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Wednesday 29th June 2016 - KINGSIZE JONES - at The Railway Hotel



Wednesday 29th June 2016 - SINGERS NIGHT - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

Faversham Folk Club - Singers Night 
8.00pm
Admission £1
"Bring your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your favourite songs and join in - or just listen and sing the choruses."

Thursday 30th June 2016 - FAVERSHAM THURSDAY FOLK MUSIC SESSION - at The Vaults

9.00 to Closing Time

The Faversham Thursday Folk Music Session, has been operating at various public houses in Faversham for about 30 years. The session currently takes place at various pubs around the town, on dates to suit the Landlords. 



The session welcomes Musicians of all ability and different instruments. The music played includes tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland and mainland Europe.Open to all those who would like to join in with an instrument, or listen in.

Friday 1st July 2016 - RED HOT RETRO - at The Market Inn

8.30
"No, not a vintage porn site. Red Hot Retro are a 'pub rock' band who boldly go where no 'pub rock' bands have gone before. Four ugly but talented musicians performing rock classics and blistering epics that make listeners shout 'S**t, they do this one?'"

Friday 1st July 2016 - BAD PANDAS - at The Sun Inn

8.45pm

Bad Pandas are an energetic 5 piece Rock/Pop covers band based in Kent.
Benji North - Lead Vocals
Graham Webb - Lead Guitar
Jon Simpson - Bass/Vocals
Nick Bennett - Keyboard/Guitar/Vocals
Chris Burgess - Drums/Vocals

Saturday 2nd July 2016 - SHELDWICH SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL - at Sheldwich Primary School

12pm to 5.30pm

Playing live: Creek and Mashville
BBQ and Bar
Fun stalls for kids and grown ups
FREE ENTRY!

Saturday 2nd July 2016 - SATURDAY MORNING CLASSICAL - at The Assembly Rooms

Every Saturday Morning
10:45 to 11:30am
Free Concert of Classical Music
The Assembly Rooms
PiF: This weekly event is the jewel in the crown of the live music scene in Faversham! Even if you think you don't like classical music - give it a go - it might surprise you. Every Saturday morning a hundred or so people turn up to listen to some fantastic musicians / singers that have trekked from London for the 45 minute concert. There is even free coffee available!

Saturday 2nd July 2016 GIGS IN THE GARDEN 3 - at The Bull inn

GITG3
Fundraiser for Pilgrims Hospice



Opening the event at 2pm will be the new  HAPPY TRAILS
An insight into the rehearsals of the band "Happy Trails" as they prepare for the Broadstairs Folk Festival. Filmed, Edited and Produced by Dominic Sandiford.

more info on the way!

Sunday 3rd July 2016 - THE NATIVE OYSTER BAND - at The Market Inn

2.30 to 5.00
New Orleans funk, soul, R'n'B & gospel like you've never heard.
Testifying on this Sunday afternoon will be: "The Rev". David Migden; vocal & trumpet, "Parson" Perry White: piano & organ, saxophonic sextons Katy Windsor & Ivan Thompson: saxes & vocals, Jake "Wonderboy" Werth: bass & guitar, Harry "Da-Sousa" Cook: trombone & mighty sousaphone, Al "The King": drums & percussion.
DON'T MISS IT!!!


Sunday 3rd July 2016 - OPEN ACOUSTIC MIC - at The Market Inn

8pm - acoustic - all musicians welcome

Tuesday 5th July 2016 - CLASSICAL COFFEE MORNING - at The Alexander Centre

10.45 to 11.30am
Ben & Jo Saul present free classical music played and free coffee served (donations welcome)  every Tuesday morning.
An opportunity for attendees of the Saturday morning Classical Coffee morning at the Assembly Rooms, and anyone else who loves classical music, to enjoy another dose of culture during the week.

