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Thurs 16 Aug: DOUBLE BILL! Genevieve Dawson (full band) / The Magic Lantern

The Magic Lantern: ‘Gorgeous’ Jamie Callum, BBC Radio 2 / Genevieve Dawson: ‘Her songwriting knows no bounds’ Bittersweet Symphonies

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 / £12.00 door

 

 

Music from 8.15 pm. 
Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

New Roots presents a very special double bill…The Magic Lantern and Genevieve Dawson (full band)

THE MAGIC LANTERN is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe, an artist whose career to date has been spent crossing and blurring the boundaries between folk, roots and jazz. For his most recent album ‘To The Islands’ Doe has been working with a new ensemble from London’s thriving genre-bending jazz scene. The work draws on a wide range of sounds and textures, from afro-beat grooves, to solo piano, string quintet lyricism to narcotic late night saxophone jams, all united by Jamie’s instantly recognisable voice and inimitable song-writing style. The first single ‘Holding Hands’ was released on Jamie’s own Hectic Eclectic Records in October 2017 and has been enthusiastically supported by Jacob Collier, Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and Jamie Callum (BBC Radio 2), amongst many others. He plays tonight in trio form, with accompaniment from upright bass and additional guitar.

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

“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. 8/10” Fortitude Magazine

“Creating something truly mesmerizing and incredibly unique. Jamie’s ability to combine jazz and folk into something ethereal is undeniably spellbinding. Fans of Grizzly Bear and Chet Baker will feel at home here.” – The Vinyl District

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.

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

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Fri 2 Aug: Mike & Solveig / Jim McAteer

Mike Hastings of Trembling Bells, plus Solveig Askivik (fiddle)

Venue: The Harrison

28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF, Ph  020 7278 3966

Doors open 7.30 pm, nearest tube Kings Cross, 6 mins walk.

£7.00 Adv BUY NOW/ £8.50 Door

 

 

Mike & Solveig are bedrocks of the Glasgow music scene, much respected players in Scotland’s thriving musical city for the past 17 years. Describing their sound as experimental folk, they play original songs and instrumentals, drawing from the same well as musical adventurers The Incredible String Band, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Moondog, Syd Barrett, Bert Jansch and Ivor Cutler. Mike Hastings sings and plays guitar, banjo and drumstick, and Solveig Askvik sings and plays the fiddle and glockenspiel.

Mike Hastings‘ main band is legendary psychedelic rock act The Trembling Bells. He is also part of Mike Heron‘s band (The incredible String Band), and has played with Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), Scott Fagan, and Peter Daltrey (Kaleidoscope) . Solveig was previously also part of Mike Heron’s band, before leaving to move back to Bergen in Norway.

Mike & Solveig[‘s] 2015 album “Here Comes Today” is an understated joy”  Jon Dale, Uncut, March 2018

“[Mike & Solveig] have been key players in the Glasgow psych-folk scene for the past decade or so. […] Mike’s intricate fingerpicked guitar interweaves with Solveig’s sliding fiddle lines in finely-crafted tales recalling the best of the Scottish folk tradition.”  Celtic Music Radio, Glasgow 

Jim McAteer is a guitarist and singer from the musical city of Glasgow in Scotland. Previous gigs include support slots for Martin Carthy, Wiz Jones, Davey Graham, Robin Williamson, Mike Heron and John Renbourn, as well as appearing in his own right at international venues from New York to Kazakhstan. He runs a number of weekly open mics in Glasgow and promotes and comperes many live gigs, showcasing local unsigned musical talent as well as international touring acts.

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Fri 27 July: Jason McNiff ‘Joy & Independence’ Album Launch

‘A superior singer/writer “ -No Depression / ‘One of the UK’s best-kept secrets’ – Mojo

Venue: The Harrison

28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF, Ph  020 7278 3966

Doors open 7.30 pm, nearest tube Kings Cross, 6 mins walk.

