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Sun 13 Jan: Josienne Clarke with support from Gus White

‘Extraordinary’ Mojo Magazine.  ‘Exquisite” The Observer. ‘Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel’ The Financial Times. BBC Folk Award Winner 2015 / BBC Folk Award Nominee 2017

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

 

 

When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious 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, the songs Josienne has recorded with the guitarist Ben Walker have also been described as “extraordinary” (Mojo), “gently exquisite” (The Observer) and full of depth” (The Telegraph). In 2016 American Songwriter magazine named Josienne Clarke one of the best songwriters of the year.

Having been bowled over by Clarke & Walker’s live performance at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, where the artists won the Best Duo prize, 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews invited 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 – Clarke 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 became the start of several ongoing theatrical collaborations to be staged in the near future.

With an elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having ‘a voice that can trickle back over centuries”) she 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.

With new records from Clarke & Walker on the way, new recordings from her Rough Trade-signed four piece project PicaPica, featuring Samantha Whates, Adam Beattie, and Grammy nominee Sonny Johns, and the confident beginnings of an exciting solo career, Josienne Clarke continues to be one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers of her generation.

 

 

Growing up in a small village in Wiltshire, Gus White began his career as a choir boy, discovering his passion for music at an early age. He studied Sonic Arts at Queen’s University Belfast and Popular Music at Goldsmiths University of London. He has been greatly influenced by folk artists such as Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, and by the countryside in which he grew up, contributing to his particularly English and pastoral sound

 

 

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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Thurs 20 Dec: Kat Drake / Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers

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

 

 

Kat Drake‘s richly varied career has taken her to the stages of The Union Chapel, Glastonbury Festival and Secret Garden Party, amongst many others. Spanning a huge range of roots music, her recordings include a jazz album with Richard Hewson of the Rah Band, collaborations with Palestinian classical musicians in the West Bank, and singing with a live samba band in Argentina.

The River Dart EP”, her first solo release, is a collection of songs that speak of her experiences of growing up in a big city, surviving the pain of heartbreak and loss, as well as her deep connection with nature. Rooted in traditional English folk music, with broader influence from the likes of Eva Cassidy to Joni Mitchell in the mix, it is the product of Drake’s longstanding collaboration with producer Stevan Krakovic and Tom Mansi & the Icebreakers.

Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers have spent the last 10 years honing their sound, playing countless shows across the UK and Europe. All three members are respected musicians in their own right, their careers ranging from collaborative work with legendary film director David Lynch to the British musical icon Donovan, and extensive time spent in the vibrant British Burlesque and alternative Cabaret scene. It is from these experiences that the band have forged their unique sound, channeling in equal measure the rock’n’roll spirit of Sam Phillips’ Sun, the electric blues of Howlin’ Wolf, the bass heavy jazz attitude of Charles Mingus, the noir themes of Tom Waits, and the electric energy of Captain Beefheart.

The three piece have performed at many of the best venues and festivals across the UK and Europe including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, The Big Chill, The Scala and Hammersmith Palais, and have sheared the stage with Son of Dave, Imelda May, Florence & The Machine, The Sadies, Fat Freddie’s Drop and countless more across their career to date.

 

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Sat 8 Dec: Gabriel Moreno & Adam Beattie

Gabriel Moreno is joined by Adam Beattie for an evening of solo and collaborative performance.

 

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

 

 

Gabriel Moreno is a Gibraltarian poet and singer songwriter who has been performing for the past 20 years in Gibrlatar, Peru, Italy, Spain, USA and the United Kingdom. His folk songs are both poetic and political, mining the same rich seams as Leonard Cohen, Fabrizio D’Andre and Georges Brassens. In 2015 he joined up with The Quivering Poets, Basha Bartz, Pablo Campos, Pablo Yupton, Adam Beattie and Sergio Contreras to create a wonderful new alt-folk band that push his poetry and song to new musical territories. Gabriel also hosts the legendary folk institution ‘The Lantern Society’, running for the last ten years at London’s Betsey Trotwood venue.

 

 

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 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. In 2018 Band of Burns headlined London’s Union Chapel and played Celtic Connections in Glasgow on Burns Night at The Old Fruitmarket as part of their UK tour. Adam is currently working on a new album of original songs.

