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St John on Bethnal Green

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200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
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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




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

Fri 27 Oct



Fara brings together four emerging musicians at the forefront of today's young Scottish folk scene, Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price's three fiddles and a piano, to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.

Thu 19 Oct



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



Mekons begin their 40th anniversary tour with an acoustic show in the beautiful St John on Bethnal Green, designed by Sir John Soane.

Doors 7pm, onstage 8pm

Sonic adventurers, punk rock fundamentalists, exuberant Luddites, willing outcasts, the genre-defying Mekons formed in Leeds, England in 1977 and this year they celebrate their 40th anniversary. Born from the emerging British punk scene, they progressed from art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. This current classic line-up has remained intact since the mid-1980s. Theirs is an improbable history a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music with occasional forays into the art world. They have always worked collaboratively and collectively with all work credited to the band, never to individuals. Their mind-boggling output consistently blurs the lines between high art and low and has included exhibitions in the UK and US, a deranged pirate musical recorded and staged with Kathy Acker, an art performance with Vito Acconci, and several books including the unique art catalog/unfinished novel Mekons United. The mekons continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos. Their mind-boggling output consistently blurs the lines between high art and low and they remain one of the truly great live bands.

Their latest work, existentialism, was released in 2016 as a book of art, writing and music with songs recorded in real time at Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn and featuring a feral choir of Mekons' show attendees. The CD existentialism will be released on Bloodshot Records in the summer of 2017. Mekons are subjects of the fantastic 2014 documentary Revenge of the Mekons.

The original 1977 mekon line-up (mekons mk1) will release a brand new record later this year and will play with mekons mk2 (1987- present day) at mekonville, the first ever mekons' festival, to be held in the English countryside near Ipswich, in July 2017

Sat 15 Jul


Mekons Acoustic

Only London show for the Mekons in the intimate setting of St John's Church on Bethnal Green. "The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll." -Lester Bangs Sonic adventurers, punk rock fundamentalists, exuberant luddites, willing outcasts. The genre-defying Mekons formed in Leeds, England in 1977, born form the emerging British punk scene. They progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. This current classic line-up has remained intact since the mid-1980s.

Sun 16 Jul


  • 19:00



The Edinburgh indie/folktronica band, back again after Neil Pennycook did a stint as Supermoon.

Sat 1 Jul


Modernism and Model Dwellings: Housing in Bethnal Green

The history of British social housing can be traced on this walk through Bethnal Green, from fine examples of the work of the Victorian philanthropic housing movement to 20th century council housing, taking in the grandeur of the pivotal Boundary Street Estate (LCC) and works by two leading modernists – Lasdun and Lubetkin – working for a borough council that was radical in both its politics and its choice of architects. The buildings and their configurations illustrate the changing visions of architects and planners for new, better ways of living in our cities.

Sun 9 Jul

£12 (£9)

  • 11:00 – 13:30

Music In Nature

Music in Nature is a choral celebration of Summer from the chamber choir Lumen, featuring a mixture of sacred, secular and traditional madrigals and part songs. The concert is free to attend, no ticket is needed, and will be followed by a drinks reception in the church. Music to include: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal - Paul Mealor The Road Home - Stephen Paulus She Moved Through the Fair - Daryl Runswick Wayfaring Stranger - JJ Hutchings Earth Song - Frank Ticheli Lumen is a small London based amateur chamber choir, built by those with an absolute passion for choral music and focused on delivering stunning modern and ancient choral polyphony. The choir is directed by Benjamin Thiele-Long, an experienced choral director and chorister whose talent and ability to craft professional sounding choral music with amateur groups is well known in the City of London. Praise for Lumen "Absolutely beautiful, and a great programme…thank you" "We stumbled across your concert last weekend and thought it was fantastic. We've been to a number of choral concerts recently but yours really stood out" "I had goosebumps all the way through, it was just so atmospheric. In Lumen Benjamin really has created something very special"

Sat 12 Aug


  • 19:30

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