The Acoustic Folk Highway returns to The Harrison, Kings Cross on Sunday 7th July with a stellar line up of singer/songwriters and an Australian vocal group.
This will be the 55th event we’ve organised at the venue and our final show for some time (2019/2020)!
If you haven’t attended one of our nights yet, this is the time to come along! Since starting the residency on 17th August 2014 we’ve staged 219 original singer/songwriters, duos and bands.
The Salts – thesalts.co.uk
Twenty first century folk fires a respectful broadside at the traditional. The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times.
The Salts have developed their own unique sound mixing well written original compositions alongside traditional tunes we all know and love, their live shows are guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along. Their debut album ‘She Rises’ and now their second album ‘BRAVE’ are receiving rave reviews across the board.
“This is the second album from The Salts and it is quite simply outstanding. Modern revved up sea related folk songs and shanties. I love the first album ‘She rises’ but this is a huge step up in quality all round.”
– Amazon Digital.
Bity Booker – bitybooker.com
Bity Booker is a folk singer and songwriter based in London. Her songs are mostly voice and classical guitar with a few whimsical touches such as bells, musical saw, and sparrow sounds, but the effect is mystical, mainly due to Bity’s precise, hypnotic fingerpicking style and elastic voice.
Bity grew up in the Italian countryside in a house with many animals including ‘Dodo’ the crow, ‘Freddy’ the fox, and ‘Willy’ the hedgehog. This strong connection with nature has had a peculiar influence in her songwriting. Her music brings subtle strains of the 1960s psychedelic magic and genuine and original storytelling. Be prepared to delve deep into Bity Booker’s musical world and listen to fantastic stories, each song a character with a timeless personality and melody.
“Bity Booker has a hypnotic playing style and bewitching voice that will leave you entranced.” Chandelier Room Melbourne, Australia.
Velvet Engine – velvetengine.bandcamp.com
Velvet Engine, the brainchild of Latina Northamptonian San-D Godoy, “Yearning Pop Folk, with a sprightly but reflective soul”.
This Old Hat EP by Velvet Engine
Counting Laura Marling, Neil Young, & Daughter amongst her many influences, we can expect great things from this new breed of heart-warming folk music.
Leon C – leoncmusic.bandcamp.com
Leon C is a contemporary folk singer songwriter born in Southampton Hampshire. After 9 years of classical guitar training, Leon began mixing his love for poetry and vintage music with more modern influences to make poetically inflected, contemporary folk music.
Alexa Maclean – alexmaclaine.bandcamp.com
Singer/Songwriter Alexa MacLean grew up in London in a musical and multi-lingual family. Her Scottish-Argentinian dad was a Bossa Nova guitarist and singer. As she grew up here and had further influences in pop, folk and jazz, she began writing her own songs on the guitar and piano. The varied influences and passion for singing bossa and jazz independently from the singer songwriter material, makes for an interesting personal style. She currently performs her original material alongside Hugo Martin adding another layer of folk inspired guitar to the songs.
Danny Leigh – dannyleigh.bandcamp.com
Monthly host and organiser of The Acoustic Folk Highway since August 2014, Danny writes music inspired by English Folk with continental influences from France and Spain.
“I think that’s just the most hypnotizing voice I’ve heard all evening. That’s what the text book definition of ‘Folk Voice’ should be.”
– Nick Coquet (BBC Introducing).
“I have to mention Nick Drake, he has a beautiful voice, he can clearly write some good songs.”
– Steve Hillier (BBC Introducing).
Tickets cost £7 on the door.Source: The Harrison website