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Tues 15th Oct: Paul Mosley & The Red Meat Orchestra ‘ You’re All Going To Die’ Album Launch

★★★★  The Quietus / ★★★★ R2 / ‘Unique and brilliant…’ FATEA Magazine

 

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.

 

 

Riding high after the ground breaking folk opera ‘The Butcher’ ( ★★★★ The Quietus, ★★★★ R2 Magazine, ‘Album Of The Year’ Resonance.fm) Mosley’s plans for the follow up faltered when his personal life unexpectedly had to take priority for a year. Now he returns with his most personal and striking album to date – and what could have been a sad and contemplative album is in fact a life affirming kaleidoscope of joy and beauty!

This show is your one chance to hear these new songs live with the depth and resonance of the unique Red Meat Orchestra. Incorporating everything from strings and brass to bicycle wheels and cheese graters to accompany guest singers Jack Harris, Esther Dee, Catherine Earnshaw and Josienne Clarke this show promises to be a powerful and uplifting chance to see this ‘unique and brilliant’ (Fatea) artist at his best.

 

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Weds 16 Oct: Sailing Stones with special guest support Samantha Whates

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 7 mins walk DIRECTIONS

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

Sailing Stones’ (aka Jenny Lindfors) iminent debut album Polymnia is an honest exploration of learning to break free and let go existentially. Her husky vocals glide over the top of murky, layered synthesisers and softly rolling drums, each melody a guiding light puncturing through dusky fog. Contemporary touchpoints in Sailing Stones’ sound include Marissa Nadler, Weyes Blood and Julia Holter’s ‘Have You In My Wilderness’, with respectful backwards glances to Ry Cooder’s ‘Paris, Texas’ soundtrack that partly inspired her. The album also draws rich textures and production values from the late 1980s FM radio Lindfors listened to as a child.

Polymnia came together with co-producer and multi-instrumentalist TJ Allen (Bat For Lashes) on production and bass duties, Dan Moore (Moog Ensemble, Modulus III, Anna Calvi) on keys/ synths and Daisy Palmer (Mesadorm, Goldfrapp, Rae Morris) on drums and drum machines. Jake McCurchie and Pete Judge from Get The Blessing provided horn parts, and Drew Morgan (Modulus III) arranged strings on several songs.

 

 

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).

 

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Weds 18 Sept: DOUBLE BILL! Victoria Hume / Balladeste

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.

 

 

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 Map records, 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, 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 alt-folk 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

 

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Weds 16 Oct: Sailing Stones with support from Samantha Whates

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.

 

 

Sailing Stones’ (aka Jenny Lindfors) iminent debut album Polymnia is an honest exploration of learning to break free and let go existentially. Her husky vocals glide over the top of murky, layered synthesisers and softly rolling drums, each melody a guiding light puncturing through dusky fog. Contemporary touchpoints in Sailing Stones’ sound include Marissa Nadler, Weyes Blood and Julia Holter’s ‘Have You In My Wilderness’, with respectful backwards glances to Ry Cooder’s ‘Paris, Texas’ soundtrack that partly inspired her. The album also draws rich textures and production values from the late 1980s FM radio Lindfors listened to as a child.

Polymnia came together with co-producer and multi-instrumentalist TJ Allen (Bat For Lashes) on production and bass duties, Dan Moore (Moog Ensemble, Modulus III, Anna Calvi) on keys/ synths and Daisy Palmer (Mesadorm, Goldfrapp, Rae Morris) on drums and drum machines. Jake McCurchie and Pete Judge from Get The Blessing provided horn parts, and Drew Morgan (Modulus III) arranged strings on several songs.

 

 

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).

 

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Fri 4 Oct: DOUBLE BILL! Laura Fell (full band) / Gus White (full band)

The Harrison,
28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Ph: 020 7278 3966
Nearest tube Kings Cross, 7 mins walk DIRECTIONS

£8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.00 pm sharp.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT USE CAMERAS AFTER THE FIRST TWO SONGS IN EACH SET AT THIS EVENT. 

