Monthly resident music night The Acoustic Folk Highway is back in The Harrison (Kings Cross) basement on Sunday 17th June with a stellar line up of original solo artists, duos and bands.
Entierly original but with hints of something from the past you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard Our Man The Field before. Amongst the many influences; folk revival, 70’s singer songwriters, southern rock, 90’s guitar bands and modern day folk his own sound is undefinable but familiar, sitting somewhere in the space between Dylan and Van Morrison and has been compared to modern day artists such as Ray LaMontagne, Foy Vance and Joe Purdy.
“Think Ray LaMontagne meets Foy Vance, mixed in with Joe Purdy. Honestly, we can’t recommend this guy enough.” – Amazing Radio.
“Love Your Work” – Tom Robinson BBC Introducing/6Music.
“I’m not trying to change the world, just the next three and a half minutes” – Our Man In The Field.
Americana songwriters Sarah Larkham and Elliot Hall create bittersweet, beautiful music with country elements, taking their influences from American folk, country and blues artists such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash. Together they layer harmony vocals onto thought provoking, poetic lyrics, all woven through with sparkling guitar, country style mandolin and emotionally charged harmonica.
“Thoughtful, deep and dark Americana with a lyrical intensity rarely seen in these times…” – NME.
Acoustic murmurs to soundtrack a yet to be written puppet musical.
Archie Langley – soundcloud.com/bernienelson/sets/Archie-langley
21 year-old Archie Langley is a small town indie-folk artist now living in London. His sound has been compared to Ben Howard and Bon Iver, with a hint of Matt Corby.
“Archie has an intriguing mix of field-recording folk and heart-swelling storytelling at his disposal. ‘Crossfire’ in particular, is a delight.” Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio.
“Archie has a vocal to be reckoned with in spite of his age. A sound reminiscent of Matt Corby. Look forward to hearing more from Archie.” Stephanie Nieuwenhuys, BBC Introducing.
Kate Arnold – soundcloud.com/katearnold
Originally a classically trained violinist and vocalist, I took up the hammered dulcimer in 1997.
The hammered dulcimer has tended to be treated mainly as a ‘folk’ instrument, a label that doesn’t really do it enough justice. There is so much exploration of its unique sound world still to be done. Fitting mine with an electric pick-up has allowed me to take the evocative sound of this ancient instrument in some unconventional directions involving live looping and electronic effects.
My particular interests are in improvisation, experimental composition and soundscapes, early/medieval and Renaissance music, folk, and Middle Eastern music.
Danny Leigh – dannyleigh.bandcamp.com
Monthly host and organiser of The Acoustic Folk Highway since August 2014, Danny Leigh is a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist with an array of musical influences. His songs have been likened to artists such as Nick Drake and John Martyn. Career highlights include touring Ireland, playing guitar for Tom Odell, his song ‘No More Running’ featured on the 30:30 Compilation CD (Roundhouse Records), playing at Mandrea Music Festival (Italy) and Serta International Music Festival (Portugal).
“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 (As heard on BBC Introducing: The South, radio broadcast)
Tickets cost £7 on the door.