Monthly Archives: July 2019

New Roots Weekly Newsletter- Sat 27 July to Sat 24 Aug

Great new gigs on the way! Sat 27 July to Sat 24 Aug- tickets, details, videos…

 

 

Hi folks- there are some fantastic events on the way between now and the end of August (all in air-conditioned venues you’ll be pleased to know!!). This Saturday fRoots Album of the Year Editor’s Choice winners Alden Patterson & Dashwood come to the Harrison for two sets of English & American inspired roots music, and we return to The Harrison on Fri 2 Aug for Our Man In the Field with his full band- he’s a brilliant new discovery for New Roots, don’t miss him.  On the 3rd and 10th Aug we have two notable free gigs at The Hays Galleria by the river in London Bridge with Whiskey Moonface and Counter’s Creek(we’re there every Saturday at 3.00 pm for a free one hour concert as part of Front Room Songs “Summer By The River’, come down and say hello!).  On Thurs 15th Joisienne Clarke plays the Green Note, with support from Benedict Benjamin– there are just two tickets left for that one, you’ll need to move quickly! Friday 23rd we’re back at The Harrison for a ridiculously good triple-bill with Samantha Whates, Adam Beattie and Fiona Bevan (this is well on the way to selling out also, don’t hang about..), and we stay in the lovely Harrison basement for RW Hedges‘ (‘a genius songwriter’  Louder Than War) album launch on Saturday 24th. All details, videos and ticket links below, with lots more for Sept and Oct up now on the website, dive in! 

 

Visit the New Roots website for all June / July/ August dates: www.newrootsevents.com
Listen to New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/ 

 

Sat 27 July Alden, Patterson & Dashwood 

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
 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents fRoots Album Of The Year Editors Choice winners and Folk By The Oak stars Alden Patterson & Dashwood.

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.15 pm. Alden Patterson & Dashwood will play two sets with a 30 minute interval.

Taking inspiration from the twin pillars of American bluegrass and English folk, Alden Patterson & Dashwood weave rich harmonies with fiddle, dobro and mandolin around a combination of finely crafted original compositions and traditional songs, all the while maintaining a thoroughly contemporary cutting edge. Their debut album, Call Me Home, was fRoots 2016 Album of the Year Editor’s Choice. In 2018 they made their debut performance at the prestigiousFolk by the Oak Festival, followed by a nationwide UK tour with folk legends Show of Hands. No museum pieces, A P & D feel equally at home alongside the likes of First Aid Kit and Old Crow Medicine Show as they do the stalwarts of US & UK trad folk.

“It’s lovely stuff” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
★★★★★ Album Of The Year Editors Choice – fROOTS Magazine
★★★★★ R2
★★★★ Songlines

“When we saw this Folk / Americana trio live we were completely captivated, and knew we had to bring them to Folk by the Oak and share them with our audience” Adam Slough – Folk By The Oak Festival Director

 

 

Fri 2 Aug Our Man In The Field with support from Fairhazel

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
 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

One of New Roots’ most exciting discoveries of 2019 comes to The Harrison in full band guise (drums, bass, guitar, cello and pedal steel). 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.

Think of Our Man In The Field – AKA Alexander Ellis – as an independent correspondent and his songs as dispatches from his travels. He has assembled a band of the finest players and together they give a deeply personal yet wholly cathartic performance, like an off the record admission from you to yourself.

 

 

Fairhazel is the moniker for the artist Hugh Macdonald who has been releasing music for several years under his own name, performing at TEDx, Ronnie Scott’s and Sofar as well as countless gigs across the US and the UK. A citizen of the world, he grew up in Paris and Cape Town, going on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he experienced a whole new culture and with it experiences that would inspire a new sound- folk music drawing lyrical and melodic influence from jazz and psychedelic music , rooted in a raw acoustic aesthetic.

 

 

 

Sat 03 Aug : Summer By The River -The New Roots Stage at Hay’s Galleria London Bridge – Whiskey Moonface

Sat 103 August, 3.00 pm : FREE CONCERT

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, accordion and clarinet, they’re led by the superb vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones.

Capable of being both ear-to-ear-grinningly entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of Eastern European traditional and klezmer music, old-time New Orleans jazz and the baroque/ chamber folk styles of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut with their own unique take on contemporary folk 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.

