Venue: Paper Dress Vintage
352a Mare St, London E8 1HR. Ph 020 8510 0520
£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door
NEW ROOTS & FOLKLORE PRESENT – BENEDICT BENJAMIN WITH SUPPORT FROM KRISTIN McCLEMENT
Appearing with his full band, Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita Records). 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). Benjamin is first and foremost a songwriter versed in the classic traditions of the form, capable of crafting both operatic crescendo and lullaby-like stillness, shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His songs undercut the dream-like beauty of early 60s pop music with lyrics both frank and poetic. In September 2017 he and his band played the prestigious Green Man Festival. His forthcoming second album will be released in 2019.
Kristin McClement’s music is born of two separate worlds; the vast shape shifting landscape of her childhood South Africa and the melancholic romance of old England’s sacred woodland, rivers and valleys. Her’s is a a sound that captures the wide-eyed rendering of modern folk song, where the acoustic and the electronic rub alongside, influenced as much by visionary artists PJ Harvey and Portishead as by the conventional folk sounds of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. Her ‘Wild Grips’ album, produced by Christian Hardy of The Leisure Society, is described by Gold Flake Paint as “inventive, weighty pop music which dazzles, shimmers and glows exquisitely in the cold light of the day.”