Gus White offers something truly unique to the UK alt-folk and contemporary roots scene, combining his distinctive voice and considered songwriting approach with an accomplished guitar style that pays its respects to Nick Drake and John Martyn. With artfully observed lyrics, his distinctly English, pastoral sound is both timeless and resoundingly contemporary. Gus’s beautifully composed alt-folk songs are supported by fine close harmony accompaniment from singer Kristin McFadden, fleshed out by cello and clarinet. With five new tracks to be released across 2019 Gus White is very much one to watch for the future.

‘Warmly recommended for fans of Nick Drake, John Martyn… fresh minted for the 21st century’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Laura Fell is a striking new voice in UK alt-folk, with a startling depth and a richly intense tone that instantly marks her out as one to watch. The unblinking honesty of her lyrics and unique vocal style is juxtaposed with lush, ambient beds of guitar, bass and drums, captivating and transporting the listener. Laura’s debut album is set for release in the summer of 2020, and she plays its songs tonight with a full 4-piece band.

 

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New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk and contemporary roots 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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Tues 5 Nov: The Rail Abandon and Isaac Birituro

“This is fantastic” John Kennedy, Radio X /  “Beautiful” Shaun Keaveny, BBC 6 Music / “A whole story in three minutes and a half” Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music

 

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 7.30 pm, music form 8.00 pm sharp. 

 

 

New Roots presents… THE RAIL ABANDON and ISAAC BIRITURO, featuring Sonny Johns (bass) Isaac Birituro (xylophone) Raph Clarkson (trombone) Yolanda Eyama (vocals) Yuval Wetzler (drums) Moussa Dembele (balaphone).

The Rail Abandon is the musical (dis)guise of Sonny Johns, Grammy, MOBO and Mercury nominated producer, engineer, musician. Grounded in the 1960s folk revival of John Martyn, Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, The Rail Abandon’s “Afrolktronica” incorporates influences of electronic music as well as the sound of West Africa – inspired by the musicians Sonny has worked with, including Ali Farke Toure, Fatoumata Diawara, Orchestra Baobab and Tony Allen.

In 2016 Sonny went to Ghana and met master xylophone player Isaac Birituro. After an instant music connection, they spent 3 days in a church making the basis of the album Kalba. Sonny then called upon musician friends, such as Polar Bear’s Seb Rochford, Leafcutter John and Mark Lockheart as well as Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin and Samantha Whates, to produce “one of the most exciting things I’ve worked on in the 20 years of the label,” – Dom Servini, Wah Wah 45s.

The album is a collaboration between Ghanaian and UK songwriters, recorded by 28 musicians from around the world, a mixture of traditional Ghanaian xylophone music, British folk, Afrobeat, Highlife, electronica and a whole lot more.

Incorporating new members on trombone/synth (Raph Clarkson), drums (Yuval Wetzler), vocalist Yolanda Eyama and master balaphone player Moussa Dembele, The Rail Abandon will be touring the music from Kalba as a six-piece recreating the sound of 28 musicians on the album.

 

 

NEW ROOTS is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk and contemporary roots 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 26 Sept: THE NEW ROOTS BOUTIQUE Forty Elephant Gang / We Are All Fossils / Fairhazel

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.

 

The Betsey Trotwood,
56 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, EC1R 3BL
Ph: 020 7253 4285
7.00 adv BUY NOW / 8.50 door
Nearest tube Farringdon, 4 mins walk DIRECTIONS
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.

 

 

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New Roots Weekly Newsletter- Sat 27 July to Sat 24 Aug

Great new gigs on the way! Sat 27 July to Sat 24 Aug- tickets, details, videos…

 

 

Hi folks- there are some fantastic events on the way between now and the end of August (all in air-conditioned venues you’ll be pleased to know!!). This Saturday fRoots Album of the Year Editor’s Choice winners Alden Patterson & Dashwood come to the Harrison for two sets of English & American inspired roots music, and we return to The Harrison on Fri 2 Aug for Our Man In the Field with his full band- he’s a brilliant new discovery for New Roots, don’t miss him.  On the 3rd and 10th Aug we have two notable free gigs at The Hays Galleria by the river in London Bridge with Whiskey Moonface and Counter’s Creek(we’re there every Saturday at 3.00 pm for a free one hour concert as part of Front Room Songs “Summer By The River’, come down and say hello!).  On Thurs 15th Joisienne Clarke plays the Green Note, with support from Benedict Benjamin– there are just two tickets left for that one, you’ll need to move quickly! Friday 23rd we’re back at The Harrison for a ridiculously good triple-bill with Samantha Whates, Adam Beattie and Fiona Bevan (this is well on the way to selling out also, don’t hang about..), and we stay in the lovely Harrison basement for RW Hedges‘ (‘a genius songwriter’  Louder Than War) album launch on Saturday 24th. All details, videos and ticket links below, with lots more for Sept and Oct up now on the website, dive in! 

