Sat 18 Nov: The Rough Island Band

Venue: Stoke Newington Old Church N16 9ES

Doors open 7.00 pm, travel details here 

Tickets £10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

 

The Rough Island Band will play two 45 minute sets, with a thirty minute interval in between. Music begins at 8.00 pm sharp.

The Rough Island Band are a contemporary folk quartet playing original music inspired by the landscapes, people and stories of the Isles of Scilly- a tiny scrap of wind-carved rock, gorsey downland and fine sand dropped 28 miles from mainland Cornwall, with a vibrant working community encompassed by the Atlantic Ocean. Their songs reflect the feeling that a community’s history and stories should be set and celebrated in music. Unusually for a Celtic outpost, St Agnes has no surviving indigenous music. Stories of shipwreck and rescue, tunes for dancing and evocations oflandscape have been written by the band in response to an extraordinary place.

Incorporating a wide range of instrumental and vocal textures, The Rough Island Band craft a personal and contemporary sound, firmly rooted in the folk tradition. The individual members bring together a variety of influences and experience: from performing as members of Bellowhead, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and the Maddy Prior Trio, to their own solo projects such as The Little Unsaid and Full of Noises. They also run folk festivals and events across the Scilly Isles and throughout the UK.

‘This Island of Yours…’ , the band’s fourth studio album, charts a deeply personal response to the islands. Submissions of poetry, photographs, stories and spoken word have been woven into the fabric of the album and collated as a physical scrapbook to accompany the recordings. Musically, this is their most ambitious and idiosyncratic to date, expanding their contemporary folk sound with echoes of electronica, jazz and ambient music. Recorded in their home studio on St Agnes over ten days in April 2017, the album captures a tangible sense of place and sense of space. press summary

For the ‘This Island of Yours…’ tour, The Rough Island Band will play 2 x 45 minute sets, performing music from the new album alongside highlights chosen from their first three albums: Sou’Wester Sessions (2010), Where To? (2011) and ‘On All Sides’ (2014).

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Thurs 16 Nov: Paul Mosley ‘Wintertide’ EP Launch

‘WHAT A VOICE’ JOOLS HOLLAND / ‘THIS IS GREAT MODERN FOLK WRITING’ R2 MAGAZINE

Venue: The Green Note, Camden NW1 7AN Ph 020 7485 9899

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Camden, three mins walk.

Tickets £9.00 adv  BUY NOW

 

Singer/songwriter and theatre composer Paul Mosley returns to the Green note to launch his epic new EP ‘WINTERTIDE’.

Paul will be joined by very special guests Josienne Clarke, Jack Harris and Raevennan Husbandes (Moulettes) playing songs from across his career including his recent critically acclaimed folk opera ‘The Butcher’, his earliest work with harpist Tom Moth (Florence And The Machine), the snowy folk tales of the new WINTERTIDE EP and his next project coming 2018 ‘The Loneliest Whale In The World’.

Mosley’s previous adventures have taken in an Icelandic farmers choir, horror soundtracks, a suite based on bird song and music inspired by kids TV classic ‘The Clangers’ as well as tours with Shane MacGowan, Jamie Lawson, Eddi Reader and Neko Case.

His last project ‘The Butcher’ an epic folk opera introduced him to a new crowd of young folk musicians and fans with The Quietus calling it ‘A darkened folk masterpiece’ and Folk Radio UK and Resonance.fm both making it an album of the year.

‘What a voice’ Jools Holland

‘This is great modern folk writing’ **** R2 Magazine

‘A darkened folk masterpiece‘ **** The Quietus

‘Disturbing/excellent ****’ Q Magazine

‘Wonderful.. these songs really do soar’ **** Americana UK

‘He is not just good, he is magnificent’ ***** F.A.M.E.

‘Wonderful, the perfect record’ **** FATEA

Support this evening comes from Robin Elliott. 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.

