New Roots Newsletter- Thurs 31 Oct to Sat 9 Nov + Xmas Announcements

Great new gigs on the way! Thurs 31 Oct to Sat 9 Nov + Christmas gigs announced!- tickets, details, videos…



Hiya folks – we’ve got a six brilliant events for you between now and Nov 9th, plus we’re announcing two fantastic Christmas shows! On Thurs 16 Dec we’re at the Green Note with Paul Mosley, Jack Harris and a special guest to be announced very soon (you’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out who), and on Sunday 22 December we’re in The Harrison in Kings Cross for a very special extended two set performance from the sublime Whiskey Moonface. Tickets are very limited for both of these gigs, don’t leave it too late! You’ll find tickets for Paul Mosley and Jack Harris here, and tickets for Whiskey Moonface here.  In the meantime of course, we have our fantastic programme over the next fortnight-  Our Man In The Field, Laura James, Hugo M Hardy, Hannah Nicholson, Nick Dudek, Mesadorm, Genevieve Dawson (with full band), The Rail Abandon, Robin Elliott, Men Daimler, and Dilettante across the Harrison, the Lexington, the Green Note, the Slaughtered Lamb and the Betsey Trotwood…All ticket links, youtube videos and gig details below- dive in! 

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Thurs 31 Oct: The New Roots Boutique – Our Man In The Field / Laura James / Hugo M Hardy

The Betsey Trotwood, (Upstairs Venue)
56 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, London EC1R 3BL

Ph: 020 7253 4285
7.00 adv BUY NOW / 8.50 door
Nearest tube Farringdon, 5 mins walk 

Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.



New Roots presents THE NEW ROOTS BOUTIQUE, a brand new night UPSTAIRS in the legendary Betsey Trotwood celebrating the very best in new and upcoming contemporary roots and alt-folk artists and bands. With three ensemble acts on one superb triple bill, we ask that all attending stay for the full line-up – the night’s intention is to introduce musicians and artists to each other’s audience , and to introduce the audience to great new artists. We’ll also be asking for no talking during performances, and for social media devices to be switched off so the music gets the full attention it deserves!

You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard Our Man In 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 yet familiar, and has been compared to modern day artists Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Foy Vance and Joe Purdy. 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.



After many years spent playing in different bands, working on records with David Gray, Caro and more, sharing studios with members of ElbowHugo M. Hardy’s latest musical incarnation is an exploration to the core of his evocative songwriting. Having lost loved ones and moved away from a familiar home, Hugo locked himself away in the French Alps with nothing but a guitar, a laptop, and music from Kanye, Sufjan Stevens and James Blake. By the time he brought himself back to the UK, he had written and recorded his debut album. A combination of carefully crafted acoustic and electronic production alongside thought-provoking, introspective lyrics create an atmosphere that has been likened to Elliott Smith, Bon Iver and The Microphones.



Cumbrian-born singer-songwriter Laura James is possessed of a beautiful, crystal clear voice and a set of wonderfully composed, heart-stoppingly delicate contemporary folk-pop songs. With her band Laura James & The Lyres, she has played  Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape Festival, Radio 1’s Big Weekend Kendal Calling, A Carefully Planned Festival, Solfest and Irebyas well as international festivals such as DBMC in Delaware. She has had extensive radio support from Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2BBC 6 Music’s Tom RobinsonBBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Merseyside.

“This Is gorgeous” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2



Sat 2 Oct: Hannah Nicholson with support from Nicholas Dudek

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.



Blending soulful melancholia with the controlled artistry of a classically trained singer, Hannah Nicholson gives voice to the light and dark of the human condition. Having previously performed as one half of the Manchester based psych-folk duo Bird to Beast, coupled with her extensive session work – including Maz (Snarky Puppy) and Ellie Goulding– she has gone on to create her own individual musical identity: a blend of choral, electro and folk, stitched together with a thread that runs from J.S. Bach to Judee Sill and Jane Weaver. Her Saturday 2 Nov Harrison show marks the launch of her beautiful new EP ‘Object’.

Hannah’s sophomore offering is unshakably stubborn in its pursuit of harmonic beauty; ethereal melodies wind around a marriage of piano and synthesisers, supplemented with unconventional sounds, found sounds, layered ostinatos and samples, creating a sonic palimpsest to entice the ear and entrance the soul. The percussive voice of an African Kora entwines itself with her angelic vocals in ‘Clay Bird’; in ‘How’s the Weather?’, the delicateness of a German music box punctuates the upper registers, echoing behind the emotional poignancy of her lyrics. A singularly exciting new artist, Hannah Nicholson is a powerfully individual voice- a lighthouse in a crowded sea of UK singer-songwriters. Don’t miss her.



Sun 3 Nov: Mesadorm with support from Genevieve Dawson (full band show)

The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Rd, Islington, N1 9JB

8.50 adv BUY NOW / 10.00 door
Nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.



“[Mesadorm’s] Heterogaster is the best album of [the year] so far….quite remarkable” – Rich Pitt, BBC Introducing

5-piece Bristol band Mesadorm is the collaborative project between Blythe Pepino (Vaults), Aaron Zahl, Daisy Palmer (Paloma Faith, Goldfrapp, MIKA), Jo Silverston (The Unthanks, Red Clay Halo, Frank Turner) and David Johnston (ZunZun Egui, Phil King, Chairfight!).

