Weds 10th May: The Little Unsaid/ Tobias Ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater

The Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Rd, Islington, N1 8LN

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm
Nearest tube Angel, 6 mins walk.
Tickets £8.50 adv BUY NOW/ £10.00 door


Please note the venue consists of both seating and standing areas- you will need to arrive at 7.30 pm in order to ensure a seat. Music begins at 8.00 pm.

Recent winners of the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award for boundary-pushing new music creators,The Little Unsaid have spent the last year travelling the UK and Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.’ Led by Yorkshire-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott, the band have just completed their forthcoming album, Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras,recorded with Radiohead engineer and acclaimed film score producer Graeme Stewart.

With a rigorous work ethic and a genre-spanning approach to songwriting that embraces elements of electronica, folk, jazz and alt-rock, it’s no surprise that Elliott and the band have attracted the attention of the Steve Reid Foundation,formed in honour of the ground-breaking Miles Davis and Fela Kuti drummer. Working with a diverse range of mentors through the foundation’s award programme, including Gilles Peterson, Floating Points and FourTet, the band are embarking on an album launch tour in the UK this spring, culminating in a return to major festivals throughout the summer. It’s here on the live circuit that the band have steadily built their reputation for creating electric,emotionally-charged performances, and this remains where their hunger lies.

One of the must-see rising live acts of 2017.’Entrancing songwriting…deeply atmospheric’ –ClashMagazine

Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act’ –Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2‘

‘An enigmatic and unique talent’ -Birmingham Wire

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Blessed with a wonderfully emotive voice and a talent for songwriting that ranges from the intimate to the epic, Tobias Ben Jacob played in The Roots Union alongside Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (winners of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards.) Some career highlights to date have included a session for BBC’s ‘Late Junction’ on Radio 3, sharing the stage with Fleet Foxes J.Tillman, and appearances at Glastonbury, Green Man, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Electric Picnic.

Upright bass player Lukas Drinkwater is in heavy demand as a performer and session musician having performed and recorded with a catalogue of acclaimed artists. Rock’n’Reel magazine describe their sound together as ‘inventive and thrilling‘, R2 magazine have recently included them on their covermount cd, and the duo have been featured on Tom Robinson’s 6Music show and Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 folk show.

‘Inventive and thrilling’ R2: Rock n Reel

‘Definitely one to watch out for’ Late Junction .BBC Radio 3

‘Stand out new folk… superb.. excellent’ Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6




New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It’s committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves- for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible.

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