Associated Artists

Below are a selection of some of the very fine artists we’re lucky enough to work with regularly. All are fantastic, don’t miss them- at a New Roots night or elsewhere!

Adam Beattie & The Consultants

Adam Beattie and the Consultants have a long standing association with New Roots and The Glad Sunday Sessions. Beattie ploughs a similar furrow to Tom Waits and Nick Cave’s downtempo work, noir folk blues with a dark edge and a big heart that never fails to move an audience. You’ll hear traces of old-time jazz, swing and parlour songs in his sound, now abstracted to a sharper, darker and more modern jazz influenced  setting.

 

Alden Patterson & Dashwood

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. The trio features members of much respected Norwich folk bands Murphy’s Lore, Woodland Creatures and Dumbfoundus.

★★★★★ fRoots Album of the Year 2016 Editor’s Choice Winners

‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016

★★★★ Songlines – ‘Obviously something of enormous promise’

★★★★ R2 – ‘Talented and poetic triumvirate’

Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading discovered Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer in 2012, choosing them to support her on tour. She loved them so much she called them again in 2015 to repeat the engagement. The duo combine classic close harmony style with superbly honed songwriting craft to produce a brilliantly accessible roots sound, taking influence from the The Everly Brothers to Simon & Garfunkel, John Martyn to the countrified Grateful Dead. They’ve just released their eponymous debut EP, great things await.

 

 

The Beguilers

Fred Thomas’ latest album ‘The Beguilers’ weaves crafted song-writing into the narratives of poems by William Blake, Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Walter Savage Landor and Thomas Carew. Drawing on a wonderfully strange repository of musical influences – English folk, Joao Gilberto, Minimalism, the Aka Pigmies, The Beatles, and the English Madrigal School – Fred Thomas’ settings delicately bring the poets’ images and metaphors to life with finely wrought harmonies and luscious melodies. Joining Fred for his album launch will be an all star line-up assembled specially for the occasion: Pete Flood (Bellowhead), Alex Bonney (Bill Frisell), Nat Keen (Flying Ibex), Liam Byrne (Damon Albarn), Dave Shulman (Cleo Lane), all unified by the hauntingly beautiful voice of Ellie Rose Rusbridge (Beardy Man). Expect spell-binding poetry, unearthly grooves and hypnotising interplay from a special group of musicians for a unique and one-off performance at The Winemakers Club. Limited edition copies of ‘The Beguilers’ will be available for sale.

“a beautiful thing….The Beguilers is absolutely gorgeous” – Guy Garvey, BBC Radio 6

“The Beguilers’ version of Blake’s ‘London’ is the finest setting of the poem that I know – the human ear adorned with manacles more beautiful than any earring” – Tim Heath, Chair of the Blake Society

“The Beguilers make these classic works come to life” – The Liminal

“The Beguilers start with songs based on some of the greatest poetry in the English language, but it’s the combination of Ellie Rose’s haunting voice with Fred Thomas’s beautiful compositions that give this band its unique and unclassifiable quality – a treat equally for lovers of poetry, jazz, classical music and folksong” – Peter Slavid

 

Benedict Benjamin

Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita). His debut album ‘Night Songs’ is a collection of timeless compositions recorded in a series of churches, bedrooms and kitchens across London and Kent with producer Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union). Ben is first and foremost a classic songwriter, his wonderfully cinematic songs are shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His music undercuts the dreamlike beauty of early 60s pop with lyrics frank and poetic, taking you to a David Lynch-like world that makes the heart swell and the head spin.

 

Bernhard Schimpelsberger

Bernhard Schimpelsberger grew up in Austria deeply rooted in Jazz and Western classical music. It was his dedicated years of studies in India, however, which shaped his unique approach to rhythm and music. Under the tutelage of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, one of the legendary Tabla masters of the age, Bernhard immersed himself in the Indian rhythmic system and incorporated its poetry and intricacy into his Western oriented music making. Percussionist and acclaimed composer Schimpelsberger has toured the globe performing with legendary artists Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Akram Khan, Talvin Singh, Susheela Raman and his own group Circle of Sound. (feat Soumik Datta) In 2016 he travelled for 10 weeks across Europe, initiating 10 world premiere collaborations.