 

 

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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Mon 3 Dec: Mesadorm with support from George Boomsma

‘[Mesadorm’s] Heterogaster is the best album of 2018 so far….quite remarkable’ – Rich Pitt, BBC Introducing

Venue:The Sewbright Arms

34 Coate St, London E2 9AG, Ph:020 7729 0937

Doors open 7.00 pm, nearest tube Bethnal Green, 10 mins walk.

£8.50 Adv BUY NOW / £10.00 Door

 

5-piece Bristol band Mesadorm is the collaborative project between Blythe Pepino (Vaults), Aaron Zahl, Daisy Palmer (Paloma Faith, Goldfrapp, MIKA), Jo Silverston (The Unthanks, Red Clay Halo, Frank Turner) and David Johnston (ZunZun Egui, Phil King, Chairfight!).

After a period testing the mainstream stage with a major record deal as part of London Art Pop trio Vaults, Blythe Pepino has moved back to her roots as a leftfield rock and electronica songwriter. Pulling on wide strands of influence, from the contemporary electronic sounds of Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso, to the late 60s and early 70s folk and pop giants Carole King, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, the songs on Mesadorm’s brilliant debut album ‘Heterogaster’ are based around ideas of family, sex, trust and disconnection, and come drenched in rich vocal harmonies and beautifully layered textures. With critical acclaim from key tastemakers Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) and Jon Kennedy (X FM), and the combined talents of superb musicianship married to startlingly original songwriting, all delivered with Pepino’s stunningly emotive voice, Mesadorm look set to deliver on the biggest stages in 2019.

‘I’m absolutely addicted….really affecting and beautiful. One of my favourite tracks at the moment – I’m very excited to to hear more of them in 2018’ – Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music

‘I love [it]… a beautiful record’ – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

‘..absolutely fantastic!’ – John Kennedy, Radio X

‘..the best we’ve played on the show in 2018’ Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing

‘Melodies that originate in the left field… soothing, genuine, and perplexing… a real jewel’ – Clash Magazine

‘..sublime… we’re enthralled by Blythe’s words and Mesadorm’s intense sounds’ – Get In Her Ears

‘Mesadorm have that uncanny ability to find that perfect line between pop and experimentation. They achieve a rare and colourful psychedelic minimalism that is strikingly engaging’ Folk Radio UK

 

 

 

George Boomsma is a progressive folk musician from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. George’s effortless vocals and sensitive guitar playing evoke an intimate atmosphere that silences even the rowdiest of crowds. He has supported artists such as ‘Natty’, ‘The Travelling Band’ and ‘Skinny Lister’, been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and performed at Latitude Festival 2016 on the BBC Introducing stage.

 

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Sat 1st Dec: DOUBLE BILL – Gus White (Full Band) / Laura Frances (Trio)

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

 

New Roots presents a superb alternative folk double bill, Gus White (full band) & Laura Frances Itrio). Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm. Nearest tube Kings Cross, 5 mins walk.

Growing up in a small village in Wiltshire, Gus White began his career as a choir boy, discovering his passion for music at an early age. He studied Sonic Arts at Queen’s University Belfast and Popular Music at Goldsmiths University of London. He has been greatly influenced by folk artists such as Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, and by the countryside in which he grew up, contributing to his particularly English and pastoral sound.

 

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 trio accompaniment.

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 30 Dec: Whiskey Moonface (2 Sets)

Special Christmas 2 set performance!

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.

£8.50 Adv BUY NOW / £10.00 Door

 

 

New Roots presents Whiskey Moonface at The Harrison. The band will play two sets with a thirty minute interval inbetween. Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm.

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.

 

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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Thurs 29 Nov: R.W. Hedges with Luca Nieri – support from Nick Ellis

RW Hedges album ‘The Hunters In The Snow is a magical collection’ ★★★★★ Shindig Magazine

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

 

RW Hedges and Luca Nieri play highlights of their recent Hunters in the Snow album, interspersed with new material. Strong narrative themes and a fine crafted songwriting style pays respect to the days of Tin Pan Alley and the 50’s ballad form, with the duo spreading their foundations to include the sixties giants of folk and pop – expect Dylan and the Sherman brothers meet the Fleetwoods.

