The Big Blue Shed Presents: O'Connell & Love with Full Band + Special Guests

O’Connell & Love is the latest incarnation of Larry Love (Alabama 3) and his long-time songwriting partner Brendan O'Connell, who co-wrote much of Larry's first solo album, Ghost Flight, released under the name of Robert Love in 2006. Kris Kristofferson credited Ghost Flight as 'one of the best debuts I've ever heard.'

After spending much time playing acid country house on the road with Alabama 3, Love approached O'Connell to produce this follow up to Ghost Flight. Their anticipated follow-up album Minesweeping, was released on Mountmellick Music on 6th July 2015.

With guest vocalists as diverse as Rumer, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tenor Fly, Pete Doherty, Aurora Dawn and June Miles-Kingston, Minesweeping is an eclectic box of songwriting treasures that have been seven years in the making.

In the same way that Johnny Cash marshalled Rick Rubin (hip hop / electro pioneer) to oversee his final and majestic “American Recordings” sessions, O’Connell & Love were determined to nail the lie that only a bona fide folk/country/blues producer was worthy of the Minesweeping project.

Consequently, and determined to ‘urbanise’ their take on all things folk, they corralled the legendary dance producer Wizard (a.k.a. Greg Fleming) to oversee the recording process. Famed for his work with the Chemical Brothers , Dizzee Rascal, X-Press 2, Wiley, DJ Fresh, M.I.A./Diplo, Lyza J, Chase & Status and a host of other dancefloor luminaries, Wizard's unique approach places Minesweeping in a category all of its own…folk music with a hand grenade!

Bar from 4:30 - Doors 7:30 - Tickets £13 + b/f  www.wegottickets.com/event/441620  SeeTickets and Union Music Lewes



DIGITALIS:- Formed in Slough in 1986 but now located in Lewes & Weymouth, DIGITALIS are the South's premier Electronic Band. They cite over 30 years of electronic influences, including Synth Pop, Hi Energy, Industrial, Rave, Techno and EDM.
They return to the Con Club, after their sell out show in March, to launch their HOLD ON TO ME - EP. This hugely anticipated release, is the first in 10 years, since their highly acclaimed double album COLLECTIONS OF CONDITIONS.
Expect to hear tracks from the new EP, plus old classics, new tracks and a couple that have never been played live before.

BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA:- Support will come from very special guests BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA, who will be playing tracks from their new album SNARE, along with songs from their extensive back catalogue. Described as 'Irony Free Synth Pop' with an 8-Bit analogue mixture of Abba, Devo, OMD, Ladytron, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Blondie.

KID IVY:- First to hit the stage will be very special guests KID IVY, an indie/electronica duo who hail from Brighton & Worthing. They are getting plays on BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC and BBC INTRODUCING and were recently described in MIXMAG as 'Young eclectropop upstarts'.


Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00pm, Entry Free (Donations will be accepted).
Bands will finish by 11:15, last bus to Brighton - 11:40, last train - midnight.


LOOSE CABOOSE is back for October for its 3rd Anniversary with its usual mix of 60's Soul, Northern, R&B, Latin & Jazz.

Guest DJ for the night is Mark Taylor (Soul Circle) 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!


For this month's Sundays in the Bar gig the Con Club is delighted to welcome back Steve 'Snips' Parsons even though we have no idea what he has in mind for the show. A solo acoustic set? His techno-mashup? The floating band of talented local musicians? Or something else entirely. There's only one way to find out!

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


Dictionary Pudding welcome Can legend Damo Suzuki to Lewes Con Club


Damo fronted Can, the legendary German avant-rock/krautrock band credited as an influence by Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Primal Scream and The Fall between 1971 and 1973.

