loose caboose

LOOSE CABOOSE is back for March with its usual mix of 60's Soul, Northern, R&B, Latin & Jazz.

Guest DJ for the night is Alan Handscombe-McGrath (RnB 123) with residents Rachelle Piper and Martin Jackson seducing you onto the dance floor with their tunes.

£5 on the door. 7:30pm to 12:00

Strictly no talc - thanks!


Our "Sundays in the Bar" afternoons are on the last Sunday of each month from 3:30 to 5:30 pm with free entry for all and feature a truly eclectic mix of music.

For March we present Kate and Co for an eclectic music mix of oldies and goodies.

As well as her regular Market Street Band buddies, Brian and Jack on guitars, Kate will be joined by local stalwarts Andy Thomas on bass, Pete Messer of the Contenders on mouth harp, and the multi-talented Paul Andrew on percussion.

The wonderful thing about these Sunday afternoons is the relaxed atmosphere and this group of musicians fit that bill. You will be tapping your feet to some old, and some not so old, favourites.

Free entry, all welcome


The Big Blue Shed Presents:

The Guana Batz are an English psychobilly band that was formed in 1982 in Feltham, West London. It was one of the first psychobilly bands and is considered influential to its scene. The band is most well known for its frequent appearances at the Klub Foot, an early psychobilly club.

The original group members were Pip Hancox (vocals), Stuart Osborne (guitar), Dave "Diddle" Turner (drums) and Mick Wigfall (upright bass). Wigfall was removed by Osborne early on, who preferred a bass guitar player for the band. Mick White soon joined the band as bass guitarist. However, by 1984, the Guana Batz decided to again feature an upright bassist, and replaced White with Sam Sardi.

Turner quit the band in May 1987, the hectic touring schedule having grown too much for him, and opted to devote his time to his girlfriend and his construction job. He was replaced by former Get Smart drummer, Johnny Bowler. When Sardi left the band, Bowler switched to upright bass, and John Buck joined the band on drums. Mark Pennington of the Caravans played upright bass for the band after Sam Sardi left and prior to Johnny Bowler switching to bass.

Hancox’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pig Dog, was humorously referred to as the band's "fifth member." After being hit by a car, he was replaced by Hancox's new dog, Muttley, who would be featured on four Guana Batz album covers. Although Muttley has died, he reportedly lived to an old age.

The band broke up in 1990, but reunited in 1996. They are still touring today. Osborne still lives in London, and also plays for The Unknowns. Hancox, Bowler, and Buck have relocated to San Diego, California. They have occasionally performed in the southern California area with ex-Stray Cats members under the moniker the Guana Cats.

The band have toured with the likes of Stray Cats, the Meteors, the Cramps and pretty much all the great alternative, psychobilly and rockabilly acts worldwide over the last 35 years.

Support from The Hillmans



Tickets £16.50 www.wegottickets.com/event/432042



The Curst Sons have been playing their powerful stripped back take on early American traditional music since 1998. Performing mainly original material with a few distinctive arrangements of traditional songs they have released six CDs -and one 10” vinyl EP on their own Curst Mountain label. Over the years they have played venues ranging from tiny country pubs to festival main stages, appeared on several local radio shows and recorded two live sessions on the much missed Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2 show.
They were runners up in the 2013 International Song Writing Competition, nominated for Best Alt Country Album in the 10th Independent Music Awards 2011 and for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards 2010.

Tim Dunkerley (slide guitar, mandolin, vocals). Tim’s interest in music was first awakened by his father’s tales of wild living in a harmonica band on the minesweeper HMS Hound. Loath to leave his nautical background Tim coast hopped east from his Portsmouth home and soon washed up on the beach at Brighton. He is also a teacher/ facilitator with Unified Rhythm, a samba/fusion marching band for young adults, including those with learning difficulties.

Willi Kerr (vocals, percussion). Born on Mersea Island on the marshy fringes of Essex, Willi abandoned his agricultural roots and took to the sinful ways of the city. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (an incurable cancer of the bone marrow) in 1998 he was given 6 days to live. Being a cantankerous old cuss he decided that this was the perfect time to re-launch his musical career, and The Curst Sons were born. Thanks to the healing power of hillbilly music he is now in the rudest of health.

Dave (Specky) Simner (banjo, lead guitar, vocals). Raised in the Black Country on a diet of heavy metal and motorbikes Dave fled south till he hit the coast. He lost the long hair and leather jacket and soon became entangled in the Brighton music scene. He has played in more bands than he can remember and somehow took up the banjo. He also plays with his own 60’s R&B outfit The Spectones, and in his day job leads music sessions for adults with learning disabilities.

