Weds 17 Jan: PicaPica with support from Robert Chaney

£10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 Door

Doors open 7.30 pm.
Nearest tube Farringdon, 5 mins walk.
The venue consists of seated an standing areas. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

One for sorrow and two for joy. PicaPica features the vocal interplay of Josienne Clarke (BBC Radio 2 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, 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, often singing backing vocals for each other’s projects or just singing harmonies together for the pure enjoyment of it.

PicaPica represents a long-held ambition to write, record and perform new material together and to join with like-minded musicians to explore what it’s like to be in a band. When writing, Josienne and Samantha (AKA “Pica One” & Pica Two”) take two versions of the same idea and the songs are built around that concept in various ways, they sometimes even have two titles for each song, one by Josienne, one by Samantha. Good music loves a contrast. Spring and shade, harmony and melody, brightness and deadpan… So do PicaPica. As writers, they compose songs that hold the sadness closer, yet let the joy fly higher.

“Pica Three”, aka Adam Beattie, Scotland’s king of soft-spoken chanson, brings gently morphing textures and detailed guitar playing to every bar, while “Pica Four” is Sonny Johns – a Grammy, Mercury and MOBO-nominated producer/engineer. Sonny’s bass playing and production give PicaPica’s otherworldly compositions a seriously grounded sound.

Their first EP, “Spring & Shade” , released on the iconic Rough Trade label, contains four songs freely-designed to bewitch the listener until its fifteen minutes are over. This is music for memories that creep in under the door. Songs that wear their cares lightly, shining in the dark. Simply, beautiful, beguiling, elegant sounds.

A rising star on the London alt-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.

Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com/
New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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Fri 12 Jan: MG Boulter / Liemba

★★★★★ ‘HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY / ★★★★ ‘GORGEOUS’ UNCUT / ★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 Door

Doors open 7.30 pm, The Harrison 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF ·

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 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, Boulter 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

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 10 Jan: Dai & The Ramblers / Coley Garrett / Vicky Sometani

‘I LOVE HIS VOICE, I LOVE THE WHOLE BAND’ PAUL HEATON (THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH)

£7.00 adv BUY NOW / £8.50 Door

Doors open 7.30 pm, The Harrison 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF ·

4-piece Dai & The Ramblers recorded their debut album Duw Duw, crammed full of their rhythm blues tinged brand of Cajun and New Orleans flavoured soul, folk and gonzo jazz, at the legendary Toe Rag studios. and have just released their second album ‘Bob Bon’, further refining their folk-soul sound. Songwriter and singer Dai Price comes from Newport in South Wales, and previously worked with psychedelic cumbia outfit Los Chinches. Double bassist Rupert Gillett 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)

Vicky Sometani is a young Chicago-born American singer-songwriter based in London. Possessed of a stunning soul voice, her excellent roots sound blends blues, jazz, soul and folk to brilliant effect. She’s an exciting new talent due to release her debut EP in early 2018- great things await!

 

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Sat 13 Jan: Benedict Benjamin (full band show) with support from Kristen McClement

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

7.30 pm The Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate St. Bethnal Green E2 9AG. Ph 020 7729 0937

 

Playing tonight with his full band, Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita Records). 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). Benjamin is first and foremost a songwriter versed in the classic traditions of the form, capable of crafting both operatic crescendo and lullaby-like stillness shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His songs undercut the dream-like beauty of early 60s pop music with lyrics both frank and poetic. In September 2017 he and his band played the prestigious Green Man Festival. His forthcoming second album will be released in early 2018.

 

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Thurs 30 Nov: Leonie Evans with special guest Gabrielle Papillon

‘LIKE NOTHING I’VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE, I WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY BY HER’ CERYS MATTHEWS, BBC 6 MUSIC 

£7.00 adv / £8.50 door

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

Doors open 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk.

 

Leonie Evans began 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, London, Bristol, 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 received album ‘Collaborations Volume 1‘, recorded in nine different locations and featuring thirty four guest musicians. Artists featured include Riognach Connolly (The Breath/ Honeyfeet), Brooke Sharkey, Liam Magill (Syd Arthur), Low Chimes and Adam Beattie.

‘Like nothing else I’ve ever heard in my life, 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


Canadian chanteuse Gabrielle Papillon has just released her sixth album, ‘Keep The Fire’– though stemming from her acoustic folk roots, it pushed her further into the world of modern electronica through her collaborations with award-winning Canadian producer Corey LaRue (Best New Act, Canadian Radio Music Awards 2017). Over the course of her career Gabrielle has shared the stage with Ron Sexsmith, Amelia Curran, and Ria Mae amongst many others. She won the 2015 Music Nova Scotia Awards for Recording of The Year and was nominated for the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Contemporary Album of the Year. Her songs have been featured extensively on television series’ across the US, Canada and Australia.