£7.00 Adv BUY NOW / £8.50 Door

 

 

Jason McNiff, noted London-based songwriter and guitarist, teams up with At The Helm records for a career defining 6th album, Joy and Independence. Coming hot on the heels of last year’s double compilation, Rain Dries Your Eyes, McNiff strips it back to the essence of the songwriter’s craft; 11 brand new songs, just voice and guitar, live in the studio. In this context, the song is everything, there is no place to hide. From the John Prine-esque title track, to the Rainy-Night-In-Soho vignette of his residency at the fabulous, now gone,12 Bar club (Midnight Shift), McNiff’s inventiveness keeps the listener engaged throughout.

If America forms the background in the McNiff landscape, there is an unmistakable Englishness up close in the work of this 43 year old singer songwriter. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Jason landed in London in the mid- Nineties in time to catch the Bert Jansch residency at the aforementioned 12 bar. For 6 months, every Wednesday night, McNiff would be in the front row of Soho’s tiny club learning finger style from the master. He would later sign his first record deal with Snowstorm, a label run by Bert’s brother-in-law.

Jason says: “I think in quite a conscious way this new record is intended to be an homage to a golden era of the coffee house Troubadour, a figure that, for me, is summed up in Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. ‘ Sing about something you care about, play a bit of guitar…’ is how Jack characterised his vision. And that’s pretty much it.”

A superior singer/writer “ -No Depression

“A fantastic body of work“ -Shindig!

One of the UK’s best-kept secrets’ -Mojo

Deft finger-picking style against a wonderfully atmospheric vocal“ -Clash

 

 

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Weds 25 July: Rob Corcoran & The Necessary Evils / Simon Stanley Ward

‘I implore you check him out’ Americana UK / ‘A masterclass in Americana music’ Folking.com

Venue: The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell,  EC1V 0DX Ph: 020 7253 1516

Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 minutes walk

£7.00 adv BUY  NOW / £8.50 door

 

 

“I implore you check him out, don’t let me down, because this guy is rather special.” Americana UK 9/10

“From the moment he steps on stage, Corcoran perspires authenticity in that fluent way that a hundred record execs have tried and failed to manufacture”. Anne Frankenstein: Jazz FM (UK)

“A masterclass in Americana music…well, Americana with a Dublin accent” Folking.com

Dublin troubadour Rob Corcoran has sailed the high seas of love, heartbreak and excess, and (so far) lives to tell through his gripping, visceral persona. His confessional, yet toe-tappingly catchy songs are further invigorated by the brilliance of his alt-country super-group, the Necessary Evils. After many years as a not-to-be-missed live band they released their debut studio album ‘Inverse Alchemy’ to much acclaim in 2017.

A hugely respected figure on the London folk & roots scene, and leading light of the legendary Lantern Society folk club in Farringdon’s Betsey Trotwood, Simon Stanley Ward is a country singer with a strong streak of the surreal running through his veins. Sounding like the original cowboy crooner – a perfect cross between Neil Young and Charlie Rich, with a high lonesome voice to match- this consummate entertainer’s songs don’t always go where you expect…

Proper country music delivered with style. The album opener “Monster Song” is quite simply one of the best country songs that this reviewer has heard in many a year. “ – Americana UK

“Home grown talent! It sounded wonderful!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 

 

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Mon 23 July: TURYA (Album Launch)

Venue: St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Rd, Camden Town NW1 1UL Ph:

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Kings Cross, seven mins walk.

Tickets £12.00 adv BUY NOW / £14.00 door

 

 

This venue consists of both seated and standing areas. Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis – in order to ensure a seat please arrive early.

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

T U R Y A 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. “When you’re a kid, I think you have the ability to easily adapt to your environment. The school was academic, but in the morning, we’d also wake up and meditate as part of the curriculum. It was all about kids climbing trees and scratching their knees, with an emphasis on self-expression and not being saturated with materialism.

There was so much beautiful nature, there was jungle and these epic, white mountains, and that’s what you’d wake to see every day. 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. It was all about making connections, sometimes even without words, but just being in the present moment.”

