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St John on Bethnal Green

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200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
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Anna And Elizabeth

Following their appearance at our Campfire Club in May, Anna and Elizabeth return to the Nest Collective to stun us once more. ELIZABETH LAPRELLE has pursued her interest in mountain ballads for over a decade. Since the release of her debut album at age 16, she's been hailed as one of the most dedicated students of the traditional unaccompanied style of her generation. The student of master singer Ginny Hawker and National Heritage Fellow Sheila Kay Adams, Elizabeth was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16, and won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International. ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT is a versatile and passionate multi-instrumentalist. Classically trained on the violin in Vermont, she fell in love with the sound of banjo in college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. She is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (WV State Folk Fest, Kentucky Fiddle Contest); was awarded the Berea Archive Fellowship for a series of biographies of female fiddlers; served three years as artistic director of Kentucky's traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; was a 2014 fellow in the State Department sponsored international music residency OneBeat; and is an in-demand video artist, collaborating with Kristin Andreassen, Cuddle Magic, Rachel Ries and Ben Sollee. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Wed 1 Nov

£12

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Bella Hardy

Bella Hardy's latest album With The Dawn her first since being named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year in 2014 isn't just the latest collection of songs from this prolific and ingenious artist. The album is an account of one year of her life. Where previously Bella has adapted and explored traditional ballads and fables to tell her contemporary folk tales, the stories that inspired these songs are her own experiences: good and bad, happy or sad.

With The Dawn is a more intimate and reflective album than before. Working with producer Ben Seal, the arrangements are more instinctive, more reactive, as befits the mind-set that informed the lyrics. Vivid brass gives way to lonesome piano; choral voices peal; banjos emerge out of beats and blips. Elements of the initial demos, sometimes recorded into a phone as the thoughts occurred, have been kept. Whatever instrument was nearest to hand was grabbed and deployed whenever and wherever (even on one occasion in the bath) giving With The Dawn its striking immediacy.

Thu 26 Oct

£15.40

Breabach

Breabach

Blending double bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, song and Scottish stepdance with Celtic flair and frenzy.

Fri 27 Oct

£18.15

Coven: International Women's Day Concert

Coven are a collective of three of the British folk scene's finest, most formidable and forthright female acts, taking to the stage to celebrate International Women's Day in a week of unforgettable concerts. The exquisitely harmonic songwriting duo and BBC 6 Music favourites O'Hooley & Tidow will be joined by the enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. Debuting their new EP, experience these thought provoking, heartfelt, entertaining and enthralling women performing individually and collectively on one stage.

Thu 8 Mar

£17.60

Ex-Easter Island Head (Large Ensemble)

Following on from a critically acclaimed performance at Supersonic Festival 2017 - "an enthralling performance that is almost cult-like in appearance" (The Quietus), "A symphony of humming reverberations", EEIH convene a gathering of their Large Electric Ensemble. Comprising performers drawn from all corners of the thriving Manchester and Salford underground the expanded ensemble present an ambitiously scaled work for 18+ prepared electric guitars and percussion. Utilising a self-developed language of extended techniques and mechanical preparations the piece sees the groups' shimmering electrified minimalism expanded to a bold new scale, creating a fully contained world of percussive klang and microtonal drone, encompassing members of Gnod, ILL, Action Beat, Mother and tapping into the vast resources of talent at Salford's Islington Mill and on the Manchester-based Tombed Visions label.

Sat 16 Sep

£13.20

Fara

Fara

Four young musicians from Orkney perform fiery folk on three fiddles and a piano.

Thu 19 Oct

£15.40

Gigspanner

His departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span, has enabled fiddle player Peter Knight to turn his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process establish their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene. Unhindered by the limits of technical ability, they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered in a wealth of subliminal musical influences with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator
What makes Gigspanner unique is the variety of musical colours on their palette. What makes them brilliant is how they blend them without ever muddying the landscape ~ Spiral Earth

The captivating nature of their set stems not only from their creative ability and vision, but the eclectic nature of the material chosen. There are eddies and undercurrents drawn from a whole palette of influences which serve to arrest and inspire. Audiences remain engaged and curious to the closing notes…

2016 was a vintage year for the trio, with Peter receiving Fatea Magazine's 'Instrumentalist of the Year' Award and 'Best Musician' in the inaugural folking. com Awards as voted for by the concert going public. Their album 'Layers of Ages' was included in many of the end of year 'Best of ' lists, including The Telegraph, which gave the album a rare five stars.
On this tour, the trio will be launching their brand new studio album, The Wife of Urban Law. The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. The late author Sir Terry Pratchett in praising Peter's great gift wrote with typical lyricism "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow" Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

Thu 23 Nov

£15.40

Haiku Salut Christmas Lamp Show

Haiku Salut Christmas Lamp Show Saturday December 16th St John On Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA. 8pm, £10 admission.

