Monthly Archives: July 2016

Sat 8th Oct: Will Pound & Eddy Jay/ Marissa, Jack & Davy

Venue: The Harrison Kings Cross WC1H 8JF   Ph: 020 7278 3966

Nearest tube Kings Cross, 7 mins walk.

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The dynamic and exhilarating duo of Will Pound and Eddy Jay leave audiences breathless- the pair read each other instinctively, forging a path to new folk sounds with harmonica and accordion together as one instrument. Will Pound is one of the finest harmonica players of his generation, his innovative style pushing the boundaries of his instrument and the folk genre. Three-time nominee for BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year, he was  FATEA Instrumentalist of the Year (2013, 2014) and Spiral Earth Magazine Musician Of The Year (2015). Will has performed with musicians as diverse as Martin Simpson, Concerto Caledonia, Michelle Burke and Guy Chambers and is famous for his inventive arrangements and outstanding solos in duos Haddo, Walsh and Pound and four-piece The Will Pound Band.

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Eddy Jay is a master of the accordion, with the ability to turn it into an orchestra at his fingertips. He was a key player in the arrangement of the hit stage musical version of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter’ (Kneehigh theatre) which toured US theatres including Studio 56 on Broadway (NY). He has performed with Cathal Coughlan and Tina May, devised his own version of Prokofiev’s classic ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and Edith Piaf show which have toured the UK and beyond.

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‘A musical exaltation’ – Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3/World On 3

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‘A dynamic set of ear-expanding tunes’ – The Independent

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‘Staggeringly brilliant’ – Folk Radio co.uk

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‘Amazing, wonderful music! Two lads on fire’ – Mike Harding

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‘We live in an age where there is so much new music constantly at our fingertips it makes it hard for anything to seem really unique, innovative or surprising. But the exhilarating sound of Will Pound’s harmonica teaming with Eddy Jay’s masterful accordion playing is just that’ – NARC Magazine

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‘Feverishly wonderful – absolutely stunning stuff. Will is a genius of global proportions’ – Phil Brown, BBC Lancashire

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‘Wow – that sounds phenomenal doesn’t it? Will is one of the most outstanding instrumentalists in the country today and he’s teamed up with an inspiring accordionist – Bruce Macgregor, BBC Scotland

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‘Tremendous stuff – sparks are certainly flying here! – Frank Hennessy, BBC Wales

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‘Technically amazing, skilfully astounding, Ignite is the most startlingly original album. You’re going to love it- no discussion, no debate! – Folkwords

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Hosts of the Mill Race Folk Club in Bromham, Marissa Straccia, Jack Sharp (member of well known UK psych folk-rock band Wolf People) & Davy Willis are a guitar and vocal trio specialising in English traditional music sourced from their local Bedfordshire area.

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Thurs 13th Oct: MG Boulter/ Samantha Whates/ Dietrich Strause

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

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M G Boulter is a singer and songwriter living on the coast of the Thames Estuary, England. He leads the highly respected UK roots band The Lucky Strikes, and as a much sought after pedal steel and guitar player has worked with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), and has been a member of US groups The Duke and the King and The Simone Felice Group (The Felice Brothers). He is currently touring in Emily Portman’s Coracle Band and Blue Rose Code.

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“Gorgeous, in a word”  ★★★★ Uncut

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“Highly Recommended” ★★★★ Independent on Sunday

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“Lovely.. ” ★★★★  Mojo

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“Brings freshness to songwriting” ★★★★ Telegraph

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“The best of 2016, no contest” ★★★★★ The Morning Star

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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 at 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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American artist Dietrich Strause is set to release his new album How Cruel That Hunger Binds on August 26th, produced by Zachariah Hickman (Ray LaMontage, Josh Ritter), a collection of songs is found somewhere in the shadows of the likes of Randy Newman, Nick Lowe, and Paul Simon. His last release Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart was featured in No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, CMT’s The Edge, and on Starbucks’ world wide playlist, helping him garner invitations to perform alongside folk luminaries such as Anais Mitchell, Great Lake Swimmers, and Sarah Jarosz.

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Weds 21 Sept: Adam Beattie & The Consultants

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

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NEW ROOTS PRESENTS…. Adam Beattie & The Consultants + Special guest Sarah Beattie

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Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie released his fourth studio album ‘The Road Not Taken’ in May this year with a sell-out show at Hoxton Hall in London and a UK-wide tour. The album’s minor ballads and moody blues with a dark twist draw upon the broad influences of Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry. Beattie’s beautiful melodies combine with thoughtful lyrics to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. His exquisite voice and intricate guitar work fuse envelop you like a warm hug, supported by his extraordinary band ‘The Consultants’, featuring piano, violin, double bass and drums.

