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Thursday 1st October – New Roots presents: Ned Roberts/ Nic Dawson Kelly/ Coley Garratt

The Harrison, Kings Cross  WC1H 8JF Ph: 020 7278 3966
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 Tickets £5.00 adv/£6.00 door. 
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One of the finest artists to grace the New Roots stage, Ned Roberts is a wonderfully accomplished folk musician with a timeless quality to his sound. His perfectly balanced Laurel Canyon-esque songs delivered with poetry in their heart, sublime musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility sit comfortably amongst the classics of the acoustic folk world.
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‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’ Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
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‘.a warm treat. Roberts is a fine guitar picker, his melodies reminiscent of Leonard Cohen with lyrical nods to Bob Dylan, and his voice has echoes of Tim Hardin.” Observer  ★★★★
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 ‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday
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‘so gifted, possessing a fine ear for a tune and a real knack for storytelling..stunning’. 8/10 Uncut.
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Sheffield born, London based songwriter Nic Dawson Kelly’s Dylan & Van Morrison-meets-Devendra based electric folk sound, steeped in rockabilly and country soul, has been described by The Times as ‘a visceral, compelling new presence on the UK music scene’, The Sun calls him ‘one of the most distinctive British voices in years’ and Q maintains his is ‘a soulful take on some of the finest blues-folk around’. After sharing the stages with Laura Marling, Adele and Richard Hawley amongst others he has gone on to showcase his music extensively in the capital.
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WATCH NIC DAWSON KELLY:

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Coley Garratt’s soulful take on alt-folk has won him praise from all quarters- a slot at the Green Man festival was quickly followed with radio support from Tom Robinson on 6 Music and Gary Crowley on GLR. His perfectly constructed, poignant songs are given delicate, economic support by his excellent band.
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 ‘…songs with melody, songs with soul and most importantly, in an age of instant gratification, songs that linger’ The Green Man Festival.
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A cut above the normal..songs that are crisp, sharp and beautifully put together’ Americana UK.
 
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Thursday 15th October – New Roots presents: Whiskey Moonface/ Bouche/ Samatha Whates

The Green Note, 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN · Ph: 020 7485 9899
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Tickets £7.00 adv/ £9.00 door  BUY HERE
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Doors 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm.
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Whiskey Moon Face are an alternative folk group based around double bass, accordian, clarinet and banjo, led by the stunning vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones. They combine elements of Eastern European traditional music, old-time New Orleans jazz, the baroque folk of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut, and their own unique take on contemporary folk to make for a superbly realized and truly beautiful sound.

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Combining banjo, percussion, trumpet and double bass, Bouche are a product of the same London roots scene as Whiskey Moon Face and Brooke Sharkey. This wonderfully talented band blend the spirits of blues queens Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith and the cinematic smokey folk and jazz noir of Tom Waits, wrap it all in a cloak of finely crafted contemporary songwriting, and deliver it with charismatic panache from singer Rebekah Bouche.

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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 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.

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