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UPCOMING SHOWS

Folklore Sessions host live events & showcase performances at venues across the South of England. 

We also host shows at our own venue - The Folklore Rooms

The third Tuesday, every month...

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Folklore Monthly Showcase

21st May
The Folklore Rooms

Free Entry

Once a month we bring three of our favourite artists to our home, The Folklore Rooms.

Having run since September 2014, Folklore has become a staple of the Brighton music scene having hosted over 200 different artists and bands including; Passenger, Bess Atwell, George Ogilvie, Phil Cook, Chloe Foy, Junior Brother, Jacko Hooper, Willy Tea Taylor, Katherine Priddy, The Xcerts and many, many more.

Free entry, doors are at 7.30PM and the first 60 people to arrive will have entry to the show - So arrive early!

Folklore Promoted Shows...

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Maximilian

+ Maddi O'Brien

4th June

The Folklore Rooms

£8.00

Writing and performing since 2018, the live shows have gone through various arrangements, and is still changing each show to date. Solo sets which cast silence upon audiences, fully fledged arrangements with classical instruments, and gritty three piece sets more in line with the likes of Nirvana. The songs combine influences from 90’s alternative music for fans of Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Elliott Smith, with the more raw and classic vibe of Neil Young and Big Thief.

Maximilian has been playing regular shows across Brighton and London, filling well known and loved rooms such as The Green Door Store, The Windmill, SeaBright Arms, The Ivy House, The Hope and Ruin and many more. With his debut album set for release in march, and a promising reception from the first three singles so far, Maximilian will be ne to watch in 2024.

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Amelia Coburn
+ Cali Santo

5th June

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

Amelia Coburn is darkness and light. From tales of vengeful widows and moonlit stream-of-consciousnessto songs filled with whimsical romance, she has a knack for making the unusual sound timeless.

Her work is populated with the characters she meets in thedark shadows of literature, film noir and travels inunfamiliar lands. Amelia threads Tin Pan Alley melodies through European folk music and torchlit jazzwith a blur of psychedelia and baroque pop.Musical heroes and heroines include Serge Gainsbourg, Scott Walker, Joni Mitchell, Neil Hannon, RufusWainwright, Liza Minelli and David Bowie.

“A fabulous voice, beguiling stage presence”
-Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2)

“Absolutely genius”
-Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music)

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Blackdeer Festival

Eridge Park, Kent
14/15/16 June

Folklore is incredibly proud to be teaming up with Supa Jam at this year's Blackdeer Festival and bringing a stage of incredible artists from the Folklore community and beyond.

Featuring; Memorial, Edie Bens, Jacko Hooper, Duskhouse, Michele Stodart, The Roebucks, Message from The Ravens + Many more!

 We are proud to support the incredible work SupaJam does with neurodivergent young people with a passion for music.

 

In association with Folklore Sessions, Local and Live the SupaJam Stage will be showcasing the best local talent, emerging artists and stars of the future; adding to an already incredible lineup. 

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Close Counters | Isha 
Co-Headline Tour

14th June

The Folklore Rooms

£12.00


Australian electronic duo Close Counters and Dutch producer and bass-player ISHA team up for a co-headline tour across the UK and the Netherlands this summer. In June this year, the two artists will play a handful of European dates together in Amsterdam, Groningen, London and Brighton.

The mini-tour will be an opportunity for both acts to showcase their electronic and fresh funk beats, liverare-groove appeal and strong bass lines. With Close Counters playing their diverse soundscape at the crossroads of house, neo-soul, broken beat and disco in their live set, the duo will be playing songs from their 2023 album ‘SOULACOASTA II’, which garnered tastemaker support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Folamour, Clash Mag and took out ‘Best Electronic Work’ at the Australian Music Victoria Awards in 2023.

Dutch producer ISHA put out her debut EP ‘Bending Colours’ back in 2023 and received support from BBC 1 Xtra, Jamz Supernova and FoundationFM amongst others. With her one woman solo live-set ISHA played stages like London Jazz Festival, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Bird and Paradiso while also supporting established names in the scene like Franc Moody, Adi Oasis and Young Franco.

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Luo/Nierra Creek/Quaking Aspens/llsn

June 22nd

The Folklore Rooms
£7/£10

A night of Alt. Folk + Electronica with all proceeds going to Grassroots Suicide Prevention. 