Bird In The Belly

Bird In The Belly are a recently formed folk collective, consisting of alt-folk artist Jinnwoo, traditional folk duo Hickory Signals, instrumentalist and producer Tom Pryor, and musician and visual artist Epha Roe. They have spent the last year collecting and recording little known and rarely recorded traditional folk songs, which they have put together to form their debut record together ‘The Crowing’, recently released through Proper/GF*M Records.

 

Brooke Sharkey

London based singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey was raised between France and England, since her return she has released 2 Eps and 2 full length albums ‘One Dress’ (2012) and ‘Wandering Heart’ (V2 records- 2016). Brooke was featured in the The Guardian ‘Top 50 Independent Artists In The World’ in November 2016. Producing her music in collaboration with band members based in and around East London, her unique sound has been described as ‘..adorned with emotional vocals and sliding string sections that create a tense air of melancholy that few others can master so simply and so elegantly. Brooke Sharkey oozes a creativity that radiates emotion. She is a woman who bleeds artistry’ (Fresh beats)

With a vocal style that switches effortlessly between lithely melodic and fiery, set against a deeply atmospheric musical backdrop, comparisons with the likes of Kate Bush, Ane Brun and Cat Power are inevitable.  She has captured the attention of national media, and has supported artists such as Thomas Dybdahl, Ben Watt and french artist Tété as well as headlining London’s iconic venues The Union Chapel, Bush Hall, and The Jazz Cafe.

‘..so beautiful’ Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music

”What places her on a higher plane than most of her contemporaries is… the sheer strength of her songwriting, and the truly soul shifting quality of her voice… This is mature, refined songwriting of the highest calibre.’  The Observer

‘..an incredible voice, amazing control and grace’ Time Out London

Dai & The Ramblers

4-piece Dai & The Ramblers recorded their debut album Duw Duw, crammed full of their brilliant brand of honky-tonk, folk and gonzo jazz, at legendary Toe Rag studios in 2013. Songwriter and singer Dai Price comes from Newport in South Wales, and previously worked with psychedelic cumbia outfit Los Chinches. Rupert Gillett grew up in Germany, and plays double bass and cello. He also performs with the London Klezmer Quartet and produces records at The Cabin studio in Walthamstow. Sheffield-born Alan Dunn plays piano and accordion, and has worked with folk legends such as Loudon Wainright III and Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson. South African fiddler Bob Loveday has performed and recorded with artists as varied as Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Paul McCartney.

“I love his voice; I love the whole band.” Paul Heaton (The Beatiful South)

“Absolutely gorgeous… They make a beautiful sound.” Janice Long (BBC Radio 2)

“A joyous romp… will raise your spirits and gladden your heart” Michael Farley (Americana UK)

 

Ellie Rose Rusbridge/ INMIRIAM

Described by Time Out as playing ‘dusk-lit songs, strong and tender and sung in a voice that curls darkly at the edges in a way that’ll entice fans of Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor’, the wonderfully talented Ellie Rose Rusbridge brings her full band to the Glad tonight for what promises to be a very special performance.

 

Ferris & Sylvester

In early 2016 London based duo Ferris & Sylvester’s alt-country tinged fine harmony and superbly crafted songwriting caught the ear of legendary producer Youth (Paul McCartney/ The Verve/ Beth Orton). He invited them to to record at his studio in Spain, where they recorded their soon to be released debut EP, ‘Save Yourself’. Greenwich Village 1966 is a clear reference in their catchy folk sound, from the Lovin’ Spoonful to Mamas & Papas, with contemporary nods to the likes of Laura Marling and Conor Oberst completing the picture.

