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Posted By: Vic Smith
19-Nov-18 - 04:26 PM
Thread Name: The Not The Finger In The Ear Show
Subject: RE: The Not The Finger In The Ear Show
I would like to add to what Dick has said about the scene in the Surrey/Sussex area in the previous post, partly to agree and partly to disagree with what he has written.
Obviously, this night at the Shackleford club was not typical because all the performers were professional gigging musicians at the time. All of the performers on the programme was guests at one time or another at that club run by compere/organiser Lawrence Heath. However, they were all also guests at one time or another at the club which I organised in Lewes as well as at the clubs in Brighton, Eastbourne. Overall, I would say that there was little difference between the types of guests at the clubs in both counties. There are no unaccompanied singers in the programme but perhaps that is not representative. Both of us - and other organisers - would book everyone from the Copper family to Roy Harris, from Packie Byrne to Fred Jordan with plenty of other stops in between.
Where Dick does make a good point is that in some clubs in Sussex (like Groombridge run by Isabel Sutherland & Joby Blanchard and myself in Lewes) might favour more guests who represented the traditional repertoire including unaccompanied song whereas the equally long-running clubs at the Stanford in Brighton and Willows in Arundel, you would be more likely to hear a singer/songwriter. However, none of the clubs that I fre