What’s On at FOCSLE Music, Southampton

most Wednesdays (exc. first), each month
at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley,  Southampton  SO14 6SF
PLEASE:  no mail to venue — e-mail one of us for address

Below are the next few weeks’ events.  Our online calendar shows the whole year.
WEDNESDAY
29 Jan 2020
8:00pm

Songwriters’ Singaround

  N.B.  This evening under threat of having to be scratched due to M.C. illness.
[edited Tues. 23:40]:  Though feeling a little better (and posibly non-infectious, one of the negative aspects), I've still got a noisy, and unexpected, cough, so prospect not good for Weds.  Pls. check back here at lunchtime for update.

  Somewhat tweaked format for fifth Weds. of the month:  mainly dedicated to those who write their own songs.  If YOU don't, well…
a) you could have a go!  Let's hear whatcha got  and/or
b) learn (or pick from your repertoire) something BY a noted songwriter  or
c) come along anyway and just be audience for an evening
  Poets welcome to deliver their own work:  suggested duration, c.5 to 6mins. max. per piece, or section of it.  If you're not a poet, but can read aloud, bring and perform something – perhaps with some relevance to the time of year or other promising element – by someone who IS. 
  We'll try this modus operandi and see if it works.  If so, we'll repeat it (perhaps with minor variations) next time there are five Weds. in one month.

WEDNESDAY
5 Feb 2020
8:00pm

Southampton ‘Steady’ Session — not run by FOCSLE Music

  Do check Sam Horlock's Facebook page, for confirmation that this meet is running, and (if you want to join in) delve further for details of the tunebook they use.  Message him if that detail's not immediately obvious.

WEDNESDAY
12 Feb 2020
8:00pm

Guests:  NOMAD

Heather Slipper, with fiddle; Al Slipper, with guitar; Jim Brown, with banjo; collectively Nomad

  NOMAD are a trio comprising two folks familiar to FOCSLE Music frequenters, plus a musician less known to us.  ALAN SLIPPER (vocal, guitar) attends about half our meets, often along with his wife HEATHER (vocal, 2nd guitar, fiddle, whistles).  Banjoist JIM BROWN spends part of his year in Canada, hence NOMAD perform only part of each year.  Songs and some tunes in traditional styles from several cultures, mostly American Old Time, English & Celtic.

  As usual, a singaround will precede the guests' part of the evening.  Also as usual, no formal entry charge:  we Pass-the-Hat to pay the musicians, and run our usual [voluntary participation] raffle with, at minimum, an alcohol prize (plus confectionery, if attendance numbers warrant).  M.C.: Paul Clarke

WEDNESDAY
19 Feb 2020
8:00pm

Singaround, “Showcase”-hosted by KEVIN BARLOW

people having fun at The Focsle singaround

  "Showcase" means that the M.C., usually selected from our pool of frequent or regular attenders, will perform a short 'set' [2 or 3 numbers] each time their turn comes round.  For our first one, popular bundle-of-good-cheer from Oldham, KEVIN BARLOW (vocal, guitar), does the honours.  Early in my Fo'c'sle-going days, I was impressed to find that our 'star' member, Brian Hooper, could reel off about 150 songs from memory.  Soon after, my jaw was on the floor to discover that Kevin had a repertoire of about 600!  An impressive number of these are his own:  original sideways takes, on a diverse and unexpected range of topics, usually from a humorous angle.  That said, even many of his covers are from people you've hardly heard of, derived from his years of going to northern folk clubs.  On our typical singaround attendances, you could expect to hear 8 to 12 of these in tonight's format.

WEDNESDAY
26 Feb 2020
8:00pm

Guests:  PANDA-MONIUM

Damian O'Vitch and Syd Meats in panda outfits, barbecuing food (Bear Grills, geddit?)

  The pic. above is for their [wait for it] Bear Grills tour, giving a foretaste [pun intended] of the type of humour you might expect from a gig by PANDA-MONIUM, "Hampshire's leading panda harmonium duo".  Brainchild Gibletschild of erstwhile Fo'c'sle F C regular SYD MEATS {a.k.a. Guru SydPanda) and his mate DAMIAN O'VITCH (M. C. Meles), who bring their surreal daftness to The Doghouse tonight.  Experience the musical and poetical results of their own brainstorms, plus unlikely cover versions, possibly – "for one night only" – with Johnny Cash references (being his birthday).  Yersss.

  Usual* Doghouse guest night arrangements:  Pass-the-Hat entry 'fee';  preliminary singaround;  raffle, with prize(s) including alcohol (and, usually, confectionery), in the break.  M.C.: Paul Clarke

* as if anything involving Syd could be called "usual"

WEDNESDAY
4 Mar 2020
8:00pm

Southampton ‘Steady’ Session — not run by FOCSLE Music

  Do check Sam Horlock's Facebook page, for confirmation that this meet is running, and (if you want to join in) delve further for details of the tunebook they use.  Message him if that detail's not immediately obvious.

WEDNESDAY
11 Mar 2020
8:00pm

Guest: DAVE HUNT

  Singer, guitarist and songwriter, based in west Hampshire, DAVE HUNT is more familiar to patrons of Ringwood F C these days, but occasionally used to come to The Fo'c'sle in its previous guise.  Often appears leading his eponymous trio, but visiting us solo tonight.  Expect a mix of contemporary and Trad., with an impressive line in convincing quasi-Trad. songs he's written himself.