Findlay Brown

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, it’s 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 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 on May 18th releases ‘Not Everything Beautiful Is Good’. 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 esoteric, 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

Firefly Burning

Currently working with Talk Talk producer Tim Friese-Green, East London collective Firefly Burning blend influences from the chamber folk style of Sufjan Stevens and the post-minimalism of John Adams. to modern classical composition and Eastern and African folk music. Close harmonies and intricate rhythms set an intimate and intense atmosphere that demands and repays close attention. A truly unique ensemble, they’re a real Sunday evening treat.

‘fresh, original and often audacious- old and original at the same time..’ ★★★★ MOJO

★★★★ The Times

★★★★ OHM

‘the music is so utterly hypnotic…Firefly are intoxicating, beautiful and affirming’ Matchbox Magazine

‘urgent dancing piano lines and frantic strings over which Bea Hankey sings with majestic, hypnotic grace..’ Time Out

 

 

Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets

Gabriel Moreno is a Gibraltarian poet and singer songwriter who has been performing for the past 20 years in Gibrlatar, Peru, Italy, Spain, USA and the United Kingdom. His folk songs are both poetic and political, mining the same rich seams as Leonard Cohen, Fabrizio D’Andre and Georges Brassens. In 2015 he joined up with The Quivering Poets, Basha Bartz, Pablo Campos, Pablo Yupton, Adam Beattie and Sergio Contreras to create a wonderful new alt-folk band that push his poetry and song to new musical territories. Gabriel also hosts the legendary folk institution ‘The Lantern Society’, running for the last ten years at London’s Betsey Trotwood venue.

Gem Andrews

Berlin based Liverpudlian singer-songwriter and UK alt-country queen Gem Andrews takes influence from roots artists as diverse as KD Laing to Kitty Wells, Lucinda Williams to Ani Di Franco, Emmylou Harris to the Be Good Tanyas. Her deep understanding of folk and country craft shines through in her beautifully written songs- in a wonderfully vibrant UK roots and Americana scene she stands out as a leading player.

Andrews has released two critically acclaimed albums to date on Market Square Records, recorded with a diverse array of talented players, from Chris Hillman (Billy Bragg), Nicky Rushton (And All Because the Lady Loves), Gabriel Minnikin (The Guthries, Ruth Minnikin), to Sue McLaren (Paul Van Dyk) and Beccy Owen. Her most recent album ‘Vancouver’ (the title track stems from her time in Canada, where she hooked up with Sam Parton from the Be Good Tanyas), produced by Martin Stephenson, has been described by Three Chords & The Truth as ‘mesmerising…drenched in pure emotion and sincerity’. She plays tonight acompanied by her full band.

‘A gifted writer, Andrews is a real diamond’ Folk Radio UK

Genevieve Dawson

Genevieve Dawson is a singer-songwriter originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. Bringing together a frank lyrical style with a wonderfully rich and soulful tone, her sophisticated sound, supported by a superbly accomplished five piece band of keys, horns, bass and drums, pulls influence from jazz and folk in equal measure. She has recently completed studies in composition at Goldsmiths University of London, following in the footsteps of James Blake and Rosie Lowe, amongst many other esteemed alumni.

‘ [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.

Gus White

Growing up in a small village in Wiltshire, Gus White began his career as a choir boy, discovering his passion for music at an early age. He studied Sonic Arts at Queen’s University Belfast and Popular Music at Goldsmiths University of London. He has been greatly influenced by folk artists such as Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, and by the countryside in which he grew up, contributing to his particularly English and pastoral sound.

Hickory Signals

Hickory Signals are multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti. Combining Laura Ward’s crystal clear, formidable folk voice with guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and a variety of percussion, the band’s set combines re-interpretations of traditional folk songs with original, self-penned material. Layer ing sounds sensitively and minimally to atmospheric effect, their music has been described as haunting, cinematic, un-rushed and detailed.

Ken Brown of FATEA Magazine said of Hickory Signals “Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere…. Laura Ward does indeed have a lovely voice… almost a slightly more melodious Maddy Prior…”

The album was mixed by Ian Carter, mastered by Lowland Masters and will be released through GF*M Records and Proper Distribution.

