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***Support announced for Kristin McClement’s Album Launch*** ..

We’re very happy to announce not one but TWO very exciting support acts for the launch of ‘Kristin McClement’s’ debut album ‘The Wild Grips’ on the 6th of March at Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead Heath ..


First up is an extremely talented young lad from Manchester named


Jo plays beautiful alt-folk/country/americana music and is currently on tour supporting ‘First Aid Kit’. This will be just his 2nd appearance in the capital after a (sold out) headline show at ‘The Old Blue Last’ in East London last month.


Next up is the wonderful Brighton based musician


An old favourite in the Folklore camp (Though its been far to long since she has played for us)

Emma is an unstoppable and multi-instrumental collaborator. As well as being a full time musician with the multi-tentacled psych-folk behemoth Sons of Noel and Adrian and getting crowds dancing to the rowdy stamp-along anthems of The Mariner’s Children, she has found time to lend her voice, clarinet or accordion skills to everyone from Laura Marling to Broken Social Scene.

Advance tickets for this show can be found at our Online ticket store here –

Doors – 7:00pm

£8 advance


FIRST UP .. Tomorrow night!
Friday the 16th January
The Gallery Cafe
Bethnal Green
Doors – 7:45pm ..



Featuring the talents of Theresa Elflein (vocals, bass) and Jolyon Pagett (various instruments, vocals), Halfbeak’s fifth EP “Things I Knew” is a psych-folk work that is soaring, epic, and full of heart.

Titled as such because at the time of writing the songs represented rare moments of clarity and insight in a life addled with confusion and uncertainty, here in this EP lie some hard fought truths.

The EP is about catharsis and truth, but it is also about love and friendship. Recorded in Autumn in a south-east London garden shed, the EP captures the spirit of three very close friends drinking, laughing, and singing music they love and believe in.

From the Leonard Cohen inspired “For Anon.” with its raucous Pogues-esque singalong finale, the EP is a sonic journey through the wall-of-guitar shoegaze flavour of “Happy” to the cinematic psychedelia of “Light On The Ceiling”, before ending on the reflective, soulful “Cheer Up Chops”.

For all fans of good, real song-writing with a taste for the experimental.





£5 Entry (£4 NUS)


18th of January
Green Note
Doors – 7:00pm


‘Lazy Heart Parade’ are a six piece alt-folk band based in London. They play songs of nostalgic romance with a bitter edge, combining the folk stylings of mandolin, violin and ukulele with instantly appealing melodies and charming lyrical reflections on modern city life.

“Joyful, nostalgic, harmonic folk-pop” – Thank Folk For That





Adv tickets here –


21st January



Little is known about this London based band except they have a talented lyricist and singer who may have a second face on the back of his head that whispers the lyrics and other awful truths to him. And a guitarist whom terrified and broken groupies say is something else and “only wears his man suit while making music”. Elsewhere, Internet forums rumour the drummer is a noted and wanted horse murderer from Northern Ireland. A glass-eyed man who learnt how to drum as a boy at illegal gypsy drum-offs back in the ‘70s .. (BRCM.Info)

Have a listen to their awesome track ‘Bullethead’ to get you all riled up!! –



“Amy was born in London in 1984 and studied music at Dartington College of Arts from 2002 to 2005, where she developed both her song-writing and her interest in the physics of sound.

She has recorded in an aircraft hangar and a mine, and her piano duet “My Head Is A Piano” called for the pianists to sit cross-legged under their pianos. Amy now lives in Paris and works in the voice recognition technology industry.

“Unravel”, Amy’s first studio album, tells the story of the last decade of her life, from abandoning university in “Michael And The South West Useless Brigade”, to being paid less than her male counterpart in “Filthy Little Shrew”, to finding peace in “Angels Come Down”, and losing it again in “She Did Tell You”.”


Our Pick Of ‘The End Festival’ + some free tickets up for grabs!!

