Campfire Club Fridays | Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker & Merlyn Driver

7.30 to 11pm @ Glengall Wharf Garden

£10 online

Campfire Club Unamplified

Every Friday from May to September

A concert like no other… unamplified, outdoors and round a fire; surely this is the only way to really hear music.

Since the dawn of song, by the flickering embers and starry skies all walks of man and woman have gathered in song and celebration, to tell the stories and while away an evening. This is how it was, and at London’s Campfire Club, how it still is; acoustic, intimate. Every Friday from late spring right through to autumn we indulge you in the specially sourced talents of local and itinerant musicians from all over the world, nestled in several secret secluded leafy pockets of inner city London. Bringing the Nest Collective’s finest choices of artistry from the realms of folk, traditional and world music right through to contemporary song makers. Those that find it know something very magical is being felt and heard.

Keeping the campfire alive will be Nest Collective hosts and live music from some very special guests. Season’s acts include:

Rachel Sermani | Samana | Kaia Kater | Piers Faccini | Bush Gothic | Kentucky Cowtippers | TEYR | Leon Rosselson | L’Hijaz Carr | Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow | Kusanganisa AND MORE TBA


**Please Note: The concerts are all outside and all weather affairs thus full waterproofs are highly recommended and warm clothes. A full bar will be stocked with home-made wines, ciders, ales and the odd drop of mead too!

>> 4th Aug – Campfire Club <<

Line up:

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

With the release of Overnight, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have brought us an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met.

For Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis, Josienne and Ben’s 2014 album Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour quickly became his favourite record of the year. Bringing them to the label was a way of ensuring their unique music could continue to bloom and also reach a much wider set of ears. Overnight will be the duo’s first album to be released in the US, with a tour to follow. In an interview with The Guardian, Geoff described Josienne and Ben as “a sublime and important act.”

Despite being entirely self-financed, self-produced, self-arranged and released on the Folk Room label they co-run, Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour brought Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker an extraordinary and unexpected amount of attention. They won Best Duo at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – a major achievement at any stage of an artist’s career. And their ovation-stirring rendition of the traditional ballad The Banks of The Sweet Primroses at the televised awards ceremony prompted 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews to invite them to appear in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good at The National Theatre. Josienne and Ben were incredibly honoured (and not a little daunted) to perform two original compositions in the production. The Financial Times review of the play said “Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel.”

While much of their music is characterised by lush chamb


Merlyn Driver

Merlyn Driver is a musician and songwriter from Orkney – a group of small islands in the north of Scotland. Trained in ethnomusicology, Merlyn makes music that reflects his exposure to Celtic folk as well as his passion for nature and different musical traditions from around the world.

I’m transfixed by his voice … it&#39;s like conditioner for the soul – I love it!” – Emilia Mårtensson

“The melodic hooks are deceptively sharp and keep ringing in your ears for days after” – Oli Steadman of Stornoway

“One of those beautiful Celtic voices that cuts right through to the soul … rich and full and every bit an instrument unto itself” – For Folk Sake


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Campfire Club

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

Merlyn Driver

Venue Info:
Glengall Wharf Garden

Tucked away from all the noise, based on a woodland ecosystem, Glengall Wharf is a community garden with a certain summerly charm.

64, Glengall Road, Peckham, SE15 6NF

Directions >

We are at the eastern end of Burgess Park on the Surrey Canal Walk, about 15 minutes from Peckham town centre.

From Peckham, walk between the library and the Peckham Pulse (pool) and keep walking along the leafy Surrey Canal Walk. Continue under two bridges and eventually you’ll have the old wharf wall to your right. The garden is above that. Buses 63 / 363 to Trafalgar Avenue. Get off at the Waite St stop and walk back towards the Surrey Canal Walk. Buses Old Kent Road 21, 78, 53. 353, 172 stop 10 minutes walk from the garden up Glengall Road.

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