The Gladstone Arms, 64 Lant Street SE1 1QN.
The Glad is where the spirit of New Roots was born. Hundreds of acts over ten years, free entry, a beautiful sounding intimate 40 capacity space that feels like you and the musicians are sharing a living room. Live roots music every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Great pies too!
The Green Note, 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN
New Roots has a monthly Thursday night residency at The Green Note in Camden, just voted London’s Favourite Venue in by Time Out poll. Founded in 2005 by two music-loving friends, they have become known as London’s top spot for folk and roots music, hosting gigs every night ranging from folk and blues to roots, world, jazz, country, bluegrass and singer-songwriters.
The Harrison Bar and Kitchen 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1h 8JF
New Roots at the Harrison runs every second Thursday, in the Greenwich Village style folk basement. Great food on offer also- it’s a really lovely pub run with a real commitment to folk and roots music. See the website recently set up by owner Paul Michelmore, Folk and Honey.
Folk and Honey
Listing London’s best folk and roots gigs.
No. 14 Bacon Street. London E1 6LF
Run by fiddler Alastair Caplan and friends this tiny former coffee shop off Brick Lane (with basement recording studio) is home to the cream of East London’s folk musicians. Sessions are always on the go, the co-operative folk spirit is in full blaze- drop in any time for a drink, you’ll be guaranteed to hear something spectacular.
Jamboree, Courtyard of Cable Street Studios, 566 Cable Street, E1W 3HB.
Brilliantly quirky live music venue tucked into the courtyard of Cable Street, part junkyard, part cabaret. Each night a different line-up- from gypsy swing to celtic folk, world music, bluegrass and old-time jazz.
From high energy experimental creativity to percussive alt-folk, via classical minimalism and cinematic soundscapes – Darkly Artful have been showcasing the best of emergent talent in a series of monthly Sunday early evening performances at the uniquely magical Jamboree Venue. Non-genre specific, these events are about creating a space where mixed audiences can enjoy an eclectic, high quality musical experience with a relaxed atmosphere in truly memorable surroundings.
Splendid folk & roots collective run by troubadour Theo Bard, hosting weekly event ‘seasons’ at Dalston Boys Club, Servant Jazz Quarters, Hackney Downs Studios, and Stoke Newington International Airport, The Russet, and Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.
Before The Goldrush
Before The Gold Rush is a fortnightly live music event in London featuring the best emerging artists within, but not strictly confined to, the genres of folk and americana, run by musician and promoter Stephen Hallam and photographer and host Nina French. Great taste, and beautifully put together events.
B.E. programme & host the 3rd Sunday of each month at the gorgeous Old Queens Head in Angel, and work with folk and roots artists to curate and manage specialist one off events and festivals at venues in London, Brighton and Cambridge.
The Nest Collective
The Nest Collective hosts regular folk & roots events, creating platforms for traditionally-inspired British and World artists from both emerging and established backgrounds. Musicians and audiences alike come for their unique intimate and un-pedestaled environment, no matter which venue, for the making of music and the opportunity to be part of a shared experience.
Laurel Canyon Music
A music based networking group and community to promote and support singer-songwriter, acoustic, folk (in all its forms), blues, jazz, Americana and country music with a bias towards promoting and helping independent musicians.
The Lantern Society
The Lantern Society is a London folk institution, a fortnightly event in the upstairs room of the Betsey Trotwood showcasing emerging talent in the UK roots scene. It was founded in 2007 by Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou and found its spiritual home at The Betsey Trotwood early in 2008. It is currently run by Simon Stanley-Ward & Gabrile Moreno.