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: George Collins
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.  Brief singaround, then floor-spots in the hour or so before the main act.  Should be a great atmosphere.

  Pass-the-Hat collection (suggested donation £5pp) 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.

25 Apr 2018

Guest:  LUKE FUTCHER & SARAH BOAK, at The Guide Dog

  Salisbury-based vocal harmony duo, mainlining in US folk and country, make their Focsle début.  Part of many musical line-ups, "classy, stylish and ecelctic"* Luke Futcher sings and plays guitar;  in this configuration, he also brings to bear his interest in UK skiffle.  Drawing on jazz influences, Sarah Boak weaves her vocals into the mix.  Come and enjoy the warm musical rapport between the two.

  Free entry, with Pass-the-Hat collection for the guests.  Raffle, with the usual prizes.

* Jon Ellis, Focsle Music's recently returned co-conspirator

9 May 2018

The Focsle's 55th Birthday, maybe not at The Guide Dog

  We hope to celebrate with a Focsle favourite.  Watch this space…

Other things of interest

Unexepctedly, plenty of impromptu nods

to the late Stephen Hawking, in our latest singaround.

Guests next time (see left)!

The Calendar (one of the links below the amber heading-banner) shows dates of all our planned evenings, beyond the ones visible here, but this is still fluid.  Re-visit regularly or, if you sign up (see below), you’ll always be sent reminders of upcoming events.

  Paul Clarke & (soon to be returning from Kolkata, India) Jon Ellis.

“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 Wednesdays of each month, Focsle Music hosts a ‘singaround’ / song-circle format.  The 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 he’ll add you to the relevant one:  thanks.  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