The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    May 2021

    As the air clears a little and forward movement is now possible the Lewes Ripple will be mounting a series of Summer Concerts at the Con Club. These will take place every Sunday evening in July and August featuring a mix of established local performers alongside fresh talent discovered on the Ripple YouTube channel over the last year. Tickets available online at WeGotTickets priced at £7 - the Ripple deducts hard costs and all profits go to the performers.

    SUMMER LIGHTNING 1 - on the 4th of July features the sensational T.J. Walker Band fusing Rock, Country and dazzling guitar stylings. They will be supported by Starfish discovery Nick Easterbrook and their special guest will be Kate Turvey.

    SUMMER LIGHTNING 2 - on the 11th of July will feature Pam & De Femmes (who will have their full line-up together for the first time in 18 months) Martin Gayford will support and special guests are Night House.

    The Lewes Ripple is a registered not-for-profit Community Interest Company run solely by volunteers.

    The Ripple began in late 2018 when Lewes residents John Marsh and Steve Parsons decided to create unique platforms for local musicians and performers. Lewes is blessed with a great number of musical people, most of whom are semi-professional, who ply their talent for little money in small venues, mostly as an adjunct to the hospitality industry. On the May Bank Holiday weekend of 2019 the Ripple mounted a 3 day mini-festival which took place in a variety of venues. On ticketed shows performers were paid and excess profits were donated to local charities/causes.

    This was followed up later in the year by a series of pop-up shows including a poetry reading with specially composed music, a collaboration between a rock band and a female choir and a 3 hour live broadcast from the Lamb Of Lewes in collaboration with RocketFM.

    The final preparations for a bigger town wide festival in 2020 were cruelly interrupted by the pandemic. At that point the Ripple had just received a donation to cover the cost of filming the 2020 event. This money was instead utilised to create material for and promote a (unique) digital platform, which was launched at the beginning of August 2020 (the Lewes Ripple YouTube channel). This has been a great success, allowing local performers to express themselves during a difficult situation and giving their followers an opportunity to see and hear that response. So far the channel has uploaded 57 films and had over eleven thousand YouTube registered views.

    The pandemic will not end overnight and its after-shocks will continue to reverberate for many years to come. Like most places in the UK Lewes has taken a hit to its community spirit. Going forward the Ripple intends to continue to foster connectivity between artists and audience with bespoke summer live shows as restrictions ease. The YouTube channel will remain in operation and continue to archive the Lewes music scene in all its forms.

    Longer term the Lewes Ripple is looking to open a permanent Community Music Centre to showcase and develop local talent.

    The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    July 2020

    The Lewes Ripple YouTube channel will launch on August 3rd with a promotional campaign consisting of posters, social media ads and good old-fashioned word of mouth.

    The Lewes Ripple is a registered not-for-profit Community Interest Company, which has been creating unique platforms for local music makers since 2018. We have mounted a number of themed concerts at venues such as the Con Club, the Royal Oak and the Lamb of Lewes as well as pop-up shows at Union Music store, The Westgate Chapel and Depot Cinema. All profits from our ticketed events have been distributed to local charities and causes including The Railway Land Trust, Rocket Radio and Lewes Open Door.

    In May 2020 we were all set to unleash a large scale town-wide music event but unfortunately that got washed away by the corona wave. Team Ripple have since been monitoring the situation and taking note of Government advice. It seems clear that a return to live music performances in packed venues is still some way off, so we have decided to create a digital platform for filmed performances, interviews and music tracks with attractive visual content.

    During June and July we shot a number of (socially distanced) live performances at Starfish Studios with artists such as SEPIA SHADOWS, DIRK AND ADAM CAMPBELL, STEVE 'SNIPS' PARSONS and T.J. WALKER. These in-house films will kick off the channel and we are now inviting externally produced content.

    Submission details are contained on our website.

    Subscription to the channel is free and every click will help.

    The Ripple Facebook will be refreshed by August 1st to operate as a community forum where artists can promote their product or merch and share ideas on the emerging possibilities for live performance.

    For more information or photos please contact Steve Parsons This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    End-March 2020

    The Lewes Ripple team has spent 6 months preparing a town-wide event to take place between the 4th and 10th May 2020 in eleven different venues and involving over sixty performers.

    Given the current medical emergency we now consider that it would be inappropriate to do so. When the pandemic has run its course there will be a great need for people to come together again in large numbers and, at the first sign of daylight, the Ripple will be ready to roll.

    The event is postponed, not cancelled.

    The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    March 2020


    Lewes Ripple will be mounting 4 ticketed events at the club early this summer. On the afternoon of Friday 8th May (VE Day Bank Holiday) between 2 and 4:30 pm SWINGIT ROCKET featuring the superb Dave Williams Victory Swing Band and Sussex Swing dance group will take place, followed later the same day by a Ben Brooks-curated evening event SOLAR featuring Concept of Thought, Boogaloo Band and the Femme Brûlée DJ Crew, from 7:30 pm until 1 am.

