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Fri 22 June: Misheaped Pearls ‘Shivelight’ Album Launch

‘Astonishing’ Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music / ‘Stunning….gorgeous music’ Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 / ‘Unique..they scream originality’ Spiral Earth

Venue: The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell,  EC1V 0DX Ph: 020 7253 1516

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.15 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 minutes walk

£10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

 

Seeing the (shive) light – the brilliantly ‘other wordly’ Mishaped Pearls release their first album in four years.

‘Astonishing, with heart-stopping vocals from Manuela Schuette. 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

Forget trains, boats and planes. Mishaped Pearls have an elixir that can transport you instantly to fascinating worlds of infinite possibilities. Four years ago, the dynamic London seven-piece band released an album that stopped people in their musical tracks. Thamesis met with widespread media acclaim, drawing particular praise from the likes of BBC Radio’s Bob Harris and Tom Robinson and drawing an abundance of adjectives from reviewers – “stunning”, “heart stopping”, “astonishing” and “captivating”.

Now they are back with a beguiling nine-track release, Shivelight – which takes its name from a word created by Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to describe the lances of sunshine that pierce a woodland canopy – apt for this album of light and shade.

Mishaped Pearls formed in 2009 as a collaboration between Ged Flood and Manuela Schuette, bringing out their first album, The Singer and the Poets, a year later. Curling round Manuela’s incredible voice is a whole plethora of instruments. Flood fields an astonishing array of stringed instruments – saz baglama, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, Chinese ruan guitar, charango, baritone acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass ukulele, electric bass and electric guitar – instruments that have formed the bedrock of the band’s sound over the years. He is joined by five outstanding musicians Laurel S. Pardue (violin, viola); Andrew Sleightholme (piano, loops), Calie Hough (congas, djembe, darbuka, cajon, drums) Tom Finigan on saz baglama, tenor banjo, guitar and mandolin and Massimo Troiani on bass.

Once again, Mishaped Pearls have created a dazzling, ‘free spirit’ album–a unique listening experience that resolutely refuses to conform to any kind of pre-determined, stylistic house rules.

‘Shivelight’ will be released on the Misshapen Records label and distributed by Proper Distribution.

“At a time when every band describes themselves as unique it’s really refreshing to find one that truly is – they scream originality” – Spiral Earth

‘Unexpected, gently startling English pastoral folk” – The Guardian

“Stunning – very, very imaginative, ethereal and atmospheric. Gorgeous music” – Bob Harris

“Uber cool London collective’– Songlines

 

 

 

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Sat 30 June: Hatful of Rain

‘Hauntingly beautiful…I love it’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 / ‘..nigh on perfect..’ Spiral Earth

Venue: The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell,  EC1V 0DX Ph: 020 7253 1516

Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 minutes walk

£10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

Hatful of Rain are a contemporary folk group mixing British and American styles. They combine powerful songwriting with musical flare, using a single microphone approach to create an intimate and engaging atmosphere to their live performances.

Hatful of Rain’s third album is due to be released on 1stJune 2018 with a nationwide tour to follow of which their appearance at The Slaughtered Lamb on 30th June will be their only London appearance.

“The combination of mandolin, banjo, bass and fiddle is nigh on perfect” – Spiral Earth.

“Songs that will make you dance and songs that will make you cry – get a chance to see them perform live” – FATEA

“Hauntingly beautiful…I love it” – Bob Harris, Radio 2.

“The most melodic roots music you are likely to hear anywhere” – AmericanRoots

“Let-yourself-go, full-throttle foot-tapping music” – The living tradition

“Styles change, combine and merge into one…. feels intimately old-fashioned” – Folk Radio UK

 

Hatful of Rain are: James Shenton – Fiddle, Piano, Whistle

Chloe Overton – Vocal, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo

Phil Jones – Double Bass, Banjo, Vocal

Fred Gregory – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocal

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Thurs 21 June: Whiskey Moonface / Leonie Evans

Venue: The Green Note, Camden NW1 7AN Ph 020 7485 9899

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Camden, three mins walk.

Tickets £8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

 

 

To describe Whiskey Moonface as an alternative folk group doesn’t even begin to do justice to the breadth of inspiration and style in their music. Based around double bass, accordian, and clarinet, they’re led by the superb vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones. Capable of being both ear-to-ear-grinningly entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of Eastern European traditional & klezmer music, old-time New Orleans jazz and the baroque/ chamber folk styles of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut with their own unique take on contemporary folk music to make for a superbly realised, truly beautiful, and utterly original sound. There is simply no-one in the UK making music like Whiskey Moonface.

