The Acoustic Folk Highway is a monthly resident night held in The Harrison’s theatre-style basement venue. It showcases fresh, new and original music from up-and-coming singer/songwriters, duos and bands. Danny Leigh has been running this night since 17th August 2014.
Fridolijn – www.fridolijn.com
“Had Nick Drake been a graceful young woman living this day in age, this is the album she would have made.” With this enchanting quote Jazzism magazine gave Fridolijn’s solo debut Catching Currents a glorious spot in their best of 2015 list.
Fridolijn, an original singer and songwriter hailing from Amsterdam first appeared in 2011 with the release of ‘Crossing the Rubicon’, by her band Finn Silver. A self-released jazz, pop and hiphop-influenced debut, which reached top chart positions in Holland and Japan. It brought Fridolijn & her band to international stages like Billboard Live Tokyo & Osaka as well as North Sea Jazz Festival. Itunes hauled the band ‘New Jazz Artist of the Year’.
Alex Hedley – facebook.com/
Emerging over the last year from the acclaimed four-piece Saturday Sun who’s ‘Seagull’ single has had over seven million plays on Spotify, Alex Hedley has spent his time since crafting a stunning set of evocative songs that recall the likes of John Martyn. He himself cites the like of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and early Pink Floyd as influences, but Hedley has now more than confirmed his early promise as a truly unique artist in his own right for the present and beyond.
Lost Boy – www.lostboyduo.co.uk
Lostboy are a modern folk duo mixing close harmonys with honest original lyrics. With influences like Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan, there lyrics speak honestly while the harmonys dance like dueling dragons. Hailing from the North of England, Joe Law is originally from Doncaster and Andrew Osbourne originally from Cleethorpes. They moved down to London 13 years ago to attend school together where they became mates but only recently in 2016 came together to form Lostboy. They are currently living in London but gigging and singing wherever the wind takes them. They have many exciting gigs coming up in 2017 and have also secured some festival dates including Lakefest and Solarsphere for the summer which they are very excited about.
Fran & Flora – facebook.com/FranandFlora
This new collaboration between violinist Flora Curzon and folk/experimental cellist Francesca Ter-Berg combines aspects of traditional string music from Eastern Europe with original compositions and folk songs. Having collaborated and performed with Talvin Singh, Sam Lee, Hejira, Floating Points, Jocelyn Pook, Dunajska Kapelye and the London Klezmer Quartet, this project brings together Fran and Flora’s shared love of melodic lyricism, groove, improvisation and experimentation. Influenced by Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Celtic and Breton folk and gypsy music, Fran and Flora combine these traditions with their own unique arrangement style to create a sound that is both timeless and contemporary. Their first album is currently in the making and due to be released in Spring 2017 on Lima Limo records.
“A String Duo bound for glory” – Max Reinhardt, Late Junction
George St Clair – soundcloud.com/
Danny Leigh – dannyleigh.bandcamp.com
A fresh interpretation of English Folk music with a rustic, retro, smooth and emotive quality. Frequently likened to artists such as: Nick Drake, John Martyn and Jacques Brel.
“I think that’s just the most hypnotizing voice I’ve heard all evening. That’s what the text book definition of ‘Folk Voice’ should be.” – NICK COQUET BBC INTRODUCING.
“I have to mention Nick Drake, he has a beautiful voice, he can clearly write some good songs.”
– STEVE HILLIER BBC INTRODUCING
Tickets cost £7 on the door