Enjoy a beautiful slice of Canadian americana in Stoke Newington’s sublime Old Church.
“A sterling example of the top grade Americana coming out of Canada.” – Folk Radio UK
At age 5, Sarah Jane Scouten was sitting on the dining room table, singing “Lace and Pretty Flowers,” by Canadian country-folk musician, Willie P. Bennett. Hank Williams and Stan Rogers were her greatest inspirations, both a staple at Sunday morning pancake breakfast and afterward, while singing bluegrass and gospel music with her father on Bowen Island, BC. Her talent for performing came naturally, and as chance would have it, so emerged a knack for songwriting. Bringing us up to date, Sarah Jane Scouten is an internationally touring songwriter, loved by audiences across the Northern Hemisphere.
With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement and a wealth of early country music, the two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and recent Western Canadian Music Award nominee’s songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition. Often spilling over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, her songwriting tackles issues from poverty and midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana. A traditionalist at heart, Sarah Jane Scouten shows her signature flair for the roots of roots music. With respect for these roots, she writes from her own perspective, playing with style to create her own distinct voice. This songwriter is known for hitting hard and close to home, then laughing it off.
Sandtimer is a British indie-folk duo formed by Hampshire-based musicians Robert Sword and Simon Thomas. Featuring close vocal harmonies and intricate, Appalachian-infused guitar textures, Sandtimer aim to combine innovative, leftfield ideas with classic songcraft to create something at once edgy and familiar.
Sandtimer released their first EP, Different Seas, with Folkstock Records in 2015, followed by Mackerel at the end of 2016. Their recordings have been featured by stations such as BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing, attracting high praise from Welsh folk singer Frank Hennessy and luminaries across the blogosphere including popular playlist creator Alex Rainbird. As a performing duo, they have toured the UK acoustic circuit frequently and, in 2016, ventured to west Canada for their first tour abroad. They will be releasing their first full-length album in 2018 which they will be supporting with tours around Germany, Canada and the UK.
The Old Church Stoke Newington
Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 9ES