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.
and floor spots
Sunday 2nd December,
Doors 6:30pm, Live Music 7:15pm
‘A truly captivating singer of traditional songs, Jack Rutter’s new record feels like one of the classic folk albums of the 70s’ – Jon Boden
‘There’s a refreshing integrity about its stripped-down values. What comes to the fore is the durable strength and beauty of the songs.’ – ★★★★★ Colin Irwin, fRoots
Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist making music within the British folk tradition. The recent release of his debut solo album, which is a collection of eleven traditional folk songs, produced by Joe Rusby and recorded completely solo and live in the studio with no overdubs, has been received with across the board acclaim and recognition. Critics are praising his traditional style of singing ‘beautifully sincere, timeless and beguiling’ (Songlines), and playing ‘guitar, bouzouki or concertina accompaniments are beautifully constructed and played – never getting in the way of the song, but supporting and building it’ (The Living Tradition Magazine) that have come together to create Hills, an album which ‘takes him to a whole new level, quite simply outstanding.’ (★★★★ RnR Magazine).
Jack grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song and since graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc degree in Countryside Management in 2014, he’s gone on to forge a hugely successful career playing music professionally in various guises across Britain and Europe. In this new solo outing, the BBC award winning musician delivers folk songs with a rich, unassuming Yorkshire charm and an easy going stage presence that gives a live performance which is ‘wonderful, pure and simple. The audience just falls head over heels for this man, and rightly so.’ (English Folk Expo)
Jacquelyn Hynes and Nicole Lazarus & Paul Flannery
and floor spots
Sunday 4th November
Doors 6:30pm, Music 7:15pm
Richard is drawn to songs that tell stories: stories that make you wonder, laugh, cry, be angry or hopeful. Any of the following may turn up on the night to tell you their tales: a heroic pigeon, an iconic steam train, a wise old Taoist farmer, the innocent victims of wars ancient and modern, maybe even a snowman who takes on the forces of Thatcherism. Whether interpreting traditional or contemporary songs, Richard’s original and intricate guitar arrangements drive the story along. A few self-penned innovative takes on the age-old themes of love and loss may feature too!
We are very sorry to announce that Jacquelyn Hynes is unwell and unable to perform tomorrow night. But we are very happy that Nicole Lazarus and Paul Flannery have agreed to fill the vacant spot. Nicole and Paul have performed at various folk clubs and festivals over the last few years. They both have gorgeous voices and their harmonies may well give you goosebumps! Expect to hear a mixture of traditional and contemporary folk songs, beautifully arranged for voices, guitar and piano, and quite possibly the best version of Wichita Lineman you have ever heard!
Please note there we will start the night with floor spots so please feel free to share a couple of tunes or songs.
Emma Scarr & Maurice Judge and Sophie Crawford
Sunday 7th October
Emma Scarr and Maurice Judge are both seasoned on the folk/country/Irish music scenes, they have come together to make quality, thoughtful music. Emma played fiddle with The Northern Celts for many years and is one half of the much loved urban folk duo, Black*Scarr. Maurice Judge has an interest in music from around the world and is a talented player of many instruments. Together they are interpreting some of Emma Scarr’s songs, new and old, along with a few covers and tradition material.
Sophie Crawford is a North London based folk singer offering fresh and exciting interpretations of traditional songs accompanying herself on accordion, dulcimer and ukulele.
Sophie will be launching her album ‘Silver Pin’ which will be available online – Not to be missed
Southfleet and Brown Boots!
Sunday 2nd September
Brown Boots! is Will Allen on melodeon and Martin Clarke on fiddle. Their musical background is rooted in playing music for dancing, as well as gaining inspiration from playing with their many talented musical friends at festivals and pub sessions across the country
Southfleet are a local contemporary and traditional folk duo Hannah Donelon and Grace Lemon who perform a wide range of songs and music from the British Isle and further afield featuring Hannah on vocals, mandolin, bodhran, whistle alongside Grace on vocals, whistles, banjo
Sunday 5th August – Sian Allen and Kate Thomas
Sian Allen sings modern and traditional folk songs, being a mainstay of the local folk scene, she has performed at Hebden Bridge folk roots festival, the Red Bridge music lounge and the Chingford Festival recently and is a member of her local folk club Walthamstow Folk…
Kate Thomas is an eclectic Singer-Songwriter with influences from Jazz & World Music
She has performed in many genres and languages over the years, including folk, gypsy, latin, jazz and blues; taking her, among other places, to France, Glastonbury and following in her grandad’s footsteps, Ronnie Scott’s.
Sunday 1st July – Shorelark/Russ Chandler & The Angel Acoustics Singaround
Shorelark are a young folk duo comprising singer-songwriter and guitarist Georgia Morgan Turner, and recorder player and English folk multi-instrumentalist Finn Collinson. Since beginning to work together in 2014, the duo have developed a unique take on English folk music, taking inspiration from genres as diverse as Brazilian traditional music, bluegrass and Baroque recorder works.
Russ Chandler is a forceful singer and banjo player who sings songs he feels have something to say to the world we live in.
He plays traditional, political and modern songs.
His first album Last Night In Babylon was described by fRoots magazine as “Masterly”
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.