Pete Shepheard & Arthur Watson Ballad Forum, Lewes Saturday Folk Club


Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DJ

Tel: 01273 476757

Folk musicians Pete Shepheard & Arthur Watson


Lewes Saturday Folk Club Workshop No 309 - PETE SHEPHEARD & ARTHUR WATSON BALLAD FORUM

Pete and Arthur bring together a wealth of song repertoire gleaned directly from the many traditional singers they have known, and unaccompanied song is at the heart of their enthusiasm.  Both were members of the band Shepheard, Spiers and Watson.  Arthur was also a member of the well-respected group The Gaugers.  Both have been involved in running the annual Fife Traditional Singing Festival.

Pete & Arthur will each sing some ballads and facilitate a discussion drawn from aspects of ballad singing that interest the group (history, performance, varying versions, magic, folklore & so on).  You are invited to bring along at least one traditional ballad of your choice to sing and talk about.  To avoid clashes with other contributors, please state your preferred ballad in advance.  If your choice has already been taken, we will let you know so that you can choose another.  If you're not sure what counts as a ballad, email or ring 01273 476757 for a friendly chat about it.

Sunday 8th September 2024 10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £45 (2 under-25 year olds £22)

The club meets in an upstairs room.  There is a handrail on each side of the stairs but no stairlift.  Assistance dogs only, please. PETE SHEPHEARD & ARTHUR WATSON BALLAD FORUM

Sunday 8th September 2024 Provisional Timetable 10.45 Registration & coffee; please order lunch at the bar (refreshments not included) 12.30 - 13.30 Lunch 15.15 Tea/coffee break 16.45 Finish

N.B. Booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Maps & accommodation lists will be sent on request.

Pete Shepheard - Pete is a fine singer & melodeon player, singing many songs he has collected from travellers in the British Isles, beginning with the famed Stewart Family of Blairgowrie and Jeannie Robertson's family in Aberdeen. He has collected songs & music from the Romany gypsies of Gloucestershire & the Scottish travelling & farming communities in Fife, Tayside and Aberdeenshire. In 1973 he founded Springthyme Records, specialising in traditional music and songs.

Arthur Watson - Arthur is steeped in the music of North-east Scotland. He plays whistles both big and small and has a particular enthusiasm for the older ballads. He is an artist and lecturer at the University of Dundee and in the 1970s he set up what became the internationally respected Peacock Print Makers.


Tickets £12. Email to book. Bring the right money in cash on the night. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.


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Sunday10:45 - 16:45

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