Terry Lees

An internationally-known acoustic guitarist will soon be staging a free two-hour concert in Eastbourne.

Former National Guitarist of the Year Terry Lees will be demonstrating his astonishing talent at the Under Ground Theatre, below the main library, on the morning of Saturday 1st March, from 10am.


Terry Lees has played at major concerts supporting Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy, Labi Siffrie, Lonnie Donegan and others, as well as making television and radio appearances in his own right. He is also a guitar teacher of a whole range of styles and genres, including classical, blues, folk, and bluegrass, which helps explain the astonishing range of his repertoire.

His concerts regularly take in anything from traditional folk songs like “Roving Gambler” and “The Arkansas Traveller” to favourites from the sixties such as “Early Morning Rain”, by Gordon Lightfoot, and Ralph McTell’s “Streets of London”. En route, you might also hear the gypsy jazz tune “Minor Swing”, by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, or the Mason Williams instrumental “Classical Gas”. Just focus on those fingers: it’s a blur!

While Terry is on stage at the UGT, you’ll be able to buy Fairtrade coffee and tea, and home-made cakes, at the theatre coffee-bar, which will stay open afterwards until 4pm.

That’s not only for the sake of art enthusiasts coming to see the new exhibition in the theatre foyer, but also for anyone wanting to enjoy the free afternoon Songwriters’ Circle, that will last for about two hours from 1.30pm – again in the auditorium.