From: The Magpie's Nest [events_at_themagpiesnest_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 13 May 2009 10:19
Subject: May at The Magpie's Nest

 The Magpie's Nest


Dear Friends,

welcome to our first email in May. We have a number of great shows coming up this month. Tonight (Wednesday 13th May) we have a double headline night with two young upcoming alt-folk bands - Blue Rose Code + Urusen, with support coming from club favourites Chris Sargeant and Benedict Taylor.
  Then Friday this week sees the second installment of Friday Folk at the Stoke Newington International Airport (the last one was rammed to the rafters!) with Celebrity Chimp, Katy Carr and Timothy Victor's Folk Orchestra. To finish things off in May, we have our last Wednesday show from FOLKLAHOMA featuring the amazing Gadarene.


Sam, Joe and Lauren.

 ...The Shows...  

 Two For Joy

Blue Rose Code
Chris Sargeant and Benedict Taylor

Wednesday 13th May
The Old Queen's Head
44 Essex Road, N1 8LN
£5 advance/£6 OTD
Doors 7:30 - 12am

Two headline bands for Joy at The Old Queen's Head, with support from Chris Sargeant and Benedict Taylor. We think all these acts are destined for great things, so come and check them out now!



Two For Joy


FRIDAY FOLK::Avant Garde
Timothy Victor's Folk Orchestra
Celebrity Chimp
Kary Carr

Friday 15th May
Stoke Newington International Airport
£5 adv, £6 on the door

Following the sell-out jam-packed success of the first installment of FRIDAY FOLK, we here present the second, featuring and exploring the more outlandish and experimental end of the spectrum.

Timothy Victor's Folk Orchestra, a raucous ensemble fusing Americana and Eastern European sounds with a nice healthy dose of traditional Essex.

Celebrity Chimp - best described as comedio-folk-pop with slamming banjo, slapped up bass and some fatback drums!

Katy Carr - constantly pushing the boudaries of folk music and performance, Katy is an award winning multi-instrumentalist with many a trick up her sleeve. Will it be sing-a-long, who knows!

The venue is the quirky Stoke Newington International Airport, a hidden (not secret!) art space in the heart of Stoke Newington - hidden in the sense that it is tucked away and a little tricky to find, but is an amazing space a million miles away from what you might expect! Come check it out!

The address is:
The Stoke Newington International Airport
1-15 Leswin Place
N16 7NJ

(Leswin place is a cobbled alley off Leswin Road, situated at the bottom of Batley Road).






Wednesday 27th May
The Old Queen's Head
44 Essex Road, N1 8LN

Gadarene blends obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians and a unique approach to electronic sampling. It creates a sophisticated and exciting performance, drawing on many diverse musical influences, yet making a sound that is all their own. The band's repertoire focuses on unusual and compelling tunes, carefully researched from Eighteenth and Nineteenth century manuscripts.

Gadarene attacks these glorious tunes with the raw energy and verve often associated with the cream of traditional dance musicians. The electronic element, composed by band members, is created by exploring and sampling the sounds of the band's various instruments. These samples are layered and electronically altered, then added to the live mix, to create an exotic swirling sound, the real musicians interacting with their home-grown virtual band.

Gadarene is: Nick Wyke, well known for his ground breaking explorations of traditional fiddle music with Becki Driscoll, and an experienced performer in many folk and rock bands. Laurel Swift is best known as a ‘folk activist' and for her fiddle playing in The Gloworms. She brings her double bass to Gadarene, revealing some hitherto unknown skills. Matt Norman, championing the mandolin in current English folk, is gaining a well-deserved reputation for his virtuosity and eclectic performances. Gadarene produces fascinating, upbeat and original music, sure to get audiences on their feet.


Recommended Shows from The Magpie's Nest....

Cut A Shine Barn Dance
Saturday 16th May

The Finsbury Town Hall
Roseberry Avenue
£10 advance

Put a Spring in your step and hop along to the next Cut A Shine Barn Dance - a night of unparalleled barn dance mayhem! Come help us save 2000 years of English Folklore by dancin' some raucous reels and jovial jigs. Spring is here, the sun's come out, the long summer days are looming and it's time to stomp on the barn dance floor. Cut A Shine! 8-2am, Barn Dance, DJs, Ciders, nice bar and a right ol' jolly social knees up - for a snippet at 10 quid.




 Future Shows from the Magpie's Nest Family, at a glance...

13th May - Blue Rose Code + Urusen
15th May - Friday Folk: Timothy Victor's Folk Orchestra + Celebrity Chimp + Katy Carr

27th May - Gadarene
29th May - Wychwood Festival
10th June - Ruth Theodore + Friends

19th June - Friday Folk: Sam Carter + The Woodlarks + Theo Bard + Plaster of Paris
24th June - Mary Hampton + Tom and Ben Paley + The Laish Quartet + Jo Burke
26th June - Glastonbury Festival - Friday Folk, Shangri-La Field

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