We’ve always had strong Irish links here at The Glad, so we didn’t need much persuasion to organize this music session to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Irish folk group Mariah Wade will be hosting an evening of Irish songs, beginning at 7.30 and carrying on til 11.00. There’ll be plenty of Guinness and Jameson’s available at the bar to oil the wheels, and the floor will be open to any of you who have an Irish song to sing. Any musicians who have an Irish tune or two in them are more than welcome to join, please come over and introduce yourself on the evening…The craic will be ninety!
Category Forthcoming events
Sun 16 March: Firefly Burning/ Jenny Lindfors/ Jack Harrison
Currently working with Talk Talk producer Tim Friese-Green, East London collective Firefly Burning blend influences from the chamber folk style of Sufjan Stevens and the post-minimalism of John Adams. to modern classical composition and Eastern and African folk music. Close harmonies and intricate rhythms set an intimate and intense atmosphere that demands and repays close attention. A truly unique ensemble, they’re a real Sunday evening treat.
‘the music is so utterly hypnotic…firefly are intoxicating, beautiful and affirming’ Matchbox Magazine
‘urgent dancing piano lines and frantic strings over which Bea Hankey sings with majestic, hypnotic grace..’ Time Out
‘music that paints sound pictures and takes the audience in myriad directions at will…a vital, indefinable band. Like no other band I have seen before.’ For Folks Sake
‘quirky, challenging and innovative music…uncompromising in their bold and stark musical vision.’ Bright Young Folk
Firefly Burning onstage at 9.00 pm
A star in waiting, Jenny Lindfors recently completed a UK tour supporting Rumer at the million selling singers request. Lindfors has been described by The Manchester Evening News as “completely and utterly brilliant” and by the BBC as being: “blessed”. She is currently working on her second album, aided by members of Gomez and Bristol band Phantom Limb. Her’s is a highly sophisticated folk style informed by a mid seventies FM sound , with shades of everything from Bill Withers to KT Tunstall via Neil Young and Joni Mitchell in the mix, all woven together by a unique and powerfully soulful voice.
Jenny Lindfors onstage at 8.15 pm
Fresh from playing Moseley Folk Festival alongside Edwyn Collins, the Staves and British Sea Power, we’re very pleased top welcome Jack Harrison, a very talented acoustic singer songwriter that cites a wide range of influences, from traditional folk and Americana to the Beatles and Belle and Sebastian.
An explosively spectacular cross cultural four piece featuring virtuosic violin, double bass, electric guitar and vocals, Into The Moon have recently relocated from Paris to London. They played here two weeks ago for the first time and took the roof off- we immediately asked them back! Mixing gypsy flavours, swing, ska and rhythm and blues with fluid ease, their energy is infectious and command of their instruments jaw droppingly impressive. An absolute tour de force, and a must-see Saturday night band.
Into The Moon onstage at 10.00 pm
Favourites of Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 and Radio 6, and Gary Crowley on GLR, six piece Lazy Heart Parade play anthemic indie folk with a nod to Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire that combines ukelele, violin and mandolin with a modern indie rock electric edge and attitude. Whipsmart lyrics and superbly catchy hooks backed by excellent musicianship make for a splendid Saturday night act.
Lazy Heart Parade onstage at 9.15 pm
AT THE GLAD: Weds 12 March- A Transatlantic Session with Ben Somers, Leanne Thorose and Tad Sergeant
Ben Somers on double bass & vocals (Dr John/ The Absentees), Leanne Thorose (Essence of Ireland) on mandolin and Tad Sargent (Punch Bowl Band) on bazouki & bodhran will be joining the dots between Irish and American good time folk, from jigs and reels to bluegrass and old-time American mountain music. A raucously foot stomping way to warm up for Patricks night on Monday 17th, and a fine example of the close links between Celtic and American roots music.
Two sets, 8.30 pm & 9.30 pm
Sun 9th March: Whiskey Moon Face/ Adam Beattie (solo)/ Woodland Creatures
Whiskey Moon Face are an alternative folk group based around double bass, accordian, clarinet and banjo, led by the stunning vocals and hallucinatory lyrics of singer Louisa Jones. They combine elements of Eastern European traditional music, old-time New Orleans jazz, the baroque folk of Sufjan Stevens and Beirut, and their own unique take on contemporary folk to make for a superbly realized and truly beautiful sound.
