For this August In The Bar Friday we are pleased to announce Nicky Mitchell - 

Nicky is a professional guitarist singer and performer. She has performed in America and all over Europe, with top names such as Dana Gillespie, Taka Boom and Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges. She has also appeared alongside top British comics such as Jo Brand, Jenny Eclair and Eric Page. Nicky is a highly accomplished guitarist specialising in Jazz and slide Blues and a simply astonishing singer. She is very well known for her role as comedy host and compere of the Brighton Festival Award winning show, The Kroon Kat Lounge, which she fronted for nearly 7 years.The Guardian says: "warm funny and immensely talented.."

Bar from 4:00pm - Music 8:30pm - Free Entry - All Welcome


For our 4th August Friday In The Bar we present Milton Hide:
Husband and wife, Jim (ex Cajun Dawgs) and Josie Tipler list influences as diverse as Pentangle, Muse, Helen Shapiro and Billy Bragg, so they’re certainly difficult to pigeonhole! Their voices blend with a rare warmth, enhancing their mix of self-penned numbers, traditional folk songs and eclectic covers. Expect to see a small woman and a tall bloke. Expect to hear singing, guitar, clarinet, cajon and a shaker.
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Bar from 4:30 - Music 8:30pm - Free Entry - All Welcome


A Union Music Store Presenation:

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. A self-professed “study in contrasts,” Luft's folkie yin proves a perfect match for Edwards’ rocker yang. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre,

The Small Glories is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate.Straight out of the gate these two veteran singer/songwriters built a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity, visceral live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess that doesn’t come around often. Luft packs a mean banjo as well. The Winnipeg Free Press asks, "can two singer-songwriters be better than one? Yes, emphatically, yes, if the two in question are Cara Luft and JD Edwards... It’s our loss they didn’t [join forces] sooner... It’s magic.”

Opening set from our own Jamie Freeman7:30pm

Tickets from £12

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Our fith August Friday In The Bar (well it's only one day inside September!) we are very pleased to present Mike Newsham:

Originally from Yorkshire now based in Brighton, Mike has played all over the UK supporting the likes of Jesse Malin, Sam Roberts Band, Guillemots, Laura Veirs and Deadstring Brothers, amongst others.His Americana, folk and rock-tinged songs are well-crafted and his dynamic guitar work is described as so fluid and textured, and so goddamn fast but still so tidy ... a show in its self.Influenced by the likes of John McLaughlin, Neil Young and the Lemonheads, as well as fusing Ska and Punk stylings from the likes of Paul Simon, Toots and the Maytals and The Clash, Mike commands his varied styles with authority and class, mixing each and every one with ease to create an explosive and memorable live show.

For just one man and a guitar, Mike’s live shows are" like watching a young Ryan Adams on speed" playing as if it’s his last day on earth, wowing the crowd with a seamless blend of quiet brooding songs of longing, to manic moments of furious acoustic playing.His well crafted dynamic live show is a must-see for any acoustic fans, and Mike is doing it all with a fresh new touch on the “one man and a guitar” acoustic scene.

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To mark the 40th anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley The Rotary Club of Lewes Barbican are holding a charity evening with the sensational Suspiciously Elvis leading the entertainment. This will be a fun night with the proceeds being donated to Young Adult Carers of Sussex and Lewes Starfish Youth Music Club.

You don't have to be an Elvis fan to enjoy the first class performance of Suspiciously Elvis who has wowed crowds all over the country and more locally at Concorde 2 plus Komedia in Brighton where he has put on amazing shows. Sing and dance to a multitude of his greatest hits, a true compliment to the performer is that he sounds and looks the part of Elvis in the prime of his career!! Even request him to sing your favourites!!

Ticket price is £15 and Con Club members benefit from a reduced price of £10, and are available online from  Alternatively and all enquiries to the organisor Don Faulds on 01273 470027 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

A Union Music Store Presentation :

Excited to have the wonderful Hatful of Rain back in Lewes.  Hickory Signals will do a opening set. This local British contemporary folk group that combine powerful songwriting with musical flare, inspired by English, Celtic and American Roots styles.

The Hatfuls use a single microphone approach to performing. This creates an intimate and engaging atmosphere characteristic of every Hatful show.

They have recorded two albums Way Up On the Hill in 2012 and The Morning Key in 2014 both on our very own Union Music Store label!

7:30pm - Tickets from £10 reduction for Con Club members

All enquiries to the organisers please


Goofer Dust prove that the often-scorned blues genre is not dead with their debut album entitled "Blood's Turning Black". The Brighton-based acoustic blues band infuse their no-nonsense country blues with urban blues harmonica, jazz saxophone, gritty Tom Waits style lyrics/vocals, tasteful percussion and samples/loops, as well as guest performances from others on double bass, percussion and backing vocals.

Just listen to the music and take it for what it is. A journey into the thoughts of a modern, sometimes confused man, affected by the things he sees, and experiences he hears and reads about on a daily basis. You can call it "country blues" or "acoustic blues" and yet there's so much more to this music than that.

Bar 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 - Free entry - All welcome


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

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

£5 on the door.

Strictly no talc - thanks!


RWoomble2017A Dictionary Pudding Presentation :

Roddy Woomble achieved recognition in the late '90s/early 2000s as the frontman for Scottish rock band Idlewild, which released a handful of albums before Woomble chose to explore his options as a solo artist. He traveled extensively as a child, living in France and the United States before settling in Edinburgh to study photography.