** For a chance to win a pair of tickets to ‘Folklore Presents at The End Festival’ .. repost, retweet or share this post on FB **

The End Festival – 20th – 23rd November

Festival Wristbands and tickets for individual shows/days can be purchased here –


We at Folklore are very pleased to be involved in this years ‘The End Festival’ in Crouch End and in our excited state we’ve decided to giveaway a pair of tickets for the event we’re curating for it at ‘The Kings Head’ on Thursday the 20th November which features Patch and The Giant, Barbarisms, A. Dyjecinski and Mock Deer –

I’m also going to give you a little heads up about some of the acts playing throughout the festival. Some I know and have played Folklore shows in the past and some I’m simply eager to see/hear. Whichever category they fall into here are my reasons for checking them out…

First up is ALEXIS TAYLOR who plays The Crypt on Saturday the 22nd Nov. Hot Chip were one of those bands that I never really considered myself a fan of, yet their songs got in my head, in a good way, and though it wasn’t the genre of music I listened to often, they slowly grew on me and demanded my respect. Any act that can do that to me has to have something good going on. Alexis new project therefore is an exciting prospect, retaining the ridiculously catchy hooks but with a sound that lends itself more to the likes of Robert Wyatt. Check out the infectious – <a href="http://“>Without a Crutch from forthcoming release ‘Await Barbarians’


Next up I have a collection of Folklore favourites…

Playing at The Haberdashery on the 22nd Nov without full band but still with all the magic are LAISH.

This band are something a bit special and I’ve been a fan ever since I was played one of their albums years ago whilst helping out on Emma Gatrill’s album launch (who at that time was a member of the band). They’ve played shows for us many times now with various line ups and still everytime I see them I’m impressed! There are some obvious influences there but they still manage to sound fresh, exciting and engaging. This, of course, has much to do with the man pulling all the strings, Daniel Green. He performs with a confidence and skill that makes you, as an audience member feel like you’re being given something special, and you are. He’s subtly commanding on stage without being arrogant, he’s simply confident, and there’s a huge difference. He’s a man who’s obviously pleased with the end result of years of hard work and so he should be .. check out the now ‘legendary’ track ‘Warm the Wind’ –


LOWPINES are another firm favourite here at the Folklore camp and we’re excited to see them back in the game after somewhat of a hiatus (though touring with Lyla Foy is a pretty good excuse). They play The Crypt on the 21st of Nov at 10:00pm and if the last recording is anything to go by (a beautiful hushed and delicate cover of little known artist ‘Judee Stills’ ‘Rugged Road’) – it’s gonna be a triumphant return!


Last but not least are BARBARISMS at our very own Folklore Presents evening at The King’s Head, Thursday the 20th Nov – coming to us all the way from Stockholm! These are a completely new band for me and a very exciting prospect! They are a bit like a more ragged ‘Band Of Horses’ and tracks like ‘Easier All The Time’ and ‘Backwards Falconeer’ already have ‘classics’ written all over them –—BWs_sK5g


I’d also like to mention the many other acts that I love and am excited about seeing this year, but don’t have time to give them a full mention. So… here is a little list of some other great acts playing the festival that you should also do your damnedest to check out: Joe Innes and The Cavalcade, Patch and The Giant, Nick Edward Harris, Eliza Shadadd, Grasscut, Alex Highton, Billy Mahonie, Mock Deer, Steve Folk, Bridie Jackson, Aaron Fyfe, Pip Mountjoy, Mishaped Pearls, Buzzard Lope and no doubt more that I’ve forgotten! By all accounts this years The End is gonna be a blinder!!!!


The Local presents the fifth edition of the annual festival of new music, Crouch End, N8.