 

 

 

Sat 10 Aug : Summer By The River – Counter’s Creek

Sat 10 August, 3.00 pm : FREE CONCERT

Folk trio Counter’s Creek are inspired by the music of Britain and Ireland, jigs and reels from Eastern Europe, and rhythms from West Africa, all rooted in a strong melodic and harmonic sensibility allied to a real sense of swing and dance energy.

Fiddle, banjo and mandolin player Tom Newell is known for his work with Effra, The Ceilidh Liberation Front, and pop acts including Muse and Lana Del Rey. Guitarist Moss Freed plays with jazz/folk group Flekd, and has recently recorded for John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Whistle player Jonathan Taylor is co-founder of Tango Siempre, and has worked as an arranger for Robert Wyatt. Counter’s Creek are three much respected musicians from very different backgrounds, united by a love of the finest in roots music, firing tunes and earthy dance grooves.

 

 

 

Thurs 15 Aug: Josienne Clarke with support from Benedict Benjamin

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
12.00 adv BUY NOW / 15.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.00 pm, music form 8.15 pm sharp. 

 

 

Please note, the venue consists of both seated and standing areas- to ensure a seat please arrive early.

When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious independent music champions Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis told The Guardian that she writes, ‘songs that rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure’.

With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, Josienne’s songs have also been described as ‘extraordinary’ (Mojo), ‘gently exquisite’ (The Observer) and full of depth’ (The Telegraph). While the world music bible Songlines said, ’Clarke’s dark, complex imagery in the lyrics pushes the songs into rich metaphorical territory, one of the heart and of self-enquiry’. American Songwriter magazine named Josienne one of the best songwriters of 2016.

Having been awed by a live performance at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews arranged for Josienne to act and sing in The National Theatre’s revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. In addition to performing on the Olivier stage each night – in a role specially created for her – Josienne contributed two of her own songs to the play. In their review of the acclaimed production, The Financial Times said, ‘Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel’. It marked the start of a continued relationship with the National Theatre which has included composing songs for a new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, with acclaimed young playwright Zoe Cooper.

With an elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having a voice that can ‘trickle back over centuries’) Josienne has frequently been compared to the great Sandy Denny, but present too are elements of Nina Simone and Gillian Welch; all three are important influences on her work.

Expanding beyond the folk music for which she was first known, Josienne has partnered with rising star jazz pianist Kit Downes to release the Such A SkyEP. And her friendship with London-based Scottish singer songwriter Samantha Whates has bloomed into new group PicaPica, whose debut album will be released by Rough Trade. fRoots magazine has already described the band’s sound as ‘originally exciting’.

In the last two years, Josienne has supported the great Richard Thompson on a dream-come-true tour of the UK and opened for the legendary Robert Plantin Europe. The summer of 2018 saw her perform with guitarist Ben Walker at some of the UK’s best-loved festivals, including Latitude, Larmer Tree and End Of The Road. She even found herself in demand as a writer and broadcaster, contributing to Standard Issue magazine and appearing onBBC Radio 3’s The Verb to discuss her pet subject melancholy, alongside poet Simon Armitage.

With several new records and theatrical productions to look forward to in 2019, Josienne Clarke remains one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers we’ve got.

 

 

 

Fri 23 Aug: The New Roots Sessions – Samantha Whates / Adam Beattie / Fiona Bevan

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
 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents The New Roots Sessions- three headline solo artists on one superb triple-bill.

Scottish singer-songwriter and Rough Trade Records recording artist Samantha Whates is a hugely respected figure on the London roots scene. Her beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet uniquely her own. She recently formed new Rough Trade Records signingsPicapica with her long time friend and collaborator Josienne Clarke. Her debut album Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days has been enjoyed both critical acclaim and extensive radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).

 

 

Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie has released four albums of his own songs. Having roots in Scottish folk music, as well as a lifelong interest in old time jazz, blues and other folk styles, his genre-spanning music is tied together by his warmly soulful, distinctive voice and poetically narrative lyrics. A consumate performer, Beattie’s shows are as captivating with solo voice and guitar as they are in full band incarnation. He has performed to audiences across the UK and Europe alongside musicians such as the legendary Bert Jansch, Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes as well as collaborating on guitar and bass with Brooke Sharkey, Scott Hirsch and Michael Chapman. In addition, Beattie is part of 12-piece folk supergroup Band of Burns, contributing interpretations of Robert Burns songs as well as original compositions, and Rough Trade signings PicaPica, alongside Samantha Whates, Josienne Clarke and Sonny Johns.

