28 Harrison Street London Wc1H 8JF
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.
Rosenblume – www.rosenblume.com
Inspired by the folk greats of Greenwich Village, Laurel Canyon and beyond, Liverpudlian troubadour Rosenblume displays his penchant for songs wrought with passion and emotion, breathing new life into an art of writing long forgotten.
“For Rosenblume, the music is captivating, homely, it is full of strength and generosity of spirit, but above all, besides all the elements that make live music a thing of beauty, his set is honest, purposeful and without embellishment. The hype, for once, not doing its job properly enough, for how can the flatulent nature of hype ever build up something as good as Rosenblume properly.
The band, in truth a collection of some of the most exquisite players around.”
– LIVERPOOL SOUND & VISION
“If there is such a genre as Irish-Americana, this belongs at the heart of it. Reminding me of a stripped down Springsteen covering Van Morrisson (no pressure there). Smooth and sweet, yet with the denim roughness of a dingy working class bar.
Americana is used to describe most country-tinged acts these days, but I would say this is true Americana as you could feel the influences of jazz, funk and soul with Motown and Sun Records all battling for attention through the set. Sometimes all of them in the same song.”
– POPPED MUSIC
“My first BBC Introducing Artist of 2016; Rosenblume… This is just fantastic”
– BOB HARRIS BBC RADIO 2
Hazel Iris – www.hazel-iris.com
This Californian songstress creates quirky Indie Pop. With a dark and playful attitude to writing music, her unique sound blends crystalline vocals with folk, electronica, orchestral instruments and a twist of magic. As a classically trained singer, she studied her craft in Germany. Bridging the gap between the traditions of Lieder and Arias and contemporary sounds, her songs celebrate the art of storytelling which gives them a sort of theatrical and cinematic feel.
Drawing her influences from other female artists such as Kate Bush, Beth Gibbons, and Tori Amos, Hazel Iris shies away from any one distinct genre and is blazing a musical path of her own.
Lewis McKale – lewismckale.bandcamp.com
For those of you who don’t know me, I was born in Shoreham By Sea, I am a singer/songwriter, writer, director and occasional actor with a passion for film and music. People all my life have told me that you can’t do everything, I believe I was put on this earth to do one thing, prove them all wrong.
With my father being in Dean Ford and The Gaylords before they were famous, I have been surrounded by music my whole life with an upbringing of The Beatles, Squeeze and David Bowie.
The moment that inspired me to write music was when I went to see Frank Turner play at the Flowerpot in Camden, London, and after the gig I got to meet him and we spoke briefly about song writing and he ended up giving me the most honest piece of advice being that I must always be honest with myself and never stop writing. I have never forgotten this advice and I haven’t stopped doing so either…
Jacob March – www.jacobmarch.co.uk
“A poetic lyricist and a fantastic guitarist – a deadly and quite frankly unusual combination.”
-We Love Brighton
Ben Mcmanus & Clara Delfina – benandclara.bandcamp.com
Ben McManus and Clara Delfina are making their way to London for this leg of their tour.
– After meeting at various festivals last year across Britain, Ben and Clara have teamed up to play and sing American Old-Time and Bluegrass music, mixing the Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar and harmony vocals. Clara hails from Fort Collins in Colorado, USA, while Ben resides in Cardiff, UK. This cross cultural mix bringing together two musicians who have both played and studied Appalachian folk music for a long time, brings out there own style of the sound, with alternative versions of classic tunes and new takes on the Appalachian tradition.
Upon Bens visit to Colorado, the duo have recorded their first album together ‘Homespun’ at the Blue Fox music studios. The album is available now and also to purchase from them on their up and coming UK tour.
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.