 

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Weds 15 Nov: Vive La Rose with support from Ryan McNulty

‘ABSOLUTELY STUNNING’ ROUGH TRADE

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross,  WC1H 8JF. Ph: 020 7278 3966

Tickets £7.00 adv BUY NOW / £8.00 door

Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk

Vive-La-Rose, the full band incarnation of songwriter David Luximon-Herbert, come to the Harrison stage to showcase tracks from their upcoming debut album “For She Who Hangs The Moon”. Produced by The Duke Spirit’s Olly Betts, the new record features string arrangements from Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley/Slow Club), among other notable guests, and expands from intimate solo performances, through delicate brass harmonies, into luscious cinematic soundscapes. The new album follows recent EP “Don’t Move, Don’t’ Speak”

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Sat 11 Nov: Ferris & Sylvester with support from Genevieve Dawson

‘TOP 10 ALT-COUNTRY ACTS YOU NEED TO HEAR’ ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE JULY 2017

The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross,  WC1H 8JF. Ph: 020 7278 3966

Tickets £7.00 adv BUY NOW / £8.00 door

Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk

 

“Dreamy, deceptively lovely folk-pop that tickles the ear and softens you up for the thornier sentiments contained therein. Pretty as a California sunset. Gorgeously dusky singing voice and immaculate harmonies.” ROLLING STONE

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.

 

Genevieve Dawson is a singer songwriter originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. She is currently studying composition at Goldsmiths University of London, following in the footsteps of esteemed alumni of James Blake and Rosie Lowe. She brings together a frank lyrical style with a warmth and soulfulness that inhabits the same alt-folk terrain as Laura Marling and Ani DiFranco.

 

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Sat 4th Nov: Burning Wheel ‘Remembrance Songs’ Album Launch

The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton Street,  EC1V 0DX. Ph 020 7253 1516.

Doors open 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 mins walk.

Tickets £8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10 door

 

New Roots is proud to present the launch of Burning Wheel‘s new album ‘Remembrance Songs‘.

The nine tracks on Remembrance Songs were recorded with renowned producer Gerry Diver. Gerry’s recent work has included Lisa Knapp’s Till April is Dead – A Garland of May, which received a five-star-rated reviews in the Guardian and Mojo, and Sam Lee’s Ground of its Own, which was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. The collaboration looks set to follow the artistic, critical and commercial success of Gerry’s previous projects.

Born and raised in Liverpool and an alumni of John Lennon’s Quarry Bank School, front-man EoinQuiery fuses the melodic sensibilities of his hometown with the poetry and storytelling of his Irish ancestry. Live on stage Burning Wheel comfortably mix Primal Scream and the Pogues with a huge dose of soul and come roaring out the other side with a visceral rock’n’roll show.

‘Channeling the folk tradition through modern electronica, country and post-rock.’ Big Chill

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Tues 24 Oct: T U R Y A plus special guests Liemba

The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton Street,  EC1V 0DX. Ph 020 7253 1516.

Doors open 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 mins walk.

TICKETS SOLD OUT

THIS VENUE SEATS 45, WITH AN ADDITIONAL 40 STANDING. TICKETHOLDERS PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO ENSURE A SEAT.

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Nicki Wells, the exceptionally gifted singer and songwriter behind TURYA, takes inspiration from Indian classical music, which she studied as a teenager. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence one experiences after sound. This influence is echoed throughout her new single ‘Falling’. Taken form her Nitin Sawhney produced debut album ‘Ocean’, TURYA’s uniquely original sound fuses elements of Western folk, roots and pop with clasical Indian foundations.

With influences rooted in her personal experiences, Nicki was born in South London, but grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas. TURYA’s vocal and songwriting approach is a cultivated collection of melodies, combined with uniquely captivating, bittersweet and moving vocals. It’s these elements that have shaped her ‘Ocean’ album.

TURYA describes her unconventional background, and how it impacted on her music ‘I grew up in Himachal Pradesh between the ages of 6 and 10, and just absorbed the sound, colours and culture of the region,’ she explains. ‘It was also very international – we were with kids from India, America, Australia, Austria, all different parts of the world. Growing up with so many different languages and accents, I became very open to different ways of communicating. That’s how my musical ear began to develop; listening to an array of different sounds and languages’

Singing primarily in English, TURYA’s music represents an artist who is vast in her range, and clear in her emotional appeal.

