From: The Nest Collective [] on behalf of The Nest Collective [info_at_thenestcollective_dot_co_dot_uk]

Sent: 26 April 2012 16:37

Subject: Bella Hardy, Eska, Krar Collective, Mary Hampton, shanties and ceilidh


Come and spin yarns, dance to Ethiopian desert tunes, sing salty sea shanties and party this summer with the Nest Collective.

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The Nest Collective

Summer plans afoot!

Nest HQ - aka an attic in Dalston festooned with shruti boxes, ukuleles and autoharps - is buzzing with excitement and looking forward to all the brilliant festivals and gigs we have planned this summer. Sam's shouting about all our favourite music and exciting new projects on our radio show on Resonance FM every Tuesday at 1pm in partnership with Run Riot. You can always listen to the latest show on our website for free.

Coming up in May:
29 April Shanty Sessions with Ballina Whalers, Hermitage Wharf - 40 tickets only
1 May The return of Cocked Ale
5 May Camden Crawl feat. We Were Evergreen, This Is The Kit, The Magic Lantern, Sam Lee, Melodica Melody & Me
12 May Reach for the Bunting feat. Krar Collective, now at St Mark's Church Hall, Dalston
24 May Folk Rising, Cecil Sharp House
30 May Eska, Old Queen's Head

Book early: an intimate evening with Mary Hampton Cotillion on 8 June (55 tickets only), Bella Hardy and O'Hooley & Tidow on 11 June, Sam Lee's album launch on 27 June, and Alasdair Roberts on 26 September.

Lots of love Sam and the Nest team.

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Summer events and newly announced shows

3 June Jubilee Festival, Battersea Park
8 June Mary Hampton Cotillion, Manero's Bar (55 tickets only)
9 June Alfresco Festival
11 June Bella Hardy and O'Hooley & Tidow, Old Queen's Head
21 June Folk Rising
27 June Sam Lee, Old Queen's Head
5-8 July Nova Festival
19 July Folk Rising
21 July London FolkFest, The Bedford
26-29 July Cambridge Folk Festival, The Den
10-12 August Wilderness Festival
26 September Alasdair Roberts, Old Queen's Head

Reach for the Bunting

12 May: In a brand new venue - St Mark's Church Hall in Dalston - we've got something really special planned. Have you ever danced to Ethiopian desert party tunes? The ancient 6-stringed krar harp is associated with the azmari minstrel tradition; in the hands of the Krar Collective and with a bit of pedal magic, it becomes a gritty ancient rock guitar. Ticket ?9 advance or 5 for ?40 (?12 on the door).
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Eska & Keston Cobblers Club

30 May: Eska's music wears its experimental tendencies on its sleeve, and proudly so. She uses her vocals in intriguing ways, invention and expression always paramount. The Keston Cobblers Club embrace contemporary styles and traditional melodies. Turn the speaker up loud, grab your finest pair of boots and tap along until the soles wear thin?
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Cocked Ale

1 May: The welcome return of our free folk nights at the Three Compasses every Tuesday - this month hosted by nationally-renowned storyteller Debs Newbold and singer, storyteller and film-maker James McDonald. They'll be introducing you to cheeky jazz cabaret performer Tricity Vogue, Perrier Award winner Stuart Silver, and a unique stripped-down acoustic set from The Other Dances. And all for free!
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Mary Hampton Cotillion

8 June: Uncut - "?a bijou national treasure."
Guardian - "Hampton is a rare talent?refreshingly original."
Times - "?very English, very unusual, and proof that if you want to make art, you just have to ignore debilitating forces and get on with it".
Mary has brought together an amazing live band of string and horn players known as the Mary Hampton Cotillion.
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Shanty Sessions

29 April: A unique afternoon - 4pm til early evening - consisting of songs, sing-a-longs, stories and merriment celebrating the rich tradition of the sea and the River Thames. Featuring the Ballina Whalers, curated by Nick Hart and Sam Lee, and all held in a beautiful old boathouse beside Tower Bridge. Only 40 tickets available.
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Bella Hardy, O'Hooley & Tidow

11 June: Two amazing acts in one night - Bella Hardy, three times nominated for BBC Folk Awards and one of the finest young folk acts around, sings unaccompanied ballads or entwines her hypnotic voice with her own fiddle accompaniment to breathtaking effect; she shares the bill with chamber-folk duo O'Hooley & Tidow, whose beautifully unusual songs touch on dark folk tales, ecology, cross-dressing historical figures and more.
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