What’s On at FOCSLE Music, Southampton

most 2nd & 4th Weds. 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,
or click here for our current leaflet.  See within info-panels below for the flyer for that event.
We’d appreciate your printing off and distributing them anywhere that will show them.
Where relevant, please duplex [print both sides], cut up and distribute at will:  thanks.
25 Dec 2019

NO MEET (obviously)

  Apparently, something else is happening tonight that prevents our scheduled meeting (who knew?)  Whatever you celebrate, have an enjoyable time and see you in the New Year! 

1 Jan 2020

[tbc] Singaround, but NOT at The Guide Dog

  Subject to enough interested parties, I'll seek an alternative venue to hold a New Year's Day event.  Prob. won't be at a pub [The Doghouse is unavailable due to a Saints match in the afternoon, thus likely others will have same issue].  It MAY be at my house, but more likely at some other agreeable soul's place, on a BYOB basis.  E-mail me to register your interest.

8 Jan 2020

[tbc] Guest:

15 Jan 2020


22 Jan 2020

Guest:  [tbc] JOHN KNOWLER

  Originally from Bristol, where he was a member of The Harry Browns, JOHN KNOWLER (vocal, acoustic guitar) has moved down this way in the last 25 years or so.  He now appears with Jeff Henry's Ghostriders.  Equally occasional are his attendances at FOCSLE Music, but tonight he brings his energized and humorous delivery of lyrically interesting songs by the famous, not-so-famous, possibly infamous, and himself to The Doghouse for about an hour's worth of music.

  In addition, I'm trying to fix for CLARE CANNING (vocal, acoustic guitar) to make a complementary second half to the evening, but technology is making her elusive.  Last here at Dan O'Farrell's solo gig a year ago, adding harmony vocal and 2nd guitar to some of his songs, she plays a striking 'blonde' Boulder Creek guitar* (it has a sycamore soundboard), and she appears on the new album by Dan's new-ish band The Difference Engine.  If I recall, all her songs are self-penned.   * newish (12/13 years) Californian luthiers, making waves (partly due to their looks) at international festivals out there when first launched

29 Jan 2020

Songwriters' Singaround

  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
  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.

5 Feb 2020

Southampton ‘Steady’ Session — not under FOCSLE Music auspices

  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.

12 Feb 2020

[tbc] 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) alternate meetings feature local or national guests (otherwise home-made music*), 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;  ‘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