Four incredible acts for just £7 or £10 recommended donation on the door.

https://prevent-suicide.org.uk/
 

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Charm of Finches
+ Mia Kelly + Charlie O'Connor

23rd June

The Folklore Rooms

£12.50

Australian sister duo Charm of Finches delivers intricate folk-pop that is simultaneously graceful and darkly bewitching. Their seamless blood harmonies traverse melancholy and wonder in equal measure.

The sisters, Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, released their third full length album Wonderful Oblivion in 2021 through New York-based label AntiFragile Music to critical acclaim. They have since toured extensively through the UK, Europe and Canada in 2022/23.

Winners of the Australian Folk Music Awards Best Folk Album (2022) and Music Victoria Best Contemporary Folk Act (2021), their music has been nominated twice for the prestigious Australian Music Prize.

“Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches are perched for stardom. For lovers of tight sibling harmonies, chamber folk, and those who long to be carried-away by a lullaby…”
- Ariana Morgenstern KCRW Today's Top Tune

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Tray Wellington
+ Witchcraft & Vagrancy Act + Tarmac

27th June

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

Tray Wellington is a high energy Progressive Bluegrass & Roots artist. Tray has been acclaimed in the Wall Street Journal as "breaking right through sub genre boundaries. If bluegrass is about spotlighting virtuosos, here’s a new one people will be checking in on for some time to come" Trat comes equipped with anything from catchy originals to a Roy Hargrove tune to even a Kid Cudi cover.

Tray was nominated for the 2023 IBMA New Artist of the Year Award as well as the winner of the 2019 IBMA Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year. Tray is joined by bandmate Nick Weitzenfeld on guitar. 

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Axel Flovent
+ Support TBC

1st July

The Folklore Rooms

£12.50

The world initially met Icelandic singer-songwriter and producer Axel Flóvent in 2015 when he unveiled his independent debut Forest Fires EP. The title track “Forest Fires” eventually gathered north of 78 million Spotify streams and counting. 

He engaged audiences with his Quiet Eyes EP [2017], Tourist EP [2020], and full-length debut You Stay by the Sea [2021], amassing during the years million of streams and performing live around the world. 

At the end of 2023, Axel Flóvent started releasing new music. All new singles, including his latest offering 'Chasing The Night', are taken off his upcoming sophomore album ‘Away From This Dream’ recorded and mixed in London with British producers MyRiot (London Grammar, Aurora) and out June 7th 2024. 

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Flo Perlin
+ Jeanie White

8th July

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

Flo Perlin is a contemporary singer-songwriter from London, UK with Iraqi and Belarusian heritage. She has been hailed as a ‘true storyteller’ by BBC Radio 6 with a style that blends contemporary folk, jazz and soul. The songs explore themes such as family history, human nature and being good to yourself. Her unique, emotive voice and lush instrumentation draws you deeper into her lyrics revealing more with every listen. 

Flo released her first album ‘Cocooned in 2017, her EP ’Stories’ in 2019, a single ‘Life Lives Inside’ in 2021 and her second album ‘Characters’ in July 2021. This album led to Flo gaining a wide international audience, with her single ‘Baghdad’ gaining over 3 million streams on Spotify. This led to a string of high profile gigs and festivals throughout 2022 including Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness, Celtic Connections and Americana Festival plus shows at Omeara, EarTH Hackney and The Green Note as well doing her first UK Tour. Flo was invited to do a live performance and interview on BBC Radio 2 for the Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. She also gets regular airplay on BBC 6 Music, Folk Radio UK and other regional BBC stations.

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Luizga
+ Support TBC

8th August 

The Folklore Rooms

£12.00

LUIZGA is the alter-ego of Luiz Gabriel Lopes, a brazilian singer-songwriter and music producer with roots spread over many territories. Raised in the countryside of Minas Gerais, he grew up listening to the songs his family created, which are still his greatest source of inspiration. His music, heir to the richest lineages of MPB, also mixes influences from pop, folk and world music.

He has also released and co-produced over 10 albums with his various bands, including GRAVEOLA, TIÃODUÁ and ROSA NEON, which he founded, and for whom he wrote and sang a lot of songs. Last but not least, he is also currently working as a teacher and a music producer with Hunikuin indigenous communities from Amazon Rainforest, in Acre, Brazil.

