What’s On at Focsle Music, Southampton

Wednesday evenings at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley, SO14 6SF.
Occasional guests at another Southampton venue

Here’s what’s on for the next few weeks.
To look further ahead, view our online calendar, or our current leaflet.
Song of the Week: The Bloody Gardener
24 Oct 2018


  Two full sets from Fordingbridge-based fine wordsmith IAN W BROWN, now gigging only about once a month, “for the love of it” (and it shows.  She can’t recycle Michael \ and his folding bicycle:  you know you must be on to a winner, songwriting-wise!)  Support still to be sorted.
  From folk, country, dance to pop and beyond, Ian has written songs for many other artists, including Fisherman’s FriendsShow Of HandsD – Side, Simon Webbe, Pixie LottDrum Sound and Bass Line SmithDon Diablo, Sandi Thom (her No.1 single I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker), Henry Priestman, Rose Lynn Harlan and even The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.  Live, he has supported 10cc, Steve Harley, Rita Coolidge, Julie Felix, Martin SimpsonMartin Carthy* and many more.  He has played Glastonbury, Cornbury, Purbeck and Greenwich Festivals, yet he’s grounded enough to appear in The Doghouse at The Guide Dog for FOCSLE Music.  What a star!
  During 2017, Ian's songs have been played on BBC Radios 1, 2, 4 and 5 and he is working on something for Radio 3 (once he has mastered the nose-flute).  His finely-honed everyman tales and self-deprecating musical outings are interspersed with tall tales from the music business, life, love and the universe.

* it reads "Martin Cathy" on Ian's website:  if he's THAT good to appear in this list, we'll try and book him, before he gets too famous…

14 Nov 2018


28 Nov 2018

Guest:  HEATHER BRADFORD [& accomp.? t.b.a.]

  Vocalist HEATHER BRADFORD has been in many line-ups, esp. noted for being one third of the late lamented all-female a capella group Hen Party (with Sarah Morgan & Alison Muir).  A long-time Focsle supporter, this may be (depending on whether she performs with accompaniment) her first solo outing with us.

12 Dec 2018


19 Dec 2018

Xmas Party [t.b.c.], with [t.b.c.] KING JOHN’S MUMMERS

Other things of interest

Most 2nd & 4th Weds.,

Focsle Music runs live music events,

usually at The Guide Dog pub, on corner of Earls & Ancasta Rds.  Home-made music* on the first meeting of each month, guests on the second, almost all unplugged acoustic.
Performers and audience equally welcome.

* currently along “singaround” / song-circle lines (i.e. working round the room, anyone who wishes to is invited to do a ‘turn’, with others joining in where suitable).  References to ‘song’ also include tunes played, and ‘music’ includes stories, poems, etc. being delivered.
  Jon Ellis & Paul Clarke
  jon@focsle.org  / paul@focsle.org  [TEXT only] 073 8040 1951 or 023 8046 2723

  The Calendar shows dates of all our planned evenings, beyond those visible here.  Venue is The Guide Dog, unless stated otherwise.  Re-visit periodically or, if you sign up (see below), you’ll be sent reminders of upcoming events.  The diary, on this page, highlights any breaks to this pattern (date-shifts due to Saints matches, the odd venue-switch for higher-profile guests).  Singarounds may morph into other formats, hence suggesting you check back here every so often.

“Cosy”, “Lovely pub”, “Good subdued lighting”, “Best beer in Southampton”, “So enjoyed myself at the gig:  lovely group of people, so welcoming and friendly”:  some comments about The Guide Dog, FOCSLE Music’s civilized Real Ale venue.  Mainly a conversation space, with newspapers, books, board games, and no jukebox.

  For our info-list, e-mail us with your choice of:  performer nights;  ‘home-made’ music;  or both [edit the pre-written message to suit].  We’ll add you to the relevant one.  We hope to have a third contact very soon, just for home-made evenings.  On an event day, for any late contact try Paul’s mobile, as above.  The main post is usually updated by about noon on the day to confirm that the event is happening (if its first line has no such message, please check in again later;  or ring, if planning to travel a distance).

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 - 18 November 2016

"Thanks for a lovely night!" (Reg Meuross)

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

Jon Witcher

Good to see Jon Witcher drop in at the club (9 Dec '16).  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

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 goin again soon