Monthly Archives: June 2015

Sat 10th Oct: Firefly Burning/ Quest Ensemble

The Winemakers, Farringdon EC4A 4AN Ph: 020 7236 2936
Advance ticket only. Tickets £9.00 BUY HERE
Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 8.00 pm. Because of the nature of the performance space it is not possible to seat latecomers until after the interval.
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New Roots presents an evening of contemporary chamber music, where classical influences meet world music, folk and indie attitudes, perfectly matched to the chapel like acoustics of the vaults of Holborn viaduct.

Firefly Burning are a 5-piece ensemble from North East London. Blending influences from the chamber folk style of Sufjan Stevens and the post-minimalism of John Adams to modern classical composition and Eastern and African folk music, their cinematic songs are part art-folk song, part minimalist chamber music. Drawing on strings, guitar, gamelan, bass synthesizer, piano, gongs and voices, this unique ensemble’s close harmonies and intricate rhythms set an intimate and intense atmosphere that demands and repays close attention.

The band have just released new album Skeleton Hill to critical acclaim, produced by Tim Friese-Greene (Talk Talk, Heligoland).

‘the music is so utterly hypnotic…Firefly are intoxicating, beautiful and affirming’Matchbox Magazine

‘urgent dancing piano lines and frantic strings over which Bea Hankey sings with majestic, hypnotic grace..’Time Out

‘music that paints sound pictures and takes the audience in myriad directions at will…a vital, indefinable band. Like no other band I have seen before.’For Folks Sake

‘quirky, challenging and innovative music…uncompromising in their bold and stark musical vision.’ Bright Young Folk

Bringing a unique take to the classical piano trio Quest Ensemble (Filipe Sousa piano, Tara Franks cello, and Preetha Narayanan, violin), collaboratively create original work. blending their diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. With traces of Vaughn Williams, Steve Reich, and Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Quest Ensemble paint a unique and evocative musical landscape filled with lyrical melodic lines, rich harmonies, and interwoven rhythmic counterpoint.

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Thurs 24th Sept: Simon Stanley-Ward and the Shadows of Doubt/ Paul McClure/ Elly O’Keeffe

The Green Note, 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN · Ph: 020 7485 9899
Tickets 7.00 adv/ £9.00 door BUY HERE
Doors 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm.
Simon Stanley Ward is a young country singer, pure and simple. He sounds like the original lonesome cowboy crooner – a perfect cross between Neil Young and Charlie Rich, with a voice to match. It’s hard-rocking country, the kind that spawned Elvis and Johnny Cash, and with superbly tight band that includes Danny & The Champions of the World guitarist Paul Lush in it’s ranks, he delivers on his promise as one of UK alt-country’s rising stars.
Proper country music delivered with stlyle..superb’ Americana Uk...
‘wonderful’ Bob Harris Radio 2..
a name to watch’BBC Radio Ulster

WATCH SIMON STANLEY-WARD:

Rutland based singer-songwriter Paul McClure is recently released his debut solo album, Smiling From The Floor Up, on Clubhouse Records. A sublime, wonderfully crafted and beautifully realized offering, the album marks the first solo venture for McClure after a long spell with UK alt-country favourites The Hi And Lo. Taking inspiration from the introspective Americana of the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Elliot Smith and the Felice Brothers, his poetic turn of phrase and unique perspective on the kitchen-sink drama of everyday life mark him out as a leading light in the vibrant world of UK singer songwriters.

★★★★ Maverick Magazine
★★★★ Rock’n’Reel Magazine (R2) …
‘eeks it’s way into one’s heart and soul, such the mystical charm it contains’ Americana UK.

WATCH PAUL McCLURE

Elly O’Keeffe’s stunning vocal abilities have earned her favourable comparisons with such giants as Janis Joplin and Eva Cassidy. Already a major success in her native Ireland, she counts the legendary Paul Brady as a mentor and fan, having shared the stage with him on numerous occasions. She’s currently in London recording her second album with producer Joe Hurst (Beth Gibbons/ Ian Brown).

‘Elly O’Keeffe- earthy, passionate, and deeply real in a world of musical confetti’ Paul Brady.