    From 5 until 11 pm on Saturday 9th there will be STARFISH YOUTHQUAKE featuring talent of all ages developed through the Starfish Youth Music project over the last 20 years.

    Sunday 10th will see an afternoon concert COWGIRLS DON'T CRY inspired by themes and songs of the American West with special guest TJ Walker and supporting acts.

    More details, prices and ticketing information will be available shortly. Further Ripple events will be taking place at other Lewes locations – watch out for the announcements!

    The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    March 2020

    From May the 4th until the 10th the town of Lewes will host a number of unique musical platforms to both showcase local talent and raise money for local charities/causes.

    Venues will include: The Snowdrop Inn, The Con Club, The Linklater Pavillion, Depot Cinema, Union Music Store, The Patch, Marchandson Paint Shop, Pestle and Mortar, Ground Coffee Shop, Limetree Kitchen and Bean and Bun cafe

    Performers such as Concept of Thought, Femme Brûlée, Decoded B2B Kawaji, Sussex Swing, Kate Turvey, TJ Walker, Edenwood, Pam & De Femmes, Michael Munday, Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons, Terry Seabrook, The Magnificent Kevens, Kamala Drake, Fran Galpin, John Warburton, Sophie and Julian Moore, Crewdson and the Dave Williams Victory Swing Band will all participate in a number of both ticketed and free events.

    Further details will be announced at the beginning of April.

    The Lewes Ripple is a registered Community Interest Company

    The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    October 2019

    On Sunday evening November the 3rd The Ripple will be a hosting a live broadcast on Rocket Radio FM from the Lamb of Lewes.

    It will begin at 7 pm and finish at 11. All are invited to attend.

    Performers who have participated in the Ripple project during 2019 will be interviewed on air and perform a couple of songs from the stage.

    The Ripple exists to mount creative platforms for local talent. It has mounted 10 shows this year involving over 100 performers and music makers.

    May Bank Holiday 2020 will see a Bigger Ripple with a mission to support youth music in the area.

    The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    September 2019

    Performed by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons and The Chain Gang with very special guests the Paddock Singers, directed by Ruth Kerr

    A Con Club Sunday Afternoon Concert presented by The Ripple

    From 2pm until 4 30 pm

    Tickets £6 in advance / £7 on the door


    For the Con Club Sunday show on a cash only basis. Con Club members will be asked to donate to The Ripple box - all profits will go to Lewes Open Door. They are providing support for the homeless in Lewes.

    Soul power in action!

    Advance tickets available from Union Music, Si's Sounds and online from WeGotTickets at

    What’s ACHOSM all about?

    We asked Steve to explain... "The Soul Stirrer show I did back in May based on the life of the great Sam Cooke was the first time I had performed a ‘musical lecture’ on a concert stage. I loved doing it and the audience ‘got it’ so I have expanded the concept and adapted it to include my own life experience with the 20th Century phenomena known as Soul Music. I have also expanded the line-up to include the Paddock Singers under the direction of Ruth Kerr. This collaboration, along with my band The Chain Gang, has opened up new territory for me to explore. The show will feature both original material and classic soul songs specially re-arranged for the Con Club/Ripple show. I am really looking forward to it. And yes – that is me on the poster. I was 2 years old and ready for anything the world could throw at me. Can I get a Witness?"

    Choir rehearsal at the LambSoul boy Steve, keyboard player Dave Bott, vocal arranger Ruth Kerr and some of the Paddock Singers rehearse at the Lamb. The Chain Gang are there too!

    For those of you don't already know, the purpose of the not-for-profit Ripple project is to deliver a series of live music performances and other Lewes-related entertainment events under the Ripple banner and to donate as much money as possible to local charities and good causes.

    It started this year as a coming together of musical talent in Lewes on the first Bank Holiday weekend in May. Participants included The Con Club, Rocket FM, Depot Cinema, Union Music, Starfish, Si’s Sounds, The Royal Oak, Radio Lewes and The Oyster project.

    It was a real success - all the events were well attended and a decent amount of money was raised. It's emcouraged us to embark on a series of pop-up events through the winter that will culminate in ‘A Bigger Ripple’ next May VE Day Bank Holiday weekend.

    For more information please see The Ripple website at and Facebook page

    The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    August 2019


    Jim Morrison of The Doors was a wonderful singer and a dynamic stage performer, but his literary output is less well known.

    5 unique local voices will read the entire text of his 1969 work THE LORDS AND THE NEW CREATURES from the lectern in the Westgate Chapel. Ambient music has been programmed by the cream of Lewes’s underground music scene to underscore the reading.

