Not so long ago I wrote a blog extolling the virtues of going out to see live music locally – not in concert halls but in clubs and bars, places where you’re sitting up-close-and-personal to the action. I’ve seen some great acts in small venues – not just local heroes but genuine music legends. I still recall the thrill of seeing post-Fleetwood Mac Peter Green play in a pub in Southampton and I sat in front of inspirational acoustic guitarist, Bert Jansch on many occasions in small folk clubs. More recently a visiting US act, namely Ray Bonneville, totally blew me away . I mentally filed it away as one of the best gigs I’d seen. The venue was a tiny back room in a village pub snuggled close to the South Downs National Park.
My Home Turf
But what about the locals. Well, I live in Sussex , and like most areas with any population at all, it has a dynamic grass-roots music scene, of which I’m a small part. Some of the acts on the local circuit are content to play live , but others – myself included – make records that deserve to heard. So to put my money where my mouth is, I’ve compiled this Spotify playlist showcasing some pretty wonderful songwriters and performers from my area.
Lay back, listen , enjoy and follow those you like.