// hashtag #theendfest


Like in previous years, the festival features carefully selected new and underground acts, reaching from folky groups and dreamy singer-songwriters (O’Hooley & Tidow, Eliza Shaddad, Pip Mountjoy)


to groovy alternative post-rock (Billy Mahonie) , emotionally loaded electronic sounds (Grasscut), exquisite DJ sets (Hangover Lounge DJ’s) crazy industrial jazz (Trio Heinz Herbert) and punky art pop (Perfect Disaster Boy). We also happily count stars like Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) to this year’s line-up.


Check out ‘Alexis Taylor’s’ latest release ‘Without a Crutch’ here – …. and also the awesome ‘Barbarisms’ here –—BWs_sK5g (Barbarisms play ‘Folklore Presents’ on the thursday night)


The programme will be enjoyed in a variety of lovely indoor festival venues, including an ice-cream parlor, a church and a recording studio. Simply not to be missed!

Full line-up, programme and more info:
Tickets: //
Twitter: @thelocal_

TWO sweet shows coming up at the Lovely ‘Gallery Cafe’ in Bethnal Green!

First up is Yorkshire based Neil McSweeney on Friday the 17th October.

Doors – 7:45pm

Advance tickets still available –


McSweeney’s debut album, Remember To Smile was released in 2006 by Sheffield independent label, LM Music. Tracks from the album attracted national radio play from BBC Radio 2 and the digital station BBC Radio 6 Music. This led to Postcards being released as a single by Kids Records, the singles arm of Warner Music UK subsidiary 14th Floor Records. Further national radio exposure followed [4] including the track being playlisted by XFM. Around this time Neil also accompanied his friend Stoney both on record, on tour and in session for BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary at Maida Vale Studios.[5]

Extensive touring in the UK followed before second album, Shoreline emerged in 2009. This was self-released and attracted positive reviews in the national press [3] as well as the attention of fellow Sheffield musician, Richard Hawley.[6] Following support sets at The Crucible in Sheffield and the Royal Festival Hall, McSweeney accompanied Hawley as main support on the European leg of his Truelove’s Gutter tour.[7][8]

During a hiatus from touring in 2011 and 2012, reportedly to spend more time with his young family, McSweeney developed friendships with musicians from the English folk and roots scene. This developed into collaborations which formed the basis for an EP (The Seventeen EP) and a third full-length album (Cargo) both released in 2013. The album features contributions from Lucy Farrell, Sam Sweeney, Brooks Williams, Matt Boulter, Vera Van Heeringen, Jock Tyldesley, Andy Seward and others.[9]

In Autumn 2013 Neil supported English folk group Bellowhead on their UK tour. He was accompanied by Vera van Heeringen and Sam Sweeney.

Stars of Sunday League is the music of Euan Robinson with talented friends humouring him occasionally.

After a quiet few years SOSL are back with songs about how the biggest things can be wrapped up in the smallest. Hears to the everyday and the spaces in between.

SOSL have played previously with King Creosote, Natalie Imbruglia’s sister and lots in between.


NEXT UP its the album launch for the very talented Ned Roberts .. 

24th October

Doors – 7:45pm


Ned Roberts is an acoustic finger-picker and songwriter based in London. Raised in a musical family, Ned first started gigging when living up in York, playing old folk covers and the odd Dylan tune. Not long after writing his first songs, he was discovered by producer Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) and brought to Los Angeles to record.

The first single culled from these fruitful sessions was “Red Sun”, which featured frequently on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, and even Radio 3 in Spain. On the heels of this came the single “Blues #6”, featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Sarabeth Tucek. Evoking early-period Paul Simon as if recorded late night at Sun Studios back in the ’50’s, the track was championed by Lauren Laverne and Jo Whiley on BBC Radio.

No stranger to the road, on his last outing Ned attained the much sought after support slot with celebrated US songwriter Anais Mitchell. Ned has also just returned from Madrid where he performed with Sarabeth Tucek. A busy few months lie ahead. His debut album due on 3rd November – expertly mastered by John Fischbach (Stevie Wonder, Carole King) – is just the beginning. Early in the new year Ned is returning to the studio to record his second LP.