 

Visit the New Roots website for all June / July/ August dates: www.newrootsevents.com
Listen to New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/ 

 

Sat 27 July Alden, Patterson & Dashwood 

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 fRoots Album Of The Year Editors Choice winners and Folk By The Oak stars Alden Patterson & Dashwood.

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.15 pm. Alden Patterson & Dashwood will play two sets with a 30 minute interval.

Taking inspiration from the twin pillars of American bluegrass and English folk, Alden Patterson & Dashwood weave rich harmonies with fiddle, dobro and mandolin around a combination of finely crafted original compositions and traditional songs, all the while maintaining a thoroughly contemporary cutting edge. Their debut album, Call Me Home, was fRoots 2016 Album of the Year Editor’s Choice. In 2018 they made their debut performance at the prestigiousFolk by the Oak Festival, followed by a nationwide UK tour with folk legends Show of Hands. No museum pieces, A P & D feel equally at home alongside the likes of First Aid Kit and Old Crow Medicine Show as they do the stalwarts of US & UK trad folk.

“It’s lovely stuff” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
★★★★★ Album Of The Year Editors Choice – fROOTS Magazine
★★★★★ R2
★★★★ Songlines

“When we saw this Folk / Americana trio live we were completely captivated, and knew we had to bring them to Folk by the Oak and share them with our audience” Adam Slough – Folk By The Oak Festival Director

 

 

Fri 2 Aug Our Man In The Field with support from Fairhazel

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 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

One of New Roots’ most exciting discoveries of 2019 comes to The Harrison in full band guise (drums, bass, guitar, cello and pedal steel). You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard Our Man The Field somewhere before. He records live with his band just like the best of his influences; Neil Young, Van Morrison, Credence Clearwater Revival, Ryan Adams and Wilco. His own sound is undefinable but familiar and has been compared to modern day artists such as Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Foy Vance and Joe Purdy.

Think of Our Man In The Field – AKA Alexander Ellis – as an independent correspondent and his songs as dispatches from his travels. He has assembled a band of the finest players and together they give a deeply personal yet wholly cathartic performance, like an off the record admission from you to yourself.

 

 

Fairhazel is the moniker for the artist Hugh Macdonald who has been releasing music for several years under his own name, performing at TEDx, Ronnie Scott’s and Sofar as well as countless gigs across the US and the UK. A citizen of the world, he grew up in Paris and Cape Town, going on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he experienced a whole new culture and with it experiences that would inspire a new sound- folk music drawing lyrical and melodic influence from jazz and psychedelic music , rooted in a raw acoustic aesthetic.

 

 

 

Sat 03 Aug : Summer By The River -The New Roots Stage at Hay’s Galleria London Bridge – Whiskey Moonface

Sat 103 August, 3.00 pm : FREE CONCERT

To describe Whiskey Moonface as an alternative folk group doesn’t even begin to do justice to the breadth of inspiration and style in their music. Based around double bass, accordion and clarinet, they’re led by the superb vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones.

Capable of being both ear-to-ear-grinningly entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of Eastern European traditional and klezmer music, old-time New Orleans jazz and the baroque/ chamber folk styles of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut with their own unique take on contemporary folk music to make for a superbly realised, truly beautiful, and utterly original sound. There is simply no-one in the UK making music like Whiskey Moonface.

 

 

 

Sat 10 Aug : Summer By The River – Counter’s Creek

Sat 10 August, 3.00 pm : FREE CONCERT

Folk trio Counter’s Creek are inspired by the music of Britain and Ireland, jigs and reels from Eastern Europe, and rhythms from West Africa, all rooted in a strong melodic and harmonic sensibility allied to a real sense of swing and dance energy.

