The Folkroom is We Write Lists’ very own free fortnightly gig, bringing together the freshest new talent on the London folkscene in one beautiful and intimate venue!
Held every other Wednesday at The Queens Head on Acton Street, just six minutes walk from King’s Cross station, The Folkroom is home to great drinks, great music and great pork pies.
Every two weeks We Write Lists presents a selection of hand-picked acts that we think you’ll love – we don’t just take anything going, as many free gigs will do, because we want to be proud of the acts that we bring you. And we always are.
Appearing at the next Folkroom, on October 12th will be:
Humbling by voice in a way we’ve never actually seen before, O. Chapman is a Folkroom marvel and one of the most impressive headliners you’re likely to see at our little folk gigs. We still don’t know exactly how he does it, but the man will silence a room with his first line of any set. Sometimes he does it before he even hits the first consonant. Whatever the case, beyond his black magic and strange vocal ways, Chapman’s music speaks entirely for itself – simple and beguiling, it is a distant cousin of John Martyn’s, a prococious younger brother of Nick Drake’s. It’s something special, wherever it comes from, and you’d be a fool to miss it.
Making folk seem all too easy, Dave Gerard and his motley crew of friends and comrades are always a treat on the Folkroom stage – even when they don’t actually take to the stage. Take their last appearance, for instance. Gathered round the piano with a harp, a cello and two guitars. People standing on chairs to get a better view. The bar staff taking photos instead of pulling pints. In fact, don’t take our word for it – check the two videos
they filmed themselves at the gig, and then come to see the next chapter of their Folkroom story.
Filling the role of future folk darling this Wednesday will be Laura Boyle, whose music is uncomprimisingly contemporary, its influences pronounced and its relevance universal. She’s picked up fans all over the place, from her huge Soundcloud following to Bella Union’s own Simon Raymonde. Her sets are intimate moments with her own gorgeous music and a smattering of tributes to the modern folk greats.
There’s such a force behind Lucy Cait’s vocals; something a little scary, a little exciting. That’s why we’re bringing her in for a Folkroom debut. Relentless and vibrant folk with an earnest but lived-in voice. There’s so much experience in so few years. That’s what it sounds like. Something a little scary, a little exciting. I think we had it down in that first sentence.
Previously at the Folkroom: A Owen, Andrew Butler, Bella Spinks, Brooke Parrott, Butler & Delean, Camille Delean, Charlie B Costello, Citizen Helene, Dave Gerard, Emily and The Woods, Georgia Bruce, Gibson Bull, Hannah Scott, Hugo Williams, Jack Day, Jeremiah, Jessie Moncrieff, Joe Innes, Joshua and the Occasionals, Josienne Clarke, Kat Wells, Kate Stapley, Laura Boyle, Laura Hocking, Lorraine Wood, Luke Jackson, Moses Melkonian, O. Chapman, RoseRed & The Butterflies, Salwa Azar, Simon Stanley-Ward, Tiny Birds, Woodford Green, Worry Dolls, XIII and the Brave
Picture: Emily and the Woods at the 05/01/11 Folkroom by Nigel Lupton