“The songs float from past to present to past seamlessly, with shades of Sandy Denny and a beauty crucial to the trad folk movement back then” – Frank Gutch Jr., No Depression

“Ward has one of the most pure, charming and elegant voices on the circuit today…” – Joe Knipe, Artree Folk and Roots Magazine

“Laura Ward’s vocals elevate [Hickory Signals] nto a rarefied atmosphere…” Samuel Valdéz López, Now Then Magazine

“Hickory Signals is a band keyed in to the wistful passing of time and the melancholic awe of the natural world” – Jon Doyle, Wake the Deaf

“A haunting female vocal, and a beautiful picked guitar….Ward’s voice has a clarity which grabs your attention, particularly in the upper register, and it is this which gives interest to this recording…. Hickory Signals are certainly a duo to watch for the future.” – Will Wilkins, Bright Young Folk

Jack Harris

A firm favourite of the New Roots Sessions, Jack Harris was a South by Southwest showcasing artist at 17. He was the first international act to win the New Folk songwriting competition at The Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas- previous winners include Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and Devon Sproule.. A virtuosic guitar player and wonderfully authentic folk singer and songwriter, he has shared the stage with everyone from Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick to Anais Mitchell and Jeffrey Foucault.

 

 

Jinnwoo

Brighton-based visual artist and singer-songwriter Jinnwoo’s critically-acclaimed debut ‘Your Baby’ E.P. resulted in his being named one of The Independent’s ‘Faces to Watch 2015’. His long-awaited debut album ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light.’ was released on the much respected Cargo label on 2nd Sept 2016. The album features collaborations with Malcolm Middleton, Alasdair Roberts, Kami Thompson (The Rails) and Kylie La Grange. His sparse atmospheric folk-soundscapes, laced with ghostly string arrangements and his exceptional acoustic guitar work, offer a kind of ‘spooked’ ‘gothic’ folk that sounds like no other. ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ is nothing short of a seminal record and Jinnwoo a true original.

The Independent – “jinnwoo is the most singular new folk talent in some time” 4/5

The Guardian – “Jinnwoo’s gothic folk-croak is a confessional reel unspooling from his innards, a tale of circling doom”

The Line of Best Fit – “A rising talent in the folk world, Jinnwoo has been setting hearts ablaze with his off-kilter guitarisms and distinct, emotive vocals.”

 

 

Josienne Clarke 

When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious 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, the songs Josienne has recorded with the guitarist Ben Walker have also been described as “extraordinary” (Mojo), “gently exquisite” (The Observer) and “full of depth” (The Telegraph). In 2016 American Songwriter magazine named Josienne Clarke one of the best songwriters of the year.

Having been bowled over by Clarke & Walker’s live performance at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, where the artists won the Best Duo prize, 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews invited 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 – Clarke 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 became the start of several ongoing theatrical collaborations to be staged in the near future.

With an elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having a voice that can “trickle back over centuries”) she 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.

With new records from Clarke & Walker on the way, new recordings from her Rough Trade-signed four piece project PicaPica, featuring Samantha Whates, Adam Beattie, and Grammy nominee Sonny Johns, and the confident beginnings of an exciting solo career, Josienne Clarke continues to be one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers of her generation.

 

 

Leonie Evans

Leonie Evans started been performing at the age of 5 and has never stopped….Her never ending tour has brought her to the furthest reaches of Britain, Europe, Japan & the USA. What sets Leonie Evans her apart from just a discography and list of tour dates are the countless guest vocals, collaborations, performances in the streets and jazz clubs of New Orleans, spontaneous jams at parties and festivals and, perhaps most precious of all, the sprawling web of connections growing between Leonie and her ever-expanding family of musical sisters and brothers.

Her output to date has included two exquisite albums of dreamy, jazzy, unclassifiable song craft as part of the Bristol-based quartet Rae, a series of limited edition solo CDs, and a just-released, ecstatically recieved album ‘Collaborations Volume 1’, recorded in 9 different locations and featuring 34 guest musicians. Artists featured include Riognach Connolly (The Breath/ Honeyfeet), Brooke Sharkey, Liam Magill (Syd Arthur) and Adam Beattie. Expect some surprise guests at this performance!

