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Subject: Autumn shows : Mercury Prizes; Ceilidh Liberation Front; Folk Rising & Alasdair Roberts


Mercury Prizes; Ceilidh Liberation Front; Folk Rising & Alasdair Roberts

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The Nest Collective

The Nest brims full for autumn!

Dear Nesters
What joy it is to be back in London and readying ourselves for a new season of musical gems, dances, and explorations of the world of folk in the unknown.

We have excellent news just in that The Nest's very own Sam Lee has been shortlisted for this years Mercury Prize with his album 'Ground Of Its Own launched at the Old Queens Head back in June. Thank you to all of you who supported that event and the success of the album.
To keep this blazen Indian summer feeling alive we're launching this season with a 'Reach For The Bunting' special on the 15th Sept with the Ceilidh Liberation Front to honour the astounding rise to infamy this wickedly gregarious band have become. Then sojourns with the EFDSS for Folk Rising and Alasdair Roberts with Firefly Burning at the Old Queens Head on 26th Sept.  Plus later on see's shows with Southern Tenant Folk Union, Julie Murphy and Lisa Knapp. How can you refuse?

Lots of love Sam and the Nest team.

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in brief

15th Sept Ceildih Lib. Front
20th Sept Folk Rising
26th Sept Alasdair Roberts + Firefly Burning
16 Oct Julie Murphy
24 Oct Southern Tenant Folk Union
28 Nov Lisa Knapp + Sasha Siem

Reach For The Bunting - The Ceilidh Liberation Front + Cabaret feat 'Adam The Hoff' and more!

Saturday 15th September

The CLF proudly presents....THE REVOLUTION!
"A brand new night of sweat-busting abandon, subverted dances and party tunes at the Islington Town Hall."
- Time Out
"London's newest dance craze is about to flutter into life, taking the traditional ceilidh as its starting point,
but ripping up the rule book, souping up the music and subverting the dance moves. No experience is
necessary - one tradition they're hanging on to is that of having a caller to tell you what to do." - Londonist
After the first amazing night in February, London's newest dance sensation Reach for the Bunting is back
again. If you weren't there, you missed: impromptu stepdancing, outfits (mostly on the band!) that had to be
seen to be believed, and a floor literally bouncing with the feet of hundreds of dancers. Don't miss out this
time - get tickets early to take advantage of limited-time early bird ticket discounts.
Featuring monthly: The Ceilidh Liberation Front and special guest bands.
Breaking down ceilidh conventions, the Ceilidh Liberation Front will be bringing their wildest of subverted
dances and party tunes to fling you across the dance floor, into the bar and back on your feet again. Expect
carnival recklessness, festival shamelessness
St Marks Church Hall, Colvestone Crescent, London E8 2LG ?10 adv ?12 OTD
St Marks Hall is the wonderous old victorian gem attached to the Dalston Parish Church (the Cathederal of the East)

Southern Tenant Folk Union

24th October _at_ Old Queens Head, London

One of the most highly acclaimed folk-influenced acts in the UK today, Edinburgh based Southern Tenant Folk Union have released four ground breaking albums since starting out in 2006 and are heading down to London for this special one-off concert to promote the launch of their new single featuring brand new tracks from their forthcoming fifth album.
A seven piece all acoustic band with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmospheric folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2 and made live appearances on RTE TV (The View) & Radio 4's Loose Ends. Praise in The Sunday Times, Guardian, Irish Times and Independent has seen the band light up the folk music scene. Artistically successful, award winning as well as being a captivating live act they now sell out arts centres across Europe.
8pm Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Rd, Angel, N1
?8 adv ?10 OTD

Folk Rising

20th September _at_ Cecil Sharp House

Harry Bird & The Rubber Wellies, Josh Geffin, The Happy Couple & LA Salami

In partnership with The EFDSS, Showcasing exceptionally talented artists from across the country. Folk Rising, curated by The Nest Collective, is a fantastic opportunity to see up and coming musicians. Whether you're a folk aficionado or a musical explorer, these gigs offers something for everyone. Come along and show your support to emerging artists. at Cecil Sharp House 2 Regents Park Road, NW1 7AY

Julie Murphy & Emma Gatrill & Ballina Whalers


16th October _at_ Dalston Boys Club, London

Julie Murphy's remarkable voice has led to collaborations with John Cale and Robert Plant and to TIME OUT declaring her a ?must see, must hear singer'. Well known for her work with Welsh folk innovators fernhill, she has just released a new solo album ?A Quiet House', her first for ten years. She describes the songs, which were written mainly at the piano, as "musical collages, as much influenced by the paintings of Chagall as they are by folk song and the music of Steve Reich and Joanna Newsom".
Joining her on harp and trombone is Canadian musician Ceri Owen Jones reprising his exquisite contributions to the album.

