Great New Roots Gigs On The Way!! Fri 26 April to Fri 10 May – Tickets, Details, Videos…
Hi folks- we’ve got four great gigs on the way for you over the next two weeks. We kick off this Friday with a fantastic roots double-bill at The Harrison in Kings Cross featuring Ady Johnson (trio), with Nizlopi‘s John Parker on upright bass, & Matt Owens (duo), founder member of Indie giants Noah & The Whale, and we stay at The Harrison on Friday 3 May for an alt-folk showcase as Laura Frances unveils her new band, with support from Gus White. On Sunday 5th May we move to The Green Note in Camden for a Cajun, New Orleans, folk, soul-jazz gumbo, with a two set performance from the brilliant Dai & The Ramblers (‘a joyous romp’ Americana UK, ‘gorgeous’ Janice Long, BBC Radio 2). We finish up back at The Harrison on Friday 3 May for an alt-country treat, with Gem Andrews‘ full band show. All tickets and details are in the bulletin below, with lots more for May and June up now at the New Roots website. Dive in!
Fri 26 April: Ady Johnson (trio) / Matt Owens (duo)
New Roots presents a superb double bill, 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.
Sun 5 May: Dai & The Ramblers (two sets)
Please note, the venue consists of both seated and standing areas. To ensure a seat, please arrive early.
New Roots presents a Cajun, New Orleans, folk-soul-jazz gumbo!
4-piece Dai & The Ramblers have recorded two critically acclaimed albums, Duw Duw and Bon Bon, crammed full of their rhythm & blues spiced brand of Cajun and New Orleans soaked soul, folk and jazz. The upright bass, guitar, piano and fiddle 4-piece have a serious pedigree- between them they’ve played with Paul McCartmey, Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Richard Thompson, Bob Geldof, Loudon Wainwright and The Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Wonderful musicianship matched to superb songwriting from Dai Price makes for a set of songs that feel instantly familiar, like classics that have been around forever. Dai & The Rambers ooze class; brilliant musicians, brilliant songs, brilliantly played.
“I love his voice; I love the whole band.” Paul Heaton (The Beatiful South)
“Absolutely gorgeous… They make a beautiful sound.” Janice Long (BBC Radio 2)
“Righteous and loose… contagious and worth spreading” Alan Cackett (Maverick)
“A joyous romp… will raise your spirits and gladden your heart” Michael Farley (Americana UK)
Fri 10 May: Gem Andrews (full band show)
Gem Andrews writes Americana and folk music with an honesty and rawness that cuts to the quick. Andrews’ superb songs are backed by lush harmonies, sweet fiddle, piano and accordion, and supported by a double bass and drums rhythm section. Deeply rooted in contemporary alt-country, her sound makes respectful nods to the giants of roots and country music, Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, all the while maintaining her own fiercely independent spirit.
In Andrews’ powerful new album ‘North’, released in January 2018, she employs a noir-country stye to tackle heavyweight themes of mental illness, poverty, community and destitution. Running through every song is the North East of England- as subect, backdrop and through tribute to local legends, including adaptations of poems by the late, great local poet and playwright Julia Darling. ‘North’ captures the energy and warmth of the people of the region, and the rage felt at a political class who have left them to waste.
Weds 15 May: Solasta at The Harrison, Kings Cross
Weds 15 May: Sam Brookes with support from Genevieve Dawson at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston
Thurs 16 May: James Riley (full band show) with support from Our Man In. The Field at The Green Note, Camden
Mon 20 May TURYA – ‘Echo’ EP Launch at The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell
Weds 22 May: Firefly Burning “Breathe Shallow’ Album Launch at St Pancras Old Church, Kings Cross
That’s all from New Roots for now– if there’s anything more you’d like to know please drop me an email to email@example.com. Cheers! Rory.