With him in the lineup, Can produced their most enduring and innovative work, including classic albums like 1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi and 1973's Future Days'. He then left, aged 23, explaining in his characteristically enigmatic style that he was 'much more curious about another life'.

www.damosuzuki.com   http://dictionarypudding.co.uk/2018/11/04/damo-suzuki-6/

Doors 7:30pm - Tickets £12 + booking fee www.seetickets.com/event/damo-suzuki/lewes-con-club/1217979



Raymond & Mr Timkins, Hattie Hayridge and Jem Braithwaite MC Dave Mounfield

Laugh the Bonfire soot out of your hair with our November display of comedy fireworks!

THE RAYMOND AND MR TIMPKINS REVUE simply have to be seen to be believed. They are the without a doubt the maddest, silliest, stupidest, cleverest, strangest and everything else-ist as well as the funniest double act of comedians on the circuit. They're a prop/music driven double act, professionally dancing about and holding up words and pictures since 2004, though they’ve been enthusiastic amateurs for much longer.

HATTIE HAYRIDGE has performed extensively across television, radio, film and stage, in both dramatic and comedic roles; including her iconic role as Holly in Red Dwarf.
Hattie started out in stand up comedy as part of the late 80’s Alternative Comedy Movement, performing alongside comics such as Lee Evans, Jack Dee, Julian Clary, Paul Merton, amongst many others, including Mike Myers. She quickly gained success coming as runner up the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Award in 1987, appearing in Edinburgh and being booked for television shows, including Friday Night Live, where she was discovered by the producers of Red Dwarf.
She has gone on to be an accomplished stand up and actress with an impressive number of credits to her name. She has also been a regular guest on various entertainment and panel shows, including Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz and Celebrity Mastermind, which she won.

JEM BRAITHWAITE - This probably describes him best..."Wearing a cape, which gave him the look of a
substitute teacher at Hogwarts, Braithwaite made an immediate visual impression. This impact was magnified by his splendid intonation and his wonderfully offbeat material. All of this was then added to by his physical performance, which consisted of him jerking from side to side as if the remote control working him was being used as a stage to riverdance on by a group of hamsters." Notts Comedy Review.

Price(s) of entry:Early bird online from £8.00 at www.wegottickets.com/event/448816 only, 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


Often hailed as ‘Wigan’s answer to Jimi Hendrix’, John Fairhurst has been wooing the live circuit for over a decade with his astounding guitar skills, but it was arguably 2016 that saw him break through to international demand.
Touring the Netherlands with Dutch act ‘My Baby’ including sold out shows at Amsterdam’s Paradiso, Fairhurst played to rapturous audiences across a rammed festival schedule with no less than nine shows at Glastonbury alone, as well as Boomtown, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Green Gathering, Small World, Bimble Bandada and countless others.
Kicking off 2017 with a sweatbox show at the famous 100 Club for London Blues Week alongside Eric Sardinas (Steve Vai), John’s ascent shows no signs of slowing.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine USA recently hailed Fairhurst as in the Top 3 Resonator guitar players worldwide, being the only European on the list.
His headline slot of Blues Alive Festival was aired across Czech National Television, while his music also featured on several movie soundtracks including ‘Plan Z’ and the upcoming Martin Scorsese feature.
Support from Dead Reds.


7:30pm Tickets £8 + b/f www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Brighton/The-Con-Club/The-John-Fairhurst-Band/13227896/


UK Subs - There’s not many bands that have the respect of EVERYONE on the punk scene. But Charlie Harpers UK SUBS is that exception. Formed in 1976, the mainstay of the band has been vocalist Charlie Harper, originally a singer in Britain's R&B scene (now venerated as the godfather of UK punk) the band has continued and thrived. 2010 marked the fifth decade in which the U.K. Subs had continually graced the Punk Rock scene, widely recognised as one of the most consistently and visibly successful punk bands - they maintain and pioneer the true spirit of punk rock, without the compromise and watering-down that has affected so many of their contemporaries.

