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FRS teams with Woodburner for summer season of music at Flat Iron Square

9A7A8846Front Room Songs has teamed up with legendary East London music promoter Woodburner for a blistering summer season of live music at London’s hottest new destination, Flat Iron Square.

Woodburner promotes groundbreaking live music events in alternative spaces, with alumni including Nick Mulvey, Johnny Flynn, Cosmo Sheldrake and The Turbans.

The free entry night takes place in the garden at Flat Iron Square every Wednesday throughout the summer. Line up includes luminaries of the world and folk scene Jally Kebba Susso, The Turbans and The Langan Band among others. Expect full on festival vibes.

Full details and line up here here

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Front Room Songs returns to Wilderness Festival

Front Room Songs is back at Wilderness Festival for a third year, providing music and good vibes in the Travelling Folk Barn alongside Woodburner, Two for Joy and The Local.

Headlining on the Thursday night is The Breath, the new project from former Cinematic Orchestra’s  Stuart McCallum and Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly (Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet). Also playing is singer songwriter Nina Harries and her double bass Nancy; The Relatives (turning everyday London life into folk legend); Anglo-American folk quartet Assembly Lane and Oliver Hoare and the Late Great.

Wilderness Festival runs from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August 2017. Full line up and details at www.wildernessfestival.com


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Front Rooms Songs Acts to Play English Folk Expo

English Folk ExpoThree artists from the Front Room Songs roster have been selected to showcase at this year’s Manchester Folk Festival, which runs in tandem with the English Folk Expo.

Nina Harries, The Nightjar and Young Waters will all play over the course of the conference and festival, which takes place between the 19th and 22nd October in Manchester.

English Folk Expo is a platform for the world’s music industry to experience the wealth of English folk music talent, showcasing a new generation of young, daring and skilled artists alongside iconic artists, some of whom first took to the stage in the original folk revival of the 1960s,

Manchester Folk Festival is an urban folk festival that puts a spotlight on English folk, in all its guises. With its roots firmly in the traditions of the past, it has its has its eyes on the future. The festival line up includes some of the biggest names in the industry alongside the stars of the future. Performances will take place across the stages of HOME and nearby venues, including Bridgewater Hall, Gorilla, The Ritz.

Details of performance for Nina Harries, The Nightjar and Young Waters to follow.

 


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St Patrick or the Pagans? A Front Room Songs collaboration with Two for Joy and Dila V Productions

St Patrick or the Pagans? An interactive comedic banquet exploring Ireland’s pagan roots and the true story of St Patrick with live music from Honeyfeet.

st-patrick-or-pagans_flyer_fbEschewing latter-day St Patrick’s Day clichés, this night offers revelers a radical alternative to shamrocks, green hats and Guinness. Guests will be invited to take a journey of exploration through Ireland’s pagan roots and the true story of St Patrick in an evening of immersive performance, feasting and live music, all in the stunning setting of Hackney Round Chapel.

Whose side will they take? The pagans and the witches? Or will they give St Patrick the chance to prove his divine powers and banish the snakes forever?

And will they dine in heaven, hell or in purgatory? Or maybe even join St Patrick at his holy table.

An explosive night of performance, comedic storytelling and music, combined with an Irish themed menu designed and prepared by Masterchef quarter-finalist Ingrid Wakeling.

Performances will include musicians from the recent Union Chapel Burns Night sell-out smash ‘Band of Burns’, Honeyfeet, along with actors from Glastonbury’s biggest secret, the Piano bar.

The banquet will be followed by a hoe-down-in-an-Irish-town party with live music from the legendary Honeyfeet.

Friday 17th March, Hackney Round Chapel, London. Tickets available from Design My Night


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The Nightjar announce album launch at Proud Camden, 15 March

“Haunted folk with a stark, phantom-like feel, the group fuse skeletal arrangements with a powerfully literate lyrical sense” – Clash Music

The lthe-night-jar-34aunch of The Nightjar‘s debut LP ‘Objects’ will showcase the band as a vibrant collective of multi-disciplinary artists and celebrate the value of collaboration. The Nightjar, in partnership with artists Paul Blakemore and Anna Barrett, present a night of sound, light projections and film.

‘Objects’ came into being in the autumn of 2015, when the band relocated to a farmhouse in rural Portugal to begin recording what would become their first full-length offering. The limitations of their equipment and the remoteness of the setting proved to be fertile, creative conditions; leading not only to the raw honesty and directness of the songs, but also a body of artworks, including photography, film and animation.

The Nightjar are supported by The PRS Foundation.

Tickets available here


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Front Room Songs teams up with Time Out Live for a night of Folk & Roots

Front Room Songs is teaming up with Time Out Live to present a night of some of the very best emerging talent on the folk and roots scene.

Taking place at the iconic Jazz Cafe, Camden, on 24th January, the night features a stellar line up of featuring self-taught guitarist Ruth Theodore; Bristol based experimental folk act The Nightjar; Whiskey Moon Face, Bath Folk Festival ‘New Shoots’ winners Snowkin (formerly known as Snufkin); and double bass playing singer-songwriter Nina Harries.

Tickets available from https://www.timeout.com/london/shop/event-time-out-live-presents-folk-roots-jazz-cafe

 


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The Guardian tips Brooke Sharkey in its Future 50 Rising Stars

Brooke Sharkey was named today as one of The Guardian’s Future 50 rising stars.

Not yet 30, Brooke Sharkey already has more than a decade’s worth of performing across the UK and Europe under her belt and a very accomplished second album in Wandering Heart. File her under folk if you have to, but her distinctive sound and strong narrative skills bring to mind Regina Spektor, French chanteuses such as Juliette Greco (her own French upbringing means she sings in both languages) or even Tom Waits – a live highlight is her stripped-back version of The Briar and the Rose. The sparse fragility of Sharkey’s music and her intimate delivery mean that it gives up its charms slowly, but very surely.

The accolade is yet is another milestone for Brooke, whose new album ‘Wandering Heart’ garnered widespread critical acclaim and a packed out UK album launch at London’s Jazz Cafe last month.

Brooke recently signed to V2 Benelux and will support French artist Tété at Café de la Danse in Paris on 29 November. More UK and European dates for 2017 will be announced soon.