Great new gigs on the way! Mon 18 Nov to Tues 3 Dec – tickets, details, videos & more…!
Hiya folks – we’ve got five fantastic gigs for you between now and 3 Dec, stretching from the electronic soundscapes of Beg Friend and Faultress to the classic songwriting of Ned Roberts (with great support from Martha St Arthur), queens of indie-folk and alt-folk Piney Gir, Samantha Whates and Fiona Bevan to the mind-bending contemporary jazz and minimalist mix of Organelles, and finishing up with the world-folk tour de force of John Langan, Alastair Caplin and Dila Vardar. All killer, no filler. Ticket links, youtube videos and gig details below, with more for the Christmas run-up on the website- dive in!
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Mon 18 Nov Beg Friend / Faultress
Multi-instrumentalist Joe da Costa from South London is composer, singer and producer Beg Friend. Combining guitar led folk, intricate electronica and intimate vocal lines, his cinematic and alternative pop sound is underpinned with a lyrically poetic sensibility. The resulting songs can be found nestled stylistically between the emotional directness of Elliot Smith, the delicacy of Bon Iver and the electronic experimentation of Thom Yorke… Following on the heels of his debut single ‘For The Win’ this gig marks the release of his new EP ‘Make Shift’ ‘on Babylegs Records, home to Mesadorm.
“…like falling into a gorgeous dream from which you never want to wake.” Rick Pearson, Evening Standard
“Beg Friend’s sound is cinematic but also deeply pop – beautiful” Where The Music Meets
Faultress creates incisive and psychological songs that offer us a look into the complex fragmentation of feminine power, desire and mental health in a rapidly changing musical and cultural world. With a diverse set of influences that includes the likes of Kate Bush, James Blake, Aldous Harding, FKA Twigs and Joni Mitchell, Faultress plays both solo and in ensemble form (the full band show features an epic six-part girl choir replete with synths and drums). Playing solo at The Harrison tonight, she will perform with piano and loop stations.
Sat 23 Nov: Ned Roberts with support from Martha St Arthur
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 Delines and Sarabeth Tucek. He has also toured the West Coast of the US, embarked on a 14-date tour of Germany, as well as gigs in France, Spain and Italy.
‘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
Martha St Arthur’s razor-sharp observations on modern life and how to survive it combine with a super-tight focus on what makes a great pop song to mark her out as one to watch. Armed with a set of all-killer-no-filler, superbly honed, fiercely intelligent songs that take their cues from Laura Marling, Regina Spektor, Margo Price and First Aid Kit, she comfortably goes beyond her influences to create something distinctly and defiantly her own.
“We were hooked on this from first listen…a beautiful slice of country and folk-infused pop” – Folk Radio UK
Thurs 27 Nov: Samantha Whates / Piney Gir / Fiona Bevan
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 signings Picapica with her long time friend and collaborator Josienne Clarke. She has just released her brilliant second album ‘Waiting Rooms’ to great acclaim.
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 album Talk to Strangers 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 Leeand Ed Harcourt.
‘Startling odysseys that suggest Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined’ The Guardian
The inimitable Piney Gir has been described as a ‘musical chameleon’, and ‘the Indie Dolly Parton’. Hailing from Kansas in America, she has been a key player in trhe UK music scene since moving to London in 1998. Her long list of career credits includes six critically received solo albums, collaborations with Andy Ramsey (Stereolab), Rob Campanella (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), Eamon Hamilton (Brakes/ British Sea Power) and Simple Kid, and BBC radio sessions for Mark Radcliffe, Marc Riley, and Cerys Matthews. Her songs have appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Hit & Miss, Made in Chelsea, Misfits, Drifters, Waterloo Road, Being Human, Fried, Talking to the Dead, What Remains, Switch, and in feature films Nina Forever, You’re Not You (Hilary Swank), C’e Chi Dice No, and American Girl.
Fri 29 Nov: Organelles
‘Exquisite meta-pop hewn from crystalline shards of jazz ambience and whirled into prismatic splendour. The cure for all ills.’ (VENUE Magazine)
Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.15 pm. Organelles will play two sets with a thirty minute interval. Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk.
The intricate and beautiful contemporary jazz and minimalist-inflected music of trumpet, guitar, bass and drums quartet Organelles defies categorisation. Playing a VERY rare London show, the Bristol four-piece features Paul Bradley of alt-folk pioneers Three Cane Whale and Pete Judge of jazz supergroup Get The Blessing (Jim Barr/ Portishead, Clive Deemer/ Radiohead). If you’re a fearless musical explorer you can’t afford to miss this in all its challenging, enthralling, masterful splendour. And all in the confines of the intimate Harrison basement- nights like this don’t come along very often, don’t miss it….
Tues 3 Dec: John Langan, Alastair Caplin & Dila Vardar
New Roots presents a very special trio performance from John Langan, Alastair Caplin and Dila Vardar.
Known for raucous abandon with trio The Langan Band (award winners at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival), this show sees something very different from John Langan and renowned fiddler Alastair Caplin. Joined by brilliant singer Dila Vardar (Dila and the Oddbeats), the trio will be performing a very special collection of traditional folk songs dear to their heart, honed at the festival campfires and after shows over the years.
Expect superb musicianship and a wonderful collection from across the global spectrum, with everything from Scottish and Irish to European, Turkish, American and South American folk in the mix. John, Alastair and Dila are key members of twelve-piece folk supergroup Band of Burns, also featuring Riognach Conolly (The Breath/ BBC Folk Awards Best Vocalist 2019), Mikey Kenney, Adam Beattie and Dominie Hooper.
LATER IN DECEMBER…..
Monday 9 December: The Magic Lantern at The Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green
‘The Life That I Have’ EP launch, full band show. ‘Extraordinary’ Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music / ‘Gorgeous, beautiful. This stopped me in my tracks.’ Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 / ‘Dreamy, beautiful. Something very, very special’ Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music . TICKETS & DETAILS HERE
Thurs 19 Dec: Paul Mosley, Jack Harris plus a very special guest TBA, at The Green Note, Camden
A cornucopia of Yuletide revelries and a feast of festive celebrations with Jack Harris and Paul Mosley (plus a very special guest addition to be announced soon!). Expect collaborations and Christmas songs alongside the artist’s own formidable repertoires. TICKETS & DETAILS HERE
Sun 22 Dec: Whiskey Moonface Christmas Special at The Harrison, Kings Cross
New Roots presents a Whiskey Moonface very special extended performance at The Harrison. The band will play two sets with a thirty minute interval inbetween. Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm 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 email@example.com. Cheers! Rory.