From: The Magpie's Nest [events_at_themagpiesnest_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 02 March 2010 16:47
Subject: Busy week with the Magpies! :: Grada/Emily Portman/Chumbawamba

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Busy week on with the Magpies this week! Grada (Irish Trad) tonight at the Old Queen's Head, Emily Portman's Album launch (The Glamoury) Wednesday night at the Empowering Church, and Chumbawamba (sold out) at Passing Clouds, Dalston on Thursday. See below for details...

New shows added to the diary:

Saturday 13th March: Zong Zing All Stars Congolese Concert + Poetic Pilgrimage + DJs Hue Jah Fink + DJ Tercer Son - New Empowering Church - £5/£7

Monday 5th April : Magpie's Nest Easter Bank Holiday Festival Stomp featuring: Circulus + Bells of London City Morris, Sam Lee and the Gillie Boys, Norton Money, Holloway Jug Band, the Cedars, The Dog Roses, Venezuelan Cumbia, Little Robots, Pete David and the Payroll Union, Johnny Fielding, Dolly and Rick, Andy and Jamie Metcalfe's JAW + More - The Old Queen's Head - £5/£6


The Magpie's Nest (TWO FOR JOY) May Tour is now confirmed - we're coming to a city near you, with The Long Notes, Plaster of Paris and a selection of amazing local acts where ever we wander - full details next week in a special mailing :)


...Upcoming shows at a glance...

March 2nd: The Old Queen's Head - Grada
March 3rd:  NEC - ALBUM LAUNCH! Emily Portman Lucy
March 4th: Passing Clouds - Chumbawamba + O'Hooley and Tidow
March 10th: Old Queen's Head - Damien Barber + Mike Wilson
March 11th: NEC - Oliver Knight & Marry Waterson
March 25th: Passing Clouds - Urban Folk Quartet
March 31st: Old Queen's Head - The Queensbury Rules + Jed Grimes

April 5th:
Old Queen's Head ***Easter Bank Holiday Festival Stomp***
April 7th: 
Old Queen's Head - Bruce Molsky
April 7th: NEC - Turkish night w. Dogan Mehmet & the Deerhunters + Cigdem

April 8th: Passing Clouds - Mordekkers + Pepino + Shona Foster
April 10th: 
Kingsplace : Folkworks Festival Irish Stories and Tunes
April 21st: NEC PBS6 - mixing traditional music, hiphop + more
April 28th: Old Queen's Head - Hobopop Collective - Kirsty McGee and Mat Martin

April 30th - May 9th :: Magpie's National Tour - The Long Notes + Plaster of Paris
May 2nd: Southbank Centre - Folk against Fascism - Club Peripherique
May 3rd: Cecil Sharp House - Folk against Fascism - Nowt as Queer as Folk
May 26th: Old Queen's Head - Fernhill + The Gentle Good
May 26th: NEC - Joe Penland and Jeff Warner

 ...Shows in March...  

Two For Joy


Tuesday 2nd March
The Old Queen's Head
£8 advance/£10 OTD, 8pm

tickets here

Grada are widely regarded as the finest of the younger generation of Irish traditional bands. In their authentic, yet innovative arrangements, all the elements that make great Irish music come together as singer Nicola Joyce is joined by an instrumental line-up bursting with talent and creativity - guitar, fiddle, flute, bodhran & cahon, underpinned by the resonant depth and rhythmic swing of Andrew Laking's stand-up bass.

The band's instrumental sets are second to none for their energy and complex interplay between instruments, while on vocals, Nicola's sings both traditional material and songs with a definite Americana feel. This combination gives a Grada show its own highly distinctive blend of material - as this tour now gives UK audiences a rare chance to experience.

"The most talked about young Irish traditional band in years"

Emily Portman Album Launch - The Glamoury
support from Johnny Kearney and Lucy Farrell
Wednesday 3rd March
The New Empowering Church
1a Westgate Street E8 5RL

£8 , 8 - 11:30pm

‘The Glamoury’ is the eagerly awaited debut of folk songstress Emily Portman. Folktales and ballads inspire this beguiling vocal-centered album of contemporary songs. These visceral visions of a darker Albion conjure landscapes where mythical sirens collide in urban backstreets. ‘The Glamoury’ weaves together a tapestry of female narratives with harmonies from Lucy Farrell and BBC Folk Award Nominee Rachel Newton. Harp, viola and guitar combine with delicate strings from Northern Sinfonia‘s cellist Gabriel Waite and Bellowhead’s own Rachael McShane.

“From the first moment I heard Emily sing, I knew that she was special. She is beautiful and charming, and with her love of the tradition and her well-chosen songs, she graces the English folk scene. - Shirley Collins

Two For Joy

An Evening with Chumbawamba + O'Hooley & Tidow
Thursday 4th March
Passing Clouds
1 Richmond Road

Recommended gig:

Cut A Shine 5th Birthday Party
Saturday 27th March
An All Night Dutty Warehouse Barn Dance Party
No frills, just thrills. No glitz, just glamour.

Full details of all shows on our website:


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