Wednesday 6th July 2016 - KRISTINA OLSEN - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

FAVERSHAM FOLK CLUB
Kristina Olsen
7.30      Ticket Price £8 / £9


Kristina Olsen (born May 26, 1957, San Francisco, California) is an American contemporary folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalistknown for her sometimes humorous, heartfelt and sometimes ribald songs. Many of her recordings appear on Rounder Records. On her recent albums, she collaborates with the Australian cellist Peter Grayling and mandolinist Alan Hughes.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Haight-Asbury during the 1960s, Kristina's approach to music and life was formed by that environment of vital cultural expression, social activism and diverse musical influences.
In 1985 Olsen won the New Folk songwriting contest at the prestigious Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival[3] with her song for battered women, 'I'm Keeping This Life of Mine'
Many acclaimed artists as Eric Bibb, Fairport Convention, Maddy Prior, Mary Coughlan and Mollie O'Brien have covered and recorded songs by Olsen.
Olsen has also worked as a session musician on numerous artist's albums including playing the hammered dulcimer on Michelle Shocked's album 'Short Sharp Shocked' and touring as Mary Coughlan's guitarist in 2005.
Olsen has performed as a multi-instrumentalist in plays for the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles Music Center.
Olsen is a frequent contributor to Acoustic Guitar magazine, writing articles on guitar and performance technique.
Kristina has been part of a songwriters' group for over two decades and has taught songwriting, slide guitar and dance for musicians at adult music camps from Alaska to NYC to the UK to Australia for over a dozen years.

Thursday 7th July 2016 - MUSIC QUIZ - at The Anchor

8pm
A week later this month to make space for football on TV

If you listen to Radio 2's PopMaster and think 'I don't know anything about music' but then find yourself shouting out the answers, then you really will enjoy The Anchor's  Music Quiz night. The emphasis is on fun and the quiz will cover all musical genres from the 60s to the present day. Bring your friends and form a team. Only £1 per person entry. Prizes galore!

Friday 8th July 2016 - THE CROSSFIRE - at The Market Inn

8.30

All hard core ex- Pro musicians, born & raised in a vat of Jack Daniels, with a slightly smoky flavour, the band play a powerful blend of rock, acoustic rock & blues influences, with the occasional bit of funk thrown in. Though mainly a covers band, The Crossfire also have some strong original material. Artists covered currently include Led Zeppelin, Muse, Foo Fighters, Bowie, Reef, Police, Radiohead, Elbow, Stereophonics, Blur, Stones, Beatles, Daft Punk, The Killers, U2 and The Who.

Friday 8th July 2016 - KELLY'S HEROS - at The Sun Inn

8.45


"There is no dimmer switch in ROCK!"

Saturday 9th July 2016 - HARROW CHORAL SOCIETY - A CONCERT FOR SUMMER - at St Mary of Charity Church

7.30pm
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This is an unticketed event with a retiring collection to raise money for a new sound system for the church. The programme includes Songs of the Fleet; Stanford, Five Mystical Songs; Vaughan Williams, The Sprig of Thyme; Rutter, O Sacrum Convivium; Tallis. There will be refreshments available during the interval too.

Saturday 9th July 2016 - FAVERSHAM BOOK FAIR - at The Alexander Centre

10.00am to 3.00pm 
Free Entry 

Thousands of second-hand, collectable, and antiquarian books for sale.
(PiF: I know this is not exactly music - but it is a marvellous event!)

Tuesday 12th July 2016 - CLASSICAL COFFEE MORNING - at The Alexander Centre

10.45 to 11.30am
Ben & Jo Saul present free classical music played and free coffee served (donations welcome)  every Tuesday morning.
An opportunity for attendees of the Saturday morning Classical Coffee morning at the Assembly Rooms, and anyone else who loves classical music, to enjoy another dose of culture during the week.

Wednesday 13th July 2016 - FAKE THACKRAY - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

FAVERSHAM FOLK CLUB
Fake Thackray
7.30      Ticket Price £7 / £8
John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and – most specially – to members of Jake’s family.

Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today.

John's appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music is obvious to his audience. John’s performance is a celebration of the man that was Jake Thackray - his work, his genius and his very essence, an essence that the new age of music lovers are in danger of missing out on.

John is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his performance. When you wrap these ingredients up in the songs of Jake Thackray the result is a highly entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century.


Wednesday 13th July 2016 - THE BLUES JAM - at The Market Inn

Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Open to all, the house band does about five numbers, then it becomes an open mic with guests either sitting in with the band or playing solo etc. The house band does a few numbers to finish the evening.

It doesn't really have to be just blues for guests either, any roots genre would work.

And, of course, you can just come along and watch and listen!

House band Personnel:

  • Pat Hackett, guitar
  • Evan Stirzaker, guitar/vocals
  • John Howitt, bass
  • Alan King, drums
  • Sturry Slim, vocals/harp

Friday 15th July 2016 - PARAGRAPH 1 - at The Sun Inn

8.45
Rock, Pop and Dance Classics
Paul Vocals Matt Drums Nigel Bass Mick Lead guitar and BVs James Keyboards and BVs




Friday 15th July 2016 - ROCKIN REPUBLIC - at The Market Inn

8.30

Friday 15th July 2016 - TYBER & PETER FROM THE DUALERS - at The Alexander Centre


Peter & Tyber from The Dualers are back for a fiesta!

Doors open at 7.30pm, entertainment will also include a DJ. 
Caribbean food from Drum Pan Catering Company will be available in the garden - enjoy their amazing Jerk Chicken with rice and beans served with homemade chutneys and relishes; or even try their famous Goat Curry!

Come along for a fun fiesta of an evening with great food and entertainment!

Tickets are available from The Alexander Centre reception desk or call on 01975 594460 or email on
bookings@thealexandercentre.com

£16.50 includes all the entertainment and food or £12 excluding catering - food can be purchased separately on the night if you change your mind!

Sunday 17th July 2016 - THE IRISH SESSION - at The Market Inn

8pm

Sunday 17th July 2016 - GROUP THERAPY - at The Market Inn

2.30 to 5.00
Now this is definitely a band to see! Not least because it contains a good old friend of PiF - Andrew on guitar.
Listen to their music . . . 



Tuesday 19th July 2016 - CLASSICAL COFFEE MORNING - at The Alexander Centre

10.45 to 11.30am
Ben & Jo Saul present free classical music played and free coffee served (donations welcome)  every Tuesday morning.
An opportunity for attendees of the Saturday morning Classical Coffee morning at the Assembly Rooms, and anyone else who loves classical music, to enjoy another dose of culture during the week.

Wednesday 20th July 2016 - SINGERS NIGHT - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

Faversham Folk Club - Singers Night 
8.00pm
Admission £1
"Bring your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your favourite songs and join in - or just listen and sing the choruses."

Thursday 21st July 2016 - MIKE PORTER WARD & FRIENDS - at The Ship Inn, Conyer




Jazz & Blues



Mike Porter Ward and friends with Robert on piano and featuring Lesley Alexander on vocals.


Music 8pm to 11pm

Friday 22nd July 2016 - OPEN MIC NIGHT - at The Chequers Inn, Doddington

from 8pm
PA and some instruments provided

Friday 22nd July 2016 - RED HOT RETRO - at The Sun Inn

8.45
"No, not a vintage porn site. Red Hot Retro are a 'pub rock' band who boldly go where no 'pub rock' bands have gone before. Four ugly but talented musicians performing rock classics and blistering epics that make listeners shout 'S**t, they do this one?'"