‘One of the finest new songwriters in Canada’ Tom Power, host of CBC’s Deep Roots

‘…a true gem’ Paste

 

 

 

 

 

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Sun 10 Dec: Ma Polaine’s Great Decline with support from Jack Harris

‘UTTERLY COMPELLING’ NORTHERN SKY MAGAZINE  ‘★★★★’ R2 MAGAZINE  ‘★★★★★’ ROOTS MUSIC REPORT

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

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

Doors open 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk.

 

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- think 40’s era Billie Holiday transplanted to Tom Waits ‘Sworfishtrombones’. Singer Beth Packer moves between double bass, accordion and harmonica, with partner Clinton Hough on electric or acoustic guitar (and an occasional percussive foot), all accompanying Packer’s extraordinary voice- at times powerful, poignant, sensitive and always deeply soulful.

★★★★★ ‘…the singer’s compelling and never overplayed delivery gives this set its sustained, just-under-the surface intensity’. Roots Music Report

★★★★ ‘….an intangible element peculiar to themselves’ R2 Magazine

‘The icing on the cake is their vocalist. Stunning singer Beth Packer is someone to get to know’ .8/10 Blues and Soul magazine

★★★★ ‘an utterly compelling soundscape’ Northern Sky Magazine

‘…like some new wonderful step in evolution, an album of great warmth and heroic concealment..the most complete and uniquely enjoyable [release] of the year so far‘. 9.5/10 Liverpool Sound And Vision

 

 

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, as well as 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.

‘Jack Harris is a priest of song who holds himself to a rigorous, ancient code of beauty most of us have forgotten exists.’ Anaïs Mitchell

‘A lyricist of great descriptive precision and a flair for revealing observation’ – Folk Radio UK

‘A unique lyrical mind’ – Q Magazine

‘A natural and captivating song writing talent, 5/5’ – The Telegraph

 

 

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.

Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com/
New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

 

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Sun 26 Nov: Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer / Tobias Ben Jacob

SMITH & BREWER – NASHVILLE AMERICANAFEST 2017 / TOBIAS BEN JACOB ‘DEFINITELY ONE TO WATCH OUT FOR’ LATE JUNCTION, RADIO 3 

£8.00 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

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

Doors open 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk.

 

Tobias Ben Jacob on stage at 8.15 pm / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer onstage at 9.15 pm.

Blessed with a wonderfully emotive voice and a talent for songwriting that ranges from the intimate to the epic, Tobias Ben Jacob played in The Roots Union alongside Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (winners of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards.) Some career highlights to date have included a session for BBC’s ‘Late Junction‘ on Radio 3, sharing the stage with Fleet Foxes J.Tillman, and appearances at Glastonbury, Green Man, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Electric Picnic.

‘Inventive and thrilling’ R2: Rock n Reel

‘Definitely one to watch out for’ Late Junction .BBC Radio 3

‘Stand out new folk… superb.. excellent’ Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6

 

 

Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading discovered Ben Smith & 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, and in Sept 2017 were invited to showcase at the hugely prestigious AmericanaFest in Nashvillle- great things await!

 

 

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.

Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com
New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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Weds 22 Nov: INMIRIAM with support from Ed Dowie

‘A RARE AND TOTALLY INDIVIDUAL TALENT’ SAM LEE, NEST COLLECTIVE/ ‘DUSK-LIT SONGS, STRONG & TENDER’ TIME OUT

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

 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.

 

 

INMIRIAM is a new project from Ellie Rose Rusbridge inspired by the biblical story of poet and prophetess Miriam. Ellie’s influences span a childhood steeped in scared choral music and traditional Irish folk tunes. Her adolescence was soundtracked by Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Martha Wainwright who sparked her first attempts at songwriting aged 13. She recently completed an MMus in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths University where experimental pop and vocal music are at the forefront of her research and practice.. This eclecticism plays out in a remarkably original artist, her songs are intricate in detailed arrangement, rich in melody and sensitively bound in poetic sentiment.

“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” – Time Out Magazine

“A rare and totally individual talent… Her music straddles folk, pop and classical and cannot be easily pigeonholed into any genre. In a favourite song of mine, ‘Hejira Again’, she responds to Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album and reveals a humility and awareness of the rich heritage of female singer-songwriters into which she has stepped. “ – Sam Lee, Folk Musician, founder of The Nest Collective.

 

Ed Dowie‘s music career began in 1998 when his Bournemouth-based psychedelic-dub-pop band Brothers in Sound – stablemates of the legendary Beta Band on cult Parlophone subsidiary Regal Recordings – released three EPs and the album Family Is For Sharing, all of which were met with considerable critical acclaim. Now signed as a solo artist to renowned Scottish indie label Lost Map, home to Rozi Plain and Pictish Trail, he released his debut album “The Uncle Sold’ in January this year.

‘A deceptive simplicity affirms the talent and ability of this accomplished, bold and starry-eyed visionary’
– The Quietus

 

 

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.

Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com
New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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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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