Monthly Archives: October 2016

Weds 7th Dec: Sisika/ Genevieve

The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton St, London EC1V 0DX

Ph: 020 7253 1516

Nearest tube: Farringdon, 5 mins walk/ Barbican, 5 mins walk.


Adv £7.00 BUY NOW / Door £8.00
Doors open 7.30 pm
Fresh from playing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, London four piece Sisika are led by the Duncan sisters. Developing out of the sisters love of singing together, the band draws on a range of influences to create their sound; from old folk harmonies, to triphop beats and rootsy jazz. Their rich voices weave close, lyrical, earthy harmonies, supported by warm, melodic guitar and piano lines, with the band’s sparse arrangements fusing together to make for a beautifully soulful roots sound.

Genevieve is a singer songwriter originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London and currently studying at the prestigious Goldsmith’s College of Music. Bringing together a frank lyrical style with a warmth and soulfulness that inhabits the same alt-folk terrain as Laura Marling and Ani DiFranco, her songs are minimally and sensitively embellished by her excellent three piece band.


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Sat 3rd Dec: Mishaped Pearls/ Dariush Kanani

The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton St, London EC1V 0DX

Ph: 020 7253 1516

Nearest tube: Farringdon, 5 mins walk/ Barbican, 5 mins walk.


£8.50 adv BUY NOW/ £10.00 door
Doors open 7.30 pm

At the forefront of a very exciting new wave of UK folk, seven-piece Mishaped Pearls‘ most recent album ‘Thamesis’ has recieved four star reviews from The Guardian, the Financial Times and the Telegraph, and garnered the highest of praise from Tom Robinson, Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris, highlights amongst universal acclaim from the press and media. Their adventurous song combination of the ancient and the new finds an echo in their musical make-up – banjo, saz baglama, bodhran, violin and mandolin mix with acoustic guitar, keyboards, electric bass and drums, all led by the mezzo-soprano voice of Manuela Schuette. Their music’s roots in tradition expand into progressive folk and rock, eastern modal music and shows elements of contemporary classical influence.

“Really intriguing – I love this” MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2 FOLK SHOW

“An outstanding release – absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous music” BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2

“Darkly beguiling…cinematically epic” ★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

“Unexpected, gently startling” ★★★★THE GUARDIAN

‘Astonishing, with heart-stopping vocals from Manuela Schütte. It’s not often a band can truthfully claim to have a sound unlike anyone else in the country, but Mishaped Pearls can certainly make that proud boast’ TOM ROBINSON, BBC 6 MUSIC

‘….such an original and engaging album” DAILY TELEGRAPH, TOP 10 CDs

‘A brilliantly realised piece of work’ fROOTS

‘they scream originality..” SPIRAL EARTH

“..a celestial, otherworldy quality, elegant and graceful “ R2 MAGAZINE


Dariush Kanani has studied guitar with fingerpicking guitar legends Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn and supported Grossman by his request on his sell out tour of the UK last year. He has also played frequently alongside British guitar giant Wizz Jones and recently appeared at a special tribute concert for the late John Renbourn at Cecil Sharp House in London alongside Jacqui McShee, Ralph McTell, Bernard Butler,Graham Coxon and more.

Kanani’s powerhouse, percussive, ‘back slap’ guitar technique and solid grooves are reminiscent of a young John Martyn. Coupled with an ethereal voice that evokes shades of John Mayer, Paul Simon and James Taylor, his sound is deeply soulful. A consummate musician, his songs skilfully combine pop, folk, soul and jazz to make for a style that is truly his own.

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Sat 19th Nov: Jack Harris “The Wide Afternoon’ Album Launch

The Winemakers Club, 41A Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AN
Nearest tube Farringdon, 3 minutes walk.

Adv tickets: £10.00 BUY NOW


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

“Jack is a priest of song who holds himself to an ancient, rigorous code of beauty most of us have forgotten exists” – Anais Mitchell

“A natural, captivating songwriting talent” – The Telegraph

“A lyricist of great descriptive flair and imagination” – Folk Radio UK

“A unique lyrical mind” – Q Magazine

Jack Harris’ songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. They are literate, curious songs, often in character, always intriguing. His latest album, ‘The Wide Afternoon’, assembles 11 new songs, rooted in Folk and Blues traditions, telling real and imagined stories.

