Monthly Archives: May 2016

Thurs 12 May: Pepe Belmonte/ Jack Harris/ David Roberts

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

£8.00 adv tickets BUY NOW/ £10.00 door.

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

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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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A firm favourite of the New Roots Sessions, Jack Harris was a South by Southwest showcasing artist at 17. He was the first international act to win the New Folk songwriting competition at The Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas- previous winners include Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and Devon Sproule.. A virtuosic guitar player and wonderfully authentic folk singer and songwriter, he has shared the stage with everyone from Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick to Anais Mitchell and Jeffrey Foucault.

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David Roberts’ perfectly executed and highly composed songwriting style has echoes of everything from early Western art music to the psychedelic explorations of the late sixties folk revival, all flavoured with a distinctly English style.

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Fri 6th May: DOWN IN THE BASEMENT! Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers/ The Hardy Band

The Harrison, Kings Cross  WC1H 8JF , ph 020 7278 3966

nearest tube Kings Cross, 7 mins walk. .Door price £7, Doors 7.30 pm

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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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Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers, in their own words: ‘alt-country, rock & roll and a smidgen of folk with a potent dose of guilt, a dollop of sin and a drop of salvation’. Bob Collum, who in trading the prairies for the less fetching plains of Britain’s surly southeast. has brought to these shores a tasty, tasteful taste of the music that both he and his native Tulsa, Oklahoma, call home. In Tulsa, though, where everything is big as all outdoors – even indoors – nothing is done small, so on top of his power-pop influenced take on country music Bob has loaded, in a style akin to that of a pioneer with more cargo than wagon, about every last influence likely to be tried by a fella with a taste for audio adventure. Over the years he and his band have shared the stage with everyone from Ron Sexsmith and The Handsome Family to Nikki Sudden and Danny & The Champs. It’s fantastic to have him here at Down In The Basement, not to be missed!

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Hailing from the English Midlands town of Leicester, newly formed five-piece folk outfit The Hardy Band blend English folk with the best of Americana- from The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and Iron and Wine and rattling round the background of their songs, to their their deep love of the giants of American fiolk rock, from Dylan to CSN&Y. Check out this witty video to their excellent ‘Get Over You’ single – its like the Everlys on steroids at a country punk hoedown.

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Weds 4th May: Son of Kirk/ James McKean & Blueberry Moon

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF London, United Kingdom Ph: 020 7278 3966
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Doors 7.30 pm Door price £6.00 Please Scroll Down For More Details

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Son of Kirk mix the purest of fiddle folk tones with intricate contemporary drum rhythms, sweeping cello accompaniment and syncopated guitar lines. Four part harmonies create overlapping vocal threads,inspired by tribal and folk traditions. If DJ Shadow played drums in an acoustic folk group, it would be Son of Kirk. Great musicianship, soaring vocals and gorgeously accessible songs with a fine sense of melody make for a strikingly original alt-folk ensemble.

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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 recently released album ‘No Peace For The Wicked’.

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