Traditional Music Sessions in Sussex, Kent and Surrey

This is a selection of the free, participatory tune and song sessions happening in a loosely defined area roughly corresponding to Sussex, Kent and Surrey.
If you would like your entry modifiied or removed or know of any other sessions that should be here, contact Bryan Creer.
I can accommodate one-off or irregular sessions if you talk to me nicely.
This is an automated system which automatically calculates the date of the next "Second Wednesday of the month" or whatever. Unfortunately, life isn't like that.
I can manually adjust one off changes if I know about them but it is always best to contact the organiser before travelling any distance.

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    Venue -click for full address and map. Organiser - click for contact details

First Saturday of the month
Next session is on Saturday 1st July 2017
8:00 - 11.00 The Coopers Arms Crowborough TN6 1SN Ian and Jane Boulton
Folk at the Coopers Arms
We are acoustic only and welcome all abilities playing music, singing, telling stories or jokes.

First Sunday afternoon of the month
Next session is on Sunday 2nd July 2017
12:00 - 2.30 The Lamb, 10 Fisher Street, Lewes Bryan Creer
Instrumental, mainly traditional English.
Closed in May if it's Bank Holiday weekend.

First Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 2nd July 2017
8:30 The Crown, Newick Alan Rae
Open acoustic jam session at the Crown every first Sunday of the month starting 8.30pm. We do a lot of traditional stuff but also some golden oldies etc...

First Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 2nd July 2017
8:00 The Gun and Spitroast, Horsmonden Gavin Atkin
The aim is to play a good mix of mainly English tunes, including whatever people bring along, as well as our own favourites and a good helping of the tunes folks have been been looking at during the Wednesday night classes
(see the http://frittendenfestival.com/free-traditional-music-classes-at-the-gun-and-spitroast-horsmonden/ site for details).

First Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 2nd July 2017
8:00 The Lincoln Arms, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1TF Helena Cooper
The session is mainly in the English tradition and very informal with no leader and no pressure.
From September 2014 we will be starting an hour early with an hour of steady speed tunes from 7pm for improver muscians who are not quite ready for full-on sessions.
More information, particularly for the steady session here:
https://thedorkingsessions.wordpress.com/

First Monday evening of the month
Next session is on Monday 3rd July 2017
8:30-11:00 The Greets Inn, Warnham Ring Polly Dare on 01403 248387
English tunes session.

First Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 4th July 2017
8:00-11:00 John Harvey, Lewes Valmai Goodyear
Instrumental, mainly traditional English.

First Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 4th July 2017
8:00-11:00 Red Lion, Shoreham Annie
An informal gathering of 'Last Orders' playing mostly Irish songs and instrumentals. Anyone is welcome to come and listen or play a tune or sing a song. Mostly Irish, but English and Scottish welcome.

First Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 4th July 2017
8:00-11:00 Alton Steady Session David Johnson
A monthly session aimed at beginner and improving musicians at the Three Horsehoes in East Worldham, so if you’d like to play some mainly English tunes at a ‘slow and steady’ pace, please do come along. There will be no pressure!

First Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 5th July 2017
7.30 - 10.00 Beechwood Hall Hotel, Worthing Amaryllis Gunn
The South Downs Folk Singers - songs of the South Downs
Voices only! Come and join us: we perform at local gigs too.
http://southdownsfolksingers.blogspot.co.uk/

First Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 5th July 2017
7.30 - 10.00 The Squirrel Inn, Hurtmore Kevin Gorton 01483 415962
The sessions are mainly traditional English, Scottish and Irish but we do have some other types of music.<

Second Sunday evening of the month.
Next session is on Sunday 9th July 2017
8pm The George Hotel, Henfield Mike Ainscough
An eclectic mix of blues, rags, reels and airs...

Second Sunday evening of the month.
Next session is on Sunday 9th July 2017
8pm The Jenny Lind, Hastings Paul
Irish Traditional Music Session run by Hastings Comhaltas branch. First hour is a slow session for learners.

Second Sunday evening of the month
Next session is on Sunday 9th July 2017
8:00-11:00 The Laughing Fish, Isfield Will Duke
Instrumental, mainly traditional English.

