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Enthusiastic 50's and 60's Rock n Roll Band, Rhythm and Blues and a bit of Soul. Influences - Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry, The Pirates, Carl Perkins, The Revolutionaires, Dr Feelgood, Eddie Cochran, Rockpile, Little Richard, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Elvis, Muddy Waters, Johnny Burnette, Buddy Holly, The Stray Cats, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, everyone at Rhythm Riot!, The Long Tall Texans (who's that?!!?).....

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Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm

FREE ENTRY

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

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

£6 on the door. 7:30pm to 12:00

Strictly no talc - thanks!

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Dictionary Pudding Present : The Wave Pictures - Jonny Helm (drums), Dave Tattersall (guitar & vocals) and Franic Rozycki (bass) - return with their new album 'Bamboo Diner in The Rain' due out in November 2016. Following on from 2015's Billy Childish collaboration 'Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon' and their recent acoustic record 'A Season in Hull', 'Bamboo Diner in the Rain' sees The Wave Pictures battling against the robot music apocalypse. The album is a bluesy, boozy love letter to the guitar, filled with American Primitive instrumentals, John Lee Hooker chugs and Link Wray style minor-key surf music.

Franic and David grew up in a village called Wymeswold where they started playing music together with Hugh J. Noble on drums. The band was called Blind Summit. When Hugh decided he didn't want to play drums he went to Exeter to study Philosophy instead. The band changed it's name to The Wave Pictures and Hugh was replaced by several drummers until Jonny "Huddersfield" Helm became the permanent replacement.

Not only did I appreciate his take-no-prisoners musical stylings but also the imaginative lyrical ideas I found mighty refreshing. This is a man who clearly harbours no ambition to be seen hobnobbing with Dido at the Met Bar and has opted instead to plough a righteous but lonely furrow. -Nick Lowe

www.seetickets.com/event/the-wave-pictures/lewes-con-club/1309387

John Forrester

Our March Sundays in the Bar features John Forrester.

John sings songs of travel, adventure, lust, discovery, friendship, love & weather. A fine performer with an easy relaxed delivery, a warm openhearted voice, an unshowy guitar style and an infectious personality. Having toured Europe extensively his songs have a strong sense of location & motion.

His 2014 album ‘Outsider’ received many rave reviews, and was described as ‘a contemporary take on folk and roots that is steeped in the great traditions. Its themes are universal; and it’s a testament to patience, exploration and determination, but still has time for humour and humanity’.

As well as his own shows, he has opened for many artists including Show Of Hands, Lindisfarne, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Ninebarrow, Gilmore & Roberts, Nick Harper, Rory McLeod, TV Smith, Sonny Condell, Robb Johnson, John Kirkpatrick and Fate The Juggler.

“takes me back to the real days of bedsit heroes and singer/songwriters who can put over emotion and tell stories… gentle and impassioned… in a world filled with music that is loud, boastful and completely ignores the listener, this is a wonderful relief, an album that talks to the listener” – Music News

3:30 - 5:30 pm FREE ENTRY All welcome

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Steve Ignorant is a singer/songwriter and artist. He co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977. After Crass stopped performing in 1984, he worked with other groups including Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries, Current 93, and US punk band Thought Crime, as well as occasional solo performances.

Steve is also a wood sculptor and volunteer on the Sea Palling Independent Lifeboat, has written his autobiography –All The Rest Is Propaganda- and has worked as a traditional Punch and Judy performer using the name Professor Ignorant.

In 2007 he performed Crass’s entire Feeding of the 5000 album live at the Shepherds Bush Empire and throughout 2010-2011 presented The Last Supper, touring/celebrating the songs of Crass around the globe, ending with a farewell gig at Shepherds Bush Empire in November 2011.

In 2013 Steve and Paranoid Visions decided to record an album. The result ‘When …?’, a hybrid of styles, all with a nod to early 80s anarcho-punk. They now perform live on special occasions. Steve is now performing with his new band Slice Of Life. A far cry from the aggression of Crass, nevertheless compelling with powerful songs delivered in an acoustic style.

“Impossible to categorise, Slice Of Life’s music is up-front and soul-baringly personal. It’s a mixture of songs and spoken word that draws you in and stays with you long after the final note has been played.”

