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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