New Roots presents a killer Friday night double bill – The Orange Circus Band and Simon Stanley Ward & The Shadows of Doubt.
The Orange Circus are a raucous, footstompin’, full blooded Americana/ bluegrass act from the U.K and Virginia in America. A unique co-operative, they began as a family band that included members of all ages from junior to senior (the legendary Granny Alice). Initially concentrating on updating traditional songs from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, the two album journey so far has seen them morph into a hugely exciting contemporary indie-folk act. This summer has underlined their rapid rise, with appearances at The Cambridge Folk Festival and the heavyweight Black Deer Festival. Bring your dancing shoes- they put on a brilliantly entertaining show- great playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy are guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the heart and encourage the biggest of grins.
A hugely respected figure on the London folk & roots scene, and leading light of the legendary Lantern Society folk club in Farringdon’s Betsey Trotwood,, Simon Stanley Ward is a country singer, pure and simple. He sounds like the original lonesome cowboy crooner – a perfect cross between Neil Young and Charlie Rich, with a voice to match. It’s hard-rocking country, the kind that spawned Elvis and Johnny Cash, and with a superbly tight band that includes Danny & The Champions of the World guitarist Paul Lush in it’s ranks, he delivers on his promise as one of UK alt-country’s rising stars. Leave your expectations at the door though, there’s a strong streak of the surreal running through his veins- this consummate entertainer’s songs don’t always go where you expect…
“Proper country music delivered with style. The album opener “Monster Song” is quite simply one of the best country songs that this reviewer has heard in many a year. ” – Americana UK
“Home grown talent! It sounded wonderful!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Tickets £7 adv HERE