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“Carefully crafted…affecting songwriting with a dark twist” Roddy Hart, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

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“I’m blown away by that man’s voice” Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, BBC RADIO WALES

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“Not a single word is wasted, unnecessary or throwaway…very impressive.”  FATEA MAGAZINE

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“Warmly Intoxicating” FROOTS MAGAZINE

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“Stands out as one of the rare few whose music has the depth to match the bohemian image”  Evening Express, Aberdeenshire

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Scots fiddler Sarah Beattie spans the classical folk divide, being a veteran of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and many Scottish ceilidh bands. For the last decade she a has been a member of female trio Pacific Curls, a fusion of Pacific, Maori and Celtic folk idioms. Their distinct musical style has taken them across the world, from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Asia to Europe and the UK performing in theatres and folk/world music festivals. Sarah also performs regularly with Frank Thomson and his Scottish Dance Band, with traditional singer Freida Morrison, she appeared on Take the Floor in 2014 and 2015 and performed as a soloist in the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival 2015.

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Sat 20th August: Ma Polaine’s Great Decline/ Ady Johnson

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF. Ph (0) 207 278 3966

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Doors 7.30 pm. Music from 8.30 pm.

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Ma Polaine’s Great Decline play a highly potent mix of rhythm and blues and country soul with flavours of gypsy jazz, vaudeville and music hall, all performed with a focused intensity- think 40’s rea Billie Holiday transplanted to Tom Waits ‘Sworfishtrombones’. Singer Beth Packer moves between double bass, accordion and harmonica, with partner Clinton Hough on electric or acoustic guitar (and an occasional percussive foot), all accompanying Packer’s extraordinarhy voice- at times powerful, poignant, snesitive and always deeply soulful.

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★★★★★ ‘…the singer’s compelling and never overplayed delivery gives this set its sustained, just-under-the surface intensity”. Roots Music Report

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★★★★ ‘….an intangible element peculiar to themselves” R2 Magazine

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‘The icing on the cake is their vocalist. Stunning singer Beth Packer is someone to get to know” .

8/10 Blues and Soul magazine

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★★★★ “an utterly compelling soundscape” Northern Sky Magazine

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‘…like some new wonderful step in evolution, an album of great warmth and heroic concealment”….the most complete and uniquely enjoyable of the year so far’. 9.5/10 Liverpool Sound And Vision

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London based singer songwriter Ady Johnson has shared the stage with the likes of Willy Mason and Ben Howard. His accomplished, finely crafted style filters the distinctly English tones of Ray Davies and Steve Marriot through a classic, soulful acoustic folk 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. His live band includes Pete Flood – also drummer/percussionist with Bellowhead,Toby Bull – and sax, trumpet and sousaphonist ‘Tuba Tom’ Briers.

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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

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Thurs 8th Sept: Dai & The Ramblers/ Rob Corcoran

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

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4-piece Dai & The Ramblers recorded their debut album Duw Duw, crammed full of their brilliant brand of honky-tonk, folk and gonzo jazz, at the legendary Toe Rag studios. Songwriter and singer Dai Price comes from Newport in South Wales, and previously worked with psychedelic cumbia outfit Los Chinches. Rupert Gillett grew up in Germany, and plays double bass and cello. He also performs with the London Klezmer Quartet and produces records at The Cabin studio in Walthamstow. Sheffield-born Alan Dunn plays piano and accordion, and has worked with folk legends such as Loudon Wainright III and Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson. South African fiddler Bob Loveday has performed and recorded with artists as varied as Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Paul McCartney. They’re a fantastic band, with wonderful songs, all delivered by outstanding musicians, we’re really looking forward to this one!!

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“I love his voice; I love the whole band.” Paul Heaton (The Beatiful South)

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“Absolutely gorgeous… They make a beautiful sound.” Janice Long (BBC Radio 2)

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“A joyous romp… will raise your spirits and gladden your heart” Michael Farley (Americana UK)

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Rob Corcoran is a London based Irish singer songwriter with superb craft and a big heart. His powerful songs are decorated with perfectly detailed kitchen sink observations, steeped in the influence of American folk and roots music and served up with a Dublin accent.

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“I implore you check him out, don’t let me down, because this guy is rather special.” Americana UK 9/10

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“From the moment he steps on stage, Corcoran perspires authenticity in that fluent way that a hundred record execs have tried and failed to manufacture”. Anne Frankenstein: Resonance FM (UK)

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Thurs 11th Aug: Theo Bard/ Coley Garratt & Band

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

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A leading figure in the vibrant East London folk music scene, Theo Bard is a skilled lyricist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, violin, bass), with sharp lyrics and a deft ear for melody. His songs celebrate love, friendships and good times, always delivered in the direct and frank narrative style that marks him out as an exceptional songwriter. He’s also the man behind the legendary Woodburner Music, a regular folk event that attracts 100s of revellers each week to its summer season at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, hosting performances by the likes of Johnny Flynn and Nick Mulvey, Woodburner has also hosted events and stages at the Southbank Centre and Wilderness Festival. 2015 has been a busy year for Theo, beginning with a European tour and carrying into summer with appearances at Glastonbury, Wilderness and Camp Bestival..

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

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

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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 Robinson on 6 Music and Gary Crowley on GLR amongst others. His 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.

‘A cut above the normal..songs that are crisp, sharp and beautifully put together’ Americana UK.

 

 

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