‘Incredibly Beautiful’ – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6 Music

‘A great ear for melody and a natural talent for lyric writing’ – Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland

‘Carefully crafted, gently affecting song writing with a dark twist’ – Roddy Hart, BBC Radio Scotland

 

 

Expertly combining folk, soul and and pop, singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan is noted for co-writing ‘Little Things’ with Ed Sheeran, reaching no 1 in 13 countries, for which she received a BMI Award. Her debut solo studio albumTalk to Strangers (April 2014) was released on Navigator Records, and she has toured as support to Nick Mulvey, Ryan Keen, Ed Sheeran, Hawksley Workman, Ingrid Michaelson, Gwyneth Herbert, Luke Friend and Bill Bailey. She also runs a residency night at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston, called “Fiona Bevan Presents” which has featured acts including Mercury Prize-nominated Sam Lee and Ed Harcourt.

‘Startling odysseys that suggest Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined’ The Guardian

 

 

 

Sat 24 Aug: R.W. Hedges Album Launch

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
 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

New Roots presents RW Hedges ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’ album launch, with support from spoken word artist Roy.

RW Hedges and Luca Nieri return with the launch of ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’, the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ collection. The album has a strong unifying theme, set in the American West of 1877, the year the phonograph was invented. Recorded chronologically, momentum built as the album came together. Hedges and Nieri deliberately stripped the songs of any extraneous insrumentation and emotional baggage- Luca Nieri produced the album, with the only addition to the pair’s acoustic guitar playing coming from an occasional delicate flavouring of pedal steel from Matt Allwright.

2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ received musc press acclaim, with psych bible Shindig Magazine calling it ‘magical’ and awarding it a maximum five stars, and much respected indie blog Louder Than War proclaiming Hedges to be a ‘genius songwriter’. As with the current album, it was guided by Luca Neiri’s minimalist vision, with the pair’s love for the easy listening era of the 1950s and 60s filtered through a keen ear for doo-wop and rhythm-and-blues and a natural awareness of sophisticated folk.

 

 

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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New Roots Weekly Newsletter- Sat 27 July to Sat 24 Aug

Great new gigs on the way! Sat 27 July to Sat 24 Aug- tickets, details, videos…

 

 

 

Hi folks- there are some fantastic events on the way between now and the end of August (all in air-conditioned venues you’ll be pleased to know!!). This Saturday fRoots Album of the Year Editor’s Choice winners Alden Patterson & Dashwood come to the Harrison for two sets of English & American inspired roots music, and we return to The Harrison on Fri 2 Aug for Our Man In the Field with his full band- he’s a brilliant new discovery for New Roots, don’t miss him.  On the 3rd and 10th Aug we have two notable free gigs at The Hays Galleria by the river in London Bridge with Whiskey Moonface and Counter’s Creek (we’re there every Saturday at 3.00 pm for a free one hour concert as part of Front Room Songs “Summer By The River’, come down and say hello!).  On Thurs 15th Joisienne Clarke plays the Green Note, with support from Benedict Benjamin– there are just two tickets left for that one, you’ll need to move quickly! Friday 23rd we’re back at The Harrison for a ridiculously good triple-bill with Samantha Whates, Adam Beattie and Fiona Bevan (this is well on the way to selling out also, don’t hang about..), and we stay in the lovely Harrison basement for RW Hedges‘ (‘a genius songwriter’  Louder Than War) album launch on Saturday 24th. All details, videos and ticket links below, with lots more for Sept and Oct up now on the website, dive in! 

 

Visit the New Roots website for all June / July/ August dates: www.newrootsevents.com
Listen to New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots

 

Sat 27 July Alden, Patterson & Dashwood 

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
 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents fRoots Album Of The Year Editors Choice winners and Folk By The Oak stars Alden Patterson & Dashwood.

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.15 pm. Alden Patterson & Dashwood will play two sets with a 30 minute interval.

Taking inspiration from the twin pillars of American bluegrass and English folk, Alden Patterson & Dashwood weave rich harmonies with fiddle, dobro and mandolin around a combination of finely crafted original compositions and traditional songs, all the while maintaining a thoroughly contemporary cutting edge. Their debut album, Call Me Home, was fRoots 2016 Album of the Year Editor’s Choice. In 2018 they made their debut performance at the prestigiousFolk by the Oak Festival, followed by a nationwide UK tour with folk legends Show of Hands. No museum pieces, A P & D feel equally at home alongside the likes of First Aid Kit and Old Crow Medicine Show as they do the stalwarts of US & UK trad folk.

