Monthly Archives: December 2017

Weds 17 Jan: PicaPica with support from Robert Chaney

£10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 Door

Doors open 7.30 pm.
Nearest tube Farringdon, 5 mins walk.
The venue consists of seated an standing areas. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

One for sorrow and two for joy. PicaPica features the vocal interplay of Josienne Clarke (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2015, nominee 2017) and Samantha Whates, dual front women who create powerful harmonies atop layers of texture created by Adam Beattie & Sonny Johns, a tiding of magpies picking shiny moments of tone and timbre from 60s west coast, sunshine pop and indie folk. Josienne and Samantha met on the London acoustic music scene several years ago and immediately shared a love of singing and writing. They have been unofficially collaborating for years, often singing backing vocals for each other’s projects or just singing harmonies together for the pure enjoyment of it.

PicaPica represents a long-held ambition to write, record and perform new material together and to join with like-minded musicians to explore what it’s like to be in a band. When writing, Josienne and Samantha (AKA “Pica One” & Pica Two”) take two versions of the same idea and the songs are built around that concept in various ways, they sometimes even have two titles for each song, one by Josienne, one by Samantha. Good music loves a contrast. Spring and shade, harmony and melody, brightness and deadpan… So do PicaPica. As writers, they compose songs that hold the sadness closer, yet let the joy fly higher.

“Pica Three”, aka Adam Beattie, Scotland’s king of soft-spoken chanson, brings gently morphing textures and detailed guitar playing to every bar, while “Pica Four” is Sonny Johns – a Grammy, Mercury and MOBO-nominated producer/engineer. Sonny’s bass playing and production give PicaPica’s otherworldly compositions a seriously grounded sound.

Their first EP, “Spring & Shade” , released on the iconic Rough Trade label, contains four songs freely-designed to bewitch the listener until its fifteen minutes are over. This is music for memories that creep in under the door. Songs that wear their cares lightly, shining in the dark. Simply, beautiful, beguiling, elegant sounds.

A rising star on the London alt-folk scene, American singer-songwriter Robert Chaney counts Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Judee Sill as influences. A remarkable songwriter with a voice to send shivers down your spine, sown deep into his songs are threads of the dusty blues of the 20s and 30s, pulp noir tales of the 40s, the cable-knit folk revival of the 50s, and the French celluloid new wave of the 60s. His recently released debut album ‘Cracked Picture Frames’ garnered high praise in the music press, with Folk Radio UK making it their featured album of the month.

‘Sharp, intelligent, thoughtful and moving’ (Folk Radio UK)

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

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Fri 12 Jan: MG Boulter / Liemba

★★★★★ ‘HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY / ★★★★ ‘GORGEOUS’ UNCUT / ★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 Door

Doors open 7.30 pm, The Harrison 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF ·

M G Boulter is a singer and songwriter living on the coast of the Thames Estuary, England. Releasing his debut album in Spring 2012 under the name The Whispering Pines, Boulter has been an integral member of leading UK Americana band The Lucky Strikes since 2007, starting out on bass before switching to guitar and vocals, as well as penning much of their material. Since accompanying Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) on various dates including a prestigious Green Man Festival headline set in 2011, Boulter has become a full member of The Simone Felice Band, touring the US and UK, also opening shows as solo performer. As a much sought after pedal steel and guitar player he has also worked with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Mumford & Sons, and is currently touring in Emily Portman’s Coracle Band and Blue Rose Code.

“Gorgeous, in a word” ★ ★ ★ ★ Uncut

“Highly recommended” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Independent on Sunday

“Lovely.. ” ★ ★ ★ ★ Mojo

“Brings freshness to songwriting” ★ ★ ★ ★ Telegraph

“The best of 2016, no contest” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Morning Star

Formed in late 2015 by established Brighton musicians Simon Gledhill and Nelson Day, Liemba combine acoustic songwriting roots with a modern tilt- imagine CSNY meets the Kings of Convenience. They have recently added vocalist Damian Best to the fold and released the second EP “Burning Wicks” mixed by Tim Rowkins in Feb 2017.

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Weds 10 Jan: Dai & The Ramblers / Coley Garrett / Vicky Sometani

‘I LOVE HIS VOICE, I LOVE THE WHOLE BAND’ PAUL HEATON (THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH)

£7.00 adv BUY NOW / £8.50 Door

Doors open 7.30 pm, The Harrison 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF ·

4-piece Dai & The Ramblers recorded their debut album Duw Duw, crammed full of their rhythm blues tinged brand of Cajun and New Orleans flavoured soul, folk and gonzo jazz, at the legendary Toe Rag studios. and have just released their second album ‘Bob Bon’, further refining their folk-soul sound. Songwriter and singer Dai Price comes from Newport in South Wales, and previously worked with psychedelic cumbia outfit Los Chinches. Double bassist Rupert Gillett performs with the London Klezmer Quartet and produces records at The Cabin studio in Walthamstow. Sheffield-born Alan Dunn plays piano and accordion, and has worked with folk legends such as Loudon Wainright III and Fairport Convention‘s Richard Thompson. South African fiddler Bob Loveday has performed and recorded with artists as varied as Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Paul McCartney.

“I love his voice; I love the whole band.” Paul Heaton (The Beatiful South)

“Absolutely gorgeous… They make a beautiful sound.” Janice Long (BBC Radio 2)

“A joyous romp… will raise your spirits and gladden your heart” Michael Farley (Americana UK)

Vicky Sometani is a young Chicago-born American singer-songwriter based in London. Possessed of a stunning soul voice, her excellent roots sound blends blues, jazz, soul and folk to brilliant effect. She’s an exciting new talent due to release her debut EP in early 2018- great things await!

 

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