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Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Thurs 28 Sept, The Old Queens Head, Islington N1 8LN. Ph 0207 354 9993 Doors open 7.30 pm, nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk. PLEASE NOTE: THE VENUE CONSISTS OF SEATED AND STANDING AREAS. TO ENSURE A SEAT PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. At the forefront of a very exciting new wave of UK folk, seven-piece Mishaped Pearls' most recent album 'Thamesis' has recieved four star reviews from The Guardian, the Financial Times and the Telegraph, and garnered the highest of praise from Tom Robinson, Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris, highlights amongst universal acclaim from the press and media. Their adventurous song combination of the ancient and the new finds an echo in their musical make-up - banjo, saz baglama, bodhran, violin and mandolin mix with acoustic guitar, keyboards, electric bass and drums, all led by the mezzo-soprano voice of Manuela Schuette. Their music's roots in tradition expand into progressive folk and rock, eastern modal music and shows elements of contemporary classical influence. Really intriguing - I love this MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2 FOLK SHOW An outstanding release absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous music BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2 Darkly beguiling...cinematically epic ★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN "Unexpected, gently startling" ★★★★THE GUARDIAN 'Astonishing, with heart-stopping vocals from Manuela Schütte. It's not often a band can truthfully claim to have a sound unlike anyone else in the country, but Mishaped Pearls can certainly make that proud boast' TOM ROBINSON, BBC 6 MUSIC '....such an original and engaging album DAILY TELEGRAPH, TOP 10 CDs 'A brilliantly realised piece of work' fROOTS 'they scream originality.. SPIRAL EARTH ..a celestial, otherworldy quality, elegant and graceful " R2 MAGAZINE Mishaped Pearls on stage at 9.00 pm. WATCH MISHAPED PEARLS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT0IxcFS0GA WEBSITE: www.mishapedpearls.org Alt-folk duo Sandtimer support with a short opening set a 8.15 pm. Placing a decisive emphasis on intricate guitar lines, close vocal harmonies and sparse, Appalachian-influenced arrangements, Sandtimer released Different Seas with Folkstock Records in 2015, followed by the independently released Mackerel at the end of 2016. Bboth releases reveivd extensive airplay on BBC 6Music and BBC Introducing. As a performing duo, they have toured the UK acoustic circuit frequently and, in 2016, ventured to west Canada for their first tour abroad. WATCH SANDTIMER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JANj_WW5vtM&index=2&list=PL5-qt1gCcKiXysNDccAsgLzWeOC9cPyHc