FOCSLE Music, Southampton’s

our live F2F activities are currently suspended until further notice
at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley,  Southampton  SO14 6SF
PLEASE:  no mail to venue — e-mail one of us for address

During the “lockdown”, we’re ceasing meeting face-to-face [F2F].
Meantime, EVERY Weds., 8pm (BST = 19:00 GMT), we continue to make music
virtually, via Zoom.  Use this link to join;  first e-mail me for a password BEFORE 6pm
BST, WEDS.  (My 93-yr.-old mother needs a meal made for, in the time right before
the Meeting, so I can’t attend to e-mail then.  Sorry if that’s a problem for your instant-
response lifestyle — rest assured there’ll be plenty such events in future, all using the
same password).
The F2F restrictions are likely to last until at least mid-June (the 12-week isolation
period from March 21st that all over-70s are to be advised to observe, whatever their
state of health*).  We’d still welcome your thoughts and views, especially on whether
the crisis will inhibit your ever going back to the venue.  Do re-visit this page for
updates:  we’ll post here first, even before e-mailing our list.

All our guests for that period have agreed to postpone their gigs.
* Given that the next most likely Gov't advice will be to extend, rather than reduce, the stay-at-home period,
I can’t see, even with ‘best-case’ specs on, our resuming before June 17th.  That gig involves three separate
duos, who, if THEY've been sticking to the rules, won’t have been able to get together to rehearse.
So, very fluid, hence the advice to check back here every so often.  Do stay well, all of you.

Bearing in mind the above, obviously, what were the next few weeks’ planned events appear below.  Our online calendar shows the whole year.
WEDNESDAY
8 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Guest:   CANCELLED   Hamish Currie

  TONIGHT’S EVENT POSTPONED pending rescheduling (to be hoped later this year).
  This page is where we’ll post updates first.  Also, in case they don’t inform us(!), you can check whether the The Guide Dog itself is open or closed on its Facebook page.

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 non-event.

*  an ethos we at FOCSLE Music entirely support

WEDNESDAY
15 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Singaround:   CANCELLED

  TONIGHT’S EVENT CANCELLED.  This page is where we’ll post updates first.  Also, in case they don’t inform us(!), you can check whether the The Guide Dog itself is open or closed on its Facebook page.

people having fun at The Focsle singaround

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

WEDNESDAY
22 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Guest:   CANCELLED   Pete Watkinson

  TONIGHT’S EVENT POSTPONED pending rescheduling (to be hoped later this year).
  This page is where we’ll post updates first.  Also, in case they don’t inform us(!), you can check whether the The Guide Dog itself is open or closed on its Facebook page.

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 non-event.

WEDNESDAY
29 Apr 2020
8:00pm

Songwriters’ Singaround:   CANCELLED [again!]

  TONIGHT’S EVENT CANCELLED.  This page is where we’ll post updates first.  Also, in case they don’t inform us(!), you can check whether the The Guide Dog itself is open or closed on its Facebook page.

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

WEDNESDAY
13 May 2020
8:00pm

Guests:   CANCELLED   Mitchell & Vincent

  TONIGHT’S EVENT POSTPONED pending rescheduling (to be hoped later this year).  A suggested date is August 26th, but we're not adding that to the formal diary, until we hear if official advice extends the 70+-ers' stay-at-home period.
  This page is where we’ll post updates first.  Also, in case they don’t inform us(!), you can check whether the The Guide Dog itself is open or closed on its Facebook page.

  GRAHAM VINCENT (fiddle, vocal) & DAVID MITCHELL (guitar) do mostly Trad. material, but with exceptional fluidity, understated energy, interplay and intensity.  I saw them at Bridport Folk Festival last summer, and from the first (merely mic.-testing) fiddle flourishes I could tell I was in for a treat, and so will YOU be.  On the scene for a while now, and unaccountably still relatively beneath the radar (though they HAVE played at Glasto, and have three CDs under their belt), this established duo from the mid West Country, play instruments they’ve each made themselves.
  I know most music blurbs say it, but regular readers will know I’m not given to such clichéd hyperbole:  you REALLY shouldn't miss this!

  Singaround, or floor-singers 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.

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

WEDNESDAY
20 May 2020
8:00pm

Guest:   CANCELLED   Gemma Khawaja

  TONIGHT’S EVENT POSTPONED pending rescheduling (to be hoped later this year).
  This page is where we’ll post updates first.  Also, in case they don’t inform us(!), you can check whether the The Guide Dog itself is open or closed on its Facebook page.

  Alternative website http://www.musicglue.com/gemmakhawaja (unsure which is the most updated).

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

WEDNESDAY
27 May 2020
8:00pm

Singaround:   CANCELLED

TONIGHT’S EVENT CANCELLED.  This page is where we’ll post updates first.  Also, in case they don’t inform us(!), you can check whether the The Guide Dog itself is open or closed on its Facebook page.

people having fun at The Focsle singaround

  "Showcase" means that the M.C., usually selected from our pool of frequent or regular attenders, will perform a short 'set' [usually 2 numbers] each time their turn comes round.  [t.b.c.] Periodic visitor SUE ANDERSON (vocal) shows off her range of unfamiliar Trad., quasi-Trad. and contemporary material, some humorous.  One particularly rare element comprises memorable, through-to-the-bone songs by LES SULLIVAN, intensely delivered.  Her repertoire is also populated by the songs of MICK RYAN.  

  Text 073 8040 1951, or call / text 077 7598 2908 [after March 19th], or e-mail about tonight's non-event.

WEDNESDAY
10 Jun 2020
8:00pm

Singaround   CANCELLED

  TONIGHT’S EVENT CANCELLED.  This page is where we’ll post updates first.  Also, in case they don’t inform us(!), you can check whether the The Guide Dog itself is open or closed on its Facebook page.

people having fun at The Focsle singaround

  If not hosted "Showcase"-style, M.C. most likely Jon Ellis.

  Call / text 077 7598 2908 [after March 19th], or e-mail about tonight's non-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