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We run a successful little folk club at The Chapel. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the club encourages floor spots by any acoustic based act. Each month we offer one or two half- hour sets to allow performers to spread their wings a little further. Occasionally, we book professional acts.
Contact Stuart Coupe – 01403 260046
‘stuartcoupe at stuartcoupe dot plus dot com’
We can be tricky to find but that’s part of our charm. Look at the sidebar on your right for how to find us!
We ask for a donation of about £3.00 for a regular evening and a little more if we book an established, professional. Any profit from any of the the evenings is donated to the upkeep of our building. We start promptly at 8.00 p.m. and if you would like to perform, it’s best to arrive a little before that to get your name on the list.
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Saturday October 6th 2018 8.00 pm – Jim Cozens. Suggested donation of £3.00. Floor singers welcome.
Jim Cozens is a classic singer songwriter and story teller. His songs are personal, universal, joyful and moving. In a long and eclectic career he’s written songs for other artists, music for radio, television and movie productions and, once upon a time, survived the Eurovision circus. The new album was recorded in collaboration with many of the wonderful writers and musicians that share the vibrant music scene in Surrey and Hampshire and is filled with infectious tunes and irrepressible optimism.
Saturday November 3rd 2018 8.00 pm – Dan McKinnon. Suggested Donation of £6.00. Floor singers welcome.
OK, I admit it. I love Canadian musicians. So when the chance came to book Dan just before he flies home from his UK tour I couldn’t resist it. Sit back, marvel and be utterly absorbed by a master internationally renowned folk musician at work.
Saturday December 1st 2018 8.00 pm– Mike Reinstein. Floorsingers welcome. Suggested donation of £3.00
Our lovely audience quite rightly keep asking for him and it would be remiss not to deliver! Brilliantly crafted songs littered with astute playing and gentle humour. Mike Harding called him a ‘brilliant singer-songwriter,’ and listening to his latest CD ‘Acts of Love,’ who is anyone to argue?
Saturday January 5th 2019 8.00pm– Pete Morton. Suggested donation of £6.00. Floor singers welcome.
It’s been a few years since Pete last paid us a visit – not surprising though given how busy he is touring the country with his ever popular brand of folk. Universally admired, Pete’s music captures life’s protests, poignancy, poetry and puns, all rolled up together into a what we call a folk song. He’s just amazing.
February 2nd 2019- Mick Wills and The Rude Mechanicals.
Mick Wills introduces us to his new CD of solo acoustic guitar pieces, ‘Soundwaves.’ Mick is known to us as a consummate acoustic player with tasteful melodies built over hypnotic rhythms. The Rude Mechanicals are a Sussex-based multi-instrumental trio playing a very wide variety of music. Their material is mostly from the English, European and American folk heritage but often spans other musical traditions. It promises to be a great evening.
March 2nd 2019 – Floorsingers with guests to be confirmed.
6th April 2019 – Lee Collinson. Suggested donation of £6.00. Floor singers always welcome.
Lee’s long overdue return to the folk scene is proving to be as popular as ever. He’s back at Billingshurst to dazzle us with with his tasteful song choice, super slick guitar playing, and spirited humour. Dont miss it!
May 4th – Foregone Confusion. Floor singers welcome. £3.00 suggested donation.
We loved John and Di Cullen’s performance last season and this time they are back with the band to deliver another highly recommended dose of well-honed material, polished and delivered with the consummate skill with which they have come to be known. Pure delight.
Saturday June 1st – 8.00 pm Steve and Julie Wigley. £3.00 Floor singers welcome.
Hailing from Derby, Julie crafts wonderful songs by the dozen. Give her the snippet of a story and – voila – she’ll produce a three minute wonder. Backed on guitar by hubby Steve, come prepared to join in with a chorus or two.
INFORMATION FOR PERFORMERS
We run the folk club either in the candle- lit chapel area, sitting in the pews or in the smaller adjacent hall. We encourage everybody to have a spot who wants one, though performers should endeavor to arrive in good time in order to get their name on the list. Sometimes it’s one song, sometimes three or four, depending on how busy we are. We always worry about ‘missing somebody’ who turns up to play but who for whatever reason does not make it to the list, so please make yourself known to the organisers if you don’t see your name up on the chalkboard. The running order list is pretty random.
All monies collected contribute to the upkeep of the building which costs in the region of £350 a month to keep going. We very much appreciate those local performers who give their time and talents to help keep us going. Please do not conatct us if you are a professional performer who expects (deserves) to earn a living from music – I’m afraid that we can’t help you.
However…………. Every so often we are able to secure a gig from one of our professional ‘folk friends’ or catch a nationally known performer ‘between gigs’ who is happy to play for more-or-less the door money. In these cases we charge a bit more to our audiences on the understanding that they are getting a very good performance by somebody seeking to earn a living at what they do and then a percentage of the door money goes to the performer.
We ask performers to bear in mind that we operate out of a chapel. Raising a smile with ‘close to the edge’ implications in a song song is fine but overt sexual or profane language and content may a) cause embarrassment, b) alienate our audience who should be respected and c) land us in hot water with trustees who do literally ‘trust’ us to use the lovely building responsibly.
We are totally acoustic and without PA. We do find that anything other than hand-held light percussion can over power our space though and voices are unlikely to be heard over a cajon or snare for example.
We like to encourage friendly, fair-minded and accommodating people who come musically prepared, seek to perform to the best of their ability and who take their music reasonably seriously, if not necessarily themselves!
We serve coffee and tea during the break and patrons may bring their own alcohol to drink in moderation.