  Usual Doghouse Guest night arrangements:  preliminary singaround;  raffle in the break;  no formal entry charge:  instead we'll Pass-the-Hat for Dave.  
M.C.: Paul Clarke

WEDNESDAY
18 Mar 2020
8:00pm

Singaround, “Showcase”-hosted by BILL NEWNAM

  "Showcase" means that the M.C., usually selected from our pool of frequent or regular attenders, will perform a short 'set' [2 or 3 numbers] each time their turn comes round.  Regular visitor, and performer of a mix of Trad. and contemporary British material and Americana, BILL NEWNAM (vocal, guitar, occasional harmonica) takes the reins this time.

WEDNESDAY
25 Mar 2020
8:00pm

Guests:  ANTOINE & OWENA

  Newish duo from Salisbury (a thinly-served area – e.g. no folk club – in music terms, surprising given the antiquity of its culture and, presumably, myths).  ANTOINE & OWENA give the Tradition a definite twist.  Great rhythmic drive from Antoine’s various string instruments underpin Owena’s vocals.  They are on a mini-tour with their latest CD, Something Out Of Nothing.

  Singaround in the hour or so before the main act.  Pass-the-Hat collection for the musicans.  Raffle, with wine (as minimum) and a confectionery option as prizes.  M.C.: [most likely] Paul Clarke (Jon Ellis returns from India this day, and may attend, if not jet-lagged)

WEDNESDAY
1 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Southampton ‘Steady’ Session — not run by FOCSLE Music

  Do check Sam Horlock's Facebook page, for confirmation that this meet is running, and (if you want to join in) delve further for details of the tunebook they use.  Message him if that detail's not immediately obvious.


Other things of interest

Most Wednesdays*,

FOCSLE Music runs live music events

usually at The Guide Dog pub, on corner of Earls & Ancasta Rds.  (Also usually) alternate meetings feature local or national guests (otherwise home-made music**), almost all unplugged acoustic.
Performers and audience equally welcome.

* first Weds. of most months are occupied by Southampton ‘Steady’ Sessions (similar genre to ours, but played from sheet-music at a pace suitable for those learning their craft), whose details are listed in our diary, left

** currently along “singaround” / song-circle lines (i.e. working round the room, anyone who wishes to is invited to do a ‘turn’, with others joining in where suitable).  Specific SIngaround evenings are, for a trial period, run "Showcase"-style:  the M.C. [different each event] delivers 2 or 3 numbers every circuit of the room.  References to ‘song’ also include tunes played;  ‘music’ includes stories, poems, etc. being delivered.  Typically, Guest nights are preceded by a singaround, mostly in lieu of floor-spots
  Paul Clarke
paul@focsle.org 023 8046 2723 (ans.) or [TEXT only, pls. don’t call] 073 8040 1951 / jon@focsle.org [not for immediate info about upcoming events:  Jon Ellis lives in India for the duration of G.M.T.]


  Venue is The Guide Dog, unless stated otherwise.  Re-visit periodically or, if you sign up (see below), you’ll be sent reminders of upcoming events.  This page highlights any breaks to this pattern (date-shifts due to Saints football matches, the odd venue-switch for higher-profile guests).  Singarounds may morph into other formats, hence suggesting you check back here every so often.


“Cosy”, “Lovely pub”, “Good subdued lighting”, “Best beer in Southampton”, “So enjoyed myself at the gig:  lovely group of people, so welcoming and friendly”, “Can we take you home with us?  We could use you on our next recording”:  some comments about us, our chorus-singing, and The Guide Dog, FOCSLE Music’s civilized Real Ale venue — mainly a conversation space, with newspapers, books, board games, and no jukebox.

  For our info-list, e-mail us with your choice of:  performer nights;  ‘home-made’ music;  or both [edit the pre-written message to suit].  We’ll add you to the relevant one.  On an event day, for any late contact (e.g. an hour beforehand) try texting Paul’s mobile, as above.  The main post is usually updated by about noon on the day to confirm that the event is happening (if its first line has no such message, please check in again later;  or ring, if planning to travel a distance).


See links at bottom for other pages, all viewable with no login or profile (needed only for administrators).

On “Photos” page, buttons below event-details point to next / previous dates.  To reach a date directly, use the online calendar on the Homepage.

 

Reg Meuross - 18 November 2016

"Thanks for a lovely night!" (Reg Meuross)

"We had a wonderful evening, and made very welcome by @FocsleFC" (Adrian Harris)

Jon Witcher

Good to see Jon Witcher drop in at the club (9 Dec '16).  A former stalwart of the club, and the lead singer with Hampshire Union, Jon moved to Wales in 1989.  Somewhere down the intervening 27 years he shaved off a magnificent beard!

Paul Clarke

7 October

Mesmerizing evening with Lee Collinson: my favourite of the year.  Since his last Focsle visit (when Debra Chesman was in charge!), he hasn't lost a drop, not in vigour, fluidity, wit or authority (he claimed afterwards to be less sharp, but you wouldn't have known). The (enviable*) banjo-playing could provide him with a living on its own, yet that's a sort of sideline for him.  Keep a lookout for his occasional (3 or 4 times yearly) intimate gigs like this. Top dollar.

* inevitable jokes notwithstanding

John Licqorish ("Meon Rose")

(25 November)

Had a great night at the Collaborations singaround on Friday - great club - great people - community singing - kazoos - what more could you ask for - look forward to goin again soon