FOCSLE Music, Southampton’s

live F2F activities are currently suspended until further notice
at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley,  Southampton  SO14 6SF
PLEASE:  no mail to venue — e-mail one of us for address

Even with societal re-opening mooted from 19th July,
there’s little prospect of our resuming before the autumn.
Do re-visit this page for updates:
we’ll post here first, even before e-mailing our list.

All our guests for the period have agreed to postpone their gigs.
Do stay well, all of you.

Bearing in mind the above, obviously, what were 2020’s planned events appear below.  Our online calendar shows the whole year.

Other things of interest

Face-2-face activities suspended by COVID19 023 8046 2723 (ans.) / 077 7598 2908

  Venue will be The Guide Dog, unless stated otherwise.  Re-visit periodically or, if you sign up (see below), you’ll be sent reminders of upcoming events, as they happen.

“Cosy”, “Lovely pub”, “Good subdued lighting”, “Best beer in Southampton”, “So enjoyed myself at the gig:  lovely group of people, so welcoming and friendly”, “Can we take you home with us?  We could use you on our next recording”:  some comments about us, our chorus-singing, and The Guide Dog, FOCSLE Music’s civilized Real Ale venue — mainly a conversation space, with newspapers, books, board games, and no jukebox.

See links at bottom for other pages, all viewable with no login or profile (needed only for administrators).

On “Photos” page, buttons below event-details point to next / previous dates.  To reach a date directly, use the online calendar on the Homepage.


Reg Meuross

“Thanks for a lovely night!” (Reg Meuross)

“We had a wonderful evening, and made very welcome by @FocsleFC” (Adrian Harris)

Brian Hooper

9 Dec

“Good to see Jon Witcher drop in at the club.  A former stalwart of the club, and the lead singer with Hampshire Union, Jon moved to Wales in 1989.  Somewhere down the intervening 27 years he shaved off a magnificent beard!”

Paul Clarke

7 October '17

“Mesmerizing evening with Lee Collinson:  my favourite of the year.  Since his last Focsle visit (when Debra Chesman was in charge!), he hasn’t lost a drop, not in vigour, fluidity, wit or authority (he claimed afterwards to be less sharp, but you wouldn’t have known). The (enviable*) banjo-playing could provide him with a living on its own, yet that’s a sort of sideline for him.  Keep a lookout for his occasional (3 or 4 times yearly) intimate gigs like this.  Top dollar.”

* inevitable jokes notwithstanding

John Licqorish (Meon Rose)

25 November

Had a great night at the Collaborations singaround on Friday:  great club, great people, community singing, kazoos — what more could you ask for?  Look forward to going again soon.”