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Gwyneth Herbert Hometown Gig

Gwyneth Herbert plays the Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd on Friday May 13, her first proper gig in St Leonards since moving down here two years ago. She will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Ned Cartwright in a performance incorporating vocals, ukulele, french horn, piano, saxophone, percussion, melodica and cheese-grater. There will be tales of sea-drenched sirens, jaded seaside hotels, East End vagrants, loves and losses, drinks and whores and, of course, a touch of Swahili singalong. Who said Variety was dead? Simon Charterton examines the evidence.

Posted 18:40 Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 In: Music & Sound Tags: Gwyneth Herbert Hometown Gig Kino-Teatr Ned Cartwright

Hastings Folk Fest is coming

The third Hastings Folk Fest 2016 is only a week away, starting the day after Jack In The Green, and running from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 May. As in previous years, most events are free and take place in the pubs and cafés around the Old Town. 

Posted 07:01 Monday, Apr 25, 2016 In: Music & Sound Tags: Andy Twyman David Thoams Ed Boxall Electric Palace cinema Hastings Folk It Garry Blakeley Band Gigspanner Hannah Martin Hastings Folk Fest Jim Board Los Twangeros Oudilin Paul Dengate Phillip Henry Pocketsize Rattelbag Show of Hands Stone Junction Sussex English Folk Orchestra The ambiguity The Le Skiv Family Band The Orange Circus Band The Travelling Talesman This Train Titus Tune Raiders Wildflowers Yardarm English Folk Orchestras

Watchmaker’s Wife tour comes to Winchelsea

To celebrate the release of their album The Watchmaker’s Wife, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston will be touring the UK throughout 2016 and are playing at the Church of St Thomas The Martyr in Winchelsea on Friday 29 April. HOT has received the following glowing account of the duo

Posted 12:43 Friday, Apr 22, 2016 In: Music & Sound Tags: Church of St Thomas The Martyr Miranda Sykes Rex Preston The Watchmaker's Wife

Verdi’s Macbeth marks Shakespeare’s 400th

This weekend sees the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death celebrated by two performances of Verdi’s Macbeth at the White Rock Theatre by Opera South East on Friday and Saturday. A treat is in store, says the company’s Greg Solomon.

Show of Hands coming to St Mary

A treat for all acoustic music lovers! Steve Knightley and Phil Beer of Show of Hands, widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England, are coming to St Mary In The Castle in early May. Promoter Bob Perry writes.

Posted 14:29 Monday, Apr 18, 2016 In: Music & Sound Tags: Long Way Home Show of Hands

Allison Crowe’s only UK gig!

A St Mary In the Castle coup! Canadian Allison Crowe and band are coming to St Mary In The Castle, as part of their European tour and this will be their only UK date. Thom Kofoed writes.

Posted 14:42 Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 In: Music & Sound Tags: Allison Crowe Celine Greb Dave Baird Sarah White st mary in the castle

Hastings Folk Fest to follow Jack in the Green

Calling all folk fans! The 3rd Hastings Folk Fest is starting the day after the Jack In The Green parade on the May Bank Holiday Monday. 

Posted 15:05 Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 In: Music & Sound Tags: Gigspanner Glashin Paul Dengate Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Rattlebag Show of Hands

Beatles Day – 17 years at number one!

Last Sunday was not just another day – it was Beatles Day at the White Rock Theatre, where the crowds came streaming, the musicians, (whether in the first flush of youth or the creaking stages of old age), enjoyed their 15 minutes on stage and the takings for Macmillan Cancer Support kept mounting. Even getting soaked on the way home wasn’t enough to dampen Nick Terdre’s enthusiasm.

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