Great New Roots Gigs On The Way!! Sat 13 April to Fri 26 April- Tickets, Details, Videos…
Hi folks- there are four great New Roots gigs for you on the way over the next fortnight! This Sat 13th we’re at the Harrison for Ned Roberts‘ first headline gig of the year (★★★★ The Guardian, ‘one to get really excited about’ Lauren Laverne), with support from the brilliant Our Man In The Field. On 17 April HEARD Collective take over the Green Note, with performances from four fantastic artists- Daisy Chute, Cerian, Martha Paton and Elisabeth Flett. We stay in the Green Note on Thursday 18th for the undefinable, incomparable, incredible Whiskey Moonface– tickets are almost gone for this one, don’t miss the perfect band in the perfect setting…Finally, we return to The Harrison on Friday 26 April for the splendid double bill that is Ady Johnson (trio) (★★★★★, RnR Magazine) and Noah & The Whale founding member Matt Owens (duo). All details and ticket links below- dive in!
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Sat 13 April: Ned Roberts with support from Our Man In The Field
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp. Nearest tube Kings Cross, 6 mins walk.
Signed to the Green Note affiliated Aveline label (home to Ruth Theodoreand Ani Di Franco) Ned Roberts 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.
The first single culled from these sessions was “Red Sun”, which featured frequently on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, and BBC Radio Scotland. On the heels of this came the single “Blues #6”, featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Sarabeth Tucek. The track was championed by Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley, Gideon Coe, and Huey Morgan on BBC Radio. His debut self-titled 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 soon followed.
No stranger to the road, Ned has toured the UK extensively. He attained a much sought after support tour with celebrated US songwriter Anais Mitchell,and has also supported the likes of Joe Pug, Micah P. Hinson, The Delinesand Sarabeth Tucek. He has also toured extensively in Europe and the West Coast of the US.
‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
‘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 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
You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard Our Man The Field somewhere before. He records live with his band just like the best of his influences; Neil Young, Van Morrison, Credence Clearwater Revival, Ryan Adams and Wilco. His own sound is undefinable but familiar and has been compared to modern day artists such as Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Foy Vance and Joe Purdy.
Weds 17 April: HEARD Collective featuring Daisy Chute, Cerian, Martha Paton, Elisabeth Flett
Doors open 7.00 pm, music from 8.15 pm. The venue is comprised of both seated and standing areas- please arrive early to ensure a seat.
HEARD Collective promote and support women in music, putting on all-female line-ups as they try to redress the balance of under-representation. For this special event HC present a showcase of four brilliant female songwriters and artists: Daisy Chute, Martha Paton , Elisabeth Flett, and Cerian.
Award-winning artist Daisy Chute is a folk songstress, multi-instrumentalist and regular on the London music scene. Formerly of Decca’s platinum-selling classical group All Angels, she is currently working on her début album of original songs with producer and songwriter Tim Baxter (Andy Burrows, Editors, Nick Mulvey). She is mentored by songwriting rock royalty Ray Davies (The Kinks) and is one of Paul Sexton‘s ‘top music tips’ for 2018, with comparisons to Laura Marling, Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell’ (BBC Radio Kent).
London singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cerian has been described as “the purest voice on radio” (BBC) and selected as one of Music Republic Magazine’s “ones to watch” in 2019. Across her career to date she has sung with U2, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Sam Smith, Imogen Heap and Charlotte Church amongst others, and is now taking on the world with her own brand of contemporary, ethereal, folk-pop. Classically trained in voice, harp, piano and guitar, she has been described as a cross between Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and London Grammar, weaving together soaring melodic vocals and rich harmony with poetic lyrics.
Martha Paton is a South London-based singer and writer of chocolate-box songs about the city, suburbia, and how doomed we all are. Born in Hampshire and raised on the pop excesses of the 90s and early 00s, she now specialises in folk and country-infused pop that takes its cues from Laura Marling, Regina Spektor, Margo Price and First Aid Kit.
Winner of the 2015 Cecil Sharp House Fiddle Championship, Elisabeth Flett is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist, theatre maker and writer. As well as performing as a solo artist, Elisabeth is currently a member of London-based folk trio Solasta, (Guardian Folk Album of the Month September 2018), folk duo Shamblestone (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards Semi-Finalists 2017), and medieval folk ensemble Joglaresa.
Thurs 18 April: Whiskey Moonface
To describe Whiskey Moonface as an alternative folk group doesn’t even begin to do justice to the breadth of inspiration and style in their music.
Based around double bass (Dakota Jim), accordion (Louisa Jones) and clarinet (Ewan Bleach), they’re led by Jones’ superb vocals and hallucinatory lyrics. Capable of being both ear-to-ear-grinningly entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of old-time New Orleans jazz, Eastern Europe folk music, the baroque/ chamber folk styles of the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut, and the bacchanalian spirit of Tom Waits with their own unique take on contemporary roots music, to make for a superbly realised, truly beautiful, and utterly original sound.
There is simply no-one in the UK making music like Whiskey Moonface.
Fri 26 April: Ady Johnson (trio) / Matt Owens (duo)
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.
That’s all from New Roots for now– if there’s anything more you’d like to know please drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers! Rory.