Second Monday evening of the month
Next session is on Monday 10th July 2017
8:00-10:30 Now at Sandra's house. Check with Elizabeth or Sandra for the address. Elizabeth Rimmington
Bring songs, tunes and storytelling - whatever you find interesting and/or want to share with us, but be prepared for us to want to learn all about it.
Bring your own beverages.

Second Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 11th July 2017
8:00-11:00 May sessionThe Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA Bryan Creer
Concertinas Anonymous. Concertina practice session. All systems, beginners welcome.

Second Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 11th July 2017
8:00-11:00 The Good Intent, 40-46 College Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4AF Nick Molyneux
All welcome, we mainly play tunes but songs occasionally slip through the net, and are welcomed when they do. You can sign up the email list and see some videos of previous sessions here: http://petersfieldfolksession.blogspot.co.uk/

Second Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 11th July 2017
8:00-10:00 The Star, Alfriston Andy and Mac
Folk and Acoustic music with guests

Second Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 12th July 2017
8:00 - 11:00 The Village, 129 Islingword Road, Brighton BN2 9SH Saskia Jackson
English Instrumental Folk Sessions.

Second Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 12th July 2017
8:30-11:00 The Royal Oak, PettChris Hamblin
This is an open gathering of musicians sharing in the extensive repertory of Irish session tunes. Instrumentalists who have some knowledge of Irish tunes are welcome to join in, anyone is welcome to come along, sit down, have a drink and listen. Session usually led by Chris Hamblin, Charlie Gask & Friends

Second Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 12th July 2017
8:00-11:00 The Lamb, 10 Fisher Street, Lewes, BN7 2DG Michi Mathias
Fiddle & banjo tunes from American old-time Appalachian stringband tradition.
Usually closed in August.

Second and Fourth Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 28th June 2017
8:30 Gun & Spitroast at Horsmonden Gavin Atkin
Free traditional music classes by Gavin Atkin. They're not sessions exactly (we tend to focus on only a few tunes each time) but they will be of interest to some of the same people.
http://frittendenfestival.com/free-traditional-music-classes-at-the-gun-and-spitroast-horsmonden/

Second Thursday evening of the month
Cancelled in April due to lack of room. Hopefully, usual arrangements on May 11th.
8:30 Ann Wade
Mainly English traditional tunes with a few songs

Third Monday evening of the month
Next session is on Monday 17th July 2017
9:00-11:00 Bridge Inn, Shoreham by Sea.
Variable so check the website.
Shoreham Sessions
The music mainly originates from the folk tradition, and might have come from England, Scotland, Ireland or elsewhere

Third Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 18th July 2017
7.30 - 10.00 John Harvey, Lewes Tina Cox
The South Downs Folk Singers - songs of the South Downs
Voices only! Come and join us: we perform at local gigs too.
http://southdownsfolksingers.blogspot.co.uk/

Third Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 19th July 2017
8:00-11:00 The Rose and Crown, Fletching Alan Rae
While most of our repertoire is folk music of one sort or another our definition of “Folk” is pretty elastic so if you want to play some blues or acoustic rock you will be very welcome.

Third Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 19th July 2017
8:00-11:00 Frimhurst Family Home, Guildford Road, Frimley Green, Surrey, GU16 6NU Jason French
Surrey Bluegrass Jam.

Third Wednesday evening of the month
Next session is on Wednesday 19th July 2017
9:00-11:00 Folk By The Fireside at The Woolpack, Burgess Hill, RH15 8NN Dan Whaley
Eclectic, acoustic singaround, with absolutely all styles welcomed. We adhere to the “All music is folk music –I ain’t never heard no horse sing” point of view.

Third Thursday evening of the month
Next session is on Thursday 20th July 2017
9:00-11:00 The Stag Inn, Hastings TN34 3BJ Ring Sian Hayward 01424 427985
Rattlebag (a 4-piece acappella folk group) http://www.rattlebag.co.uk host this singaround on the third thursday of the month at The Stag Inn, Hastings Old Town.

