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This page provides links (or other contact information if no website) to what I hope are valuable resources.  Follow these links for:

Folk clubs and venues in the south-east

Anchor Folk Club, Blue Anchor Public House, High Road, Byfleet KT14 7RL Tel 01483 476715 (email)

Amberley Folk Club, The Black Horse Inn High Street, Amberley,  BN18 9NLTel:01798 831552 & 01798 831700 (email)

Beacon Folk Club, nr Tunbridge Wells 01892 782326 (email)

Brighton Acoustic Session, The Lord Nelson, Trafalgar Street, Brighton, first Monday of the month (01273) 695872

Brighton Folk & Blues Club, The Open House, 146 Springfield Road BN1 6BZ, next to London Road Station (01273) 736514

Chequer Mead, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead  - the only purpose-built theatre between here and the South coast.  Tel 01342 302000 (email)

Chichester Folk Club, Gribble Inn, Oving, Chichester  (email)

Cuckfield Acoustic Club - open mic sessions on the last Sunday of the month at the White Hart Inn, South Road, Cuckfield

Dorking (Chanticleer) Folk Club, Social Club, Friends Provident, Dorking

Electric Voices, Guildford  01483 444789

Capitol Theatre, North Street, Horsham  01403 750220

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath 01444 455440

Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street Cranleigh GU6 8AS Tel. 08456 128 128

Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, Coombe Rd, Croydon 020 8698 5322

Footlights, West Chiltington Village Hall  01798 812661

Fox and Hounds Folk In Kent, Romney Street Knatts Valey Sevenoaks

Horsham Folk Club, The Normandy Centre, Denne Road, Horsham  01403 260039 (info 01306 875653)

Hat Music (Tim Kent)

Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton  01273 647100

Lamb, Eastbourne, High Street, Old Town, Eastbourne, contact: 01323 728268

Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton (formerly Joogleberry Playhouse)

Lewes Saturday Folk Club Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes  Info: 01273 476757

Orpington (Friday) Folk Club, Orpington Liberal hall, 7 Station Road Orpington Kent

Pavilion, Hailsham  George Street, Hailsham  01323 841414

Ram Club, Old Cranleighan Club in Thames Ditton  0208 686 9421

Ropetackle, Little High Street, Shoreham by Sea 01273 467523

Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes  01273 478124

Six Bells Folk & Blues Club, Chiddingly   01825 873337

Songs in the Room - every 'Second Sunday' at Blackboys, Uckfield  01825 890283

Spyboy, presenting folk, roots, blues and acoustic music at the Hailsham Pavilion and other venues in and around East Sussex

The Ravenswood, Horsted Lane, Sharpthorne, nr East Grinstead 01342 810216

The Venue, a 600 seater auditorium in Chichester, available for hire as a blues and folk live music venue.

Tonbridge Folk Club (Nellies), Rose and Crown, Tonbridge  01732 366857

Whitehorsefolk, The White Horse, Bodle Street Green, nr Herstmonceux

Willows Folk Club, Arundel Football Club, Mill Road, Arundel, BN18 9PA   07790 511054


Useful sites for information on gigs in Sussex, South East and beyond

AcoustiCity - Runs gigs in Colchester, Essex and a website on things acoustic

Acoustic Routes - Club in Cambridge which presents a wide range of non-mainstream music in a small concert setting

Americana - information and listings for Americana music, nationwide

Arts Desk - the first professionally produced arts critical website in Britain, written by critics and photographers who have worked professionally on arts sections of national newspapers in Britain and elsewhere.

Bob Harris - Gig guide (mainly Americana, provided by 'The Miller Tells Her Tale')

Celtic and Irish Cultural Society, Crawley - events throughout the year including Saint Patrick's celebrations and the Crawley Irish Festival

Connections - West Sussex County Council's general events database

Crawley Blues Club - "Probably the best blues club in the South East of England"

Folk and Roots - a guide to the folk and acoustic scene across the UK

Folk in the Barn - Canterbury-based promoters of folk, roots and acoustic music - "a Folk Roots and Acoustic music development organisation created for fans and artists alike"

Maverick @ Zebra - Maidstone's new home for Americana, Roots, Folk and more

Roots Around the World - Bringing global music to west Sussex

SCoFF Southern Counties Folk Federation

Sussex Folk Guide - listings taken from the paper and now on-line magazine, The Folk Diary

Tunbridge Wells Jazz club - established in 1984 to promote local interest in jazz in all its forms

Turners Hill House Concerts - ultra-friendly hosts of intimate and informal house concerts for folk/country/Americana style singer-songwriters

Virtually Acoustic Club - the longest-established Open Mic Club in London with open mic listings for many clubs in London and the UK -  general information about West Sussex and its attractions, including a what's on guide



Accommodation and food

There is plenty of hotel, guest house and bed & breakfast accommodation in the mid-Sussex area (particularly around Gatwick airport). The following sites provide information and links:

iKnow Sussex - award winning accommodation directory covering the whole of Sussex

East Grinstead Town Council Accomodation Guide - hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and self-catering establishments around the area.

Book - a range of properties that might particularly suit someone wishing to stay in the area for more than one night.


