Jenny Sturgeon Trio to play King’s Cross

Jenny Sturgeon Tro

Join the acclaimed Scottish folk singer songwriter for an intimate concert at The Harrison, Kings Cross, London on Sunday 9th December

Nominated for the ‘Composer of the Year’ Award in the 2018 Scottish Trad Music Awards and hailing from the north-east of Scotland, Jenny Sturgeon is a singer-songwriter described as “a significant new talent” Bright Young Folk on the folk and acoustic scenes. Her passion for music lies in her interest in traditional folk song, combined with creating fresh, new compositions. Jenny’s inspiration comes from folklore, historical events and observations of society, and having trained as a biologist nature creeps in to all her work.

Jenny plays in a trio with multi-instrumentalist Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) and world renowned fiddle player, Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie, Session A9). Her 2016 debut album From The Skein received excellent reviews and was described as “one of the best debut albums you’ll ever hear” by R2 Magazine.

“Jenny Sturgeon is a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill” – RnR Magazine.

Tickets and details available via www.folkonmonday.co.uk

‘Black Muddy River’ – live:

O’Hooley & Tidow bring WinterFolk to Bethnal Green

O'Hooley & Tiidow

O’Hooley & Tidow in concert at St John on Bethnal Green Church, East London – Saturday 15th December

Join ‘one of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO), O’Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their latest album WinterFolk Vol 1, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker.

Nominated this year for the fourth time in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and described by the Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters’, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts.

‘They sing together in the way families do…like The Coppers or The Watersons’ Tom Robinson, 6 Music

Advance tickets and details available via www.folkonmonday.co.uk

‘Beryl’ – live:

Strawbs celebrate 50 years

Strawbs

Monday 26th November: London,
Under The Bridge
Doors 7pm £26.40 (inc fee)

http://underthebridge.co.uk/events/electric-strawbs/

Although forming in the mid 60s, coming out of the exciting British Folk Movement alongside Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper, this tour will mark the 50th Anniversary of their first major recording, being the first UK band to be signed by the famous Hollywood label A&M, under the guidance of Herb Albert and Jerry Moss.

Major chart success followed with classic albums Dragonfly, Bursting At The Seams, Ghosts, Grave New World and Hero & Heroine earning the band 2 Gold Discs and over 30 weeks in Billboard Charts with seven consecutive albums charting.

Massive coast to coast tours of America swiftly followed, sharing the stage with The Eagles, Santana and Frank Zappa.

From the days of Sandy Denny in the band (pre Fairport Convention) and Sonja Kristina (pre Curved Air), Strawbs have always enjoyed the finest soloists in their ranks. Rick Wakeman and then his son Oliver moving on to join Yes as well as Rick’s other son going on to Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. Blue Weaver to join the Bee Gees and Don Airey to Deep Purple. The keyboard stool is now being filled by virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, whose blend of Folk, Rock and Celtic music has endeared them to audiences for over 25 years.

A big influence on bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis and Yes, the band are constantly producing some of the best and most respected albums since the 70’s.

The new album

received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and saw them back in the album charts for the first time in over 30 years. A recent sold out tour of Canada, producing spectacular reviews of the live show has resulted in two major tours of North America for 2019.

The Strawbs of the 21st Century are the constant guiding force, originator and front man Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine, “as the finest Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK”. Long-time Strawbs cohorts since the 70’s, Dave Lambert on guitar, Chas Cronk, bass, driven on by the powerhouse drumming of Tony Fernandez, (regularly with Rick Wakeman’s band), and the aforementioned Dave Bainbridge on keyboards.

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‘The Nails From The Hands Of Christ’:

The West End Centre unveils its autumn programme

West End Centre

The autumn programme at the West End Centre kicks-off in September with Leveret, a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians, Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but with a sound that is fresh and new.

Next up is Molotov Jukebox, a London six-piece who deliver an accordion, Balkan fiddle, and Latin trumpet mix. Having racked up hundreds of festival appearances including Glastonbury, Eurosonic and Womad, the band are guaranteed to get the crowd moving at every raucous show.

Closing-off September, Sam Carter performs at the West End Centre. Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada and has been described as ‘the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist’.

The October line-up sees two of the UK’s finest and most prolific songwriters Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine take the stage. Touring together for the first time in over three years, 2018 finds both artists on top form, with Kris having won the BBC Folk Awards Best Singer award and both performers releasing music which is widely considered to be their best work so far.

Later in the month, the West End Centre welcomes folk legends guitarist/singer Martin Carthy and squeezebox virtuoso/singer John Kirkpatrick – long-time collaborators in a variety of seminal musical projects: from John’s iconic 1976 Morris tunes album Plain Capers through Steeleye Span to Brass Monkey. The evening is certain to be a memorable occasion.

In the first of five gigs in November, Mabon start the busy programme. Led by Jamie Smith on accordion, Mabon play music that draws inspiration directly from the traditional folk music of the Celtic countries. They combine recognisable British forms of jigs and reels with Breton ‘an dro’, French ‘mazurka’ and Galician ‘muinera’ bass (upright and electric).

Next on the programme is Evening Star – a band formed by six of the most original musicians from France, Italy, Spain and the UK who play traditional dance music influenced by the spirit of free improvisation, pop and 21st century sound.

Newcastle’s Holy Moly & The Crackers continue the up-beat theme. With their high octane ‘Gypsy Folk Rock’ set, this seven-piece band returns to Aldershot after two sell-out shows last year. Wowing their raucous and ever-expanding fan-base with instrument-swapping, squeezebox-growling, fiddle-shredding, brass-howling hoe-downs, the group have been able to hone a sound that is organic and invigorating – forged in the sweat and heat of the live show.

Moore Moss Rutter are next on the line-up. It’s been three years since the release of the band’s second studio album ‘II’ – and there’s a heightened sense of anticipation around the reunion of Tom Moore (fiddle, viola), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar). The trio won the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Completing November’s programme is Chris Wood – an exceptional songwriter whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English-speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.

Early December sees East London five-piece folk band Stick In The Wheel at the West End Centre. Headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter, their debut From Here (2015) was fRoots magazine Album of the Year and a MOJO Folk Album of the Year. They have also received four BBC Folk Award nominations since their inception in 2013. Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally and politically switched-on music with its roots firmly embedded in the genre’s traditional, working-class heritage.

Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight. In 2009, Thea released Strange Communion an album that included ‘That’ll Be Christmas’ which became the most played festive song on BBC Radio 2 that year

A few days before Christmas, CoCo And The Butterfields come to the West End Centre. They are an indie-pop/folk band, from Canterbury, Kent. Since their inception in 2012, CoCo And The Butterfields have spent much of their time on the road, touring the UK and Europe, selling out headline shows and featuring at many major festivals.

Barney Jeavons, Director of Aldershot’s West End Centre told us:

“We have a tremendous line-up at the West End Centre this autumn – from traditional folk artists through to roots-based contemporary bands. Don’t miss the opportunity to see both up-and-coming and well-known acts in a celebration of some the UK’s best folk and roots music.”

For more information and bookings visit www.westendcentre.co.uk or call 01252 330040.