Resident music night The Acoustic Folk Highway is back in The Harrison’s theatre-style basement venue on Sunday 23rd April.
Anna Madsen – soundcloud.com/annamadsen
Anna Madsen is an award-winning singer/songwriter from New Hampshire USA. Taking inspiration from classic romanticism, fairy tales, and her personal experiences, Anna uses story telling through music as a way to create worlds that listeners can enter and completely absorb. Her music combines elements of folk, orchestral, pop, and rock into a style that completely her own. She has appeared on ITV’s Christmas Carols programme and she has charted on iTunes UK and Spotify UK’s Hot Hits playlist. She is currently in the UK to support her new record, Whisper, which is distributed by Nova/Universal.
Neal Hoffman – soundcloud.com/amphibic
Last year saw the release of Untrained Heart, Neal Hoffmann’s first solo album on his brand new label Amphibic Records. Another single is about to see the light of day and the finishing touches are being put to some new live videos recorded at the Old Joinery.
Neal will be bringing along some luscious strings.
“A real find on this stunning debut solo album…a breath of fresh air…Crosby, Stills & Nash sprang to mind…one of the very best voices you’ve not yet heard. Rectify that real soon” ★★★★★ MAVERICK
“Hoffmann is a superb singer/writer and producer…in terms of songs a Jimmy Webb for today” FOLKING
“It’s a long time since I have heard a set of songs I wanted to hear over and over again, but this is such a set” JUDY DYBLE (ex Fairport Convention)
Recordings available here:
Maayan Madar – youtube.com/MadarMaayan
Maayan Madar is an Israeli troubadour based in London combining blues, folk, rock, and jazz in his writing. Maayan sings in English and Hebrew on both guitar and piano. Since he moved to London he writes mostly in English, but he hasn’t given up on the Hebrew. He says that the interest people show towards the Hebrew songs and towards the language itself, gives him hope about the place he comes from.
Ron Bousso – facebook.com/RonBMusic
Ron is firmly in the folk music camp. For now. Throughout his life he has moved around the world and picked up songs, music and styles spanning from rock to traditional Irish music, blues and country and turned all the ideas into his own music. But the journey is not over.
His obsession with going back to the routes of folk music helped him develop a distinct finger picking guitar playing that draws inspiration from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson. He today lives in London. For now…
Matthew Shepherd – matthewshepherdmusic.com
Matthew Shepherd is a 22 year-old singer-songwriter who has been delighting audiences in the UK and beyond with his collection of self penned songs. His debut studio album ‘Top of the tree’ was released in June 2015 and only took a day for the album to break into the iTunes Top 100 Singer/Songwriter Album Chart. July 2016 saw the release of the much-awaited EP entitled ‘The Sea’ which reached the Top 10 of the Acoustic Magazine’s Best New Music of September 2016.
With club and concert performances plus 2 European tours under his belt, Matthew is currently embarking on a UK Tour and I’m sure we will be hearing more from this stunning talent in the months and years to come.
– “Each song is like a fluffy white cloud on a Summers day” – Gavin Darvell, Sketches in Travel
– “He reminds me of Lewis Watson…perfect festival music” – George Ladds, Shining Lights
Paul Adams – pauladamsmusic.com
From the moment Paul heard the opening chords and lyrics for Bob Dylan’s “Dont Think Twice It’s Alright” he knew he wanted to write songs.
Growing up in East and North London, Paul was heavily influenced with the sound of the streets and the people that walked along them. Within the fabric of pauls well crafted songs you can hear subtle influences from Artists such as Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, and Nick Drake.
“Music to me was more than just a juvenile outlet, it was a passion, an art form, a feeling, a statement… and when done properly has the overwhelming power to move and inspire people. There is no better feeling than when someone you have never met before can connect with a song you have created, its fantastic!”.
Paul is currently becoming a prolific singer songwriter on the london music scene, playing to crowds in some of Londons most prestigous venues, Paul Adams is definitely a name to look out for.
Danny Leigh – dannyleigh.bandcamp.com
Monthly host and organiser of The Acoustic Folk Highway.
Danny Leigh is a singer/songwriter, his music has been frequently likened to artists such as: Nick Drake and John Martyn.
Danny is going on Tour to Ireland under The Acoustic Folk Highway name and accompanied by fellow artists: Joe Traxler & Violet Orlandi from 8th – 17th April with dates in Roscommon, Westport, Dublin, Sligo, Kenmare & Galway.
Sunday 23rd will be his first home-coming gig after this Irish adventure.
“I have to mention Nick Drake, he has a beautiful voice, he can clearly write some good songs.”
Steve Hillier (BBC Introducing: The South)
“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: The South)
Tickets cost £7 on the door.