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 Banks of Sweet Primroses
13 Jun 2018

Singaround, at The Guide Dog

  Likely a straightforward singaround, with Jon holding the reins (Paul may well be away).

  Any style of unplugged music / song, delivered in turn by each performer present.  Friendly, warm atmosphere.

  No door charge;  raffle, with (minimum) confectionery or alcohol prize:  your contribution welcome but not conditional on your attending.

27 Jun 2018

Format to be decided, at The Guide Dog

  Yet to be sorted.  Probably a Singaround-plus, or a local guest.  More details nearer the time.

11 Jul 2018

Songs/Music on a Theme: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity", at The Guide Dog

  Themed 'singaround'-style evening (each performer given the chance to deliver, one at a time, working round the room).  Saturday marks Bastille Day in France, so Jon has suggested music linked to "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity".  No out-and-out demand to fit the theme, but it may help influence your choices to think about it.

  As usual, plenty of good humour, good beer, good company and good music.

  No charge to come in:  we run a raffle to help raise funds for nights when we have musical guests.

25 Jul 2018

Guest:  JOHN WARD TRIO, prob. not at The Guide Dog [venue tbc]

    From East Anglia, the source of much of their material, come the energetic John Ward Trio, another Focsle ‘first’.  They only reason you won’t be dancing in the aisles by the end is because we don’t have any aisles…  :-)

  Free entry (if at The Dog), with Pass-the-Hat collection for the guests;  fixed price at the door, if elsewhere.  Raffle, with the usual prizes.

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., perhaps for 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  Please say whether you want info on performer nights, ‘home-made’ music, or both, and he’ll add you to the relevant one:  thanks.  For any last-minute contact, try 077 7598 2908 / [TEXT only] 073 8040 1951.  The main post is usually updated by about noon on the day to confirm that the event is happening.

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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