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Sat 09 August 2014

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain – the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen

8:00pm - 11:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain – the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen “a four star show built around her enthralling collection of songs by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.” The Times We’re delighted to welcome Barb Jungr back for…

Sun 10 August 2014

Death Shanties + Dan Haywood + Joanne Robertson

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

A night of free jazz and folk out-sounds as Death Shanties launch their brand new LP “Crabs” out on Fuse records. DEATH SHANTIES Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema…

Tue 12 August 2014


8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For her Vortex concert tonight Susanna plays with her trio: Susanna on vocals and piano Helge Sten (Supersilent/Deathprod) on guitar Fredrik Wallumrød (former Span, El Caco) on drums and vocals. Susanna is the Norwegian singer and founder of the duo…

Wed 13 August 2014

Mechanical Moon + Olivia’s Owls

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Mechanical Moon Mechanical Moon present an eclectic song cycle based on poems by the great American poet Elizabeth Bishop, combining elements of jazz, folk and storytelling. This project, the first by singer-songwriter Erica Jarnes, aims to cross the boundaries between…

Fri 15 August 2014


9:30pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

We’re very excited to welcome this band back to The Vortex, with their fantastic energy and kaleidoscopic musical influences, every show they do is absolutely spellbinding. Kefaya is a musical collective founded by UK-based musicians, Giuliano Modarelli and Al MacSween.…

Mon 18 August 2014

Week 3: Eastern European and Balkan Gypsy & Folk Music

10:30am - 3:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Includes Gypsy Songs Day Tutor: Gundula Gruen Experience gypsy cultures by learning Balkan and Eastern European Folk and Gypsy tunes. Session times 10.30-3.30pm daily (Social until 6pm) Performance Friday 6.30pm Who is it for? All ages – from 13 upwards…

Wed 20 August 2014

The London Klezmer Quartet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

The wonderful London Klezmer Quartet are having a party to celebrate their new CD. Due out in September, their third album features the extraordinary voice of Indra Buraczewska, the band’s Australian bass player. Tonight hear her “vast, singular contralto” Sydney…

Wed 03 September 2014

Sara Mitra 7tet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader whose new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues. Tonight Mitra previews tracks from her forthcoming second album ‘Losing You’, with a limited-run FREE…

Tue 09 September 2014

Sarah Gillespie Quartet: The Life of Bessie Smith

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Bessie Smith is one of the most iconic artists in jazz and blues history. Her raw, visceral howl of a voice chronicled a life of gin-soaked bar room brawls, renegade lovers and bawdy nights of Harlem vaudeville. This evening the…

Thu 16 October 2014

The Vortex & The Other Woman present Roshi / You Are Wolf / Amy Kohn

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

The Other Woman – the UK’s only all female new music playlist – broadcasts on Amazing Radio & is presented by Ruth Barnes who searches out the best new music from female artists and female fronted bands. The Vortex and…

Tue 04 November 2014

John Renbourn & Wizz Jones

8:00pm - 11:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Two of the greatest folk artists of our time on one stage! Luminary acoustic guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn is best known for his collaboration with Bert Jansch, and also enjoyed great success with folk/jazz fusion band Pentangle with whom…

Sat 08 November 2014

Sound Of Yell

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Sound of Yell, named after the body of water surrounding the Shetland isle, are a unique ensemble exploring the space where folk and jazz meet. The group is led by Stevie Jones (Arab Strap, Alasdair Roberts and Friends, El Hombre…

Fri 12 December 2014

Michael Chapman + James Blackshaw

7:30pm - 10:30pm @ Bishopsgate Institute

The Vortex City Sessions at Bishopsgate Institute The Vortex returns to the Beautiful Bishopsgate Great Hall for an evening with two of the UK’s most interesting guitarists, spanning two generations. Championed by John Peel in the 1970s, Yorkshire-born Michael Chapman…