Indie folk artist Andrew Davie who came up through Mumford & Sons' Communion club nights.
Thu 15 Dec
Healing Light will be held at 7pm on 10th December at St John on Bethnal Green. Featuring music by John Tavener, Alexander L'Estrange, Ola Gjeilo, Karl Jenkins, Eric Whitacre and Richard Rodney Bennett, this will be a free concert at St John on Bethnal Green celebrating the very best of unaccompanied choral music to celebrate Advent and the journey from darkness into light. Lumen is a small London based amateur chamber choir, built by those with a passion for choral music and focused on delivering stunning modern and ancient choral polyphony.
Sat 10 Dec
PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7:30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.15pm.
A voice that's both awestruck and tender (The New York Times)
Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Scotland, where she is married to the celebrated fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker. With a background like that, it's hardly surprising she should develop a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana, but subtlety is Talbot's magic ingredient. From her gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material that earned her rave reviews for her 2012 album Angels Without Wings. The girl from Co. Kildare, who spent several years in New York, slips effortlessly between musical worlds but retains a personal modesty rooted in traditional folk.
Wed 24 May
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.
O'Hooley & Tidow: 'Defiant, robust, political, northern, poetical folk music for the times we live in.' Independent
'Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They create powerful, enthralling work.' Songlines
Grace Petrie: 'A powerful new songwriting voice.' Guardian
Fri 10 Mar
Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle three members of the BBC acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions will play at Union Chapel as part of a unique European tour. a rare chance to see three of the world's finest musicians share a stage together. With both Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker also having toured for the past year with Mark Knopfler, this is a rare chance to see three of the world's finest musicians share a stage together.
Master of flutes, whistles and Uillean pipes Mike is a founding member of Flook , and Lunasa and is a current member of Capercaillie. Regarded as one of the greatest flute players of all time, Mike has toured Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler, as well as with The Afro Celts, RTE Orchestra and Kate Rusby . He has collaborated with the likes of Jim Kerr, Youssou N'Dour, John Cale and Zakir Hussian amongst many others. BBC Radio 2 folk Musican of the year 2006, he was again nominated this year and has just completed his first soundtrack for TG4 and the Smithsonian channel.
One of Scotland's most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is equally in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer. Born in Bellshill, near Glasgow, he began playing whistle and fiddle as a child, and joined the legendary folk outfit Battlefield Band aged 17. During his 11 years with the band, John also released his first two solo recordings, 1995's self-titled debut and 2000's Yella Hoose. John went on to win Radio 2 Musician of the Year and also the Sprit of Scotland Award for music in 1999 and again in 2009. While emerging via the folk scene, John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries. John Doyle's gifts as guitarist, songwriter and vocalist have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. Now living in the states, John was the recent musical director for Joan Baez and toured with her for 2 year. One half of the stellar duo Liz Carroll and John Doyle, he is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group Solas.
Thu 23 Feb
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.
Sat 21 Jan
A new touring commission from celebrated UK contemporary folk singer/songwriters exploring the history of the role song has played in social change. From the industrial revolution, universal suffrage and the slave trade, through to CND, Rock against Racism and the Miners' strike, song is a common and integral factor in all the movements that have sought to instigate change.
Featuring Nancy Kerr, Hannah Martin, Greg Russell, Findlay Napier, Tim Yates
Mon 27 Feb
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