Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sat 16 Jan: May Gibbs/ Barnaby Keen/ Sisika

Advance ticket only. Tickets £9.00 BUY HERE

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The Winemakers Club

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41A Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AN
Ph 020 7236 2936

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For all further enquiries please email newrootsevents@gmail.com

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The Winemakers is a strikingly atmospheric candle-lit stone arch set in the vaults of Holborn Viaduct, five minutes walk from Farringdon tube station in Zone 1. Tickets are limited to 50- if you’ve bought your tickets, and you have a party of four or more, you can reserve a table for the gig to make sure you all sit together by sending an email with all the relevant names to Rory at newrootsevents@gmail.com before midday the day before the gig, Friday 15th Jan. Any reservations made after this time won’t be processed. Don’t worry if you don’t though, there are fifty tickets and fifty seats, so you’ll get a seat regardless!

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May Gibbs is currently finishing an electronic album of dark folktales under the name ‘Mesadorm’- she’s a writer of beautiful piano based songs, a strikingly original songwriter possessed of a stunning voice of huge range and emotion. You’ll hear echoes of Kate Bush, Bjork, and Martha Wainwright in the background of her songs. Above all else though, you’ll hear the startling sound of a truly exciting new voice in contemporary British music. At The Winemakers she has been invited to curate and host this candlelit evening and is accompanied by a selection of her most formidable world-touring musician co-conspirators. Those who frequent gigs in London will know of Jo Silverston on cello, Daisy Palmer on percussion and Misha Law on fiddle. Elements of life; strangeness, sex, fear and joy are here jocularly and candidly explored.

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Listen to May Gibbs:

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Here’s what May has to say about Barnaby Keen: Lead singer and creative force behind the brilliant Flying Ibex, Barney has written with Rag n Bone Man, Marcus Foster and a series of chart toppers. But it is in his own projects that you can really see a genius emerging. He is absolutely one of our current favourite singer songwriters with a voice and guitar playing that is truly mesmeric, influenced by travel to South America. He has a masterful lyrical style that combines with a gentle stage presence to make him a truly rare and exceptional act.

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Listen to Barnaby Keen:

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And here’s what May has to say about Sisik: Sisika: is fronted by the Duncan sisters from South London, fresh from their travels to New Orleans gathering inspiration and experience..They are a new act emerging on the scene but one we should all be keeping an eye on.. Their voices weave close, lyrical, earthy harmonies, emerging from warm, melodic guitar and rhythmic piano lines that provide a base for the voices to grow and intertwine, fusing together a sound that meets somewhere between soul and folk. On stage their sisterhood supports a refreshingly honest solidarity which is really wonderful to watch.

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Listen to Siska:

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Thurs 14 Jan: Ady Johnson & Band/ James McKean & Blueberry Moon/ Elly O’Keeffe

The Harrison 28 Harrison Street, WC1h 8JF
(0) 207 278 3966
Doors 7.30 pm Tickets £5.00 adv/ £6.00 door

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Ady Johnson, a London based singer songwriter, has shared the stage with the likes of Willy Mason and Ben Howard. His accomplished, finely crafted style filters the distinctly English mod tones of Ray Davies and Steve Marriot through a classic, soulful acoustic pop style. His most recent release was recorded with Mercury nominated/ BBC award winning producer Gerry Diver (Lisa Knapp, Sam Lee, Tom Robinson) and brings together the soulful delivery and intimacy of Ady’s live performances.

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“…if this is his musical CV – he’s got the job.” Rudie Humphrey – Americana UK

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“Deserves to be massive.” James Robinson for the Press Association

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“Damn good!” Tom Robinson – BBC Radio 6 Music

WATCH ADY JOHNSON: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwYbo11Ibpo

A favourite of BBC 6 Music in his previous musical incarnation, ‘The A Train’, James McKean and his band the Blueberry Moon specialize in splendidly epic melancholic country-soul vignettes supported by rich full band arrangements. They will be previewing songs from their forthcoming album ‘No Peace For The Wicked’.

WATCH JAMES MCKEAN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jowBgEirNc

Elly O’Keeffe stunning vocal abilities have earned her favourable comparisons with such giants as Janis Joplin and Eva Cassidy. Already a majoir 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 withg producer Joe Hurst (Beth Gibbons/ Ian Brown), and briongs her deeply soulful roots style to The Glad for the first time.