All this alchemy unfolds at his voice and guitar, from where rhythms like samba, ijexá, xote, and maracatu spring up, dressing his brand new songs, or some themes from his "clan partners". "Clan", by the way, is a word that describes well the place from where LUIZGA's music comes from: a vibrant and affective work, a testimony and cartography of life.

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Willy Tea Taylor
+ Support

21st August

The Folklore Rooms

£15.00

From his early days co-fronting The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, to singing solo in countless cowboy bars, to pitching countless wiffle ball games, Willy Tea has never lost the vision. Now Willy Tea Taylor has taken his vision of the “hero hang” on the road. and his talented traveling band The Fellership is made up of his fantastically talented buds who play Willy’s songs with a brand of reckless abandon and utter humility that spits in the face of pretense. The way The Fellership plays Will’s songs is the way they demand to be played and, in their short time together, they have been awe-ing every audience lucky enough to see them.


“Taylor is not just a folk singer in his native region but a folk hero, thanks to his homespun charm and the stunning clarity of his songs.” 

- Bandcamp

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Jeffrey Martin
+ Support

27th + 28th August

The Folklore Rooms

£22.00

“ Songs that are stark in their simplicity, yet emotionally rich in a way that can catch your breath in your throat or leave your eyes suddenly damp. ”

PASTE
 

“ Martin has delivered one of the finest albums of recent times, which if there is any justice should elevate him to the very forefront of the current crop of confessional singer-songwriters and sit high in all the end of year top ten lists. ”

AMERICANA UK
 

“ ‘There Is A Treasure’ is a deeply human gift of a song and I hope it makes you feel have as blessed as it makes me feel. ”

EAR TO THE GROUND
 

“ Such honesty, depth, wisdom, and insight. ”

FOLK RADIO

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Leo Middea
+ Support TBC

8th September

The Folklore Rooms

£12.00

Leo Middea is one of the most recognized artists of the new generation of MPB (Brazilian Music), with a career in Brazil and Portugal and four albums released with important reviews and more than 164.000 monthly listeners only on Spotify. In 2022 Leo was invited to open two shows of the French Sheila (singer who sold the most records in France in the 1960s and 1970s) for 2000 people, at Salle Pleyel, one of the main concert halls in Paris.

Between successful stints on his balcony during the pandemic, sold outs in London, Amsterdam, Rio, Lisbon... and 10 million streams on the Spotify digital platform alone,
the singer and songwriter has been consolidating his career in Europe and Brazil and in 2023 he is preparing a tour for his new album, "Gente" recorded between Amsterdam and Paris.

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John Smith

2nd October

The Folklore Rooms

£22.50

He was dubbed the future of folk music by Pentangle’s John Renbourn, but singer-songwriter John Smith’s unique synthesis of styles puts him halfway across the Atlantic. The Living Kind is his masterpiece in American atmospherics: a true musician’s record, produced by Joe Henry, the man responsible for some of the subtlest Americana of recent times. 

At the start of 2022 they cooked up the idea for an intimate record – “an acoustic album that sounded like Spirit of Eden”, Smith explains, referencing Talk Talk’s 1988 classic. Along with John Martyn’s Solid Air and Joni Mitchell’s electro-acoustic odyssey Hejira, it was one of the three creative inspirations for The Living Kind. 

Like Hejira, the new album is a cohesive song-cycle that seems to be cast in one rich tone-colour. In 2020, Smith’s family suffered a cluster of personal crises in the space of three months. After that and the resultant rebuild, as he sings in The World Turns, Smith had to “find a new way to feel”. 

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Jack Francis
+ Support TBC

4th October

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jack Francis’ second album ‘Early Retirement’ is another example of his impressive work. Shining a spotlight on Francis’ unique brand of Soulful Folk, ‘Early Retirement’ explores a broad range of influences, touching on great British, Irish and American songwriting.

The lyrical content demonstrates the writer’s acerbic wit and attention to detail and compounds his experience navigating modern society and fallen dreams.

The singles have already been picked up on national radio and have been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland.

Jack’s reputation as a stunning live performer has also put him in good company, opening for the likes of Flyte, Miles Hunt and Courtney Marie Andrews to name a couple, whilst also appearing at several festivals across the UK and Europe.

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Will Page
+ Support TBC

18th October

The Folklore Rooms

£14.00

With Noble Jacks Will has toured relentlessly with sold out shows across the UK and beyond. With notable festival performances at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival to name a few.