“It’s lovely stuff” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
★★★★★ Album Of The Year Editors Choice – fROOTS Magazine
★★★★★ R2
★★★★ Songlines

“When we saw this Folk / Americana trio live we were completely captivated, and knew we had to bring them to Folk by the Oak and share them with our audience” Adam Slough – Folk By The Oak Festival Director

 

 

 

Fri 2 Aug Our Man In The Field with support from Fairhazel

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
 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

One of New Roots’ most exciting discoveries of 2019 comes to The Harrison in full band guise (drums, bass, guitar, cello and pedal steel). 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.

Think of Our Man In The Field – AKA Alexander Ellis – as an independent correspondent and his songs as dispatches from his travels. He has assembled a band of the finest players and together they give a deeply personal yet wholly cathartic performance, like an off the record admission from you to yourself.

 

 

Fairhazel is the moniker for the artist Hugh Macdonald who has been releasing music for several years under his own name, performing at TEDx, Ronnie Scott’s and Sofar as well as countless gigs across the US and the UK. A citizen of the world, he grew up in Paris and Cape Town, going on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he experienced a whole new culture and with it experiences that would inspire a new sound- folk music drawing lyrical and melodic influence from jazz and psychedelic music , rooted in a raw acoustic aesthetic.

 

 

 

Sat 03 Aug : Summer By The River -The New Roots Stage at Hay’s Galleria London Bridge – Whiskey Moonface

Sat 103 August, 3.00 pm : FREE CONCERT

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, accordion and clarinet, they’re led by the superb vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones.

Capable of being both ear-to-ear-grinningly entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of Eastern European traditional and klezmer music, old-time New Orleans jazz and the baroque/ chamber folk styles of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut with their own unique take on contemporary folk 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.

 

 

 

Sat 10 Aug : Summer By The River – Counter’s Creek

Sat 10 August, 3.00 pm : FREE CONCERT

Folk trio Counter’s Creek are inspired by the music of Britain and Ireland, jigs and reels from Eastern Europe, and rhythms from West Africa, all rooted in a strong melodic and harmonic sensibility allied to a real sense of swing and dance energy.

Fiddle, banjo and mandolin player Tom Newell is known for his work with Effra, The Ceilidh Liberation Front, and pop acts including Muse and Lana Del Rey. Guitarist Moss Freed plays with jazz/folk group Flekd, and has recently recorded for John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Whistle player Jonathan Taylor is co-founder of Tango Siempre, and has worked as an arranger for Robert Wyatt. Counter’s Creek are three much respected musicians from very different backgrounds, united by a love of the finest in roots music, firing tunes and earthy dance grooves.

 

 

 

Thurs 15 Aug: Josienne Clarke with support from Benedict Benjamin

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
12.00 adv BUY NOW / 15.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.00 pm, music form 8.15 pm sharp. 

 

 

Please note, the venue consists of both seated and standing areas- to ensure a seat please arrive early.

When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious independent music champions Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis told The Guardian that she writes, ‘songs that rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure’.

With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, Josienne’s songs have also been described as ‘extraordinary’ (Mojo), ‘gently exquisite’ (The Observer) and full of depth’ (The Telegraph). While the world music bible Songlines said, ’Clarke’s dark, complex imagery in the lyrics pushes the songs into rich metaphorical territory, one of the heart and of self-enquiry’. American Songwriter magazine named Josienne one of the best songwriters of 2016.

Having been awed by a live performance at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews arranged for Josienne to act and sing in The National Theatre’s revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. In addition to performing on the Olivier stage each night – in a role specially created for her – Josienne contributed two of her own songs to the play. In their review of the acclaimed production, The Financial Times said, ‘Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel’. It marked the start of a continued relationship with the National Theatre which has included composing songs for a new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, with acclaimed young playwright Zoe Cooper.

With an elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having a voice that can ‘trickle back over centuries’) Josienne has frequently been compared to the great Sandy Denny, but present too are elements of Nina Simone and Gillian Welch; all three are important influences on her work.

Expanding beyond the folk music for which she was first known, Josienne has partnered with rising star jazz pianist Kit Downes to release the Such A SkyEP. And her friendship with London-based Scottish singer songwriter Samantha Whates has bloomed into new group PicaPica, whose debut album will be released by Rough Trade. fRoots magazine has already described the band’s sound as ‘originally exciting’.