The following are popular with people travelling to our events and are particularly convenient for the venues:

Cranston House, East Grinstead - a town centre position but quiet and extremely convenient for Chequer Mead Arts Centre.  Hotel style accommodation on reasonable terms (4 Diamonds ETB). Address: Cranston Road, East Grinstead RH19 3HW  Tel.01342 323609
Great Harwoods Farm is situated in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty yet is only 15 minutes walk from East Grinstead town centre. Owner Ailsa Giles' aim is to provide her guests with a peaceful and relaxing retreat during their stay in Sussex. Competitive B&B rates and highly recommended. Convenient for The Ravenswood or Chequer Mead shows. Address: Harwoods Lane, East Grinstead  RH19 4NJ Tel.01342 300969
Stonelands, Ardingly Road, nr West Hoathly. A modest, very friendly and inexpensive B&B in a very rural situation, close to Wakehurst Place and the South of England showground.  Convenient for The Ravenswood.  Tel 'Chick' Hutchings on 01342 715372.  (no website)

There are plenty of food options in East Grinstead town and surrounding areas. Chequer Mead Arts Centre has an excellent in-house restaurant, the Cuisine Studio, open lunchtimes - or evenings by prior reservation (tel 01342 324860). There are the several places on the High Street, such as Pizza Express, CJs wine bar and Grub Cafe on London Road - all just 5 minutes walk from the venue. 

For gigs at The Ravenswood, we recommend The Gardeners Arms near Ardingly, which is open all day and on Mondays (when several other local pubs are closed). It also offers a 10% discount to Acoustic Sussex customers - click here for a voucher to print out (and take along your gig ticket confirmation). 

Other nearby alternatives (that generally serve food only after 6pm) include The Crown in Turners Hill or The Ardingly Inn. Or, if you prefer something a little different, try the Deli in Ardingly (next to the Ardingly Inn), which serves a range of lighter meals, sandwiches, paninis, teas and soft drinks (01444 891660).

Click here for PDF map showing these and other local pubs and visitor sites near to The Ravenswood


Other stuff

Alan Arnold - Hand Built Acoustic Guitars, Repairs and Set-ups (Millhanger, near Godalming)

All Music Guide - Everything you ever wanted to know about ...all music

Angelic Records - an innovative recording, publishing and meeting place to promote female singer songwriters

BBC Folk and Acoustic - Radio 2's comprehensive site for news, reviews, tour dates, message boards and links

Benjamin Guitars - Lewes-based maker of steel string acoustic guitars

Blues in Britain monthly blues magazine, with emphasis on what's happening here in the UK

Bullfrog Music for instruments, sheet music etc, 15 Ship Street, East Grinstead RH19 4EG  Tel 01342 315602 or em

Bright Young Things - Keeping a beady eye on the bright young folk scene of the British Isles

Crawley Down Village Community website - lots of people who come to our gigs live in this Sussex village

English folk and traditional Music on the internet - a guide to Internet resources relating to English folk music

Folk Music of England from Wikipedia, "the free encyclopedia"

Folk Against Fascism - taking a stand against the British Nationalist Party's "appropriation" of folk music

Gryphon - Where were you in the 70s? If you're into crumhorns and more besides, follow the link (with regards to Dave Oberle)

HDLMA - Horsham District Live Music Alliance - working to support local talent and expand the live music scene in Sussex

Hobgoblin Music, Crawley  - Crawley's oldest music shop and folk instrument specialists, guitar repairs, etc (tel. 01293 515858) - MySpace link

ILS - Indie Label Scheme (Brighton) - "Empowering independent music companies and artists through expert advice, contacts and services"

Liehsja - A professional harpist from Mid Sussex who loves to play traditional tunes and her own compositions on a folk harp

Making Music - supports amateur and semi-professional music groups of all genres; artistic and administrative services; development, training, etc.

Maverick magazine - a monthly magazine for fans of country music but with much besides

MeridianFM - East Grinstead's community radio station

Mr Kite An example of charitable fund raising through music promotion

Music Lights - Professional disco sound and lighting, including outdoor sound, public address and more - Tel. 01883 731577

Musical Traditions - Links to many interesting sites

Olivewood Guitars - Handcrafted by Malcolm Weaver, specialist in parlour guitars inspired by the Martin 0045

Radio Britfolk (The Music Well) imagine an on-line folk festival, available 24 hours a day! - Great for new learners and veteran musicians, a tremendous music site with 'Multiplayer' you can download for free!

South East Folk Arts Network (SEFAN) - an information, advisory, co-ordinating and networking service to the traditional arts in the region

Spiral Earth - UK Folk music, Folk-Rock and Roots music, news, album reviews, artist profiles and festivals

T.W Guitars - Handmade acoustic guitars built to order, set-ups re-frets and repairs - Crawley (01293) 537162 - no website

The Wire - magazine about "music that really matters, music that makes a difference... waging war on the mundane and mediocre".

Traditional Music Library - tune-books, sheet-music, lyrics, midis, tablature, educational reference materials and lots more

Transport Direct - door to door journey planner, by car, rail or foot!



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