It was in Edinburgh that he met the other future members of Idlewild. The band released five albums while shifting from a grungy, punk-rooted sound to folk-influenced rock. Building on that change, Woomble decided to take time out from the band to explore his love of traditional Scottish folk and concentrate on solo material, which led to the release of his debut, My Secret Is My Silence, in July 2006 which topped the U.K. folk charts.

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Callin' all you hep cats and swingin' kittens! Brighton's rockin'est Skifflebilly Trio Bad Bad Whiskey is here folks! ...and they're playin' a wild monster-mash of your favourite skiffle, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, jazz and blues tunes for you to bop, jive an' wail to, daddy-o!

Bad Bad Whiskey have played with the likes of Jack Rabbit Slim; Restless; Knocksville; The Ladykillers; The Caravans; Fat 45; The Severed Limb; Terry & Gerry, The Devil Wrays; One Fathom Down; Sixteen & The Sidewinders, Voola & The Jayhawks; The Drugstore Cowboys and such international acts such as Rocket To Memphis (Australia) and The Peacocks (Switzerland) - and even busked around the campfire with country legend Charlie Thompson!

In addition to their regular pub and club gigs in the circuit of the South Coast and London, they have played shows at the British Music Experience at London's O2; Vintage at Southbank; Brighton Rumble; Judy's Vintage Fair; Born Bad; Frockabilly; Stay Sick; the Choccywoccydoodah show on the Good Food channel and have been beamed up to the Milky Way for the Dusty Groove Jukebox Show.

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - Free entry all welcome


"The Toughest-sounding thing to rock out of Brighton since Pinkie Brown started throwing his weight around, The Dead Reds are the Squad behind this Blast of harp-fuelled British R&B. There's a definite Touch of 70's Dr Feelgood in the Guitars, Gob iorn and vocals here, Which is a major compliment as not many have come close to that bands's intensity and genius , If anyone can get there, it's surely THE DEAD REDS".....Blues Magazine review of The Dead Reds Renegade Genises 

Bar from 4:30 - Doors 8:00 - FREE ENTRY


There have been many requests to restart Sunday afternoon music in the bar. We introduce Sundays In The Bar, they will run on the last Sunday of the month, from 4 to 6 pm (a little later than before)

UK singer songwriter doing his own solo acoustic thing, weaving songs about life and love into hearts of those happy to listen. Jimmy started writing and performing in the 1980’s, either solo acoustic folk clubs or as front man in the Juno 6 driven band A La Tienne who enjoyed one 12” single through Rough Trade. Had a brief recording experience with Ron Geesin (producer on Atom Heart Mother). A timely 80’s nuclear protest song. Writing, working, playing through the 90’s, crafting the art so to speak working in bands Mojo Filter and the Collaborators. Released an album "far and distant world" with the Collaborators and spent a lot of time gigging in the UK and Denmark. Met up in 2014 with Simon Scardanelli who produced the 2016 album "Wilderness Wood". In 2017 eight new tracks were recorded for release on the acoustic and mandolin styled album "Gallery." 

All Sundays In The Bar are from 4 to 6, free entry and everyone is welcome. For October we have Steve 'Snips' Parsons and for November...The Contenders


Since 2006, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls have toured the UK, Europe and the USA. performing acoustic shows including tracks from their own albums in addition to Wonder Stuff material and the occasional cover version. All interspersed with Miles’ trademark inter-song banter and insight into the background behind some of the tracks being performed.

To date they have released two studio albums alongside one live album. Prior to this, Miles has performed as a solo artist as well as alongside former Wonder Stuff guitarist Malcolm Treece and also as The Miles Hunt Club (with Andres Karu, Michael Ferentino and Stuart Quinnell) and Vent 414 (Pete Howard, Morgan Nichols).

Erica has released two solo albums, she has also worked and performed with a number of acts including The Proclaimers, The Mission, Ting Tings, Matt Watson and Mark Gemini Thwaite in addition to producing a number of outstanding pieces of artwork. In 2016 she has written and recorded tracks for the new Dutch Head album with producer George Taylor. 

7:30pm - Entry £13.50 

Their first time at the Club...Fixer are a 5 piece Rock/Pop Covers band, music from 60's to almost present day. not to be confused with "Fixer" from Oxford or NY.

Mark - Vox, Alan - Guitar & Vox, Kevin - Guitar, James - Bass, Jonathon - Drums

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - Free entry all welcome


Dictionary Pudding are thrilled to announce American anti-folk /DIY songsmith hero JEFFREY LEWIS and LOS BOLTS. Having sold out his recent solo London shows in the blink-of an eyeball, Jeffrey returns to the UK with his brilliant show. Don’t sleep on tickets - these will fly!

New York City dweller Jeffrey Lewis is a comic book artist and indie-rock musician, mixing captivating folk spiels with raw-edged garage rock. In 2015, he released his seventh album, “Manhattan”, on Rough Trade Records.

“Ramshackle and beautiful noise… Lou Reed’s natural successor as punk poet of the New York streets” – Louder Than War

“Jeffrey Lewis is slowly but surely on a trajectory to immortal cult-status.” – Line of Best Fit

“The Big Apple’s best-kept secret… genius-gone-ignored… mind-blowing.” – NME

“Bizarre but brilliant” – Uncut

“[Jeffrey Lewis is] The best lyricist working in the US today.” - Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)


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