What’s On at FOCSLE Music, Southampton

most Wednesdays (exc. first), 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.
WEDNESDAY
26 Feb 2020
8:00pm

Guests:  PANDA-MONIUM

Damian O'Vitch and Syd Meats in panda outfits, barbecuing food (Bear Grills, geddit?)

  The pic. above is for their [wait for it] Bear Grills tour, giving a foretaste [pun intended] of the type of humour you might expect from a gig by PANDA-MONIUM, "Hampshire's leading panda harmonium duo".  Brainchild Gibletschild of erstwhile Fo'c'sle F C regular SYD MEATS {a.k.a. Guru SydPanda) and his mate DAMIAN O'VITCH (M. C. Meles), who bring their surreal daftness to The Doghouse tonight.  Experience the musical and poetical results of their own brainstorms, plus unlikely cover versions, possibly – "for one night only" – with Johnny Cash references (being his birthday).  Yersss.

  Usual* Doghouse guest night arrangements:  Pass-the-Hat entry 'fee';  preliminary singaround;  raffle, with prize(s) including alcohol (and, usually, confectionery), in the break.  M.C.: Paul Clarke

* as if anything involving Syd could be called "usual"

  Text 073 8040 1951, or e-mail about tonight's event.

WEDNESDAY
4 Mar 2020
8:00pm

Southampton ‘Steady’ Session — not run by FOCSLE Music

  Do check Sam Horlock's Facebook page, for confirmation that this meet is running, and (if you want to join in) you need this tunebook.

WEDNESDAY
11 Mar 2020
8:00pm

Guest: DAVE HUNT, with DAVE ROBERTS

Dave Hunt, singing and playing guitar

  Singer, guitarist and songwriter, based in west Hampshire, DAVE HUNT is more familiar to patrons of Ringwood F C these days, and often appeared with his eponymous trio.  Periodically, he'd turn up at The Fo'c'sle in its previous guise.  Dave has been playing his style of music since the mid 90s and enhances his repertoire with songs of his own.  He offers two largely solo sets tonight, textured with occasional harmonica from DAVE ROBERTS.  Expect a mix of unique slants on contemporary standards (among them Blackberry Way, Mr Bojangles and Ancient History) and some impressively convincing self-penned quasi-Trad. songs.  A mellow voice and fingerpick guitar style offer a new dimension to some of those more familiar numbers.  You will not leave disappointed from this cosy venue.  Come and be warmed!

  Usual Doghouse Guest night arrangements:  preliminary singaround;  raffle in the break;  no formal entry charge:  instead we'll Pass-the-Hat for Dave.  
M.C.: Paul Clarke

  Text 073 8040 1951, or e-mail about tonight's event.

WEDNESDAY
18 Mar 2020
8:00pm

Singaround, “Showcase”-hosted by BILL THOMPSON

  "Showcase" means that the M.C., usually selected from our pool of frequent or regular attenders, will perform a short 'set' [2 or 3 numbers] each time their turn comes round.  Regular visitor, and performer of a mix of Trad. and contemporary British material and Americana, BILL THOMPSON (vocal, guitar, occasional harmonica) takes the reins this time.

  Text 073 8040 1951, or e-mail about tonight's event.

WEDNESDAY
25 Mar 2020
8:00pm

Guests:  ANTOINE & OWENA

  Newish duo from Salisbury (a thinly-served area – e.g. no folk club – in music terms, surprising given the antiquity of its culture and, presumably, myths).  ANTOINE & OWENA give the Tradition a definite twist.  Great rhythmic drive from Antoine’s various string instruments underpin Owena’s vocals.  They are on a mini-tour with their latest CD, Something Out Of Nothing.

  Singaround in the hour or so before the main act.  Pass-the-Hat collection for the musicans.  Raffle, with wine (as minimum) and a confectionery option as prizes.  M.C.: Paul Clarke or Jon Ellis (his first attendance since returning from India the previous week)

  Text 073 8040 1951, or e-mail about tonight's event.

WEDNESDAY
1 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Southampton ‘Steady’ Session — not run by FOCSLE Music

  Do check Sam Horlock's Facebook page, for confirmation that this meet is running, and (if you want to join in) you need this tunebook.

WEDNESDAY
8 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Guest: HAMISH CURRIE

Hamish Currie, with guitar

 

  Now based in the Home Counties, where (among other things) he founded and runs the Berkhamsted Campaign for Real Music*, HAMISH used to be musically active round here.  Scots-born performer (read some bio here and get a flavour of his wry humour) delivers contemporary, Trad., and some of his own, songs, sometimes substituting ukulele for guitar, or singing unaccompanied.  "A gentle singer with a twinkle in his eye".  Check out some recordings here.  Bring your voices to join in with choruses!

  We'll Pass-the-Hat for Hamish, and run a raffle in the interval, with alcohol (and, likely, confectionery) prize(s).  Evening kicks off with a singaround, then 2 × 45mins. sets from our guest.  M.C.: Paul Clarke

  Text 073 8040 1951, or e-mail about tonight's event.

*  an ethos we at FOCSLE Music entirely support

WEDNESDAY
15 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Singaround

  Text 073 8040 1951, or e-mail about tonight's event.

WEDNESDAY
22 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Guest: PETE WATKINSON

Pete Watkinson, Focsle Music's guest on April the 22nd

  Stalwart of the local scene, esp. Portsmouth's, for for over three decades (incl. 20 years M.C.-ing The Railway F C), PETE is still a member of the PORTSMOUTH SHANTY MEN, performing at clubs and festivals all over the country;  he's also occasionally in the line-up of SHEP WOOLLEY's 'ANDSOME CABIN BUOYS;  both outfits have been invited to sing on board H.M.S. Victory and H.M.S. Warrior, in the Historic Dockyard.

  Over three years ago, illness forced PETE to scratch a gig booked for The Fo'c'sle F. C. and, though I've been trying to reach him ever since, it's only now we've nailed down a date.  Light strong voice, unaccompanied or with guitar.  Lots of his material has a Hampshire and/or maritime connection, so bring your sea-legs, along with your voices.

  Text 073 8040 1951, or e-mail about tonight's event.

WEDNESDAY
29 Apr 2020
8:00pm

[tbc] Songwriters’ Singaround

  Text 073 8040 1951, or e-mail about tonight's event.


Other things of interest

Most Wednesdays*,

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.

* first Weds. of most months are occupied by Southampton ‘Steady’ Sessions (similar genre to ours, but played from sheet-music at a pace suitable for those learning their craft), whose details are listed in our diary, left

** 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).  Specific SIngaround evenings are, for a trial period, run "Showcase"-style:  the M.C. [different each event] delivers 2 or 3 numbers every circuit of the room.  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