Fiddle, banjo and mandolin player Tom Newell is known for his work with Effra, The Ceilidh Liberation Front, and pop acts including Muse and Lana Del Rey. Guitarist Moss Freed plays with jazz/folk group Flekd, and has recently recorded for John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Whistle player Jonathan Taylor is co-founder of Tango Siempre, and has worked as an arranger for Robert Wyatt. Counter’s Creek are three much respected musicians from very different backgrounds, united by a love of the finest in roots music, firing tunes and earthy dance grooves.

 

 

 

Thurs 15 Aug: Josienne Clarke with support from Benedict Benjamin

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
12.00 adv BUY NOW / 15.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.00 pm, music form 8.15 pm sharp. 

 

 

Please note, the venue consists of both seated and standing areas- to ensure a seat please arrive early.

When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious independent music champions Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis told The Guardian that she writes, ‘songs that rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure’.

With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, Josienne’s songs have also been described as ‘extraordinary’ (Mojo), ‘gently exquisite’ (The Observer) and full of depth’ (The Telegraph). While the world music bible Songlines said, ’Clarke’s dark, complex imagery in the lyrics pushes the songs into rich metaphorical territory, one of the heart and of self-enquiry’. American Songwriter magazine named Josienne one of the best songwriters of 2016.

Having been awed by a live performance at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews arranged for Josienne to act and sing in The National Theatre’s revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. In addition to performing on the Olivier stage each night – in a role specially created for her – Josienne contributed two of her own songs to the play. In their review of the acclaimed production, The Financial Times said, ‘Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel’. It marked the start of a continued relationship with the National Theatre which has included composing songs for a new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, with acclaimed young playwright Zoe Cooper.

With an elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having a voice that can ‘trickle back over centuries’) Josienne has frequently been compared to the great Sandy Denny, but present too are elements of Nina Simone and Gillian Welch; all three are important influences on her work.

Expanding beyond the folk music for which she was first known, Josienne has partnered with rising star jazz pianist Kit Downes to release the Such A SkyEP. And her friendship with London-based Scottish singer songwriter Samantha Whates has bloomed into new group PicaPica, whose debut album will be released by Rough Trade. fRoots magazine has already described the band’s sound as ‘originally exciting’.

In the last two years, Josienne has supported the great Richard Thompson on a dream-come-true tour of the UK and opened for the legendary Robert Plantin Europe. The summer of 2018 saw her perform with guitarist Ben Walker at some of the UK’s best-loved festivals, including Latitude, Larmer Tree and End Of The Road. She even found herself in demand as a writer and broadcaster, contributing to Standard Issue magazine and appearing onBBC Radio 3’s The Verb to discuss her pet subject melancholy, alongside poet Simon Armitage.

With several new records and theatrical productions to look forward to in 2019, Josienne Clarke remains one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers we’ve got.

 

 

 

Fri 23 Aug: The New Roots Sessions – Samantha Whates / Adam Beattie / Fiona Bevan

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 The New Roots Sessions- three headline solo artists on one superb triple-bill.

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 signingsPicapica 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).

 

 

Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie has released four albums of his own songs. Having roots in Scottish folk music, as well as a lifelong interest in old time jazz, blues and other folk styles, his genre-spanning music is tied together by his warmly soulful, distinctive voice and poetically narrative lyrics. A consumate performer, Beattie’s shows are as captivating with solo voice and guitar as they are in full band incarnation. He has performed to audiences across the UK and Europe alongside musicians such as the legendary Bert Jansch, Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes as well as collaborating on guitar and bass with Brooke Sharkey, Scott Hirsch and Michael Chapman. In addition, Beattie is part of 12-piece folk supergroup Band of Burns, contributing interpretations of Robert Burns songs as well as original compositions, and Rough Trade signings PicaPica, alongside Samantha Whates, Josienne Clarke and Sonny Johns.

‘Incredibly Beautiful’ – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6 Music

‘A great ear for melody and a natural talent for lyric writing’ – Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland

‘Carefully crafted, gently affecting song writing with a dark twist’ – Roddy Hart, BBC Radio Scotland

 

 

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 albumTalk 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

 

 

 

Sat 24 Aug: R.W. Hedges Album Launch

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 RW Hedges ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’ album launch, with support from spoken word artist Roy.

