Folklore returns for its 2nd Installment at 93 Feet East after a great first outing on valentines day, which saw some amazing live music and the odd celebrity audience member!!
The 13th of march is looking just as promising however with the venue welcoming so more excellent talent to its stage!
They are as follows …
Eoin O’Ruainigh’s story began in Dublin playing guitar for a string of bands before travelling to London, where he began writing solo songs. Crooning tales of childhood mischief and the first sweet stings of love, combining stomping blues with campfire quiet troubadour tunes. A little loose, a little rough around the edges, with melodies borrowed from old Irish folk songs, and stories set to intricate finger picked paeans. While honing his song writing craft, Eoin’s been learning the art of the luthier, making the guitar he now plays. With some high profile support slots under his belt (Notably Dan Mangan and Morrisey!!) and appearances at the fast becoming legendary festival End Of The Road he really is a must see live!
There’s something of the troubadour about Oh Ruin; one cannot help but imagine him sitting in a green or strolling around a village strumming his tales that invoke a time past. Oh Ruin (Eoin O’Ruainigh) inconspicuously sits on the stool at the centre of the stage and begins picking and strumming at his guitar after the briefest of introductions. As his fingers quickly change position there is an audible hush that begins to fall over the already quiet audience as they take in the complex melodies.
Oh Ruin’s passionate distinguished vocals speak of desire, lost loves and stories told by the moon. The songs are filled with lyrics that need to be savoured. ‘The Pillow where your head does lay’ begins, “Climb up on the rooftops to the top of your voice, and tell it to the sky, you love has arrived” continuing with waves of lyrics showcasing the writing ability of this talented artist. This is only occasionally interrupted by his need to keep tuning his guitar, on one occasion saying, “Who makes these?” something all the more entertaining as Eoin is a trained luthier and made the guitar he presently plays.
‘The Pillow Where Your Head Does Lay’ is followed by a rendition of ‘Now is the Needed Time’, a traditional gospel song delivered with such consistently with his style and emotion that it could easily be assumed to be one of his own. The set ends with the initially calm, ‘Just like Kat’s Guitar’, which quickly increases in energy but unfortunately signals the end of the show. Fortunately, the end is preceded by another guitar instrumental that is just as impressive as the first.
And then, as casually as he stepped on stage, Oh Ruin bids the audience farewell and exits the stage but not without leaving a lasting impression.
Duotone is the name under which Barney Morse-Brown (cellist for The Imagined Village and Chris Wood’s Handmade Life) and James Garrett (London based singer-song writer and percussionist) write and perform their own contemporary acoustic songs. They loop guitars, cellos, percussion and voices to create ethereal soundscapes for their poignant lyrics to weave in and out.
Following hugely successful appearances at End of the Road Festival and London’s South Bank Centre in 2010 Duotone have regularly been mesmerising audiences around the country with their shows that breathlessly move from riotous energy all the way down to the most delicate moments of heartfelt intimacy.
With momentum building, the duo were asked to support The Imagined Village on their Spring 2011 UK tour, playing some of the UK’s top venues and in the process winning a new audience selling large quantities of both their debut album ‘Work Harder & One Day You’ll Find Her’ and their DVD ‘Live at the Electric Palace’.
Coming from a musical family of seven children, Barney’s passion for performance was established early on, studying the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and was awarded a scholarship to study baroque cello at the Royal Collage of Music. The cello has always played a pivotal role in Morse-Brown life, starting at the age of six, progressing through college, university to building a career as a professional musician working the likes of Chris Wood, The Imagined Village and Eliza Carthy. Morse-Brown has honed his skills within this world to help him create a sound that not only challenges convention but to also shows the versatility of the instrument by making it the lead instrument in this band.
Raised in Dorset James began learning classical guitar at an early age before moving into a more rock orientated world in the thriving music scene around Bridport. Garrett worked on moving beyond the normal confines of guitar playing, always looking to achieve new sounds. This approach was carried into the world of percussion when Garrett took up the Cajon (a hand crafted wooden box drum originating in Latin America). With his unique percussion set up Garrett provides the heartbeat of Duotone’s sound.
“Folkin’ great!” Rob De Bank – BBC Radio 1
“Perfectly turned studio folk knick-knacks that are as intriguingly mysterious as they are artfully decorative.”David Murphy – Music in Oxford
“Highly, highly recommended” Fatea Showcase
“…faultless vocals from both and an incredible use of loop staion.” X Stream Radio East London
“This is a stunning album – cherish this oasis of delight”Electric Ghost
Anna MacDonald is a singer and songwriter of folk songs which reflect the strong influence that different strands of Scotland’s traditional music have had upon her. A multi-instrumentalist she is able to play the piano, guitar and clarsach which she beautifully intertwines with Scots, English and Gaelic songs.
In 2010, Anna released her debut EP “You held out your hand” to critical acclaim from national and music media alike. 2012 has started with a bang. A new EP is awaiting formal release, a tour in collaboration with three other Scottish singer/writers is in the wings and London is being toured from venue to venue. Exciting times ahead!
Anna can be regularly heard on Radio nan Gaidheal (BBC Radio Alba) as well as appearing on Celtic Music Radio and Radio 4′s “Miller’s Tale”. Her EP and performances have received positive reviews from The Guardian, Glasgow Herald, Fatea Magazine, Bristol Evening Post and many more!As well as performing regularly at folk clubs and festivals, in May 2011 Anna began work with Fraser Fifield on her second EP, Paper Flowers.
“Anna MacDonald sings Gaelic songs from her new folk album in a voice so lovely it could silence the birds of Barra”
The Glasgow Herald
“Anna MacDonald has angelic vocal tones so hair raising, it’s like walking down a cobbled street with a Scottish breeze sneaking up your neck while also enticing you to sit by the warm fire and warm yourself up with a whisky discussing Scottish Culture.”
Leeds (UK) based singer songwriter & Producer Charlie Bath is an exciting new songstress that brings her own inimitable brand of acoustic romance to the singer songwriter genre. Brought up on the likes of seminal artists Joni Mitchell, James Taylor & Stevie Wonder and more recently influenced by artists such as Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, John Mayor & City and Colour, Charlie’s music has “it’s own voice and what a voice it is.” (Green Man Music)
From the tender age of 16 she has worked wholeheartedly in developing her songwriting and, later on, her production skills whilst studying at Leeds College of Music. Her time studying music production allowed her to discover and develop her talent in the many different areas of production and combined with a her great sense of tenacity and drive it lead her to produce her own debut album ‘In Between Happy & Me’, which was released on the 26th February 2010 through her own label Felt Heart Records.
This Long awaited debut has been welcomed by both the critics and fans as a “breath of fresh air”, whilst commonly considered to “encapsulate all the best of Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams and Carole king. While all along, holding that gritty edge seen in acts like Chrissie Hynde, Chuck Ragan and Dallas Green.” (No Title Magazine).
|| No-TiTLE Magazine|| “Her brand of acoustic romance encapsulates all the best of Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams and Carole king. While all along, holding that gritty edge seen in acts like Chrissie Hynde, Chuck Ragan and Dallas Green.”
|| Green Man Music || “…it’s Charlie’s crystal and emotive vocal prowess and ability to craft songs that scream longevity, that make this an album of potential classics, by definition songs that will stand the test of time and fashion.”
|| Stevie Kilgour (No-Title Magazine, Leeds Guide, Shut!, Rock Sound, VICE, Sandman, Leeds Music Scene) || “Charlie’s own style of ‘acoustic -warrior’ packs a punch whether she is going solo or with a full band”