 

 

Leonie Evans began performing at the age of 5 and has never stopped….Her never ending tour has brought her to the furthest reaches of Britain, Europe, Japan & the USA. What sets Leonie Evans her apart from just a discography and list of tour dates are the countless guest vocals, collaborations, performances in the streets and jazz clubs of New Orleans, London, Bristol, spontaneous jams at parties and festivals and, perhaps most precious of all, the sprawling web of connections growing between Leonie and her ever-expanding family of musical sisters and brothers.

Her output to date has included two exquisite albums of dreamy, jazzy, unclassifiable song craft as part of the Bristol-based quartet Rae, a series of limited edition solo CDs, and a just-released, ecstatically received album ‘Collaborations Volume 1’, recorded in nine different locations and featuring thirty four guest musicians. Artists featured include Riognach Connolly (The Breath/ Honeyfeet), Brooke Sharkey, Liam Magill (Syd Arthur), Low Chimes and Adam Beattie.

“”Like nothing else I’ve ever heard in my life, I was just blown away by her” Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 2016

“Jazz and Folk flirt en route to New Orleans via Canterbury with Evans’ slinky, supple vocal…One slot on Later with Jools holland is all it would take” Prog Magazine

 

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Fri 25 May: INMIRIAM with special guest The Magic Lantern

‘Dusk-lit songs, strong and tender and sung in a voice that curls darkly at the edges’ TIME OUT / ‘A rare and totally individual talent’ Sam Lee, Nest Collective

Venue: The Harrison

28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF, Ph  020 7278 3966

£8.00 Adv BUY NOW / £10.00 Door

 

 

INMIRIAM is a new project from Ellie Rose Rusbridge inspired by the biblical story of poet and prophetess Miriam. Ellie’s influences span a childhood steeped in scared choral music and traditional Irish folk tunes. Her adolescence was soundtracked by Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Martha Wainwright who sparked her first attempts at songwriting aged 13. She recently completed an MMus in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths University where experimental pop and vocal music are at the forefront of her research and practice.. This eclecticism plays out in a remarkably original artist, her songs are intricate in detailed arrangement, rich in melody and sensitively bound in poetic sentiment.

Dusk-lit songs, strong and tender and sung in a voice that curls darkly at the edges in a way that’ll entice fans of Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor” – Time Out Magazine

A rare and totally individual talent… Her music straddles folk, pop and classical and cannot be easily pigeonholed into any genre. In a favourite song of mine, ‘Hejira Again’, she responds to Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album and reveals a humility and awareness of the rich heritage of female singer-songwriters into which she has stepped. ” – Sam Lee, Folk Musician, founder of The Nest Collective.

 

Born in Australia before moving to the UK at 12, it was while studying in Bristol that Jamie Doe began performing as The Magic Lantern alongside friends and long-term collaborators in the DIY Bristol music scene including This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd. His debut album ‘A World In A Grain Of Sand’ was mixed by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Paul Simon) and released in June 2011 and was vocally supported by Late Junction’s Verity Sharp, Bob Harris and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 3, 2 and 6 respectively) among others. In 2015 his ‘Love of Too Much Living – Remakes’ album featured interpretations of his songs by This Is The Kit, Sam Brookes, Emilia Martensson, Wallis Bird, Rozi Plain and Low Chimes among others. A star of London’s diverse music scene, 2016 saw The Magic Lantern touring alongside Mancunian poet and saxophonist Alabaster Deplume, performing with Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms and singing on Sam Lee’s ‘Lovely Molly’ winning ‘Best Traditional Track’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 2017 culminated in the release the album’s first single ‘Holding Hands’ in late October which has been streamed more than 100k times and been championed by the likes of Jacob Collier, Jamie Cullum and Tom Robinson

Very, very special” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

Intriguing, compelling and exceptional. A man to watch” – The Guardian

 

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Thurs 24 May: Genevieve Dawson (full band show) / James Riley / Rick Leigh

Venue: The Old Queens Head

Doors open 7.30 pm, nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk.