–‘One to really get excited about’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music

–‘A lovely lilting voice that recalls a trans-Atlantic Nick Drake…requires replaying constantly’ – Rough Trade



[I’ve had the pleasure of a sharing a bill with Nick a few times and he’s a wonderful songwriter and performer, with some extreme guitar chops!]

In 2010, having escaped from his job as a primary school music teacher in inner city London, Nick E. Harris moved to the remote landscapes of New Zealand. Living a frugal and isolated lifestyle, he began dedicating almost every waking hour to homing his craft; refining his guitar techniques, developing his songwriting and often busking to pay the bills. Within a few months this began to pay off and on returning to London a year later he took to applying the same commitment and dedication to his live performances and studio recordings. He has not looked back since.

After recording a 5-song EP with Ben Lovett of Communion, and with a little help from his friends, he began to progress his voice and sound, striving to sit somewhere in between the tapping brilliance of Andy McKee and the wonderful melancholy of John Martyn. He then released his debut album ‘Chimera’, recorded by London producer Nick Trepka (Speech Debelle, Kieran Leonard, Emmy the Great), featuring collaborations with Emma Gatrill of ‘The Mariner’s Children’/‘Sons of Noel and Adrian’ and Ted Dwane of ‘Mumford and Sons’.

Recently he has been playing festivals, with appearances at Glastonbury, Wilderness and Cambridge Folk Festival and has been gigging extensively around the UK.

‘The Tall Trees’, Nick’s second studio album is due for release this Winter.

–“This is an album full of maturity and a strong sense of musical identity. Harris’s vocal is warm yet emotive and his guitar playing highly technical, yet melodic” 11 is louder than 10



£5 on the door.

Two great gigs this week …

TONIGHT!!!!! (Free Entry)

Strongroom (Shoreditch)



Formed in Brighton around the unique songwriting talents of singer and guitarist, Daniel Green, Laish have released two critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively across the UK and Europe. Due to the last incarnation of the band splintering into different projects, Green spent the last 9 months touring as a solo act allowing audiences to hear the lyrics and focus on his impressive guitar playing. A confirmed appearance at this year’s End of the Road Festival has kick started a new lineup into existence and the Strongroom show will be their first public outing. Armed with a handful of new songs and some more familiar material, their sound explores a different palette, a quickened tempo and a renewed energy.

Songstress // Writer // Independent Musician // Player of various musical instruments and partaker of Hootannany hollaring // World citizen // Currently living in Berlin, playing both solo and with her new band!



Friday the 18th July

The Gallery Cafe (Bethnal Green)


(£5 or £7 with a drink)


“Country-folk melodies so classic they could be covers” – UNCUT
“Something quite magical.” – NME
“Truly, truly exceptional.” – God Is In TV Zine
“A fine piece of art.” – Bucketful Of Nails


Joe Innes and the Cavalcade

When he was young, Joe Innes found and subsequently buried a dead rat in his garden. This event is the subject of Pet Cemetary – the opening track of his debut album The Frighteners, and is a good example of the offbeat observations that litter his songs like a bin lorry rolling down Solsbury Hill.

Joe has been playing shows in London for years, gaining support for his own personal brand of anti-folk, and finding himself supporting artists like Caitlin Rose, Sea of Bees, Alessi’s Ark and She Keeps Bees. At the end of 2011, a band was put together to record and make a bigger noise with. Thus, The Cavalcade was formed, a garage-folk outfit that has been compared to Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Bright Eyes and The Pogues.

“Just brilliant”
Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music)

“Show stopping”
Steve Lamacq (BBC6 Music)

Creating ambient lilting rhythmic harmonies with the harp allowing the bellowing husky vocals to be perfectly contrasted in a very unusual but beautiful way! Influenced by folk from near and far, irish to chinese, Alice blends this with non traditional and blues infused melodies.