November highlights at the home of English folk, Cecil Sharp House, London

There are some great performers heading to
Cecil Sharp House this November


Songs for London
As part of ‘London Sounds’ – The ‘Blue Plaque’ Concert Series
Thurs 3 Nov, 7.30pm

Tickets: £15 / £10 under 26s

Performed by a stellar group of London based folk artists including Stick in the Wheel, Sam Carter, Lisa Knapp and Jack Harris, Songs for London is one of three concerts presented by The London Society to mark the 150th anniversary of English Heritage’s Blue Plaque. It will celebrate those folk collectors memorialised with Blue Plaques, Cecil Sharp and Percy Grainger, and the enormous contribution that musicians and composers have made to the life and culture of London. This series of concerts is also the campaign launch to secure more Blue Plaques particularly for those from the folk and jazz genres.

Wed 9 Nov, 7.30pm
Tickets: £20 / £10 under 26s

Oysters 3
Thurs 10 Nov, 7.30pm

Tickets: £15 / £10 under 26s

Oysterband return with the fittingly titled best-of album, This House Will Stand. The band play two special nights with a full band concert (with special guest Pete Flood (ex-Bellowhead)) and an Oysters 3 gig the following evening – a night of relaxed acoustic reminiscence with the three founder members: John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer.

With such a rich history this gives the band a chance to explore their relationship with traditional music as well as their own songwriting and the amazing journey it has taken them on. On the crest of an almost 40 year international career, and with their distinctive mix of crafted lyrics, big tunes and deep experience of British traditional music still evolving, the time was right for a fresh overview. This House Will Stand: the best of Oysterband 1998-2015 comprises 15 classics chosen by the band from their last six studio albums (including Ragged Kingdom, their multi-award-winning collaboration with June Tabor) and 14 unreleased tracks, rare B-sides and intriguing ‘alt’ versions. Six of the 29 tracks are traditional.

Wed 16 Nov, 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 / £10 under 26s

Calan breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs. Having introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music they play fiddles, whistles, guitar and bagpipes and a traditional reed instrument from Wales called a pibgorn made from a wooden pipe and the horns of a bull.

The band began by busking in the streets of Cardiff raising money to pay for university fees and now play to audiences throughout Europe and North America with 2015 culminating in a performance alongside Bryn Terfel and Sting at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday party.

“…a diverse ride between giddy Welsh reeling, healthy acoustic folk-pop with upfront attitude and brashness of youth.” fRoots

Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders
Sat 19 Nov, 7.30pm

Tickets: £25 / £10 under 26s

Cabinet of Wonders returns to Cecil Sharp House, after the sold out UK premiere in 2015. This New York based show brings together a different group of musicians, authors, comedians and poets for each performance, combining their individual talents to create and deliver a unique and unforgettable experience.

The night has played host to some of the biggest names in the poetry, music and literary worlds and tonight we welcome Michael Chapman, Bridget Christie, Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Rupert Thomson plus more to be announced. Please note that the line-up may be subject to change.

Wed 23 Nov, 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 / £10 under 26s

Methera is a unique ensemble: a string quartet with roots firmly planted in the musical traditions of England, Sweden and beyond. Their national tours, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and collaborations have helped them establish a reputation as a scintillating live act. Methera’s previous appearance at Cecil Sharp House was featured on their second album. Now they return to celebrate their 10th anniversary with a national tour and the launch of their third album.

Lucy Deakin (cello), John Dipper and Emma Reid (fiddles) and Miranda Rutter (viola) combine a deep knowledge of traditional music with a wide range of other influences and expertise and a deep sense of musical interaction. Newly composed pieces sit alongside timeless traditional material; their music is both sophisticated and earthy, groundbreaking and familiar, enchanting and thrilling. Chamber folk at its best.

The Small Glories
Thurs 24 Nov, 7.30pm

Tickets: £14 / £10 under 26s

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft and JD Edwards, a dynamic new duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. These two veteran singer-songwriters have teamed up and are already building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances. Luft is a Juno award winner, co-founder of folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys, and recently collaborated with Bella Hardy as part of the EFDSS exchange project with Folk Music Canada.

Edwards has a voice that defies categorisation, one that easily ranges from gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, leaving listeners begging for more. He is truly one of the finest singers of his time. Mix that with honest, passionate songwriting and it’s easy to see why he’s an enchanting musical powerhouse.


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