Play the GAME OF TARTS as the legendary 60-piece indie choir's annual festive treat now comes to Lewes!

We'll be resplendent in (fake) fur and red for the 2018 show, and rolling out a cheery(ish) cavalcade of snowy, harmonised wintery treats. Expect to hear Fleet Foxes, Nick Cave and Eric Whitacre given the Tart treatment, alongside gently remodelled Christmas classics by The Pogues, The Pretenders and Jona Lewie. - Winter is here, but Jam Tarts Choir will keep you warm.

FORMED IN 2004,Jam Tarts are a 60-strong choral collective who perform unique and shimmering arrangements of songs by indie, punk and new wave artists such as The Smiths, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Bat for Lashes, John Grant, Tom Waits and Joy Division. Reviewing their 2014 Brighton Fringe gig at The Old Market, the Brighton Argus said that "Brighton should embrace these Tarts, they are one of the city’s hidden treasures." Awarding Jam Tarts' 2014 performance at Beautiful Days 9 out of 10, Virtual Festivals described them as, "performing way beyond their billing and pulling a massive crowd."

Director and arranger, Li Mills, started Jam Tarts as a 4 week singing course, requested by parents at her anarchic baby music group, Baby Jam. 10 years later, what started as a bit of a laugh, has become a serious musical concern with packed venues and invitations in 2015 to play a second gig at Union Chapel in Islington, and to appear at the Great Escape festival. Another highlight for 2015 saw them appearing on stage with world famous dancer, Carlos Acosta, at the Brighton Dome for 3 nights.

Jam Tarts have raised over £11,000 for Billy Bragg's charity, Jail Guitar Doors, with most of this money going directly to HMP Lewes' guitar group. The line-up has also expanded, with cello and trumpets often making their way into arrangements alongside the piano.

What Nouvelle Vague do with bossa nova and the Ukulele Orchestra do with, well, ukuleles, Jam Tarts Choir do with four (or five or even eight) part harmonies, 60 pairs of mighty lungs and six degrees of celebration.

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 7:30pm Tickets £13 (£10 Club Members) from Union and Si's Sounds Lewes and on line to follow


Ben and Shazza are back to kick off the Christmas festivities and celebrate Solstice, bringing the best Disco, Daft Funk and Dance tunes along with a special guest DJ from the Grannies Disco “BOOMTOWN” DJ Diana Floss. Plus a live set from Hoofish (formerly of legendary Lewes 90’s rave band Hooflung) it is sure to be a night of dancing off those mince pies, good vibes, fun and frolics. Dust of those dancing glad rags and boogie on down!

Tune on, turn out and drop in.

Christmas parties, disco Druids and all welcome

Bar from 4:30pm - 8:00pm start - Free entry

Sundays in the Bar Christmas Extravaganza

A Sundays in the Bar special with the Con Club All-Stars and the Con Club Grand Christmas Draw.

This is the final "Sundays in the Bar" gig of 2018 and will feature many of the local musicians who have played at the Con Club over the years - all in the course of one afternoon in the bar. It's an extended version and includes the club's Grand Christmas Draw.

There'll be a main band featuring John Marsh (guitar), Kate Turvey (vocals), Pete Messer (harmonica), David Bott (keyboards) and Paul Andrew (percussion) plus very special guest singer Kev Whatley, all of whom have played at club many times over the years, and in addition there'll be cameo performances from the Contenders (Steve Williams, John Collins, Pete Messer and Mick Hawksworth), the reformed Koils (Fran Galpin, Jim Healey and Mick Hawksworth), Martian Jim (Jim Healey and John Marsh), solo artists Gabriella Romano, Chippy Mobbs, Hanna Burchell and Louis May, The Odd Couple (Jack Kellett and John Marsh with vocal assistance from Kate) and to cap it all off local hero John May with one or two of his best songs.

But the show-stoppers are undoubtedly going to be the Five o'Clock Shadows (Andy Banks, Andy Thomas, Nick Benjamin, Mick Hawksworth and Jack Kellett) with Kev Whately standing in for Cliff at the last minute! You've got to see this.

40 songs, 20 performers, in the Con Club bar, all in the course of one afternoon. It could be chaos, but one thing it won't be is boring! And it's free! Everyone's welcome. Come along and join in the fun.

The performers are donating all their fees to the local St Peter & St James Hospice.

3:30 - 7:30 pm FREE ENTRY All welcome. Don't miss it!


Get down to the Con Club on Friday 28th December and treat yourself to a good dance! Lazy Susan DJs: Lazy Simon, Jez Harris and Hamish Makgill will be serving up a selection of the finest beats on Vinyl from Disco to House; Funk to Techno and all things in-between.

Bar from 4:30 - Music 8:00pm to late.

£4 OTD


Live music with The Contenders, other bands and special guests from the Lewes (and beyond) music scene. More details to follow.