“I was just blown away by her” Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 2016

“Jazz and Folk flirt en route to New Orleans via Canterbury with Evans’ slinky, supple vocal…One slot on Later with Jools holland is all it would take” Prog Magazine

 

Low Chimes

Favourites of Elbow’s Guy Garvey and 6 Music’s Marc Riley, known until very recently as Hot Feet, Low Chimes have released two acclaimed Eps under their previous moniker, with the band’s debut album set for release in Autumn 2017.

Since their last release, the band have spent time working to develop a fuller sound, finding influences beyond folk, rock and blues. The core live elements remain, with the introduction of synths, samples and other electronics lending the music exciting new shades and nuances, taking them into new territories beyond their more retro roots. Narratives of nature and seasonal change, new beginnings and letting go serve as metaphors for darker themes- strands of solitude and esacapism contrast with messages of hope. Low Chimes are a complex and hugely exciting band pushing to find new ground for alt-folk and contemporary rock, a band very much ready for 2017.

“Truly nothing short of fabulous… really wonderful” – Marc Riley, 6Music

“I predict great things” – Guy Garvey, 6Music

“…a delight. This is the sound of early Belle and Sebastian, Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling all rolled into one in a gently seductive and soothing concoction. Mellifluous sounds plucked from lead and rhythm guitar and ably enunciated by the light brush of the drums” – Supajam

“Beautifully progressive and original but with a nod to some of the greats. They are one of the best bands out there today.” – Folk Radio UK

 

 

Lucas & King

Lucas and King are a truly exciting new young duo emerging from Brighton. Songs of exceptional craft and depth pull influence from classic folk and American roots influences, delivered with the spine-tingling, unforgettable voice of Bo King and perfectly judged guitar accompaniment from Hayleigh Lucas.

 

 

Lucy Kitt

A consumate songwriter and superbly accomplished folk player and singer, Lucy Kitt’s creative soul looks west acoss the Atlantic- LA’s Laurel Canyon bears great influence on her warmly mellow sound. The folky edge that dominates the character of her music takes influence from the work of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny and Neil Young, and her perfectly crafted songwriting style shows a crystal clear vision and rock solid foundations strong enough to take such reference points.

 

 

The Magic Lantern

Jamie Doe aka Magic Lantern’s debut album ‘A World In A Grain Of Sand’ was self-released in June 2011 on Hectic Eclectic Records. Recorded with a full ensemble it was a stunning piece of chamber folk, receiving critical acclaim from press and radio alike. 2014 sees Jamie return Magic Lantern to its solo roots, with a focus on emotional intensity and directness. Last year saw Magic Lantern commissioned to write scores for a number of plays and films in addition to extensive touring. His second Magic Lantern album ‘Love of Too Much Living’ was released in Autumn 2014 on Smugglers Records.

‘Beautiful music”’BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

‘Classic,’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio

“Outstanding” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

‘Very, very special’Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

‘Iexceptional’ The Guardian

‘An exciting new talent’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

 

 

Ma Polaine’s Great Decline

Ma Polaine’s Great Decline play a highly potent mix of rhythm and blues and country soul with flavours of gypsy jazz, vaudeville and music hall, all performed with a focused intensity. Taking inspiration from the 1940′s jazz of Billie Holiday, the delta blues of Howlin’ Wolf and the genre sidestepping of Tom Waits, their music moves from foot tapping abandon to subtle intensity. Beth Packer’s superbly soulful voice, mean blues harp and Clinton Hough’s virtuoso guitar are supported by a superbly tight rhythm section, intertwining horns, piano and accordion to produce a truly exciting roots sound.

 

 

Mesadorm

“ [Mesadorm’s] Heterogaster is the best album of 2018 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 musicianship married to startlingly original songwriting, all delivered with Pepino’s stunningly emotive voice, Mesadorm look set to deliver on the biggest stages in 2019.

