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New Roots Weekly Newsletter Weds 13 Feb

Great New Roots Gigs On The Way!!  Weds 13 Feb to Fri 1st March- Tickets, Details, Videos…

 

 

Hi folks- here’s what’s on the way from New Roots to the end of March. Tonight we have a superbly high quality singer-songwriter double bill, Jack Harris and Ned Roberts at the Green Note. This replaces the originally scheduled Robin Elliott– if you have a ticket for Robin it will be valid for tonight’s new bill, or if you’d prefer Ticketweb will be issuing refunds. On Weds 20 Feb we have an evening of purely traditional folk at The Harrison with Anglo-Irish singer Blánid , and Thursday 21st sees us back at the Green Note for the frankly awesome Smith & Brewer (‘jaw-dropping’ Americana UK) with support from the Rutland Troubadour, Paul McClure. On Saturday 23rd Feb we have an alt-folk, new-roots double – Grammy nominee Sonny Johns’ The Rail Abandon, plus Sailing Stones, aka the brilliant songwriting talent that is Jenny Lindfors. We head into March with a bang- Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers bring their rocking rhythm&blues, heavy roots, rock’n’roll sound to the Green Note for a killer Friday night double set. Between all of these we have two great free entry Juke Joint Revival nights at the Crown in Battersea, a weekly night of pre-50s jazz & blues featuring two live sets from invited guests…Dive in!

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Weds 13 Feb: DOUBLE BILL: Jack Harris / Ned Roberts

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk
Tickets 10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 Door
Doors open 7.00 pm
Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

** Due to unforeseen circumstances, our original booking Robin Elliott is no longer able to play on this date – Jack Harris & Ned Roberts have kindly stepped in instead. If you had tickets to see Robin they will still be valid for this show. Alternatively, you will be contacted by Ticketweb offering a refund **

Doors open 7.00 pm, music from 8.15 pm.

Jack Harris‘s songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. They are literate, curious, often in character, and always intriguing. His latest album, ‘The Wide Afternoon’, produced by UK folk giant Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, Tom Robinson), was released in November 2016 to universal press acclaim. Jack was a SXSW showcasing artist at 17, and the youngest ever winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award in 2005 (previous winners include Gillian Welch, Devon Sproule and Anais Mitchell). He has been the recipient of the PRS ATOM award for new music creation, as well as an EFDSS creative bursary for songwriting.

‘Jack Harris is a priest of song who holds himself to a rigorous, ancient code of beauty most of us have forgotten exists.’ Anaïs Mitchell

‘A lyricist of great descriptive precision and a flair for revealing observation’ – Folk Radio UK

‘A unique lyrical mind’ – Q Magazine

‘A natural and captivating song writing talent’ ★★★★★ – The Telegraph

 

 

Ned Roberts is an acoustic singer-songwriter based in London. Not long after writing his first songs, he 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. His debut self-titled album was championed by Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley, Gideon Coe, and Huey Morgan on BBC Radio. and garnered 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, Europe and the US West Coast extensively. He attained a much sought after support tour with celebrated US songwriter Anais Mitchell, and has also shared the stage with the likes of Joe Pug, Micah P. Hinson, The Delines and Sarabeth Tucek. .

‘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

 

 

Tues 19 Feb: Juke Joint Revival – guests The Bottletop Duo- Free Entry

The Crown, Battersea
102 Lavender Hill SW11 5RD
Ph 020 7738 1122
Nearest train station Clapham Junction, 6 mins walk
FREE ENTRY
From 7.30 pm pm to 10.00 pm, 2 live sets (approx 8.00 pm & 9.15 pm)

 

 

Every Tuesday night at The Crown Battersea.2 live sets of jazz & blues, the first at 8.00 pm & the second at 9.15 pm. Plus a playlist of the very best in old-time jazz, country blues, delta blues, barrelhouse styles, swing, New Orleans rhythm & blues and all things pre-1950s. You’ll also find 5 cask ales, 21 gins (!!), craft beers and great burgers….

Nearest transport Clapham Junction train station (2 stops from London Bridge / 1 stop from Vauxhall). The venue is 6 minutes walk from the train station, straight up Lavender Hill, just past Battersea Arts Centre on the left.

Tonight we have Adam Beattie in his Bottletop guise (guitar & vox) and accompaniment, with two sets of pre-war jazz & blues songs.

