Great new gigs on the way! Thurs 20 June to Thurs 4 July- tickets, details, videos…
Hi folks- there’s so much great live music on the way over the next fortnight! On Thursday 20th Findlay Brown returns to the Green Note for a rare UK performance- don’t miss the man The Guardian calls ‘a master songwriter’, with support from the brilliant Our Man In The Field. Saturday the 22nd is a huge day, with a free afternoon concert from Bird In The Belly at Summer By The River, Hay’s Galleria, London Bridge, and a spectacular 9 hour festival of alternative folk and contemporary roots music at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon- The Longest Day, 20 acts, three stages, and all for a tenner…On Weds 26 June Genevieve Dawson (‘see her at any opportunity you get’ Bittersweet Symphonies) brings her full band to the Water Rats in Kings Cross, and on Friday 28th Gus White and his band (‘Warmly recommended for fans of Nick Drake, John Martyn’ Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music) take to the stage at The Harrison. We finish up with a two night residency from the wonderful Paul Mosley in The Green Note Basement, for two special performance evenings of ‘Bird Songs’, packed full of special guests. Thurs 4th July is sold out, but there are still some places left for Weds 3rd– don’t miss it! There’s lots more for July & August up on the website link below too- dive in!
Thurs 20 July: Findlay Brown with support from Our Man In The Field
Acclaimed British singer-songwriter Findlay Brown‘s 11 year career began with his 2007 single Come Home’ from debut album ‘Separated By The Sea’ rooting him firmly in the nation’s consciousness, its chart placing landing him an appearance on the legendary Top of the Pops. Reviewing his debut, The Guardian referred to ‘Separated By The Sea’ as ‘..brilliantly melancholic, the most unlikely classic of the year’.
Brown’s sophomore release was the Bernard Butler (Suede, Duffy) produced album ”Love Will Find You’ for the iconic Verve Records, leading to a U.S. tour and a performance of his single ‘How Long’, with orchestra, on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Since moving to Copenhagen in 2013 Brown has released the 2015 collection ‘Slow Light‘, and in 2018 released the ‘Not Everything Beautiful Is Good’ collection. The disparate sounds of folk troubadours Nick Drake and Jackson C. Frank, heavyweight songwriters Harry Nilsson and Paul Simon, and avant-garde trailblazers Terry Riley and Arthur Russell float in and out of the new album’s musical landscape like ghosts.
A superb songwriter of depth and complexity, with a unique ability to combine the classic and the leftfield, Findlay Brown has a pioneering musical spirit, his career to this point taking him from his home town of York to London, on to Brooklyn in New York, and now settled in Denmark.To date he has toured and collaborated with, amongst many others, Bert Jansch, Fionn Regan, John Renbourn, Paul Weller, Brendan Benson, Bat For Lashes and Johnny Flynn.
‘a rich-voiced master songwriter’ The Guardian
“Set’s the benchmark for gorgeous troubadour folk” MOJO
“A kaleidoscopic, nostalgic vision.” Interview Magazine
‘Following in the footsteps of the likes of Joni Mitchell or Sarah McQuaid, Findlay Brown’s “When the Lights Go Out” is a modern folk wonder set to Celtic tuning. PopMatters
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.
Sat 22 June to Sat 31 Aug: Summer By The River- The New Roots Stage at Hay’s Galleria
Sat 22 June, 3.00 pm: Bird In The Belly : FREE CONCERT
Bird in the Belly are a hugely exciting 4-piece new-folk collective. They have spent the last year recording songs and stories rarely, if ever, recorded, in the hopes of reintroducing them back into the folk canon. The resulting debut album ‘The Crowing’ (2018) received critical acclaim, with the Sunday Express calling it “album of the year” (★★★★★).
Gig highlights include Manchester Folk Festival, Leigh Folk Festival, Tooting Folk Club and Ropetackle Arts Centre. The group are currently working on a feature length documentary about the contemporary folk scene to support ‘The Crowing’, featuring June Tabor, Frankie Armstrong, Stick in the Wheel, Ian Anderson (fRoots Editor), Lisa Knapp, Gerry Diver, Naomi Bedford, The Rails and more.
★★★★★ ‘Folk album of the year so far’ Sunday Express
★★★★ ‘Distinctively contemporary and earthy…a heady mix’ R2 Magazine
‘Stark and raw, they boldly go where few artists dare to tread’ Louder Than War
Sat 22 June: THE LONGEST DAY – An All-Day Festival of Alt-Folk & Contemporary Roots Music
The Betsey Trotwood
56 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell EC1R 3BL
Ph: 020 7253 4285
10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 door
Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 3.00 pm. Music from 4.00 pm until midnight.
New Roots and The Lantern Society present an all-day festival of the very best in UK alt-folk and contemporary roots music, featuring twenty acts over three stages at the legendary Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell. Doors will open at 3.00 pm, and the live music will go from 4.00 pm til midnight. The Betsey is a lovely music-friendly pub, full of character, and the event will take place across all of its three floors. It’s child friendly, with under 5’s welcome to come in for free. Tickets are £10.00 in advance, and £12.00 on the door.
