1st Sunday of the Month
Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House
1 Chapel Market, Islington
We are very pleased to announce our new monthly unplugged night featuring the finest folk, roots and acoustic music in the intimate basement area of Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House.
Sunday 3rd June – Hannah Harris and Thom Ashworth
& The Angel Acoustic Singaround
Please join us at Jaz & Jul’s for the third Acoustic Angel night, we will be joined by Hannah & Nick Harris and Thom Ashworth and tonight we will be introducing the Acoustic Angel singaround to finish off the night
London based Hannah Harris, is getting a reputation for performing great songs with a beautiful voice. Her music is inspired by the likes of John Martyn, Scott Matthews and Ryan Adams as well as by the art of Edward Hopper and the film making of the Cohen Bothers. In her live shows audiences find themselves at one moment in rapt attention listening to dark atmospheric ballads and then singing along with big joyful choruses. This is all hung on the obvious chemistry and musicality that she shares with her guitarist and partner Nick Harris.
Having ‘arrived’ on the folk scene barely a year ago, English folksinger and bassist Thom Ashworth has already made a name for himself with his inventive arrangements of traditional songs, leading to shows with Lankum, Jim Causley, Ewan McLennan, Lisa Knapp, and many more. His two EP releases, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture and Hollow, have received wide airplay and generous praise from press, including best EP of 2017 on BBC Radio Merseyside’s Folkscene.
‘Adventurous, exciting, and highly effective.’ – fRoots
Sunday 6th May – The Twisted Twenty and Geri Van Essen
A collective of musicians from different parts of the globe, The Twisted Twenty take 18th century musics from the British Isles and using original period instruments, forge a new sound for the 21st century.
Geri van Essen is an East London based singer who started off singing in children’s choirs in the Netherlands long before she discovered the joys of singing folk songs accompanied by guitar or banjo.
“Her voice stood out.” Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music
Sunday 1st April – Kirsty Merryn and Allison Sleator
For our first night we are pleased that the headline artist will be Kirsty Merryn – Kirsty has recently performed at venues such as The Union Chapel supporting Show of Hands and headlined her own night at Cecil Sharp House so we expect few if any tickets to be available on the night.
Kirsty Merryn is a London-based singer-songwriter whose music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with influence from contemporary folk artists like Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, as well as genre-defying musicians like Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. Kirsty has become a regular on the UK folk scene, delighting the crowds with her delicately introspective piano based songs and sophisticated musical style, which are balanced beautifully by an intimate and finely observational lyrical content.
Allison Sleator is a contemporary and folk singer. She has performed and collaborated with legendary figures such as Ireland’s well-known producer, composer and renowned bouzouki player, Donal Lunny, founder of historic bands such as Moving Hearts, Planxty and The Bothy Band, singer songwriter Declan O’Rourke and world renowned Irish band The Chieftains, among others.
She has spent the last three years exploring South American Folklore and music and currently blends sounds of modern songwriting, traditional folk and Peruvian magic into her set.