South Downs Music Website

An exciting new website launches today celebrating the rich and varied music of the South Downs.

The new site, South Downs Music, brings together a range of songs, tunes and other resources that highlight the fantastic tapestry of musical heritage that comes from the country’s newest National Park – the South Downs National Park.

The project has come to fruition after Roger Nash from the Southdowns Folk Festival, alongside BiGiAM Promotions and Management, worked closely with the South Downs National Park Authority, which provided funding through its Sustainable Communities Fund.

The ‘South Downs Music’ website is accessible for everyone, but will be especially useful to schools, choirs, community groups and other organisations who want to learn and perform musical material from the website.

We’re thrilled to have been involved.

Find out more here:

Be Part Of Our Festival Market

Throughout Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September, you’ll find fascinating and exciting stalls on the Place St Maur and seafront of Bognor Regis… and we’d love you to be part of it!

STALL APPLICATIONS for the Southdowns Folk Festival Market are NOW OPEN.

We are looking for food and drink, arts and crafts, children entertainment, vintage clothing and much more for our Festival Market. The market is a hugely popular part of the festival.

Find out more:
Festival Market

Regis Centre Studio Line Ups for 2019

More of our 2019 folk festival names are here… 🎶

Take a look at the link below to find (most of) our Regis Centre line ups listed… which we are thrilled to announce.

A fine array of folk music, in all it’s forms, will take to the stage at the Regis Centre studio this September, as part of our festival.

We’re looking forward to welcoming

The Ed Goodale Band
Red Shoes
Fate the Juggler
Mark Harrison
Mike Reinstein
Annie Dressner
Dom Prag
Edd Mann
Megan Linford
Jackdaw Train
and many more…

View the Regis Centre Studio Line Ups for 2019

2019 Dates & Headline Artists Announced

The dates for our 2019 event are 19th to 22nd September.

We are thrilled to announce our headline artists for next year’s Southdowns Folk Festival.
All headline events take place at The Regis Centre, BognorRegis.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 30th November.

Acts include:
The Young’uns
3 Daft Monkeys
Blair Dunlop

You can view the artist’s videos, images, information and more via this page on our site:
Alexandra Theatre 2019 Line Up

We think you’ll agree that we have the beginnings of a fabulous festival in place! 🎶

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