most 1st & 5th Tues., and most 2nd & 4th Weds., each month
at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley, Southampton SO14 6SF
Occasionally, elsewhere in the city
FOCSLE Music has no membership structure right now (and may not revert to that, depending on demand), thus no formal committee.
The team is not the most 21st-Century in its technology, so please note these quirks of our contactability in the hours before an event:
in Spring, Summer and most of Autumn, Jon is the best contact in the last hour before an event: his mobile is always on, and receives e-mail;
all year, but especially in Focsle’s ‘extended’ Winter, on event-nights Paul’s mobile is live until the event starts, but he does have a 10- to 20-minute drive to get to the club, and can’t answer then [another good reason to TEXT, not call];
all year, Alan can be reached only on his landline, AND they have further to drive, hence Jon and Paul become contact-points from 7pm – 8pm; until Alan is “bedded in” to the team, he will be only an occasional main contact.
If any team-member[s] is/are unavailable for a particular event, this will be mentioned in the Event detail on the homepage.
Paul Clarke — (during G.M.T.) main co-Organizer
Musical interests: very wide (folk, jazz, older pop, some rock, classical, experimental), but almost always unamplified, and is especially taken with interesting lyrics. He’s supported The Fo’c’sle since 1994. With persuasion, sings, plays guitar, and whistles (siffleur-style). Writes songs occasionally.
firstname.lastname@example.org No e-mail on the road, so applies only until c.5pm – 6pm on event-nights.
Jon Ellis — (during B.S.T.) co-Organizer
Musical interests: has picked up music, cultures and language from many places he’s lived (UK, Russia, India, etc.) Connected with The Fo’c’sle F C for yonks. Sings mostly contemporary folk, in most of those languages, accompanying himself on Classical guitar or banjo and, since his last trip to India, a Kolkata-made mandolin: also proficient on the penny whistle.
As Jon overwinters abroad, these contact-details apply only from around March 20th to October 20th each year (hence “B.S.T.” above)
Alan Slipper — co-Organizer (mainly for Singarounds)
Musical interests: mostly Trad. folk and folk-revival; Alan sings and plays guitar and banjo with equal fluency, solo and as a duo Nomad with his wife Heather, a fiddler who also plays whistle and guitar. Nomad itself is part of a larger combo, Celtic Knot, with Americana and Celtic music in its repertoire.  They appear at many clubs around the New Forest area.023 8089 4987. Even if Alan is named Main Contact for an evening, on event-dates, you won’t reach him after about 7pm (post-7pm, try Paul’s or Jon’s mobiles [above, unless the relevant event’s space on the homepage shows them as unavailable]).
Brian Hooper — previous Organizer and MC
long-long-long-term MC, regular guest, even more frequent floor-singer, irrepressible humorist and all-round good egg [the wry pedant in him would insist that ALL eggs are round it hurts the chicken, elsewise]. Involved in the folk world since the '60s, and with this club since 1975; in fact, the nearest thing there is to a “Mr Fo’c’sle”!
Musical interests: another singer / guitarist (with mandolin, ukulele, mandola and bouzouki up his sleeve) with eclectic tastes; broadly, anything singable, especially music from the '60s, but lots earlier and later, and/or with subtle messages; plus an impressively varied explosion of self-composed material over a purple patch of about 10 years. With the rare mix of humour and seriousness, this covers subjects as diverse as unfaithful lovers, Southampton, campanology, gambling, God, and the after-effects of too much curry [you just have to be there ]. Though he stood down in June 2017, his experience is still invaluable to those taking the concern on its next steps, so his bio and pic remain here, as an honorary member of the team
Dave McGlade — Webmaster
Musical interests: chiefly the folk tradition, especially the Child Ballads. Hailing from the North East, his repertoire is also interwoven with both heritage and newer music of that area. Committee member under Brian Hooper’s tenure. Can rarely attend, currently, due to the pattern of weekday meets, but continues to offer support in an admin. capacity.
We record here thanks to: Kevin Barlow, (the late) Stroph Rayner, and Dusty Withers, all on the previous committee; and to Trevor Gilson and (the late) Jane Allison (and their committee), who ran The Fo’c’sle from 1997 to 2012; also to Debra Chesman, who, with Trish Carn (and, later, others), picked it up at the point of its previous closure in 1993 and ran it until 1997.
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