Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sat 23 April: The Little Unsaid/ Benedict Benjamin

The Winemakers Club
41A Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AN
Ph 020 7236 2936
Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 3 minutes walk.
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£10.00 advance ticket only BUY NOW              Please Scroll Down For More Details

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The Winemakers is a stunningly atmospheric candle-lit stone arch in the vaults of Holborn Viaduct, three minutes walk from Farringdon tube station, attached to a beautiful independently run wine, whiskey & craft beer bar.
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Advance Ticket Only. Tickets £10.00
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Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.45 pm.
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Nearest tube Farringdon, 3 minutes walk.

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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.
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Benedict Benjamin is the singer and songwriter with acclaimed UK indie-folk act Mariner’s Children (‘Simply astonishing…exhilarating and devastating’. Q Magazine). His brittle, heartworn and beutifully delicate compositons are sung with a wonderfully pure vocal style to match. He treads a similarly introspective path to James Vincent McMorrow and Bon Iver, with respectful nods to 50s noir balladry and rootsy Americana along the way.
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Weds 20 April: Brooke Sharkey

“No. 14 Bacon Street”

14 Bacon Street, E1 6LF, off Brick Lane.

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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. She plays tongight backed by her full three piece band.
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Sat 9th April: Tobias Ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater/ Ned Roberts/ Robert Chaney

The Winemakers Club
41A Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AN
Ph 020 7236 2936
Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 3 minutes walk.
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£10.00 advance ticket only BUY NOW              Please Scroll Down For More Details

The Winemakers is a stunningly atmospheric candle-lit lit arch in the vaults of Holborn Viaduct, attached to an independently run wine. whiskay and crafte beer bar. This event is advance ticket only, ticket link coming soon.

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, sharingthe 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.

Watch Jacob & Drinkwater
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiFXJc7So_o

One of the finest artists to grace the New Roots sessions, Ned Roberts is a wonderfully accomplished folk musician with a timeless quality to his sound. His perfectly balanced Laurel Canyon-esque songs delivered with a poetic turn of phrase, excellent musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility sit comfortably amongst the classics of the acoustic folk world. He is currently completing his second album, recorded in L.A. and produced by Luther Russell (Noah and the Whale/ Richmond Fontaine).

‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’

Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music

“…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 4 stars.

‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday

‘…so gifted, possessing a fine ear for a tune and a real knack for storytelling..stunning’.
8/10 Uncut

WATCH NED ROBERTS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy-tTCIsYBg

A rising star on the London folk scene, American singer songwriter Robert Chaney counts Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Judee Sill as influences. A brillant storytelling songwriter, his spine tingling songs play out like perfect pulp fiction novels. His recently released debut album ‘Cracked Picture Frames’ has recieved extensive airplay on BBC Music amd Radio 2 and garnered high praise in the music press, with Folk Radio UK making it their featured album of the month.

WATCH ROBERT CHANEY : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7nA55e6OzE

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Thurs 21st April: Samantha Whates/ Magic Lantern

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

£7.50 adv tickets BUY NOW/ £9.00 door.

Doors 7.00 pm, music from 8.00 pm  Please Scroll Down For More Details

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SAMANTHA WHATES is a London based singer and songwriter. Her beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet 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 Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days which has been enjoying both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).
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“Her songs made my evening, a rare treat” – James Yorkston
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“Just gorgeous” – Tom Robinson BBC 6Music
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“Understated, otherworldy…absorbing. The ghosts of Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan and Suzanne Vega whisper their presence.” FATEA Magazine
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THE MAGIC LANTERN is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe. A leading player in contemporary UK folk, his friends and long-term collaborators include This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain, Sam Lee & Nest Collective, Cocos Lovers and Rachel Dadd. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley and a unique guitar style that takes elements of folk fingerpicking, Flamenco and West African music, his deceptively simple songs open up to reveal a warmth, humour and wisdom that mark him out as an artist with a unique songwriting voice.
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‘Beautiful music”‘BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
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‘Classic,’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio
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“Outstanding” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

