Tues 3 Dec: John Langan, Alastair Caplin & Dila Vardar

Scottish, Irish, Turkish, Eastern European, American and South American folk & roots from the members of The Langan Band, Dila & The Oddbeats and Band of Burns…

 

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. 

 

 

Known for raucous abandon with trio The Langan Band (award winners at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival), tonight 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. Irish and Turkish to European, 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), Mikey Kenney, Adam Beattie and Dominie Hooper.

 

 

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Weds 27 Nov: Triple Bill! Piney Gir / Samantha Whates / Fiona Bevan

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. 

 

 

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 (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

 

 

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.

 

 

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. 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).

 

 

NEW ROOTS is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk and contemporary roots music 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 deserve – 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.

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Mon 18 Nov: Beg Friend with support from Faultress

“…like falling into a gorgeous dream from which you never want to wake.” Rick Pearson, Evening Standard

 

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

£7.00 adv BUY NOW / £8.50 door
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

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.

 

 

New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk and contemporary roots music 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, deserve – for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones/ social media 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.

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The Magic Lantern ‘The Life That I Have’ EP Launch

‘..beautiful’ – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1 / ‘..very, very special’ Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

The Sebright Arms,
31-35 Coate Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 9AG

Ph: 020 7729 0937
10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 door
Nearest tube Bethnal Green, 10 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe, an 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.

Following his stunning third album ‘To The Islands’ released in November 2018, his new EP ‘The Life That I Have’ is a bridge between being and becoming, and confronts, sits with and acknowledges the inevitability of a loss witnessed in slow motion. Produced by Fred Thomas and mixed by Leo Abrahams, ‘The Life That I Have’s dreamy production finds nods to Smile-era Bryan Wilson lushness alongside driving late night grooves and the stark emotional directness of Elliot Smith, all united by Jamie’s inimitable song-writing style.

‘The Life That I Have’ EP is out on 29 November via Hectic Eclectic Records.

Press for ‘To The Islands’ (Nov 2018):

‘That’s 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

“Every now and again you come across a piece of music that will completely take your breath away. It might not be instant, but it will. The Magic Lantern’s ‘Holding Hands’ is one of those pieces of music.” – Fortitude Magazine

“The Magic Lantern’s breathtaking “Lydia” captures our intimate, limitless depths with vivid poetry and poignant, emotive balladry.” – Atwood Magazine

 

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Sat 9 Nov: Robin Elliott ‘There Is A Land’ Album Launch

‘..one of the purest songwriting talents in music today’  For Folk’s Sake / ‘…beautifully realised, insightfully conceived, entertaining and thought-provoking’ Green Ginger Wine

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

Ph: 020 7253 1516
10.00 adv BUY NOW / 12.00 door
Nearest tube Farringdon, 8 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents Robin ElliottThere Is A Land‘ Album Launch, full band show with support from Men Daimler & Dilettante.

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 and Cameron Niven, and further afield into France, Italy and Brazil. The Weapons… EP is compiled from Robin’s early work as songwriter-for-hire, including from the award-winning documentary feature film A Very British Gangster.

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

 

 

 

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Sat 2 Nov: Hannah Nicholson with support from Nick Dudek

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.

 

 

 

New Roots presents Hannah Nicholson, with support from Nick Dudek.

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.

 

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New Roots Weekly Newsletter- Weds 18 Sept to Thurs 26 Sept

Great new gigs on the way! Weds 18 Sept to Thurs 26 Sept- tickets, details, videos…

 

 

Hiya folks – here’s what we’ve got coming up over the next fortnight! There’s something for everyone here- contemporary classical and chamber folk from Balladeste and Victoria Hume at The Harrison on Sept 18th, blistering Americana from Smith & Brewer at the Green Note on Thurs 19th, cutting-edge new English folk from Bird In The Belly at The Harrison on Sat 20th, spoken word and first class songwriting from poets Luke Kennard and Rachel Long and musicians/ lyricists Gabriel Moreno and Louis Brennan at The Harrison on Sunday the 21st, raw roots rock’n’roll from Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations at The Slaughtered Lamb on Tues the 24th, and we wind it all up with a brand new night, The New Roots Boutique, at The Betsey Trotwood on Thursday the 26th, featuring Forty Elephant Gang, Fairhazel, and We Are All Fossils. Phew….All details, youtube videos, and ticket links below, dive in!

 

Visit the New Roots website for all Sept/ Oct/ Nov dates: www.newrootsevents.com
Listen to New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/ 

 

Weds 18  Sept: DOUBLE BILL Balladeste/ Victoria Hume

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.

