Newick Folk - Sussex Ceilidh Band

This summer we seem to have branched out into becoming a ceilidh band.

We’ve done a 30th birthday party and a wedding with the help of caller Sean Goddard and they’ve both gone extremely well with a few songs thrown in to help the evening along.

We have another party – a 60th this time – coming up soon so we modestly think we may have arrived.

See you at a party soon 🙂

Getting giggy with it.

Last weekend we played a wonderful gig for the Newick Twinning association.

It was a balmy summers evening and an audience comprised of Newick residents and our French Guests from Itteville seemed to enjoy all our old standards including Haste to the Wedding,  Lily the Pink, My old man’s a Dustman and the Pugwash trilogy that ends up with Martin’s stunning rendition of the Sailor’s Hornpipe.

Melanie, the organiser was kind enough to write  “On behalf of Newick Twinning, I just wanted to thank you all again for providing us with superb entertainment last night at the Barn Centre.. it was great fun, the atmosphere was super and I hope that you all enjoyed it as well.” – We did Melanie – we did.

And we have 3 lined up over the Jubilee weekend.

Saturday afternoon finds us at the railway lands festival at the Linklater pavilion in Lewes, Sunday night finds us at the Royal Oak in Newick and on Monday evening we’re playing at a barn dance on the village green with Jenny Walton as caller. We look forward to seeing any of our friends at these events.

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If you click on the arrow it will play you some of our tunes. If you click some of the tabs at the top it will let you see videos and some forthcoming gigs plus photos of the band in action

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2 Gigs this Saturday – Framfield Fete and Newick Hogarty















After a great night at Scaynes Hill on Friday (pictured here) our next public appearances are on Saturday 13th.

We are playing at Framfield Fete in the afternoon – 3 short sets during the Afterhoon. It’s at the recreation ground in Framfield village.

In the evening we are playing at the Newick Bonfire Society’s annual Hogarty (hog roast to you) where we will be supporting Short Attention Span.

Hope to see you there.

Newick Folk play Scaynes Hill Social Club on Friday

The band will be kicking off around 9 ish and will be performing all the old favourites, Irish Washerwoman, Sailor’s Hornpipe, Blaydon Races, My old man’s a dustman etc etc.

We’ve been assured by the management that all followers will be welcome and that the beer is cheap.

Survivors are welcome to join us at the Crown in Newick for our traditional monthly session on the 7th

See you there


Newick Folk - who we are - what we play

Newick Folk originated in the Bull at Newick in 2010 and since then we’ve steadily been increasing our range to reach Forest Row, Lewes and Haywards Heath

Five Bells

Newick Folk at the 5 Bells

We perform mainly traditional music plus anything else that takes our fancy. That might be anything from Lily the Pink and My Old Man’s a Dustman to the themes from Captain Pugwash, Blackadder and Dr Who.

We set out to entertain you and more and  people get up and dance. In fact we’ve recently started playing at Barn Dances with the help of local callers.

We have an eclectic background so musical adventures are always on the cards – we name the guilty men shown here playing a gig at local music pub the five bells.

#1 is our melodic front man Martin Horsfall wizard of whistle and Oboe sitting centrally in the picture in the hat.

#2 is Jem Cooper who plays concertina and mouth organ. Jem is a dark horse whose previous includes piano and sax. He’s sitting on Martin’s right (your left!)

#3 is David Hill who played fiddle and melodeon. He’s at the right of the picture.

#4 is Alan Rae  usually plays mandolin but doubles on guitar. He can be seen at the far left of the picture impersonating Nikita Kruschev. He does most of the singing mainly because he can remember the words. He also plays piano with Heavenly Blues and Just Tina.

#5 is Steve Brown – musical director and main guitarist. When not playing with us he’s the Axeman for Deeply Purple. He’s the one resplendent in grey next to David.

New members are Karn Broad who’s playing Bass and Roland Batty who’s Piano Playing has moved the repertoire on a lot.

We play regularly at the Crown (Newick) on the first Sunday of the Month. And play regularly around the county at private parties, weddings, Ceilidhs as well as sessions for Burns Night and St Patrick’s