‘Very, very special’Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
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‘Exceptional’ The Guardian
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‘An exciting new talent’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
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Fri 15th April: Beskydy/ The Oysland Klezmer Band

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

Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £6.00  BUY NOW / Doors £7.00  Please Scroll Down For More Details

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Beskydy specialise in Klezmer and music from all over the Balkans, from traditional dance music to songs.Comprising accordion, singer, two violins, two clarinets, viola and double bass- this is good time Friday night music for dancing to!
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“a delightful fusion of fiddles and clarinet, furiously creating a wonderful” – Folk Roots
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Time Out London Critics Choice.
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“One of the hidden treasures of London…” – Folk
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OYSLAND is a London-based klezmer band. Their exuberant sound is rooted in the Yiddish musical tradition. But they also draw on other music from abroad–in Yiddish, muzik fun oysland–including folk songs from across southern and eastern Europe and urban sounds from New York, Amsterdam, Istanbul and beyond.
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Fri 1st April: DOWN IN THE BASEMENT! Little Mammoths/ The Orange Circus Band/ Lazy Heart Parade

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

Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £6.00 BUY NOW/ Doors £7.00   Please Scroll Down For More Details

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DOWN IN THE BASEMENT is a monthly Friday 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 the chairs will be cleared away so get yer dancin’ shoes on!
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Matt Owens form the recently defunct Noah & The Whale brings his new band Little Mammoths to the first of two dates at Down In The Basement, Featuring members of Noah & The Whale, and friends and cohorts of Mumford and Sons, the band of superb players have a set of tightly written good time roots rock stuffed full of hooks, with the ghosts John Cougar and Bob Seger rattling round their cages..
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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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Favourites of Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 and Radio 6, and Gary Crowley on GLR, six piece Lazy Heart Parade play anthemic indie folk with a nod to Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire that combines ukelele, violin and mandolin with a modern indie rock electric edge and attitude. Whipsmart lyrics and superbly catchy hooks backed by excellent musicianship make for a splendid Saturday night act.
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Thurs 31 March: Coley Garratt & Band/ Josh Geffin/ Young Causeway

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    Please Scroll Down For More Details

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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 festical was quickly followed with radio support from Tom Robisnon on 6 Music and Gary Crowley on GLR amongst others. Hi 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.
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‘A cut above the normal..songs that are crisp, sharp and beautifully put together’ Americana UK.
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London-based singer and guitarist Josh Geffin has performed at the South Bank Centre, End Of The Road Festival and on the BBC. His new EP is a collection of traditional folk songs partly inspired by his time working for folk archive The Song Collectors Collective. Josh currently also performs with Geffin Brothers, Victoria Hume and the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir.
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He will be joined for this gig by Nathaniel Keen (electric guitar) and Andrea Di Biase (double bass).
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“Simply beautiful … full of acoustic grandness” Maverick
“A fine new voice in an honourable British tradition of folk-based singer-songwriters” R2
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Young Causeway’s immaculate harmonies and fingerpicking alt folk, delivered with a beautifully light touch, makes for a splendidly accomplished act. Simon and Garfunkel and CSN&Y’s pristine vocal blend is a definite influence, but the duo’s contemporary indie folk leanings puts their excellent songs in a comfortably contemporary setting.
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WATCH YOUNG CAUSEWAY;

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Sat 9th April: Tobias Ben Jacob/ Ned Roberts/ Robert Chaney

The Winemakers Club
41A Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AN
Ph 020 7236 2936
Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 3 minutes walk.
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£10.00 advance ticket only. BUY NOW    Please Scroll Down For More Details

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The Winemakers is a stunningly atmospheric candle-lit lit arch in the vaults of Holborn Viaduct, attached to an independently run wine. whiskey and craft beer bar. This event is advance ticket only.

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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.