 

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Thurs 19 July: I See Hawks In L.A.

“The finest country rock band on the planet” – MOJO / “A superb ensemble with a serious pedigree in California’s roots-rock scene.’ Uncut

 

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 / £12.00 door

 

 

June 2018 will bring a new CD release from Southern California’s leading country-folk-rock band I See Hawks In L.A.: “Live And Never Learn”. The Hawks are noted for their lyrical celebrations and lamentations of earth and ecosphere, odes to the endless highway, and wry social commentary. They’ve gathered a loyal tribe around the globe, from many U.S. And European/UK tours, consistently rave reviews from critics, and a serious presence in the top 10 of the Freeform American Roots chart (#1 three times), the Americana Chart, and the Euro Americana chart (top ten several times).

Their superb country-rock pedigree includes band alumni David Jackson (Dillard and Clark, EmmyLou Harris), Brantley Kearns (Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin), Paul Marshall (Strawberry Alarm Clock) and Shawn Nourse (Dwight Yoakam), and guest collaborators Chris Hillman, Rick Shea, Cody Bryant and Danny McGough. Along the way they’ve shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, Old 97s, The Mavericks, Peter Case, Bernie Leadon, Meat Puppets, and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

They bring their four-piece acoustic incarnation to the Green Note for this very special two-set performance- don’t miss this superb incarnation of genuine LA country-rock royalty!

‘They’re adding much-needed musical and lyrical complexity to the old forms, stretching the terrain to thrillingly new and unfamiliar points beyond.” – John Payne, L.A. Weekly

‘If the Eagles in their Hotel California heyday represented the Orange County picture everyone believed, I See Hawks In L.A document the reality of the 99%, set to a soundtrack of weeping guitars and three part harmonies’ Shawn Underwood, Twangville

‘I See Hawks in L.A. are California Country Rock gentlemen. They have a literary sense to their songs that equals American writers from the South (Faulkner), the West (Twain, O. Henry) and the East (Poe). Their music reflects the moods and emotions of the songs characters as much as the men behind the curtain that pulling the strings and writing the word…..The Hawks are a rock band with a Roots accent’. The Alternate Root

 

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Thurs 12 July: Benedict Benjamin (Full Band Show) with support from Kristin McClement

Venue: Paper Dress Vintage

352a Mare St, London E8 1HR. Ph 020 8510 0520

£8.50 adv BUY NOW  / £10.00 door

 

 

 

NEW ROOTS & FOLKLORE PRESENT – BENEDICT BENJAMIN WITH SUPPORT FROM KRISTIN McCLEMENT

www.folkloreuk.com

Appearing 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 2019.

 

 

Kristin McClement’s music is born of two separate worlds; the vast shape shifting landscape of her childhood South Africa and  the melancholic romance of old England’s sacred woodland, rivers and valleys. Her’s is a a sound that captures the wide-eyed rendering of modern folk song, where the acoustic and the electronic rub alongside, influenced as much by visionary artists PJ Harvey and Portishead as by the conventional folk sounds of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. Her ‘Wild Grips’ album, produced by Christian Hardy of The Leisure Society, is described by Gold Flake Paint as “inventive, weighty pop music which dazzles, shimmers and glows exquisitely in the cold light of the day.”

 

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Fri 17 Aug: Laura Frances (Full Band Show) / Jeremy Tuplin

Venue: The Harrison

28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF, Ph  020 7278 3966

£7.00 Adv / £8.50 Door BUY NOW

 

 

Laura Frances is a haunting new voice in UK alt-folk, with a startling depth and a richly intense tone that instantly marks her out as one to watch, a unique new addition to the folk world . A dark, contralto Joni Mitchell, her songs are delivered with a refreshing brevity, wrapped in a cloak of misty melodies from a world rich in mystical imagery, where everything is half-hidden. She plays tonight with her full 5-piece band.

