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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

March 19th

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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Roxanne de Bastion
+ Special Guest (Unannounced)

4th March

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

Roxanne De Bastion returns to The Folklore Rooms having previously sold out her show with us in 2023.

Showcasing new material on a short UK Tour in some of her favourite venues, she joins us for a special show featuring special guests.

“I’ve been listening with a great deal of interest to Roxanne de Bastion…Beautiful. There’s quite a few good things on this record.”
– Iggy Pop (BBC 6 Music)

 

“de Bastion broadens her sound ambitiously, to great effect”
– The Observer

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Quaking Aspens
+ Ochre

7th March

The Folklore Rooms

£8.00

 

Quaking Aspens is an ethereal Indie rock duo currently based in Brighton, UK. Their unique sound, created through a blend of electric guitars and delicately weaving voices, is influenced by altrock, folk, slowcore, and shoegaze. Underpinned by driving rhythms, their music has been described as visceral and evocative.
 

Disappear is the long anticipated debut release by ethereal indie rock duo Quaking Aspens. It grapples with the themes of separation and isolation experienced first-hand throughout the group's turbulent formative period - the song has journeyed with them across three countries and two years.

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The Trouble Notes

10th March

The Folklore Rooms

£13.00

Their shows are packed full of surprises, known to feature international guest performers, adding to the energetic worldly sounds at the heart of their repertoire. They have toured extensively in Europe and North America. They have performed on Television in the USA, Europe, Japan and Brazil. They have played on many of Europe’s large festival stages and with major international acts like Jethro Tull, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and America.

Their second studio album, Liberty Awaits, was described by Earmilk Magazine as “a transcendent exploration and fusion of various folk styles, showcasing the rich tapestry of our diverse world.”

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Brown Horse
+ Hollow Hand

12th March

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

Reservoir is the debut album from Brown Horse.
Although recorde
d over just four days in a quiet corner of Norfolk, the album is a collaborative effort years in the making.

Starting life in 2018 as a folk quartet, Emma Tovell, Nyle Holihan, Patrick Turner and Rowan Braham spent their early days playing old time standards, Michael Hurley covers and original songs in pubs across England.

Coming back together in 2022 post-pandemic, the group moved towards a heavier, guitar-driven sound.
Introducing Ben Auld to the band on drums, Brown Horse began to make a name for themselves in the resurgent scene of their adopted hometown, Norwich.

With the addition of Phoebe Troup in the summer of 2023 completing the line-up, Brown Horse made the short drive north to Sickroom Studios, where they spent four days recording with Owen Turner.

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Noble Jacks
+ Sistie Moose

15th March

Patterns
£15.00

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond. Nominated Live Act Of The Year 2023 by the Americana Music Association UK, Noble Jacks are considered by many to be the finest purveyors of folk-influenced americana.

Noble Jacks’ debut album What the Hammer released to much acclaim. A fiddle driven thrill ride, the band set out to capture the raw energy of their notoriously hectic live shows. Achieving radio play internationally, including support from BBC Introducing and Radio Caroline, the riotous album has become a firm fan favourite.

“A dashing alt-pop gem”
- CLASH Magazine

“Their music is just the kind of sonic elixir we need in these troubled times”
- Acoustic Magazine

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Steven Bamidele
+ Support T
BC

20th March

The Prince Albert
£10.00

Fresh from releasing his stunning debut album 'Summing Up' in September 2023, 

London-based Bamidele will be bringing his unique soul sound to various cities in the UK

including joining forces once again with Folklore Sessions in Brighton.

 

Bamidele spent 3 years in Brighton

cutting his teeth on the live music scene and growing a fan base. Bamidele will be accompanied by his full live band 

at the Prince Albert.

Born in Nigeria, he spent his formative years in Suffolk, before moving to Brighton. This upbringing is reflected in his lyrics, which often explore themes of racial identity, family, and self-reflection.

With influences ranging from Marvin Gaye and Radiohead to Lianne La Havas and Solange, Steven crafts his own unique and intricate sound, combining synth textures, syncopated beats, and reverb-drenched falsetto to create psychedelic forward-thinking soul.

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Sly5thAve
+ Support T
BC

27th March

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

With a core underground following, Sly5thAve is a Grammy award-winning horns player, whose projects have been backed by Jarobi White (A Tribe Called Quest), Gilles Peterson, Downbeat magazine, Noisey, NPR, The Fader, Jazz Times, Martin Freeman, Lauren Laverne, Cerys Matthews and more. He has also attained much respect from his work with a host of highly- fêted musicians including Prince, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Taylor Swift, Janelle Monae, Freddie Gibbs and Quantic.

Sly5thAve's musical inspirations span the worlds of jazz and hip hop, with icons like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Cannonball Adderley influencing his artistic journey. Notably, his orchestral tribute to Dr. Dre, ‘The Invisible Man’ (Tru Thoughts)  garnered widespread praise and attention, even earning the admiration of Dr. Dre himself.

The live performance will feature special guest Jackie Whitmill Jr. on drums as Sly5thAve celebrates his impressive catalogue of original compositions and reworkings, and his new music set for release in 2024.

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Spring Tide Tour
w/ March, Nick Wilder + Winterfalle

3rd April

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

Join us on the Spring Tide Mini Tour featuring a new wave of breaking alt-folk artists from the South West and Channel Islands and live drawing by Chris Riddell, in partnership with Folklore, Bark and GHT Lates.
 

