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Lewes Con Club Present:

JOKO are playing a double bill with sister band BUTXACA.

So that's where Afrojazz-flavoured funkbeat meets groove-suffused jazz with originals by Simon De Souza, and covers of Joshua Redman, Herbie Hancock, Chris McGregor and others.

Two great bands under a groove! Only six quid unless you're a Con Club member - in which case it's free!

In the meantime, here are four JOKO tracks for you.

https://soundcloud.com/user-184275657-860825690

Entry £6 OTD - Club members free

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

LooseCaboose2019

LOOSE CABOOSE is back 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!

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

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The Zipheads hail from St Albans, UK. Initially formed as a punk band around 2005, taking influence from The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Descendents and the like, the band members eventually became more and more enamoured with 50’s Rock’n’Roll and Rockabilly, and The Zipheads was put on hiatus to form The Runaway Boys, a rock’n’roll revue band, playing every pub, town hall and social club in the south east.

The Runaway Boys saw the introduction of double bass as opposed to bass guitar, and it was in this band that the young musicians cut their teeth, bashing out 50s classics with a punk sensibility and more than a nod to the pub rock scene of the 70s.

2008 saw the release of an EP containing the first ever self-penned songs by the band and a shift to focus on original material rather than covers. The band lay dormant for a while and around 2010 The Runaway Boys moniker was dropped and The Zipheads mantle was restored.

The band hit the road and played numerous gigs across the UK and Europe, playing on the bill alongside punk bands such as Peter and The Test Tube Babies and Discharge, as well as opening for 2-Tone heroes The Selecter, The Beat and Neville Staple.

The Zipheads also found a home in the Psychobilly scene, where their punk-infused rockabilly made a lasting impression and has seen them play with legendary psychobilly bands The Meteors, Guana Batz, Demented Are Go, King Kurt, Mad Sin and many more as well as appearances at Psychobilly festivals across Spain, France, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.

In 2013 they released their debut album Prehistoric Beat to an unsuspecting public. The 12 track mix of punk, rockabilly, reggae, ska and swing was well received, featuring the song ‘Revenge’ for which the band shot a music video, and a rockin’ cover of the Toots and The Maytals classic reggae hit ’54-46 Was My Number’, a fan favourite and still a staple of the bands live set.

After more touring to promote Prehistoric Beat, the band released a 7” single in 2015 on famous UK rockabilly/psychobilly label Western Star Records. ‘Just Don’t Seem To Care’ received strong reviews in the UK Rock’n’Roll music press, with many critics also praising the Irish influenced b-side ‘Foreign Land’ as a favourite.

November 2016 saw the release of their much-anticipated second album- Z2:Rampage! on Bomber Music, to rave reviews and a spot in Vive Le Rock’s Top 50 Albums of the year.

http://zzz.zipheads.com/   Support from The Scavengers + Knocksville

£10 +b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/461601

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The Mountain Firework Company is an acoustic 5 piece based in Brighton,. They came together over heartache and wine to create what has been described as "gorgeous folk/alt country pop, with equal parts darkness and cheeky humour " and "alternative bluegrass with a dark treacle folk centre".
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Simultaneously mournful and upbeat, The Mountain Firework Company’s driving and melodic sound comes from an all acoustic string band line up of guitars, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, double bass and drums. Taking the traditional bluegrass line-up in new directions, they incorporate country, folk, bluegrass and Americana within their sound.

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

£10 www.themountainfireworkcompany.com

Tickets : www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Brighton/The-Con-Club/The-Mountain-Firework-Company---The-Beggars-Prayer/13463170/venue.html

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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

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CHRIS MACAUSLAND . the blind comedian returns!

Chris McCausland is a British stand-up comedian and actor from Liverpool.
Chris is blind, has been performing stand-up since 2003, and has long been firmly established at the very top of the UK’s live comedy circuit. He performs all over the country, including regularly at the world famous Comedy Store in the heart of London’s West End.
He has performed all over the world, including India, Singapore, Malaysia, across the Middle East, and throughout Europe.
Between 2005 and 2012, Chris took six different stand-up shows to the Edinburgh Festival [Reviews], and in 2011 was awarded the Creative Diversity Award for Comedy by a Channel 4 led panel of broadcasters that also included the BBC, ITV, and Sky.

ROB MULHOLLAND - Popular comedian Rob Mulholland fell into comedy after finding a flyer looking for acts to appear at Harrogate Comedy Festival on the ground outside his front door like he would have done in a film starring Bradley Cooper. In the years since, he has clocked up a huge amount of gigs all over the country ranging from tiny pubs to massive theatres and can now be seen most weekends in some of the biggest clubs in the country being proper fucking brilliant at comedy. Just as at home as an act or compere, he regularly induces labour/heart attacks with his intricately woven, gag-packed stories; adding a touch of the absurd to his askance glance at everyday life. Rob is 17 feet tall, made of steel and can jump over a mini cooper from a standing start.
Rob won Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year, Beat the Frog World Series Champion, Funhouse Comedy Champion of Champions in 2015 and came third in the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016. After finishing runner-up in last year’s Great Yorkshire Fringe New Act of the Year has awarded himself the title of “Yorkshire’s Funniest Non-Musical Comedian”. He is also the official undisputed Champion of Comedy. He has appeared at the last three Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and debuted his first solo show “Popular Comedian Rob Mulholland” in 2017 to critical confusion and audience acclaim. It is set for DVD/streaming release in October 2017. Rob can be heard every week on high-quality podcast “Sort Your Life Out With Rob Mulholland”, ‘Yet Another Comedy Podcast’ with Danny Deegan and Tony Jameson, is the voice of Death on Panelbeaters, and has performed on BBCR4xtra

PLUS! ANOTHER TOP CIRCUIT ACT! (TBC)

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

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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

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The Poozies first burst onto the folk scene in 1991, when folk music wore elaborately patterned woolly jumpers and was only seen in dingy back rooms and very late at night on BBC2 – yet from the word go they were breaking out and happily exploring the musical universe.

The folk scene was then, as now, very male-dominated and so it was a conscious decision back then to be an ‘all-female’ band. The name came from a den of iniquity frequented by Robert Burns, called Poozie Nancy’s, and there is some debate amongst the four founder members as to whether the now-obvious meaning of ‘Poozie’ was realised back then… but the feeling now is that it’s pretty rock and roll!!

As with all bands that have been on the road for so long there have been various line-up changes, and although it’s probably fair to say a male may feel it’s slightly strange to be in a band with this name, there has also always been a natural choice of who will join the band and these people have also just so happened to be female. Throughout the years The Poozies have toured worldwide, and attracted recognition and appreciation for their eclectic choice of material, unusual and exciting arrangements, and heart-tugging vocal harmonies.

7pm - Tickets £15 + b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/461603

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Fat Belly Jones is an 8, 9 or even 10-piece band playing toons you can't help jumpin' to.. We is SKA, we is SOUL, we is FAT, we is none of us called JONES !!

www.facebook.com/groups/fatbellyjones 

FREE ENTRY - Non Members welcome - Doors 8:00pm - 11:30pm The club is open from 4:30pm so do come along and enjoy a drink in the bar first - All welcome.

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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

 

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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?!!?).....

www.facebook.com/Micky-Hart-and-The-Hartbrakers-167119833335831/

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

FREE ENTRY

LooseCaboose2019

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!

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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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.wegottickets.com/event/456105

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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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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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