New Roots Presents: THE NEW ROOTS SESSIONS – a series of Friday and Saturday night events at the Harrison in Kings Cross featuring three superb headline solo artists on a triple-bill.
Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm. Fully seated, tickets limited to 40 only- advance purchase advised.
Scottish singer-songwriter and Rough Trade Records recording artist Samantha Whates is a hugely respected figure on the London roots scene. Her beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet uniquely her own. She recently formed new Rough Trade Records signings Picapica with her long time friend and collaborator Josienne Clarke, winner of the prestigious Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015. Her debut album Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days has been enjoyed both critical acclaim and extensive radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).
Not long after writing his first songs London artist Ned Roberts was discovered by producer Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) and brought to Los Angeles to record. The pair have since developed a close creative partnership.The first single culled from these sessions was “Red Sun”, which featured frequently on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, and Radio 3 in Spain. On the heels of this came the single “Blues #6”, featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Sarabeth Tucek. The track was championed by Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley, Gideon Coe, and Huey Morgan on BBC Radio. His debut self-titled album was released to great acclaim in 2014, garnering significant national press, notably from the Guardian and Uncut magazine. Live sessions for BBC Radio London and Bob Harris’ Radio 2 show soon followed.
No stranger to the road, Ned has toured the UK and Europe extensively, both on his own and as support to Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug, Micah P. Hinson, The Delines and Sarabeth Tucek.
In 2017 he released his second album ‘Outside My Mind’, again with producer Luther Russell at the helm, showcasing a greater confidence in both his material and voice, adding an Americana expanse to the folk foundations of his eponymous debut. Delivered with a poetic turn of phrase, excellent musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, Roberts’ songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era.
‘Absolutely gorgeous stuff…one to really get excited about’ – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
‘A warm treat…his melodies reminiscent of Leonard Cohen with lyrical nods to Bob Dylan, and his voice has echoes of Tim Hardin’ ★★★★ The Guardian
‘A splendid debut…a beautiful record’ – Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music
‘so gifted, possessing a fine ear for a tune and a real knack for storytelling..stunning’. 8/10 – UNCUT
‘An understated gem’ – The Independent on Sunday
When Josienne Clarke signed to the illustrious Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis told The Guardian that she writes, “songs that rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure.” With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, the songs Josienne has recorded with the guitarist Ben Walker have also been described as “extraordinary” (Mojo), “gently exquisite” (The Observer) and “full of depth” (The Telegraph). In 2016 American Songwriter magazine named Josienne one of the best songwriters of the year. Her elegant, nuanced and emotionally affecting singing style (Cerys Matthews described her as having a voice that can “trickle back over centuries”) has brought comparisons to the great Sandy Denny, but present too are elements of Nina Simone and Gillian Welch; all three are important influences on her work.
With a BBC Folk Award in 2015 for best duo with Ben Walker (and an additional nomination in 2017), a new project, PicaPica, with Samantha Whates, Adam Beattie & Sonny Johns (also signed to Rough Trade), an invitation from 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews to act and sing in The National Theatre’s revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good, Josienne Clarke continues to be one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and composers of her generation.
Tickets £8.50 adv HERE