HICKORY SIGNALS - Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti have been making stunning folk music as Hickory Signals for the last five years or so. Atmospheric, explorative and thrilling to listen to, the duo represent the folk scene at its very best - they're an act who have immense respect for the traditions of the genre, but aren't afraid to push it into new places. We're so happy to have them join us at Village this March!
JACK HARRIS - One of the finest live performers around, a Jack Harris set combines his stately folk songwriting with unparalleled wit and storytelling. There's no other act around that can be readily compared to Jack Harris. Let's try anyway: he's Dorothy Parker, singing from a John Banville novel. He's Oscar Wilde, raised on the great American blues artists. He's a gangly shadow-puppet, brought to life in the form of the only human being we would ever allow the word 'raconteur' to be used upon.
CALLING BLUE JAY - Marieke De Keukelaere's music calls to diverse influences from jazz to folk to blues. Her distinctive vocals have shades of Joanna Newsom, though we'd be inclined to say Calling Blue Jay are a little more accessible, and much less affected. Gorgeous, other-worldly folk music.
To launch his new Chap Book 'Sin', Mike is holding a reading with us at 8pm on the evening of 30th January 2018. Poets and Wordsmiths are invited to assemble to share a night of poetry, music and shenanigans.
As a special offer for the launch, the chap book will be available to buy by paying what you want for it!
Folkroom returns to Village for a whole new year of bringing fine folk music to Brighton for free! We're kicking off the year with two wonderful acts and will be back fortnightly after with even more!
ANNA HOWIE - Sussex-based musician Anna Howie is usually found at her own folk club, The Hop Sessions, up in Forest Row; we're looking forward to her venturing down to Folkroom. Melodic, moving music that builds up inside of you, Anna's songs will make for a mesmeric start to our year.
ROBBIE SKITMORE - There's a satisfying touch of alt-Americana to Robbie Skitmore's music. A distinct accent that raises his sound above his contemporaries and makes him the perfect first act for our 2018 residency at Village Bar!
Bernard Hoskin is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge whose distinctive and original sound is based upon English songwriting and world music rhythms as well as the more common folk, country and blues styles. An experienced performer, he accompanies himself on 6 and 12 string guitars and mandolin playing a mixture of original and traditional songs and covers.
He has opened up for many of the big names of the folk scene including Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Harvey Andrews, John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee, Clive Gregson, Isaac Guillory, Andy Irvine, Phil Beer, Colvin Quarmby, Johnny Dickinson, Pete Atkin, June Tabor and the Oysterband, Dougie MacLean, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Megson, Gigspanner, Henry Priestman, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Carrivick Sisters, O'Hooley & Todow, Lucy Ward and the Amy Wadge Band.
He has produced eleven CDs and a Rock and Reel magazine review wrote of “his fine tradition of crafting accessible, mellow acoustic folk with occasionally well-placed African pop flavours ...reminiscent of the work of Ralph McTell, Paul Heaton, Johnny Clegg and the later work of Paul Simon.”
Brighton's ukulele exclusive Open Mic offers a performance space to first time uke performers and seasoned professionals, solo artists and bands....all welcome as long as it's four strings! No booking in advance. Sign up from 7.30....spots go quickly and we are becoming quite a popular nite now so get down early to avoid disappointment. Non uke playing friends and animated audience members very welcome! Hosted by lead singer and ukulele player of local bands the Nelly Canes and the Sandwalkers Debz Sebborn. October's Uketopia welcomes all things Halloween so if you have any darker songs you wanna share we are all ears!
Making Something Out Of Nothingis a poetic response to the Constable in Brighton Exhibition...
Several local spoken word artists and poets have been inspired to respond to the exhibition with words!
They will gather to read poems on the theme of : Making Something Out of Nothing. A response to the recent Constable In Brighton Exhibition at the Brighton Museum
Peter Harrap the exhibitions curator said of this night that:
‘Making something out of nothing to create a visual poetry fresh out of Brighton is a radical idea. Lets see what happens '
Tragic Roundabout are returning to their spiritual home on Friday 7th April and we cant wait!
Knees up mother Russia! Balkan rhythms with a gypsy vibe!
"Five musicians and a drummer". Clarinet, accordion, banjo, guitar, bass and drums with the occasional trombone or trumpet make sure that the music stays on the more robust side of the acoustic spectrum.
The band’s debut release, Here Comes The Lino Man, came out in 1994, and so far they've recorded five albums with a sixth in the making. Tragic have toured Europe many times from Spain to Scandanavia and have played at many festivals along the way including Glastonbury.
George is a North Yorkshire singer-songwriter.
His effortless vocals and sensitive guitar playing evoke an intimate atmosphere that silences even the rowdiest of crowds.
He has supported artists such as 'Natty', 'The Travelling Band' and 'Skinny Lister', been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and performed at Latitude Festival 2016 on the BBC Introducing stage.
His debut album was released summer 2016.
People Poems is the alt-folk solo project of Leeds based musician/songwriter Harry Orme. Under the People Poems name he has toured the UK and Europe, and supported artists across the folk/indie spectrum such as Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Big Thief, Emily Portman, Sam Sweeney & Pete Flood (Bellowed), Ciaran Lavery, Luke Concanon (Nizlopi) and Adam Barnes. He is frequently aided by his regular collaborators Francesca Haincourt, Matthew Aplin and Angus Milne.
Queen Bee is expecting twins! So gather your Beyhive pals and come celebrate with a quiz!
Fun Beyoncé themed prizes to be won!
Entry is £2 per person. The proceeds of this even will go to the Futuresense Foundation as I will be taking part in a volunteering trip this summer withChallenges Abroad. For more info please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BryonyJohnson
The Diamond Family Archive are an English lo-fi, psych-folk, multi-instrumentalist duo.
Live, The Diamond Family Archive craft a mesmeric live-show from drums, acoustic guitars, lots of FX pedals, keyboards set to drone, tape delay, loops and bellows, bows, harmonicas, cosmic harps, toys and broken cymbals. All coming together to create music which holds echos of post-rock, traditional folk, spiritual soul music, psychedelic rock and lo-fi.
Foot-stomping, finger-picking, hollering vs pin-drop hush - fragile, lazy grace.
In the last year alone The Diamond Family Archive have played shows in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
Dr Blue curates a season of 4 nights featuring an evening of music, spoken word and artists sketching what they see.
Each night will feature a guest performer:
30th November: Deborah Martin (Poet)
7th December: Hannah Brackenbury (Musical Comedy)
13th December: Louisa Tomlinson (Poet)
21st December: Selina Nwulu (London Young Poet Laureate)
Get ready for some foot stomping, energetic festive merriment!
Papa Le Gál have crafted an indefinable musical style as eclectic and diverse as their individual musical backgrounds. Circumnavigating the musical globe, drawing influence from afrobeat, latin, dub, funk and anything else that happens to take their fancy, the Papa crew never fail to get a crowd moving.
The horn section from local legends
KING PORTER STOMP
Free entry! So come on down and let's have a party :D