Friday 22 July 2016 - THE MOFOS - at The Market Inn

8.30

Friday 22nd July 2016 - KIT & CABOODLE - at The Bear Inn

8.30
Kit and Caboodle are: Mark Lees and Jim Ransom
(although I'm not sure which one is Kit or Caboodle)

'Kit & Caboodle' are a covers duo playing hits from the last few decades with a laid back acoustic slant. Beer, singing along and laughing always close!

https://www.facebook.com/aoneatwoathreeafour/

Saturday 23rd July 2016 - ORGAN RECITAL - at St Mary of Charity Church

7.30 to 8.30
Organ Recital
David Flood
(Canterbury Cathedral)

Free Entry - Retiring Collection

Tuesday 26th July 2016 - BULLION JAZZ - at The Vaults

12.30 to 3pm
The last Tuesday of every month
Jazz & Dine at The Vaults
with Bullion Jazz 
Modern & Trad Jazz from the 20's to now including 
Swing. Bebop, Smooth, and Straight Ahead

Meal Deals Available

Tuesday 26th July 2016 - CLASSICAL COFFEE MORNING - at The Alexander Centre

10.45 to 11.30am
Ben & Jo Saul present free classical music played and free coffee served (donations welcome)  every Tuesday morning.
An opportunity for attendees of the Saturday morning Classical Coffee morning at the Assembly Rooms, and anyone else who loves classical music, to enjoy another dose of culture during the week.

Wednesday 27th July 2016 - DAVE ELLIS & BOO HOWARD - at Faversham Folk Club, The Limes

FAVERSHAM FOLK CLUB
Dave Ellis & Boo Howard
7.30      Ticket Price £7 / £8

Dave Ellis came down from Liverpool for the London folk club scene in the 70’s. He released a solo album on Sonet records, which some consider to be a classic guitar record of its time and which gave him national exposure on the Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert.
Dave became a regular at various London haunts such as the Marquee, the Roundhouse and the Lyceum and also played some higher profile gigs, opening for the Edgar Broughton Band at the Rainbow and Rod Stewart at Reading Festival.
In 1979 Dave formed his electric band ‘The Reactors’ which incorporated guitar, drums and keyboards with Boo Howard playing bass and handling most of the vocals.
The band was eventually trimmed down and developed into an electric duo (comprising Dave and Boo) which was renamed ‘Brave Lucy’, and the pair produced their only electric album ‘Snaps’ in 1996 under that name
In 1998 they combined Dave’s intricate guitar work with Boo’s mellow vocals to create something very different and entirely new in the folk and acoustic clubs. Their debut acoustic recording was ‘Maybe I Might Fall’ in 1999.
The songs are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than entertaining. The mix is eclectic (from folk to jazz to blues to bluegrass) but the songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in tune musicians.

Their CDs have a classy polished sound - testament to the pair’s familiarity with the recording process and of their ability to write and perform at a level every bit the equal of their major label peers.
Their live act has now been honed to perfection in the folk clubs where they have developed a large faithful following in the south of England.


Wednesday 27th July 2016 - FAVERSHAM BLUES & JAZZ CLUB - at The Railway

8.30

Friday 29th July 2016 - WIRELESS - at The Market inn

8.30
Formed on a cold January night back in 2012, Wireless have been regulars on the Kent Live Music Scene every since.

Playing classics from U2, Pink Floyd, Stereophonics, Oasis, Tom Petty, Blur, REM, Muse, Bad Company, The Beatles and even Duran Druan; Wireless have built up a fantastic repertoire worthy of any venue, large or small.

John, Clive, Phil, Adrian and Jonny always strive to assault your ears leaving you with an experience you will not forget.

Rock-On People...

Saturday 30th July 2016 - DUTCH COURAGE - at The Vaults

8.30 (ish)

From Canterbury, Dutch Courage are "an original two-piece hillbilly folk rock band that combine sexy blues riffs with double-time folk rhythms!"

Thursday 4th August 2016 - MUSIC QUIZ - at The Anchor

8pm

If you listen to Radio 2's PopMaster and think 'I don't know anything about music' but then find yourself shouting out the answers, then you really will enjoy The Anchor's  Music Quiz night. The emphasis is on fun and the quiz will cover all musical genres from the 60s to the present day. Bring your friends and form a team. Only £1 per person entry. Prizes galore!

