8.50 and free to our 4-day festival ticket holders. Tickets are available at www.regiscentre.co.uk

Our Outreach Projects – Join Us!

Here's a reminder of our forthcoming outreach project dates:

Wednesday 13th July - Selsey 'Making Your Mark'
Wednesday 20th July - Bognor `Making Your Mark` at The Waverley
Saturday 16th July - `FamyShanty` at Regis Centre, Bognor Regis
Saturday 16th July - 'Shanty Heads' at The RAFA Club, Bognor Regis

We do hope you can join us!

Find out more via our Outreach Project page

FamyShanty
Making Your Mark

Our Forthcoming Outreach Project Dates

Here’s a reminder of our forthcoming out-reach project dates:

Wednesday 11th May – Selsey ‘Making Your Mark’
Saturday 14th May – `Shanty Heads` at RAFA Club, Bognor Regis
Wednesday 18th May – Bognor `Making Your Mark` at Waverley
Saturday 21st May – `FamyShanty` at Regis Centre, Bognor Regis

Advance notice: Waverley Jam Sun 5th June at Queens Platinum Jubilee, 4pm, Waterloo Square

We do hope you can join us!

Find out more via our Outreach Project page

Songs for FamyShanty: April

Welcome to FamyShanty 🌟

Bringing families closer together through music is the aim of FamyShanty, our new and exciting out-reach project from Southdowns Music Festival.

Monthly sessions will last for around 90 minutes with experienced music tutors leading mainly primary aged children and their parents in learning songs on ukuleles based around well known Sea Shanties.

`Mikes Music` boss, Mike Bosley, one of the Project partners said: “The last few years have been very difficult for families with the Covid Pandemic and other pressures. So FamyShanty is a way of redressing this and offering something that both parents and their children can enjoy, whilst learning new skills and helping improve their overall well-being. We also plan to use IT to make learning resources available on YouTube and other platforms so that participants can continue learning and practising between physical sessions`.

To find out more or to get involved, just call/text 07751 594285.

View and download the songs for the next session:

Leave Her Johnny
Randy Dandy
South Australia
The Worst Old Ship

View guided videos via our YouTube channel.

famyshanty

Making Your Mark February Event – Change Of Venue

MAKING YOUR MARK
VENUE CHANGE FOR 16 FEB: RAFA CLUB instead of WAVERLEY.

Due to an administrative mix-up, the venue for MAKING YOUR MARK & the WAVERLEY JAM on Wednesday 16th February is now at the RAFA Club, Waterloo Square, PO21 1SU.

Exactly same timings and there will be a separate room for complete ukulele beginners. Ukuleles and tuners will be available for sale, and please also be Covid aware at our new February venue (ie – wear a mask when moving around, use sanitiser etc).

Many thanks to the RAFA Club for accommodating us at very short notice. Drinks and snacks can be purchased at the Club. Nearest parking is the Hothampton Car Park where 2-hour Parking Discs can be used if you have one.

Don`t forget as well, that MAKING YOUR MARK starts on Selsey on Wednesday 9th March ( 10.30-12.00 ) at the Selsey Club, Coxe`s Road.

making your mark

FamyShanty – Our New Outreach Project

Welcome to FamyShanty 🌟

Bringing families closer together through music is the aim of FamyShanty, a new and exciting out-reach project from Southdowns Music Festival.

Funded by a £9300 grant from Awards for All, the project will start on Saturday 26th March (10 to 11.30am) with the initial venue located at the Regis Centre, Bognor Regis.

Monthly sessions will last for around 90 minutes with experienced music tutors leading mainly primary aged children and their parents in learning songs on ukuleles based around well known Sea Shanties.

`Mikes Music` boss, Mike Bosley, one of the Project partners said: “The last few years have been very difficult for families with the Covid Pandemic and other pressures. So FamyShanty is a way of redressing this and offering something that both parents and their children can enjoy, whilst learning new skills and helping improve their overall well-being. We also plan to use IT to make learning resources available on YouTube and other platforms so that participants can continue learning and practising between physical sessions`.

Roger Nash, Chairman of the Southdowns Music Festival said: “We are incredibly grateful to Awards for All for funding this new project, and over the next couple of months, we will be busy contacting local primary schools to make sure they are as on board as much as possible with FamyShanty as well as publicising the project far and wide. Each music session will be free and ukuleles will be provided courtesy of Mikes Music. The aim will be to build up music skills, ability and self-confidence cumulating in a FamyShanty performance at this September`s Southdowns Music Festival, as well as other possible venues.`

All Covid protocols at any moment in time will be adhered to, and numbers will initially be limited to 30 for health and safety reasons plus making participants feel as comfortable as possible.