Third Thursday evening of the month
Next session is on Thursday 20th July 2017
7.45 The Three Moles, Selham, Selham OR The Chichester Inn, Chichester - please check the website each month Julie Thurston
The South Downs Folk Singers - songs of the South Downs
Voices only! Come and join us: we perform at local gigs too.
http://southdownsfolksingers.blogspot.co.uk/

Third Sunday evening of the month
Next session 16th September
8:00 onwards The Wheatsheaf, 34 Kingston Road, Ewell. KT17 2AA Alan Mead
The Ewell Sessions
7.30pm slow session for newish players or anyone that doesn’t mind playing slowly. 8pm onwards a more regular session, informal, plenty of steady tunes mostly traditional English.
http://www.theewellsessions.net/

Fourth Monday evening of the month
Next session is on Monday 26th June 2017
8:30 onwards The Partridge, Partridge Green Mick Bullen or ring Brian Skinner on 01403 865130
No particular focus - tunes, songs, whatever! Now hosted by Brian Skinner, Tim Carter and Mick Bullen

Fourth Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 27th June 2017
8:00-11:00 Elephant and Castle, Lewes Bryan Creer
Lewes Favourites session tunes practice session.
Come and learn some of the tunes played in local sessions. We run through them at a sensible speed as many times as you like.

Last Tuesday evening of the month
Next session is on Tuesday 27th June 2017
8:00-11:00 The Swan, Worthing Freddie Adams
Mostly English, but with a bit of French and Irish thrown in for good measure.

Fourth Sunday evening of the month
Session is today Sunday 25th June 2017
Next session is on Sunday 23rd July 2017
8:00-11.00 The Plough, Lower Beeding Brian Skinner
English music session at The Plough, Lower Beeding. Fourth Sundays - not when its Christmas Day. Lead by Brian Skinner, Marilyn and Phil Jarrett.

Last Friday evening of the month
Next session is on Friday 30th June 2017
8.30 The Royal Oak, Whatlington Paul
Irish Traditional Music Session.

Last Sunday evening of the month
Session is today Sunday 25th June 2017
Next session is on Sunday 30th July 2017
7:45 The Lord Nelson, Brighton Brian Ablett
This is a chance to join with like minded people who wish to come together on a regular basis to play and sing a variety of acoustic music based around Ceilidh, Morris, folk music, music hall, monologues, drinking songs, sea shanties and more!
Times/dates may vary so check the website."

Last Sunday evening of the month (except Bank Holiday weekend when it will be the Monday)
Session is today Sunday 25th June 2017
Next session is on Sunday 30th July 2017
8:00-10:30 The White Horse Pub, Ditchling Ian Chisholm
Ballads and blues, rags reels and airs, an eclectic acoustic session.
Check with Ian in December."

Last Sunday evening of the month
from September to April
Next session is in September
8:00 Castle Inn, Crook Road, Castle Hill, Brenchley, Kent, Kent, TN12 7BN Gavin Atkin
Starting at 8pm and continuing until it's time to sing Nellie Dean.
The style's very much mixed tunes, stepping and singing, and the material's trad and old fashioned.
They're chaired sessions with featured guests, but there's no entry charge.
http://frittendenfestival.com/sessions

Every Sunday afternoon 4:00-6:00 The Bugle, Brighton  
Predominantly Irish tunes.

Every Sunday evening 8.45 for 9.00 The Mitre, Brighton  
Singaround.

Every Monday evening 9 p.m. start The Admiral, Brighton Mandy Murray
Mainly Irish tunes but also some Swedish, French, English and American.
Line up is Mandy Murray,Ben Paley and Jim Birch,musicians and singers welcome

Every Monday evening 9 p.m. start The Star, Godalming,Surrey Kevin Gorton 01483 415962
The sessions are mainly traditional English, Scottish and Irish but we do have some other types of music.

Every Wednesday evening 9 p.m. start The Pond, Brighton Ring Kluggers on 01273 692849 or Ian on 01273 509552
Singaround

Every four weeks on a Sunday evening
Next session is on Sunday 16th July 2017
8:00 Fitzherberts, Brighton Vince Purcell
Old Time American session run by Vince and friends