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F&R Night - London advice?

folkandroots 07 Aug 09 - 04:42 PM
Banjiman 09 Aug 09 - 10:17 AM
Leadfingers 09 Aug 09 - 10:25 AM
GUEST, topsie 09 Aug 09 - 11:20 AM
matt milton 10 Aug 09 - 05:54 AM
matt milton 10 Aug 09 - 06:02 AM
Jack Campin 10 Aug 09 - 07:43 AM
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folkandroots 10 Aug 09 - 08:26 AM
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Subject: F&R Night - London advice?
From: folkandroots
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 04:42 PM

Apologies in advance if this belongs down below, but just a request for advice from those of this parish who have years (decades?) of experience in such events, we are thinking of organising monthly folk and roots reviews nights somewhere in central London starting in the Autumn possibly, any advice for location, or format?


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: Banjiman
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 10:17 AM

No one interested? Seems like a good idea to me.


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 10:25 AM

Wht exactly is meant by 'Folk and Roots Review night' ??


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 11:20 AM

Is that 'review' as in Raymond's Review Bar?


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: matt milton
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 05:54 AM

yeah I wondered about the word "review"?!

If you want to start runnng a folk club, or putting on regular paying concerts, then there's a couple of places I've come across that will let you have the room for free.

The Hideaway (in between Tufnell Park and Archway) is a good venue. They have a very nice downstairs room. The only drawback is they have an agreement with the council of no amplification and no drums. In practice they get away with amplifiication because they have a house PA system with a built-in limiter, and I think hand percussion is ok. Does food, has good beers on tap too, pretty handy location.

I've put on a couple of nights at a pub called The Grosvenor, in Brixton. Very nice old fashioned 1950s pub backroom (with a 150 capacity), good sound system, and the landlord is a lovely bloke.

The Gladstone is a tiny pub in Borough that puts on acoustic music, though normally of a more "alternative" bent. It's titchy and they don't charge admittance though, so while they're very friendly and hospitable, I don't think you could charge any entrance there.

I don't know whether Powers Acoustic Room in Kilburn is still going, but it looked from their gig programme like they might be open for someone to run a monthly night.

The Betsey Trotwood is a great little venue - their upstairs room is the one to go for. Have a look at their website to get a flavour: puts on a lot of americana, bluegrass, and some folk. I think they have the odd night going. Another pub where the landlord is a true gent.


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: matt milton
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 06:02 AM

oh and there's also this new place which I'm curious to check out: the Chapel Bar in Islington. It's host to a new all-acoustic unamplified monthly folk night called Softly Softly.

See:

myspace.com/softlydoesit


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 07:43 AM

I'm with Leadfingers on this one. I expect it'll be good but I have no idea what sort of event is intended. A kind of open stage for performers who've been reviewed in the magazine? Is the venue going to have to handle something like a ten-piece African percussion group?


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: Banjiman
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 07:58 AM

I've taken this from the Folk & Roots site. It might help clarify what is intended.

"Folk and Roots are contemplating starting a monthly F&R night in central London in the not too distant future, the format probably being a guest artist (or two) and space for a few floor spots, please drop us a note via the main site if you are interested or have any suggestions (polite ones please), e.g suitable venues/locations, artists etc, at the moment the intention would probably to hold the evening on a monday or tuesday..."


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: folkandroots
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 08:26 AM

Thanks Paul

Ok ok ok review is possibly not the best word, but as per the quote above the precise format isnt fixed in stone and would certainly be open to suggestions...
Thanks for the venue suggestions Matt, will look into those I suspect the Betsy is a little small, incidently I went along to Softly Softly last week, very intimate and friendly affair (very small and quiet room holding about 30 at a push I think), an impressive line up for their September event incidentally.


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: matt milton
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 09:01 AM

what sort of acts/size of audience are you looking to put on? 100 capacity? 200 capacity? 300+?

If we're talking over 200 then I can't really think of anywhere that you wouldn't already have heard of eg Cecil Sharp House.

Cafe Oto in Dalston is another one to mention (around the 100ish capacity) - maybe not Central enough for you, but the manager, Hamish, is sound.


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: folkandroots
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 09:05 AM

Somewhere that can hold 80 - 100 comfortably would be ideal


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: GUEST,PeterC
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 05:42 PM

For those numbers and on a Tuesday night, based on the experience of other hirers recently, I am sure that EFDSS would be delighted to bounce Sharps.


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Subject: London Folk & Roots Night - 5th October
From: folkandroots
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 07:24 AM

Rather a disturbing amount of (positive) interest hencefar, however we will be holding the first night (we havent even agreed on a name for it yet!) on Monday 5th October, in central London, and our intention at present is to hold the night on the first Monday of each month - more details (deposits to be paid etc) coming soon.

Would be nice to see from this parish, more details soon


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: folkandroots
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 05:04 AM

Just to add that Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer will be opening our first night, the venue will be The Wilmington Arms on Roseberry Avenue, Clerkenwell for the moment.. More details soon


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: matt milton
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 10:07 AM

ah, I thought of suggesting the Wilmington. Some friends of mine have used it for rock gigs.

I've always wondered about Finsbury Town Hall, opposite the Wilmington. It's a beautiful old building, which recently re-opened for public use. Sadly, said public use appears to be only of the meeting-rooms, conferences, presentations, rehearsals, workshops type – rather than public performance.

But the Wilmington's a good venue. Some v good Turkish restaurants nearby it...


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Subject: RE: F&R Night - London advice?
From: folkandroots
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 10:39 AM

I know The Magpies Nest and their associated Barn Dance (the name of which has just escaped me) have used Finsbury Town Hall a couple of times but they recently ceased doing so, not sure they very impressed with either the management or the venue sadly.


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Subject: Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, London 5th October
From: folkandroots
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 11:24 AM

More details at Myspace and Facebook

Just curious if its possible to change the titles of these threads..


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