CAMPFIRE CLUB RETURNS FOR 2017:
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
WATCH THE MINI FILM!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGY_rrLTkIo
**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!
>> 1st Sep – Campfire Club <<
The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (May 2015) touched on this divide, but her new album, Nine Pin (May 2016), delves even further, and casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of colour in North America every day. Her songs on the new album are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, and they’ve got as much in common with Kendrick Lamar right now as they do with Pete Seeger.
Recorded in just one day in Toronto, Nine Pin was produced by both Kater and acclaimed Canadian artist Chris Bartos (The Barr Brothers, Jonathan Byrd), who also produced her last album, Sorrow Bound Few artists could pull off such a polished, cohesive album in one day, but Kater felt that this actually lent focus to the project. As a concept album, Nine Pin weaves between hard-hitting songs that touch on modern issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (“Rising Down,” “Paradise Fell”) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (“Saint Elizabeth”). And while these larger stories are deftly crafted, this is really an album of moments. Kater’s a cappella voice speaking to the loneliness of a city in “Harlem’s Little Blackbird” while solo dance steps echo in the background, the muted hesitancy of Caleb Hamilton’s trumpet breaking the trance of “Little Pink,” the smoke of electric guitar that cuts through “Saint Elizabeth,” the wave-like ebb and flow of piano behind the plaintive love poem “Viper’s Nest…” All of these moments point to an artist wise beyond her years.
“…plaintive, mesmerizing…writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran…” -Rolling Stone
“You want some authenticity in your folk music or bluegrass – I give you Kaia Kater.” -No Depression
“A star in the making…”
“…One of the most remarkable Canadian folk records in some time…Kater’s music is somehow ancient and brand new at the same time.”
-Tom Power, CBC Radio 2
“Sorrow Bound is a remarkably assured debut album which both honours tradition and declares Kater’s credentials as a distinctive, original artist.” Steve Hunt – fRoots Magazine (UK) – October 2015
Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo
Dan Edwards & Kieran Towers
Dan Edwards & Kieran Towers are two of the UK’s most exciting talents on the folk and roots scene today. Masters of their instruments, they both hail from the genre-bending old time / bluegrass quintet, Hot Rock Pilgrims, who’s debut album Squirrel Hunting is released this summer. Kieran (fiddle/guitar), known for the album Wolves A’ Howlin’ with mandolin virtuoso Charlotte Carrivick, is described by Songlines magazine as “a power house of old-time music, with a hard-driving, intricate style.”. Dan (guitar/banjo) has carved a name for himself on the bluegrass scene as a fierce vocalist and creative interpreter & teacher of traditional music as well as being known for his playing with The Longhill Ramblers. Together they set out as a duo to continue the unique pairing of banjo and fiddle. Their sound weaves together rich vocal harmonies, lush fiddle melodies and mesmerising clawhammer dexterity amidst the mix of original and traditional material.
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
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.
Fireside unamplified, forest housed, city centered, rebellious, ancient concerts lit by love.View Artist
"...plaintive, mesmerizing...writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran..." -Rolling StoneView Artist
Hot Rock Pilgrims Duo
Dan Edwards & Kieran Towers are two of the UK’s most exciting talents on the folk and roots scene todayView Artist