DOWN THE GARDEN PATH
The summer UK festival has been quite an anomaly through 2017, with even Glastonbury dodging the infamous mud-bath. Hoping the sun gods will remain on our side, we have curated a blissful day of free music on Saturday 19th August, between 1pm and 8pm. So venture down our garden path and relax on the grass with a drink, watching some of our favourite acts of the year.
“Awesome… like the Allman Brothers meets the Seeger Sessions” , Laura Marling
If two years in Nashville taught London-boy James Riley anything, it’s the power of a good song. Returning to the UK this summer with a slew of fresh material and a brand new album (out 2018), Riley’s sound is a heady elixir of modern folk and classic soul in no small measure influenced by the fiery integrity of Tennessee’s songwriting tradition. “Lightning Strikes”, the first single from James’s new album will be released in October of this year.
Watch James performing on London Live here.
CAMERON J NIVEN
'impeccable' Gary Crowley - BBC Radio London
Cameron draws on the Folk, Blues, Latin & his heritage North African music to form lyrical songs whose rhythmic and hypnotic sounds have earned him comparisons with Devendra Banhart and Milton Nascimento.
Having played Festival No. 6, Red Rooster and shows with bands such as British Sea Power splinter group Brakes, Low Chimes, Francobollo, Ben Walker & Josienne Clarke and Patch & The Giant, Cameron records and releases music from his bedroom studio in New Cross.
Watch Cameron's latest video here
Ny Oh is the moniker for indie folk singer-songwriter Naomi Ludlow. Naomi is a New Zealander, now based in London. Naomi has been playing music for ‘forever’ and studied Vocal Performance at The Institute of Contemporary Music where she graduated in 2014. Through Naomi’s travels and the people she’s met, her songwriting style has changed from folk pop tendencies, and developed into a deeper, soulful folk sound.
Watch Ny Oh perform for Sofar Sounds here.
Fingerstyle guitarist Shaun Redlake is a one man performance with a larger than life sound, incorporating percussive guitar, effects and melodic hooks into a feel good show.
Following the release of his debut single, 'Push Out the Tides,' he is currently in the process of compiling his first studio album, to be announced later this year.
Watch Shaun's latest single and video for 'Tiny Steps' here
Rebecca is influenced by the Soul singers such as Etta James, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington as well as finding inspiration in such musicians as Amy Winehouse and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.
Listen to 'Manifestation' by Rebecca here.
Tom Price-Stephens, is a South Wales-born musical dreamer and mainstay of the London folk scene.
Tom's ability to capture a crowd’s attention is second to none, and his voice has been described as "dipped in honey and dried by rich tobacco smoke".
"...Better than I thought you'd be..."
"...Like an angel, on the rocks..."
Tom is recording throughout 2017 in an attempt to bottle the magic that has enchanted crowds everywhere from Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Montreaux Jazz café, St Pancras Church, and countless other bars and house concerts.
Watch Tom perform for Go Out of Tune here.
FjOR is a Danish singer songwriter delivering uplifting pop songs with catchy melodies and soft, finger-plucked guitar. You will find notes of R'n'B and Latin hidden in FjORs music while her vocals shift from being delicate and intimate to fast and rhythmic. FjOR is currently recording her debut EP set to be released this autumn.
Watch FjOR perform her original song 'Time' here
Another Chapter is the moniker of Irish singer-songwriter Padraig McLoughlin. Honing his craft over the past few years between his hometown of Navan, County Meath, and then most recently on the music scene in Dublin, McLoughlin travelled across Spain and France through March & April of this year, before finally setting up base in London in May. It's here in the U.K where Another Chapter has gained traction, and with a first E.P currently in production and a single scheduled for mid-August, it's an exciting time for this Indie Folk artist and certainly a space worth watching.
Listen to Padraig perform live at Sin-é here.
Ed grew up in the West Country woods steeped in Appalachian folk and blues music, which influenced his finger-picking guitar style. He started writing songs at 16, but left it another 15 years until he reached London to subject audiences to any of them. His songs range between soulful, miserable and upbeat old-timey songs about moving away, heartbreak and resolve. Ed has performed on several occasions inside The Gallery Café and his slide playing alone, proves how much of a hidden gem he is.
Watch Ed perform live in our cafe here.