7:30pm - Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/454514

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The Undercover Hippy - Drum and Bass MC turned singer-songwriter Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. Described by Tom Robinson (BBC6Music) as being “like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest and The Sleaford Mods”, his music brings together powerful messages, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Natty meets Eminem…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Press/Reviews “Beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap” “Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods” Tom Robinson, BBC6Music

www.undercoverhippy.com       www.youtube.com

Support from Smiley & The Underclass... a punky reggae noise from London via. Japan, the UK and the Caribbean. Formed in a caravan below a motorway in 2014, they quickly captured the hearts of the underground scene with their chaotic and incendiary live shows put together in squats and disused venues across the capital.

Releasing their debut album in 2017, they spent last year smashing up venues from Japan to Europe to the UK, including sold out shows from Tokyo to London and packed out tents at Boomtown and Shambala Festival. Mind-melting guitars collide with razor-sharp lyrics and crushing basslines to move your mind, body and soul till they're lying knackered on the roadside. The unique Underclass energy carries a new sound to unite all punk rockers and roots rebels of the modern era. Their urgency is real. With planetary chaos on the cards and social unrest all-over, Smiley & The Underclass are the perfect soundtrack for these times. The revolution is here, all you have to do is tune in...

www.smileyandtheunderclass.com/        www.youtube.com

Tickets £12 + b/f from www.skiddle.com

 

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Founding member of Hawkwind Nik Turner relives the dawn of psychedelia!  He has brought together a band of former Hawkwind members playing classic '70s Hawkwind music. Included in this unique line-up are Nik Turner (Sax, Flute, Vocals and alien space suits!), Thomas Crimble (Bass Guitar and Hawkwind member throughout 1970) and Terry 'Caveman' Ollis (Drums and Percussion, a veteran of the Isle of Wight festival) and 'Boy Wonder' Stephen Jones on guitar.

7:30pm - Tickets £16.50 + b/f   www.seetickets.com

Chrysta Bell Feels Like Love 2019

'Feels Like Love' Tour

Chrysta Bell.. singer, songwriter, model, and actress from Texas. She's worked professionally with filmmaker and composer David Lynch since the pair met in 1999 and together they released two albums in the genre of dream pop. Her voice and musical style are described as “ethereal” and “sensual”.

Chrysta was signed by RCA Victor at the age of 18 as the lead vocalist for the popular Austin-based gypsy swing act 8 1/2 Souvenirs. In her four-year tenure with the band, Chrysta Bell delighted audiences on many tours and shared the stage with legendary musicians such as Willie Nelson and Brian Setzer. Chrysta Bell released her debut, 'This Train' in 2011 and her acclaimed EP, 'Somewhere in the Nowhere', in 2016 – both written and produced by David Lynch.

Her current album "We Dissolve" features guest artists such as Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia) & Adrian Utley (Portishead). Recorded in Bristol by Mercury Award winner John Parish, the album has elements of Soul, Rock & Jazz and is arguably her finest work to date.

Her new album "Feels Like Love" is due to be release during this tour, maybe even on the day of her gig at the Con Club!

For tickets (£18 +bf) see https://www.seetickets.com/event/chrysta-bell/lewes-con-club/1324842

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The Big Blue Shed Presents Jonny Dowd

Twinkle, Twinkle (2018) “Reverence be damned. . . . Twinkle, Twinkle finds the prolific miscreant sifting through some of the keystones of American blues, folk, and jazz and giving them a radical makeover. . . . few manage to recycle existing musical forms quite like him.” — Rob Hughes, Uncut (Americana album of the month, February 2018)

Tickets £15 + b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/464055

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Directed by Marshall Allen

Tickets= https://www.seetickets.com/tour/sun-ra-arkestra/

The Sun Ra Arkestra Lewes Residencies are now the stuff of legend.

Having played sold out runs in 2017 and 2018 we cannot wait to welcome them back for two very special Easter nights in 2019.

Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his "Intergalactic Arkestra" of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music until his death in 1993.