Two years after they brought their wondrous lamp show to London for a glorious night at the Westminster Reference Library and three years since they staged the lamp show at the gorgeous St John On Bethnal Green church, Haiku Salut return for what is bound to be a magical night - a Christmas Lamp Show!

If you've not seen the lamp show before, you're in for a dazzling, exhilarating treat. The trio perform with a stageful of vintage lamps which are programmed to flash, fade and flicker in time to the music - and result is utterly spellbinding, like watching electronica come to life.

Add to the mix a light dusting of snow outside (possibly), some mulled wine inside (almost certainly), and an abundance of seasonal cheer (without a doubt), and you're in for a wonderful evening.

All of the London lamp shows have sold out in advance, so getting an advance ticket is advised.

Sat 16 Dec

£11

Megson

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it 'if you don't like the music here then you have a problem'

Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN gaining them much critical acclaim. One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed. said The Guardian. Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as One of the top albums of 2016..

And during all this time, Stu even managed to be involved with other artists producing & recording award winning music for SHOW OF HANDS, KELLY OLIVER, LUCY WARD, FAUSTUS, THE WILLOWS, SAM KELLY & THE YOUNG'UNS.

Fri 10 Nov

£15.40

Mount Eerie

MOUNT EERIE is the current project of Phil Elverum. In high school in Anacortes Washington in 1996 Elverum started calling his tapes of self-recorded noise and songs The Microphones. Since then he's produced two decades worth of records that span a wide spectrum from studio heavy atmospheric landscaping to simple raw songs. The Microphones project was nourished by and located within the community of artists around K Records in Olympia in the late 90s/early 2000s, and Phil Elverum's musical ideas were clearly the product of the flood of independent music in the NW during those years.

After five albums the project was renamed Mount Eerie just as the Microphones were getting some unexpected attention from the widespread acclaim of the Glow pt. 2 (2001). The Mount Eerie recordings got weirder and broader, and Elverum left K Records and began releasing everything himself, ultimately building a self-contained small town operation in Anacortes called P.W. Elverum & Sun. Radical self-sufficiency has been a theme and obsession; all all ages shows and never though a manager or booking agent, always self-recorded, hands on in all details. Mount Eerie's albums have always aimed to push into new territory, both in sound and idea, but the thread of Elverum's voice has remained constant throughout, soft and human amid the wide range of textures and worlds. Often the lyrics have attempted to grapple with big questions, the briefness and the smallness of human life being a running theme. On occasion the music has been called black metal (Wind's Poem, 2009), dream landscape (Clear Moon, 2012), and raw and direct (Lost Wisdom, 2008).

The new album, A Crow Looked At Me, sounds closer to the latter; minimal instrumentation, no production, clear and heavy words right up front. The difference here is the subject matter. In 2015 Elverum's wife, the French Canadian cartoonist and musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with a bad cancer just after giving birth to their first child. She died a year later. Elverum wrote and recored the album throughout the fall of 2016 in the same room where Geneviève died, using mostly her instruments; her guitar, her bass, her pick, her amp, her old family accordion, writing the words on her paper. The songs are about the brutal details of that experience, from the hospitalizations to the grieving, the specific domestic banalities that become existential in the context of such huge and abrupt loss. These songs are not fun. They are pretty and they are deep, and they find a love that prevails beneath the overwhelming and real sorrow. It is unlike anything else in the Mount Eerie catalog in its unvarnished expressions of personal grief, metaphor-free. http://www.pwelverumandsun.com/

Mon 13 Nov

£16.50

Tue 14 Nov

£16.50

Shake The Chains

Shake the Chains - a touring commission of new and classic protest songs Featuring Nancy Kerr, Findlay Napier, Hannah Martin, Greg Russell & Tim Yates WITH SPECIAL GUEST Peggy Seeger From the industrial revolution, universal suffrage and the slave trade through to CND, Rock against Racism and the Miners' strike, songs are a common and integral factor in all the movements that have sought to instigate change. Shake the Chains is an exciting new touring commission from celebrated UK contemporary folk singer songwriters that will explore the role songs have played in social change, resistance and protest. At a time when making our political voice heard is as important as ever, Shake the Chains will include new material written exclusively for the project, as well as classic protest songs from around the world.

Sat 3 Feb

£19.80

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