FOCSLE Music  1963 – 2023
real live music in Southampton, UK for the past 60 years

In‑person events at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley, second, fourth & fifth Tuesdays
and at The Wellington Arms, Freemantle, first & third Wednesdays

(When first Weds. falls on 1st of the month, these meets happen on second & fourth Weds. to avoid consecutive Tues. & Weds. events)


Page updated November 24th '23.

In‑person FOCSLE Music meets
on SECOND, FOURTH & FIFTH TUESDAYS at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley
     (next on 28th November)
and on FIRST WEDNESDAYS at The Wellington Arms, Freemantle
     (next on 6th December)
Guest coming up: 
MICK RYAN
Tues. 28th Nov.   The Guide Dog  8pm

Matchless a capella singing from this underrated singer and composer

Dec.  [t.b.c.] KING JOHN’S MUMMERS for our Xmas Party
Details further down;  add your comments on our Facebook page.
See a date-order calendar of all events, live and virtual, here.

Other music events on Tuesdays 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].
We rely on your, and others’, good sense in taking some COVID-19 precautions, and on your not attending if you have symptoms.  It ain’t beat:  Mick Ryan had to postpone because of it, and Jon Ellis, our usual MC for third Weds., was unable to honour his September stint.
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Virtual FOCSLE Music
Every WEDNESDAY, 8pm UK time
Details 
further down;  our Facebook header [NO m’ship / account / log‑in needed:  FBk won’t even track your click] acts as backup update-space, just in case we can’t access this server.
See all events, virtual and live, here, date-by-date.
FOCSLE Music ‘LIVE’   Entry by donation.   Raffle in break, with alcohol and confectionery prizes
GUEST
MICK RYAN
(composer, folk operas A Day’s Work, Tanks For The Memory, The Navvy’s Wife, etc. and songs The Widow’s Promise, Love Is Life, Willy Worrell, The Man I Killed, and loads more)
Tues. 28th November  8pm;  Singaround-with-Guest format
    where Mick splits his set into several blocks, with equal-length elements of our usual Singaround between them.  I’m given to believe that PETE HARRIS will be ‘in the buIlding’ and will duo with Mick on a few numbers.
Venue: 
The Guide Dog   38 Earls Road  Bevois Valley  Southampton  SO14 6SF
     Rec. Pass-the-Hat donation for the Guest:  £10 pp
…and after that:
SINGAROUND
Weds. 6th December
  8pm
Venue:  The Wellington Arms
   56 Park Road  Freemantle  Southampton  SO15 3DE
     Rec. Pass-the-Hat donation:  £2 pp

[t.b.c.] KING JOHN’S MUMMERS on Tues. 12th December, for our Christmas Party
If this date goes ahead, we’ll formally suspend meeting until the New Year.  The date-pattern that Xmas and December forces on us will be pretty much our cycle of meets in 2024.  More details once Mick’s gig is past.
Virtual FOCSLE Music             e‑mail for access-codes
Join us and our international music friends (incl. some professionals)
WEDNESDAYs  8pm (UK)   = 3pm Eastern / NY   = 12noon Pacific / LA
Click/tap for other details, incl. our start-time wherever YOU are in the world
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 Themed Sings on the fourth Weds. each month:  your compliance entirely optional
  See upcoming themes here
Despite the maritime-sounding name* [Southampton is a port city, geddit??], it’s not just a “Shanty Sing”:  they’re a serendipitous part of the mix
Turn up, and leave – and/or come back, even – 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)

   Congratulations on a very successful event      (Lincs., UK)

   Thanks for giving me the opportunity to meet, hear, and sing to/with a very talented group of singers.      (S. London, UK)

   You have an amazing geographical spread on your Focsle Zoom meetings…  …the four corners of the North American continent from…
   …California and Arizona in the south to Oregon and Alaska in the north west and Toronto in the east, plus an attendee from Sydney, Australia…  impressive!
   The art of compering is much underrated…  …You do it very well.  It helps that you know so many of the performers.
   
Zoom folk clubs have been the silver lining to the pandemic.  However, what you have at the Focsle is exceptional and truly international.      (Hythe, Kent, UK)

   Thanks for the much-needed musical fix today.  And…  …for the creative theme ideas.      (Eugene, Oregon)

…truly enjoyable, meeting so many different people with so many different songs.      (Derby, UK)

   Fantastic — great session     …amazing!     Lovely…     …entertaining…     …a range of talented performers     …fine folks
   It’s been great       Excellent…  …again     …wonderful sessions every week       …thank you for doing this
      (from around US & UK)

   I rate your 2 sessions as the tops!  [= FOCSLE Music and a US-based virtual ‘cousin’]      (Coventry, UK)
* 60 years ago, when The Fo’c’sle Folk Club launched, it was typical for port-based ventures to point up their maritime city connections, hence the pun.  It’s pronounced “folks’ll” [not “fox’ll”];  also, “forecastle” – from which the term fo’c’s’le derives – is the upper deck in the bow of a sailing ship where the crew were quartered, and would relax to play tunes and sing
Contact Paul for all queries about VIRTUAL events
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Link for Attenders in person, wondering when guest-nights will be returning

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

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or this one, for in-person Sings and periodic guests.