The Sun Ra Arkestra still perform today under the direction of long-time Sun Ra collaborator and alto-saxophonist Marshall Allen who is 95 years old this year. The Big Band play fully dressed in intergalactic garb influenced by the spirit of Ancient Egypt and will perform a selection of Sun Ra classics.

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Directed by Marshall Allen

Tickets= https://www.seetickets.com/tour/sun-ra-arkestra/

The Sun Ra Arkestra Lewes Residencies are now the stuff of legend.

Having played sold out runs in 2017 and 2018 we cannot wait to welcome them back for two very special Easter nights in 2019.

Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his "Intergalactic Arkestra" of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music until his death in 1993.

The Sun Ra Arkestra still perform today under the direction of long-time Sun Ra collaborator and alto-saxophonist Marshall Allen who is 95 years old this year. The Big Band play fully dressed in intergalactic garb influenced by the spirit of Ancient Egypt and will perform a selection of Sun Ra classics.

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The Big Blue Shed Presents Joey Landreth and Band

Winnipeg, Canada – Success is a mystical pursuit; a blend of timing, talent, good fortune, dedication and hard work.A break in the schedule of award winning roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth offered Joey Landreth a chance to step forward and test the creative waters with is 2017 debut solo album Whiskey.

It proved to be a very potent recipe. Whiskey was an extension of the kind of eclectic, aurally pleasing, and deeply meaningful songs produced by the band, but accentuated and amplified by Joey Landreth’s dynamic guitar stylings as well as his passionate vocal performances.

The album and subsequenttouring earned rave reviews from critics and fans, showcasingJoey Landreth as a songwriter, vocalist, musician and performer in his own right.

With his one-of-a-kind guitar prowess, charming on and off-stage demeanour, the sincerity and authenticity of his words and music, every piece of music Landreth composes with carry with it his unmistakably evocative and melodic hallmarks.

Seeking a new creative challenge, Landreth recently stepped out of the proverbial comfort,writing a great deal of music completely on his own, as well as alongside the precociously talented young songwriter/producer Roman Clarke. It is a bold step, but one that he has approached with great relish and excitement.

“I would often write on my own, even for The Bros. Landreth, but I would usually get about 50 to 75 per cent of the way through a song and bring it to my brother and we would work on it together from there. For this new project, I am trying not to do any of that, because I wanted to know what it was like to push through that barrier when I got stuck on my own. What does the song sound like when I try to learn on my own, if I pushed myself through and so far, the result is songs that sound a bit different, which is kind of interesting,” he said.

“I am also writing with Roman, who is producing the record with me. I truly believe he is a rising star because he is young, but an insanely talented multi-instrumentalist. His band opened for us and I was inspired by his work ethic and his musicianship and just his whole vibe. His sensibilities are totally different than mine. He has taken me places I might not normally go.”

But fear not, it’s not a radical departure, simply a broadening of horizons and an opportunity for personal and creative growth. The results of Landreth’s labours are going to be road tested during upcoming touring andanupcoming album release.

When Landreth is on the road, he isdoing what he does best, entertaining audiences with his soulful musical storytelling and infectiously emotive melodies. As engaging a performer as you will ever encounter, it took a little while for Landreth to overcome the trepidations of touring solo or with new bandmates.

The Whiskey tour took Landreth across Canada, USA, and Europe.

Landreth has said that there will be a new The Bros. Landreth album coming out later in 2019. In the meantime, fans of Joey Landreth will not have to wait long to bear witness to his stirring solo shows as he embarks again on a full touring schedule, and he finishes off the final touches on his yet to be titled new album.

It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear the next stage in the evolution of a truly remarkable artist, one who possesses the rare ability to connect to people through his melodies, through his lyrics, and through his riveting performances.

Tickets £15 +b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/461904

and Union Music Lewes

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The Big Blue Shed Presents - Slaughter & The Dogs + Snide

Punk Rock Legends Slaughter & The Dogs exploded onto the British music scene in 1976 at the now legendary Manchester Free Trade Hall gig with The Sex Pistols, an event which was to change musical history forever.

They were the first band in Manchester, England to release an independent single \"Cranked Up Really High\" in 1977. Q Magazine voted this landmark release as one of the top 50 punk singles of all time.