Bar from midday - Doors 7:30pm

Support: to be announced


£14 + b/f



Cajun Barn present:

The Slocan Ramblers... are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

Frank Evans: Banjo, Adrian Gross: Mandolin, Darryl Poulsen: Guitar, Alastair Whitehead: Bass

“The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore, and a handsome bunch of fellas” BBC

7.30pm - Tickets £12

Contact:The Cajun Barn http://www.cajunbarn.co.uk/
Lynne and Steve
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Tel: +44 (0)1892 533493


What is there to say about DEMENTED ARE GO that hasn’t already been said or invented? They are a band that has inflicted their twisted version of rock ‘n’ roll on the world for 3 decades, from the legendary Klub Foot via clubs, squats and festivals they have built up a loyal following of Psychobillies, Punks, Goths, Geeks and Freaks who just can’t get enough of DAG’s sound.

£18 + b/f http://www.wegottickets.com/event/441577



`The Men They Couldn't Hang came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden town alongside the legendary Pogues and the Boot Hill Foot-Tappers. Paul Simmonds, Philip 'Swill' Odgers and his brother Jon, veterans of the Southampton based pop-punk band 'Catch 22', met Pogues roadie Stefan Cush whilst busking in Shepherds Bush in London. Their early line up was Stefan Cush (Vocals, Guitar), Paul Simmonds (Guitar, Bouzouki, and Keyboards), Philip Odgers (Vocals, Guitar, Tin Whistle, and Melodica), Jon Odgers (Drums, Percussion) and Shanne Bradley (Bass, Flute). Championed by the late John Peel their first single, a cover of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields of France' (1984), became a big hit on the UK Indie charts and a staple of Peel’s festive 50. Their first album, "Night of a Thousand Candles", was released in 1985. It includes the singles 'Ironmasters' and 'Greenback Dollar'. Signing for MCA the following year, they recorded their second album, "How Green Is the Valley", produced by Mick Glossop. Included on this album are the singles 'Gold Rush', 'Shirt of Blue' and 'Ghosts of Cable Street'.

7:30pm - Tickets £18 + b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/434022


Dictionary Pudding proudly present...SOFT MACHINE...

Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band, who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe's best known 'fusion' bands has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today's hip experimentalists.

This is three quarters of the celebrated 70’s version of the legendary group which recorded the acclaimed ‘Softs’ album in 1975, completed by outstanding sax star Theo Travis (Robert Fripp/David Gilmour/Gong). The band plays material from the era (compositions by Hugh Hopper, Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins) as well as many contemporary works, as featured on their brand new album ‘Hidden Details’, released in 2018, exactly 50 years since the release of the band’s 1968 debut album ‘The Soft Machine’.

Whilst the line-up of Soft Machine may have changed many times since the heady days of the late 1960’s, the band’s spirit of musical adventure, and the ease with which it freely avoids being pigeon holed and can move from powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia to free improvised jazz-rock to ambient loop music continues to make it both unique and totally contemporary.

"Soft Machine were the grooviest, coolest psychedelic band of the era..." Phil Manzanera
"Soft Machine...certainly rank among the most influencial 'out' rock bands." Dusted

Lewes Con Club - SUN 18TH NOV 2018 1930
18£ adv from here: https://dictionarypudding.seetickets.com/event/soft-machine/lewes-con-club-lewes/1227116

Presented by Dictionary Pudding Promotions

One of the great singer/songwriters to emerge from the 80s Liverpool music scene. Founder/lead singer with the chart toppers The Icicle Works, famous for the UK and US Top 40 hits "Love Is A Wonderful Colour" and "Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)", Ian McNabb has gone on to enjoy a critically-acclaimed solo career. The Mercury Music Prize nominated artist continues to write stunning songs with warmth, humour, cynicism and grandeur.

Tickets £18 + b/f www.wegottickets.com/event/434221

7:30pm - No support



We are delighted to announce the first Fish Brothers Festival will take place at Lewes Con Club on Saturday 24th November. Appearing alongside The Fish Brothers will be Madchester legend Bez on maracas (I'm not kidding) who will also be guest DJ

To break up the Fishy foulness, Tragic Roundabout will also play alongside Cooper & Blonde, Spazz 'n' Dave and One-legged Nookie versus Baby David.+ DJ set from BEZ

Stay tuned for more details and tickets, yes tickets.