Tickets £8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

 

 

Genevieve Dawson is a singer songwriter originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. Bringing together a frank lyrical style with a warmth and soulfulness that inhabits the same alt-folk terrain as Laura Marling and Ani DiFranco, her rich and sophisticated sound pulls influence from jazz and folk in equal measure. She has recently completed studies in composition at Goldsmiths University of London, following in the footsteps of James Blake and Rosie Lowe, amongst many other esteemed alumni. She plays tonight backed by her full band.

 

 

The product of Anglo-American parentage, James Riley grew up in South East London listening to the folk and soul sound of 70s America and wrote his first melody at the age of four. In his early twenties, he took off hitchhiking and busking through Europe from Amsterdam to Istanbul, writing songs along the way. Back in the UK, these songs became a band, only to change once more, with James’ wandering spirit taking him to Nashville, Tennessee. Here he found his producer and they set about making the album which had travelled with him to his maternal homeland, where it could finally get free.

[James Riley is] awesome… like the Allman Brothers meets the Seeger Sessions”  Laura Marling

 

 

Rick Leigh is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Lancashire who now resides in London. His music combines 3 part vocals with delicate keys, guitar and horn arrangements. In a live setting Rick works in a trio of multi-instrumentalists bringing together a huge variety of sonic elements from keys, guitar, bass, vocals, drums, saxophone and Flugelhorn. He has recently been named on Glastonbury’s 2017 Emerging Talent Longlist. Described as ‘A beautiful cacophony of instrumentation’, Rick’s live show is an intimate and delicate experience taking influence from Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear. Outside of his own project Rick has performed and worked with whole host of artists as both a singer and trumpeter including Alison Moyet, Denai Moore, Sam Lee and Luke Sital-Singh.

 

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Weds 23 May: Findlay Brown plus special guests WELFARE

★★★★★ The Guardian / “Set’s the benchmark for gorgeous troubadour folk” – MOJO / “A kaleidoscopic, nostalgic vision.” – Interview Magazine

Venue: The Green Note, Camden NW1 7AN Ph 020 7485 9899

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Camden, three mins walk.

Tickets £10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

 

Acclaimed British singer-songwriter Findlay Brown‘s 11 year career began with his 2007 single “Come Home’ from debut album ‘Separated By The Sea’ rooting him firmly in the nation’s consciousness, it’s chart placing landing him an appearance on the legendary Top of the Pops. Reviewing his debut, The Guardian referred to ‘Separated By The Sea’ as ‘..brilliantly melancholic, the most unlikely classic of the year‘. Brown’s sophomore release was the Bernard Butler (Suede, Duffy) produced album ”Love Will Find You’ for the iconic Verve Records, leading to a U.S. tour and and a performance of his single ‘How Long’, with orchestra, on The Late Show With David Letterman. 

Since moving to Copenhagen in 2013 Brown has released the 2015 collection ‘Slow Light’, and on May 18th releases ‘Not Everything Beautiful Is Good’. The disparate sounds of folk troubadours Nick Drake and Jackson C. Frank, heavyweight songwriters Harry Nilsson and Paul Simon, and avant-garde trailblazers Terry Riley and Arthur Russell float in and out of the new album’s musical landscape like ghosts. A superb songwriter of depth and complexity, with a unique ability to combine the classic and the esoteric, Findlay Brown has a pioneering musical spirit, his career to this point taking him from his home town of York to London, on to Brooklyn in New York, and now settled in Denmark.

To date he has toured and collaborated with, amongst many others, Bert Jansch, Fionn Regan, John Renbourn, Paul Weller, Brendan Benson, Bat For Lashes and Johnny Flynn.

a rich-voiced master songwriter’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

Set’s the benchmark for gorgeous troubadour folk” – MOJO

A kaleidoscopic, nostalgic vision.” – Interview Magazine

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Joni Mitchell or Sarah McQuaid, Findlay Brown’s “When the Lights Go Out” is a modern folk wonder set to Celtic tuning.” – PopMatters

 

 

WELFARE’s music is a glass of wine over dim candlelight: it comforts the soul after a long day, and converts any misplaced uneasiness into cool relaxation. Restraint is the operative word. It’s felt all over, and it feels like Blue Velvet. Padraig Whelan is clearly tipping his brim to the golden old days where flashiness never outshone the basic substance of a lone crooner and his backing band, and where one only needed a well-tailored suit to attract attention. His music does the rest, understated though it is- [it] spends a great deal of time gazing at old shadows. A quiet devotion to dead legends is stitched into its very fabric, [creeping] behind you like a pillow of swift relief’. LINE OF BEST FIT

Gorgeous, slow-burning songs’ ROUGH TRADE

Absolutely beautiful‘ BBC 6 MUSIC’s GIDEON COE

Another rare gem from the supremely talented singer-songwriter‘ THE LINE OF BEST FIT

 

https://wwwwwelfare.bandcamp.com/track/i-play-the-horses

 

 

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Sat 19 May: The New Roots Sessions: Tobias Ben Jacob / Josienne Clarke / Louis Brennan

A triple-bill of three superb headline solo artists, tickets limited to 40 places only.

