New Roots Newsletter- Thurs 30 Jan to Thurs 13 Feb

Great new gigs on the way! Thurs 30 Jan to Thurs 13 Feb – tickets, details, videos & more…!



Hiya folks – we’ve got four great New Roots gigs on the way for you between now and 13 Feb! Ticket links, youtube videos and gig details below, with lots more for the coming months up on the website- dive in! 


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Thurs 30 Nov: The New Roots Boutique: Gus White / Prima Queen / Rob Quo

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 acts on one superb triple bill, we ask that all attending stay for the full line-up – the ethos of the night 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!

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 resoundingly contemporary. Gus’s beautifully composed alt-folk songs are supported by fine close harmony accompaniment from singer Kristin McFadden, fleshed out by cello and clarinet.

‘Warmly recommended for fans of Nick Drake, John Martyn… fresh minted for the 21st century’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music



Prima Queen is an all female indie/alternative rock band fronted by songwriting duo and best friends Louise Macphail (Bristol, UK) and Kristin McFadden (Chicago, USA). Combining vulnerable and nostalgic story telling with light-hearted lyrical imagery, their bitter-sweet and gritty style draws influences from artists such as Alvvays, Julia Jacklin, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. Prima Queen were named in the ‘Top 5 Indie Queens’ by influential blog Wolf In A Suit, describing their music as ‘beautiful harmonies created by two talented women through sounds that showcase the storytelling of folk, the rebellious charm of rock and the connection with the people of pop’.



Taking inspiration from the folk innovators of the 60’s/70’s, those who drew blues & jazz into the genre, and breaking new ground via music’s most well-beaten path, Rob Gore‘s songs draw from the folk/blues tradition – simple melodies atop sympathetic guitar arrangements, with the message always at the very forefront.



Sat 1st Feb: Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers

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. 



“Our record of the week” – Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Marconi (BBC Radio 2)

“I put it on and thought this is the stuff!” – Phil Jupitus (BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music)

“The band I always wanted to be in…” Jamie T

A perfect Saturday night rockin’-roots-rhythm & blues band, Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers have spent the last 10 years honing their sound, playing countless shows across the UK and Europe. All three members are much-respected musicians in their own right, their careers ranging from collaborative work with legendary film director David Lynch to the British musical icon Donovan, and extensive time spent in the vibrant British burlesque and alternative cabaret scene. It is from these experiences that the band have forged their unique sound, channeling in equal measure the rock’n’roll spirit of Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios, the electric blues of Howlin’ Wolf, the bass-heavy jazz attitude of Charles Mingus, the noir themes of Tom Waits, and the electric energy of Captain Beefheart. Above ell else, the super tight sound of the rock’n’roll, rocking blues, rhythm & blues and beyond that Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers bring lights up the room like an arclight- the best way to spend a Saturday night!

The three-piece have performed at many of the best venues and festivals across the UK and Europe including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, The Big Chill, The Scala and Hammersmith Palais, and have shared the stage with Son of Dave, Imelda May, Florence & The Machine, The Sadies, Fat Freddie’s Drop and countless more across their career to date.



Sun 2nd Feb: Alden, Patterson & Dashwood / Bird In The Belly 

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. 



Taking inspiration from the twin pillars of American bluegrass and English folk, Alden Patterson & Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies backed with fiddle, dobro and guitar 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 prestigious Folk 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



Brighton based quartet Bird in the Belly collect 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), linking them stylistically to contemporaries Stick In The Wheel and Lankum. 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, with the Sunday Express giving the album 5 stars and hailing it folk album of the year.



Tues 4 Nov: SOLD OUT Ned Roberts plus special guest Michele Stodart

The Slaughtered Lamb
34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell,  EC1V 0DX.
 020 7253 1516
Nearest tube Farringdon, 8 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.



Ned Roberts launches his new album “Dream Sweetheart” on Aveline Records, with special guest support from Michele Stodart.

Dream Sweetheart is Ned Roberts’ third album, and his third with producer Luther Russell (Richmond Fontaine, Fabiano do Nascimento, Sarabeth Tucek), recorded in Los Angeles in Electrosound Studios. His eponymous debut was a predominantly solo affair, and garnered significant national press, notably in UNCUT and The Guardian. The second, Outside My Mind, added an Americana expanse to the folk foundations of his debut, cutting live to tape to create a warm, spacious sound. It was released to wide acclaim on Aveline Records in 2017 (Ani Difranco, Ruth Theodore), and played across BBC 6Music and BBC Radio Scotland. Dream Sweetheart builds further on this creative dynamic. With ten days in the studio, and working from simple acoustic demos, the ethos of the record was one of invention and spontaneity. The copper pan loops on Slower than the Sea, the train/rain soundtrack to Stay A Little Longer, the late night recording of cicadas that accompanies Miles Between – these are just a sample of the soundscapes that resulted from staying open and alive to the possibilities each song suggested, whilst keeping Ned’s voice front and centre.

Ned has toured widely around the UK. 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, Sam Morrow, and The Stray Birds. He has toured the West Coast of the US, and recently embarked on a 10 date tour of Germany, as well as gigs in France, Spain and Italy.

DREAM SWEETHEART will be released on January 31st on Aveline Records, with a UK tour in February 2020.



Thurs 13 Feb: Mock Deer Album Launch plus special guest The Magic Lantern

The Water Rats
328 Grays Inn Rd, Kings Cross WC1X 8BZ

Ph 020 7833 3312
10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 Door
Nearest Kings Cross, 5 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.00 pm, music from 8.15 pm sharp. 



A self-taught musician with a unique playing and writing style, Mock Deer has spent the majority of his life in the North of England. He has immersed himself in the capital’s alt-folk scene over recent years, playing shows for many of the best local promoters and touring both in the U.K. and Europe. As well as writing original music for theatre and television, he has released 2 EPs ‘Cold and Bright’ and ‘How We Used to live’.

Over the years Mock Deer has shared the stage with The Burning Hell (Can), Rainbrother (DK), Sam Brookes (UK) and Kristin McClement (UK) as well as many U.K. festivals, including repeat performances at the prestigious Festival No.6, Wilderness and Head for the Hills festivals.



The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe, an independent artist dedicated to remedying the anxiety and fear present in everyone. Born in Australia before moving to the UK at 12, he is a part of a thriving scene of contemporary musicians living in London who sit across and between genres from folk to jazz, to go about things their own way.

‘Beautiful’ – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Extraordinary. Beautiful poised singing, amazing
lyrics and hypnotic production”
– Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“Gorgeous, beautiful. This stopped me in my tracks. Slightly surreal, in all the right ways”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“Dreamy, beautiful. Something very, very special” – Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music



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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