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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