Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sat 13 Feb: Brooke Sharkey/ Jenny Wren & Her Borrowed Wings/ Sugar Magnolia

The Winemakers Club
41A Farringdon Street, Ec4a 4an London, United Kingdom

Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.30 pm.

Tickets £8.00 BUY HERE

The Winemakers is a stunningly atmospheric candle-lit stone arch in the vaults of Holborn Viaduct, two minutes from Farringdon tube station, attached to a beautiful independently run wine, whiskey & craft beer bar.

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Anglo-French chanteuse Brooke Sharkey’s music travels from the delicately intimate to soaringly epic, sung with one of the finest voices in roots music today. Armed with a stunning set of songs, she takes in influences from French ballads to English folk and gypsy romanticism and infuses all with an utterly contemporary edge, her intense and expressive style drawing the listener into her songs with a spacious backdrop of chanson, blues, folk and Latin music.

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Her latest EP ‘I crossed the line’ was released on the 28th May 2014 at Wilton’s Music Hall, London and Brooke is currently working on her new album with her band members, due to be released in April 2016. Normally to be found with her three piece band, tonight she plays a rare and very special solo gig.

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Combining resonator and acoustic guitars, double bass and three part vocals, Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings blues based style combines elements of folk, soul and old-time jazz. Their’s is a dusty, smokey roots sound with a hint of 40′s noir around the edges. Thie debut album ‘Dead Man’s Hat’m which they toured around Europe and the UK, was released in May 2014 and recieved extensive airplay on BBC Radio 2.

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Sugar Magnolia are husband and wife duo Jack Day and Bryony Afferson. Bryony Afferson is part of highly acclaimed alt-folk trio Troubadour Rose, favourites of the New Roots Sessions- their most recent release,Tell Me, from September 2014, attracted rave reviews from The Guardian and the Daily Express amongst others. Jack Day’s The First Ten, released in January 2014, also garnered top reviews across the music press, and was named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine. Combining mandolin and fingerpicked guitar with Afferson’s high lonesome vocal and Day’s gravel soaked tones, the quality in Sugar Magnolia’s songwriting shines like a beacon.

 

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Thurs 18th Feb: Pepe Belmonte/ Jack Sharp (Wolf People)

The Harrison Kings Cross WC1H 8JF £5.00 adv/ £6.00 door
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm
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English-Italian and brought up in West Cork in Ireland, troubadour Pepe Belmonte has many strings to his folk bow. Taking inspiration from the laid-back, intimate country blues style of Mississippi John Hurt and mixing it with sweet melodic influences from the likes of Paul Simon and John Martin, his songs have a classic, timeless feel. Backed by a splendid band of stand-up bass, drums and cello, his place as a highly respected artist on the London folk underground is brought to light by a beautiful set of Americana tinged roots songs.
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Jack Sharp is the singer and guitarist with psych folk-rock band Wolf People (180,000 youtube hits and counting!). 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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Thurs 11 Feb: 58 Degrees North/ Tir Eolas

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

£7.50 adv tickets/ £9.00 door BUY HERE

Doors 7.00 pm, music from 8.00 pm

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58° North is the latitudinal line that links the home places of the three musicians that make up this exciting new folk act; Ewan MacDonald, Alastair Caplin, and Lewis Murray, with a combination of fiddles and mandolin. Between the three of them they have played on some of the UK’s most prestigious stages, including The Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey, The Barbican and The Roundhouse, and played with some of the UK’s finest folk musicians- Alasdair Roberts, The Incredible String Band, Emily Portman, Abigail Washburn, and The Ceilidh Liberation Front..

After many evenings spent learning each other’s playing and tunes, the band have melded a sound that bonds together the ancient tradition of Scottish Traditional music with folk music from other European and Scandinavian traditions. The music ranges from the most intimate stringed slow airs to fiery table-thumping sets of reels.

LISTEN TO 58° NORTH: https://soundcloud.com/58-north/sets/welsh-chapel-recordings

Chamber folk/ alt-folk group Tir Eolas (Philippa Mercer – vocals/flutes, Laura Snowden – guitar/vocals, Ruairi Glasheen – percussion/vocals, Georgie Harris – viola/vocals and Hedi Pinkerfeld – bass/vocals) draw on their Celtic and English folk roots, combining traditional folk and original material, from virtuosic instrumentals to 5-part harmonies.

Highlights in recent performances have been Bestival, Cecil Sharp House, Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead, Kings Place, City of London Festival, Milton Court Concert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, and the BBC Proms (broadcast on BBC Radio 3). The group were selected for the inaugural City Music Foundation Award in 2013, and as a result were able to record their debut album Stories Sung, Truths Told, which was released in early 2015.

Projects for 2015 included a concert at Shakespeare’s Globe for a series curated by guitarist John Williams, and a residency at Aldeburgh Music alongside artist Jo Lewis.

WATCH TIR EOLAS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwFpAD9ePkM

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Sat 6 Feb: DOWN IN THE BASEMENT Left With Pictures/ Blind Atlas/ The Healing

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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Left With Pictures are from London. They started with three hard-up, classically trained musicians – Stuart Barter, Rob Wicks and Toby Knowles – who forsook the orchestra pit for the lure of rock’n’roll. Over time the band have grown into a 5-piece, and honed their live set with appearances alongside the likes of Peggy Sue, Sleeping States, The Leisure Society and Johnny Flynn, with their powerful chamber pop and indie folk sound winning critical acclaim along the way.

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‘How great is this? Beautiful harmonies, rustic instruments and Lenin references..’ The Guardian

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‘Absolutely beautiful’ Lauren Laverne

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‘Beyond brilliant’ Drowned in Sound

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‘Totally beguiling on every level’ The Line of Best Fit

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‘Lush pocket symphonies both lyrically arch and stunningly tender. BBC MUSIC

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Musical cohorts of cult UK artists The Earlies, Anglo-American alt-folk band Blind Atlas recently released their debut album ‘Kodiak Bear’ to critical acclaim: ‘country blues grooving to a Burritos beat, hints of Exile on Main Street, Calexico and Frontier Ruckus’Classic Rock Magazine. They combine great musicianship with sweet harmonies and a set full of heavyweight songs that reference the last forty years of classic Americana, from Neil Young and the Burrito Brothers all the way up to Band of Horses, The National, The Felice Brothers and Ryan Adams.

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London four piece The Healing deal in beautifully constructed tightly wound guitar based epics that unfurl like late the best of late seventies Television and Patti Smith, with a folk and Americana twist. Dual male/female vocals and smart lyrics complete the picture.

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