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 in 2018”” – 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 in 2018” 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

MG Boulter

M G Boulter is a singer and songwriter living on the coast of the Thames Estuary, England. Releasing his debut album in Spring 2012 under the name The Whispering Pines, Boulter has been an integral member of leadimg UK Americana band The Lucky Strikes since 2007, starting out on bass before switching to guitar and vocals, as well as penning much of their material. Since accompanying Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) on various dates including a prestigious Green Man Festival headline set in 2011, Matthew has become a full member of The Simone Felice Band, touring the US and UK, also opening shows as solo performer. As a much sought after pedal steel and guitar player he has also worked with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Mumford & Sons, and is currently touring in Emily Portman’s Coracle Band and Blue Rose Code.

“Gorgeous, in a word” ★ ★ ★ ★ Uncut

“Highly Recommended” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Independent on Sunday

“Lovely.. ” ★ ★ ★ ★ Mojo

“Brings freshness to songwriting” ★ ★ ★ ★ Telegraph

“The best of 2016, no contest” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Morning Star

 

 

Michele Stodart

Over a decade since Mercury-nominated four piece The Magic Numbers landed in the top ten with their double-platinum-selling debut album, Michele Stodart took leave of the band she formed with her brother Romeo, to release her second solo album‘Pieces’on 8th July 2016.

Released four years after her solo debut, ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’, the nine songs that comprise ‘Pieces’ confirm that, almost by stealth, Michele has turned into an artist whose work bears strong comparison to some of the iconic songwriters that helped shape her outlook.

“With your first album,” explains Michele, “It’s very much a matter of planting your flag in the ground, assembling the best songs you’ve got, and saying, ‘Here I am.’ With this one though, I could start thinking about something more narrated and focus on the storytelling a bit more……There was never a plan to start making solo records,” says Michele. “But then something happens. The songs you’ve been writing just for yourself, whilst playing in a completely different band, take on a life of their own”.

‘Stodart’s solo career..sits in a rich tradition that encompasses such touchstone female performers as Karen Dalton and Judee Sill…Etta James..Alison Moorer [&] Gillian Welch. Pieces may well be the most impressive record she’s ever made, with or without brother Romeo and band’. MOJO Magazine

‘A thing of perfection’ FRUK

 

Mishaped Pearls

At the forefront of a very exciting new wave of UK folk, six piece Mishaped Pearls most recent album “Thamesis’ has recieved four star reviews from The Guardian, the Financial Times and the Telegraph, and garnered the highest of praise from Tom Robinson, Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris, highlights amongst universal acclaim from the press and media. Their adventurous song combination of the ancient and the new finds an echo in their musical make up- dulcimer, bodhran, violin and mandolin mix with acoustic guitar, electric bass and drums, all led by the classically trained mezzo-soprano voice of Manuella Schutte. Their music’s roots in tradition expands into progressive folk and rock, eastern modal music and shows elements of contemporary classical influence.

Ned Roberts

One of the finest artists to grace the New Roots sessions, Ned Roberts is a wonderfully accomplished folk musician with a timeless quality to his sound. His perfectly balanced Laurel Canyon-esque songs delivered with a poetic turn of phrase, excellent musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility sit comfortably amongst the classics of the acoustic folk world. He recently released his debut album to rave reviews, recorded in L.A. and produced by Luther Russell (Noah and rthe Whale/ Richmond Fontaine), and completed a support tour with folk legend Anais Mitchell.

‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’

Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music

“…a warm treat. Roberts is a fine guitar picker, his melodies reminiscent of Leonard Cohen with lyrical nods to Bob Dylan, and his voice has echoes of Tim Hardin.” Observer 4 stars.

‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday

‘…so gifted, possessing a fine ear for a tune and a real knack for storytelling..stunning’.

8/10 Uncut

 

 

The Nightjar

Originally conceived as a close-harmony vocal trio, a collaboration with South London producer Kams brought The Nightjar to the attention of Boiler Room’s Joe Muggs. The ensuing Boiler Room debut went viral, and brought their 2015 ‘The Nightjar’ EP plaudits from nearly 70,000 underground music fans, as well as the accolade of airplay on Radio 3’s Late Junction.