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

WATCH ELLY O’KEEFFE; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqJA2KKRQUE

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Sat 9th Jan: DOWN IN THE BASEMENT: Simon Stanley Ward & The Shadows of Doubt/ The Holloway Jug Band/ The Verklempt Family

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF London, United Kingdom Ph: 020 7278 3966

Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £6.00/ Doors £7.00

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DOWN IN THE BASEMENT is a monthly Saturday night of rockin’ country, blues, alt/indie folk and rock’n’roll in The Harrison basement. Three live bands each night, the basement bar will be open, the stereo will be loud and packed full of the best alt-country, rockin;’ roots, soul andf rhythm and blues, the chairs will be cleared away, so get yer dancin’ shoes on!

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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.

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Formed in 2007, the eight piece Holloway Jug Band are a ball of raucous old-time energy, filtering 1920’s/30’s jug band classics and original songs through Irish, country, punk and folk. Citing influences from Gus Canon’s Jug Stompers and the Memphis Jug Band to the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Old Crow Medicine Show, they’ve become favourites on the Summer festival circuit, playing regularly at The Green Man, headlining last year at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire and headling the 2010 Livestock in Oxfordshire.

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Featuring members of Dan Raza & The Shrouds, Troubadour Rose, and The Hallelujah Trails the newly formed Verklempt Family promise a high quality roots stew! More details to be announced…

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Thurs 4th Feb: Lords of Thyme/ Gentlefolk/ Chris Brambley

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF London, United Kingdom Ph: (0)20 7278 3966

Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £5.00/ Doors £6.00

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Featured on the cover of fRoots Magazine alongside Stick In The Wheel, Lynched, and Mishaped Pearls as the one of the four emerging bands of 2015, four piece Lords of Thyme share a love of esoteric folk, psych and progressive music. Formed after Joe Woolley, Tali Trow and Pat Kenneally, past members UK prog-folk act Circulus, decided to record together, they describe themselves as psych-folk, and name Pentangle, Davy Graham and Neu! as artists that inform their sound. Currently recording their debut album with John Wood (Nick Drake/ Pentangle), they’re a leading act in the exciting newly emerging UK folk underground. Their sound features fine harmony and brilliant musicianship, with hints of Americana, psychedelia, jazz and traditional English folk in their musical melting pot.

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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, and inspiration for his musical gazetteer of London- ‘Gemini City’. As Gentlefolk he is augmented by a four piece band of cello, violin, percussion and additional vocals, his music stretches from chamber folk to psychedelic storytelling, utterly uncatgorisable and all the better for it- a true maverick. Recent performances include the Southbank Centre, the Globe Theatre, and Cecil Sharp House.

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Chris Brambley is guitarist with UK band The Sticklers. His solo work is firmly based in acoustic folk tradition, with an intricate fingerpicking style reminiscent of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn and echoes of James Taylor in his beautifully crafted songs.

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Thurs 21 Jan: Tobias Ben Jacob & Lucas Drinkwater/ The Little Unsaid

Green Note, 106 Parkway, NW1 7AN London, United Kingdom. Ph: 020 7485 9899

£7.00 adv tickets/ £9.00 door BUY HERE 

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Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 8.30 pm

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Blessed with a wonderfully emotive voice and a talent for sublime songwriting that ranges from the intimate to the epic, Tobias Ben Jacob played in ‘The Roots Union‘ alongside Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (winners of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards.) Some career highlights to date have included a session for BBC’s ‘Late Junction‘ on Radio 3, sharing the stage with Fleet Foxes J.Tillman, and appearances at Glastonbury, Green Man, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Electric Picnic.

Upright bass player Lukas Drinkwater is in heavy demand as a performer and session musician having performed and recorded with a catalogue of acclaimed artists. Rock’n’Reel magazine describe their sound together as ‘inventive and thrilling‘, R2 magazine have recently included them on their covermount cd, and the duo have been featured on Tom Robinson’s 6Music show and BBC Radio 2‘s folk show.

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The Little Unsaid was forged in the badlands of West Yorkshire by multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer John Elliott. Combining string and brass orchestration with beats, electronics, found sounds, Elliot completes the picture with haunting, androgynous vocals. The Little Unsaid live show consists of a live band with string section- highlights have included touring the UK with American singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny, supports with Rozi Plain, This is the Kit and Rue Royale, and performances at Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party and Larmer Tree. His new album Fisher King was released in summer 2015, mixed by Graeme Stewart, producer of Jonny Greenwood’s soundtracks There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice. His last London show was a sell-out at the 250 capacity Lexington, so we’re delighted to welcome him to the intimate Green Note stage!

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