 

 

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 Maprecords, 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 in their explorations of territory similarly traversed by Phillip Glass and Steve Reich,  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 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

 

 

 

Thurs 19 Sept: Smith & Brewer 

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 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 theAmericanaFest in Nashville in 2017. They also contributed backing vocals to Ralph McTell’s most recent album, which was produced by Tony Visconti.

 

 

 

Fri 20 Sept: Bird In The Belly with support from Marissa Jack ‘n’ Davy 

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.

 

 

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, in addition to the Sunday Express giving the album a maximum 5 stars and hailing 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.

 

 

MarisaJack&Davy’s unconventional interpretation of traditional English folk song is shaped by the harmonic blend of their three unique voices, acoustic guitar styles and their musical 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 is 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.

 

 

 

Sat 21 Sept: BACK TO THE MACHINE GUN: Luke Kennard / Louis Brennan / Rachel Long / Gabriel Moreno

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 a special event in celebration of the word. Four artists, two poets and two singer-songwriters with a gift for narrative, come together to share the stage. Back To The Machine Gun is named in honour of the Bukowski poem, and the Bukowski spirit.

Luke Kennard is the author of numerous works of poetry and short fiction. His first collection of poems, The Solex Brothers, was published in 2005, and won him one of that year’s Eric Gregory Awards. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, made him the youngest writer to be nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. He has since published two further full collections, and two pamphlets, one of which, The Necropolis Boat, was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice in 2012. In addition to poetry, he writes criticism, short fiction, and is currently working on his first novel. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.

Dublin-born musician Louis Brennan is a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition. His folk however arent the field hands and travelling minstrels of yore but the repressed middle managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late-stage capitalism. They populate tales of bad sex, half-drunk commutes and interpersonal claustrophobia delivered in Brennans cracked baritone, at times intensely intimate, at times broad, peppered with pitch-black humour.

‘A master storyteller with a voice like rolling thunder’ GQ Magazine

 

 

Rachel Long is a writer, poet and spoken word artist from London. She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the Olympic Stadium. Published by Forward Poetry, The Emma Press and Goldfish Magazine, and commissioned by Apples and Snakes, SPOKE and Cape Farewell, Rachel is a member of the ‘Burn After Reading’ Collective, and is currently studying an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths University, London. Rachel was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014.

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. He plays solo this evening- you’ll also find him elsewhere alongside The Quivering Poets, his wonderful backing band with Basia Bartz, Pablo Campos, Pablo Yupton, Adam Beattie and Adria Faurra.

 

 

 

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

The Slaughtered Lamb
34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell,  EC1V 0DX.
Ph:
 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.

Special Guest Support Chris Brambley

 

 

Fresh off the back of their tour with Edwyn Collins, and just announced as guest support on The Libertines upcoming UK tour, 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.

 

 

 

 

Thurs 26 Sept Sept: THE NEW ROOTS BOUTIQUE – Forty Elephant Gang / Fairhaszel / We Are All Fossils

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! 

Blending genres from folk, acoustic, Americana, bluegrass, rock and pop, and tipping the cap to greats like Dylan, The Beatles, Radiohead, Punch Brothers et al, Forty Elephant Gang have been forging their own unique sound in the rich and diverse fields of the London roots, alt-folk and indie folk scene .The innovative guitar, bass and mandolin wielding four piece from East London come from diverse musical backgrounds, fusing their collective musical experiences and influences to create a joyously original and wonderfully accessible sound.

 

 

Fairhazel is the moniker for the hugely exciting young artist Hugh Macdonald. Despite his tender age he has been releasing music for several years under his own name, performing at TEDx, Ronnie Scott’s, Sofar, and countless gigs across the US and the UK. A citizen of the world, Hugh grew up in Paris and Cape Town, going on to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he experienced a whole new culture and with it experiences that would inspire a new sound-world for him; contemporary roots music drawing lyrical and melodic influence from jazz and psychedelia, rooted in a raw acoustic aesthetic. Equally arresting in solo or ensmble form, tonight Fairhazel play as a trio.

 

 

South African born singer songwriter Jakob Deist Oelofse, inspired by the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff, Damien Rice, and Sufjan Stevens, formed trio We Are All Fossils in London, releasing the act’s first 6 track EP, ‘Aether’ in 2015. Soon after they released ‘Songs For Strangers’, a unique concept whereby anyone could anonymously send in a story (fiction, non fiction, or unspecified) to inspire a song- out of these connections 8 tracks were created. June 2018 saw the release of the band’s debut long player, ‘The Optomist’. Expectly beautifully crafted songs supported by gorgeous harmonies and sharply observed lyrics.