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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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One of the finest artists to grace the New Roots sessions, Ned Roberts is a wonderfully accomplished folk musician with a timeless quality to his sound. His perfectly balanced Laurel Canyon-esque songs delivered with a poetic turn of phrase, excellent musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility sit comfortably amongst the classics of the acoustic folk world. He is currently completing his second album, recorded in L.A. and produced by Luther Russell (Noah and the Whale/ Richmond Fontaine).

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‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’

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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 4 stars.

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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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A rising star on the London folk scene, American singer songwriter Robert Chaney counts Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Judee Sill as influences. A brillant storytelling songwriter, his spine tingling songs play out like perfect pulp fiction novels. His recently released debut album ‘Cracked Picture Frames’ has received extensive airplay on BBC Music and Radio 2 and garnered high praise in the music press, with Folk Radio UK making it their featured album of the month.

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Sat 26 March: May Gibbs/ Apple Of My Eye/ Dear Robot

The Winemakers Club
41A Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AN
Ph 020 7236 2936
Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 3 minutes walk.
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£9.00 advance ticket only. BUY NOW

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This is an advance ticket only gig. The Winemakers is a stunningly atmospheric candle-lit stone arch in the vaults of Holborn Viaduct, three minutes walk from Farringdon tube station, attached to a beautiful independently run wine, whiskey & craft beer bar.

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May Gibbs, singer and singwriter with indie-electronica act Vaults, 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, she’ll be joined by friendfs and cohorts Apple Of My Eye and Dear Robot.

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Apple of my Eye are a folk band from Bristol, now living in London UK. Their music is a blend of influences drawn from English folk and storytelling, using intriguing, lyrically rich songs with multi-part vocal harmonies and traditional folk instruments. Their charismatic shows can be found around London and at festivals.

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“a work of considerable wit and imagination … totally unique, quite unlike anything else you’ll hear this year” — Folk Radio UK

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“These are more than songs sung to tunes … there’s an unvarying, symbiotic fusion as vocals and instruments feed off each other to create songs with space and depth.” — Folk Words

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Dear Robot, from London, cite their current influences as Electronic Pop, Postmodernist Minimalism & Renaissance French Chansons- they mischievously assure us next month their ever changing inspirations are likely to be equally pretentious! The dark subject matter of their songs is balanced by their positivity in performance- they open tonight’s show, onstage at 7.30 pm.

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Thurs 17 March: The Alice Phelps Band/ James McArthur & The Head Gardeners/ Matthew The Oxx

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

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Alice Phelps has been gracing the stages of London for the past year with her set up of harp and powerfully husky vocals, augmented by her big band of double bass, percussion, cello, violin and three piece backing vocals. Influenced by folk from near and far, Celtic to Eastern, she experiments with delay, blues motifs, and intricate melodies and rhythms to create a melting pot of contemporary and traditional styles, treversing the territories between psychedelic folk and cosmic jazz. They’re a truly unique band, not to be missed.

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James McArthur’s is hazily melodic and psychedelic songwriting style is embellished with sweet harmonies is reminiscent of the ambient and dreamy folk of Nick Drake and Sam Beam’s Iron and Wine. He’s backed by ambient washes of pedal steel, intricately plucked acoustic guitar and beautifully interwoven fiddle accompaniment.

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‘McArthur makes lovely late summer music, cross hatched with sunlight and shadows’ – Uncut magazine

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As close as we’ll get to a modern day Heron ★★★★ Record collector

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‘Strange readings from the weather station is beautiful all the way through – I couldn’t recommend the album highly enough’ – Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales Radio

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Brighton based Matthew the Oxx records for indie-folk label Wild Sound and has just released his third album ‘First Aid for the Drowning’. The album has recieved extensive radio airplay from, amongst others, BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Cerys Matthews, and BBC 3’s Late Junction.. Matthew’s introspective, poetic folk and country infused songs are quietly making waves- he’ll be opening tonight’s show, arrive early to catch him, don’t miss it!

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