Slaughter & The Dogs debut album \"Do It Dog Style\" is now hailed as a classic. One of the founding forefathers of the British Punk Rock movement, Slaughter & The Dogs remain to this day a force to be reckoned with.

The band\'s influences can be felt near and far, from local Manchester boys -The Stone Roses to Johnny Marr & Oasis to name but three; to the American Super group Green Day.

Tickets £18 + b/f www.seetickets.com/event/slaughter-the-dogs/lewes-con-club/1304160

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Blacklight Band

Max Mezzowave debuts his new outfit Blacklight
Fusing neo-soul, funk, deep grooves, jazz and electronica with cinematic visuals to create a mesmerising live experience.

Blacklight are...

Max Mezzowave – Keys
Tracy Jane Sullivan – Vocals/harp
Paul Holland – Bass
Joe Ellis – Drums

Max Mezzowave is a musical pioneer who, alongside contemporaries from Mute Records and Renegade Soundwave, helped shape the sound of a whole host of genres. Paul Holland has played with a diverse array of UK acts, including X-Ray Spex and Chungking, recording live sessions for John Peel and Andy Kershaw on BBC Radio. Tracy Jane Sullivan has played with a range of established talents including Dub legend Mad Professor, Herbie Flowers, Ted Barnes, Geoffrey Richardson and Danny Cummings. Joe Ellis has supported bands such as Stiff Little Fingers and Cast, and he has gone on to play with a variety of acts across multiple genres.

Support by Con Club favourites Max and Beth of Sepia Shadows.

8pm to 11pm

Early bird tickets £6 from WeGotTickets/Si’s Sounds/Union Music
£7 on the door

Sam Cooke

The legend of Sam Cooke in words & song
Performed by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons and band.

Sam Cooke invented soul music when he crossed over from gospel music into mainstream pop. His bold move sent a shockwave through the black community and inspired artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack and Otis Redding to follow in his footsteps.

Sam’s compositions include: WONDERFUL WORLD, YOU SEND ME, CHANGE IS GONNA COME, CUPID, SHAKE, BRING IT ON HOME and TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yIMt-aZjCo

Steve ’Snips’ Parsons is the blue-eyed soul singer from Sharks.

Steve 'Snips' Parsons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlYG2TZxRhQ

2pm to 4pm

Early bird tickets £5 from WeGotTickets/Si’s Sounds/Union Music
£6 on the door

All profits donated to Radio Lewes

Starfish Youth Music

The Con Club's very special April/May "Sunday in the Bar" has been moved from the end of April to the May Bank Holiday weekend in order to be part of The Ripple and features some of Starfish's best young solo performers - Hannah GLunaRosa and Theo. Not to be missed!

For anyone who doesn't know, Starfish has grown from very humble beginnings in 1998, with just a few young musicians and a couple of amps, into a major contributor to the Lewes music scene, putting on popular public music events for all ages. Starfish Youth Music aims to help young people find their own musical voice, and give them confidence in their own creativity. Its young musicians are encouraged to explore writing songs and jamming, communicating ideas, sharing skills, and making decisions for themselves.

As an independent club, Starfish Lewes relies on members' fees, donations and fundraising events to finance the running of the project. The Con Club is very keen to encourage and support the Starfish project. Be there and help Music Happen.

Free entry, with a whip-round for donations to Starfish. Please give generously.

Please note we've bumped this event by a week from the last Sunday of April to the first Sunday of May to coincide with the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and of course The Ripple!

3:30 - 5:30 pm FREE ENTRY All welcome

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contact iconLewes Con Club

139 High Street
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1XS
United Kingdom

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Opening HoursOpening Hours

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

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

Sunday
12 noon - 8 pm

N.B. Hours may be extended on gig nights.

MEMBERSHIP

The current membership year started on 24th June 2018.

Renewals are CLOSED now, but new membership applications are very welcome and it's always a great time to join!

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Q - Where are you?
A - We're located at 139 High Street in Lewes town centre. If you're coming by road from the Brighton direction we're on the left, just after Shelleys Hotel before the bottleneck and next door to Lewes Old Grammar School (see the map below).

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