Venue: The Harrison

28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF, Ph  020 7278 3966

£8.00 Adv BUY NOW / £10.00 Door

 

 

New Roots Presents: THE NEW ROOTS SESSIONS

A series of Friday and Saturday night events at the Harrison in Kings Cross featuring three superb headline solo artists on a triple-bill. Fully seated, tickets limited to 40 only- advance purchase advised.

When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis told The Guardian that she writes, “songs that rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure.” With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, the songs Josienne has recorded with the guitarist Ben Walker have also been described as “extraordinary” (Mojo), gently exquisite” (The Observer) and “full of depth” (The Telegraph). In 2016 American Songwriter magazine named Josienne one of the best songwriters of the year. Her elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having a voice that can “trickle back over centuries”) has brought comparisons to the great Sandy Denny, but present too are elements of Nina Simone and Gillian Welch; all three are important influences on her work.

With a BBC Folk Award in 2015 for best duo with Ben Walker (and an additional nomination in 2017), a new project, PicaPica, with Samantha Whates, Adam Beattie & Sonny Johns (also signed to Rough Trade), an invitation from 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews to act and sing in The National Theatre’s revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good, Josienne Clarke continues to be one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers of her generation.

 

 

Tobias Ben Jacob has been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine, garnering airplay and glowing reviews from Mark Radcliffes‘ Radio 2 Folk Show, BBC 6’s Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Bristol, FRUK, Fatea, Spiral Earth, Louder Than War and ‘Whispering’ Bob TV along the way. Blessed with a wonderfully emotive voice and a talent for songwriting that ranges from the intimate to the epic, he played in ‘The Roots Union‘ alongside Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (winners of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards.) Career highlights to date include 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.

‘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

 

London based Dubliner Louis Brennan is a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition. His folk however aren’t the field hands and travelling minstrels of yore but the repressed middle managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late stage capitalism. They populate tales of bad sex, half-drunk commutes and interpersonal claustrophobia delivered in Brennan’s cracked baritone, at times intensely intimate, at times broad, peppered with pitch-black humour.

“A master storyteller with a voice like rolling thunder” GQ

“His ability to twist and turn a simple phrase can render the most innocent line into something utterly heartbreaking” CLASH

 

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Thurs 17 May: MG Boulter / Lucy Kitt

★★★★★ Independent On Sunday /★★★★ Uncut / ★★★★ MOJO / ★★★★ Telegraph

Venue: The Green Note, Camden NW1 7AN Ph 020 7485 9899

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Camden, three mins walk.

Tickets £10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

 

MG 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, 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 worked with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Mumford & Sons, and is a touring member of 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

 

 

A consummate songwriter and superbly accomplished folk player and singer, Lucy Kitt‘s creative soul looks west across the Atlantic. Laurel Canyon giants Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and the UK’s great Sandy Denny are signposts in her style- her perfectly crafted songwriting shows a crystal clear vision with rock solid foundations strong enough to take such weighty references. She has supported a host of musical talent over the last few years, including Cara Dillon, Turin Brakes, The Unthanks, Pete Mollinari and Nick Mulvey. Major UK festival slots have included Cambridge Folk Festival, The Isle of Wight Festival, Secret Garden Party, and Lounge on the Farm, and she featured on this 2017’s prestigious Glastonbury Acoustic Stage.

 

 

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Sat 12 May: Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers

“Our record of the week” – Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Marconi BBC Radio 2 / “The band I always wanted to be in…” Jamie T

Venue: The Green Note, Camden NW1 7AN Ph 020 7485 9899

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Camden, three mins walk. Dai & the Ramblers will play 2 sets across the evening.