Weds 20 Feb: Basement Traditions – Blánid

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
8.50 adv BUY NOW / 10.00 door
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

New Roots teams up with promoters Folk On Monday to present a new monthly night of purely traditional folk music in The Harrison Basement.

Devon & Norther-Irish folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Blánid will play two sets of standards and traditional interpretations of Celtic and British folk. Expect everything from Raglan Road to The Parting Glass, Willie McBride and more.

‘[I] got lost in the woozy, ghostly Celtic soul of BLÁNID’s voice’ Jude Rogers, The Guardian

‘Totally authentic folk… haunting and beautiful’ Sarah Jefferies, Royal Academy of Music

‘…spellbinding…Beautiful ornamentation’. Unicorn Folk Magazine

 

Thurs 21 Feb: Smith & Brewer with support from Paul McClure

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk
Doors open 7.00 pm
Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

Combining classic close harmony style with superbly honed songwriting craft, matched to stunningly virtuosic musicianship, Smith & Brewer produce a brilliantly accessible Roots sound. Taking influence from the The Everly Brothers to Simon & Garfunkel, John Martyn to the countrified Grateful Dead ,the duo recently released their eponymous debut EP to universal press acclaim, and are country working on a highly anticipated debut album. Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading was first fo discover them, choosing them to support her across two UK tours. They went down a storm Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival’s main stage 2018, were big hits at 2018’s Cambridge Folk Festival, and have just recently completed a string of high profile dates across Britain opening for Ralph McTell.

‘Definitely a duo to watch out for – a modern day replacement for Simon and Garfunkel’ FATEA Magazine

‘..one of the bands of the [Cropredy Festival] weekend…Soulful vocals atop some amazing guitar work, ones to look out for.’ Festivals For All

‘Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer are two of the finest guitarists out there and did two great sets [at Cambridge Folk Festival]. The musical interplay between them is jaw-dropping..’ Americana UK

‘…there’s no doubting just how seriously good Smith & Brewer are and how compactly they work together…’ Folking.com

 

 

Paul McClure is a singer songwriter from Rutland, England, known for his intimate, story telling concerts. Paul’s characters and story lines – in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way – though lyrically often brutally honest, nearly always allow the humorous side of any situation to come forward…Recently featured on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 2 show and with an album of new songs released on UK Americana label Clubhouse Records, things are looking up for the Rutland Troubadour.

‘One of the bedrocks of the UK Alternative Country, Folk and Americana scene.‘ 3 Chords And The Truth

Paul McClure has a voice made to hand out solace, advice and words to cushion the fall with a deep understanding translated easily by his ability to sing from the soul.’ Alternate Root, USA

 

Sat 23 Feb: DOUBLE BILL – The Rail Abandon / Sailing Stones

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
7.00 adv BUY NOW / 8.50 door
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents a superb alt-folk double bill – The Rail Abandon & Sailing Stones.

The Rail Abandon is the musical (dis)guise of Sonny Johns, Grammy, MOBO and Mercury nominated producer/ engineer/ musician. Grounded in the 1960s folk revival of John Martyn, Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, The Rail Abandon’s “Afrolktronica” incorporates influences of electronic music as well as the sound of West Africa – inspired by the musicians Sonny has worked with, including Ali Farke Toure, Fatoumata Diawara, Orchestra Baobab and Tony Allen.

Created as an outlet for Sonny’s solo song writing, The Rail Abandon is a collaboration of friends and fellow musicians such as Seb Rochford, Dinosaur’s Laura Jurd & Elliot Galvin, The Little Unsaid’s John Elliot, Liran Donin and Adam Beattie. The Rail Abandon has recorded two albums, the most recent of which, Kalba, is a collaboration between Sonny and Ghanaian xylophonist Isaac Birituro. Named after the town it was recorded in, and where Isaac went to school, the profits of the album will be used to help build a new school in Kalba, North Ghana. The album is due for release in Spring 2019.

 

 

Dublin-born singer songwriter Jenny Lindfors returns with a new moniker and new music. Sailing Stones emerges from a period of self-discovery, self-production, and a new musical approach. With a musical spectrum that ranges from the sophisticated folk of Laurel Canyon to the analogue ambiences of Bladerunner and Vangelis, Lindfors’ effortlessly graceful, beautifully observed songs stand as testimony to a wonderful songwriting talent.

Her career to date has seen her tour with the million-selling Rumer, and share the stage with Angus & Julia Stone.

