17/11 – 19/11 GMT
A new village-wide, multi-venue weekend music festival for Hurstpierpoint
HURSTfolk. is the brainchild of Hurstpierpoint resident, Debbie Clare, who has worked in the music industry – both on and off stage – for over 20 years.
A vocalist for Massive Attack, and the agent for a plethora of ground-breaking alternative music artists, Debbie is drawing upon her extensive live music career to weave together this community-focused weekend of live music performances.
When Debbie put a call out for Hurstpierpoint-based musicians to register their interest in being part of the event, she was inundated with enquiries; what she thought might be a one-night line-up has turned into a sprawling 3-day event, featuring traditional venues as well as lesser-utilised spaces.
“HURSTfolk. – it’s not a folk festival!” should have been the tagline; but this is very much a festival for all genres – featuring the “folk” of Hurstpierpoint.
HURSTfolk. showcases the very best of Hurstpierpoint music-makers, as well as the village’s fantastic venues, and a community that wants to get out and support local talent. HURSTfolk. offers a “pay-what-you-can” ticket option, as well as many entirely free-entry events, making it accessible for absolutely everyone.
100% of the income for the ticketed events will be paid directly to the artists performing.
We have a number of well-known names from the world of Gilbert & Sullivan on stage to entertain us (including Bruce Graham, Barry Clark, Jane Metcalfe, Louise Crane, Elinor Jane Moran, David Steadman, Fenton Gray, James Cleverton, Martin Milnes and Alexandra Hazard). In addition, in the audience will be Valerie Masterson, Lorraine Daniels, Linda Anne Hutchison, Vera Ryan and David Mackie, amongst others, some of whom will be talking from the stage about Melvyn Tarran or their time with the D’Oyly Carte.
The musical director will be Simon Gray and we will have a large chorus of local G&S enthusiasts.
Tickets go on sale from 1st July 2023 through TicketSource at:
Priced at £15 each + booking fee. Tickets will be sold on the basis of being for unreserved seat positions – you are advised to arrive early to secure your preferred seat! Doors will open at 2.15pm.
All profits from this concert will go Cancer Research.
The fabulous Aneesa Chaudhry sings jazz, blues and Asian fusion, backed by K2: Ashley Knowles (piano/organ/accordion), Patrick Knowles (guitar), Gary Fairchild (bass) and Dave Uden (drums) with special guest Dave Morgan (trumpet) in a relaxed cabaret setting with bar and delicious food available from Tiny Thai.
Tickets £15 from Ditchling Post Office or online – if you’re buying online you have the option of booking for all the year’s events for a special combined discounted price.
See you there!