Members, their guests and friends only - Free entry

4:30pm to late. Live music from 8:30pm

It can be bleak in January, so come and cheer yourself up at our 8th Birthday party! Incredible as it seems, we have been going that long, and to celebrate our move up from infants into junior school, we have a cracking ALL STAR line up! And Neil Masters MC ing, of course.

NOEL JAMES - You will know him probably as the hilarious BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT semi finalist, but here's how he describes himself :
"I have been treading the boards – some would say walking the plank – for twenty-five years. An experienced, very original, comedian from Swansea, Wales, who has played – and often headlined – most comedy clubs in the UK including Glee Clubs, Banana Cabaret, Hyena, The Stand, Up The Creek, Frog and Bucket, Baby Blue, and more.
As well as club gigs I’ve performed at major festivals, and gigs abroad in places like Dubai, Shanghai, Berlin, Cape Town and Canada.
I’ve done sketch shows on BBC Radio Wales, and various TV comedy and acting roles in both English and Welsh.
I am not a gratuitously rude comic. When I’m on stage I come alive and my goal is to literally cheer everyone up, if I can.
My material is highly original, cerebral, with some wordplay; some people think it’s clever but at the same time it has a wide appeal. I can also perform in my mother tongue, the Welsh language." No need in Lewes methinks...

TOM DEACON - He has been performing live stand-up for the last 9 years – with four Edinburgh solo shows under his belt – and has been the host of his own TV, radio and online shows on BBC2, BBC Radio1, The Capital FM breakfast show and YouTube football channel Copa90 – where his Eurofan escapades have notched up over 8 million views.
Tom has made guest appearances on BBC2’s The Rob Brydon Show, Dave’s One Night Stand and ITV2’s Fake Reaction.
He is currently the host of Gfinity’s Elite series. A journey into the world of Esports has led Tom to host on the Sky F1 channel for the first ever F1 sports tournament which took place during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of 2017.
2018 will see Tom performing around the uk and world. It will also see him host season 3 and season 4 of the Elite series, with a special FIFA 18 show in Disney World.
"A mighty fine comic"The Guardian
"With looks, confidence, charm and great material; expect other comics to lynch him"The Sunday Times

DANNY GARNELL - Winner of ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ at the Edinburgh Festival 2018!
Danny Garnell began a career as a professional wrestler at the age of 15, after beginning his training at the now legendary Hammerlock school of wrestling 9 months before. After 17 years of touring the UK, Europe and the US for various promotions, injuries forced Danny into walking away from the wrestling business as an in ring performer.
“I had always been a massive fan of stand up comedy, and after some time off from performing, I really missed it. On the advice of some friends who happen to be comedians, I decided to try stand up at an open mic night at a local club. Nothing could of prepared me for that buzz, and I have been hooked ever since”
Danny is now working on making comedy his full time job, and is performing in London and Kent regularly. He is still involved in the Wrestling business, working as a ring announcer, commentator and occasional coach for up and coming pro wrestlers.

Plus! A short set from up and comer.. .JENAN YOUNIS ... Is a London-based comedian of Palestinian and Iraqi descent whose keenly-observed comedy has been described as a slap in the face – so don’t sit within arm’s reach. Culturally inappropriate, politically unacceptable and explosively funny. Jenan has been a semi-finalist and regional finalist for two national stand-up competitions (So You Think You’re Funny? and Funny Women 2018) and have performed for Arabs Are Not Funny! twice as well as performed and run charity-themed Middle Eastern comedy nights with LSE and SOAS called Weapons Of Mass Hilarity.
"Smart, hip comedian-not to be missed!"-The List

Price(s) of entry:Early bird online only from £8.00 plus booking fee. Union Music:£10/£8 (concessions) plus booking fee. OTD £12/£10
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


Sarah Jane Morris “Sweet Little Mystery” with Tony Remy, Tim Cansfield, Martyn Barker and Henry Thomas

A Tribute to John Martyn - Full time Sinner, Part Time Saint

Sarah-Jane Morris is Britain’s most influential jazz and R&B singer. Morris’s magnificent soul voice and emotional power has garnered praise and admiration worldwide for over 30 years. Inspired by the unwavering belief in the power of song to change hearts and minds, Sarah Jane has always followed her own star. That independence has brought her a loyal audience, devoted to her feisty, independent musical style.

7:30pm - Tickets £20 + b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/452361


The Big Blue Shed presents: Willie Watson - For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveller, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.

Southern gospel. Railroad songs. Delta blues. Irish fiddle tunes. Appalachian music. Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for it all. Produced by David Rawlings, the album carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs don’t actually belong to those artists, though. They don’t belong to anyone. Instead, they’re part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson.

Nodding to the past without resurrecting it, Willie Watson turns Folksinger Vol. 2 into something much more than an interpretation of older songs. The album carries on the spirit of a time nearly forgotten. It taps into the rich core of roots music. It furthers the legacy of American folk. And perhaps most importantly, it shows the full range of Willie Watson’s artistry, matching his instrumental and vocal chops with a strong appreciation for the songs that have shaped not only a genre, but an entire country.

