First up is Samantha Whates + Support at The Gallery Cafe on the 20th September ..
SAMANTHA WHATES is a London based singer and songwriter. Despite living in the capital since her mid-teens, her heart, voice and songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition yet uniquely her own.
A regular live performer, Samantha has played throughout the UK from small town pubs to large festivals (Secret Garden Party, Beach Break) and major London venues (Union Chapel, Vortex, Cecil Sharp House). She recently released a debut album of her own songs, Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days which has been enjoying both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).
Working as a session/backing vocalist Samantha has provided vocals for Chris Coco, Gwyneth Herbert, James Yuill, Blue Rose Code, Fiona Bevan, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker amongst many others.
Self-taught in guitar accompaniment and formally tutored in flute, voice, music performance and technology, she has effectively been a musician all her life.
“Just gorgeous” – Tom Robinson BBC 6Music
“A lovely surprise, her presence and songs made my evening, a rare treat” – James Yorkston
With songs varying from indie-folk to soft rock, Nate’s original lyrics make his music unique and catchy. ‘The Wild Land’ is a richly textured song about that place in all of us, where civilisations’ shoulds and should-nots have no place, a place where ‘sex still breathes’.
In 2011 Nate recorded and released his debut album ‘The Wild Land’, of which Muse Magazine’s Rachel Briant said, “Above all, Nate Maingard is a brilliant lyricist. Listening to his album I am enthralled at his ability to string words together in a way that is altogether intriguing, imaginative and chilling. Combined with sensitive guitar chords, it’s enough to give me spine tingles.”
A brief year later Nate recorded his second album, ‘Home, live in studio, with all new songs written in a year of music, touring, love, loss and laughter.
About his lyrics Nate states: ‘Often-times I stand in front of a room full of people, sharing what a song is about and I hear myself saying things I didn’t know before; it’s as though I write the songs and only discover what they’re about as I learn them more myself’. His words are powerful and passionate, often with an honesty that forces the listener to take their guard down, and that’s when the strength of his music hits you right in the stomach.
As Angela Weickl said in her review for yourLMG magazine: “Maingard writes protest songs for lovers and love songs for rebels.”
A talented five-piece hailing from Edinburgh, King Eider craft a modern sound rooted in stripped back musicianship and classic folksy influences. From the loud to the soft, the haunting to the upbeat, the harmonic strength of King Eider lies in their hearty concoction of late night three-part harmonies, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and classical strings.
King Eider have a resounding live history having plotted a route through shows in England and Scotland, including notable gigs at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s for Communion Records, and Brixton’s Hootenanny’s. Backed up with live recordings and an encouraging introduction to a recording career through projects at Bainbridge Music, Edinburgh.
King Eider have also recently been noticed by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans who has invited them to play at his Tim Peaks Coffee Shops at a number of UK festivals. They were also featured on Best of British Unsigned as track of the week with their debut single, Drink Me Dry.
King Eider’s debut single ‘Drink Me Dry’ is the first taster of King Eider’s work a winding evocative late night bar lament to love lost, tumbling through haunting three part harmonies, acoustic motifs, bass and shuffling drums, through to a wonderful Neil Young-esque harmonica solo.
Entry £5 on the door.
Next up we bring you the beautiful songs and energetic performance of BOAT TO ROW + support at The Windmill in Brixton on the 26th of September ..
Boat to Row are a collective of instrument swapping, harmony sharing friends from the Midlands; meandering through all that life and love have to offer. From its beginnings as a solo university project Boat to Row has evolved into a band confident with delivering intelligent, intricate folk.
Beginning with the 2010 tape only release Crossroads to the recent multi format Grassmarket EP Boat to Row have been playing a rigorous schedule of shows that have included sharing stages with Slow Club, Willy Mason andJohnny Flynn.
2012 saw them support Dog is Dead & Gemma Hayes on there respective UK tours. Gaining a reputation for delivering an infectious, uplifting set Boat to Row took in an amazing 16 festivals during the summer and headline there first UK tour in November.
On a course ‘beautifully their own’ (Amelia’s Gregory, Amelias’s Magazine)
Traditionally inspired, contemporary fiddle and guitar duo, with electronic injection. Debut album ‘From Good Stock’ out June 2013. Tandem are Dave Malkin, Charlie Pell and Ben Corrigan.
Cara Sebastian is a guitar thumping- string twanging- old record of a person who likes to observe people and catch herself at her most extreme. She just released and EP made in a tiny bedroom in Dalston with one mic and an old friend who refuses to record digitally, and is very proud with how its turned out and that they didn’t kill each other in the process.
The ‘Wolves’ EP is now available to download online and she’ll be playing an adventurous selection of live shows solo and with her full band around the UK and Europe.
Abbey is a fairly new addition to the London music scene and her gorgeous voice and well crafted songs have been impressing audiences all over London and beyond. Make sure you get there early to catch this unassuming and talented young lady!
DOORS – 7:30pm
On October 10th we have the launch of south west based folk/pop musician ALBERT JONES at The Gallery Cafe with support from the most excellent Daniel Green (Laish)
‘How Lost Are We’ is the third studio EP from singer songwriter Albert Jones.
After spending much of 2012 touring and writing, a chance meeting with producer Rich Wilkinson during the recording of fellow musician and friend Ruarri Joseph’s 4th Album would pave the way for the aforementioned new EP.
In late November 2012, Albert and his good friend (and drummer) Harry Harding headed to Rich Wilkinson’s London studio armed with a collection of songs and a shoestring budget. In under 36 hours, fuelled only by coffee, marmite on toast and an urge to change the face of music forever, Albert, Harry and Rich managed to record a four track EP with a fresh but timeless sound; an EP they were all very proud of. Going their separate ways, all believed the finished product would be released in the early part of 2013… but in a nasty skiing accident in the French Alps, Al broke his leg. This unfortunate turn of events would mean that “How Lost Are We” would indeed be ‘Laish is the songwriting project of Daniel Green, a man who writes original songs with honesty, pathos and humour. He has a voice that is rich and frayed and he fingerpicks and strums a nylon string guitar quite hypnotically. He has played with a variety of great musicians from the Willkommen Collective in Brighton and has released two full length albums, an EP, a live album and various music videos, completed numerous tours of the UK and Europe, played these festivals: End of the Road, No Direction Home, Big Chill, Willkommen Foxtrot and gained support from Marc Riley, Tom Ravenscroft, Mojo Magazine, Folk Radio, Line of Best Fit, For Folks Sake and so it goes.’ and not finished for another 6 months.
The record continues Albert’s musical journey. Arguably a more commercial offering, with sing along choruses, it still retains his trademark sound. Love, loss, friendship and good times are still very present themes but also a more mature and refined feel has developed since his second EP ‘Needs Must’. His trademark road-worn voice and simple yet effective compositions combine to create a modern sound heavily influenced by acoustic folk rhythms, irresistible country tunes and authentic blues.
Laish is the songwriting project of Daniel Green, a man who writes original songs with honesty, pathos and humour. He has a voice that is rich and frayed and he fingerpicks and strums a nylon string guitar quite hypnotically. He has played with a variety of great musicians from the Willkommen Collective in Brighton and has released two full length albums, an EP, a live album and various music videos, completed numerous tours of the UK and Europe, played these festivals: End of the Road, No Direction Home, Big Chill, Willkommen Foxtrot and gained support from Marc Riley, Tom Ravenscroft, Mojo Magazine, Folk Radio, Line of Best Fit, For Folks Sake and so it goes.
You can purchase advance tickets for all of these shows here – http://www.wegottickets.com/folklore