RW Hedges and Luca Nieri return with the launch of ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’, the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ collection. The album has a strong unifying theme, set in the American West of 1877, the year the phonograph was invented. Recorded chronologically, momentum built as the album came together. Hedges and Nieri deliberately stripped the songs of any extraneous insrumentation and emotional baggage- Luca Nieri produced the album, with the only addition to the pair’s acoustic guitar playing coming from an occasional delicate flavouring of pedal steel from Matt Allwright.

2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ received musc press acclaim, with psych bible Shindig Magazine calling it ‘magical’ and awarding it a maximum five stars, and much respected indie blog Louder Than War proclaiming Hedges to be a ‘genius songwriter’. As with the current album, it was guided by Luca Neiri’s minimalist vision, with the pair’s love for the easy listening era of the 1950s and 60s filtered through a keen ear for doo-wop and rhythm-and-blues and a natural awareness of sophisticated folk.

 

 

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- Sat 27 July to Sat 24 Aug

Great new gigs on the way! Sat 27 July to Sat 24 Aug- tickets, details, videos…

 

 

 

Hi folks- there are some fantastic events on the way between now and the end of August (all in air-conditioned venues you’ll be pleased to know!!). This Saturday fRoots Album of the Year Editor’s Choice winners Alden Patterson & Dashwood come to the Harrison for two sets of English & American inspired roots music, and we return to The Harrison on Fri 2 Aug for Our Man In the Field with his full band- he’s a brilliant new discovery for New Roots, don’t miss him.  On the 3rd and 10th Aug we have two notable free gigs at The Hays Galleria by the river in London Bridge with Whiskey Moonface and Counter’s Creek (we’re there every Saturday at 3.00 pm for a free one hour concert as part of Front Room Songs “Summer By The River’, come down and say hello!).  On Thurs 15th Joisienne Clarke plays the Green Note, with support from Benedict Benjamin– there are just two tickets left for that one, you’ll need to move quickly! Friday 23rd we’re back at The Harrison for a ridiculously good triple-bill with Samantha Whates, Adam Beattie and Fiona Bevan (this is well on the way to selling out also, don’t hang about..), and we stay in the lovely Harrison basement for RW Hedges‘ (‘a genius songwriter’  Louder Than War) album launch on Saturday 24th. All details, videos and ticket links below, with lots more for Sept and Oct up now on the website, dive in! 

 

Visit the New Roots website for all June / July/ August dates: www.newrootsevents.com
Listen to New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots

 

Sat 27 July Alden, Patterson & Dashwood 

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 fRoots Album Of The Year Editors Choice winners and Folk By The Oak stars Alden Patterson & Dashwood.

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.15 pm. Alden Patterson & Dashwood will play two sets with a 30 minute interval.

Taking inspiration from the twin pillars of American bluegrass and English folk, Alden Patterson & Dashwood weave rich harmonies with fiddle, dobro and mandolin around a combination of finely crafted original compositions and traditional songs, all the while maintaining a thoroughly contemporary cutting edge. Their debut album, Call Me Home, was fRoots 2016 Album of the Year Editor’s Choice. In 2018 they made their debut performance at the prestigiousFolk by the Oak Festival, followed by a nationwide UK tour with folk legends Show of Hands. No museum pieces, A P & D feel equally at home alongside the likes of First Aid Kit and Old Crow Medicine Show as they do the stalwarts of US & UK trad folk.

“It’s lovely stuff” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
★★★★★ Album Of The Year Editors Choice – fROOTS Magazine
★★★★★ R2
★★★★ Songlines

“When we saw this Folk / Americana trio live we were completely captivated, and knew we had to bring them to Folk by the Oak and share them with our audience” Adam Slough – Folk By The Oak Festival Director

 

 

 

Fri 2 Aug Our Man In The Field with support from Fairhazel

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 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

One of New Roots’ most exciting discoveries of 2019 comes to The Harrison in full band guise (drums, bass, guitar, cello and pedal steel). You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard Our Man The Field somewhere before. He records live with his band just like the best of his influences; Neil Young, Van Morrison, Credence Clearwater Revival, Ryan Adams and Wilco. His own sound is undefinable but familiar and has been compared to modern day artists such as Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Foy Vance and Joe Purdy.