MARCH

"A gifted songwriter with a voice you will want to hear again and again." 
Steph Ne
wenhouse BBC Solent
 

NICK HILDER

"Stripped-back, raw, honest lyrics." 
BBC Introducing Channel Islands

 

WINTERFALLE

"Powerful storytelling and brilliant live energy"
Tim Hunter,  BBC Jersey

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Austel
+ Jacko Hooper + alx frncs

5th April

The Folklore Rooms

£8.00

Austel - aka Annie Rew Shaw - is a Devon-born London-based artist, songwriter and producer, crafting introspective, brooding music led by ethereal vocals and intimate lyricism. 

Influenced by a wide range of artists spanning from Bon Iver to Thom Yorke, Cocteau Twins to Jon Hopkins, Nick Cave to Elliott Smith, Austel fuses her background in classical music and songwriting with ambient textures, cinematic soundscapes and contemplative electronica.

Having cut her teeth as a session musician performing at Glastonbury Festival, supporting Fleet Foxes, and touring the UK with multiple bands, Austel began collaborating with guitarist, producer and music technologist Adam Stark (MiMU Gloves, Rumour Cubes) - developing her own songs with a fresh lens.

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Jimmy Herrity
+ Zzz Sunnie

6th April

The Folklore Rooms

£8.00

Jimmy Herrity is a songwriter from the south. Lofi folk, strands of post rock DNA with raw & haunting voice. 

Telling stories from a devastatingly personal lens. 

After some time away, in the basement of his brain, Jimmy releases his first single as a solo artist in 2024, on the 23rd of February. 
 

"Reminiscent at times of The National or even Death Cab for Cutie / Benjamin Gibbard achievements, he's also striking out on his own with a raw yet literate songwriting voice."
- Clash Magazine

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Christof Van Der Ven + Niamh Regan

7th April

The Folklore Rooms

£12.00

This April, two superbly talented songwriters, Niamh Regan from Ireland, and Christof Van Der Ven from The Netherlands, team up to perform 8 double headline shows across the UK.

Christof van der Ven has built a truly impressive CV over the past few years, supporting the likes of Bon Iver, Lisa Hannigan, and Nick Mulvey. In that time, he has released two LPs - Empty Handed (2018) and You Were The Place (2019) - alongside multiple EPs, the latest of which is ‘Haul’ (2023). 

Niamh Regan’s 2020 debut album ‘Hemet’ introduced her as an artist with a gift for crafting folk-tinged songs with a quiet, reflective intensity. The release started to make waves and achieved over 1 million streams on Spotify and led to nominations for both the RTE Folk Awards and the Choice Music Prize ‘Album of the Year’. 

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HEIGHTS
+ Support TBC

11th April

The Folklore Rooms

£10.00

 HEIGHTS creates the kind of emotive alt-pop that could soundtrack your favourite coming-of-age indie film. The self-produced songwriter blends 80s new wave with 90s dream pop, sprinkled with 00s alternative indie. The result - soothing electronic soundscapes perfectly complimented by her celestial vocals.

HEIGHTS has over 100k Spotify monthly listeners with ongoing support from BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing and features in Wonderland, Clash and Earmilk. Since her debut EP in 2020, HEIGHTS has also played at The Great Escape (announced as First Fifty), named one of Soundcloud’s Artists To Watch and featured on tracks with DJ Zinc (written by Kenya Grace, playlisted on Spotify’s Massive Drum and Bass) and The Xcerts.

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Astles
+ Support

12th April

The Folklore Rooms

£9.00

Astles closed 2023 with a sold out headline show at Liverpool’s Royal Philharmonic Music Room, and the release of two singles ‘This One’s For You’ (featured on BBC 6 Music and Clash) and ‘When Life Catches You By Surprise’ (featured in Notion and Ear Milk)

To kick off the year, Astles plays at Liverpool’s world famous Cavern Club on 23rd January for BBC Introducing. The singer-songwriter has lots in the works for 2024, including a run of UK dates in April and lots more music to follow.

Both Daniel’s songwriting and his bands performances have piqued the interest of the NME (“gorgeous, lilting indie”), Clash Magazine (“he’s building a world inside his music – and it sounds gorgeous”) Notion Magazine (‘enchanting songwriting prowess’) and - absolutely no biggie - Sir Paul McCartney (you’ll have to ask Daniel for the full story). 

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Melanie Baker
+ Support TBC

20th April

The Folklore Rooms

£9.00

Melanie Baker is a singer, songwriter and musician hailing from the Lake District and now based in Newcastle-upon-tyne. Her direct and honest lyricism capture themes such as queer identity, self-reflection and the anxieties of modern life. 

Her self-released music has so far received radio support from BBC Introducing, Radio X, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1 and 6Music as well as supporting the likes of dodie, Tessa Violet, Maisie Peters, Will Varley, Jen Cloher, Jesca Hoop and runnner. 

Baker’s latest EP “Burnout Baby” is set to be released in March 2024 on Du Blonde’s indie record label Daemon TV, followed by her second headline UK tour in April with her newly formed band. 

"Alluring, irreverent scuzzy, grungry grit”
- Atwood Magazine


"Beautiful sound"
- Jo Whiley BBC Radio 2

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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

Some previous shows by Folklore Sessions

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