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Sun 16th Dec at 3:00pm - 10:00pm
A Folky Christmas
@ The Gallery Cafe, London
Featuring: Patch & The Giant, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Worry Dolls, Gerard & The Watchmen, Green Diesel, Early Ghost, Joe Wilkes, Lucy Cait, Frankie The Gambler, Freddie And The Hoares, Eliza Shaddad, Sophie Jamieson, O. Chapman, Inti Rowland, The Moon, The Son and The Daughters, Dirty Duncan and The Herrings
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A Folky Christmas: Patch & The Giant + Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker + Worry Dolls + Gerard & The Watchmen + Green Diesel + Early Ghost + Joe Wilkes + Lucy Cait + Frankie The Gambler + Freddie And The Hoares + Eliza Shaddad + Sophie Jamieson + O. Chapman + Inti Rowland + The Moon + The Son and The Daughters + Dirty Duncan and The Herrings
"Three powerhouses of London folk promotion are joining forces for a one off special all dayer festive er... festival. The capital's finest folk and americana night, Before The Gold Rush, the capitals fastest flourishing label, Folkroom Records, and the capital's most frothingly fantastic folk ensemble, Patch & The Giant present to you A FOLKY CHRISTMAS at The Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green, London.
Free entry before 6.30pm."
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London-based alt-folk band; a spirited troupe of five boys and two girls who together craft a sound which is big, beguiling, anthemic and lyrical. Delivered with an air of ramshackle decadence, strong vocal harmonies, soaring strings, keys and buttons along with boots, braces and warbling brass.
'... fantastically energetic and foot stomping super 7' (thankfolkforthat.com).
Patch & The Giant tour dates
The much heralded London-based duo have a distinct musical empathy, fusing Josienne's captivating vocal and songwriting skills and Ben's stand-out guitar playing. Josienne and Ben are the winners of the 2012 Isambard Folk Award.
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker tour dates
Worry Dolls met at Paul McCartney’s school of music in Liverpool. Bonding initially due to having the same fiery red locks, what sets them apart is their tongue-in-cheek, honest lyrics and their refusal to sing “cliché love songs”.
Described by Bob Harris as “a warm and infectious sound”, Worry Dolls’ music is packed full of sublime harmonies, atop a plethora of varied instruments.
Worry Dolls tour dates
Rising stars of the UK's Alternative Folk Scene
Bob Harris Radio 2 - "really really impressed and knocked out.....Wonderful"
Mary Anne Hobbs XFM - "We'll be hearing a lot more of them, absolutely Beautiful"
The Wireless "Usurping the standard folk formula and carving a niche of their own"
Folk Radio UK "Gerard and the Watchmen rank amongst our favourite bands that we play on Folk Radio UK....They don't get much better than this!"
Gerard & The Watchmen tour dates
Six-piece folk-rock acoustic outfit from Kent.
Blending violin, mandolin, dulcimer and accordion with electric guitars and drums, Green Diesel's sound is born from a love of traditional English music and a desire to bring it to a modern audience.
The band perform original compositions steeped in folklore alongside inventive reworkings of traditional songs and tunes. They've appeared at the likes of Beverley Folk Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and the Kelburn Garden Party, and shared stages with the likes of Gilmore & Roberts, Spiers & Boden and Fotheringay.
Green Diesel tour dates
The bands influences which include composer Ennio Morricone, The Shadows and The Coral have led to many unusual genre descriptions about the band such as 'Spaghetti-Folk' and 'Surf-Folk'.
Early Ghost tour dates
Frederick and the Noise have been gestating for a few years and were finally born in early 2011. The merry bunch play their own raucous brand of Folk 'n' Roll - featuring close harmonies, accordion, violin, and poetic lyrics all to make your heart sing and your blood boil.
Frederick And The Noise (formerly Freddie And The Hoares) tour dates
Eliza Shaddad is a writer and performer of arresting ability; blending intricate guitar patterns with a stunningly forthright voice, winding between blues, folk, and jazz. As a vocalist and writer with the collective Clean Bandit she has appeared on their EP 'UK Shanty'
Eliza Shaddad tour dates
Singer/songwriter Sophie tries to paint pictures and atmosphere with words and a delicately-plucked guitar. A sound which began in the conventional female singer-songwriter vein is developing into something more poignant and ethereal.
Sophie Jamieson tour dates
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Venue: The Gallery Cafe
21 Old Ford Road
E2 9PL 51.529873, -0.054456
→ Cambridge Heath 3 min walk
→ Bethnal Green 4 min walk