What’s On at FOCSLE Music, Southampton

usually, Wednesday evenings at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley  SO14 6SF;
occasionally, elsewhere in the city

Here’s what’s on for the next few weeks.
To look further ahead, view our online calendar.
Song of the Week: Came You not from Newcastle?
23 Jan 2019

[t.b.c.] Guest:  DAN O'FARRELL

  Accrington Stanley frontman DAN O'FARRELL gave us few numbers as support for Stanley Accrington back in September.  He's back in his own right, headlining tonight, in a full set of unplugged vocal and guitar, mostly of his own lyrically-interesting material.  Dan has suggested bringing along a mate to add harmonies on a couple of numbers. 

13 Feb 2019

26 Feb 2019

  NOTE change of night, due to a Saints match on Weds. 27th (footie fans swamp The Dog on home match nights).

27 Feb 2019

NO MEET TONIGHT:  see Tues.26th

  A Saints match prevents us using The Guide Dog tonight.  Plan is to shift to Tues night, the 26th, though we may, if someone is prepared to host*, relocate to a FOCSLE Music supporter's home, under a BYOB arrangement.  The shift to Tuesday is the more likely outcome.

* haven't pitched this to anyone, yet [11/1/19]

13 Mar 2019

Guest:  NICK DOW

  Traditional folk song par excellence.  Learning his craft from long contact with the travelling people, DOW has been connected with the folk world for over 40 years.  Personal circumstances mean he’s trimming his gig-list considerably, so this is a rare chance to catch him.

  Usual Guide Dog Guest night arrangements:  c.40 mins. of singaround, followed by support act (who that will be, yet to be approached), plus two longer (usually 45mins.) spots from the guest.

Other things of interest

Most 2nd & 4th Weds.,

FOCSLE Music runs live music events,

usually at The Guide Dog pub, on corner of Earls & Ancasta Rds.  (Also usually) home-made music* on the first meeting of each month, guests on the second, almost all unplugged acoustic.
Performers and audience equally welcome.

* 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).  References to ‘song’ also include tunes played, and ‘music’ includes stories, poems, etc. being delivered.
  Paul Clarke (& Jon Ellis in absentia)
 paul@focsle.org / jon@focsle.org  [TEXT only] 073 8040 1951 or 023 8046 2723 (ans.)

  The Calendar shows dates of all our planned evenings, beyond those visible here.  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.  The diary, on this page, highlights any breaks to this pattern (date-shifts due to Saints 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”:  some comments about 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.  We hope to have a third contact very soon, just for home-made evenings.  On an event day, for any late contact try 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