Thurs 16 March: Mesadorm/ Sisika/ Jinnwoo

7.00 pm The Old Queen’s Head. Islington N1 8LN. Tickets £8.50 adv BUY NOW/ £10 door

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Mesadorm is a new collaborative project between May Gibbs, Aaron Zahl, Daisy Palmer (Rae Morris, Goldfrapp, Lillian Boute), Jo Silverston (The Unthanks, Red Clay Halo, Frank Turner) and many more Bristol based musicians. Mesadorm’s songs have the broad cinematic sweep of Portishead, the dark undertones of Massive Attack, and the maverick abstract pop art of Kate Bush at her best. Live drums, bass, guitar and piano are perfectly interweaved with programmed electronics and fleshed out by stunning vocal arrangements from Mesadorm’s four part female backing vocal group, featuring Jenny Lindfors, Samantha Whates, Rosi Croom and Sonya Cullingford.. This is a remarkable band with an epic musical vision, and the abilities to deliver it. It makes for an utterly unique llive experience, not to be missed.

South London four piece Sisika is 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.

Brighton-based visual artist and singer-songwriter Jinwoo’s critically-acclaimed debut ‘Your Baby’ E.P. resulted in his being 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 respected Cargo label on 2nd Sept 2016. The album features collaborations with Malcolm Middleton, Alasdair Roberts, Kami Thompson (The Rails) and Kylie La Grange. 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.

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