Faber Social & The Local Present Folk
February 3, 2014 | by Faber Social
We welcome you to join us in a celebration of all things folk with our good friends from The Local, London’s foremost hub of quiet music and the team behind the wonderful Shhh and The End Festivals.
JP Bean joins us from Sheffield to discuss his new book ‘Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs’, which was the first acquisition for Faber by editor-at-large Jarvis Cocker. Singing from the Floor tells the story of smokey rooms above pubs, bare rooms with battered stools and beer-stained tables, where the stage was little more than a scrap of carpet and sound systems were unheard of. This is where an acoustic revolution took place in Britain in the 1950s and 60s.
He is joined by William Atkins reading from The Moor, which is published by Faber & Faber in May. In this deeply personal journey across our nation’s most forbidding and most mysterious terrain, William Atkins takes the reader from south to north, in search of the heart of this elusive landscape. His account is both travelogue and natural history, and an exploration of moorland’s uniquely captivating position in our literature, history and psyche.
We have live music from BBC 6Music favourite London based singer-songwriter Sophie Jamieson and Jack Cheshire, described by the Sunday Times as “…exquisite melancholy song writing in the finest traditions of mildly psychedelic, quintessentially English, stoner folk.” DJ Howard Monk completes the evening spinning folk selections away from his monthly residence at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel.
Where: The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JD
When: Tuesday 25th February 2014. Doors open at 7pm, event starts at 8pm
Tickets cost £7 in advance / £9 on the door and are available to buy here.