First up is Yorkshire based Neil McSweeney on Friday the 17th October.
Doors – 7:45pm
Advance tickets still available – http://www.wegottickets.com/folklore
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  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.
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  as well as the attention of fellow Sheffield musician, Richard Hawley. 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.
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.
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 ..
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
NICK EDWARD HARRIS
[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
+ JOSHUA GILBERT
£5 on the door.