Whiskey Moon Face onstage at 9.15 pm
Adam Beattie continues his their ever popular Sunday night monthly residency. Playing solo tonight, Beattie ploughs a similar furrow to Tom Waits and Nick Cave’s more downtempo work, noir folk blues with a dark edge and a big heart that never fails to move an audience. These days he’s also bringing influences from old-time jazz, swing and parlour songs into his sound, though still never straying far from the deep and rich flavours of the folk blues and jazz stew cooked by the likes of Waits and Dylan over the last decade…
Adam Beattie onstage at 8.15 pm
Female duo Woodland Creatures use a multi-instrumental set up that includes banjo, bodhran, djembe, baby accordian and more, to make a sweetly melodic traditional folk sound. Fine two part harmony and finger picking banjo roots their style in contemporary UK folk with flecks of Americana.
Woodland Creatures onstage at 7.15 pm
Sat 8th March: Burning Wheel/ Billy Bones/ Ella and the Blisters
Born and raised in Liverpool Eoin Quiery’s songwriting fuses the melodic sensibilities of his hometown with the poetry and storytelling if his Irish ancestry. Channeling the folk tradition through modern electronica, country and post-rock Burning Wheel comfortably blend such disparate influences as Primal Scream and the Pogues to produce a highly original and excitingly edgy rock’n'roll show.
Burning Wheel onstage at 10.00 pm
Billy Bones play raggle taggle pirate rock with a dash of Victorian scoundrel folk. They recently completed a UK tour with Pete Doherty, a fan of their punk-folk meets Arcade Fire styled ensemble sound. Expect anthemic vocals, accordions, trumpets, banjoes and a full and firing rhythm section.
Billy Bones onstage at 9.15 pm
Combining gypsy, folk and country blues styles, Ella and The Blisters are a newly formed band lead by singer/song-writer Gabriella Romano, featuring violin, accordion, drums, bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and kazoo.
Ella and the Blisters onstage at 8.15 pm
The magnificent Dakota Jim on piano and vocals, and Louisa Jones on vocals and double bass (both from Whiskey Moon Face) play New Orleans classics, old-time jazz standards, and the smokiest of barrelhouse blues, a real treat, guest musicians on the night.
The Glad’s monthly trad Irish & Roots round table session. Curated by Irish trio Glenn Comiskey, Catherine Doogan and Mary Quinn (folk group Mariah Wade), it’s an evening of traditional Irish, English and American folk songs performed round our big table (with the accompaniment of a few pints..). Guests with a traditional song or instrument from any part of the world are always very welcome.
Music begins at 8.00 pm.
Mixing traditional Asian roots with World music and contemporary Western jazz and rock influences with instrumentation ranging from piano to bansuri, violin, double bass and cajon, Flux are a band made up of wonderfully virtuosic musicians. Formed only two years ago, they have already performed at Glastonbury Festival, London Southbank Centre, Kings Place, The National Portrait Gallery, The Great Escape and the Indig02. This is the second of a three date residency it’s a spectacular show and a high point of the musical year for us here at The Glad, not one to be missed.
Flux onstage at 9.15 pm
Related to the splendid Orange Circus Band, Son of Kirk mix the purest of fiddle folk tones with contemporary intricate drum rhythms, sweeping cello accompaniment, all wrapped around beautifully ambient guitar based songs. If DJ Shadow played drums in an acoustic folk group, it would be Son of Kirk. Great musicianship, soaring vocals, gorgeously accessible songs with a fine sense of melody make for a strikingly original folk ensemble.
Son of Kirk onstage at 8.00 pm
The Orange Circus are a raucous, footstompin’, full blooded Americana/ bluegrass act from the U.K and Virginia in America. A unique co-operative, they’re a family band that can include members of all ages from junior to senior. Concentrating mainly on updating traditional songs taken from the Blue Ridge Mountains, they continue an historical musical lineage in a fresh, exciting way. Bring your dancing shoes- they put on a brilliantly entertaining show- great playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy are guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the heart and encourage the biggest of grins.
The Orange Circus Band onstage at 10.00 pm
The Yes Mess are fast becoming one of our favourite acts to play here at The Glad, there’s no-one quite like them. They’re an enigmatic, super-funky, hook laden, multi layered ensemble that rattle the same hallucinatory cages as the Beta Band at their oddest, with elements of Syd’s Pink Floyd in the mix.
The Yes Mess onstage at 9.00 pm
Until The Bird of the Soul are an alternative folk three piece that create mini epics using accordion, brass, melodica, vocals, guitar, ukulele, mandolla, violin, and piano. You’ll here elements of Conor Oberst, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Richard Thompson and Neutral Milk Hotel in their acoustic mix.
Until The Bird of the Soul onstage at 8.00 pm