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - FREE ENTRY - All welcome


The Big Blue Shed Presents: MAID OF ACE all sister punk band featuring Alison Cara Elliott - Vocals/Guitar - Anna Coral Elliott - Guitar/Vocals - Abby Charlotte Elliott - Drums - Amy Catherine Elliott - Bass/Vocals For fans of the Distillers, the Runaways and Hole.

The best thing about Maid of Ace, apart from their biker-rock’n’roll punk-tunes, is the fact they don’t sell themselves as a chick band or a preachy feminista-sista act. They just get on with it. They play hard and fast and loud and dirty. They have a blood-ties gang mentality and their mission is to have fun. The photo on the album cover captures their essence, as do their promotional videos. Maid of Ace’s brand of rebellion is about living now, having a laugh and kicking ass, rockin’ out … on a budget and in-spite of the bad-times, grey-skies, hell-in-a-handcart end-of-days we’re living through. That said, it’s not possible to be ‘a punk band’ and not have ‘something to say..’ www.louderthanwar.com 




Tickets £11.50 www.seetickets.com/event/maid-of-ace/lewes-con-club/1194251

Also from wegottickets and Si's Sounds Lewes

Bar from 4:30 - Doors 7:30 to 11:30pm


Dictionary Pudding + Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival present the triumphant second coming of the Arkestra - on Easter Weekend, no less!

Sun Ra Arkestra

2ND NIGHT ADDED! GRAB TICKETS HERE: https://www.seetickets.com/tour/sun-ra-arkestra

Following 2017's earth-shattering three-night, sold out, residency in Lewes, the Arkestra are popping back in to furnish us with another incredible evening.

93 years old, Marshall Allen, as Musical Director of the Arkestra, is now in his 59th year of continuous activity within the Arkestra. Marshall has been in the Sun Ra Arkestra 21 years longer than Sun Ra himself - an incredible achievement.

Read Brighton Source's review of last year's incredible concerts:

Lewes Con Club /
25£ ADV: https://www.seetickets.com/tour/sun-ra-arkestra



Sun Ra Akestra Times - 7:00pm doors - 8:00pm-9:00pm 1st set - 9:00-9:30pm interval - 9:30pm-10:30pm 2nd set


Well it's Easter, but we have a line up that beats your rotten chocolate egg with a big stick. This will take you from Maundy Thursday into a great Friday, never mind a good one. Smokin hot American up and comer Russell Hicks, polished and superb comedienne Juliet Myers, and headlining with the Modfather of British Stand up Ian Moore. All smashed into a hot cross bun of Hilarity by MC Neil Masters.

RUSSELL HICKS - One of the most exciting comics to come out of America, Russell Hicks is branded one of the 'Top Six Comics to Watch' by LA's Stand Up Talk Magazine. He has appeared on LA based panel show Direct TV's 'What's News?' and is a regular guest on hit podcasts such as Talkin' Sh*t with Eddie Ifft. Headlining the nationally acclaimed student circuit in the United States, Russell regularly takes his hour long solo shows across the country to the biggest universities. Prolific and consistently delivering quality new work, audience members are often compelled to return for two nights in a row. Fast and loose, no two shows are ever the same.

JULIET MYERS - “Excellent” Tim Arthur, comedy reviewer TIME OUT. Managing to mix silliness with edginess, Juliet has a chatty style that allows her to interact with the crowd; this makes her much in demand both as a comedian and an MC.. She has been bringing her own brand of hilarious, cerebral, observational, gag –driven, (mostly gender non-specific), comedy to the stage for 7 year.

IAN MOORE ...occupies a unique position in British comedy. TV/Radio regular, best-selling author and headliner at London’s world famous Comedy Store, Ian lives in rural France and commutes back to the UK every week for work. At least, that’s how things have been. What with ‘events’, that fragile way of life looks rockier by the day and has made Ian an unwitting, but witty, expert in UK and European visa, travel, trade agreements and UK-EU bickering. His sharp, entertaining punditry can be seen regularly on Dave’s satirical TV show Unspun, Channel 5’s topical Comedy Big Mouths, and TRT World’s weekly dissection of the news, Nexus.
Ian is also a regular on BBC 5Live’s Fighting Talk and BT Sport’s The Football’s On, and a sometime co-host and regular guest on TalkSport’s The Warm Up.

Price(s) of entry:Early bird online from £8.00 @ www.wegottickets.com  only, plus booking fee. Union Music:£10/8 (concessions) plus booking fee
Where people can get tickets: Union Music OR reservations on 07582408418 OR http://www.wegottickets.com/ComedyAtTheCon
Time(s) of event: - Doors : 7.30. Show: 8pm - All enquiries please to the organisers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


A rare evening of 60's Garage & Surf Instrumentals comes to Lewes. Not to be missed!

The Hangee V - From Cagliari, Sardinia play a mixture of garage punk vocals & cool surf instrumentals featuring 5 fantastic musicians

The Space Agency - bring their instrumental psychedelic sound back to Lewes for the 3rd time.

