Ukulele Jam

Working with the team who coordinated the ukulele jam for this year’s festival was a terrific experience.

Thanks to all for a wonderful performance and for helping to get the 2018 festival off to a great start.

Broomdasher Launch their Debut CD

Broomdasher will launch their debut CD ‘Nothing To Do With Me’ at this years event – on Saturday 22nd September.

The six-voice acapella group’s EP includes a track arranged for them by Barry Coope of Coope Boyes and Simpson and a song gifted to them by John Tams.

They will sing all six tracks as part of their major set in the Regis Studio on Saturday at 5.15pm, following their earlier performances at The Regent School of Music and as part of The Big Sing at the High Street Marquee.

‘Nothing To Do With Me’ was produced and mixed by Andy Seward – well known for his work with Coope Boyes and Simpson and Kate Rusby. It was recorded in Lincolnshire at Chapel Studios, whose specialist range of classic vintage equipment highlights harmony singing, and is used by many folk artistes.

Say the Dashers ~ “We love performing at the South Downs FolkFestival and are really pleased to launch our CD among friends. We’re bringing an exclusive early batch of CDs with us”.

They’ll sing some songs from the record at their three other performances during the day – including one as part of The Big Sing at the High Street Marquee at 4.00pm.

The full track listing is:
Broomdasher; If I Was A Blackbird; How High The Price/All Clouds The Sky; The Keeper; Rufford Park Poachers and Sam Hall – plus a special contribution from Levi Smith courtesy of Topic Records.

More about Broomdasher

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With many thanks for our £1000 award, Lions…

Many thanks for the cheque received for £1000 to help towards running our project ‘Making Your Mark’.

The first session for ‘Making Your Mark’, in June, was a huge success with more sessions planned for 18th July, 5th September, during Festival (and beyond!).

Find out more about the project just here: Ukulele Festival and Making Your Mark

And find out more about Lions International, the global leaders in community service, just here:
Lions International

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£10k Award from the Big Lottery Fund

We are thrilled to announce that our ukulele prjoect 'Making Your Mark' has been awarded £10k from the Big Lottery Fund.

Helping to combat loneliness through music - there's still plenty of time to get involved!

A huge thank you to the Lottery fund for all their support.

Read more about the project via this link.

Win ‘The Joe Brown’ Soprano Laka Ukulele…

We'll have an exciting raffle/auction at the 2018 festival - for a 'signature model' ukulele. This model is currently unavailable to purchase, but would normally sell for £249!

A word from David Cox at GB Music Ltd, Bognor Regis:
"The Joe Brown soprano Laka ukulele has been designed in conjunction with the legend himself - well known throughout the industry as a ukulele aficionado - so creating an instrument that lives up to his exacting standards is no mean feat".
However Joe was delighted with the result.
"This uke is a fine instrument, with perfect intonation" says Joe, "and I’m happy to lend my name to it".

The Joe Brown has an all-solid acacia top, back and sides with maple binding and super-stable Grover machine heads for precise tuning.
The ukulele comes complete with an attractive hard-shell brown leather-effect case, with plush interior.

Colour - Natural Satin
Neck - Nato
Binding - Maple
Frets - 12
Machine Heads - Super-stable Grover
Strings - Aquila

Harbour Records To Sell Festival Tickets…

Just in time for Record Store Day 2018, Harbour Records in Emsworth will be selling Southdowns Folk Festival 4-day tickets, plus individual evening tickets, from Friday 20th April.

You can find Harbour Records here:
29 High Street, #Emsworth, PO10 7AG
Tel: 01243 371415

Many thanks for your support Harbour!


Support from Sussex Community Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that the Sussex Community Foundation have awarded our 2018 festival a sum of £5000.

The funds will be used for the festival ‘Skills Project’, in partnership with ‘Making Theatre Gaining Skills’. Our Skills Project uses funding to train local unemployed people as stewards for the Southdowns Folk Festival.

We are so pleased to continue and build on the success of last year’s project. Many thanks to the foundation for all their support.

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