FEATURING: IN THE BASEMENT: 11.15 PM: ROBERT CHANEY (FULL BAND SHOW) ★ 10.00 PM FORTY ELEPHANT GANG ★ 8.45 PM JACK CHESHIRE (FULL BAND SHOW) ★ 7.30 PM OUR MAN IN THE FIELD ★ 6.00 PM GABI GARBUTT & THE ILLUMINATIONS ★ 5.00 PM PRIMA QUEEN . IN THE BAR: 10.45 PM ROB CORCORAN & THE NECESSARY EVILS ★ 9.30 PM THE ORANGE CIRCUS BAND ★ 8.15 PM THE HOLLOWAY JUG BAND BAND ★ 7.00 PM GABRIEL MORENO & THE QUIVERING POETS ★ 6.00 PM STAGG. UPSTAIRS : 10.00 PM: LOUIS BRENNAN ★ 9.15 PM: GUS WHITE ★ 8.30 PM CARA LUDLOW ★ 7.45 PM ADAM BEATTIE ★ 7.00 PM LORRAINE WOOD ★ 6.15 PM NED ROBERTS ★ 5.30 PM JACK HARRIS ★ 4.45 PM LUCY KITT ★ 4.00 PM DOMINIC SILVANI
Weds 26 June: Genevieve Dawson (Full Band Show) with support from Lewin
Singer-songwriter Genevieve Dawson is originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. Growing up on Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald, she went on to study music, playing and singing in jazz and folk bands across Europe and the UK. After a period spent living in Cairo and Morocco she returned to London, completing her studies at the iconic Goldsmiths University. Bringing together a frank lyrical style with a wonderfully rich and soulful tone, Genevieve Dawson’s sophisticated sound, supported by a superbly accomplished four piece band of keys, horns, bass and drums, pulls influence from jazz and folk in equal measure.
‘ [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.
Fri 28 June: Gus White (Full Band Show)
Gus White offers something truly unique to the UK alt-folk and contemporary roots scene, combining his distinctive voice and considered songwriting approach with an accomplished guitar style that pays its respects to Nick Drake and John Martyn. With artfully observed lyrics, his distinctly English, pastoral sound is both timeless and contemporary. White’s finely crafted alt-folk songs are supported by fine close harmony accompaniment from singer Kristin McFadden, fleshed out by cello and clarinet. With five new tracks to be released across 2019 Gus White is very much one to watch for the future.
‘Warmly recommended for fans of Nick Drake, John Martyn… fresh minted for the 21st century’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
Weds 3 July/ Thurs 4 July* : Paul Mosley ‘Bird Songs’
(* Thurs 4 July now sold out).
Music from 8.00 pm. There will be two 45 minute sets with a 30 minute interval.
‘Beautiful, intimate and effecting. Great modern folk writing!’ ★★★★ R2 Magazine
Unveiling new versions of bird-themed songs fromacross his 17 year output (and it turns out theres a LOT of them) Paul will be joined by special guests Bird Radio (flute) Anna Unwin (Cello) and singers Jack Harris, Esther Dee and Catherine Earnshaw.
‘A honeyed voice and a garage orchestra of sometimes disturbing magic realist folk pop, Excellent’ Q Magazine
Paul’s work as an in demand composer for Puppet Theatre (his latest commission for Julia The Gruffallo McDonalds Owl & The Pussycat coming toLittle Angel Theatre December 2019) has taken him away from live performance in recent years so this is a great opportunity to hear up close and personal versions of his intricate, sometimes-odd, sometimes-catchy story songs in this much loved, intimate setting.
‘Wonderful. Mercury prize Level good.’ BBC6 Music Fresh on the Net
Flamingos, Red Crows, White Crows, Black Crows, Hummingbirds, Butcher birds, Chattering Birds, Skylarks, Swans, A silent bird, a broken bird and so many still to come.
Join us for a unique night of songs that take flight.
‘I want to be him when I grow up – melodies you’ll love singing since forever!’ Josienne Clarke
Coming up in July:
Fri 12 July: Cerian with support from Barry Locke, The Harrison, Kings Cross
“Gorgeous… fantastic… quite sensational… I’ve described her as ‘the purest voice on radio’, and she really is…” – Justine Greene (BBC Radio 2) TICKETS & DETAILS
‘Jack Harris is a priest of song who holds himself to a rigorous, ancient code of beauty most of us have forgotten exists.’ Anais Mitchell / Martha Paton: “We were hooked on this from first listen…a beautiful slice of country and folk-infused pop” – Folk Radio UK / Louis Brennan: ‘.A master storyteller with a voice like rolling thunder’ GQ Magazine
★★★★★ Album Of The Year Editors Choice – fROOTS Magazine / ★★★★★ R2 Magazine / ★★★★ Songlines Magazine / “It’s lovely stuff” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
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.