To find out more or to get involved, just call/text 07751 594285.

Grayshott Folk Club – Niall McNamee & Band

Sharing a wonderful sounding gig via our friends at Grayshott Folk Club.

Niall McNamee & Band
Friday 28th January 2022 at 7.30pm
Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Near Hindhead, Surry, GU26 6TZ.

From the press release:
We believe we’ve unearthed another hidden treasure for you all and we are delighted to welcome Niall McNamee for his first visit to Grayshott Village Hall.
We saw Niall play his own set with his band on the River Stage at The Isle of Wight Festival in September 2021 and Imelda May sang guest vocals on one of his songs.
Niall then went and performed on the Main Stage with Imelda May.
Niall McNamee live at the Isle of Wight Festival with Imelda May, 30th September 2021
Niall McNamee

Just before Christmas 2021, Niall was then invited to join Sir Rod Stewart and Imelda May at the Nordoff Robbins Carol Concert in London.

Niall’s latest single, All I Need has just been picked up by East Midlands BBC Music Introducing.
You can hear the whole thing here:
All I Need

and my favourite song of his is When She Goes:
When She Goes

I firmly believe that Niall is going places and one of his next stops is Grayshott Folk Club.

In future years you will be able to tell people you first saw him at Grayshott Village Hall… but only if you get your tickets for our show NOW.

Tickets available direct from us on the number below, or in person from Grayshott Post Office.

See you there!
Des O’Byrne
Grayshott Folk Club

01428 607096
grayshottfolkclub@btinternet.com
Grayshott Folk Club

Shanty Heads

Say hello to Shanty Heads!

The Shanty Heads Project was launched as part of our 2021 festival with an aim to help combat mental illness and stress through the medium of shanty singing with a mixed gender group of participants across the community.

Within the Arun district it has been well documented that we have a higher-than-average amount of deprivation and mental illness.

Clearly there are no quick solutions to this but Shanty Heads seeks to make a contribution to help improve what is happening in the area. By focussing on a specific and enjoyable experience, the confidence, self-image and social skills of those taking part should improve by creating a sense of achievement. This hopefully will be important to their future well-being and prospects going forward.

The intention is to run a set of free monthly shanty singing workshops through 2022 in Bognor Regis. Our thanks go out to Bognor Radio Respect Adapts Hub CIC and the Bognor RAFA Club who are two of the organisations that are fully supporting the project moving forward.

Launching on Sat 22 Jan 2022 at RAFA Club, Bognor Regis, 10.30 to 12.30pm.

Please email sdffshantyhead@gmail.com to register your interest for Sat 22 Jan, as we are limiting numbers to 20 people for the first session.


Grayshott Folk Club

Our friends at the Grayshott Folk Club have some wonderful shows in the pipeline.

On Saturday 18th December, for example, they have a Christmas Special with Melrose Quartet.

They say ~
After another year of upheaval and uncertainty, what we all need is an opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy a proper, old-fashioned, Christmas “do”. Who better to play for us, than Melrose Quartet?

Top Folk musicians Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Jess Arrowsmith and Richard Arrowsmith will royally entertain us with their very special seasonal show, which they call “A Bright New Year” (I’ll drink to that!). The show will be based upon “The Rudolph Variations”, their full-length album that features a range of joyous seasonal songs, from traditional carols to contemporary wassails.

This will be a fun evening of music and song, dressing up, games with prizes, lots of choruses to join in with, and an award for the most memorable Christmas jumper.

Tickets £18. Available from Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096

Please keep an eye on www.grayshottfolkclub.co.uk for updates.

Free Ukulele Sessions

A very warm and welcome return for ‘Making Your Mark’.

Funded by the Sussex Community Foundation, Making Your Mark aims to combat social isolation and promote positive mental health by helping people to learn or brush up on their ukulele skills.

Our popular Making Your Mark returns Wednesday 17th November between 10am and 12 noon in a fabulous new venue – the Waverley Function Room – on West Bognor Regis Seafront. Free car parking is very near by.

Making Your Mark is one of the reach-out projects of the Southdowns Folk Festival, soon to be re-branded as the Southdowns Music Festival. Festival Chairman, Roger Nash said: “It`s great that Making Your Mark is starting up again, and November 17th will be the first in a series of regular monthly sessions at the new venue, and for just £1, you can get all the tea and coffee you want! If you haven`t got a ukulele, don`t worry as there will be some there for you to try and buy if you want to, and when the session is finished, you’ll be very welcome to stay on for the regular `Waverley Ukulele Jam` at the same venue between 1pm and 3pm.

Ukulele Lessons