Doors 6:00pm


Dictionary Pudding present: Peggy Seeger - singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, muse - is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Now in her 80s, her performances, charisma and wit remain undiminished. Join Peggy and sons for a memorable evening featuring some of her and Ewan MacColl’s most treasured songs, readings from her highly acclaimed memoir ‘The First Time Ever’ and plenty of relaxed family banter.
“Peggy may be folk royalty, but there’s nothing either reverent or nostalgic about this joyous and intimate performance” The Guardian
“Glorious” The Times
“Truly joyous” Morning Star
“An effortlessly intimate affair” The Scotsman
“A memorable warm and charming evening of great music, family humour and grace.” Irish World

Doors 7:00pm - Tickets £20 + b/f www.seetickets.com/event/peggy-seeger/lewes-con-club/1229840



The Feelgood Band - High energy Rhythm & Blues played the Canvey Island way, recreating the unmistakable sounds of 1970's Dr Feelgood. With a seal of approval from Wilko Johnson, Sparko and Figure!

"They brought a tear to my eye; it was 1975. 100% spot on stage presence and performance. Man, it was great, it's just what it would have been like to see Dr.Feelgood in the club days"- WILKO JOHNSON

"The closest to the originals I have seen" - John Sparks aka SPARKO

"Go and judge for yourself, it’s worth it" John Martin aka BIG FIGURE

"Top job, takes me back". Malcolm Wilkinson - Wilko's brother

"Talk about attention to detail!" Will Birch - No Sleep 'til Canvey Island


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

£5 OTD - Club members FREE

The Sex Pistols Experience are The Worlds No1 professional tribute to the most outrageous & controversial band of all time. From their early beginnings performing pubs & clubs around England, they went on to make Worldwide reputation built from over 1,000+ performances. Having done extensive tours of the U.S.A (almost 100 U.S.A shows), toured throughout Europe, & Brazil South America, taking in cities from New York to Los Angeles, El Paso to Seattle, Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro, & Maringa, Berlin, Barcelona to Bradford & everywhere in-between.!

So convincing is the live show that the BBC, Sky TV, Channel4, Fox TV (in the U.S.) & lately the new movie 'Who Killed Nancy?' (out now on DVD) have all hired this band for re-enactments in film & T.V documentaries as the Sex Pistols/Sid & Nancy.

'The Sex Pistols Experience' are the only band to of had the thumbs-up of approval from the original Sex Pistols. Whilst on tour in America they were invited as 'special guests' on Jonesys Jukebox' - the acclaimed radio show of Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Spending the afternoon being interviewed & playing a few Pistols favourites live on air together to million's of listeners throughout Los Angeles & across the Worldwide web!
They appeared with Glen Matlock at the Worlds only Pistols convention day in Liverpool Cavern Club in 2006.
Then Granddaddy of Punk, & infamous leader 'Johnny (Rotten) Lydon' himself gave the seal of approval in 2008 at the Sex Pistols Hammersmith after show party in London when front men 'Johnny Rotter' & 'Johnny Rotten' finally came face to face, with mutual respect shown all around... "Well good luck with it" - Lydon said as they parted.

Sid Vicious' guitarist 'Steve Dior' performed live with them on stage at the legendary 100 Club, & the band tour regularly with 'Ed Tenpole Tudor' star of the Sex Pistols movie 'The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle'.

Tickets £13 + b/f from www.wegottickets.com/event/434025

+ Special Guests


Cajun Barn Present:

Europe’s Creole, Cajun and Zydeco super group with their big band sound make a welcome return to the Lewes Con Club.

7.30pm - Tickets £12

Contact:The Cajun Barn
Lynne and Steve
e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +44 (0)1892 533493

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contact iconLewes Con Club

139 High Street
East Sussex
United Kingdom

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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.

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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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