Monthly Archives: April 2018

Thurs 26 April: O’Hooley & Tidow

 ‘Best Duo’ Nominees, BBC Folk Awards 2018

The Old Queens Head Islington N1 8LN Ph  020 7354 9993.  Doors open 7.30 pm.
£14.00 adv BUY NOW
Please note – the venue consists of both seated and standing areas, please arrive early to ensure a seat.

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as ‘One of British folk music’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO). Belinda and Heidi’s boundless songwriting has been described by The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk musicfor the times we live in.’ From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6 Music’s Tom Robinson says ‘They sing together in the way families do. Normally, you only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like The Coppers or The Watersons.’

A MOJO MAGAZINE TOP 10 FOLK ALBUM

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’ Nominees 2017 & 2018

‘England’s answer to the McGarrigles.’ * * * * * The Guardian

‘Brave, beautiful and full of love.’ Martin Simpson

‘Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.’
* * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month

‘Have Belinda and Heidi done it again? Certainly.’
* * * * * R2

‘Dense, complex, beautifully performed.’
* * * * Songlines

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Sat 21 April: Henderson with support from Robert Chaney

Henderson are: Alan West, Steve Black, Adam Sweet, Justin Johnstone

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

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.

Tickets £10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

 

A coming-together of four superb and hugely respected roots musicians, with a deep well of original songs that touch on all aspects of the Americana genre, 4 part harmonies, outstanding guitar work, a unique front porch presentation and an unquestionable passion and joy for the music, Henderson are a significant new addition to the ever-growing success story that is UK country. music.

Alan West is one of the UK’s finest country singers, songwriters and performers. Across a glittering career, highlights have included a British Country Music Association award, and tours alongside Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Sonny Curtis and Hugh Moffatt

Songwriter Steve Black’s background lies in theatre, television and radio, in addition to performing over 5,000 live gigs all over the world. He has written for many top comedians and has had numerous plays and rock musicals performed in London & the UK.

Blues guitarist Adam Sweet‘s prodigious ability has earned him a feature in Classic Rock’s Blues Magazine as ‘One to Watch’, and rave reviews of his Nashville-produced debut album included a 5 star rating and ‘Album of the Month’ in Guitar Techniques Magazine, praising the release for offering a “whole new perspective on the (blues) genre”. Veteran music journalist Alan Cackett hailed Adam as “simply among the most original and visionary young musicians currently on the cusp of widespread discovery ”.

 

 

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Weds 18 April: Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets / Mock Deer / Martha Hill

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

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.

Tickets £7.00 adv BUY NOW / £8.50 door

 

 

Gabriel Moreno is a Gibraltarian poet and singer songwriter who has been performing for the past 20 years in Gibrlatar, Peru, Italy, Spain, USA and the United Kingdom. His folk songs are both poetic and political, mining the same rich seams as Leonard Cohen, Fabrizio D’Andre and Georges Brassens. In 2015 he joined up with The Quivering Poets, Basha Bartz, Pablo Campos, Pablo Yupton, Adam Beattie and Sergio Contreras to create a wonderful new alt-folk band that push his poetry and song to new musical territories. Gabriel also hosts the legendary folk institution ‘The Lantern Society’, running for the last ten years at London’s Betsey Trotwood venue.

 

 

Mock Deer (Ricky Damiani) is a singer and songwriter based in London. A self-taught musician with a unique playing and writing style, he has spent the majority of his life in the North of England and has re-immersed himself in the capital’s Alt-folk scene over recent years, playing shows for many of the best local promoters as well as touring both in the UK and in Europe. As well as writing original music for theatre and television he has released two EPs, ‘Cold and Bright’ and more recently ‘How We Used to Live’ released in July 2015. His renewed involvement in the live music scene has seen him play shows alongside The Burning Hell (Can), The Migrant (DK), Sam Brookes (UK) and Kristin McClement (UK) as well as UK festival appearances at Festival N6, Wilderness Festival, Ramsbottom Festival, The End & Uncivilization Festival.