In the last two years, Josienne has supported the great Richard Thompson on a dream-come-true tour of the UK and opened for the legendary Robert Plantin Europe. The summer of 2018 saw her perform with guitarist Ben Walker at some of the UK’s best-loved festivals, including Latitude, Larmer Tree and End Of The Road. She even found herself in demand as a writer and broadcaster, contributing to Standard Issue magazine and appearing on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to discuss her pet subject melancholy, alongside poet Simon Armitage.

With several new records and theatrical productions to look forward to in 2019, Josienne Clarke remains one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers we’ve got.

 

 

 

Fri 23 Aug: The New Roots Sessions – Samantha Whates / Adam Beattie / Fiona Bevan

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
 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents The New Roots Sessions- three headline solo artists on one superb triple-bill.

Scottish singer-songwriter and Rough Trade Records recording artist Samantha Whates is a hugely respected figure on the London roots scene. Her beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet uniquely her own. She recently formed new Rough Trade Records signingsPicapica with her long time friend and collaborator Josienne Clarke. Her debut album Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days has been enjoyed both critical acclaim and extensive radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).

 

 

Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie has released four albums of his own songs. Having roots in Scottish folk music, as well as a lifelong interest in old time jazz, blues and other folk styles, his genre-spanning music is tied together by his warmly soulful, distinctive voice and poetically narrative lyrics. A consumate performer, Beattie’s shows are as captivating with solo voice and guitar as they are in full band incarnation. He has performed to audiences across the UK and Europe alongside musicians such as the legendary Bert Jansch, Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes as well as collaborating on guitar and bass with Brooke Sharkey, Scott Hirsch and Michael Chapman. In addition, Beattie is part of 12-piece folk supergroup Band of Burns, contributing interpretations of Robert Burns songs as well as original compositions, and Rough Trade signings PicaPica, alongside Samantha Whates, Josienne Clarke and Sonny Johns.

‘Incredibly Beautiful’ – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6 Music

‘A great ear for melody and a natural talent for lyric writing’ – Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland

‘Carefully crafted, gently affecting song writing with a dark twist’ – Roddy Hart, BBC Radio Scotland

 

 

Expertly combining folk, soul and and pop, singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan is noted for co-writing ‘Little Things’ with Ed Sheeran, reaching no 1 in 13 countries, for which she received a BMI Award. Her debut solo studio albumTalk to Strangers (April 2014) was released on Navigator Records, and she has toured as support to Nick Mulvey, Ryan Keen, Ed Sheeran, Hawksley Workman, Ingrid Michaelson, Gwyneth Herbert, Luke Friend and Bill Bailey. She also runs a residency night at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston, called “Fiona Bevan Presents” which has featured acts including Mercury Prize-nominated Sam Lee and Ed Harcourt.

‘Startling odysseys that suggest Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined’ The Guardian

 

 

 

Sat 24 Aug: R.W. Hedges Album Launch

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
 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

New Roots presents RW Hedges ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’ album launch, with support from spoken word artist Roy.

RW Hedges and Luca Nieri return with the launch of ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’, the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ collection. The album has a strong unifying theme, set in the American West of 1877, the year the phonograph was invented. Recorded chronologically, momentum built as the album came together. Hedges and Nieri deliberately stripped the songs of any extraneous insrumentation and emotional baggage- Luca Nieri produced the album, with the only addition to the pair’s acoustic guitar playing coming from an occasional delicate flavouring of pedal steel from Matt Allwright.

2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ received musc press acclaim, with psych bible Shindig Magazine calling it ‘magical’ and awarding it a maximum five stars, and much respected indie blog Louder Than War proclaiming Hedges to be a ‘genius songwriter’. As with the current album, it was guided by Luca Neiri’s minimalist vision, with the pair’s love for the easy listening era of the 1950s and 60s filtered through a keen ear for doo-wop and rhythm-and-blues and a natural awareness of sophisticated folk.

 

 

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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Sat 24 Aug: RW Hedges ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’ Album Launch

★★★★★ ‘Magical’ Shindig Magazine / ‘A genius songwriter’ Louder Than War

 

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk DIRECTIONS

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents RW Hedges ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’ album launch, with support from spoken word artist Roy. 

