NEW ROOTS PRESENTS…. Josienne Clarke & Samantha Whates / Adam Beattie (double bill)
JOSIENNE CLARK is one half of Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, winners of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Award for Best Duo, 2015. Later that year they appeared in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good at The National Theatre, performing their own compositions. They have just released their third album on the internationally renowned Rough Trade label.
SAMANTHA WHATES’ beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet uniquely her own. Recent performances include Kings Place in May and the Purcell Rooms in the Royal Festival Hall. She recently released her debut Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days which has been enjoying both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).
Samantha Whates and Josienne Clarke met on the London acoustic music scene not far off a decade ago, forging a firm friendship from the off. Often invited to perform on the same bill, they began to sing backing vocals on each other’s work; that informal collaboration has now become a joint project. Both highly accomplished singers in their own right the combination of their vocal power is very special. As seasoned performers expect superb harmony, fine interpretation and wonderful craft, and the chance to see two great friends at the top of their game enjoying performing together.
Scottish singer songwriter ADAM BEATTIE released his fourth studio album ‘The Road Not Taken’ in May this year with a sell-out show at Hoxton Hall in London and a UK-wide tour. The album’s minor ballads and moody blues with a dark twist draw upon the broad influences of Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry. Beattie’s beautiful melodies combine with thoughtful lyrics to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. In December 2016 he was invited by Mark Rylance and Brian Eno to perform his song “I’m On Yoir Side’ at the Stop The War Christmas Fundraiser.
‘Incredibly Beautiful’ – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
‘A great ear for melody and a natural talent for lyric writing’ – Bruce MacGregor, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
‘Carefully crafted, gently affecting songwriting with a dark twist’ – Roddy Hart, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK roots scene. It’s committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves- for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible. We find that in folk, alt-folk,, indie folk, alt-folk, chamber folk, country blues, Americana, alt-country, old-time rhythm & blues, gypsy jazz, honky-tonk, klezmer, world music, contemporary classical music and all points in between.
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