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Bringing world class Americana, Roots and 
Country music to West Sussex and beyond!

 

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Jason Wilber


Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7:30pm

Tickets £10


The Bookshop 

22 High St

East Grinstead

RH19 3AW


We are very pleased to announce Jason Wilber will be returning to East Grinstead. Jason is a singer songwriter, recording artist and guitarist. Slated for release in early 2020, Jason’s latest album, Time Traveler, plays like a radio signal emanating from some distant outpost. 

He has released nine albums and his last, Echoes, was released in April 2016; his first to focus on material written by other songwriters.

He has played with numerous artists, and has been in John Prine’s band for many years as music director and lead guitarist. Over the years he’s also lent his guitar talents to his friends Todd Snider, Iris Dement, and Greg Brown, among others. He has performed in all 50 states and across Canada, Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom. His TV and radio appearances are too numerous to include here.

Jason played guitar on John Prine's Grammy award-winning album Fair & Square and on Prine's two Grammy award-nominated albums Live on Tour and In Spite of Ourselves (which spent 32 weeks on the Billboard Country Charts).

Elles Bailey with Special Guests True Strays


Friday, 27th March 2020 

Show Starts at 7:45pm

Tickets £16


The Hawth (Studio)

Hawth Ave

Crawley

West Sussex

RH10 6YZ


2019 has been a hell of a year for the super-smoky-voiced, hard-working, far-touring chanteuse Elles Bailey. In March, she dropped her eagerly-anticipated second album ‘Road I Call Home’ to rave reviews, with the album charting in the Official UK Country Charts & Americana charts, gaining over 1.3 million streams since its release and reaching No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart.


2018/19 has also seen Elles Bailey move up the festival listings becoming a featured artist at key festivals including Black Deer, Swing Wesplaar, Ramblin’ Man Fair, & The GB R&B Festival. She also headed stateside for the International House Of Songs Summit in Arkansas and played Nashville’s Americana Fest.

2020 sees Elles touring the UK in March, Germany in April and playing many more international stages including taking to the high seas for the Joe Bonamassa ‘Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea’ cruise alongside the man himself, Joe Bonamassa, King King, Samantha Fish,Walter Trout and many more.

No surprise but 2020 is full of tour dates for Miss Bailey on he road that she really does call home. When she arrives near you, don't think twice, get there. A great evening and a long musical friendship will be waiting.

“Absolutely Superb” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“An Outstanding Follow Up from this Extremely Talented Artist” Maverick *****

“Home grown favourite nails that difficult second album with aplomb” Country Music Mag ****

Geraint Watkins and His Band


Thursday, 9th April 2020 

Show Starts at 7:45pm

Tickets £16


The Hawth (Studio)

Hawth Ave

Crawley

West Sussex

RH10 6YZ


For so many years a keystone of the bands of Nick Lowe, Van Morrison, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Dave Edmunds and countless more, Geraint Watkins is also a revered creator of his own sublime music, much of which has already been perfectly captured in a handful of solo albums.

Attempting to designate a musical category for Watkins is not without its challenges, but the perspicacious Nick Lowe once observed that he could be filed as “the missing link between Paulo Conte and Howling Wolf”. Another beacon of taste - Bob Dylan – proclaimed himself a fan by playing two solo cuts on his Theme Time Radio Hour saying (without a hint of irony) that “Geraint Watkins is my favourite English piano player.” There you have it…high praise indeed.

Born in Wales, Watkins was a member of noted British bands Juice on the Loose and Red Beans & Rice and following a move to London with the latter, he soon found himself on the “Be Stiff Route 78” tour as part of Micky Jupp’s band. Shortly afterwards in 1979, Andy Fairweather Low produced Watkins’ first album for the Vertigo label. Session work for producer Stuart Coleman followed which led to a regular spot for Geraint in Shakin’ Stevens’ band before going on to record and play live with Dave Edmunds and many others including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Dr. Feelgood, Rory Gallagher, The Blues Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stray Cats, Carl Perkins, John Wesley Harding, Tom Jones and John Martyn.

Sustained by this kind of session work in the eighties, Geraint played accordion and keyboards with infamous pub band, The Balham Alligators. With Watkins leading the charge, and a few comings and goings, the nucleus of this pioneering outfit somehow held together for fifteen years keeping the music of Louisiana alive in London's pubs and setting the bar impossibly high for those in their wake on the Americana trail.

in 2017, Geraint returned to the idea of recording his own material having found a new and unlikely collaborator in the form of Simon Ratcliffe of The Basement Jaxx to push his boundaries even further. This unique aggregation - aided by some master musicians has produced what will surely come to be regarded as the finest yet of Geraint’s solo projects. The new album entitled RUSH OF BLOOD was released in September 2019.

 
 

Disclaimer, all shows, dates, times, admission prices and booking fees are to the best of our knowledge correct at the time of publication.  We reserve the right to alter times / artistes participation and admission prices if necessitated.  Before travelling a significant distance to a show, we advise to check with us or the venue to confirm the show is still going ahead.

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