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St John on Bethnal Green

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200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
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Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts returns to London for a special show at St John on Bethnal Green.

Alasdair Roberts is a Glasgow-based musician – primarily a songwriter/composer, singer, guitarist and interpreter of traditional songs and ballads. Acclaimed by Folk Radio UK as 'one of our most talented, important and relevant songwriters and song-adapters', he has released several critically acclaimed albums of his music via Drag City Records over the past two decades, featuring both self-written material and interpretations of the traditional balladry and song of Scotland and beyond.

September 2019 will see the release of a new Drag City album, The Fiery Margin, featuring ten new songs written by Alasdair and featuring musical contributions from a fine set of collaborators, including Stevie Jones (upright bass), Alex Neilson (drums) and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (viola). Alasdair, Stevie, Alex and Ailbhe are touring the UK in support of the release in October 2019.

"There is no contemporary musician I know of who labors more seriously or sensitively at the intersection of collective tradition and individual creation than Glasgow’s Alasdair Roberts. In fact I’m inclined to remove 'contemporary' and say that no one has ever worn the two hats of interpreter-arranger and composer-songwriter with more skill. For over twenty years and in more releases than I have it in me to count, Roberts has prolifically reanimated folk songs and ballads—chestnuts and obscurities alike—while producing scores of compositions of incomparable originality, erudition, and heft. (This is saying nothing about his guitar playing, which is exquisite and inspiring and challenging as hell.)" - Nathan Salsburg, Aquarium Drunkard.

Thu 24 Oct


Daniel Norgren

The Swedish artist performs pop and rock. With support from Phil Cook.

Mon 25 Nov


Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni

Folk-noir balladeer.

Thu 10 Oct


The Tweed Project

The Tweed Project is a collaboration between some of Scotland and England's most in-demand explorers of their respective country's folk traditions. After a successful year of performances in 2015, the project has been reborn with a new line-up for 2019. The aim of the project is to find common ground between the Scottish and English folk tradition - two cultures which live extremely separate lives despite sharing so many similarities. With Greg, Ciaran and Evan hailing from England and Josie, Pablo and Ali hailing from Scotland, The Tweed Project will explore each member's understanding of 'home' and the traditions that come with that thought. The band will be interpreting songs from each country's traditional collections, as well as some contemporary compositions.

The Tweed Project is made up of members of some of the UK's most successful folk acts. Two time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar released their fourth duo album this year and have been involved in other huge projects and bands including The Transports, Shake the Chains (Greg) and Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys (Ciaran). Ciaran's fellow Lost Boys bandmate Evan Carson joins the project next year and is one of the most in-demand drummers on the UK Folk scene and also plays with Russian prog-rock band 'Iamthemorning'. He will also be releasing a solo project later this year. Scottish duo Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente have had a huge year since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2017 and they released their debut album at Celtic Connections in January. Ali Levack will be returning to the The Tweed Project for 2019. Ali is one of the most respected young pipe and whistle players in Scotland and won the Young Folk Award with the Mischa Macpherson Trio in 2014. He also performs alongside Pablo as part of Project Smok.

The Tweed Project are- Greg Russell (Vocals/Guitar/Bouzouki), Josie Duncan (Vocals), Ciaran Algar (Fiddle), Pablo Lafuente (Guitar), Evan Carson (Percussion) and Ali Levack (Whistles/Pipes).

Mon 28 Oct


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