The Old Queens Head Islington N1 8LN
Doors open 7.30 pm
£8.50 Early Bird BUY NOW / £10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door
Nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk.
Ruth Theodore and her 4 piece band onstage at 8.00 pm/ Adam Beattie & The Consultants onstage at 9.15 pm.
Known for her quirky, insightful, poetic lyrics and insidious melodies, Ruth Theodore‘s songs – many based in her use of unconventional guitar techniques and tunings – have brought her great acclaim since the release of her 2007 debut, ‘Worm Food’. Her new album on Aveline Records saw Ruth crossing the Atlantic to collaborate with Todd Sickafoose, best known for his work with Ani DiFranco and recent producer of two award-winning albums for Anais Mitchell..Ruth travelled and played her way through California and up into Oregon to work alongside a stellar cast of musicians including organist Rob Burger (Tom Waits, Willie Nelson), percussionist Mathias Kunzli (Regina Spektor, Lauryn Hill), and violinist Jenny Scheinman (Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed). As Sickafoose notes; ‘Ruth writes alternative folk and blues music but at heart she is a pure punk San Franciscan beat poet’. In June this year she performed at the iconic London Palladium, supporting and playing alongside labelmate Ani Di Franco.
“Extraordinary” – The Guardian ★★★★
“Confident, assured and truly unique” – Fatea Magazine
“Truly original…” “Her new album’s a killer” – fRoots
“Occasionally recalling Kate Bush and Ani DiFranco, this is a beautiful, sad, wonderful LP” – MOJO ★★★★
Awarded a MOJO Top 10 Folk Album 2016
“… [an] impressive ability to excite audiences with her truly original, fascinating and thoroughly entertaining music….. a wealth of poetry, satire and pure, natural artistry. ‘Cactacus’ is a wonderful, captivating album.” – Folk Radio UK
“…songs that are full of vitality. Quirky lyrics tumble out of her in a torrent, with angular melodies and inventive settings… an excellent album of invigorating freshness and originality.” – Country Music People
“…a beautiful voice, backed it up with amazingly accomplished guitar skills, songs of substance…” “…[her] lyrics are Dylanesque in scope and skill” – Red Guitar Music
Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie released his fourth studio album ‘The Road Not Taken’ in May 2016 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 and envelop you like a warm hug. His beautifully accessible songs are supported and extended into adventurous, thrilling new shapes by his extraordinary band ‘The Consultants’, featuring piano, guitar, double bass and drums. In December 2016 he was invited by long time fan Mark Rylance to perform at a Stop The War Coalition evening alongside Jeremy Corbyn and Brian Eno.
“Carefully crafted…affecting songwriting with a dark twist” – Roddy Hart, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
“I’m blown away by that man’s voice” – Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, BBC RADIO WALES
“Not a single word is wasted, unnecessary or throwaway…very impressive.”
“Warmly Intoxicating” – FROOTS MAGAZINE
“Stands out as one of the rare few whose music has the depth to match the bohemian image” Evening Express, Aberdeenshire
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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