7:30pm - Tickets £14 + b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/452036


Lewes Con Club Presents:

CODA - the UK's most authentic-sounding and looking tribute to the mighty Led Zeppelin, featuring four musicians who faithfully recreate the excitement, energy, passion and magic of the world's most famous rock band!

The attention to detail is unrivaled, they've got the sound, the look, the hair, the instruments and the on-stage mannerisms, you could almost believe you were watching the real thing! Expect all the classics in this two hour show such as Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love and a whole lot more! Dust off your flares and travel back in time with us!


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

Entry £5 OTD - Club members free

JAH WOBBLE & The Invaders Of The Heart   www.jahwobble.com  www.facebook.com/jah.wobble Over the past three decades or so, Jah Wobble has ploughed his own furrow as a prolific solo artist, as well as becoming a well-respected session musician, with a genuine passion for Eastern and Global music. He has worked with adiverse range of musicians, including Baaba Maal, Bjork, Primal Scream, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Julianne Regan, Dolores O’Riordan, Holgat Czukay, The Edge and Chaka Demus & Pliers.The man born John Wardle began his musical journey when he met John Lydon and Sid Vicious in 1973. It was Vicious who not only nicknamed John ‘Jah Wobble’ after a drunken binge but also loaned him his first bass guitar. Lydon asked JW to join Public Image Limited (aka PiL) in spring 1978. Wardle’s distinctive ‘low end’ bassbecame the backbone of PiL’s pioneering sound. After its follow-up, the exploratory yet sinister soundscapes of 'Metal Box', Wardle became disillusioned by politics within the band and their reluctance to play live. He eventually split from PiL in mid-1980 and embarked on a prolific solo career.


Simon Scardanelli

Our February Sunday in the Bar features Indie-folk-rock maverick Simon Scardanelli.

Simon's fourth solo album Make Us Happy saw a return to his roots with a ramshackle ensemble of accordions, fiddle, cajon, clarinet, soprano sax, guitars, mandolin and Turkish cumbus in eclectic and unusual arrangements perfectly suited to his quirky original songwriting. He's currently writing and recording his next album in his studio in Brittany, France. Wood Amongst The Trees will be released in the Spring of 2019.

Simon Scardanelli enjoyed chart success in the late eighties with Anglo-Canadian duo Big Bam Boo, scoring a top 40 hit in the USA & Canada in March 1989 with Shooting From My Heart, prompting the duo to re- locate to New York from London. Following the demise of the band in 1991 Simon remained in New York, turned his back on the popular music scene and scraped a living in the underbelly of New York’s Lower East Side - including a stint working as a liquor runner at the infamous Save The Robots after-hours club.

A charismatic and engaging solo performer, Simon's shows are peppered with wry anecdotes and dry, self-deprecating humour – he is able to look back on a long and varied career with an ironic appreciation of its highs and lows.

“...a beguiling range of powerful sonorities and richly textured vocal styles.”

“If you like intriguing and experimental songwriting, charismatic performing and singing that works in some of the areas explored by the likes of Scott Walker, Vini Reilly, Léo Ferré, Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens, you'll be inspired to discover Simon Scardanelli's work.”

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

Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends from Croydon, Johnny Moped were the band fronted by, and named after the enigmatic Paul Halford (aka Johnny Moped). By 1977 the group found themselves at the heart of the burgeoning punk scene in London and for a brief moment even looked like contenders.
‘When I first met Johnny,’ Captain Sensible - the band’s original guitarist - says, ‘I just thought, this guy is a bundle of frenetic energy; he’s a megastar waiting to happen.’
By 1978, after an intense year of activity, the band were completing their first record with Chiswick Records and things were looking promising. But whilst adding the final touches to the record, Johnny - who had recently married - started to become evasive as his mother-in-law exerted pressure on him to leave the group. “In the end we had to basically kidnap him every time we had a gig or needed to record!’ said Dave Berk, the bands drummer.
Despite being able to count both Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible as past members, success was not to come their way and Johnny Moped are now largely forgotten - punk rock’s great lost band!
Their story is however a fascinating one that, along with some of the era’s most innovative music deserves to be heard.

Tickets £14 +b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/454524


WHO ARE YOU UK are a Kent UK based Who Tribute band – formed for the simple reason – to celebrate and have fun playing songs by the most exciting band in the history of rock – and sounding the way we feel the songs should sound. Massive Who fans playing to massive Who fans – and hopefully converting a few others along the way.

Tickets £10 from The Union Music Store, 1 Lansdown Pl, Lewes BN7 2JT, UK www.unionmusicstore.com  or from the Con Club.

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


Sundays in the Bar with the Stars of Starfish. More details to follow.

Please note we've bumped this by a week from the last Sunday of April to the first Sunday of May to coincide with the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

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

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139 High Street
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

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


The new membership year started on 24th June.

Renewals are CLOSED now, but new membership applications are very welcome and now is a great time to join!

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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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