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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

 

 

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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Fri 22 June: Misheaped Pearls ‘Shivelight’ Album Launch

‘Astonishing’ Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music / ‘Stunning….gorgeous music’ Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 / ‘Unique..they scream originality’ Spiral Earth

Venue: The Slaughtered Lamb

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

Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.15 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 minutes walk

£10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

 

Seeing the (shive) light – the brilliantly ‘other wordly’ Mishaped Pearls release their first album in four years.

‘Astonishing, with heart-stopping vocals from Manuela Schuette. It’s not often a band can truthfully claim to have a sound unlike anyone else in the country, but Mishaped Pearls can certainly make that proud boast’- Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Forget trains, boats and planes. Mishaped Pearls have an elixir that can transport you instantly to fascinating worlds of infinite possibilities. Four years ago, the dynamic London seven-piece band released an album that stopped people in their musical tracks. Thamesis met with widespread media acclaim, drawing particular praise from the likes of BBC Radio’s Bob Harris and Tom Robinson and drawing an abundance of adjectives from reviewers – “stunning”, “heart stopping”, “astonishing” and “captivating”.

Now they are back with a beguiling nine-track release, Shivelight – which takes its name from a word created by Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to describe the lances of sunshine that pierce a woodland canopy – apt for this album of light and shade.

Mishaped Pearls formed in 2009 as a collaboration between Ged Flood and Manuela Schuette, bringing out their first album, The Singer and the Poets, a year later. Curling round Manuela’s incredible voice is a whole plethora of instruments. Flood fields an astonishing array of stringed instruments – saz baglama, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, Chinese ruan guitar, charango, baritone acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass ukulele, electric bass and electric guitar – instruments that have formed the bedrock of the band’s sound over the years. He is joined by five outstanding musicians Laurel S. Pardue (violin, viola); Andrew Sleightholme (piano, loops), Calie Hough (congas, djembe, darbuka, cajon, drums) Tom Finigan on saz baglama, tenor banjo, guitar and mandolin and Massimo Troiani on bass.

Once again, Mishaped Pearls have created a dazzling, ‘free spirit’ album–a unique listening experience that resolutely refuses to conform to any kind of pre-determined, stylistic house rules.

‘Shivelight’ will be released on the Misshapen Records label and distributed by Proper Distribution.

“At a time when every band describes themselves as unique it’s really refreshing to find one that truly is – they scream originality” – Spiral Earth

‘Unexpected, gently startling English pastoral folk” – The Guardian

“Stunning – very, very imaginative, ethereal and atmospheric. Gorgeous music” – Bob Harris

“Uber cool London collective’– Songlines

 

 

 

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Sat 30 June: Hatful of Rain

‘Hauntingly beautiful…I love it’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 / ‘..nigh on perfect..’ Spiral Earth

Venue: The Slaughtered Lamb

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

Nearest tube Farringdon, 6 minutes walk

£10.00 adv BUY NOW / £12.00 door

 

Hatful of Rain are a contemporary folk group mixing British and American styles. They combine powerful songwriting with musical flare, using a single microphone approach to create an intimate and engaging atmosphere to their live performances.

Hatful of Rain’s third album is due to be released on 1stJune 2018 with a nationwide tour to follow of which their appearance at The Slaughtered Lamb on 30th June will be their only London appearance.

“The combination of mandolin, banjo, bass and fiddle is nigh on perfect” – Spiral Earth.

“Songs that will make you dance and songs that will make you cry – get a chance to see them perform live” – FATEA

“Hauntingly beautiful…I love it” – Bob Harris, Radio 2.

“The most melodic roots music you are likely to hear anywhere” – AmericanRoots

“Let-yourself-go, full-throttle foot-tapping music” – The living tradition

“Styles change, combine and merge into one…. feels intimately old-fashioned” – Folk Radio UK

 

Hatful of Rain are: James Shenton – Fiddle, Piano, Whistle

Chloe Overton – Vocal, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo

Phil Jones – Double Bass, Banjo, Vocal

Fred Gregory – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocal

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Thurs 21 June: Whiskey Moonface / Leonie Evans

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

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

Tickets £8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

 

 

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, accordian, 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 & 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.

 

 

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

 

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Fri 25 May: INMIRIAM with special guest The Magic Lantern

‘Dusk-lit songs, strong and tender and sung in a voice that curls darkly at the edges’ TIME OUT / ‘A rare and totally individual talent’ Sam Lee, Nest Collective

Venue: The Harrison

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

£8.00 Adv BUY NOW / £10.00 Door

 

 

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.

 

Born in Australia before moving to the UK at 12, it was while studying in Bristol that Jamie Doe began performing as The Magic Lantern alongside friends and long-term collaborators in the DIY Bristol music scene including This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd. His debut album ‘A World In A Grain Of Sand’ was mixed by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Paul Simon) and released in June 2011 and was vocally supported by Late Junction’s Verity Sharp, Bob Harris and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 3, 2 and 6 respectively) among others. In 2015 his ‘Love of Too Much Living – Remakes’ album featured interpretations of his songs by This Is The Kit, Sam Brookes, Emilia Martensson, Wallis Bird, Rozi Plain and Low Chimes among others. A star of London’s diverse music scene, 2016 saw The Magic Lantern touring alongside Mancunian poet and saxophonist Alabaster Deplume, performing with Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms and singing on Sam Lee’s ‘Lovely Molly’ winning ‘Best Traditional Track’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 2017 culminated in the release the album’s first single ‘Holding Hands’ in late October which has been streamed more than 100k times and been championed by the likes of Jacob Collier, Jamie Cullum and Tom Robinson

Very, very special” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

Intriguing, compelling and exceptional. A man to watch” – The Guardian

 

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Thurs 24 May: Genevieve Dawson (full band show) / James Riley / Rick Leigh

Venue: The Old Queens Head

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

Tickets £8.50 adv BUY NOW / £10.00 door

 

 

Genevieve Dawson is a singer songwriter originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. Bringing together a frank lyrical style with a warmth and soulfulness that inhabits the same alt-folk terrain as Laura Marling and Ani DiFranco, her rich and sophisticated sound 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 plays tonight backed by her full band.

 

 

The product of Anglo-American parentage, James Riley grew up in South East London listening to the folk and soul sound of 70s America and wrote his first melody at the age of four. In his early twenties, he took off hitchhiking and busking through Europe from Amsterdam to Istanbul, writing songs along the way. Back in the UK, these songs became a band, only to change once more, with James’ wandering spirit taking him to Nashville, Tennessee. Here he found his producer and they set about making the album which had travelled with him to his maternal homeland, where it could finally get free.

[James Riley is] awesome… like the Allman Brothers meets the Seeger Sessions”  Laura Marling

 

 

Rick Leigh is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Lancashire who now resides in London. His music combines 3 part vocals with delicate keys, guitar and horn arrangements. In a live setting Rick works in a trio of multi-instrumentalists bringing together a huge variety of sonic elements from keys, guitar, bass, vocals, drums, saxophone and Flugelhorn. He has recently been named on Glastonbury’s 2017 Emerging Talent Longlist. Described as ‘A beautiful cacophony of instrumentation’, Rick’s live show is an intimate and delicate experience taking influence from Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear. Outside of his own project Rick has performed and worked with whole host of artists as both a singer and trumpeter including Alison Moyet, Denai Moore, Sam Lee and Luke Sital-Singh.

 

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