London Folk & Roots – line-up announced

London Folk

SATURDAY OCTOBER 29 UNTIL SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18

KITTY DAISY & LEWIS, BLAIR DUNLOP, FOY VANCE, SECRET SISTERS, KATHRYN WILLIAMS, ALIBHE REDDY, MARK EITZEL, SEAN TAYLOR, JONNY LANG and more…

 DMP and Kilimanjaro introduce the very best in folk, roots, blues, Americana and world music from across the globe. Taking place over 21 days, London Folk & Roots will take over venues from the treasured and unique like The Union Chapel, St Pancras Old Church, Bush Hall or Shepherds Bush Empire, to the well-trodden and intimate spaces of The Borderline, The Slaughtered Lamb, Water Rats or Islington to name a few.

The festival aims to bring you the best in the acclaimed, accomplished, rawest, breaking and unearthed talent that the roots and folk scene has to offer. In its fourth year London Folk & Roots boasts names as diverse as Kitty Daisy & Lewis with their shear passion and sparkling analogue performances to the acclaimed organic offerings of Foy Vance and Gretchen Peters – the latter joining us straight out of Nashville’s hall of fame, to the mercury nominated Kathryn Williams and newest rising star Blair Dunlop.

Experience the embattled and empowering landscapes of Jonny Lang to the extraordinary creations of Wesley Stace, inhabiting that wondrous space between the musical and literary. West Africa meets American blues with Blick Bassy, straight from the Cameroon, demonstrating the freeform expressionistic experimentation this festival brings. While Alibhe Reddy reaches into the indie mainstream with a blend of raw indie folk offset by the acclaimed Secret Sisters, boasting fans from Elvis Costello to Elton John. Mark Eitzel brings his uniquely sardonic outlook, part celebration part despair as he teams up with recent collaborator Bernard Butler, while the craftsmanship and intensity of Sean Taylor and Mark O’Reilly head up the next generation of artists.

Brainchild of renowned promoter and tastemaker David Messer, London Folk and Roots Festival brings roots music to the forefront of London’s music scene: “It’s great to see artists getting the credit they deserve.” He cites Foy Vance as a luminary,

“who we have worked with for a number of years, selling out three Union Chapel shows, Rhiannon Giddens who is likely to sell-out the Shepherds Bush Empire and others doing the same.”

Alongside these established festival favourites, David explains one of the main aims of the festival is

“to give new artists a platform to be heard… I hope to see some of these headlining their own shows in the future.”

Festival website: http://www.londonfolkandroots.com/