 

Formed in late 2015 by established Brighton musicians Simon Gledhill and Nelson Day. Liemba combine acoustic songwriting roots with a modern tilt- imagine CSNY meets the Kings of Convenience. They have recently added vocalist Damian Best to the fold and released the second EP “Burning Wicks” mixed by Tim Rowkins in Feb 2017.

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Weds 2 Aug: PICA PICA ( Josienne Clarke & Samantha Whates ) plus special guest Adam Beattie & support from Sandtimer

Venue: The Green Note, Camden NW1 7AN Ph 020 7485 9899

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Camden, three mins walk.

Tickets £10.00 adv BUY NOW

 

 

New Roots presents Pica Pica, a brand new project from Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates

Josienne Clarke is best known for her work with guitarist/arranger Ben Walker, winners of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Award for Best Duo, 2015 and nominees again in 2017. Later thatyear she appeared in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good at The National Theatre, performing two of her compositions in the show. She and Walker have just released their third album on the internationally renowned Rough Trade label.

Samantha Whates‘ 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. Recent performances include Kings Place and the Purcell Rooms in the Royal Festival Hall. 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).

Alt-folk duo Sandtimer support with a short opening set a 8.15 pm. Placing a decisive emphasis on intricate guitar lines, close vocal harmonies and sparse, Appalachian-influenced arrangements, Sandtimer released Different Seas with Folkstock Records in 2015, followed by the independently released Mackerel at the end of 2016. Both releases received extensive airplay on BBC 6Music and BBC Introducing. As a performing duo, they have toured the UK acoustic circuit frequently and, in 2016, ventured to west Canada for their first tour abroad.

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Thurs 26 Oct: Adam Beattie & The Consultants/ Ruth Theodore (4 piece band show)

 The Old Queens Head Islington N1 8LN

Doors open 7.30 pm

£8.50 Early Bird BUY NOW / £10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

Nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk.

 

 

Ruth Theodore and her 4 piece band onstage at 8.00 pm/ Adam Beattie & The Consultants onstage at 9.15 pm.

Known for her quirky, insightful, poetic lyrics and insidious melodies, Ruth Theodore‘s songs – many based in her use of unconventional guitar techniques and tunings – have brought her great acclaim since the release of her 2007 debut, ‘Worm Food’. Her new album on Aveline Records saw Ruth crossing the Atlantic to collaborate with Todd Sickafoose, best known for his work with Ani DiFranco and recent producer of two award-winning albums for Anais Mitchell..Ruth travelled and played her way through California and up into Oregon to work alongside a stellar cast of musicians including organist Rob Burger (Tom Waits, Willie Nelson), percussionist Mathias Kunzli (Regina Spektor, Lauryn Hill), and violinist Jenny Scheinman (Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed). As Sickafoose notes; ‘Ruth writes alternative folk and blues music but at heart she is a pure punk San Franciscan beat poet’. In June this year she performed at the iconic London Palladium, supporting and playing alongside labelmate Ani Di Franco.

Extraordinary” – The Guardian ★★★★

Confident, assured and truly unique” – Fatea Magazine

Truly original…” “Her new album’s a killer” – fRoots

Occasionally recalling Kate Bush and Ani DiFranco, this is a beautiful, sad, wonderful LP” – MOJO ★★★★

Awarded a MOJO Top 10 Folk Album 2016

“… [an] impressive ability to excite audiences with her truly original, fascinating and thoroughly entertaining music….. a wealth of poetry, satire and pure, natural artistry. ‘Cactacus’ is a wonderful, captivating album.” – Folk Radio UK

“…songs that are full of vitality. Quirky lyrics tumble out of her in a torrent, with angular melodies and inventive settings… an excellent album of invigorating freshness and originality.” – Country Music People

