Leon Rosselson + Joe Wilkes + Local Singers: The Goose Is Out! The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE.Doors open 7 pm.
Leon Rosselson is an acclaimed singer and songwriter with more than 50 years of performing under his belt and the author of 17 children's books.
In the early days of the folk revival, he was a member of the Galliards with whom he made numerous radio and TV broadcasts and concert appearances. He started writing songs seriously (and humorously) in the early 1960s and hasn't stopped yet. His early songs were topical-satirical (some of them were featured on TV's satire show That Was The Week That Was) but he broadened out from there, absorbing different influences, from Music Hall to French Realist Song, and experimenting with different song forms.
He has performed in every conceivable venue around the country and toured North America, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia.
His song The World Turned Upside Down has been recorded and popularised by, amongst others, Dick Gaughan and Billy Bragg (who took it into the pop charts in 1985) and has been sung on numerous demonstrations in Britain and the USA
Described by R2 magazine as “a major talent”, we are delighted that Joe Wilkes will be supporting Leon tonight.
Joe was long associated with The Spitz venue in East London, where he played with Bert Jansch (R.I.P.), Beth Orton and Davy Graham (R.I.P.) amongst others.
His debut album, Spotlight, was released in 2006, and has been described as “a subtle and pastoral acoustic testament at the vanguard of the re-emerging British folk scene”
“Joe is a rare diamond in the acoustic scene, in that he has something to say. His songs mine deeply into the psyche of modern England. As a performer he has an irresistible gravity” - Bristol Folk House
Also doing a short spot each tonight will be some of the talented people who regularly come to our Singarounds – Bity Booker, Andy Clark, John Haseler and Adrian Roper.