RW Hedges and Luca Nieri return with the launch of ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’, the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ collection. The album has a strong unifying theme, set in the American West of 1877, the year the phonograph was invented. Recorded chronologically, momentum built as the album came together. Hedges and Nieri deliberately stripped the songs of any extraneous insrumentation and emotional baggage- Luca Nieri produced the album, with the only addition to the pair’s acoustic guitar playing coming from an occasional delicate flavouring of pedal steel from Matt Allwright.

2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ received musc press acclaim, with psych bible Shindig Magazine calling it ‘magical’ and awarding it a maximum five stars, and much respected indie blog Louder Than War proclaiming Hedges to be a ‘genius songwriter’. As with the current album, it was guided by Luca Neiri’s minimalist vision, with the pair’s love for the easy listening era of the 1950s and 60s filtered through a keen ear for doo-wop and rhythm-and-blues and a natural awareness of sophisticated folk.

 

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Tues 24 Sept: Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations ‘The Discredited Language Of Angels’ Album Launch

The Slaughtered Lamb,
34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0DX

Ph: 020 7253 1516
8.50 adv BUY NOW / 10.00 door
Nearest tube Farringdon, 8 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

Fresh off the back of their tour with Edwyn Collins, Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations are celebrating the release of their debut album ‘The Discredited Language of Angels’, produced by Sean Read (Dexys Midnight Runners/ Beth Orton/ Chrissie Hynde) and recorded in part at Edwyn Collins’ Clashnarrow studio in Helmsdale.

Gabi Garbutt’s music combines a poetic edge with a visceral energy, inspired by the lyrical rock’n’roll of cultural giants Patti Smith and The Clash, and the speedy, multi-layered drive of Northern Soul. Her expressive, captivating performances are backed by the pulsating electric sounds and sweet harmonies of her band, The Illuminations.

Gabi and The Illuminations were personally invited by both Frank Turner and The Libertines to support them at major shows, and their recent single ‘Lady Matador’ was chosen by Philadelphia’s WXPN FM’s Kristen Kurtis as one of her top five releases of 2018.

 

 

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Thurs 19 Sept: Smith & Brewer

‘Jaw-dropping!’ Americana UK / ‘Two beautifully blended voices…a modern-day Simon & Garfunkel’. Fatea Magazine

 

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
1o.00 adv BUY NOW  / 12.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm sharp. 

 

 

Taking influence from the The Everly Brothers to Simon & Garfunkel, John Martyn to the countrified Grateful Dead, Smith & Brewer combine classic close harmony style with superbly honed songwriting craft and stunningly virtuosic guitar playing to produce a brilliantly accessible roots sound.

‘Jaw-dropping!’ Americana UK

‘Two beautifully blended voices…a modern-day Simon & Garfunkel’. Fatea Magazine

Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met at an event organised by Joan Armatrading for the acts she had chosen to support her on her 2015 tour. Although they originally planned to just write together, they soon realised that their playing styles and voices complemented each other and they started playing together after their inaugural gig supporting Joan Armatrading in front of a thousand-strong crowd.

Since then, they have played together all over the UK, notably as the support act to 10cc and Ralph McTell on their 2018 U.K tours, at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2018, the 2018 Cambridge Folk Festival and the UK Americana Awards Showcase in 2017 and 2019,, as well as at the AmericanaFest in Nashville in 2017. They also contributed backing vocals to Ralph McTell’s New Album, which was produced by Tony Visconti.

They have recently finished work on their debut album, Another Shade Of, which was recorded at Coltsfoot, a friend’s barn which they converted into a studio for a week. This allowed them to record together live both as an acoustic duo and a full band. The tracks were mixed by Ben and Jimmy and mastered by David Mitson (noted for his work with Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson and more).

Jimmy’s inspiration for his song-writing career came from his desire to move beyond his rural upbringing and follow in the footsteps of the musicians who shaped his interest in playing as a young child, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and The Everley Brothers.

Ben has also been writing and playing from an early age, and despite his original desire to learn the banjo being thwarted, he threw himself into the guitar in an effort to emulate his musical heroes: BB King, John Martyn, Jerry Reed and the Grateful Dead.

 

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Fri 20 Sept: Bird In The Belly with support from Marisa Jack & Davy

★★★★★ The Sunday Express / ‘distinctively contemporary and earthy’ R2 Magazine / ‘hypnotically original’ fRoots Magazine

 

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk DIRECTIONS

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.30 pm sharp.

