What’s On at Focsle Music, Southampton

Wednesday evenings at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley, SO14 6SF.
Occasional guests at another Southampton venue

Here’s what’s on for the next few weeks.
To look further ahead, view our online calendar, or our current leaflet.
Song of the Week: The Crystal Spring
27 Sep 2017

Singing and tunes get-together at The Guide Dog

Music of any genre, if unamplified.  Relaxed atmosphere.  8pm start

Working round the circle, everyone present is invited to do a ‘turn’ (but no pressure to), either solo, or for others to join in with.  What's on the musical menu?  Dunno:  it's down to you!

Try some great ales, music, and humour between numbers.

Drop into (and, if you like, out of) the room, as your availability allows.  Free entry, with voluntary raffle.

11 Oct 2017

More songs, other music 'n' stuff at The Guide Dog

Until March, the last evening with Jon Ellis, one of Focsle Music's organizers, present.  If you like your song accompanied by classical guitar, or appreciate fine penny-whistle/recorder playing, get your fix tonight!  Starts 8pm.

Usual mix of self-chosen music, optional raffle, humorous 'craic' between numbers, great beer.

25 Oct 2017

(poss.) guest night at Café Reflections [tbc]; if not, more DIY music at The Guide Dog

Still to be determined:  either a guest night at Café Reflections, Shirley, and our home-made offering in the cosiness of The Guide Dog's back room, The Doghouse.  On the bill at Reflections:  a local performer or two.  At the Dog:  me [probably];  an invited MC [do.];  anyone else passing by;  and (we hope) you?  You can be audience only, if you prefer.

8 Nov 2017

Music, songs, etc. at The Guide Dog

The (by now) usual shenanigans at this brill. little pub, starting 8pm.  Bring your songs, tunes, etc. to perform for the rest of us.  No pressure to do a turn:  join in choruses, add impromptu accompaniment to tunes, or just listen, if you like.

Free entry, with voluntary "Woof-woof"le.

10 Nov 2017

Jody Kruskal (house concert)

Concertina hero Jody Kruskal was booked by the former Fo'c'sle Folk Club and that gig has turned into a "house concert" (on a FRIDAY).

Contact brian@focsle.org or paul@focsle.org for more info about it.

22 Nov 2017

DIY musical get-together:  songs, tunes, etc. at The Guide Dog

Not a "session", as such.  Music of any genre, unamplified, in Bevois Valley, 8pm, provided by whoever's there.

Free entry, with voluntary raffle.

Other things of interest

Weds. 13th. Sep.:  really great atmosphere…

… and a raft of interesting, rarely-heard material.  Half of the band Nomad visited, with good chorus numbers and some sensitive solos.  Others who attend rarely also turned up, plus (a sign of approval) some of the first-timers from Café Reflections (23/8):  "haste ye back".  Thanks to Keith Opie for MC-ing (if that's a rôle you could play [occasionally], please contact us:  see below).

  “Cosy”, “Lovely pub”, “Good subdued lighting”, “Friendly and helpful staff”, “Best beer in Southampton”:  some comments about our intimate new venue.  A civilized Real Ale haven (with books, board games, no jukebox), The Guide Dog in Earls Rd is just over a mile from the city centre.  Most 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, we run a ‘singaround’ / song-circle format in its back room (The Doghouse [geddit?]).  Any deviations from this pattern will be posted on our calendar here.

  Weds. 23rd Aug.:  a good summer turnout at Café Reflections, with several first-time visitors, enjoyed the entertainment from Syd Meats, blues-y duo Bob Long & Lorna Franklin and several regulars, at our larger space in Shirley.  Look out for more guest-nights in 2018, and (t.b.c.) another this autumn.

  To join our mailing-list, e-mail paul@focsle.org / jon@focsle.org.  We’ll be maintaining three:  one for guest nights;  one for non-guests;  and one for those who like both.  Please say which you’d prefer to be on:  thanks.  In the few hours prior to an event (say 5pm Weds. onwards), we may not have e-mail access:  for last-minute contact, TEXT 073 8040 1951.


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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