The next Sunday Fete is on 25th November and is the last of 2012. As the winter draws in and the fires are being lit, we’ve chosen a rich, dark and beautiful complement of acts to warm you through on this Sunday afternoon as you remain within the cosy walls of The Boogaloo drinking mulled cider and smelling freshly cooked pizza.
Doors at 3pm, £3 entry.
This ensemble of passionate musicians creates a thrilling spectacle that injects a shot of adrenaline into the traditional folk sound. Green Diesel are a group of Kentish folk musicians determined to inject their own dose of electricity and youthful exuberance into the folk scene. Raised on the classic folk-rock sounds of Fairport Convention, Oysterband and The Albion Band, the band’s rich sound draws on a wide range of influences, as funk and klezmer sit side by side with Morris tunes and ancient murder ballads. Reviews of the band’s early EPs have praised their outstanding musicianship and imaginative arrangements of traditional songs and tunes, while their original compositions bring to life ancient tales from the Kentish past. The band has recently completed their debut album ‘Now Is The Time’ which was released on the 11th of August 2012.
We discovered these wonderful musicians in a Dalston church a few months back whilst attending the album launch of a previous Sunday Fete act. No better way to describe them than these words: ”Although Dear Winesburg are a folk band, they purvey in a sound few others have attempted to approach; frontman Chris’ dark alternative voice rages across every track, in stark contrast to the backing vocals, which lend a complimentary hand but in turn get everyone to simmer down and be quiet. The closest comparison I can think of is that of a suicidal Noah and the Whale, but to be honest I’ve never been their biggest fan, and this I love, so the two must be quite different. Perhaps the best way to describe Dear Winesburg is, “completely original”, and leave it at that.”
The Lost Cavalry
The Lost Cavalry are a London-based alt-folk six piece formed in 2009 by Mark West, formerly the guitarist in Fanfarlo. Their debut EPs ‘Waves Freeze to Rolling Hills’ and ‘Snow City Radio’ were praised for their swirling melodies and captivating and spirited storytelling, with track ‘The Tower’ featuring as Q Magazine web site’s Track Of The Day, and ‘Desert Tracks’ winning the 405 Readers’ Poll Sing Of The Week. Their debut album, due for release in early 2013 promises a more mature complement to their earlier releases, brimming with inviting melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and carefully orchestrated treats. The Lost Cavalry’s well-crafted songs are thing of beauty, brought to life on stage by Mark (vocals, concertina, ukulele), Nick (guitar), Toby (guitar, ukulele), Derek (cello), Oliver (bass) and Jonny (drums).
Mighty Blight Pop Folk, alternative and unhinged, Troubadour Rose formed on a cold November morning in 2009 at a dusty violin workshop in Stoke Newington. The fortuitous meeting comprises of Gary Bridgewood, violinist and workshop proprietor, multi-instrumentalist Lizzy O’Connor who was working as a part time cleaner, and wandering, out of work songstress Bryony Afferson, searching for a few band mates. A strange and thrilling mix; Smokey mountain harmonies, Irish Sessions and bold sumptuous melodies leaving you all set for the unraveling and longing for more.
Fast-establishing herself on the London folk-circut, Sophie pens simple, intimate songs that try to paint pictures with gentle vocals, evocative lyrics and intricate guitar plucking.