WATCH ELLY O’KEEFFE

 

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Sat 19th September: SOLD OUT!! Stick In The Wheel, Jack Sharp (Wolf people), Nigel of Bermondsey

The Winemakers, Farringdon EC4A 4AN Ph: 020 7236 2936
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Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.45 pm. Because of the nature of the performance space it is not possible to seat latecomers until after the interval.
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The brilliant Stick In The Wheel are fROOTS Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Album of 2014 winners, Radio 2 2015 Folk Award double-nomineesBest New Act/,Best Traditional Song, and are favourites of Tom Robinson on 6Music andXFM‘s Jon Kennedy, having recently recorded sessions for both. Featuring Ian Carter on dobro, singers Nicola Kearey and Fran Foote, plus Si Foote on Percussion and Ellie Wilson on fiddle, they specialise in distinctly London-centric, rarely heard traditional British folk songs. Their repertoire includes pieces up to 400 years old, and they seamlessly combine this deep link to the past with their own compositions. Their music is sparklingly original, fiercely fresh and fearless in it’s attitude- they’re a breath of fresh air, definitey not to be missed.
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‘..total commitment to the songs, and an utter and wholly refreshing lack of self-consciousness in the delivery’.fRoots Magazine  ‘
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..goes right to the heart of what folk music is about’Bright Young Folk...
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‘Inspirationally abrasive’ The Guardian
‘nothing short of brilliant’ Folk Radio UK.
 
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Jack Sharp is the singer and guitarist with psych folk-rock band Wolf People. In his years with the band, he has developed a keen side interest in finding, singing and interpreting folk songs from his home of Bedfordshire, inspired by the music of Nic Jones, Lal Waterson and Peter Bellamy.
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Folk troubadour Nigel of Bermondsey is head of the ‘South East London Folklore Society’, a group dedicated to London folklore and the esoteric. It inspired his musical gazetteer of London- ‘Gemini City’. The album contains scenes of mild terror, foul history, supernatural fairytales and heartbreaking pathos. Recent performances include the Southbank Centre, the Globe Theatre, and Cecil Sharp House.
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Saturday 1st August: Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker/ Samantha Whates

New Roots at The Winemakers Club, Holborn Viaduct, Farringdon Road, EC4A 4AN, Ph: 020 7236 2936

Winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, the Isambard Folk Award, the FATEA Awards for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year 2013, and the Spiral Award for Best Duo, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker are hailed as the ‘the green shoots growing from the very top of the English folk family tree’ Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne Clarke’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben Walker’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage. Their first major album together ‐ Fire and Fortune ‐ confirmed their place among the very best musicians of their generation and reached No.1 on the UK Amazon folk chart. Their next album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour was one of the most anticipated releases of 2014 and was launched with a sold out show at The Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Centre. The following spring they were nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and went on to win the award for Best Duo. The chapel-like acoustics of The Winemakers’ stone arch and it’s candle-lit ambience provide the perfect setting for Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker’s masterclass in contemporary English folk.
“Extremely Compelling” The Independent“gorgeous” Daily Telegraph/ “A major album, from major players’Americana UK / ‘Stunning’ Maverick Magazine/ ‘.. a classic in the canon of contemporary UK folk music’ Folk Radio UK

Samantha Whates is a London based singer and songwriter. Despite living in the capital since her mid-teens, her heart, voice and songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is at once thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition and uniquely her own. Recent performances include sharing the bill with Olivia Chaney at Kings Place in May, and the Purcell Rooms in the Royal Festival Hall with Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. She recently released her debut album Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days, which has enjoyed both critical acclaim and extensive radio play on BBC 6 Music, KCRW and Resonance FM. She will be playing tonight as a trio, with violin and clarinet accompaniment.
Doors from 7.00 pm, Samantha Whates 8.00 pm- 8.45 pm, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker 9.15pm- 10.00 pm, bar open until 11.00 pm.
This is a ticket only event, £8.00 advance online from We Got Tickets. Music begins at 8.00 pm sharp. Because of the nature of the performance space it is difficult to seat latecomers until the interval at 8.45 pm.

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