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Upcoming Sessions

  • Salt House & Cali Santo
    Salt House & Cali Santo
    Wed, 13 Mar
    Lewes
    13 Mar 2024, 20:00 – 23:00
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    13 Mar 2024, 20:00 – 23:00
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    We're very excited to welcome Salt House to Hilltop Sessions. The trio, consisting of Jenny Sturgeon, Ewan MacPherson and Lauren McColl hail from Scotland's wilder regions and have been a mainstay of the folk scene for over a decade. Support will come from Brighton's Cali Santo.
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  • DG Solaris + Hattie Whitehead
    DG Solaris + Hattie Whitehead
    Thu, 21 Mar
    Lewes
    21 Mar 2024, 20:00 – 22:30
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    21 Mar 2024, 20:00 – 22:30
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    DG Solaris is the project of musician and producer, Danny Green, previously known as Laish. A rakish front man, making the audience laugh in one song and reducing them to bitter tears in the next. Support will come from Hattie Whitehead who blends folk sensibilities with an undeniably modern sound.
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  • Michele Stodart & David Ford
    Michele Stodart & David Ford
    Thu, 16 May
    Lewes
    16 May 2024, 20:00 – 23:00
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    16 May 2024, 20:00 – 23:00
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    A very special double-bill awaits for our May Hilltop Session. Michele Stodart, known for her outstanding solo work and for her work with multi-platinum selling The Magic Numbers, will be joined at the Con Club with troubadour, master-songwriter and compelling performer David Ford.
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  • Hilltop Blues Night: Mojo Doctors & The Contenders
    Hilltop Blues Night: Mojo Doctors & The Contenders
    Fri, 17 May
    Lewes
    17 May 2024, 20:00 – 23:00
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    17 May 2024, 20:00 – 23:00
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    A Hilltop Session with a twist: A night of fun-loving, beer-drinking music when two of our favourite blues bands join together for a double-bill of blues classics.
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  • Darden Smith + Reema
    Darden Smith + Reema
    Thu, 20 Jun
    Lewes
    20 Jun 2024, 20:00 – 22:30
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    20 Jun 2024, 20:00 – 22:30
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    In June we welcome Darden Smith, a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion according to AllMusic. And they know All Music... Support comes from Reema whose bitter-sweet, delicate folk songs explore being human.
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  • Lady Maisery + Chris Fox
    Lady Maisery + Chris Fox
    Thu, 17 Oct
    Lewes
    17 Oct 2024, 20:00 – 22:30
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    17 Oct 2024, 20:00 – 22:30
    Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK
    October 2024 brings us Lady Maisery, "the most exquisite vocal harmony work on the English folk scene" according to The Guardian. Genre defying troubadour Chris Fox supports.
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The Hilltop Sessions
Lewes Con Club

Doors Open at 7.30 pm

Lewes Con Club

139 High Street
Lewes
BN7 1XS

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About Hilltop Sessions

What is Hilltop Sessions?

Hilltop Sessions is a series of monthly live gigs featuring a range of independent artists performing original material. They take place at the Lewes Con Club, (usually) on the first Thursday of every month.

 

Who is behind Hilltop Sessions?

Hilltop Sessions was created – and is curated - by Lewes based artist and musician Maia Eden and her husband Oliver Dudok van Heel, a member of pop-up busking troupe The Magnificent Kevens.

 

How did Hilltop Sessions come about?

We (Maia and Oliver) met through a shared love of music and had been talking for a while finding ways to bring quality music into people’s lives. When the pandemic hit and we realised how much we missed live music and how much the pandemic threatened musicians’ livelihoods and careers, we created Hilltop Sessions to give musicians a platform, once restrictions were lifted.

 

What type of music can you expect at a Hilltop Session?

We don’t want to limit the sessions to one style of music. Our first series of sessions includes legendary new wave pop, indie, piano ballads, indie-folk, rap and electronic music.

We don’t necessarily expect Hilltop Session audiences to come because their favourite artist is playing – though fans are very welcome! We hope people join us on a Thursday evening because they want to discover something new that they may not otherwise be drawn to. In other words, come with an open mind and let yourself be surprised. Think of it like the musical equivalent of monthly  surprise case of wine or crate of beer!

Our role as curators is to make sure that we bring quality singer-songwriters to each session. If you leave a session thinking ‘This was new and it was great’, we’ve done our job.

 

Are you looking for established or unknown artists?

A little bit of everything. We were delighted to have Chris Difford perform at the first Hilltop Session as he is an amazing artist and songwriter, but for the most part we will support artists who aren’t quite as well-known but are very good at what they do. A typical session will usually involve one headline artist with at least one album under their belt and a good following and one support artist who may not have recorded anything yet, but has already written some cracking songs and is ready to share them with a wider audience.

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