New Roots presents…. Ellie Rose Rusbridge + support from Barnaby Keen

INMIRIAM is a new project from Ellie Rose Rusbridge inspired by the biblical story of poet and prophetess Miriam. Ellie’s influences span a childhood steeped in scared choral music and traditional Irish folk tunes. Her adolescence was soundtracked by Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Martha Wainwright who sparked her first attempts at songwriting aged 13. She is currently studying an MMus in Creative Practice Goldsmiths University where experimental pop and vocal music are at the forefront of her research and practice.. This eclecticism plays out in a remarkably original artist, her songs are intricate in detailed arrangement, rich in melody and sensitively bound in poetic sentiment.

“Dusk-lit songs, strong and tender and sung in a voice that curls darkly at the edges in a way that’ll entice fans of Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor” – Time Out Magazine

“A rare and totally individual talent… Her music straddles folk, pop and classical and cannot be easily pigeonholed into any genre. In a favourite song of mine, ‘Hejira Again’, she responds to Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album and reveals a humility and awareness of the rich heritage of female singer-songwriters into which she has stepped. ” – Sam Lee, Folk Musician, founder of The Nest Collective.

Singer and songwriter with London band Flying Ibex, BARNABY KEEN‘s music fuses Brazillian melodies with Beatle-esque psychedelia, African rhythms and nods to Thom Yorke and Jamaican reggae. Built around guitar, vocal and loops, what emerges is a unique, woozily catchy set of highly accessible world-music infused songs, all delivered with charismatic flair.

‘Stunning music’ – Simon Raymond, Bella Union

‘I’m smitten with this record’ – Tom Ravenscroft BBC6 Music

‘This is something special’ – James Blake, BBC Radio 1

NEW ROOTS is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk 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 that reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones during performances. 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.