‘captivating, in a similar vein to Lucy Rose or to early Laura Marling, set apart by the spacious melancholy that’s all its own’. The Line of Best Fit

 

 

Tues 26 Feb: Juke Joint Revival – guests The Rollo Markee & Lewis Fielding Blues Duo- Free Entry

The Crown, Battersea
102 Lavender Hill SW11 5RD
Ph 020 7738 1122
Nearest train station Clapham Junction, 10 mins walk
FREE ENTRY
From 7.30 pm pm to 10.00 pm, 2 live sets (approx 8.00 pm & 9.15 pm)

 

 

Every Tuesday night at The Crown Battersea.2 live sets of jazz & blues, the first at 8.00 pm & the second at 9.15 pm. Plus a playlist of the very best in old-time jazz, country blues, delta blues, barrelhouse styles, swing, New Orleans rhythm & blues and all things pre-1950s. You’ll also find 5 cask ales, 21 gins (!!), craft beers and great burgers….

Nearest transport Clapham Junction train station (2 stops from London Bridge / 1 stop from Vauxhall). The venue is 6 minutes walk from the train station, straight up Lavender Hill, just past Battersea Arts Centre on the left.

Tonight King Bluesmen, harmonica player extraordinaire Rollo Markee & guitar-player Lewis Fielding, bring two sets of down and dirty delta blues and early urban blues from the first half of 20th century America.

 

 

Fri 1st March: Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk
Doors open 7.00 pm
Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents a night of rocking blues, rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll and more..The venue comprises both seated and standing areas. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

“Our record of the week” – Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Marconi (BBC Radio 2)

“I put it on and thought this is the stuff!” – Phil Jupitus (BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music)

“The band I always wanted to be in…” Jamie T

A perfect Friday night rockin’-roots-rhythm & blues band, 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 much-respected 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 scene. 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 way to start the weekend.

The three piece have 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 shared 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.

 

That’s all from New Roots for now- if there’s anything more you’d like to know please drop me an email to newrootsevents@gmail.com. Cheers! Rory.

 

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Weds 17 April: HEARD Collective

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

 

 

Singer-songwriters Daisy Chute and Cerian co-founded the collective HEARD after they first met in the studio recording vocals for Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool album in 2016, and singing I lan Eshkeri’s score for the Burberry fashion show shortly after.

Both multi-instrumentalists with Celtic roots, renowned for their angelic voices, the pair decided to combine forces and form a new collective of female musicians who tour together, play together and support one another. Born out of a desire for more female representation in the industry, the idea was inspired by collectives such as Nashville-based I’m With Her and British collaborations Songs of Separation and Woman to Woman, taking musical inspiration from the indiefolk styles of First Aid Kit, The Staves and their ilk.

Cerian and Daisy take their music beyond London, touring together as HEARD alongside special guests. Between them they play a dozen different instruments from guitar and piano to harp and banjo, and create vocal soundscapes inspired by their time as choral scholars and their subsequent musical projects; Daisy was a founding member of platinum-selling classical group All Angels, and Cerian has sung for musical giants U2, Imogen Heap and more.

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Weds 15 May: Sam Brookes with support from Genevieve Dawson

“Sam Brookes excels at propulsive, narratively rich folk, delivered in a soaring, clear-as-a-bell singing voice” – The Sunday Times / “…there are vast emotional reserves at work” – The Independent

 

Servant Jazz Quarters,
10A Bradbury Street Dawson N16 8JN
Ph: 020 7684 8411
10.00 adv  BUY NOW / 12.00 door
Nearest train station Dalston Kingsland or Dalson Junction, both 2 minutes walk.
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

Sam Brookes is reminiscent of Tim Buckley as he glides between the lower and upper registers of his four-octave range. His pure voice, evocative lyrics and soaring melodies have made him a rising figure in the alt-folk scene.

Inspired by the British and American folk revivalists of the 60’s, a sixteen-year-old Brookes began to write and perform while training as a gilder in his late father’s workshop. By his mid-twenties, Brookes had begun to receive serious critical recognition, his self-released album, Kairos, being acclaimed by The Independent as one of the stand-out records of 2014. Now in demand as a vocalist and collaborator, the long list of artists Brookes has worked with includes Scott Matthews, Lucy Rose, Newton Faulkner and Basement Jaxx.

Tempus, released 3rd May, sees Sam rework Kairos’s most arresting, intimate songs into richly layered acoustic versions with the help of producer Laurence Love Greed and some of the UK’s finest session players. This Tempus tour will see Sam performing a very special set of intimate duo shows with voice, guitar and piano.

