Everyone's favourite Stockport housewife heads for south coast gig

Mrs Barbara Nice is the comedy creation of Janice Connolly. Barbara is your average Stockport housewife who given up the domestic bliss of Tupperware and Poundstretcher shops for the unpredictabilty of the comedy world. No audience is too rowdy for her to handle – she's already raised five teenagers. With the affectionate attitude of a playgoup leader at a wild Iggy Pop concert, Barbara is guaranteed to warm the heart of any audience. Barbara headlines at Matt's...  more»

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Everyone's favourite Stockport housewife heads for south coast gig

Mrs Barbara Nice is the comedy creation of Janice Connolly. Barbara is your average Stockport housewife who given up the domestic bliss of Tupperware and Poundstretcher shops for the unpredictabilty of the comedy world.

No audience is too rowdy for her to handle – she's already raised five teenagers. With the affectionate attitude of a playgoup leader at a wild Iggy Pop concert, Barbara is guaranteed to warm the heart of any audience.

Barbara headlines at Matt's Comedy Club at the Connaught Studio, Worthing on Thursday 18 September (8pm) – and a cracking night is guaranteed.

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Ex-Big Breakfast star to headline Worthing comedy night

A self-confessed professional northerner – and far worse, a celebrity Manchester United fan – Paul Tonkinson is a star of comedy in all its forms. Be it on stage, in character or as a TV host, this man does not fail to make you giggle.

And he's in Worthing at Matt's Comedy Club on Thursday 24 July, at the Connaught Studio.

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Quiet is the new loud for ex-Creation stablemates Fij + Bickers

Like Groundhogs predicting an extended winter, former Creation Records label mates Pete Fij (Adorable / Polak) & Terry Bickers (House of Love / Levitation) have crawled out of musical hibernation to come together to declare that 'quiet is the new loud' and 'down is the new up'.

Conjuring levels of intensity to match their more electrified combined musical pasts, their predominantly acoustic new album, Broken Heart Surgery, (out 7 July 2014) celebrates the downbeat and melancholic with a wry humour and lyrical wit. Imagine Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel an The Velvet Underground jamming together at four in the morning. Quietly so not to wake the neighbours.

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One-liner gag man and 2013 Amused Moose People's Champion lined up

Matt's Comedy Club have two very different styles of stand-up waiting to hit town on 26 June, when Tony Cowards and Danny Ward top the bill.

After last month's sold out Noise Next Door gig, ticket sales are expected to be brisk for the visit of these two experienced comedy circuit regulars.

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Improv kings return to Worthing comedy club

Next up in a fantastic line-up at Worthing’s family-friendly Matt’s Comedy Club are off the cuff specialists and local heroes The Noise Next Door on 24 April (8pm) at The Connaught Studio.

The UK’s premier improv comedy troupe always provide a massively entertaining night at Matt’s and in recent years have taken the comedy world by storm.

Five-time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning quick wit and original comedic talents.

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Red hot blues from virtuoso duo

Paul Jones and Dave Kelly: St Paul's Centre, Worthing

Put two blues legends together for an evening, and the classic songs and anecdotes could roll on forever, so far as I'm concerned. Paul Jones and Dave Kelly delivered on a whole range of levels at Worthing's St Paul's Centre, as you'd expect.

First up, on technical virtuosity. While both have been playing the blues for near on five decades, they sound superb: Kelly's deft fingerpicking mixed with total mastery of the art of slide guitar; Jones a real harp maestro, wringing real emotion from his harmonica – and both spot on with vocal duties.

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Oklahoma singer-songwriter to gig at Komedia

Oklahoma singer-songwriter Samantha Crain comes to Brighton's Komedia on 28 January, promoted by Melting Vinyl.

Touring in support of her the third full-length album, Kid Face, the 26-year-old Oklahoma native has created a revelatory song cycle as expansive as the wide-open spaces her home state, and as intimate as a conspiratorial whisper.

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US folk-rockers Midlake set for Brighton gig

Melting Vinyl are proud to announce the return of Midlake to Sussex! The Texan folk-rockers will be bringing their new album Antiphon, to St George’s Church on 27 February with a revitalised line-up, since the departure of frontman and songwriter Tim Smith.

Vocalist/ guitarist Eric Pulido and the rest of the band have more than stepped up to the plate to write the newest chapter of the band’s illustrious career. Named after a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties, the new record is as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.

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East meets West as Esmerine line up for Brighton gig

Lined up at St George's Church, Brighton on 6 December (7pm, £15/£17) are the intriguing prospect of Esmerine (+ special guests).

Esmerine was co-founded in early 2000s by percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and cellist Rebecca Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Saltland) soon after the two met while recording the first Set Fire To Flames record Signs Reign Rebuilder (2001) in Montreal.

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Celtic virtuoso dazzles at the Ropetackle

Sharon Shannon - Shoreham Ropetackle

There are few finer musicians on the folk-roots circuit than the sublime Sharon Shannon, and this packed out gig on the Sussex coast showed precisely why she's celebrating more than 21 years in the business.

Kicking off with Flying Circus from her 2012 album with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the County Clare maestro went through the full range of her extensive repertoire, dipping into albums going back to her best-selling debut in 1991.