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - FREE ENTRY - All welcome


Dictionary Pudding proudly present...THE MEKONS 77 (*original 1977 line-up together for the first time in nearly 30 years)

The Mekons are a British-American rock band. Formed in the late 1970s as an art collective, they are one of the longest-running and most prolific of the first-wave British punk rock bands. This show sees the original line up play together for the first time in nearly 30 years.

+ Jon Langford's FOUR LOST SOULS
+ Asbo Derek -> https://asboderek.bandcamp.com/releases

1930-2230  Tickets - 14£ adv from: http://bit.ly/mekonslewes
and in person Resident Brighton and Union Music Store, Lewes

Presented by Dictionary Pudding Promotions
MAILING LIST SIGNUP: http://bit.ly/dicpudemails    www.dictionarypudding.co.uk


A Cajun Barn Presentation: Vera van Heeringen’s debut album, Standing Tall, was released in 2012 and marked a change of direction after nearly five years of touring as part of the brilliantly comedic New Rope String Band. With influences firmly rooted across the Atlantic, Vera writes soulful songs and tunes with lyrics and delivery speaking straight to - and from - the heart. A highly skilled instrumentalist, she has long been recognised for her graceful yet gutsy guitar playing. In 2015 Vera released her second album, Proper Brew, which features a list of musicians who share her musical aesthetic, including Tim O’Brien, Dirk Powell, Rayna Gellert and Kris Drever. A third album is upcoming.

It’s unusual to find someone who’s as good a songwriter as an instrumentalist, who brings the guitar to life in way that is entirely her own.

Currently Vera tours with a solid acoustic trio compromising harmony king Dave Luke on guitar, vocals and mandolin. Dave has been the backbone of many hard working country bands and toured extensively with Nashville singer songwriter Gail Davies, playing the likes of the Grand Ole Opry. On double bass she’s got record producer extraordinaire Andy Seward. Andy was part of folk superstar Kate Rusby’s band as well as working with Eddi Reader, Richard Thompson and Andy Cutting. He currently plays with Martin Simpson and Brooks Williams.

"She can play anything with strings, write fine songs and sing them too. Go see her play live... Tim O'Brien

‘Come the day if we need a reason to stay in Europe play this CD. This lady oozes class’ John Atkins, fRoots

Tickets in advance are £12, please send a cheque made to The Cajunbarn, 12 Rusthall Park ,TN4 8NP . Include a stamped addressed envelop and they'll be with you by return of post. By bank transfer..easy! give us a call on : 01892 533493.


Following the sell out gig last July The Big Blue Shed presents the return of BAD MANNERS

12 singles on the UK Chart
111 weeks in the UK Singles Chart.
Bad Manners
Born in Manor House North London in the late 70s Bad Manners we're at the forefront of the 80s Ska Revival movement.


Tickets £20 plus booking fee


and Union Music Store Lewes

hawk and hacksaw

A Hawk and a Hacksaw is a band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently signed to L.M. Dupli-cation. The band consists of accordionist Jeremy Barnes, who was previously the drummer for Neutral Milk Hotel and Bablicon, and violinist Heather Trost. The music is inspired by Eastern European, Turkish and Balkan traditions, and is mostly instrumental.

Presented by Dictionary Pudding Promotions



amy winehouse experience

Formed in 2015 THE AMY WINEHOUSE EXPERIENCE AKA LIONESS perform the most authentic and respectful tribute to the musical talent of this modern day icon, featuring songs from FRANK, BACK TO BLACK, LIONESS and a host of covers associated with Amy. The stage show runs for 90 minutes and is modelled on Amy's 2007 performance at the Shepherd's Bush Empire... 'I Told You I Was Trouble'.

The band are fronted by 2015 'STARS IN THEIR EYES' finalist and X-FACTOR contestant EMMA WRIGHT as AMY WINEHOUSE with a group of five backing musicians and two backing singers to complete this highly acclaimed tribute show. All of the songs are performed completely live with care and attention taken to do justice to the legacy of the talent of Amy Winehouse.

fab beatles

The band members of The Fab Beatles are extremely experienced musicians and Beatles tribute artists. The band has a very long history, and years of experience of playing all over the world.

Over the years, The Fab Beatles has grown, and their line-up has changed but as a result of their precise attention to detail, use of authentic instruments, and years of experience, and enthusiasm for their work, they remain committed to offering themselves as a premier Beatles tribute band !

Their aim is to give a 100% live Beatles experience !

High energy Rhythm & Blues played the Canvey Island way, recreating the unmistakable sounds of 1970's Dr Feelgood. Take a step back in time and hear the distinctive vocal styling/harmonica playing of Mr Brilleaux and the unique sound and style of the "Wilko" guitar.

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East Sussex
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Monday to Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:30 pm

12 noon - 8 pm

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