“he excels at propulsive, narratively rich folk, delivered in a soaring, clear-as-a-bell singing voice” – The Sunday Times

“there are vast emotional reserves at work” – The Independent

“a stunning work on so many levels” – Folk Radio

 

 

Genevieve Dawson is a singer-songwriter originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. Bringing together a frank lyrical style with a wonderfully rich and soulful tone, her sophisticated sound, supported by a superbly accomplished five piece band of keys, horns, bass and drums, 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] blends folk-roots with spicy infusions of off-kilter improvisation and ambitiously ambiguous harmony. Genevieve’s take is not unlike that of Hejira-era Joni Mitchell- her songwriting knows no upper bounds…see her and her band at any opportunity you get’ Bittersweet Symphonies.

 

 

New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It’s committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves – for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible.

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Friday 26 April: DOUBLE BILL! Ady Johnson (trio) / Matt Owens (duo)

A superb Friday. night double bill with Matt Owens (duo) of Noah & The Whale, and Ady Johnson (trio) (★★★★★ R2 Magazine) featuring John Parker (Nizlopi) on upright bass.

 

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
8.50 adv BUY NOW / 10.00 door
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

Ady Johnson has shared the stage with the likes of Willy Mason and Ben Howard and recently completed his third tour supporting Ivor Novello Award-winning Scott Matthews. His accomplished, finely crafted style filters the distinctly English tones of Ray Davies and Steve Marriot through a classic, soulful acoustic folk style. His recent release ‘London Songs’, was recorded with Mercury nominated/BBC award-winning producer Gerry Diver (Lisa Knapp, Sam Lee, Tom Robinson) and brings together the soulful delivery and intimacy of Ady’s live performances. Ady will be joined by John Parker, double bassist in chart topping combo Nizlopi, and multi-instrumentalist stalwart Toby Bull.

“He’s damn good live!” Tom Robinson – BBC Radio 6 Music

“One of the UK’s most inventive songwriters” Stephen Foser – BBC Radio Suffolk.

★★★★★ ‘What a delight this album is!” RnR Magazine

“…might well be the first contender for album of the year…deserves to be massive.” 9/10 Press Association

 

 

British singer-songwriter and musician Matt Owens came to prominence as one of the founder members of indie-folk band Noah and the Whale, and went on to front rock’n’roll band Little Mammoths.

Matt’s Debut solo album, ‘Whiskey and Orchids,’ came out on January 11th, and was recorded by Nigel Stonier (Joan Baez/ WAterboys). Matt was joined on the record by Michael Blair (Tom Waits/ Elvis costello), Thea Gilmore, Carleigh Aikins (Bahamas), Adrian Gautrey, Boss Caine and Robert Vincent.

 

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Sat 23 March: Ranagri / Steve Dagleish

“Ranagri … stunning, dazzling, remarkable…’Tim Carroll, FolkWorlds /  ‘If they’re not playing near you, buy the album, if they are – buy the album and go see”. Neil King, Fatea Magazine / ‘… a trademark sound that’s becoming ever more familiar as they continue to make waves on the UK and European folk scene”. Folk Radio UK

 

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

 

 

Doors open 7.30 pm. Steve Dagleish onstage at 8.00 pm. Ranagri onstage at 9.00 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 minutes walk. Please note the venue consists of both seated and standing areas- to ensure a seat please arrive early.

Ranagri produce an electrifying mix of virtuosic instrumentals, haunting melodies, vivid storytelling combined with their own unique take on old and new folk songs. The London based band are a combination of Irish and English musicians; Dónal Rogers (Vocals/Guitar), Eliza Marshall (Flutes/ Whistles), Ellie Turner (Electric Harp) and Joe Danks (Bodhrán/Guitar).

Securing a record deal with Grammy Award Winning Record Label ‘Stockfisch’, the band recorded the highly acclaimed ‘Fort of the Hare’ in 2014- that year saw them also also publish the book ‘Song Folk Art’ through Robinswood Press, released with the accompanying album ‘Tradition’.

Since 2014 Ranagri have performed and toured with pop legend Tony Christie, released their second album ‘Voices’ (2016) with Grammy-nominated producer Graeme Pleeth, and toured extensively with Del Amitri’s Justin Currie. Festival performances include Cambridge, Gate to Southwell, Wath, Lyme Folk Weekend, Stourbridge, Trinity, Bloom and Purbeck Folk Festivals. No strangers to large venues, Ranagri have performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Fairfield Halls, The Union Chapel, Buxton Opera House to name a few. Combining their love for world music, they collaborated with top Indian Musicians Kuljit Bhamra OBE, Sanjay Guha, M Balachander and members of Britten Sinfonia at The Bhavan Centre, London.

