Squeezebox Folk Fri 31st 7:30pm

From Adam at SqueezeBox

We can’t wait for this one folks…

Daniel Merrill –  is one Third of The Dead Rat Orchestra, one of the leading free folk groups in the UK. Over twenty seven years of playing he has been honing his diablo violin style, blending a liberal approach to folk, classical and contemporary traditions. His approach is unique, exploring the full physicality beauty and brutality of the instrument.

With the Dead Rat Orchestra he has toured extensively supporting the likes of Godspeed You Black Emperor, Silver  Mount Zion, Eric Chenaux and Baby Dee. He has just returned from two months collaborating with artists from across the Middle East, where he is pioneering projects exploring the intersection between European and Arabic violin styles.

Ned Roberts is an acoustic finger-picker and songwriter based in London. Raised in a musical family (his father is renowned classical pianist Paul Roberts), 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 (Folks, 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 Ned’s second single “Blues #6″, featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Sarabeth Tucek. “Blues #6” was championed by both Lauren Laverne on 6 Music and Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. In late February Ned will support the celebrated US folk singer Anais Mitchell on 7 dates of her UK tour. Look for Ned’s debut record in June 2014.

Belinda and John Kempster met in The Hoy and Helmet folk club in Benfleet in the early 70s. Their love of music has always centred on traditional folk songs. John is particularly interested in sea shanties and, more recently, storytelling whereas Belinda had always favoured English country songs.

Crafting for Foes – Crafting For Foes make sparse and haunting folk- influenced songs, which are lyrically poetic and vocally harmonic. Since forming in 2010, they have released three hand crafted EPs; Midwinter, Love is Scorned and collection of traditional English folk songs Borrowed Ground under Adam Rees’ Moth House Recording label.

Crafting for Foes are pleased to be releasing their 7” single on the 31st. It’s the first in a set of 12 from Stone Tape Recordings You.Must.Listen series. It features traditional re-workings of Greenwood Laddie and The Trees They Do Grow High. Listen and order here:

If all that wasn’t enough, the Foes will be joined by friends Steven Collins and Diana Collier (Owl Service / Greanvine) – special guests on vocals, guitar and bass.

Entry £4 on the door and your records from 7.00ish – live acts from 8.00pm

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