?Julie Murphy is a towering talent, both in traditional music and as a singer-songwriter. She possesses a voice of stark, spectral beauty that recalls Shirley Collins and Sandy Denny. Her singing is hypnotic and trance-like, a serene stream of sound finding majesty in minor-key melancholy.' THE GUARDIAN

Plus sets from two stunners... Emma Gatrill on Harp and our favourite Shanty Harmonisers the Ballina Whalers

8pm Dalston Old Boys Hall 68 Boleyn Road, London, N16 8JG

1st Public Meeting of the Song Collectors Collective

26th Nov 2012 7pm

After a whirlwind song collecting tour of SW England, Wales and SE Ireland the SCC is well and truely ignited and we can happily confirm the Oral Tradition is well and truely alive. Read a bit about our travels on James McDonald's blog here. We are now preparing to welcome our first open to teh public meeting of the formation of this new group so save the date. places are limited and we will be formally announcing details through our webiste and SCC mailing list so if you are interested please subscribe via More news soon.

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Alasdair Roberts & Firefly Burning

26th September

Glasgow based Roberts is one of a rare breed of singer, existing in the realm where traditional song meets the eloquent and unearthly pen of his own gentle industry, to sublime effect. He's a much admired guitarist and a thoroughly modern performer who has also absorbed ancient craft into his acclaimed albums and live appearances. Plus the remarkable and sensoriously divine Firefly Burning long time favourites of the Nest

Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 8LN ?6 adv / ?8 OTD

2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize - An Album of the Year for 'Ground Of Its Own'

The Nest is pleased to announce Folk getting a great shout out at last nights announcement for the Mercury Prize
The Nests very own founder Sam Lee's album was one of the lucky 12 shortlisted for  the award to be revealed on the 1st Nov at The Roundhouse broadcast live on Channel 4..
"Folk music was represented in this year's shortlist by Sam Lee, who judges said, "brings magical new life to the dignity and mystery of old songs"
The Telegraph had this to say today...
"So is this what the Mercury is for - a kind of discovery prize? Sam Lee is the other marginal artist suddenly thrust into the spotlight, the latest folk singer to try to revitalise ancient songs by tackling them with an intense, modern attitude. His album Ground of Its Own is mesmerising and compelling and certainly deserving of close attention. He might even be an outside bet for the first folk singer to actually win the prize"

Lisa Knapp and Sash Siem

28th November _at_ Old Queens Head

The Baroness of Nu-folk, with her sizzling vocals and contemporary arrangements of the old songs. Lisa is making a fast name for herself with her independent approach and modern ear. Nominated by MOJO for Best Folk Album of the year (2007) and a BBC 2 Folk Award nominee for Best Track (Blacksmith) and Horizon Award - Lisa Knapp's debut album ?Wild & Undaunted' was received to unexpectedly tremendous accolade and acclaim. Inspired for many years by the traditional music of Britain and Ireland, ?Wild & Undaunted' contains mostly traditional songs, however Lisa also begins to rekindle an interest in original writing with a few of her own pieces here, one of which ?There u r' was a collaboration with hugely talented multi-instrumentalist, producer Gerry Diver.
Also featuring Sasha Siem; Born in London to a British mother and Norwegian father, Sasha began playing the ?cello and writing, recording and performing her own songs at an early age. This year, Sasha will release her debut album - knots and do-nots - a daring collection of songs that entice us on an adventure to the frontiers of song and psyche.
She studied music at Cambridge and Harvard and by her early twenties, Sasha had written music for the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Opera House, Rambert Dance Company, Opera North, The Aldeburgh Festival, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart, The London Sinfonietta, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 2010 she became one of the youngest people to win a prestigious British composer award.
?6 adv ?8 OTD Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Rd, London N1

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