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Monthly music Showcase sessions at the Coast Cafe on Worthing's East Beach...

Recent Gigs

Sun 08 Mar - Malcolm Bishop, Bournemouth Folk Club

Fri 27 Mar - Tinderbox, Torquay The Crown and Sceptre, 

Wed 22 Apr - Tinderbox, London - The Forge

Thu 23 Apr - Tinderbox, Milton Keynes - The Stables

Sat 25 Apr - Tinderbox, Great Bourton - Village Hall

Sun 26 Apr - Tinderbox, Bournemouth Folk Club

Sat 13 Jun - Tinderbox, Wimborne Folk Festival 

Sun 14 Jun - Tinderbox, Hitchin Folk Club - w/ Chris & Kellie While

Sat 04 Jul - Tinderbox, Andover - The Lights

Sat 18 Jul - Tinderbox, Cowhide House Concerts, Frankfurt, DE

Sat 22 Jul - Tinderbox, Musikgalerie, Guetersloh, DE

Sun 23 Jul - Tinderbox, Music Star, Norderstedt, Hamburg, DE

Sat 26 Jul - Tinderbox, Cafe Walkenmuelhe, Lemgo, DE

Sat 06 Aug - Party Set @ Bulmers Colourfest, Longshore Shoreham

Sat 13 Aug - Tinderbox, Boldre Festival, Hants

26-28 AUGUST - PURBECK FOLK FESITVAL, featuring sets with

            The Rod Jenkins Band, Djambo, Catherine Burke and a

            Community Singing Workshop

Sat 10 Sep - Tinderbox, Swanage Folk Festival

Sun 18 Sep - Malcolm Bishop, Bournemouth Folk Club

Fri 23 Sept - Bob Burke Live!  Stanley Arms, Portslade

Sun 02 Oct - Tinderbox, Bournemouth Folk Club

Creative Music Lessons in the Worthing/Shoreham area

1-1 Tuition in Piano, Guitar, Songwriting (£30p/h)

Small Group Workshops - Songwriting and Arrangement (£90 for a Six Week Course)

Worthing Original Music - please get involved in the Facebook group, come to the meetings and join the movement of fantastic new, original music coming out of Worthing!


'Playing in a Band' Workshop at UTOPODIUM, Lelystad, Netherlands

Sun 12 July


UTOPODIUM is a fantastic new venue which has opened up in Lelystad, in the Flevoland region of the Netherlands.


This workshop will be hosted by Bob Burke and Steve Perry (Fevertree, Andy Mitchell, Karmine, Gyan Evans).


'Playing in a Band' is a taster for Steve's forthcoming workshop series at UTOPODIUM, and will focus on topics such as The Stage Zone, Inter-band Communication, Creating Effective Arrangements and Musical Direction & Leadership.


Come along and say hello!


The workshop starts at 2pm...


2017 - date tbc


Take the most beautiful, inspiring locations

Infuse with a carefully constructed programme of stimulating musical and cultural journeys…

Designed and delivered by some of the most diverse and productive creative minds in today’s music industry…

And slow-roast over several days in the experience of a select group of open-minded musicians and lyricists, willing to explore new ideas and experiences in order to reveal new seams of creative songwriting


Il Castello di Monticello d’Alba was captured by the Roeros in a populist uprising in 1370 and the family have been in residence ever since.  Lose yourself in the gallery with the portraits of the Roero ancestors, enjoy the views over the rolling hills of Barolo vineyards and the ancient towns of Alba and Bra, explore the armoury, relax in the library or just stroll around the grounds until you feel at home…


Designed for songwriters, semi-professional musicians and enthusiasts, use this unique opportunity to release the music inside you and immerse yourself in a songstorm of creative energies. 


Dates Below


Tinderbox recorded Live! At The Cottage in 2014 in order to capture the well-honed live trio sound that has been the bedrock of their reputation over the last 6-7 years.  Scroll down to find dates where you can see the live Tinderbox shows including the UK tour in April and Germany dates in July.

Coda Community Singing Group  (2005 - Ongoing)


A fun, informal singing group led by Bob Burke with an ethos of collaborative vocal arrangement.  The music includes pop songs from the 50s to the present, folk songs, songs from the shows and a variety of songs from around the world.  Many of the arrangements are in two or three part harmony but all learning is done by ear and members are not expected to read music.  The group currently has some 35 members and meet at Coda Music Centre at 7.30pm on a Tuesday evening.

European Creative Futures @ Southampton Solent University

Jan, 2016


The 7th annual international programme between the ECF partners (SSU, CIT, Norwegian Academy of Music, Hogeschool Utrecht and Lahti UAS).  This year SSU will host the programme which brings together up to 60 students will work in cross-disciplinary, multi-national teams considering current social and industrial trends and generating business ideas.  Bob Burke will be leading a group of students and staff from SSU for the 7th consecutive year.  

Simon May visited Songwriting Students at SSU

29 Jan, 2016 


Solent University was pleased to welcome back visiting professor, Simon May, who workied with final year songwriting students in Bob Burke's Major Project unit and 2nd year composition students.  May composed the themes for EastEnders, Howards’ Way, Trainer, Castaway, Animal Park, ITV Seoul Olympic Theme and Brat Camp. He also created the musical ‘Smike’ and hit songs ‘Every Loser Wins’ (Nick Berry no. 1 hit in UK), ‘Always There’ (Marti Webb),  ‘More To Life’ (Cliff Richard), ‘Summer of My Life’ (Simon May), ‘More Than In Love’ (Kate Robbins) and also co-produced ‘Knock On Wood’ (Amii Stewart no.1 hit in USA).

Music Cauldron Creative Music Making Workshops at the Coda Music Centre



The Music Cauldron aims to bring a wide range of students together to take part in masterclass workshops and ultimately to work as a creative ensemble, exploring repertoire and creating and composing new work alongside professional music leaders. The first project, a songwriting workshop took place in October 2010 with monthly sessions now ongoing. If you wish to develop composition, improvisation and performance skills please get in touch for more information.

Malcolm Bishop @ Bournemouth Folk Club

Sun 18 September, 2016 


The foremost interpreter of Gordon Lightfoot songs in the UK since the 1970s, Malcolm Bishop made a long awaited return to Bournemouth Folk Club.  Bishop was joined by Frank Boyle (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Bob Burke (bass, backing vocals).  The set also included songs by Jack Hudson and a range of songwriters from both sides of the Atlantic. Concerts by Malcolm Bishop are relaxed, intimate affairs that shouldn't be missed!