“Ranagri … stunning, dazzling, remarkable…’ Tim Carroll, FolkWorlds

“You’re unlikely to hear anything more irresistible and more folky this year”. Mike Ainscoe, Louder Than War

Album of the Week: “Ranagri – both on the new album ‘Voices’ and on the stage – are a band that deliver a great sound. If they’re not playing near you, buy the album, if they are – buy the album and go see”. Neil King, Fatea Magazine

“Creating a trademark sound that’s becoming ever more familiar as they continue to make waves on the UK and European folk scene”. Folk Radio UK

 

 

The quintessential folkie, Steve Dagleish’s style follows a long line of great British singer-songwriters, from Roy Harper to John Martyn. His beautifully compassionate songs range from the personal to the political, always sung with searing honesty and told with a razor-sharp focus on the things that truly matter. He plays this evening accompanied by Ben Richardson on additional guitar and Carolyne Locher on backing vocals.

“Steve Dagleish is a wonderful, engaging performer who combines all the skills of the best singer songwriters.” Trevor Lloyd Songwriters Circle Radio Show, 10 Radio

“There was a time when I’d say that a big label should snap him up but in the current climate I’d say he was doing well enough by himself.” Dai Jeffries Folking.com

“The essential ‘man with guitar’ album will never go out of style, it’s just that some do it so much better than others. To hear how it should be done listen to ‘Yours for Eternity’ from Steve Dagleish.” Tim Carroll FolkWords

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New Roots Weekly Newsletter Weds 06 Feb

Great New Roots Gigs On The Way!!  Sat 09 Feb to Thurs 21 Feb- Tickets, Details, Videos…

 

 

Hi folks- here’s what’s coming up between now and the 21st Feb, starting with a fantastic New Roots Sessions triple bill at The Harrison this Saturday night with Louis Brennan, Allison Sleator and Rob Corcoran. There are just 10 tickets remaining for this one, don’t miss out! Monday 11th we’re at The Green Note for another great New Roots Session night with Danny Wilson, Michele Stodart and Trevor Moss– this one’s now sold out, so seeya there if you managed to bag a ticket..We stay at the Green Note on Weds 13th for Robin Elliott‘s new trio, with support from Jinnwoo, and return to the Harrison on Weds 20th for a new traditional folk night ‘Basement Traditions’, co-hosted with Folk On Monday. On Thurs 21st we’re back at the Green Note for Smith & Brewer (jaw-dropping’ Americana UK), with support from Paul McClure, and between all of these we have two great free entry Juke Joint Revival nights at The Crown in Battersea- expect the best in pre-50s jazz & blues…Also, we have lots more great shows up now on the website- click HERE to find out what’s coming up, watch videos and buy tickets…Dive in!

Listen to New Roots Radio HERE

 

Sat 9 Feb: The New Roots Sessions – Rob Corcoran / Allison Sleator / Louis Brennan Just 10 Tickets Remaining

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
8.50 adv BUY NOW / 10.00 door
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

 

 

 

New Roots presents THE NEW ROOTS SESSIONS, featuring three superb headline solo artists on a triple-bill. Fully seated, tickets limited to 40 only- advance purchase advised.

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 lyrically compelling, beautifully observed songs are drenched in Celtic soul, drawing from the same deep wells that serve Van Morrison, Mike Scott and Liam O’Maonlai so well. One of Corcoran’s recent compositions ‘Ringing That Bell’ is being performed by the legendary Christy Moore as part of his current touring set.

“I implore you check him out, don’t let me down… 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)

 

 

Allison Sleator is a contemporary folk singer. Across her career she has performed and collaborated with many legendary figures in the Irish folk world , from Donal Lunny (Moving Hearts, Planxty, The Bothy Band), to songwriter Declan O’Rourke, and giants of Irish music The Chieftains amongst many more. In addition, she has spent the last three years exploring South American folklore and music, and currently blends strands of contemporary songwriting, traditional folk and Peruvian musical magic into her set. She is a strikingly unique artist with a singular vision, a true musical original – definitely not to be missed.

