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 Excellent Gift
28 Feb 2018

Our ‘home-brewed’ songs/music, at The Guide Dog

  We run our regular good-company, good-beer, good-humoured singing and/or playing soirée [ooh, la, la!!] — but without the posh bits…

  No door charge, but we run a raffle, with the usual sort* of prize(s).

  The night before is Jake Thackray's 80th anniversary so, if you know one of his songs and can perform it adequately, come and serenade us in his memory.  Just as his life spiralled into alcoholic oblivion, only 12 years on from his (probably not unrelated) death, no-one seems to be marking the occasion:  not in Yorkshire (where he hailed from), nor Monmouth (where he lived latterly, and died).  His main tribute act is unbooked that night, unbelievably;  so, it seems, is his more local one.  The Guide Dog can readily furnish the alcohol:  can you provide the music and help keep his flame alive?

*i.e. rubbish ones.  I jest, honestly.  There'll be a bottle, and (subject to numbers attending) a packet of biscuits, chocolates, or similar and/or some local interest books

14 Mar 2018

Singaround, at The Guide Dog

28 Mar 2018

Guest:  SUE APICELLA & DAVE JORDAN, at The Guide Dog

  An evening of blues, gospel and folk from this established duo from Portsea, also part of a four-piece where Dave plays bass.  Sue (vocal) has been singing for over 25 years, and embraces many styles.  Dave (guitar, harmony vocal) has accompanied many of the regional music scene’s stalwarts for at least the same period.  Singaround, or floor-singers in the hour or so before the main act.  Should be a great atmosphere.

  Pass-the-Hat collection for the musicans.  Raffle, with wine (as minimum) and a confectionery option as prizes.

11 Apr 2018

Singaround, at The Guide Dog

  With guest nights on the dates either side of this one, we’ll run a singaround (maybe themed, if people have taken up the gauntlet from St Valentine’s Day).  If not before, Jon Ellis, my co-conspirator in matters Focsle Music, will be making his first appearance, musically speaking, after 5 or so months in India, with [t.b.c.] mandolin, bought out there, that he said he’d be practising on in his free time in the Sub-Continent.  So we may persuade him to give us an extra blast or two from that.

  Free entry with optional raffle, plus the usual feelgood atmosphere, humour, nice beer, etc.

Other things of interest

Guests coming up,

at the end of March and April,

and others further into the summer, too.  The Calendar (one of the links below the amber heading-banner) shows dates of all our planned evenings, but this is extremely fluid at present.  Keep an eye here regularly or, if you sign up (see below), you’ll always be sent reminders of upcoming events.  All being well, we’ll run a wider variety of formats this year.

  Paul Clarke & (from Kolkata, India) Jon Ellis.  Read some of Jon’s e-postcards home here http://www.focsle.org/jonandpaul.php

“Cosy”, “Lovely pub”, “Good subdued lighting”, “Best beer in Southampton”:  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, 4th and 5th Wednesdays of each month, Focsle Music hosts a ‘singaround’ / song-circle format.  Our calendar shows any interruptions (date-shifts due to Saints games, the odd venue-switch for higher-profile guests).  Singarounds may morph into other formats, hence suggesting you check back here periodically.

  To join our mailing-list, e-mail paul@focsle.org / jon@focsle.org.  Please say whether you want info on performer nights, ‘home-made’ music, or both, and we’ll add you to the relevant one:  thanks.  In the few hours prior to an event, I may not have e-mail access (only a desktop connection):  for any last-minute contact, TEXT 073 8040 1951.  I also try and update the calendar post on the day to confirm that the event is happening.

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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