The Lewes Ripple is a unique platform for local musicians and performers. We promote established acts and nurture / advise new ones with the same even hand. All types of music are welcome at the Ripple and if you have creative ideas then do get in touch. We may be able to help you realise them.
PASSING OF A PUNK ICON
Sad News about the passing of Jordan Mooney (Pamela Rooke)
Steve Parsons, a Creative Director of the Lewes Ripple, offers small tribute to a great life: This hurts a lot. Only a few days ago I was watching footage of a Sharks gig at the Con Club from 2017 where Seaford legend Jordan was in full flow on the dance floor. She was a great booster for the Sharks reunion and we asked her to interview Chris Spedding at the Westgate Chapel in Lewes for inclusion in the forthcoming Sharks documentary feature. She was warm, funny, intelligent and relaxed on camera (Spedding is not an easy interview). Not only that she refused to take her agreed fee because she had so much fun.
She will be missed.
No doubt it’s been a tough couple of years for the Ripple. We saw fourteen events including two music festivals go down the tubes due to the pandemic. But it wasn’t all bad news: we delivered three sold out Summer Lightning shows at the Con Club; got eight acts onto the Ripple stage at the Brewhaven Craft Beer Festival; sourced acts for the Plumpton Moon Festival, as well as acts for Dalliance at Depot and several other local venues.
And then there’s our newly refreshed YouTube Channel. Addressing the issue of how to play when venues are closed, the Ripple responded to the Covid-19 Lockdown with regular booster shots of specially recorded videos. Not only a source of entertainment but also a great place for acts to show their wares. There’s a lot to discover and enjoy. We’ll post newly uploaded videos here on the homepage, but you’ll find more on the individual bands and artists pages.
This week’s featured video is The Wedding performed by Constance Owen Trio, written by Abdullah Ibrahim, a Capetown jazz musician sometimes known as Dollar Brand. Constance says: ” …(it’s) an instrumental, and I think it manages to sound both serious and exultant, as befits a wedding march.” The performers are: Constance Owen, piano; Chris Hinman, double bass; Simon Farmer, saxophone.
HOW IT WORKS
When promoters come to us to supply performers we guide them through links to this resource. It’s a valuable tool for presentation as well as a continuing archive of Lewes music in these troubled times. For events not generated by ourselves we take no percentage for supplying acts so they get the entire fee. All copyrights remain with the composers and performers – the Ripple simply provides the platform free of charge.
AND THE FUTURE?
We are currently working with Splashpoint in Seaford to bring regular jazz back to Lewes. We have recently commissioned a team of electronic composers/film makers to deliver a number of site-specific installations in early summer. Check our Facebook for regular updates. We are always seeking content – just get in touch. So that’s the Ripple today – not a closed loop but an ever-expanding sequence of possibilities for the future.
”Use it or Lose it” is what people say
We’d rather you used it.