 

 

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

 

 

SOLD OUT Mon 11 Feb: The New Roots Sessions – Danny Wilson / Michele Stodart / Trevor Moss

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk
Doors open 7.00 pm
Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

New Roots presents THE NEW ROOTS SESSIONS, featuring three superb headline solo artists on a triple-bill. Tickets limited to 60 only- advance purchase advised. Doors open 7.00 pm, music from 8.00 pm sharp.

Danny Wilson’s formidable credentials go back to his days in seminal UK roots rock band Grand Drive with brother Julian, followed by six albums of consistently high calibre output with his enormously successful Danny & The Champions of the World incarnation. In 2016 the band swept the boards at the first UK Americana Awards, winning with Album, Artist and Song of the Year. Alongside Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires, Goldrush, Saint Etienne) and Tony Poole (Starry Eyed and Laughing) he has recently formed Bennett, Wilson, Poole (“instant classics… hints of Willie and Levon” Bud Scoppa, Uncut), named Americana-UK’s ‘Band Of The Year’ 2018.

“Some things remain constant… not least Wilson’s unfailing feel for Southern/Celtic soul melodies, and his eloquence of sentiment never allowing affection for his inspirations to lead him in the direction of pointless pastiche when he could break your heart or make you smile instead” MOJO

“One of my favourite-ever songwriters… “ STEVIE CHICK (THE GUARDIAN)

‘..simply exemplary’ FATEA Magazine

 

 

Michele Stodart’s career with the Magic Numbers has taken her around the world, to the biggest stages, selling huge amounts of records and receiving a Mercury nomination along the way. She has to date released two critically acclaimed, beautifully written, roots and soul-drenched solo albums.

‘Stodart’s solo career..sits in a rich tradition that encompasses such touchstone female performers as Karen Dalton and Judee Sill…Etta James..Alison Moorer [&] Gillian Welch. Pieces may well be the most impressive record she’s ever made, with or without brother Romeo and band’. MOJO Magazine

 

 

A hugely respected figure in the world of contemporary UK folk, Trevor Moss has spent the last ten years performing as a duo with his wife Hannah-Lou, releasing four albums with with producers such as Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams/ Laura Marling/ Kings of Leon) , Richard Causon (Lucinda Williams/ The Jayhawks/ Alanis Morrisette) and Dan Carey (Kate Tempest/ Nick Mulvey/ Willy Mason). He has toured the world and supported, amongst others, Tori Amos, Ron Sexsmith, Damon Albarn and Loudon Wainwright, performing everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to the Ryman Auditorium, and festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Green Man.

 

 

Tues 12 Feb: Juke Joint Revival – guests Dakota Jim’s Old-Time Jazz Revue- Free Entry

The Crown, Battersea
102 Lavender Hill SW11 5RD
Ph 020 7738 1122
Nearest train station Clapham Junction, 10 mins walk
FREE ENTRY
From 7.30 pm pm to 10.00 pm, 2 live sets (approx 8.00 pm & 9.15 pm)

 

Every Tuesday night at The Crown Battersea. 2 live sets of jazz & blues, the first at 8.00 pm & the second at 9.15 pm. Plus a playlist of the very best in old-time jazz, country blues, delta blues, barrelhouse styles, swing, New Orleans rhythm & blues and all things pre-1950s. You’ll also find 5 cask ales, 21 gins (!!), craft beers and great burgers….

Nearest transport Clapham Junction train station (2 stops from London Bridge / 1 stop from Vauxhall). The venue is 6 minutes walk from the train station, straight up Lavender Hill, just past Battersea Arts Centre on the left.

Dakota Jim´s Old-Time Jazz Revue features Dakota Jim on accordion and vocals, and Louisa Jones on vocals and double bass (both from Whiskey Moonface), playing New Orleans classics, old-time jazz standards, and the smokiest of barrelhouse blues. A real treat, guest musicians on the night.

 

Weds 13 Feb: Robin Elliott / Jinnwoo

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk
Doors open 7.00 pm
Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

Robin Elliott returns to the Green Note with a special preview of material from his forthcoming full-length debut, ‘There is a Land’, performing with a three-piece/vocal trio backing group . Robin’s last show at the Green Note was the sell-out launch of 2017’s stark and stunning At Sunset EP, which caused For Folk’s Sake to dub him “one of the purest songwriting talents in music today.”

‘There is a Land’ marks a move to a richer, full-band sound, encompassing Robin’s love for daring, dazzling vocal harmonies, and showcasing his remarkable ability to unite seemingly disparate elements and forms of song in utterly coherent new ways, finding new roads across the old landscape. The record, like his live shows, mixes folk with pop and jazz, traditional forms with modern narrative subversions, absurd performance-art moves with a gruff Northern comedic sensibility.

