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: Lemonday
22 Aug 2018

Guest:  ROBIN IRENE MOSS (U.S.A.), at The Guide Dog

  Yet another artiste new to the Focsle Music audience, “New American folk” singer-songwriter ROBIN IRENE MOSS, accompanies her blend of emotion, intelligence and poetry on guitar.  Currently based in New York, she’s over this side on a wide-ranging tour, ping-ponging across all parts of Britain as well as several Continental breaks before the late autumn.  Plenty of full-length song-clips on her website.

  Format matching usual guest nights at The Guide Dog:  a round or two of performances from any musically-inclined audience, then a couple of supporting spots, followed by the main act.

   Pass-the-Hat collection for our guest (recommended donation:  £5+;  some of her ticket-only gigs are already sold out, so we consider ourselves lucky to secure her on a generous pay-as-you-feel basis).  Also, our raffle (participation optional) with, as minimum, a confectionery or alcohol prize.

29 Aug 2018

Singaround, at The Guide Dog

  In months with five Wednesdays, we still meet, but usually in a different format.  Time has run out on us to fix something different for today, so it’ll be in singaround pattern this time, and target Oct 31st’s meet to be less in-the-mould.

  With a US (Focsle) débutante on the bill the week before, we’re going for an American-ish evening tonight, so brush up your U.S.A.-leaning, sourced or -referenced songs and give them a blast for us.  This will give our late summer / early autumn run a consistent Transatlantic flavour (FRICTION FARM, also débuting, are on Sept. 12th), something we’ll try and reflect in our choice of support acts.

  No entry charge, but we’ll run a raffle (preferably in £ sterling:  please don’t get TOO into the spirit of the evening!) with a bottle and – depending on attendance – confectionery prizes.

12 Sep 2018

Guest:  FRICTION FARM (U.S.A.), at The Guide Dog

  Focsle Music débutants from the eastern seaboard of the USA, Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay are FRICTION FARM, "a modern folk duo of singer-songwriters with thought-provoking, socially-conscious and humorous songs, with inspiration ranging from books to poignant observations on people and nature" [from their own blurb].  They have 5 CDs to their credit.  Interesting lyrics, in our opinion, with an unusual clarity of sound.  More details when we have them.

  Gate price t.b.a., but not on Pass-the-Hat basis this time.

26 Sep 2018

Guest: STANLEY ACCRINGTON, at The Guide Dog

  Ex-railwayman ACCRINGTON, from Rochdale, makes a long overdue return to The Focsle.  Expect surreal humour, sung and spoken, including from a catalogue of some 450 songs written since he last visited us in 2003 (that number is in addition to his oeuvre existing by then).  His most widely-covered song, Last Train (to Bacup), is an elegy for the lost railways of his native North West, but rather gives the lie to most of his output.  A merry evening in store.

  This, from a recent e-mail where I asked for our entry in his gig-list to be edited, to reflect our new name, gives a flavour of the man’s patter;  I explained that we’d dropped all the apostrophes in the name Fo’c’s’le and hinted that I guessed he was the sort to be aghast at such dumbing down:
  “I am a cyber-dinosaur, and only have a website for contractual reasons and mis-placed street-cred.  I refuse to do internet banking, refuse to use supermarket self-checkouts, and keep pigeons for any urgent messages.  I prefer the term “neo-Luddite” but it's all the same.
  “Did you need a license to drop the apostrophes?  Where will it end?  No commas nocapitalletters colonsremoved and endless rhetoricalquestions?”

  The message had a new Subject Line:  “Accpostrophes”.

  People, you canNOT claim you weren’t warned!

10 Oct 2018

Singaround, at The Guide Dog

Other things of interest

More flesh on the bones

of Focsle Music’s rather fluid diary.

We’ve settled into a more predictable pattern, of mostly home-made music on the first meeting of each month, and guests on the second.  From August, we're restituting the mooted [approx. quarterly] 5th Weds., for maybe more experimental formats (house concerts, duo débuts, even workshops, etc.).

The Calendar (one of the links below the amber heading-banner) shows dates of all our planned evenings, beyond the ones visible here.  Re-visit periodically or, if you sign up (see below), you’ll be sent reminders of upcoming events.

  Jon Ellis & Paul Clarke

“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, our civilized Real Ale venue in Earls Rd.  Mainly a conversation pub, with books, newspapers, board games, and no jukebox.  In its back room (The Doghouse [geddit?]), most 2nd Wednesdays of each month, Focsle Music hosts a ‘singaround’ / song-circle format;  on most 4th Wednesdays, it’s a more guest-focused entertainment.  See calendar for any breaks to this pattern (date-shifts due to Saints games [no chance of that until at least August], the odd venue-switch for higher-profile guests).  Singarounds may morph into other formats, hence suggesting you check back here every so often.

  To join our mailing-list, e-mail jon@focsle.org / paul@focsle.org (good idea to Cc both of us).  Please say whether you want info on performer nights, ‘home-made’ music, or both, and we’ll add you to the relevant one:  thanks.  For any last-minute contact, try 077 7598 2908 (mid-March till mid-Oct.) / [TEXT only] 073 8040 1951.  The main post is usually updated by about noon on the day to confirm that the event is happening (if there's no such message on the first line, pls. check in again later).

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