A successful crowd-funding campaign convinced them of the existence of an audience for their dream-like, ethereal songs of hope, loss and disaster and, in the autumn of 2015, The Nightjar relocated to a farmhouse in rural Portugal to begin their first full-length offering.

2016 tours of France, Germany and the UK saw audiences brought to a stand-still by the raw intensity of their performance, bringing them a reputation as a must-see live band. Drawing influence from the lo-fi wooze of Grouper, the stark and poignant balladry of Diane Cluck and the deft compositions of Colleen, The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes.

O’Hooley & Tidow

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, culminating in a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for groundbreaking album The Hum, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, O’Hooley and Tidow’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.

‘Boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine’ ★★★★★ Guardian

‘I LOVE the new album.’ Lauren Laverne, 6 Music

‘Excellent’ **** Songlines Top of the World Album

‘Remarkable. Surely one of the albums of the year.’ ★★★★ Guardian

‘Remarkable…challenging, innovative and often moving‘ ★★★★ Irish Times

‘Defiant, robust, northern, poetical folk music for the times we live in.’ Independent

‘Boldly defiant and sharply individual. One of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’ ★★★★ MOJO Folk Album of the Month

The Orange Circus Band

The Orange Circus are a raucous, footstompin’, full blooded Americana/ bluegrass act from the U.K and Virginia in America. A unique co-operative, they began as a family band that included members of all ages from junior to senior (the legendary Granny Alice). Initially concentrating on updating traditional songs from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, the two album journey so far has seen them morph into a hugely exciting contemporary indie-folk act. This summer has underlined their rapid rise, with appearances at The Cambridge Folk Festival and the heavyweight Black Deer Festival. Bring your dancing shoes- they put on a brilliantly entertaining show- great playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy are guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the heart and encourage the biggest of grins.

 

‘I absolutely love it. The rooted crossroads of UK Country and traditional folk’. Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

 

PicaPica

Recent Rough Trade Records signings PicaPica feature the vocal interplay of Josienne Clarke (BBC Folk Award Winner 2015/ Nominee 2017) and Samantha Whates, dual front women who create powerful harmonies atop layers of texture created by Adam Beattie & Sonny Johns (Grammy nominee/ Mercury Prize nominee/ MOBO nominee), a tiding of magpies picking shiny moments of tone and timbre from 60s west coast, sunshine pop and indie folk. Josienne and Samantha met on the London acoustic music scene several years ago and immediately shared a love of singing and writing. They have been unofficially collaborating for years, and PicaPica is now the fully-realised, perfectly-formed four-piece expression of their superb sound together.

[PicaPica] ..’it’s clear that something extraordinary is happening..’ fRoots Magazine

 

Robert Chaney

A rising star on the London folk scene, American singer wongwriter Robert Chaney counts Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Judee Sill as influences. His recently released debut album ‘Cracked Picture Frames’ garnered high praise in the music press, with Folk Radio UK making it their featured album of the month.

 

Robin Elliott

Northern singer-songwriter Robin Elliott’s gruff, dry sense of humour and voice like brushed smoke underpin a keen ear for the observational and a finely honed songwriting craft. A key player in the London folk scene, Elliott’s songs have neen performed by Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker, Samantha Whates, and Sophie Jamieson amongst others. His work has featured in the feature film A Very British Gangster and on Channel 4’s much respected Cutting Edge series.

 

Samantha Whates

Samantha Whates is a London based singer and songwriter. Despite living in the capital since her mid-teens, her heart, voice and songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition yet uniquely her own. A regular live performer, Samantha has played throughout the UK from small town pubs to large festivals and major London venues (Union Chapel, Vortex, Cecil Sharp House). She recently released her debut Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days which has been enjoying both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).