 

 

Brighton-based visual artist and singer-songwriter Jinnwoo’s critically-acclaimed debut ‘Your Baby’ E.P. resulted in his being named one of The Independent’s ‘Faces to Watch 2015’. His long-awaited debut album ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light.’ was released on the much respected Cargo label on 2nd Sept 2016. The album features collaborations with Malcolm Middleton, Alasdair Roberts, Kami Thompson (The Rails) and Kylie La Grange. His sparse atmospheric folk-soundscapes, laced with ghostly string arrangements and his exceptional acoustic guitar work, offer a kind of ‘spooked’ ‘gothic’ folk that sounds like no other. ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ is nothing short of a seminal record and Jinnwoo a true original.

The Independent – “jinnwoo is the most singular new folk talent in some time” 4/5

The Guardian – “Jinnwoo’s gothic folk-croak is a confessional reel unspooling from his innards, a tale of circling doom”

The Line of Best Fit – “A rising talent in the folk world, Jinnwoo has been setting hearts ablaze with his off-kilter guitarisms and distinct, emotive vocals.”

 

 

Tues 19 Feb: Juke Joint Revival – guests The Bottletop Duo- Free Entry

The Crown, Battersea
102 Lavender Hill SW11 5RD
Ph 020 7738 1122
Nearest train station Clapham Junction, 10 mins walk
FREE ENTRY
From 7.30 pm pm to 10.00 pm, 2 live sets (approx 8.00 pm & 9.15 pm)

 

Every Tuesday night at The Crown Battersea. 2 live sets of jazz & blues, the first at 8.00 pm & the second at 9.15 pm. Plus a playlist of the very best in old-time jazz, country blues, delta blues, barrelhouse styles, swing, New Orleans rhythm & blues and all things pre-1950s. You’ll also find 5 cask ales, 21 gins (!!), craft beers and great burgers….

Nearest transport Clapham Junction train station (2 stops from London Bridge / 1 stop from Vauxhall). The venue is 6 minutes walk from the train station, straight up Lavender Hill, just past Battersea Arts Centre on the left.

Tonight we have Adam Beattie in his Bottletop guise (guitar & vox) and accompaniment, with two sets of pre-war jazz & blues songs.

 

Weds 20 Feb: Basement Traditions – Blánid

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
8.50 adv BUY NOW / 10.00 door
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

New Roots teams up with promoters Folk On Monday to present a new monthly night of purely traditional folk music in The Harrison Basement.

Devon & Norther-Irish folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Blánid will play two sets of standards and traditional interpretations of Celtic and British folk. Expect everything from Raglan Road to The Parting Glass, Willie McBride and more.

‘[I] got lost in the woozy, ghostly Celtic soul of BLÁNID’s voice’ Jude Rogers, The Guardian

‘Totally authentic folk… haunting and beautiful’ Sarah Jefferies, Royal Academy of Music

‘…spellbinding…Beautiful ornamentation’. Unicorn Folk Magazine

 

Thurs 21 Feb: Smith & Brewer with support from Paul McClure

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk
Doors open 7.00 pm
Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

Combining classic close harmony style with superbly honed songwriting craft, matched to stunningly virtuosic musicianship, Smith & Brewer produce a brilliantly accessible Roots sound. Taking influence from the The Everly Brothers to Simon & Garfunkel, John Martyn to the countrified Grateful Dead ,the duo recently released their eponymous debut EP to universal press acclaim, and are country working on a highly anticipated debut album. Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading was first fo discover them, choosing them to support her across two UK tours. They went down a storm Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival’s main stage 2018, were big hits at 2018’s Cambridge Folk Festival, and have just recently completed a string of high profile dates across Britain opening for Ralph McTell.

‘Definitely a duo to watch out for – a modern day replacement for Simon and Garfunkel’ FATEA Magazine

‘..one of the bands of the [Cropredy Festival] weekend…Soulful vocals atop some amazing guitar work, ones to look out for.’ Festivals For All

‘Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer are two of the finest guitarists out there and did two great sets [at Cambridge Folk Festival]. The musical interplay between them is jaw-dropping..’ Americana UK

‘…there’s no doubting just how seriously good Smith & Brewer are and how compactly they work together…’ Folking.com

 

 

Paul McClure is a singer songwriter from Rutland, England, known for his intimate, story telling concerts. Paul’s characters and story lines – in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way – though lyrically often brutally honest, nearly always allow the humorous side of any situation to come forward…Recently featured on Mark Radcliffe‘s Radio 2 show and with an album of new songs released on UK Americana label Clubhouse Records, things are looking up for the Rutland Troubadour.

