Monthly Archives: September 2016

Fri 28th Oct: Ma Polaine’s Great Decline/ Gabriella Romano, Matt Jackson & Evie O’Driscoll

No 14 Bacon Street, E1 6LF London, Ph: 020 7278 3966
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Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £7.00  Door price £8.00

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Nearest tube Liverpool Street, 10 mins walk
Nearest train Shoreditch (East London Line), 3 mins walk

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No 14 Bacon Street is a beautifully intimate living-room like 40 capacity roots music venue, a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the vibrant Brick Lane area. There isn’t another venue like this in London, it’s like stepping into a secret folk world, you’d never know the noise and bustle of busy Brick Lane was just thirty seconds from the door, it’s a magical place…
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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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Gabriella Romano (Ella & The Blisters), Matt Jackson and Evie O’Driscoll come together as a sweet country blues vocal, guitar and stand-up bass trio trio performing their own originals alongside a handful of well chosen iconic classics from some of the giants of the country-folk world. Expect deliciously simple and sweet old-school rhythmic songs with strong melody lines and heartfelt vocal harmony.

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Fri 7th Oct: Duotone/ Genevieve

No 14 Bacon Street, E1 6LF London,  Ph: 020 7278 3966
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Nearest tube Liverpool Street, 10 mins walk. Nearest train Shoreditch High St, 3 mins walk.

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Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £7.00  Door price £8.00   Please scroll down for more details.

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Duotone is the name under which Barney Morse-Brown writes and performs his own contemporary acoustic. Loops, guitars, cellos, percussion and voices create ethereal soundscapes supported by poignant lyrical observation.

Morse-Brown’s career to date includes collaborations and tours with Imagined Village and Eliza Carthy, and appearances on many UK festival stages, including prestigious slots at Green Man and End Of The Road. Duotone’s most recent album Let’s Get Low was recorded and produced by Richard Evans (Peter Gabriel, Birdy) and features a stellar line up of guest musicians including Ged Lynch (Black Grape, Goldfrapp) on drums, David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush) on guitar and long-term collaborator Jane Griffiths on violin.

‘Glorious…intelligent and thoroughly modern..infused with the melodic structure of 80s pop and the emotional honesty of the best of the classic singer-songwriter era’. FROOTS Magazine

‘A hidden gem’ Guardian/ Observer

‘A delight’ The Telegraph

‘Highly, highly recommended’ FATEA Magazine

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Songlines Magazine / ★ ★ ★ ★  Rock’n’Reel Magazine

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Genevieve is a singer songwriter originally from Edinburgh and now based in South-East London. Currently studying at the much respected Goldsmiths School of Music, her songs bring together honest lyrics with a warmth and soulfulness reminiscent of Laura Marling and Ani DiFranco, minimally and sensitively embellished by her excellent three piece band.

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Tues 11th Oct: Astrakan/ Hickory Signals

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

Nearest tube Kings Cross, 7 mins walk.
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Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £6.00 BUY NOWDoor price £7.00  Please Scroll Down For More Details

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Formed in Istanbul fRoots Magazine June issue cover stars Astrakan are one part Turkish (Yann Gourvil (guitar, ‘oud, saz, violin), one part Breton (Simone Alves, vocals), and now live in Macedonia, Greece. Their dark-edged comtemporary folk sound, delivered with Alves’ powerfully raw voice and Gourvil’s mastery of the Oud, draws on original Breton folk texts, filtered through the duo’s fusion of middle-Eastern and folk-rock influences. Both of their albums to date have featured in the fRoots Album Choice playlist and each received 4 stars from Songlines magazine.

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Hickory Signals are Brighton based Laura Ward and Adam Rochetti. They take inspiration from the folk music of Britain, Ireland and America, performing original music as well as traditional tunes. Citing influence from Pentangle, Fairport Convention and The Moulettes, amongst others, they use a combination of vocals, guitar, mandolin, flute, glockenspiel and percussion to create their original take on a traditional folk sound. Live show highlights include headlining ‘Folk Rising’ at Cecil Sharp House in 2015, support slots for Buddy Whittington, Blazin’ Fiddles, Stick in the Wheel and Hattie Briggs, and Club Tent stage slots at Cambridge Folk Festivals 2014 and 2015. Their recent EP release was produced by Stick In The Wheel’s Ian Carter.

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