After a period testing the mainstream stage with a major record deal as part of London Art Pop trio Vaults, Blythe Pepino has moved back to her roots as a leftfield rock and electronica songwriter. Pulling on wide strands of influence, from the contemporary electronic sounds of Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso, to the late 60s and early 70s folk and pop giants Carole King, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, the songs on Mesadorm’s brilliant debut album ‘Heterogaster’ are based around ideas of family, sex, trust and disconnection, and come drenched in rich vocal harmonies and beautifully layered textures.

With critical acclaim from key tastemakers Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) and Jon Kennedy (X FM), and the combined talents of superb musicians married to startlingly original songwriting, all delivered through Pepino’s stunningly emotive voice, Mesadorm are set to deliver on the biggest stages in 2019/ 2020.

“I’m absolutely addicted….really affecting and beautiful. One of my favourite tracks at the moment – I’m very excited to to hear more of them”– Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music

“I love [it]… a beautiful record” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Absolutely fantastic!” – John Kennedy, Radio X

“The best we’ve played on the show..” Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing

“Melodies that originate in the left field… soothing, genuine, and perplexing… a real jewel.” – Clash Magazine

“Sublime… we’re enthralled by Blythe’s words and Mesadorm’s intense sounds.” – Get In Her Ears

“Mesadorm have that uncanny ability to find that perfect line between pop and experimentation. They achieve a rare and colourful psychedelic minimalism that is strikingly engaging.” – Folk Radio UK




Tues 5 Nov: The Rail Abandon & Isaac Birituro

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 DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.00 pm, music from 8.15 pm sharp. 



The Rail Abandon is the musical (dis)guise of Sonny Johns, Grammy, MOBOand 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.

In 2016 Sonny went to Ghana and met master xylophone player Isaac Birituro. After an instant music connection, they spent 3 days in a church making the basis of the album Kalba. Sonny then called upon musician friends, such as Polar Bear’s Seb RochfordLeafcutter John and Mark Lockheart as well as Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin and Samantha Whates, to produce “one of the most exciting things I’ve worked on in the 20 years of the label,” – Dom Servini, Wah Wah 45s.

The album is a collaboration between Ghanaian and UK songwriters, recorded by 28 musicians from around the world, a mixture of traditional Ghanaian xylophone music, British folk, Afrobeat, Highlife, electronica and a whole lot more.

Incorporating new members on trombone/synth (Raph Clarkson), drums (Yuval Wetzler), vocalist Yolanda Eyama and master balaphone player Moussa Dembele, The Rail Abandon will be touring the music from Kalba as a five-piece recreating the sound of 28 musicians on the album.



Sat 9 Nov: Robin Elliott ‘There Is A Land’ Album Launch with support from Men Daimler / Dilettante

The Slaughtered Lamb
34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell,  EC1V 0DX.
 020 7253 1516
8.50 adv BUY NOW / 10.00 door
Nearest tube Farringdon, 8 mins walk

Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.



Robin Elliott’s full-length debut album, There is a Land, will be released across digital platforms and 12” vinyl, and launched with a full band show at The Slaughtered Lamb on Saturday 9th November. Co-produced by longtime collaborator and Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Ben Walker (Folkroom Records), the album weaves diverse strands of influence into a compelling, coherent whole. Its 10 songs are each utterly different but are united by Robin’s compelling bespoke arrangements for the same small palette of instruments each time. At the centre is Elliott’s voice: beautiful, strange and distinctive, equally adept at the high and plaintive as the declamatory or the dry. And there are jokes, odd references, intricate vocal harmonies, jazz players, weird skips beyond the fourth wall.

There are hints of all this across Robin’s three previous releases, the EPs At Sunset and Green Ginger Wine (Textbook Records), and Weapons Antique & Modern (Folkroom Records). Live shows have taken him around the UK several times with contemporaries Jack Harris, Samantha Whates andCameron Niven, and further afield into France, Italy and Brazil. T.

Support on the evening comes from alt-folk provocateur Men Diamler and solo artist Dilettante.



Monday 18 Nov: Beg Friend with support from Faultress at The Harrison, Kings Cross

Electronica & alt-folk blend with hints of Elliot Smith, Bon Ever and Thom Yorke. TICKETS & DETAILS HERE

Sat 23 Nov: Ned Roberts with support from Martha St Arthur at The Harrison, Kings Cross

Superb UK singer-songwriter signed to the Green Note affiliated Aveline label, home to Ruth Theodore and Ani Di Franco.  ‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music / ‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday TICKETS & DETAILS HERE

Weds 27 Nov: Samantha Whates/ Fiona Bevan/ Piney Gir at The Green Note, Camden

New Roots presents a killer singer-songwriter all-female triple bill featuring Fiona Bevan (Ed Sheeran co-writer), Indie legend Piney Gir, and Rough Trade recording artist Samantha Whates (PicaPica). TICKETS & DETAILS HERE

That’s all from New Roots for now if there’s anything more you’d like to know please drop me an email to Cheers! Rory.


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