 

 

Described by Folk Radio UK as ‘the missing link between Nick Drake and ‘Space-Oddity’-era Bowie’, singer-songwriter Jeremy Tuplin has released two EPs and a debut album, ‘I Dreamt I Was Astronaut’ (released on Folkwit Records in September 2017).

“A cosmic gem” Clash Music

“A distinctive, deep vocal that has hints of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan” The Telegraph Culture

“Unconventional, conversational and intimate” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6

“One of the founding fathers of the lesser known genre of space folk” Boomtown Festival

 

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Weds 20 June: Osp Eldjarn & Sophie Ramsay

New Roots presents Osp & Sophie Ramsay with a unique joint performance.

Ösp Eldjárn- Folk Album Of The Year 2018 Nominee, Icelandic Music Awards.

 

Venue: The Slaughtered Lamb

34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell,  EC1V 0DX Ph: 020 7253 1516

Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 minutes walk

£8.50 adv BUY  NOW / £10.00 door

 

 

Hailing from a valley in the North of Iceland, Ösp Eldjarn makes music that both reflects the folk songs of her native country, and absorbs the artistry of contemporary London songwriting. She carries with her a fine Icelandic tradition of soaring melody, songs of glacial beauty and striking emotional power. Ösp’s debut album was released earlier this year, attracting the attention of respected critics and DJs, including rave reviews from Iceland’s leading music writer, Arnar Eggerts and Indie Rock Mag. Ösp has performed at major festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival and Iceland Airwaves. She comes from a famously musical Icelandic family and before starting her solo career, released two successful albums with her brother from the band Brother Grass. She will be performing songs from her album,Tales from a poplar tree, together with Italian born violinist singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist Valeria Pozzo.

 

 

Sophie Ramsay combines old and new folk, singing songs from her native Scotland alongside originals with freshly poetic lyrics and European folk influences: her 2013 album ‘The Glassy Mountain’ was described as undeniably beautiful’ (fRoots), ‘Joanna Newsom meets Belle and Sebastian’(R2), and as ‘timeless, outstanding… for those who really hear a song‘ (Folk Music Worth Listening To). 2016 saw the release of her album of old Scots and Gaelic Songs ‘The Seas Between Us’: Atmospheric, elegant and beguiling, hers is an exciting new voice to carry Burns onwards.’ (Songlines). ‘Ethereal beauty translated into song’ (Folk Words) ‘Deeply moving’ (fRoots). Sophie accompanies herself with nylon string guitar, viola and recently occasional electronics. She has been touring the Scottish Highlands a lot recently with cellist/singer Sarah Smout, and is a member of respected folk group Mediaeval Baebes. Her voice opens the double Emmy nominated theme music for ITV’s Victoria.

 

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Sat 16 June: Molly’s Lips EP Launch / Laura Frances (Trio)

Venue: The Harrison

28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF, Ph  020 7278 3966

£7.00 Adv BUY NOW / £8.50 Door

 

 

Molly’s Lips (a.k.a. Billy Glinn and Phil Self of Cocos Lovers,The Hellfire Orchestra, Will Varley) have been working hard these past few years. Their first release was recorded in their kitchen and printed up totally by hand. They’ve stepped it up for this release; drafting in Joel Magill (Syd Arthur) to record it and getting stellar musicians such as James Gow (Knee High, Lunch Money) and Raven Bush (Syd Arthur, Kate Tempest, The Gaslamp Killer) to play on it.

Along with the expected guitars, harmonies and strings this release sees the addition of reed organs, synths and live electronics to create a blend of atmospheric acoustic and electronic sounds.

 

 

Laura Frances is a haunting new voice in UK alt-folk, with a startling depth and a richly intense tone that instantly marks her out as one to watch, a unique new addition to the folk world . A dark, contralto Joni Mitchell, her songs are delivered with a refreshing brevity, wrapped in a cloak of misty melodies from a world rich in mystical imagery, where everything is half-hidden. She plays tonight as a three piece, accompanied by backing vocals and violin.

 

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