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7pm, Wednesday 26 March 2014

Thickets + The Rope & The Colt + The Honey Ants + Slide Shows + Paper Fish


373 Commercial Road, London E1 0LA


Tickets: £4 in advance, £5 on the door

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Thickets are a three-piece alternative-folk band based in London. Inspired by the likes of Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, their songs weave dark tales of murder, regret and revenge. The unusual combination of cello and autoharp creates a haunting, melancholic sound, supported by driving drumbeats and layers of ethereal harmonies.


The Rope and The Colt

Tales of murder, marriage and goldfish from the unforgiving trails of the arid South London steppe. A beautiful blend of keys, strings and percussion.


The Honey Ants

The Honey Ants are John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer. The duo formed in April of this year to play folk infused pop songs that are heavily influenced by 1960s and 1970s music, such as Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and The Mamas and Papas.

Having played for other musicians (including bass for Sufjan Stevens and a Glastonbury performance on guitar for Samantha Marais), John formed The Honey Ants to showcase his own songwriting talent alongside his songwriting partner Scott Mathieson. Things got off to a good start with the BBC using a home recording of their song ‘The Trouble With You’ in the TV show ‘Off the Hook’, Channel 4 using the track ‘Mister Sunlight’ in the series ‘Sirens’ and Tom Robinson spinning their tracks on BBC 6Music.

2013’s single ‘Give Me Arms’ features two acoustic recordings intended to demonstrate a great vocal match in Rebecca and John, and also how The Honey Ants’ songs work stripped back to nothing but an acoustic guitar and vocals. 2014 will see the release of more music and more shows.


Slide Shows

Influenced by a blend of classic singer songwriters, nineties guitar bands and the works of Conor Oberst, Justin Vernon, Glen Hansard and Damien Rice, Slide Shows began in 2007 as a bedroom recording project in the West Midlands. After three years of performing in Kent, a journey into full-band territory resulted in 2010’s debut LP ‘Calling All Fledglings’. As band mates disappeared across the country Steve went solo, keeping the name in the process. Fresh from a recent return to performing, he will be playing songs from the forthcoming Slide Shows EP ‘Maps to Nowhere’, which will be released on 2 April.


Paper Fish

Paper Fish play music rooted in the British folk tradition with a twist of pop sensibility. Their songs tell stories of lost love, poor circumstance and the drive to overcome adversity.

Paper Fish are a London based five piece semi-acoustic band. They perform their own material mixed with updated folk songs of protest and love with the occasional cover in their unique style.