    Voice artists: Peter Owen Jones, Debby Mathews, Charles Hennegrave, Helen Browning-Smith and John Warburton

    Music by X Piano/SexKult/Gleodream

    The RippleThe Lewes Ripple
    March 2019

    Contact: Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons (07891 375545)

    ‘THE RIPPLE’ Lewes Friday 3rd May – Monday 6th May 2019


    Hopefully the start of something big!

    It’s a coming together of musical talent in Lewes on the first Bank Holiday weekend in May. The Ripple is a not-for-profit event which delivers a four-day cluster of live performances and party nights under a single banner.

    Participants so far include The Con Club, Rocket FM, Depot Cinema, Union Music, Starfish, Si’s Sounds, The Royal Oak, Radio Lewes and The Oyster project.

    It’s a ripple right now but with a fair wind, and your support, we plan to expand the concept to embrace a three-day town-wide event in 2020. This would include the classical community, ancient and modern folk and choral groups of all sizes. Young musicians in particular would benefit from an event on this scale.

    Tickets available from Union Music and Si’s Sounds and online via WeGotTickets


    Friday evening, 3rd May A RIGHT ROCKET RAVE UP
    DJ King Mob + live performances “Expect the unexpected!”

    Location: The Con Club Lewes
    8pm till late

    Early bird tickets £6 from WeGotTickets/Si’s Sounds/Union Music
    £7 on the door

    All profits donated to Rocket FM

    Saturday afternoon, 4th May SOUL STIRRER
    The legend of Sam Cooke in words & song
    Performed by Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons and band

    Sam Cooke is the man who invented soul music by crossing over from Gospel to Pop.

    Steve ’Snips’ Parsons is the blue-eyed soul singer from Sharks.

    Location: The Con Club Lewes
    2pm to 4pm

    Early bird tickets £5 from WeGotTickets/Si’s Sounds/Union Music
    £6 on the door

    All profits donated to Radio Lewes

    Saturday evening, 4th May BLACKLIGHT + SEPIA SHADOWS
    Max Mezzowave debuts his new outfit Blacklight, fusing neo-soul, funk, deep grooves, jazz and electronica with cinematic visuals to create a mesmerising live experience.

    Watch them on Youtube:

    Location: The Con Club Lewes
    8pm to 11pm

    Early bird tickets £6 from WeGotTickets/Si’s Sounds/Union Music
    £7 on the door,

    Sunday afternoon, 5th May STARFISH GOES ACOUSTIC
    The Con Club's special April/May “Sunday in the Bar” features some of Starfish's best young solo singers.

    Location: The Con Club Lewes
    3:30pm to 5:30pm

    Free entry, with a whip round for donations to Starfish.

    Sunday evening, 5th May FEMME BRULÉE
    Women on the door, women on the decks and women on the dance floor.

    Disco Party hosted by DJ Sharon Makgill

    Shots at reduced prices!

    Location: The Con Club Lewes
    8pm to 11pm

    £3 on the door

    Monday lunchtime, 6th May LIVE JAZZ
    Free lunchtime Jazz at the Depot cinema
    Acts to be confirmed

    Monday afternoon, 6th May UNION MUSIC STORE
    In-store performances at Union Music from 2pm
    Acts to be confirmed

    Monday evening, 6th May UPSTAIRS AT THE OAK
    A free Ripple event upstairs at the Royal Oak from 7 30pm
    Acts to be confirmed

    Press Contact:
    Name: Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Mobile: 07891 375545
    Further information:

    Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons debuted his musical career on the Hull scene, where (in the late 60’s/early 70’s) he played in several Beat music groups. His talent was spotted by Island Records and, after a successful audition, he received an offer to join the newly created supergroup Sharks as lead singer and songwriter. The band included session guitarist Chris Spedding and ex-Free bassist Andy Fraser and was initially managed by Island founder Chris Blackwell. After Sharks, Steve joined the Baker Gurvitz Army as ‘Mr Snips’ and sang on both their second album Elysian Encounter and their third Hearts on Fire. The band toured extensively in Europe and the USA. Subsequently Steve contributed vocals and songs to Ginger Baker's solo album Ginger Baker and Friends in 1977.

    During the 80's, 90's and into the 2000's Steve no longer performed live but worked as a film and TV composer/producer for advertising clients both in the UK and the USA. His television credits include Call Red and two series of Fat Friends. His film scores include Howling II, Charlie, Funny Man, Journal of a Contract Killer, Nine Miles Down, Conspiracy of Silence, Another 9½ Weeks, and Split Second.

    In the Autumn of 2015, Steve reunited with Chris Spedding to perform Sharks songs as a tribute to Andy Fraser who passed away earlier in the year. In 2017, Sharks released a new album Killers of the Deep (rated by Classic Rock magazine as one of the top 50 albums of the year). The band toured the UK and Japan, winning acclaim for their high energy and slightly chaotic stage shows. The 21st Century revival of Sharks has been filmed for over 2 years and Steve is now editing the material into a feature documentary entitled ‘Shark Kar’

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