The result is a bigger, darker record than Jack’s previous, critically acclaimed offering, 2012’s The Flame and the Pelican (★★★★★ Maverick, The Telegraph top 10 Roots/Folk albums of the year). ‘The Wide Afternoon’ is an album of mystery and melody, set against the expansive sound-palette and intricate arrangements of Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, Tom Robinson). Gerry’s swooping violins and eerie percussion are at the record’s sonic heart, perfectly offsetting songs of dangerous men, literary women, stolen horses and vanished birds. All are delivered in husky, intimate vocals and fluid guitar picking.

Jack was a SXSW showcasing artist at 17, as well as the youngest ever winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award in 2005 (previous winners include Gillian Welch, Devon Sproule and Anais Mitchell). He has been the recipient of the PRS ATOM award for new music creation, as well as an EFDSS creative bursary for songwriting.

Support this evening is from London singer -songwriter Emily Mae Winters. Her recently released Ben Walker produced EP won her the UK Songwriting contest (folk category) for for her song ‘Anchor’, and The Guardian Songwriting Competition (folk category) for her song ‘Miles To Go’., and received extensive airplay from Radio 2’s Mark Radliffe, BBC Scotland and BBC Wales.

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Thurs 11 Nov: Paul Mosley & Strings/ Jinnwoo/ Dietrich Strause

No.14 Bacon St,  E1 6LF London, United Kingdom

Advance tickets £8.50 BUY NOW / Door £10.00

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

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…

Paul Mosley is an award winning composer/singer/songwriter who loves a concept. Combining charmingly off kilter art-rock sensibilities with hook laden chorusses his hugely enjoyable live shows have taken his ever rotating’ Red Meat Orchestra’ everywhere from Glastonbury to Green Man via Amsterdam brothels and the most remote wilds of Iceland.

His new album ‘The Butcher’ is an epic folk opera, a ghost story 2 years in the making, told over 20 songs by 20+ musicians – friends made on Mosley’s various composing projects including BBC Folk Awards winner Josienne Clarke, Jamie  Lawson, Mediaeval Baebe Esther Dee, long time collaborator harpist Tom Moth now of Florence And The Machine and musicians from the bands of Feist, Benjamin Clementine, Madness, Patrick Wolf and Neko Case.

For this intimate one off show Paul will be joined by his string trio ‘The Red Meat Cutlets’

‘Sometimes disturbing magic realist folk pop. Excellent’ ★★★★  Q magazine

‘This is great modern folk writing’ ★★★★  R2 magazine

‘Beautiful guile and audacity… a darkened folk masterpiece. A triumph’ ★★★★  The Quietus

‘What a voice!’  Jools Holland

Brighton-based visual artist and singer-songwriter Jinnwoo’s critically-acclaimed debut ‘Your Baby’ E.P. resulted in his named one of The Independent’s ‘Faces to Watch 2015’. His long-awaited debut album ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light.’ was released on the much respctd Cargo label on 2nd Sept.

The album features collaborations with Malcolm Middleton, Alasdair Roberts, Kami Thompson (The Rails) and Kylie La Grange. Jinnwoo’s confessional reel is one sung in a voice so distinctive no adequate comparisons can be made, but the story-telling style of Bob Dylan, the fragile delivery of troubadour Michael Stipe, and the jagged alt-folk of early Throwing Muses have been raised as a starting point. His sparse atmospheric folk-soundscapes, laced with ghostly string arrangements and his exceptional acoustic guitar work, offer a kind of ‘spooked’ ‘gothic’ folk that sounds like no other. ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ is nothing short of a seminal record and Jinnwoo a true original.

The Independent – “jinnwoo is the most singular new folk talent in some time” 4/5

The Guardian – “Jinnwoo’s gothic folk-croak is a confessional reel unspooling from his innards, a tale of circling doom”

The Line of Best Fit – “A rising talent in the folk world, Jinnwoo has been setting hearts ablaze with his off-kilter guitarisms and distinct, emotive vocals.”

American artist Dietrich Strause is released his new album How Cruel That Hunger Binds on August 26th, produced by Zachariah Hickman (Ray LaMontage, Josh Ritter), a collection of songs 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, whisch in turn led to invitations to share stages with such folk luminaries such as Anais Mitchell, Great Lake Swimmers, and Sarah Jarosz.


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