 

 

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- Weds 18 Sept to Thurs 26 Sept

Great new gigs on the way! Weds 18 Sept to Thurs 26 Sept- tickets, details, videos…

 

 

Hiya folks – here’s what we’ve got coming up over the next fortnight! There’s something for everyone here- contemporary classical and chamber folk from Balladeste and Victoria Hume at The Harrison on Sept 18th, blistering Americana from Smith & Brewer at the Green Note on Thurs 19th, cutting-edge new English folk from Bird In The Belly at The Harrison on the Sat 20th, spoken word and first class songwriting from poets Luke Kennard and Rachel Long and musicians/ lyricists Gabriel Moreno and Louis Brennan at The Harrison on Sunday the 21st, raw roots rock’n’roll from Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations at The Slaughtered Lamb on Tues the 24th, and we wind it all up with a brand new night, The New Roots Boutique, at The Betsey Trotwood on Thursday the 26th, featuring Forty Elephant Gang, Fairhazel, and We Are All Fossils. Phew….All details, youtube videos, and ticket links below, dive in! 

 

Visit the New Roots website for all Sept/ Oct/ Nov dateswww.newrootsevents.com
Listen to New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/ 

 

Weds 18 Sept: DOUBLE BILL! Victoria Hume / Balladeste

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.

 

 

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 Maprecords, 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 in their explorations of territory similarly traversed by Phillip Glass and Steve Reich,  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 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

 

 

 

Thurs 19 Sept: Smith & Brewer 

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 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 most recent album, which was produced by Tony Visconti.

 

 

 

Fri 20 Sept: Bird In The Belly with support from MarissaJack’n’Davy

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.

 

 

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, in addition to the Sunday Express giving the album a maximum 5 stars and hailing 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.

 

 

MarisaJack&Davy’s unconventional interpretation of traditional English folk song is shaped by the harmonic blend of their three unique voices, acoustic guitar styles and their musical 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 is 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.

 

 

 

Sat 21 Sept: BACK TO THE MACHINE GUN – an evening of lyricists, poets, poetry and song. Luke Kennard / Louis Brennan / Rachel Long / Gabriel Moreno 

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 a special event in celebration of the word. Four artists, two poets and two singer-songwriters with a gift for narrative, come together to share the stage. Back To The Machine Gun is named in honour of the Bukowski poem, and the Bukowski spirit.

Luke Kennard is the author of numerous works of poetry and short fiction. His first collection of poems, The Solex Brothers, was published in 2005, and won him one of that year’s Eric Gregory Awards. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, made him the youngest writer to be nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. He has since published two further full collections, and two pamphlets, one of which, The Necropolis Boat, was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice in 2012. In addition to poetry, he writes criticism, short fiction, and is currently working on his first novel. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.

Dublin-born musician Louis Brennan is a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition. His folk however arent the field hands and travelling minstrels of yore but the repressed middle managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late-stage capitalism. They populate tales of bad sex, half-drunk commutes and interpersonal claustrophobia delivered in Brennans cracked baritone, at times intensely intimate, at times broad, peppered with pitch-black humour.

‘A master storyteller with a voice like rolling thunder’ GQ Magazine

 

 

Rachel Long is a writer, poet and spoken word artist from London. She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the Olympic Stadium. Published by Forward Poetry, The Emma Press and Goldfish Magazine, and commissioned by Apples and Snakes, SPOKE and Cape Farewell, Rachel is a member of the ‘Burn After Reading’ Collective, and is currently studying an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths University, London. Rachel was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014.

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. He plays solo this evening- you’ll also find him elsewhere alongside The Quivering Poets, his wonderful backing band with Basia Bartz, Pablo Campos, Pablo Yupton, Adam Beattie and Adria Faurra.

 

 

 

Tues 24 Sept: Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations ‘The Discredited Language of Angels’ Album Launch with support from Chris Brambley

The Slaughtered Lamb
34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell,  EC1V 0DX.
Ph:
 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.

 

 

Fresh off the back of their tour with Edwyn Collins, and just announced as guest support on The Libertines upcoming UK tour, 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.

 

 

 

Thurs 26 Sept: THE NEW ROOTS BOUTIQUE Forty Elephant Gang / Fairhazel / We Are All Fossils

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! 

Blending genres from folk, acoustic, Americana, bluegrass, rock and pop, and tipping the cap to greats like Dylan, The Beatles, Radiohead, Punch Brothers et al, Forty Elephant Gang have been forging their own unique sound in the rich and diverse fields of the London roots, alt-folk and indie folk scene .The innovative guitar, bass and mandolin wielding four piece from East London come from diverse musical backgrounds, fusing their collective musical experiences and influences to create a joyously original and wonderfully accessible sound.