Thursday 18th August 2016 - MIKE PORTER WARD & FRIENDS - at The Ship Inn, Conyer




Jazz & Blues



Mike Porter Ward and friends with Robert on piano and featuring Lesley Alexander on vocals.


Music 8pm to 11pm

Saturday 20th August 2016 - ORGAN RECITAL - at St Mary of Charity Church

7.30 to 8.30
Organ Recital
Adrian Bawtree
(Canterbury Cathedral)

Free Entry - Retiring Collection

Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August 2016 - KENT CHROME & CRUISERS 2016 - at The Abbey School

Classic & Custom Vehicle Show
including music from:
Lonnie Donegan Jnr
Scott Elvis & Legal Tender
Mean 'an My Lady


Tuesday 30th August 2016 - BULLION JAZZ - at The Vaults

12.30 to 3pm
The last Tuesday of every month
Jazz & Dine at The Vaults
with Bullion Jazz 
Modern & Trad Jazz from the 20's to now including 
Swing. Bebop, Smooth, and Straight Ahead

Meal Deals Available

Thursday 15th September 2016 - MIKE PORTER WARD & FRIENDS - at The Ship Inn, Conyer




Jazz & Blues



Mike Porter Ward and friends with Robert on piano and featuring Lesley Alexander on vocals.


Music 8pm to 11pm

Thursday 20th October 2016 - MIKE PORTER WARD & FRIENDS - at The Ship Inn, Conyer




Jazz & Blues



Mike Porter Ward and friends with Robert on piano and featuring Lesley Alexander on vocals.


Music 8pm to 11pm


"The Freewheel is a cycling pub/cafe situated in the heart of Kent’s idyllic landscape. We are ideally placed between the North Downs and the Kent coast in the village of Graveney.

Our kitchen is open all day long and stocked with locally sourced, delicious produce to cater for every taste. We offer lunches, coffee and cake, cycling group buffets and picnics – there is something for everyone at the Freewheel.

Whether you want to pop in for a pint of local ale or have a well earned pit-stop in our cycling cafe, a warm welcome always awaits you."


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The Market Inn - Faversham Hop Festival 2015 Information

The Market Inn 
FAVERSHAM HOP FESTIVAL 2015

A Sheps pub on the corner of East Street and Park Road alongside the recreation ground.
This is a very large pub so don’t be put off  as you enter if it looks busy, bands play in a large area to the side of the main bar or in the large, well planned garden area. The landlord, David,  has a reputation for putting on good music most Fridays and Sundays. It is well worth avoiding the crowds in the centre of town and walking the hundred yards to The Market Inn

FRIDAY

8.30 - Rubber Biscuit

SATURDAY
from 12.00
12.00 - The Narratones

1.30 - The Leigh Highwood Band

3.00 - The Pepper set

5.00 - Kellys Heros

7.00 - Ace Faces

SUNDAY
from 12.00
12.00 - The Shambolicks


1.00 - M.O.D.


3.00 - Moroccan Mole

5.00 - The Chillbillies


 Music info . . . . scroll down


Rubber Biscuit
With 12 members on stage, Rubber Biscuit is Kent's biggest (and some say best) soul, rhythm 'n' blues, and blues band. The band is renowned for its "big sound", thanks to its three-piece horn section, up to five vocalists, and four piece rhythm section.
Now in their 20th year of entertaining Kent audiences, these local legends are still doing what they have always done best: playing great music and, more importantly, giving audiences a great time.



The Narratones
Probably, maybe, perhaps, could be . . .  the best band in the Faversham area . . . .  in PiF's humble opinion . . .  but PiF knows . . .  PiF all!