 

 

 

Bird in the Belly are a Brighton-based folk group consisting of folk-duo Hickory Signals (Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti), alt-folk singer-songwriter Jinnwoo (Ben Webb, Green Ribbons), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Pryor. Together they have collected little known and forgotten lyrics, poems and stories from around the UK, and set them to their own “hypnotically original compositions” (fRoots).

Their sound is raw and bare-boned with “distinctively contemporary and earthy vocalising” (R2 Magazine) – and harks back to the 1960’s Folk Revival sound. Their debut album ‘The Crowing’ (March 2018, GF*M Records) was met with critical acclaim across the board from fRoots, R2, Songlines, Louder Than War, Northern Sky, Folk Radio UK, as well as the Sunday Express giving the album 5/5 and calling it folk album of the year. The group are now gearing up to release their much anticipated second album “Neighbours and Sisters” (set for release in October) – they are performing the new album in full for the first time exclusively for The Harrison.

 

 

Bedford based folk trio MarisaJack&Davy formed in 2015 in order to play at the DIY shows and house concerts they were organising. A floor spot for Stick in the Wheel’s folk night on The Golden Hinde encouraged them to further explore British folk music and they were soon seduced by the music of Shirley Collins, The Young Tradition and Nic Jones.

MarisaJack&Davy’s unconventional interpretation of the tradition is shaped by the harmonic blend of their three unique voices, acoustic guitar styles and their music backgrounds. Marisa Straccia is an illustrator and plaintive finger picking guitarist, Davy Willis a singer and artist from Tonbridge via L.A. and Jack Sharp, best known as singer for psych rock band Wolf People.

Through their Mill Race Folk Club they have shared the stage with Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and The Askew Sisters. MarisaJack&Davy are using the opportunity to learn straight from the people who sing folk songs and are sharing these discoveries via their podcast.

 

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Fri 2 Aug: Our Man In The Field (Full Band Show) with support from Fairhazel

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk DIRECTIONS

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

“Modern words to a vintage soundtrack” . One of New Roots’ most exciting discoveries of 2019 comes to The Harrison in full band guise (drums, bass, guitar, cello and pedal steel). 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.

Think of Our Man In The Field – AKA Alexander Ellis – as an independent correspondent and his songs as dispatches from his travels. He has assembled a band of the finest players and together they give a deeply personal yet wholly cathartic performance, like an off the record admission from you to yourself.

 

 

Fairhazel is the moniker for the artist Hugh Macdonald who has been releasing music for several years under his own name, performing at TEDx, Ronnie Scott’s and Sofar as well as countless gigs across the US and the UK. A citizen of the world, he grew up in Paris and Cape Town, going on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he experienced a whole new culture and inspiration for a whole a new sound- folk music drawing lyrical and melodic influence from jazz and psychedelic music , rooted in a raw acoustic aesthetic.

 

 

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.

Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com
New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

 

 

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Thurs 17 Oct: Adam Beattie with support from Dominie Hooper

‘Incredibly Beautiful’ – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

 

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
1o.00 adv BUY NOW  / 12.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm sharp. 

 

 

 

London-based Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ADAM BEATTIE’s roots in Scottish folk music and as a lifelong interest in old time jazz, blues and other folk styles inform his genre-spanning roots style. With four albums spanning a 16 year career, he has played opening shows for many of his musical heroes; Bert Jansch, Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes, has collaborated on guitar and bass with Brooke Sharkey, Scott Hirsch and Micheal Chapman, and has recently joined Rough Trade signings PicaPica, featuring singers Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates and Grammy, Mercury and MOBO nominated producer/engineer Sonny Johns.

Adam is also part of Band of Burns, 12-piece band of singers and instrumentalists featuring many of the leading talents in UK and Irish folk (Riognach Connolly – The Breath/ Honeyfeet – John Langan & Alastair Caplin – The Langan Band, Dila Varder – Dila & The Oddbeats and more..) , contributing interpretations of Robert Burns songs as well as original compositions. In 2018 Band of Burns played Celtic Connections in Glasgow on Burns night at The Old Fruitmarket, and London’s iconic Union Chapel as part of a UK-wide tour. This concert sees him previewing songs from his upcoming fifth album, with a band of piano, bass clarinet, guitar and additional vocals.

 

 

 

Support comes from singer, composer, performer and musician DOMINIIE HOOPER. Dominie is member of multi-national folk line-up Band of Burns., a much respected session and on-stage musician and singer, and a multi-discipline collaborator on a variety of music and theatre projects. Her EP ‘Lungfull’ features contributions from Ellis Davies, Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath), Angus Fairbairn (Alabaster Deplume), and Phil Howley. She has recently formed a traditional English folk duo fellow folk musician Nick Hart.

