From humble beginnings hosting live music in our living room, Front Room Songs has built a reputation for first-rate programming and event management for clients in London and beyond.
We’ve worked with Hackney underground music promoter Woodburner, festival heavyweights Global Local, programmed music nights at London’s coolest new food and drink venue, Flat Iron Square in London Bridge, and for Californian craft brewery Lagunitas. For the last five years, we’ve programmed a stage at Wilderness Festival.
In 2018 we provided the full programme for London Bridge City Summer By The River, which took place at The Scoop during June and July.
Tankus The Henge, Lagunitas Winter Wednesdays, Flat Iron Square, London SE1
Wednesday 12th December 2018
Fresh from their sold out album launch at the 100 Club, Tankus the Henge will be rounding off the final night of Lagunitas Winter Wednesdays at Flat Iron Square.
Tankus have built their reputation on unforgettable songwriting, spectacular live performances and relentless hard work, playing hundreds of shows across Europe and building a devoted fan base along the way. Their funk-fuelled repertoire is wildly eclectic, ranging from New Orleans inspired swing to heavy rock riffs, and since their beginnings in the ratty alleyways of London’s Soho, the band has evolved into a wild groove machine. Musically inspired by bands from the British invasion of the 60s and artists such as Tom Waits, Blur, Randy Newman and Queens Of The Stone Age, and with lyrics influenced by 20th Century American Literature, specifically the Beat Generation and Gonzo journalism, Tankus the Henge defy categorisation. Their hair-raising show, like no other, has to be seen and heard to be believed. Like a psychedelic, rock n roll octopus – only with four more legs.
More information at www.flatironsquare.co.uk
Emily Barker, Bedford Cottage, Redhill
Saturday 15th December 2018
Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to the hit PBS Masterpiece drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Growing up in rural Western Australia, Barker fell in love with American roots music from the soul of Aretha Franklin to the country of Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris. Her travels led her to settling in the UK, where she has released a succession of critically acclaimed albums, including Nashville-recorded Applewood Road with Amy Speace and Amber Rubarth. In 2018 she was named UK Artist of the Year at the UK Americana Music Awards.
Her solo album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter). From country-soul ballads to the unfettered joy of the bluesy ‘Sunrise’, the album has been lauded as Barker’s best yet and features contributions from some of Memphis’ finest musicians.
She’ll be joined for this most intimate of performances by double bassist Lucas Drinkwater.
“the arrangements are exquisite and the clear love [Barker] has for this music brings its own integrity” The Times ★★★★
“country-soul with luminous warmth” Mojo ★★★★
“finally sets out her true claim for stardom” Q ★★★★
“the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems” UNCUT 8/10
“[Barker is] not some cultural interloper, but a true believer who has it in her blood” No Depression
Ticket link coming soon.
Band of Burns, Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Front Room Songs proudly presents the acclaimed Band of Burns, a stunning collaboration between twelve artists from the top echelons of the folk scene, coming together to perform truly breathtaking performances. Featuring the mesmerising vocals of Ríoghnach Connolly (Afro Celt Sound System) and award-winning Scottish folk rabble-rousers The Langan Band, the show includes new versions of classic Burns songs, original compositions and instrumental sets, all celebrating the life, works and philosophies of Robert Burns.
Bringing elements of the musical traditions of their homelands; Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, and Turkey, the band originally formed for two shows in January 2017. As well as a love of Burns’s writings, all share a belief in the values he championed – equality, social justice and the power of love – and in their pressing relevance amid today’s troubled times. The band released their debut album, recorded at live at their sell-out show at London’s Union Chapel in January 2018, followed by a nationwide tour, to standing ovations at every show.
“A shimmering collection … that does full justice to the poet’s humane vision” The Times
“Nourishing stuff beyond its times, another warm, welcoming stew to feed the bones” The Guardian
Tickets from The Harlequin Theatre
Take a look at our past shows for a full list of everything we’ve done.