Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sat 12 March: Stick In The Wheel with support from Jinnwoo/ Men Daimler

The Winemakers Club
41A Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AN
Ph 020 7236 2936
Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.30 pm.
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£10.00 advance ticket only. BUY NOW
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The Winemakers is a stuningly 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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For all enquiries please email newrootsevents@gmail.com
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The breakthrough folk act of last year, the brilliant Stick In The Wheel are a raw and uncompromising London folk band. Brought up in the thriving culture of working class East London and cutting their teeth at the forefront of the early grime/dubstep scene, they bring those influences and attitudes to their traditional music- the songs are roughed up down dark alleys with lyrics that are direct, honest, and caustic, and at the same time eloquently poetic.
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Last year was quite a year for Stick In The Wheel, they were fROOTS Magazine’s Album of 2015 winners, 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nomination Horizon Award for Best Emerging Act, 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nomination Best Traditional Track, FATEA Magazine 2015 Best Debut Album winners, 2015 Spiral Earth Nomination Best Debut for Bones EP and are favourites of Tom Robinson on 6Music and XFM’s Jon Kennedy, having recorded sessions for both. This year they have added a double nomination for the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Bets Group and Best Traditional Track.
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The band is spearheaded by Nicola Kearey’s fierce uncompromising vocal delivery, accompanied by Fran Foote’s harmony vocal and underpinned by sparse taut arrangements featuring Ian Carter on dobro, Si Foote on percussion and Joolie Wood 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.
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“A triumph” ★★★★ The Observer
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“SITW make Mumford & Sons sound like Roger Whittaker” Record Collector Magazine
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“Splendidly pugnacious” The Telegraph
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“Inspirationally abrasive” The Guardian
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“The hottest new folk band for ages…” Ian Anderson, fRoots magazine
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“A real discovery…” Tom Robinson, BBC6Music

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A truly exciting and original new talent in British music, Jinnwoo is a young folk musician from Brighton- The Independent listed him as one of their 10 acts to watch for 2015. His sound is sparse folk, with intense and unique vocals that the Guardian described as a ” gothic folk-croak…unspooling from his innards,”. Undoubtedly a folk artist, his reach expands beyond the confines of the genre- supports to Alt-J, Ghostpoet, Lucy Rose, Jeffrey Lewis, Willy Mason, Kyla La Grange, Frank Fairfield, Robert Ellis and Alasdair Roberts give an indication of his appeal. He was also recently invited to play at Cecil Sharpe House as a celebration of the new folk generation.
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‘Jinnwoo is the most singular new folk talent i’ve heard in some time’ ★★★★ The Guardian
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‘Jinnwoo is a true original’ Clash Magazine –
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…full of emotion and a stripped back grace that feels completely alien to everything else around at the moment. It’s rustic and aged in influence’ Clash Magazine –
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMIXjpn1YC0
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The enigmatic Men Diamler has been described as the disputed offspring of Iggy Pop, Jacques Brel and John Otway. He has been called a freak-folk rock’n’roller, thrilling, terrifying and outrageous. He has shared stages with Billy Childish, Hawk and a Hacksaw, Micah P Hinson, Pictish Trail, Katie Tunstall, Rozi Plain, Toni Allen and many many more.
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‘Mr. Diamler’s music seems to carve its initials somewhere between Son House & Syd Barrett on the musical park-bench. That said, this is fiery and unapologetic music that lives in a fucked up, peculiar world of it’s own. Lopsided folk music that leaps at you, sometimes very literally’ Thora Zine
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Thurs 10th March: Whiskey Moonface/ Theo Bard

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

£7.50 adv tickets/ £9.00 door.

Doors 7.00 pm, music from 8.00 pm. BUY NOW

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To describe WHISKEY MOON FACE as an alternative folk group doesn’t even begin to do justice to the breadth of inspiration and style in their music. Based around double bass, accordian, and clarinet, they’re led by the stunning vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones. Capable of being both ear-to-ear grinningly entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of Eastern European traditional & klezmer music, old-time New Orleans jazz and the baroque folk styles of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut with their own unique take on contemporary folk to make for a superbly realized, truly beautiful, and utterly original sound- there is simply no-one in the UK making music like them.
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A leading figure in the vibrant East London alt-folk scene, THEO BARD is a skilled lyricist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, violin, bass), with a deft ear for melody. His songs are delivered in a direct and frank narrative style that mark him out as an exceptional songwriter, borne of a lifetime steeped in music and song- he played violin from the age of four, and honed his craft busking in London’s busy markets.

“The quality of the songwriting is exceptional” – Bruce MacGregor, Travelling Folk, BBC Radio Scotland.

“….on the cusp of very good things” – The Guardian

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Sat 5 March: Down In The Basement! Simon Stanley Ward/ Dana Immanuel/ Michael John McGlone

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

Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £6.00/ Doors £7.00  BUY NOW

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 fastest rising stars
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Dana Immanuel is a North London banjo-toting, whiskey-drinking, poker-playing no-prisoners-taking singer-songwriter. She and her super-heavy folk-blues all girl Stolen Band make a sound straight out of the American bayou, triple filtered through bourbon, washboard, and a touch of alt-country attitude.
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The Michael John McGlone Band are an indie folk five piece. Their brilliantly crafted, superbly catchy songs are supported by great muscianship, fine harmonies and a keen storyteller’s ear for lyrics. It’s a superbly soulful roots sound, steeped in Americana but resolutrely English in the vocal delivery- they’re a great band, don’t miss them.

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Thurs 3 March: The Self Help Group/ The Edgar Wallace Exchange/ Luke Whittemore

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

Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £5.00/ Doors £6.00   BUY NOW

Featuring immaculate harmony, guitar, glockenspiel, bass and drums, the Self Help Group create a gloriously rich sound that will put you in mind of Crosby Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac and Massive Attack, often in the same song. Described by the legendary Bob Harris on Radio 2 as ‘absolutely stunning’, their debut album received a four star review from the influential Maverick Magazine.

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The newly formed Edgar Wallace Exchange describe themselves as a ‘hard-edged alt-folk quartet’. Their debut single, The Great Divide, was released on the 28th October through North London label Spiritual Records, produced by Ben Walker, recent winner alongside Josienne Clarke of the prestigious Radio 2 Best Duo 2015 folk award.

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Luke Whittemore opens the night with a set of excellent earthy, raw roots songs. It’s his first time playong for New Roots, we’re very pleased to welcome him to teh Harrison stage.

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Fri 26 Feb: The Orange Circus Band (Album Launch)/ Patch & The Giant

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 BUY NOW

The Orange Circus are a raucous, footstompin’, full blooded Americana/ bluegrass act from the U.K and Virginia in America. A unique co-operative, they’re a family band that can include members of all ages from junior to senior. Concentrating mainly on updating traditional songs taken from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, they continue an historical musical lineage in a fresh, exciting way. Bring your dancing shoes- they put on a brilliantly entertaining show- great playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy are guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the heart and encourage the biggest of grins.
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‘Tucked somewhere between the music of Balkan enthusiasts Beirut and the rustic elegance of modern DIY folk’ (Folk Radio UK)… Patch & The Giant are a dynamic troupe of musicians and an ever growing force within the UK alt-folk scene. Together they craft a sound which is rustic, beguiling and ‘wholly immersing’ (Brum Notes); its foundation built on a rich union of vocals with instruments including cello, flugelhorn, violin, accordion and more.
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