Think of Our Man In The Field – AKA Alexander Ellis – as an independent correspondent and his songs as dispatches from his travels. He has assembled a band of the finest players and together they give a deeply personal yet wholly cathartic performance, like an off the record admission from you to yourself.

 

 

Fairhazel is the moniker for the artist Hugh Macdonald who has been releasing music for several years under his own name, performing at TEDx, Ronnie Scott’s and Sofar as well as countless gigs across the US and the UK. A citizen of the world, he grew up in Paris and Cape Town, going on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he experienced a whole new culture and with it experiences that would inspire a new sound- folk music drawing lyrical and melodic influence from jazz and psychedelic music , rooted in a raw acoustic aesthetic.

 

 

 

Sat 03 Aug : Summer By The River -The New Roots Stage at Hay’s Galleria London Bridge – Whiskey Moonface

Sat 103 August, 3.00 pm : FREE CONCERT

To describe Whiskey Moonface as an alternative folk group doesn’t even begin to do justice to the breadth of inspiration and style in their music. Based around double bass, accordion and clarinet, they’re led by the superb vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones.

Capable of being both ear-to-ear-grinningly entertaining and profoundly moving, they combine elements of Eastern European traditional and klezmer music, old-time New Orleans jazz and the baroque/ chamber folk styles of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut with their own unique take on contemporary folk music to make for a superbly realised, truly beautiful, and utterly original sound. There is simply no-one in the UK making music like Whiskey Moonface.

 

 

 

Sat 10 Aug : Summer By The River – Counter’s Creek

Sat 10 August, 3.00 pm : FREE CONCERT

Folk trio Counter’s Creek are inspired by the music of Britain and Ireland, jigs and reels from Eastern Europe, and rhythms from West Africa, all rooted in a strong melodic and harmonic sensibility allied to a real sense of swing and dance energy.

Fiddle, banjo and mandolin player Tom Newell is known for his work with Effra, The Ceilidh Liberation Front, and pop acts including Muse and Lana Del Rey. Guitarist Moss Freed plays with jazz/folk group Flekd, and has recently recorded for John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Whistle player Jonathan Taylor is co-founder of Tango Siempre, and has worked as an arranger for Robert Wyatt. Counter’s Creek are three much respected musicians from very different backgrounds, united by a love of the finest in roots music, firing tunes and earthy dance grooves.

 

 

 

Thurs 15 Aug: Josienne Clarke with support from Benedict Benjamin

The Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7AN
Ph 020 7485 9899
12.00 adv BUY NOW / 15.00 Door
Nearest tube Camden, 2 mins walk DIRECTIONS
Doors open 7.00 pm, music form 8.15 pm sharp. 

 

 

Please note, the venue consists of both seated and standing areas- to ensure a seat please arrive early.

When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious independent music champions Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis told The Guardian that she writes, ‘songs that rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure’.

With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, Josienne’s songs have also been described as ‘extraordinary’ (Mojo), ‘gently exquisite’ (The Observer) and full of depth’ (The Telegraph). While the world music bible Songlines said, ’Clarke’s dark, complex imagery in the lyrics pushes the songs into rich metaphorical territory, one of the heart and of self-enquiry’. American Songwriter magazine named Josienne one of the best songwriters of 2016.

Having been awed by a live performance at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews arranged for Josienne to act and sing in The National Theatre’s revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. In addition to performing on the Olivier stage each night – in a role specially created for her – Josienne contributed two of her own songs to the play. In their review of the acclaimed production, The Financial Times said, ‘Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel’. It marked the start of a continued relationship with the National Theatre which has included composing songs for a new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, with acclaimed young playwright Zoe Cooper.

With an elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having a voice that can ‘trickle back over centuries’) Josienne has frequently been compared to the great Sandy Denny, but present too are elements of Nina Simone and Gillian Welch; all three are important influences on her work.

Expanding beyond the folk music for which she was first known, Josienne has partnered with rising star jazz pianist Kit Downes to release the Such A SkyEP. And her friendship with London-based Scottish singer songwriter Samantha Whates has bloomed into new group PicaPica, whose debut album will be released by Rough Trade. fRoots magazine has already described the band’s sound as ‘originally exciting’.

