FOCSLE Music’s

in‑person events at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley, were suspended
in March 2020, due to COVID19.  We have reverted to meeting there, but…

… it’s conceivable that interruption could happen again:  this info is published on the probability that it won’t.
We’re also meeting at a second venue:  The Wellington Arms, Freemantle.

With tentative steps back to quasi-normality, all
‘live’ events are posted subject to sudden cancellation,
should the health-numbers make that the wise choice.
We’re using data from
this map to assess whether or not
a specific meet goes ahead.  To see the same data we do:  on the map, zoom in max.
– on a computer, that’s 2 clicks/taps, top right – to select the Southampton region.
Est. active-case RATES over 75,000 per million would trigger a cancellation, as would
rates over 100,000 in any nearby regions:  New Forest, Wiltshire, Test Valley, Eastleigh,
Winchester, Fareham, Portsmouth.

Do check for our most reliably up‑to‑date info on THIS FACEBOOK PAGE before attending

This website WILL get updated to match, but not always as fast.

Page was updated end of March '22.  virtual_index [about online events], main_index [old home page] and calendar [events-diary] were updated at the same time.

Virtual FOCSLE Music
further down;  our Facebook header [trust me:  no m’ship / account / log‑in needed:  FBk won’t even track your click]
says if a specific date is running, or what the theme is [they’re not every meeting]

See a date-order calendar of all events, virtual and live, here
It MAY not get updated quite as fast as the Facebook header, but it IS part of the site we can access
In‑person FOCSLE Music now meets regularly
on SECOND & FOURTH TUESDAYS, 8pm at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley,
THIRD & FIFTH WEDNESDAYS, 8pm at The Wellington Arms, Freemantle,
and some FRIDAYS, 8pm at “The First” Gallery, Bitterne
Details further down;  our Facebook header [trust me:  no m’ship / account / log‑in needed:  FBk won’t even track your click]
confirms that a specific date is running, or [very rare] if the event has shifted venue

See a date-order calendar of all events, live and virtual, here
It MAY not get updated quite as fast as the Facebook header, but it IS part of the site we can access
Virtual FOCSLE Music             e‑mail for access-codes
Join us and our international music friends (incl. some professionals)
2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYs  8pm (UK)   = 3pm Eastern / NY   = 12noon Pacific / LA
Click/tap for other details, incl. our start-time wherever YOU are in the world
Personal circumstances have forced this frequency-reduction on us, for a time
If demand sustains, these will revert to weekly events, prob. in the late autumn / early winter
See up2date‑est info in our Facebook header [truly, no membership / account / log‑in needed].
Why FBkFOCSLE Music’s webmaster is a real person with, y’know, like, a LIFE, so is not around 24/7 to post updates.  I, on the other hand…
However, due to changes in our web-platform’s security, I can’t upload some of its pages myself [and, without diffculty, seems even HE can’t, at the moment]
Answers to some FAQs:  we run Singaround-style = whoever shows up performs a turn, while the rest listen in, muted
Musically, any genre welcome, ideally unplugged      Audience as welcome as performers
Themes mostly arise on the fly, esp. among the more verbally playful of our number
Pre‑arranged Theme-nights on the 4th Weds. each month:  your compliance entirely optional
  See upcoming Themes here
Despite the maritime-sounding name [because Southampton is a port city, geddit??] we don’t just sing shanties:  they’re a serendipitous part of the mix
Turn up, and leave – and/or come back – as suits your schedule
Nice things put on the record:
   I love these   …most enjoyable.  The Focsle crew is a delightful bunch, including some breathtakingly good performers      (Austin, Texas)
…love the atmosphere of FOCSLE [Music] as well as the range of styles…
…enhanced further…  …by having a theme — it really brought out the best in people
…a very enjoyable evening…  …especially when quite a few other
[online] sessions are getting a bit tired.
   Well done for playing such a big part in keeping so many people sane through these strange times
      (Staffs., UK)
   Thanks for all the warmth you put into your hosting.  Felt welcomed and included…  …muchly enjoyed this      (St Paul, Minnesota)
…your session is too good…  so it’s too successful      (Home Counties, UK)
   Fantastic — great session     …amazing!     Lovely…     …entertaining…     …a range of talented performers
   Excellent…  …again     …wonderful sessions every week
      (around US & UK)
   Thanks for the much-needed musical fix today.  And…  …for the creative theme ideas.      (California)
…your group is in Premier League.  …group last night non‑league      (Southport, Lancs.)
   I rate your 2 sessions as the tops!  [= FOCSLE Music and a US-based virtual ‘cousin’]      (Warks., UK)
Contact Paul for all queries about VIRTUAL events
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With no fanfare, FOCSLE Music is relaunching its ‘live’ strand.
Tues. venue: 
The Guide Dog  38 Earls Road  Bevois Valley  Southampton  SO14 6SF
Weds. venue:  The Wellington Arms  56 Park Road  Freemantle  Southampton  SO15 3DE
  note The Welly’s site’s own map‑pin does not QUITE locate the pub:  it’s on the corner south of the pointer
Fri. venue:  The First Gallery  1 Burnham Chase  Bitterne  Southampton  SO18 5DG

Gathering in nice Real Ale pubs accustomed to live music maintains our previous ‘feel’.
Though not a hostelry, the unpretentious nature of “The First” suits the folk world’s outlook, too.
Other music events at The Dog mean FOCSLE Music can’t run weekly there, and all Weds. are now their Curry Nights [recommended, but too busy for us to have use of The Doghouse].  At The Welly, Tuesday availability is just too erratic, so we must accept Wednesdays there.  To start, we’ll diary singaround-only events, some morphing into guest nights as we rebook 2020’s postponements.  We’ll essay this m.o. until July.
Continuance subject to COVID rates not steepling  As stated below the banner, we use this map’s data to determine go-ahead, or not.  We rely on your, and others’, good sense in taking SOME precautions, and on your not attending if you have C‑19 symptoms.  For now, we drop the Vaxxed- and Unvaxxed- separated events.  Circumstances may steer us towards periodic Vaxxed-only meets, if uncertainty over mixing keeps significant numbers away.  The pubs themselves can’t be bio-secure, but we’d set some limits on attendance in the room for such events.

Link for Attenders in person, wondering when guest-nights will be returning

Performers, Acts, their Agents, or anyone seeking to play at FOCSLE Music

Please sign up to FOCSLE Music’s regular 2‑oømaround list, for info about virtual events,
or this one, for in-person Sings and – fingers crossed – guests.

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