‘One of the bedrocks of the UK Alternative Country, Folk and Americana scene.’ 3 Chords And The Truth

‘Paul McClure has a voice made to hand out solace, advice and words to cushion the fall with a deep understanding translated easily by his ability to sing from the soul.’ Alternate Root, USA

 

That’s all from New Roots for now- if there’s anything more you’d like to know please drop me an email to newrootsevents@gmail.com. Cheers! Rory.

 

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Thurs 29 March: Lucy Kitt with support from Ned Roberts

Lucy Kitt ‘Stand By’ Album Launch! Release date 22 March 2019

 

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

 

New Roots is proud to present Lucy Kitt’s ‘Stand By Me’ Album Launch.

A consummate songwriter and superbly accomplished folk player and singer, Lucy Kitt’s creative soul looks west across the Atlantic. Taking inspiration from the classic 70’s folk rock of Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, Lucy’s signature sound evokes LA’s legendary Laurel Canyon at its height- her superbly crafted songwriting shows a crystal clear vision, with rock solid foundations strong enough to take such heavyweight references.

Lucy has supported a host of musical talent over the last few years, including Cara Dillon, Turin Brakes, The Unthanks, Pete Molinari 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 2017’a highly prestigious Glastonbury Acoustic Stage. Tours of Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, and California, along with successful internet TV sessions for ‘Mahogany’, ‘The Preservation Room’, ‘Balcony TV’ and ‘On’t Sofa’ have brought her to the attention of many – she’s notched up an impressive 90.000 plays on Soundcloud. That’s set to increase to even greater numbers with the release on March 22nd of her eagerly anticipated ‘Stand By’ debut album.

 

Ned Roberts has featured frequently on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland, and has been championed by Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley, Gideon Coe, and Huey Morgan. His self-titled debut 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 followed. In 2017 he released his second album ‘Outside My Mind‘, and signed to the Green Note‘s Aveline label (Ani Di Franco, Ruth Theodore), adding an Americana expanse to his folk foundations.

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

‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday

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Thurs 21 March: Genevieve Dawson (Full Band Show) with support from Georgia Duncan

‘ Genevieve’s take is not unlike that of Hejira-era Joni Mitchell- her songwriting knows no upper bounds…see her and her band at any opportunity you get’ Bittersweet Symphonies.

 

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

 

 

Doors open 7.00 pm, music from 8.30 pm. The venue comprises both seating and standing areas- there are no reservations, so please be sure to arrive early if you’re looking to be seated.

Genevieve Dawson is a singer-songwriter originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. Bringing together a frank lyrical style with a wonderfully rich and soulful tone, her sophisticated sound, supported by a superbly accomplished five piece band of keys, horns, bass and drums, 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] blends folk-roots with spicy infusions of off-kilter improvisation and ambitiously ambiguous harmony. Genevieve’s take is not unlike that of Hejira-era Joni Mitchell- her songwriting knows no upper bounds…see her and her band at any opportunity you get’ Bittersweet Symphonies.

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Sat 9 March: Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets with support from Cara Ludlow

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

 

 

Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm. Nearest tube Kings Cross, 6 minutes walk.

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. He will be playing this evening in trio format.

 

Welsh singer-songwriter Cara Ludlow is a shining new talent, blessed with a musical maturity that belies her 23 years. Her rock-solid songs are built on the firm foundations of classic folk & roots music- strong echoes of Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega and Joan Armatrading reverberate confidently through her hugely impressive compositions.

 

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Fri 1st March: 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.

Tickets £10.00 adv BUY NOW /   £12.00 door

 

 

New Roots presents a night of rocking blues, rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll and more…Doors open 7.00 pm, music from 8.30 pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing areas. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Nearest tube Camden, two minutes walk.

A perfect Friday night rockin’-roots-rhythm & blues band, 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 much-respected 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 scene. 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 way to start the weekend.

The three piece have 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 shared 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.

“Our record of the week” – Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Marconi (BBC Radio 2)

“I put it on and thought this is the stuff!”  Phil Jupitus (BBC Radio 4 / BBC 6 Music)

“The band I always wanted to be in…”  Jamie T

 

 

 

 

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