Tickets £10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

Hailing from North London and Warrington, rock’n’roll three piece Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers have spent the last 10 years honing their sound, playing countless shows across the UK and Europe. All three members are respected professional musicians in their own right, their careers ranging from collaborative work with legendary film director David Lynch to the British musical icon Donovan, and extensive time spent in the vibrant British Burlesque and Alternative Cabaret scenes. It is from these experiences that the band have forged their unique sound, channeling in equal measure the rock’n’roll spirit of Sam Phillips’ Sun, the electric blues of Howlin’ Wolf, the bass heavy jazz attitude of Charles Mingus, the noir themes of Tom Waits, and the electric energy of Captain Beefheart. Above ell else, the super tight sound of the rock’n’roll, rocking blues, rhythm & blues and beyond that Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers bring lights up the room like an arclight- a perfect Saturday night band.

The three piece have previously performed at many of the best venues and festivals across the UK and Europe including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, The Big Chill, The Scala and Hammersmith Palais, and have sheared the stage with Son of Dave, Imelda May, Florence & The Machine, The Sadies, Fat Freddie’s Drop and countless more across their career to date. This year sees them play the prestigious Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire.

 

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Fri 4 May: The New Roots Sessions – Ned Roberts / James Riley / Martha Paton

A triple-bill of three superb headline solo artists, tickets limited to 40 places only.

Venue: The Harrison

28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF, Ph  020 7278 3966

£8.00 Adv BUY NOW / £10.00 Door

 

 

Not long after writing his first songs London artist Ned Roberts was discovered by producer Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) and brought to Los Angeles to record. The pair have since developed a close creative partnership.The first single culled from these sessions was “Red Sun”, which featured frequently on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2  & BBC Radio Scotland. On the heels of this came the single “Blues #6”, featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Sarabeth Tucek. The track was championed by Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley, Gideon Coe, and Huey Morgan on BBC Radio. His debut self-titled album was released to great acclaim in 2014, garnering significant national press, notably from the Guardian and Uncut magazine. Live sessions for BBC Radio London and Bob Harris’ Radio 2 show soon followed.

No stranger to the road, Ned has toured the UK and Europe extensively, both on his own and as support to Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug, Micah P. Hinson, The Delines and Sarabeth Tucek.

In 2017 he released his second album ‘Outside My Mind’, again with producer Luther Russell at the helm, showcasing a greater confidence in both his material and voice, adding an Americana expanse to the folk foundations of his eponymous debut. Delivered with a poetic turn of phrase, excellent musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, Roberts’ songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era.

‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music

‘A warm treat…his melodies reminiscent of Leonard Cohen with lyrical nods to Bob Dylan, and his voice has echoes of Tim Hardin’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘A splendid debut…a beautiful record’ – Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music

‘so gifted, possessing a fine ear for a tune and a real knack for storytelling..stunning’. 8/10 – UNCUT

‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday

 

 

Born of a transatlantic relationship, James Riley grew up in South East London listening to the folk and soul sound of 70s America and wrote his first melody at the age of four. His first guitar, acquired at the age of nine, became the tool for surviving the tumult of a nowhere place, and helped James find somewhere he felt he belonged. In his early twenties, he took off, alone once again, hitchhiking and busking through Europe from Amsterdam to Istanbul, writing songs along the way. Back in the UK, these songs became a band, but eventually James had to shed another skin, and disembarked in Nashville, Tennessee. Here he found his producer and they set about making the album which had travelled with him to his maternal homeland, where it could finally get free.

“Awesome… like the Allman Brothers meets the Seeger Sessions”  Laura Marling

“Riley writes with a deftness often reserved for musicians twice his age” Addict Music

“One of my highlights of 2014” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3

It hooked us on first listen…from the harmonies to the guitar work there’s nothing to not like” Folk Radio UK

 

 

Martha Paton is a South London-based singer and writer of little chocolate-box songs about the city, suburbia, and how fucked we all are. Born in the badlands of Hampshire and raised on the worst pop excesses of the 90s and early 00s, she now specialises in folk and country-infused pop (which she calls Briticana) that takes cues from Laura Marling, Regina Spektor, Margo Price and First Aid Kit. You may have seen her busking a gut out on the South Bank, or supporting artists like Rae Morris, Kim Churchill and Joel Baker.

We were hooked on this from first listen which is why it’s also our Song of the Day.” – Folk Radio UK

…a beautiful slice of country and folk-infused pop” – Record of the Day

 

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