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7.15pm, Wednesday 7 May 2014

Paper Fish + Apples…I’m Home + Omarose + Slide Shows + Matthew B Ridley


1 Malden Road, London NW5 3HS

18 +

Tickets: £5 in advance, £6 on the door

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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.


Apples I'm Home

Recently described as “The Mamas & The Papas meets Mumford & Sons”, apples… i’m home are a pop/folk four piece based in West London. They began life in 2007 as a song-writing duo in the Scottish town of Ayr. Having since re-located to Glasgow and Gloucestershire, they can now be found writing and performing their original brand of catchy, melody-driven songs across the London folk scene.

Glasgow Arts Council funded their first recording, at the prestigious Park Lane studios (Paolo Nutini, The Proclaimers) and, following a number of further demos, the band recorded their latest EP, ‘Last Week’, in 2012. To support the release, they set off on their first UK tour, playing gigs from the south of England to the north coast of Scotland in August that year.

Solid structures and layered harmonies remain features of their music and, having received positive reactions since expanding to a four-piece, the band are now focusing on gigs across the capital at venues such as The Garage & The Borderline as well as Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.



Soul. Funk. Pop. RnB. It’s one hell of a mixture. The musical stylings of the up and coming soultress, Omarose, is infused with a synergy of sound and melody that is currently lacking in mainstream music.

From the first note you know that Omarose grew up on a diet of soul. Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye form the bedrock of her melodies and inspire her colourful harmonies. The sound is eclectic, energising and down to earth. Her fans will recognise the strong influence icons such as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Janelle Monae have on her musical catalogue.

There is a unique Omarose sound; it makes you want to dance, it gets you off your feet. It”s reminds you of those endless nights dancing to your favourite tunes. Listening, you are reminded of the days when Soul and RnB dominated the airwaves. Omarose’s break-out single “Hostel” is an inspired neo soul groove which highlights her creative writing style, matched with a kick-ass beat. Simply put, it’s a hit. Omarose is a writer, producer and collaborator. She continues to work with other UK-based writers / producers to create a sound that evokes the very best of pop and RnB. The results are fresh, original and enticing.


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.


Matthew B Ridley

An acoustic singer/songwriter, known for intrepid guitar playing and a voice somewhere between John Martyn and Paddy McAloon.

Citing the influences of the likes of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Sandy Denny, Jackson C Frank, Tim Buckley.