The popular folk/eclectic acoustic/originals band Titus is playing a long-awaited return gig at Bexhill Museum on July 5th as part of the Sussex Folklore season and to help raise museum funds.
Titus are well-known throughout Kent and Sussex for their particular brand of musicianship and banter, and played a magnificent benefit gig for the museum last year which was sold out and hugely successful.
Titus are: - Ian Dobson on mandolin, mouth organ and kazoo (former bands include The Mariners, Black Ram and the Telham Tinkers). Ian’s current bands apart from Titus are The Saints and The Leprechauns. Mick Mepham plays the guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and slide guitar. His former bands include Die Laughing, Savage Hearts, Roadhouse, Essence, Marz and Steel Dawn, and he is very tall. As a rock guitarist, Mick plays on his own throughout Kent, Sussex and London, and with 90% Proof. Alan Marshall plays guitar, dobro, concertina, harmonica and keyboards. He’s played concertina for Headcorn and other Morris sides, and has also played with The Coty Band, The Rattlers, The Dobson Singers and the Dipper Band. All three members sing.
At present, Titus is continuing as a trio after the sad loss of Clare Dobson. They are still playing the same wide range of gigs at folk clubs, pubs, festivals, weddings and so on!
Titus are known for their light-hearted approach and even for some of their song introductions. They cover songs from such diverse artists as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and The Bonzos, to 16th century ballad operas (Gammer Gurton's Needle), traditional folk songs and sea shanties, plus a number of originals written by Mick. A rare cassette album, Titus Live at Catsfield, (they actually live in Hastings, Winchelsea, and deepest Kent) is their sole offering to date, but plans are afoot to record a new album soon.
All that music and good feeling within the surroundings and exceptional acoustics of Bexhill Museum’s wonderful Sargent Gallery, and a licensed bar and ?nibbles’ will make this an evening to remember. Doors open 7.30pm for a 8pm start, with a half hour interval between sets. Tickets are £6 which includes £3 entry to all galleries and the first drink free. Tickets will be available on the door, but it’s advisable to obtain them in advance from the museum reception - 01424 787950.