Monthly Archives: July 2018

Fri 27 July: Jason McNiff ‘Joy & Independence’ Album Launch

‘A superior singer/writer “ -No Depression / ‘One of the UK’s best-kept secrets’ – Mojo

Venue: The Harrison

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

Doors open 7.30 pm, nearest tube Kings Cross, 6 mins walk.

£7.00 Adv BUY NOW / £8.50 Door



Jason McNiff, noted London-based songwriter and guitarist, teams up with At The Helm records for a career defining 6th album, Joy and Independence. Coming hot on the heels of last year’s double compilation, Rain Dries Your Eyes, McNiff strips it back to the essence of the songwriter’s craft; 11 brand new songs, just voice and guitar, live in the studio. In this context, the song is everything, there is no place to hide. From the John Prine-esque title track, to the Rainy-Night-In-Soho vignette of his residency at the fabulous, now gone,12 Bar club (Midnight Shift), McNiff’s inventiveness keeps the listener engaged throughout.

If America forms the background in the McNiff landscape, there is an unmistakable Englishness up close in the work of this 43 year old singer songwriter. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Jason landed in London in the mid- Nineties in time to catch the Bert Jansch residency at the aforementioned 12 bar. For 6 months, every Wednesday night, McNiff would be in the front row of Soho’s tiny club learning finger style from the master. He would later sign his first record deal with Snowstorm, a label run by Bert’s brother-in-law.

Jason says: “I think in quite a conscious way this new record is intended to be an homage to a golden era of the coffee house Troubadour, a figure that, for me, is summed up in Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. ‘ Sing about something you care about, play a bit of guitar…’ is how Jack characterised his vision. And that’s pretty much it.”

A superior singer/writer “ -No Depression

“A fantastic body of work“ -Shindig!

One of the UK’s best-kept secrets’ -Mojo

Deft finger-picking style against a wonderfully atmospheric vocal“ -Clash




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Weds 25 July: Rob Corcoran & The Necessary Evils / Simon Stanley Ward

‘I implore you check him out’ Americana UK / ‘A masterclass in Americana music’

Venue: The Slaughtered Lamb

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

Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 minutes walk

£7.00 adv BUY  NOW / £8.50 door



“I implore you check him out, don’t let me down, because this guy is rather special.” Americana UK 9/10

“From the moment he steps on stage, Corcoran perspires authenticity in that fluent way that a hundred record execs have tried and failed to manufacture”. Anne Frankenstein: Jazz FM (UK)

“A masterclass in Americana music…well, Americana with a Dublin accent”

Dublin troubadour Rob Corcoran has sailed the high seas of love, heartbreak and excess, and (so far) lives to tell through his gripping, visceral persona. His confessional, yet toe-tappingly catchy songs are further invigorated by the brilliance of his alt-country super-group, the Necessary Evils. After many years as a not-to-be-missed live band they released their debut studio album ‘Inverse Alchemy’ to much acclaim in 2017.

A hugely respected figure on the London folk & roots scene, and leading light of the legendary Lantern Society folk club in Farringdon’s Betsey Trotwood, Simon Stanley Ward is a country singer with a strong streak of the surreal running through his veins. Sounding like the original cowboy crooner – a perfect cross between Neil Young and Charlie Rich, with a high lonesome voice to match- this consummate entertainer’s songs don’t always go where you expect…

Proper country music delivered with style. The album opener “Monster Song” is quite simply one of the best country songs that this reviewer has heard in many a year. “ – Americana UK

“Home grown talent! It sounded wonderful!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 


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Mon 23 July: TURYA (Album Launch)

Venue: St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Rd, Camden Town NW1 1UL Ph:

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Kings Cross, seven mins walk.

Tickets £12.00 adv BUY NOW / £14.00 door



This venue consists of both seated and standing areas. Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis – in order to ensure a seat please arrive early.

Nicki Wells, the exceptionally gifted singer and songwriter behind TURYA, takes inspiration from Indian classical music, which she studied throughout her teenage years in India. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence experienced after sound. This influence is echoed throughout her new Nitin Sawhney produced debut album ‘Ocean’. TURYA’s uniquely original sound fuses elements of Western folk, roots and pop with classical Indian foundations.

T U R Y A describes her unconventional background, and how it impacted on her music “I grew up in Himachal Pradesh between the ages of 6 and 10, and just absorbed the sound, colours and culture of the region,” she explains. “When you’re a kid, I think you have the ability to easily adapt to your environment. The school was academic, but in the morning, we’d also wake up and meditate as part of the curriculum. It was all about kids climbing trees and scratching their knees, with an emphasis on self-expression and not being saturated with materialism.

There was so much beautiful nature, there was jungle and these epic, white mountains, and that’s what you’d wake to see every day. It was also very international – we were with kids from India, America, Australia, Austria, all different parts of the world. Growing up with so many different languages and accents, I became very open to different ways of communicating. That’s how my musical ear began to develop; listening to an array of different sounds and languages. It was all about making connections, sometimes even without words, but just being in the present moment.”


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