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Idumea Quartet Gig at the Greenhouses

Appalachian folk music under-laid by minimalism and chamber music; fabulous string playing combined with beautiful harmonized singing and the result is Idumea – a sound which is as high and lonesome as it is symphonic.

The Idumea Quartet is: Jane Rothfield and Ewan Macdonald on fiddle, Becka Wolfe on viola, Nathan Bontrager on cello.  The name Idumea is taken from song 47b from the Sacred Harp tradition of choral music.
A full-length recording project is currently underway but in the meantime, Have a pre-listen to Idumea’s fantastic take on Sally Ann here

We will be serving Appalachian fare – bean soup and corn bread – and running a botanical bar serving drinks and snacks so arrive any time from 5pm to enjoy these with a stroll around the gardens when you can also admire our Gorgeous Gourds exhibition.  We have plenty of chairs, but do bring a warm jumper!

 To find us, follow the signs in the park to the Community Greenhouses. We are between the Tennis Courts and the Walled Gardens. 

At the end of the event, you will leave by the Lido Gate Exit of the park so if driving, it is best to park your car on or near Dulwich Road near the Lido.

Online ticket purchase is now closed but you can buy tickets on the gates any time today!

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Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith play a Gig at the Greenhouses

* Online Ticket Sales end Sun 8th July at 1pm. But you can buy tickets on the gate.  Cash only. *

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

‘Their real strength lies in their original compositions, which range from stories of protest and eviction to the powerful, atmospheric title track about night workers. An impressive set. (Robin Denselow, The Guardian)

The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with stunning musical arrangements and vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.

Their critically acclaimed second album ‘Night Hours’ was released in December 2016 on Fellside Recordings. Described as ‘exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted songs’, it has cemented the duo’s reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.

In September 2018 Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith will release their third album with a major UK tour. The album will be a further development of the duo’s songwriting and the contemporary sound that attracted such critical acclaim on their second release, Night Hours.

Have a listen to Jimmy and Sid here

‘To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists.’

The Guardian

‘Making common cause between antique songs and present circumstances is one of the grails of modern folk, one this young duo pull off impressively…Rousing stuff.’

The Observer 

‘Determinedly forthright singing and empathetic arrangements give a compelling intensity and freshness…’ fRoots

‘Exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted and beautifully realised songs.’

Folk Radio UK

 

BPCG will be running a botanical bar serving drinks and snacks so arrive any time from 6pm to enjoy these with a stroll around the gardens.

Around 6.45pm, Jimmy and Sid will play their first set

Around 7.30pm, we will have an interval
Around 8.00pm,  Jimmy and Sid will play their second set

Around 8.45pm, we will leave the Greenhouses to exit the park via the Lido Gate

To find us, follow the signs in the park to the Community Greenhouses. We are between the Tennis Courts and the Walled Gardens.

Photo credit: Emily Fairweather

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Ewan Mclennan plays a Gig at the Greenhouses

Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.  Have a listen here.

From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his performances on the iconic Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music. Ewan McLennan’s most recent solo album, ‘Stories Still Untold’, continued this reception:

‘Ewan McLennan has realised his potential on a wonderful album

of traditional folk’  **** The Telegraph

Ewan’s most recent project entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness – a collaboration with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot – seeks to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness. Their UK tour and concept album have received wide acclaim and been featured widely, including live appearances on BBC Two’s Newsnight, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

‘Breaking the Spell of Loneliness is a powerful, poignant set’

 **** Guardian

In 2018, Ewan will continue to tour solo, performing songs from previous albums as well as airing new material, both self-penned and traditional workings, ahead of his new album release in 2019.

‘McLennan continues his evolution into a major figure on the folk scene. An artist whose music lives and breathes.’ **** Songlines

Ewan will be supported by the wonderful Norfolk Broads – a four-piece female ensemble who enjoy singing low-pitched folk songs about love, despair, and dastardly boyfriends. The Broads supply their repertoire of traditional stories with a contemporary verve and energy, using old songs to fuel new takes on the lives of women both past and present.

‘Young female quartet the Norfolk Broads are strong storytellers…Their close harmonies brought a witty feminist take to a well-curated set of tales of impotence, greedy landlords, and the joys of a single life.’
 
**** Guardian
Have a listen here

We will be running a botanical bar serving drinks and snacks so arrive any time from 6pm to enjoy these with a stroll around the gardens when you can also admire our Gorgeous Gourds exhibition with night-time scented plants for evening pollinators.  We have plenty of chairs, but do bring a warm jumper!

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Around 6.45pm, Norfolk Broads will play
Around 7.45pm,  Ewan will play his first set
Around 8.45pm, Ewan will play his second set

Around 9.30pm, We will leave the Greenhouses to exit the park via the Lido Gate

To find us, follow the signs in the park to the Community Greenhouses. We are between the Tennis Courts and the Walled Gardens.

 

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Effra Gig at the Greenhouses

Another lovely Sunday Gig! We are delighted to welcome folk trio Effra.  Tickets are available for pre-booking upto 5pm Saturday 19th or pay at the gates on Sunday.

“Striking instrumental folk” say The Independent;
“An immersive, trance-like musical treat.” Say Songlines.

Effra are Alex Bishop (guitar), Tom Newell (fiddle, mandolin) and Aidan Shepherd (accordion).  Named after our very own local underground river the Effra, the trio met and formed in South London in 2011.

In 2012, the band won the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots Competition on the strength of their compositions and high- energy performance.  In 2014 they released their debut album, ‘Lose An Hour’.  Having already been previewed on Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) and Sam Lee’s Nest Collective Hour (Resonance FM), Effra will be touring the UK in 2017, including appearances at some of the biggest folk festivals….and at the Greenhouses.  Hurrah!  (Their next album even contains a field recording of the Effra flowing underground!)

As always, refreshments will be on sale made from our own produce.

Children under 12 go free. Bring your own cushions!

 

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