Saturday 18 November, 2017
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Price: £10 in advance/£12 on the door
The Rough Island Band is a contemporary folk quartet playing original music inspired by the landscapes, people and stories of the Isles of Scilly – a tiny scrap of wind-carved rock, gorsey downland and fine sand dropped 28 miles from mainland Cornwall, with a vibrant working community encompassed by the Atlantic Ocean. Their songs reflect the feeling that a community’s history and stories should be set and celebrated in music. Unusually for a Celtic outpost, St Agnes has no surviving indigenous music. Stories of shipwreck and rescue, tunes for dancing and evocations of landscape have been written by the band in response to an extraordinary place.
Incorporating a wide range of instrumental and vocal textures, The Rough Island Band craft a personal and contemporary sound, firmly rooted in the folk tradition. The individual members bring together a variety of influences and experience: from performing as members of Bellowhead, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and the Maddy Prior Trio, to their own solo projects such as The Little Unsaid and Full of Noises. They also run folk festivals and events across the Scilly Isles and throughout the UK.
‘This Island of Yours…’ , the band’s fourth studio album, charts a deeply personal response to the islands. Submissions of poetry, photographs, stories and spoken word have been woven into the fabric of the album and collated as a physical scrapbook to accompany the recordings. Musically, this is their most ambitious and idiosyncratic to date, expanding their contemporary folk sound with echoes of electronica, jazz and ambient music. Recorded in their home studio on St Agnes over ten days in April 2017, the album captures a tangible sense of place and sense of space.
For the ‘This Island of Yours…’ tour, The Rough Island Band will play 2 x 45 minute sets, performing music from the new album alongside highlights chosen from their first three albums: Sou’Wester Sessions (2010), Where To? (2011) and ‘On All Sides’ (2014).
YOUTUBE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.
New Roots runs eight to ten alternative folk events in London each month.
Doors open at 7.30 pm, music from 8.00 pm sharp.
Please note – The Old Church bar is cash only.