 

Cory Seznec

Core members of the critically acclaimed US roots/ alt-folk act Groanbox (‘Marvelous’- The Sunday Times, ★★★★ – Mojo, ‘true originals’ The Guardian) The Seznec Brothers influences and musical interests are vast, ranging from Appalachian banjo music to 20th century electroacoustic composition by way of 1960s West African pop and interactive sound art. Using mostly acoustic instruments including gourd banjos, pianos, guitars, the brothers defy strict categorization. Their music is strongly rooted in tradition yet forward looking, introspective yet universal, straightforward yet complex, and joins the dots from Appalachian mountain music through to New Orleans ragtime, old-time jazz & blues and on to European gypsy folk, ultimately making the links back to the music’s strong African roots.

 

 

The Rail Abandon

The Rail Abandon is the musical (dis)guise of Sonny Johns, Grammy, MOBO and 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. Created as an outlet for Sonny’s solo song writing, The Rail Abandon is a collaboration of friends and fellow musicians such as Seb Rochford, Dinosaur’s Laura Jurd & Elliot Galvin, The Little Unsaid’s John Elliot, Liran Donin and Adam Beattie.

The Rail Abandon has recorded two albums, the most recent of which, Kalba, is a collaboration between Sonny and Ghanaian xylophonist Isaac Birituro. Named after the town it was recorded in, and where Isaac went to school, the profits of the album will be used to help build a new school in Kalba, North Ghana. The album is due for release in Spring 2019.

The Rail Abandon

The Rail Abandon is the musical (dis)guise of Sonny Johns, Grammy, MOBO and 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. Created as an outlet for Sonny’s solo song writing, The Rail Abandon is a collaboration of friends and fellow musicians such as Seb Rochford, Dinosaur’s Laura Jurd & Elliot Galvin, The Little Unsaid’s John Elliot, Liran Donin and Adam Beattie.

The Rail Abandon has recorded two albums, the most recent of which, Kalba, is a collaboration between Sonny and Ghanaian xylophonist Isaac Birituro. Named after the town it was recorded in, and where Isaac went to school, the profits of the album will be used to help build a new school in Kalba, North Ghana. The album is due for release in Spring 2019.

 

 

Vive La Rose

“Absolutely stunning” ​Rough Trade

“A twinkling paean to the quiet joys of escapist daydreams” ​PRS

M-Magazine “Assured songwriting and production” ​BBC Radio Scotland

Vive La Rose moves through delicate solo piano performances through string laden epics, via brass infused alt-folk, to capture a journey that is simultaneously personal, compassionate and timely.

His new album For She Who Hangs The Moon was recorded over 18 months in London at George Martin’s Air Studios, the Crows Nest, and at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch. It was co-produced with ​Oliver Betts ​of ​The Duke Spirit,​ with additional recording by Max Harris Project (Bryan Ferry) ​and​ Fiona Cruickshank (Bon Iver)​. The album features mesmerising string arrangements by ​Colin Elliot ​(​Richard Hawley/Slow Club​) and ​The Up North Orchestra​, with drums by ​Nicky Francis ​(​Mono Club​) and gorgeous brass solos from ​Terry Edwards​ (​PJ Harvey/Nick Cave​). Additional performers include ​Mark Neary (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds) ​and​ John Parker (Nizlopi/Ed Sheeran).

Vive La Rose was created by Luximon-Herbert in 2014. Originally from Edinburgh, Luximon-Herbert moved to London, playing under his own name and with ​Welfare/Pat Whelan ​alongside ​Lyla Foy​. He has enjoyed national and international praise from ​Billboard Magazine​, ​The National​,​ Vinyl District, Amazing
Radio​, and ​BBC Radio Scotland​, and radio play from 6Music’s Gideon Coe & Don Letts among others.

 

Whiskey Moonface

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, accordian, 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 & 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.

 

 

Young Waters

Rising stars in the alt-folk world, YOUNG WATERS’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with unique arrangements of traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. Their 2016 live album, ‘Live from The Fayre’ was recorded at Rollright Fayre, and has been followed by a host of festival appearances, including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, and Boomtown.

“Energetic, original … excellent stage presence and varied, enchanting material … extremely deserving winners of the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots Competition 2016.” – Bath Folk Festival

 

 

 

 

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