Monthly Archives: July 2017

Thurs 28 Sept: Mishaped Pearls with support from Sandtimer

The Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Road, Islington. Ph 0207 354 9993

Doors open 7.30 pm, nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk.
Advance tickets £10.00 BUY NOW / Doors £12.00

PLEASE NOTE: THE VENUE CONSISTS OF SEATED AND STANDING AREAS. TO ENSURE A SEAT PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY.

At the forefront of a very exciting new wave of UK folk, seven-piece Mishaped Pearls‘ most recent album ‘Thamesis’ has received 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

WEBSITE: www.mishapedpearls.org

 

 

Alt-folk duo Sandtimer support with a short opening set a 8.15 pm. Placing a decisive emphasis on intricate guitar lines, close vocal harmonies and sparse, Appalachian-influenced arrangements, Sandtimer released Different Seas with Folkstock Records in 2015, followed by the independently released Mackerel at the end of 2016. Both releases reveived extensive airplay on BBC 6Music and BBC Introducing. As a performing duo, they have toured the UK acoustic circuit frequently and, in 2016, ventured to west Canada for their first tour abroad.

 

 

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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Fri 15th Sept: Ferris & Sylvester/ Benedict Benjamin (solo)/ Matthew Falloon

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF

Doors open 7.30 pm, Tickets £7.00 adv  BUY NOW / £8.00 door

Nearest tube Kings Cross, 7 minutes walk.

 

In early 2016 London based duo Ferris & Sylvester‘s alt-country tinged fine harmony and superbly crafted songwriting caught the ear of legendary producer Youth (Paul McCartney/ The Verve/ Beth Orton). He invited them to to record at his studio in Spain, where they recorded their soon to be released debut EP, ‘Save Yourself’. Greenwich Village 1966 is a clear reference in their catchy folk sound, from the Lovin’ Spoonful to Mamas & Papas, with contemporary nods to the likes of Laura Marling and Conor Oberst completing the picture.

Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita). His debut album ‘Night Songs’ is a collection of timeless compositions recorded in a series of churches, bedrooms and kitchens across London and Kent with producer Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union). Ben is first and foremost a classic songwriter, his wonderfully cinematic songs are shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His music undercuts the dreamlike beauty of early 60s pop with lyrics frank and poetic, taking you to a David Lynch-like world that makes the heart swell and the head spin.


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.

Website: www.newrootsevents.com
New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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Sat 16 Sept: The Bara Bara Band ‘The Seeds Inside’ Album Launch

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross,  WC1H 8JF. Ph: 020 7278 3966

Tickets £7.00 adv BUY NOW / £8.00 door

Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk

 

Describing themselves as “an alt-folk quartet drawing promiscuously on old-time Americana, country and 60s psych as well as soaking up influences of traditional English folk music” The Bara Bara Band hail from the old mining town of Church Gresley, South Derbyshire. The band were formed by Ruth Jacob (The Lorcas) and Rupert Browne (Juniper Leaf), and completed by Boris Ming (of Juniper Leaf and The Precious Mings) on fiddle and Will Dobson on percussion. Tonight they launch their second album ‘The Seeds Inside (The Grapes Upon The Table)’ .

Rupert and Ruth also run the monthly folk club TOOTING FOLK, which has become a firm favourite on the London folk scene.

‘a wild feel…a real sense of freedom’ FATEA Magazine

‘ranges between innovative old-time Americana to psychedelia-tinged British folk’. Folkworlds.

‘destined for great things’ American Roots UK

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Thurs 7th Sept: Shama Rahman Single Launch with support from Jinnwoo

The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton Street,  EC1V 0DX. Ph 020 7253 1516.

Doors open 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 mins walk.

Tickets £8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10 door

Composer, sitar-player, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Shama Rahman launches her new single release and music video ‘Truth BeTold’ from her forthcoming album of the same name. Supported by the likes of Gilles Peterson, 6 Music, BBC’s Front Row, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and The Times, she and her electro-acoustic band take the sitar out of its traditional context and use it as the basis for compositions that range across an eclectic array of genres that include jazz, electronica, hip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, worldbeats, Indian/western classical melodies, folk storytelling and beat poetry.

‘Truth BeTold’ , recorded with live electronics and a 6-piece band, is pioneering as the first fully live album made using the wearable technology mi.mu gloves, which allow intuitive gestural control of music – Imogen Heap has recently been using the same technique. Shama recently hosted an immersive multimedia storytelling performance of the album at the Southbank, and has toured it in Hungary, Korea, and most recently in Antarctica with a performance on ice as part of the first ever Antarctic Biennale.

‘Love it All. Brilliant!’-Gilles Peterson, 6Music

‘Beautiful and intoxicating. I’ve completely fallen for this lady. I love it’ Michelle Hussey, BBC Introducing

‘the triumphant expression of a unique vision and inimitable sound’ Songlines Magazine

‘…imagine Dead Can Dance and Björk getting together in a folk club, to make jazzy trip-hop records…with sitars.’ Songwriting Magazine

 

Brighton-based visual artist and singer-songwriter Jinnwoo‘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.

‘Jinnwoo is the most singular new folk talent in some time’ ★★★★ The Independent 

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

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

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