“…a beautiful voice, backed it up with amazingly accomplished guitar skills, songs of substance…” “…[her] lyrics are Dylanesque in scope and skill” – Red Guitar Music

 

 

Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie released his fourth studio album ‘The Road Not Taken’ in May 2016 with a sell-out show at Hoxton Hall in London and a UK-wide tour. The album’s minor ballads and moody blues with a dark twist draw upon the broad influences of Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry. Beattie’s beautiful melodies combine with thoughtful lyrics to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. His exquisite voice and intricate guitar work fuse and envelop you like a warm hug. His beautifully accessible songs are supported and extended into adventurous, thrilling new shapes by his extraordinary band ‘The Consultants’, featuring piano, guitar, double bass and drums. In December 2016 he was invited by long time fan Mark Rylance to perform at a Stop The War Coalition evening alongside Jeremy Corbyn and Brian Eno.

“Carefully crafted…affecting songwriting with a dark twist” – Roddy Hart, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

“I’m blown away by that man’s voice” – Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, BBC RADIO WALES

Not a single word is wasted, unnecessary or throwaway…very impressive.”

FATEA MAGAZINE

Warmly Intoxicating” – FROOTS MAGAZINE

Stands out as one of the rare few whose music has the depth to match the bohemian image” Evening Express, Aberdeenshire

 

 

New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk 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 deserves – 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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Thurs 23 Nov: Jack Cheshire/ Robert Chaney

The Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Road, Islington. Ph 0207 354 9993

Doors open 7.30 pm, nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk.

Early Bird tickets £8.50 BUY NOW / Adv tickets £10.00 BUY NOW / Door £12.00

 

 

Jack Cheshire brings his 4 piece band to New Roots at The Old Queens Head. His contemporary alt-folk sound with a post-rock twist has led him to share bills with luminary peers Songhoy Blues and Josh T Pearson, and grace the stages of The Green Man Festival and Kings Place. The ghosts of Nick Drake and Syd Barrett skirt the edges of his songs, embellished by what Uncut magazine calls an ‘Ian McCulloch-style croon’, with a ‘burnished psychedelia [that] takes this music to the skies’. He released his 2017 album “Black Light Theatre’ to universal press and radio acclaim, making fans of 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson along the way.

‘Elegant…emotive…psychedelic…’ ✭✭✭✭ Mojo

‘…exquisite…dreamlike and beautiful..gets right under your skin‘. ✭✭✭✭ James Delingpole, The Sunday Telegraph

‘…beautiful stuff…An artist crying out for a bigger audience.’ The Sunday Times

‘…gorgeous and mind bending…really, really beautiful’ Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music

‘…imbued with remarkable depth.‘ Clash

‘..a burnished psychedelia creeps into the mix and takes this music to the skies.‘ Uncut

‘Exotic…extraordinary…’ Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

‘…mesmerising..’ John Kennedy XFM

‘…majestic’ Louder Than War

 


A rising star on the London folk scene, American singer-songwriter Robert Chaney counts Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Judee Sill as influences. A remarkable songwriter with a voice to send shivers down your spine, sown deep into his songs are threads of the dusty blues of the 20s and 30s, pulp noir tales of the 40s, the cable-knit folk revival of the 50s, and the French celluloid new wave of the 60s. 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.

‘Sharp, intelligent, thoughtful and moving’ Folk Radio UK

 

 

New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk 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 deserves – 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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Thurs 12th Oct: MG Boulter / Genevieve Dawson

The Green Note, Camden NW1 7AN. Ph 020 7485 9899

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Camden, 3 mins walk.

Tickets £9.00 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

 

 

MG 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 leading 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

 

 

Genevieve Dawson is a singer songwriter originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. She is currently studying composition at Goldsmiths University of London, following in the footsteps of esteemed alumni of James Blake and Rosie Lowe. She brings together a frank lyrical style with a warmth and soulfulness that inhabits the same alt-folk terrain as Laura Marling and Ani DiFranco.

 

 

New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk 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 deserves – 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.

New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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