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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
"Positively livid with ideas and resists easy categorisation" The Wire
"A wild-eyed mix of cosmic country and chamber-folk, this makes for a thrilling noise" Uncut
"Charmingly, it succeeds in being both engaging and oddly uplifting while also being as dour in texture as a North Sea shoreline" Independent on Sunday
Dan Haywood‘s reputation as a UK songwriter/storyteller/performer of the highest distinction is gathering steam, on the back of his slow-burn classic of a debut triple album, 'Dan Haywood's New Hawks', as well as a string of choice tours and shows with fellow sonic nomads including Josephine Foster, A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Michael Hurley and The Tallest Man On Earth.
New album Dapple, out in November on Southern Bird, finds him in the great outdoors (The Forest Of Bowland, to be precise), delivering a sweet and lyrical song cycle that repaints the English folk pastoral in bright and beautiful tones.
Dan Haywood on Dapple: "Given that Dapple could be set in the 18th century, I was keen for there to be no motor vehicle noise, just in case the listener might prefer to imagine it that way. So the locations had to be out of the way, and some of the sessions started as early as 4am to beat the sound of the Abbeystead gamekeepers’ Land Rovers and Bowland farmers’ tractors. Days on which the breeze might gust above 5mph were avoided, which was good for reducing wind noise and for a preponderance of midges.
In the spring sessions the air was alive with birdsong, and you’d wade into that set and make a small territory and start singing yourself, just a thread in a tapestry. There’s a list of avian background singers and scene-stealers on the sleeve. Later sessions could be deathly quiet and the molestation of the air was all our doing, like on the post-dusk title track, when the frightened words seemed to flash up in a pitch-black anechoic chamber. Rather than Milton’s darkness visible, it’s darkness audible."
Listen to "Suspicious Farms" from Dapple:
Italian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Emma Tricca has had her life shaped by two key encounters with folk legends. While still only an apprentice songwriter just out of school she met John Renbourn when he played a solo show in Rome. After the gig Emma got the opportunity to play John one of her own songs – his approval gave her the confidence to start writing and gigging properly and they remain firm friends. Very shortly after her first encounter with John, Emma met Odetta, the mysterious and legendary singer who'd turned Bob Dylan onto acoustic music in the late ‘50s. Despite Odetta's reputation for reticence, they had a long, long conversation over dinner, and Odetta urged Emma to do what she’d been long considering doing - to move to England and study the craft there.
And so to the present. Emma's live performances have captivated audiences and her recordings have achieved the same.
Praise for her current album 'Minor White':
"Strong contender for folk album of the year" Time Out
"Fine first strike from folk-blues songstress" Uncut 4/5
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
Continuing the long tradition of jazz jam sessions with musicians fine tuning their chops and maybe sparring a little too, the Vortex Late Night Sessions offer the chance to see some truly extraordinary musicians play a relaxed, off the cuff gig. Led by guitarist Hannes Riepler, the atmosphere is playful but the calibre is outstanding.
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The Vortex Jazz Club
Live Jazz Award winner in the
2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Sat 15 Mar
Thu 20 Mar
Fri 21 Mar
Vortex City Sessions @ Bishopsgate
Sat 22 Mar
Bobby Wellins / Andrew Cleyndert / Paul Harrison / Clark Tracey
Sat 29 Mar
Thu 1 to Sat 3 May
Led Bib - 3 Night Residency