 

In 2019 Will performed at AmericanaFest in both London and Nashville TN and was nominated instrumentalist of the year at the UK Americana Awards in Jan 2020.  In April 2022, Noble Jacks exploded back onto the live scene with a brand new studio album, Last Of The Wild. The album entered the Top 40 Official Americana Album chart on its first week of release.

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Jeremy Warmsley
+ Support TBC

30th October

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

Jeremy Warmsley is an eclectic composer, songwriter and performing artist from London.
 

In 2005, aged 22, he signed to Transgressive Records (Foals, Flume, SOPHIE), with whom he released two albums of eclectic folktronica-inspired songs. He recorded with Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjork) and toured with the Shins and Regina Spektor, but a highlight of that period was performing with the legendary Daniel Johnston, accompanying him on some of his most beloved songs at the Brixton Windmill.

In 2022, he released his fourth album, American Daydream, a concept album of original songs about the life and music of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Jeremy continues to score films, TV, and podcasts, most recently, BBC1’s hit comedy POWER OF PARKER starring Conleth Hill, BBC Sound’s hit true crime podcast BELIEVE IN MAGIC. He has also been writing and producing with other artists including Katie Melua, Zoee and Lexabug.

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Allman Brown
+ Support TBC

6th November

The Folklore Rooms

£15.00

Allman Brown is a London, UK based singer-songwriter influenced by classic artists of the genre: Springsteen, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Tracy Chapman and Feist.

A preternaturally gifted vocalist, Brown has released two studio albums - 1000 Years (2017) and Darling, It'll Be Alright (2019) - and a number of EPs, which have accumulated 210 million streams and counting across both Spotify and Apple Music. Many of these songs have been used during dramatic moments of US TV shows such as The Good Doctor, Station 19, Criminal Minds and Suits, lending an emotional gravitas which has come to be associated with Brown’s music.

His heart-on-sleeve compositions have taken him on headline tours of the UK, Ireland, continental Europe, Asia and North America, and in 2019, he was invited to open to Dido on her first run of live shows for 15 years - this culminated in two sold out nights at London’s Roundhouse. That same year “Dust & Heat” made the BBC Radio 2 playlist as well as the RTE Radio 1 playlist in Ireland, helping to cement Brown’s evergreen appeal.

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Project Smok
+ Support TBC

24th November

The Folklore Rooms

£17.00

Project Smok is the neo-trad trio of Ali Levack, Ewan Baird and Pablo Lafuente, whose nonconformist and progressive Scottish traditional music has set them apart since their formation in 2017.
 

With tunes built around the distinctive piping of BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020 Ali Levack, paired with Ewan Baird’s skilled bodhran playing and Pablo Lafuente’s nuanced guitar, electric guitar and production, the trio manage to naturally bring together an array of musical aspects. Throw in instrumental virtuosity, blistering drive, infectious rhythm and a delicate sensitivity and you have Project Smok’s thirst-quenching sound. 

It’s little wonder they have fast become a recognised and household name in the traditional music scene. They boast nominations for ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’ at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018 and the ‘Belhaven Bursary for Innovation’ at the same awards in 2019, not to mention an unforgettable collaboration with 2019 Scottish Album of the Year nominee Edwyn Collins on their 2020 debut album, ‘Bayview’.

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Lydia Luce x Andrea von Kampen
+ Support TBC

30th November

The Folklore Rooms

£13.50
 

Lydia Luce:
On her new album Florida Girl, Lydia Luce offers up a body of work graced with all the transformative beauty of watercolor, at turns delicate, dreamlike, and instantly potent in its emotional realism. The second full-length from the Fort Lauderdale-born singer/songwriter, Florida Girl matches its luminous form of indie-folk with an in-depth examination of Luce’s inner life, exploring everything from mortality to body image to the ineffable intricacy of human connection. As she bares her soul and unburdens her heart, Luce slowly embraces her own infinite complexity—ultimately arriving at the self-possessed state of mind that inspired the album’s title.


Andrea von Kampen:

Sharing the stage with an impressive array of artists, including The Tallest Man on Earth, Trampled by Turtles, Watchhouse, Punch Brothers, The Wood Brothers, Bonny Light Horseman, Darlingside, Lief Vollebekk, Dead Horses, and many others, von Kampen has established herself on the road. She has played renowned music festivals such as The Newport Folk Festival and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.

Some previous shows by Folklore Sessions

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