 

 

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Sun 22 Sept: Double Bill – Victoria Hume / Balladeste

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk DIRECTIONS

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

Victoria Hume was born in Brighton, raised in Dorset, studied in Oxford and spent several years living and working in London before relocating to Johannesburg in 2014. She self-released her debut album Limbs & Digits in 2009 and its follow-up Landing in 2012, championed by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music. In 2016 she signed with the hugely respected Lost Map records, home to the Pictish Trail and Rozi Plain, and recorded a session for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music. Lauren Laverne picked her first EP with Lost Map, Closing, as one of her Best of 2016.

Victoria also writes about health and medicine, including pieces based on interviews and workshops with people with experience of hospital-induced delirium (Delirium parts I and II), voice-hearing (The Isle is full of Noises) and chronic respiratory disorders (Singing Hospital). These pieces have been performed at clinical conferences and music festivals in the UK and South Africa. She is releasing new music through Lost Map as a series of postcards in 2019.

 

 

A collaboration between Preetha Narayanan (violin) and Tara Franks (cello), string duo Balladeste explore the versatility and sound potential of just two stringed instruments. With elements of contemporary minimalism, Indian classical music and folk, the duo create original compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet melodic and cinematic in quality – songs without words with a contemporary alt-folk twist.

“Gorgeous compositions and swooning melodies with warmth and fervour that demand attention” The Musician (Top Pick Album Spring 2018)

“Dazzling musicianship and transportive melodies. An utter privilege to have them on the show” The Nest Collective – Resonance FM

 

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Thurs 15 Aug: Josienne Clarke with support from Benedict Benjamin

‘Extraordinary’ (Mojo) / ‘Gently exquisite’ (The Observer) / ‘Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel’ The Financial Times

 

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
12.00 adv BUY NOW  / 15.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm, music form 8.00 pm sharp. 

 

 

New Roots presents… JOSIENNE CLARKE with support from BENEDICT BENJAMIN

Doors open 7.00 pm, music from 8.30 pm sharp. Please note, the venue consists of both seated and standing areas- to ensure a seat please arrive early.

When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious independent music champions Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis told The Guardian that she writes, ‘songs that rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure’.

With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, Josienne’s songs have also been described as extraordinary’ (Mojo), ‘gently exquisite’ (The Observer) and ‘full of depth’ (The Telegraph). While the world music bible Songlines said, ’Clarke’s dark, complex imagery in the lyrics pushes the songs into rich metaphorical territory, one of the heart and of self-enquiry’. American Songwriter magazine named Josienne one of the best songwriters of 2016.

Having been awed by a live performance at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews arranged for Josienne to act and sing in The National Theatre’s revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. In addition to performing on the Olivier stage each night – in a role specially created for her – Josienne contributed two of her own songs to the play. In their review of the acclaimed production, The Financial Times said, ‘Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel’. It marked the start of a continued relationship with the National Theatre which has included composing songs for a new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, with acclaimed young playwright Zoe Cooper.

With an elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having a voice that can ‘trickle back over centuries’) Josienne has frequently been compared to the great Sandy Denny, but present too are elements of Nina Simone and Gillian Welch; all three are important influences on her work.

Expanding beyond the folk music for which she was first known, Josienne has partnered with rising star jazz pianist Kit Downes to release the Such A Sky EP. And her friendship with London-based Scottish singer songwriter Samantha Whates has bloomed into new group PicaPica, whose debut album will be released by Rough Trade. fRoots magazine has already described the band’s sound as ‘originally exciting’.

In the last two years, Josienne has supported the great Richard Thompson on a dream-come-true tour of the UK and opened for the legendary Robert Plant in Europe. The summer of 2018 saw her perform with guitarist Ben Walker at some of the UK’s best-loved festivals, including Latitude, Larmer Tree and End Of The Road. She even found herself in demand as a writer and broadcaster, contributing to Standard Issue magazine and appearing on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to discuss her pet subject melancholy, alongside poet Simon Armitage.

With several new records and theatrical productions to look forward to in 2019, Josienne Clarke remains one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers we’ve got.

 

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NEW ROOTS is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. Its 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.

Visit the website to find out more: www.newrootsevents.com

Liten to New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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