 

 

Fairhazel is the moniker for the hugely exciting young artist Hugh Macdonald. Despite his tender age he has been releasing music for several years under his own name, performing at TEDx, Ronnie Scott’s, Sofar, and countless gigs across the US and the UK. A citizen of the world, Hugh grew up in Paris and Cape Town, going on to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he experienced a whole new culture and with it experiences that would inspire a new sound-world for him; contemporary roots music drawing lyrical and melodic influence from jazz and psychedelia, rooted in a raw acoustic aesthetic. Equally arresting in solo or ensmble form, tonight Fairhazel play as a trio.

 

 

South African born singer songwriter Jakob Deist Oelofse, inspired by the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff, Damien Rice, and Sufjan Stevens, formed trio We Are All Fossils in London, releasing the act’s first 6 track EP, ‘Aether’ in 2015. Soon after they released ‘Songs For Strangers’, a unique concept whereby anyone could anonymously send in a story (fiction, non fiction, or unspecified) to inspire a song- out of these connections 8 tracks were created. June 2018 saw the release of the band’s debut long player, ‘The Optomist’. Expectly beautifully crafted songs supported by gorgeous harmonies and sharply observed lyrics.

 

 

 

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 19 Oct: DOUBLE BILL! Elaine Palmer / Jack Harris

‘Jack Harris is a priest of song who holds himself to a rigorous, ancient code of beauty most of us have forgotten exists.’ Anais Mitchell / ‘[Elaine Palmer].. incredible songs that stand-up to repeated listenings’ ★★★★ MAVERICK 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.

 

 

Jack Harris’s songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. They are literate, curious, often in character, and always intriguing. His latest album, ‘The Wide Afternoon’, produced by UK folk giant Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, Tom Robinson), was released in November 2016 to universal press acclaim. Jack was a SXSW showcasing artist at 17, and the youngest ever winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival‘s New Folk Award in 2005 (previous winners include Gillian Welch, Devon Sproule and Anais Mitchell). He has been the recipient of the PRS ATOM award for new music creation, as well as an EFDSS creative bursary for songwriting.

 

 

Originally hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors, singer-songwriter Elaine Palmer’s distinguished career has seen her share stages with Ryan Adams, KT Tunstall, Paolo Nutini, Joanna Newsom, Jessica Hoop and David Gray amongst many other distinguished artists. After seeing her in concert, Inspiral Carpets’ Clint Boon invited Elaine to record at his home studio, culminating in the recording of her debut album, Into the Spotlight. She has released a further three albums since to widespread press and radio acclaim, with her current album ‘Still Life’ reaching the Indie Top 10 and garnering extensive US and UK airplay

 

 

 

 

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Sat 21 Sept: BACK TO THE MACHINE GUN – Luke Kennard / Louis Brennan/ Rachel Long / Gabriel Moreno

A night of lyricists, poets, songs and spoken word in the Harrison Basement.

 

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. Event begins  8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

LUKE KENNARD is the author of numerous works of poetry and short fiction. His first collection of poems, The Solex Brothers, was published in 2005, and won him one of that year’s Eric Gregory Awards. His second collection, The Harbour Beyond the Movie, made him the youngest writer to be nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. He has since published two further full collections, and two pamphlets, one of which, The Necropolis Boat, was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice in 2012. In addition to poetry, he writes criticism, short fiction, and is currently working on his first novel. He currently teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham

LOUIS BRENNAN is a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition. His folk however are not the field hands and travelling minstrels of yore, but the repressed middle managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late stage capitalism. They populate tales of bad sex, half-drunk commutes and interpersonal claustrophobia delivered in Brennan’s cracked baritone, at times intensely intimate, at times broad, peppered with pitch-black humour.

‘A master storyteller with a voice like rolling thunder’ GQ Magazine

 

 

RACHEL LONG is a writer, poet and spoken word artist from London. She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and the Olympic Stadium. Published by Forward Poetry, The Emma Press and Goldfish Magazine, and has previously been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, SPOKE and Cape Farewell. Rachel is a member of the ‘Burn After Reading’ Collective, and is currently studying an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths University, London. Rachel was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014.

 

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. He plays solo this evening- you’ll also find him elsewhere alongside The Quivering Poets, his wonderful backing band with Basia Bartz, Pablo Campos, Pablo Yupton, Adam Beattie and Adria Faurra.

 

 

 

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