In the last two years, Josienne has supported the great Richard Thompson on a dream-come-true tour of the UK and opened for the legendary Robert Plantin Europe. The summer of 2018 saw her perform with guitarist Ben Walker at some of the UK’s best-loved festivals, including Latitude, Larmer Tree and End Of The Road. She even found herself in demand as a writer and broadcaster, contributing to Standard Issue magazine and appearing on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to discuss her pet subject melancholy, alongside poet Simon Armitage.

With several new records and theatrical productions to look forward to in 2019, Josienne Clarke remains one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers we’ve got.

 

 

 

Fri 23 Aug: The New Roots Sessions – Samantha Whates / Adam Beattie / Fiona Bevan

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 The New Roots Sessions- three headline solo artists on one superb triple-bill.

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 signingsPicapica 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).

 

 

Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie has released four albums of his own songs. Having roots in Scottish folk music, as well as a lifelong interest in old time jazz, blues and other folk styles, his genre-spanning music is tied together by his warmly soulful, distinctive voice and poetically narrative lyrics. A consumate performer, Beattie’s shows are as captivating with solo voice and guitar as they are in full band incarnation. He has performed to audiences across the UK and Europe alongside musicians such as the legendary Bert Jansch, Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes as well as collaborating on guitar and bass with Brooke Sharkey, Scott Hirsch and Michael Chapman. In addition, Beattie is part of 12-piece folk supergroup Band of Burns, contributing interpretations of Robert Burns songs as well as original compositions, and Rough Trade signings PicaPica, alongside Samantha Whates, Josienne Clarke and Sonny Johns.

‘Incredibly Beautiful’ – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6 Music

‘A great ear for melody and a natural talent for lyric writing’ – Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland

‘Carefully crafted, gently affecting song writing with a dark twist’ – Roddy Hart, BBC Radio Scotland

 

 

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 albumTalk 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

 

 

 

Sat 24 Aug: R.W. Hedges Album Launch

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 RW Hedges ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’ album launch, with support from spoken word artist Roy.

RW Hedges and Luca Nieri return with the launch of ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’, the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ collection. The album has a strong unifying theme, set in the American West of 1877, the year the phonograph was invented. Recorded chronologically, momentum built as the album came together. Hedges and Nieri deliberately stripped the songs of any extraneous insrumentation and emotional baggage- Luca Nieri produced the album, with the only addition to the pair’s acoustic guitar playing coming from an occasional delicate flavouring of pedal steel from Matt Allwright.

2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ received musc press acclaim, with psych bible Shindig Magazine calling it ‘magical’ and awarding it a maximum five stars, and much respected indie blog Louder Than War proclaiming Hedges to be a ‘genius songwriter’. As with the current album, it was guided by Luca Neiri’s minimalist vision, with the pair’s love for the easy listening era of the 1950s and 60s filtered through a keen ear for doo-wop and rhythm-and-blues and a natural awareness of sophisticated folk.

 

 

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 24 Aug: RW Hedges ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’ Album Launch

★★★★★ ‘Magical’ Shindig Magazine / ‘A genius songwriter’ Louder Than War

 

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 8.15 pm sharp.

 

 

New Roots presents RW Hedges ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’ album launch, with support from spoken word artist Roy. 

RW Hedges and Luca Nieri return with the launch of ‘The Hills Are Old Songs’, the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ collection. The album has a strong unifying theme, set in the American West of 1877, the year the phonograph was invented. Recorded chronologically, momentum built as the album came together. Hedges and Nieri deliberately stripped the songs of any extraneous insrumentation and emotional baggage- Luca Nieri produced the album, with the only addition to the pair’s acoustic guitar playing coming from an occasional delicate flavouring of pedal steel from Matt Allwright.

2018’s ‘The Hunters in the Snow’ received musc press acclaim, with psych bible Shindig Magazine calling it ‘magical’ and awarding it a maximum five stars, and much respected indie blog Louder Than War proclaiming Hedges to be a ‘genius songwriter’. As with the current album, it was guided by Luca Neiri’s minimalist vision, with the pair’s love for the easy listening era of the 1950s and 60s filtered through a keen ear for doo-wop and rhythm-and-blues and a natural awareness of sophisticated folk.

 

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