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New Roots

New Roots

Sep 17th 2017 @ The Slaughtered Lamb

London, United Kingdom
I Was There
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
7:30 PM
The Slaughtered Lamb
London, United Kingdom
Firefly Burning are a 5-piece ensemble from North East London creating impressionistic music - part art-folk song, part minimalist chamber music. Evoking sounds of Sufjan Stevens, Steve Reich and Kate Bush, the band draws on avant-pop, experimental folk, classical minimalism and Javanese Gamelan to 'paint sound pictures and take the audience in myriad directions at will' (For Folks Sake). With ecclectic tastes and a background in free improvisation, their music encompasses strings, piano, synthesiser, electric guitar and gamelan, centred on close vocal harmonies that echo William Byrd and The Beach Boys.

The release of their second album 'Skeleton Hill' in 2015 garnered critical success for it's rich tapestry and originality. Borne out of a two year collaboration with legendary producer Tim Friese-Greene (Talk Talk), the album unites their adventurous poetic spirit with a direct, pop sensibility.

'imaginative, original hybrid sound..both richly intriguing and subtle, a neat tapestry that is a joy to unravel' ★★★★ MusicOHM

'strange but soaring, dense but addictive...ideal for anybody who wishes Kate Bush were a bit more arty or Steve Reich were a lot more folky' ★★★★ The Times

'fresh, original and often audaciousold and futuristic at the same time' ★★★★ MOJO Magazine

'Flecks of Gentle Giant, Joni Mitchell and Fleet Foxesa contemporary folk album with art-prog leanings: if Bjork got into 'The Wicker Man' it's be almost as unintentionally spooky as thisCleansing.'
Prog Magazine

'vital and indefinable' For Folks Sake

'Quirky, challenging and innovative musicuncompromising in their bold and stark musical vision.' Bright Young Folk

'utterly hypnotic...intoxicating, beautiful and affirming'
Matchbox Magazine


Folk trio Counter's Creek make original roots music inspired by the folk music of the Britain and Ireland, jigs and reels from Eastern Europe and rhythms from West Africa, all rooted in a strong melodic sensibility with closely interwoven harmonies allied to a real sense of swing and dance energy.

Fiddle, banjo and mandolin player Tom Newell is known for his work with Effra, The Ceilidh Liberation Front, Alex Mendham & His Orchestra and pop acts including Muse and Lana Del Rey. Guitarist Moss Freed plays with jazz/folk group Flekd, the Spike Orchestra, and has recently recorded for John Zorn's Tzadik label. Whistle player Jonathan Taylor, best known as a jazz pianist, has played with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Ruby Turner and a host of British jazz luminaries. He's also co-founder of Tango Siempre, and has worked as an arranger for Robert Wyatt. Counter's Creek are three much respected musicians from very different backgrounds, united by a love of the finest in roots music, firing tunes and earthy dance grooves.

New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It's committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves - for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible.

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