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There we were, sitting in Hove, lovers of music but too lazy to go out. So we thought 'why not use our newly-knocked-through front room to create an intimate space for musicians to perform?'. They can play their songs, sell their CDs and make a few quid - while we can bask in their reflected glory like the fame-whores we are. Mmmm...

So, we promise you:

  • an up-close-and-personal experience (it's big enough, but not that big)
  • some great singer-songwriter-instrumentalists
  • you'll get to see every slide and every hammer-on
  • and every penny of your donation will go to the performer

Coming Soon...

Artists for next year's house concerts will be announced soon. We're also hoping to announce the return of one our favourite acts in late Spring, early Summer.

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Julian Dawson

December 8th 2018

Singer-songwriter, harmonica player supreme, favourite collaborator of Richard Thompson, Gene Parsons, Nicky Hopkins, Dann Penn and the Eagles' Steuart Smith - as well as many more - Julian joins us in December, like a wonderful early Christmas present.

Logo by Logologo. Now there's a mouthful.
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Saturday, December 8th 2018 - Julian Dawson

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About Julian Dawson

You may not be familiar with the name, but if you can get the measure of an artist by the company they keep, then it's probably time you heard about Julian Dawson. Early albums where he developed his distinctive guitar and harmonica style included collaborations with Garry Talent from Springsteen's E Street Band, Vince Gill (currently with the Eagles) Dr. Hook's Dennis Locorriere, Richard Thompson and the great Belgian jazz player Toots Thielemans.

Then there was the standout duet with Lucinda Williams - How Can I Sleep Without You - five albums with Iain Matthews Plainsong, an all-acoustic album (Move Over Darling) with the Eagles' Steuart Smith, an album and tour with ex-Byrds legend Gene Parsons and his ongoing audio love affair with producer and soul legend Dan Penn - who produced Julian's last solo album in 2015.

Julian’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Rosie Flores, Charlie Louvin, Rock Salt and Nails and Sean Keane, while Julian himself has appeared as singer or harmonica player with Gerry Rafferty, Glen Tilbrook, Del Amitri, Dan Penn, Iain Matthews, Richard Thompson, Benny Hill (!!) and many others.

Now in his 40th year as a writer and musician, with a growing and highly appreciative audience in many countries and constantly positive reactions at radio and in the rock, folk and country music press, Julian Dawson remains an original voice, touring and performing with undiminished vigour and continuing to chart a cheerfully eclectic course through the contemporary music scene. This year Julian released his second three-disc retrospective - Bargains Galore - which covers the years 1997 - 2017.
"I am a major Julian Dawson fan. He’s a songwriter of immeasurable talent who writes vivid melodies combined with witty and provocative lyrics. Let’s hope he’ll be enriching our lives for many years to come."
- Allan Pepper, The Bottom Line N.Y.

Julian Dawson Videos

Tickets: £10.00

"A superior home-grown talent, a world-class lyricist and a wildly entertaining performer."
- Country Music People, U.K.

"Julian Dawson plays his audience like an instrument."

- Time Out (LONDON)

"What makes him so special? Well, perhaps it’s this. Julian Dawson has the ineffable quality of inspiring and moving the listener to a better place. Songs like “Sigh Heart”, “New Columbus” and “Never Alone” perfectly illustrate the point that Dawson is currently hanging out the competition to dry."
- Folk On Tap, U.K.