“The Hunters In The Snow is a magical collection” ★★★★★ Shindig Magazine

Nick Ellis is dedicated to the concept of song and melody. Some call it folk, some call it old fashioned song craft. Currently based in Liverpool, Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and sharp finger-style, his sound has been described as a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn.

 

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Sun 25 Nov: Kings of the South Seas / MG Boulter

KINGS OF THE SOUTH SEAS: Ben Nicholls (The Full English, Seth Lakeman Band, Nadine Shah Band)  Richard Warren (Spiritualized, Mark Lanegan Soulsavers) Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio)

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

 

“a brooding and mysterious triumph” – Louder Than War

“dark, driven and turbulent” – The Independent

“uproariously rousing and darkly disturbing” – The Guardian

“stunning in both scope and intensity” – Spiral Earth

Following the acclaimed eponymous debut ‘Kings of the South Seas – Chasing the Whale’Franklin’ is the 10-track second album by the Kings of the South Seas. From Canadian Voyageur paddling songs and English folk ballads, to works composed onboard ice-bound wintering ships and Victorian parlour pieces, the album vividly brings to life the music left by the events and cultural fallout of ill-fated British sea-faring expeditions of the 19th Century. Kings of the South Seas bring their unique and brooding sound to these songs, driving them into the twenty-first century while still maintaining their original and heartfelt spirit.

‘Franklin’ is a gloriously original, haunting and atmospheric album. Produced and mixed by Ben Hillier (Blur, Elbow, Depeche Mode), it was recorded by Kings of the South Seas in St Andrews Mission Church in Gravesend, fittingly, under the glow of stained glass windows dedicated by Lady Franklin to the sailors who lost their lives on his last voyage.

“takes the listener into an oceanic heart of darkness illuminated by powerful skeletal songs from the edge of the known world” – Songlines

Voted The Telegraph ‘Best Folk Albums of 2014’ List.

MG Boulter is a singer and songwriter living on the coast of the Thames Estuary, England. Releasing his debut album in Spring 2012 under the name The Whispering Pines, Boulter has been an integral member of leading UK Americana band The Lucky Strikes since 2007, 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, MG 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 worked with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Mumford & Sons, and is a touring member of 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

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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Sat 24 Dec: Hickory Signals ‘Turn To Fray’ Album Launch with support from Sophie Crawford

The Guardian ‘Folk Album Of The Month’ Nov 2018 – ‘..direct, atmospheric and deeply affecting…stunning’ ★★★★

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

 

Brighton-based folk duo release their debut album, ‘Turn to Fray’.

Hickory Signals are multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti. Combining Laura Ward’s crystal clear, formidable folk voice with guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and a variety of percussion, the band’s set combines re-interpretations of traditional folk songs with original, self-penned material. Layer ing sounds sensitively and minimally to atmospheric effect, their music has been described as haunting, cinematic, un-rushed and detailed.

Ken Brown of FATEA Magazine said of Hickory Signals “Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere…. Laura Ward does indeed have a lovely voice… almost a slightly more melodious Maddy Prior…” 

The album was mixed by Ian Carter (Stick In The Wheel), mastered by Lowland Masters and will be released through GF*M Records and Proper Distribution.

“The songs float from past to present to past seamlessly, with shades of Sandy Denny and a beauty crucial to the trad folk movement back then” – Frank Gutch Jr., No Depression

“Ward has one of the most pure, charming and elegant voices on the circuit today…” – Joe Knipe, Artree Folk and Roots Magazine

“Laura Ward’s vocals elevate [Hickory Signals] into a rarefied atmosphere…” Samuel Valdéz López, Now Then Magazine

“Hickory Signals is a band keyed in to the wistful passing of time and the melancholic awe of the natural world” – Jon Doyle, Wake the Deaf

“A haunting female vocal, and a beautiful picked guitar….Ward’s voice has a clarity which grabs your attention, particularly in the upper register, and it is this which gives interest to this recording…. Hickory Signals are certainly a duo to watch for the future.” – Will Wilkins, Bright Young Folk

Sophie Crawford is a North London based folk singer offering fresh and exciting interpretations of traditional songs accompanying herself on accordion, dulcimer and ukulele.

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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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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