 

 

Martha Hill and her three piece band played New Roots at The Harrison on September last, their debut London performance. To say they were good doesn’t come anywhere close- they were jaw-droppingly, heart-stoppingly brilliant. Fusing soul, edgy indie, acoustic folk, and contemporary pop to stunning effect, they succeed in bringing four disparate strands into one perfect, coherent whole. It’s a sound that feels as though it’s been around forever, and at the same time utterly contemporary and cutting-edge. Hill’s superb, stop-you-in-your-tracks jazz-blues voice and unshirkingly honest, kitchen sink lyrical style summons the ghost of Amy Winehouse, backed up by superbly original, starkly minimal arrangement from her band. Hers was without question the New Roots gig of the year in 2017, don’t miss out this time around

 

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Thurs 12 April: Cory Seznec & Amadou Diagne

‘Cory Seznec reinforces his reputation as one of the finest ‘world’ musicians out there’  R2 Magazine / Amadou Diagne- ‘sensational..startlingly good’ fRoots Magazine

The Slaughtered Lamb

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

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.

Tickets £10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

 

This concert marks the reunion of two musicians who first met busking in Bath over a decade ago, and have each gone on to have acclaimed international careers in in roots music .

Amadou Diagne (Youssou N’Dour) is a musician who has the traditions of West Africa at his fingertips. Amadou comes from a Griot family line of percussionists and praise singers from the area around Dakar in Senegal. Though he draws heavily on the traditional music and rhythms of West Africa, since moving to England he has been busy forging his own musical identity as a singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist. He writes and performs most of his songs in Wolof the most widely spoken language in Senegal, with some French and English in the mix. As a guitarist he has developed a unique and intricate guitar style to accompany himself which draws on his skills as a percussionist. Amadou has a love of improvisation and an eclectic musical inspiration when playing, exploring the instrument delighting in the rhythmic possibilities within the melodies he composes.

Somewhere between musical wanderer and uncertified ethnomusicologist dwells the world of Cory Seznec. A French-American musician based in Paris, Cory discovered fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo during his adolescence in the US. This led to numerous travels and encounters that helped develop his sound. The discovery of African fingerstyle techniques coupled with trips to different African countries (including a three and half year stint in Ethiopia) changed everything. His style became more and more syncopated, polyrhythmic, and cross-pollinated, and his approach less and less academic. After 10 years on the road with Groanbox, Cory is focusing on his solo project and on Damakase, an Ethio-groove band with Ethiopian musicians Endris Hassen and Misale Legesse.

Together, Amadou and Cory perform a mix of west African and American music with the idea of ushering in a hybrid new roots sound based on the merging of their traditions. The result is an entrancing, groovy reverie of lilting voices, guitars, kora, banjo, bass and percussion.

For this concert, they will be accompanied by French musicians Benjamin Body on upright bass and Renaud Ollivier on calabash/percussion.

 

 

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Sat 7 April: Vive La Rose / Vicky Sometani

‘Absolutely Stunning’ Rough Trade

£7.00 adv BUY NOW / £8.50 Door

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

 

 

Vive-La-Rose, AKA songwriter David Luximon-Herbert and and supporting band, brings a set full of songs from his recently released debut album “For She Who Hangs The Moon”. Co-produced with The Duke Spirit‘s Olly Betts, the new record features string arrangements from Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley/Slow Club), among other notable guests, and expands from intimate solo performances, through delicate brass harmonies, into luscious cinematic soundscapes. The album follows recent EP “Don’t Move, Don’t’ Speak”

‘Absolutely stunning’ Rough Trade

“A gifted troubadour…a twinkling paean to the quiet joys of escapist daydreams” PRS M-Magazine

“Assured songwriting and production” BBC Radio Scotland

“Packs an emotional punch” Glasgow Evening Times

“Sparkling” Fame Magazine

 

 

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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