"The Narratones started out in 2013 with shared dreams and different stories to tell. 4 mates from different towns make the music happen. Members being James (Vocals and Guitar), Nathan (Vocals and Guitar), Darren (Bass) and Matt (Drums).

'Narratones' (roughly translated) means who cares? We did look for a good title but soon became bored and settled with 'the narratones' instead. Deep and meaningful? No… but it describes our na├»ve, 'narra' minded style pretty well. Influenced by the Beatles – we write music which means something to us, we do what we like and like what we do, it's simple. You can hear the vintage sound in our songs, that's our style, but we do it our own way – we're not Beatles wanna be's ya know? . . . . .














The Leigh Highwood Band
Classic rock!




The Pepper Set
A fusion of rock classics with original numbers.The Pepper Set Band are -
Tony Pepper on Lead Vocals & Guitar
Peter White on Keyboards, Left-hand Bass & Vocals
Phil Brown on Tenor & Soprano Saxophones and Flute
Andy Jenkins on Drums & Vocals



Ace Faces
Ace Faces are a four piece Maidstone based band performing the songs of Rod Stewart & The Faces and The Small Faces




The Shambolicks
THE ONE AFTERNOON ONLY TOUR!
A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!! SONGS OF RONNIE LANE*THE KINKS*DAVID BOWIE*VU*STONES..AS PERFORMED BY JERRY*SCOTT*FRED & PAUL...



M.O.D.
David of The Market says: "A brilliant mod band. A bit of Paul Weller and Jam, Who , Kinks etc. Always a knockout evening in the only venue they play in Faversham."


M.O.D at The Market inn, Faversham



Moroccan Mole
Moroccan Mole are a 5-piece hailing from East Kent playing the finest pub rock, post-punk and new wave material for your phonic pleasure.





The Chillbillies

"This is Soul - funk - jazz - ska - blues - latin - rock'n'rollin' crazy people having a good time music and all you need to do is listen, enjoy, dance."

"The Chillbillies put their own twist on covers of an eclectic mix of classic tunes, made up of a very versatile 4 piece rhythm section, with high energy vocals and featuring the infamous 'Raging Horns'™. You'll be amazed, amused, astounded!"



The Three Tuns - Faversham Hop Festival 2015 Information

The Three Tuns 
FAVERSHAM HOP FESTIVAL 2015

Interesting and ancient Sheps pub on the corner of Tanners Street and Napleton Road, not far from the town centre. It has a large garden and we think just music on Saturday afternoon. Could be a good place to escape the crowds and on Saturday enjoy Davey Ralph & The Road band.
SATURDAY

2pm - DAVEY RALPH & THE ROAD BAND

PiF always describes this band as 'legendary' and I can't think of anything more to say!
Davey Ralph
Derek Bright
Adrian Madden
Tom Fairs
(Note: Tom Fairs (bass) is not in the video below - sorry.)





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The Crown and Anchor - Hop Festival 2015

The Crown and Anchor 
FAVERSHAM HOP FESTIVAL 2015




The Crown and Anchor is a Shepherd Neame pub in The Mall, it is known for its traditional, friendly pub style. It has not featured in PiF's Hop Festival coverage over the past 4 years. 





Saturday

The Bull Inn - Faversham Hop Festival 2015 Information

The Bull Inn 
FAVERSHAM HOP FESTIVAL 2015
A Sheps pub at the far end of West Street, a short stroll from the town centre, in a lovely area close to Stonebridge Pond.
This friendly pub has a large garden with plenty of seating and food!  - See the menu below.


Apart from the 'Irish Session' on Friday night there is no 'organised' music at the Bull but the pub welcomes any strolling (acoustic) minstrels that want to play.

For those 'in the know' it has become a favourite place to avoid the crowds, eat, drink and enjoy the impromptu performances of visiting singers, dancers and bands.


So . . . If you fancy playing at The Bull, turn up and have a go!

Hop Festival Menu - click on it to enlarge

























The Bull - garden and marquee




The Bull Inn