Monthly resident music night The Acoustic Folk Highway returns to The Harrison basement for its annual Christmas Special, promising a jam-pack evening of live, original music (7pm – 11pm) performed by an eclectic, stellar line up of solo artists, duos and bands, festivities, Christmas songs and some mince pies for those who arrive before 7pm.
Fear Of The Forest
Fear of the Forest is a hammered dulcimer-led ensemble formed in London in 2012 and fronted by Kate Arnold on dulcimer, violin and vocals. The band combines influences from English and French folk, Middle Eastern and classical music to create a sound that has been described as ‘punk baroque’.
Lyrically the songs draw upon folk and fairy tales, mythology, social history, political affairs, and the strange tales of Kate’s half-gypsy grandmother.
Kate has recently worked with Lisa Knapp, Doudou Cissoko and Daemonia Nymphe, and was previously a member of Sergeant Buzfuz, and Paul Hawkins and the Awkward Silences. She has studied classical music and ethnomusicology and so forth.
Ed brings together his multi-instrumental skills: harmonica, percussion, guitar and vocals to forge a sound that’s grounded in American roots styles with a significant British twist to the songwriting. In addition to London venues, Ed’s recently being entertaining crowds at festivals including Fire on the mountain and festival no.6.
Hailing from the small town of Kenilworth in Warwickshire, Jack Hopkinson is a singer-songwriter playing folk-pop Americana mixed with a little bit of Country. In 2015 he released his debut EP When You Wanna Be that reached the top 25 of the iTunes chart, followed in 2016 with his 2nd EP More Than Just. In support of these records he’s played over 500 gigs in 3 years. This included a self-funded and self-booked successful US tour, taking in a winning showcase at the famous Eddies Attic in Atlanta, securing him a recording of the show and a return visit.
Taking influence from James Taylor, Ryan Adams, Foy Vance and John Mayer, Jack’s songwriting delves deep into the body, heart and soul.
“Captivating, beautifully tempered vocals and a stage presence that exudes confidence and draws you in hook, line and sinker.”
– A. Chamberlain – The Picture House, Stratford.
Matthew Falloon is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Kent whose music has been championed by BBC radio DJs Janice Long and Chris Hawkins, and compared to classic artists such as Jackson Browne and Paul Simon by Uncut magazine. The former Smoke Feathers singer’s latest album ‘Do No Harm’ is out now, inspired by modern and traditional Americana, and recorded on an old Neve 8014 desk at Vale Studios in Worcestershire. R2 magazine describes his songs as “exceptional” and “breathtakingly beautiful”. Matthew also plays bass, guitar and mandolin in The Orange Circus Band.
In his youth, Martin Cassini sang mostly covers, and played widely in Europe, e.g. on a series of shows for ZDF in Munich (the German equivalent of BBC2), and Menchu’s Bar in Marbella. He had a few original songs, which sparked interest from Warner Brothers, but he rarely saw them through to completion, except for one opus recorded with a wizard young guitarist. Those were the days of quarter-inch tape, and he lost the recording. After a chequered career in TV production, he took up the guitar again quite recently and started writing songs with some shape, meaning and merit to them, he hopes. He pens occasional comedy songs, but most of his stuff tends to be about love or life (and death).
Monthly host and organiser of The Acoustic Folk Highway since August 2014, Danny Leigh is a singer/songwriter inspired by English Folk, Jazz and Reggae and legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen. Danny’s music is frequently likened to artists such as: Nick Drake & John Martyn.
This year Danny completed a successful Irish Tour with fellow musicians Violet Orlandi & Rich Austin under ‘The Acoustic Folk Highway’ name and gigged in Sligo, Roscommon, Dublin, Westport and Kenmare.
“I have to mention Nick Drake, he has a beautiful voice, he can clearly write some good songs.” – Steve Hillier, BBC Introducing: The South radio broadcast.
“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 radio broadcast.
Tickets cost £7 on the door