London Speakeasys

There’s a reason that east London become known as one of the coolest places in the city, and indeed the World, and it’s reputation for music is a significant part of that.

Now is a particularly exciting time for folk and blues music in this area, as the traditional industry structure is gradually breaking down, creating new opportunities for talented new musicians performers to fund, record, distribute and perform without the middle men and restrictive record contracts of the past.

Recently some from this circuit have started to gain national recognition, such as folk singer Sam Lee (http://samleesong.co.uk/) being nominated for the prestigious Mercury music award, and Fred Stitz playing with Razorlight. From busking in the streets, gigs in old churches and small bars, the area acts as a stage for these nascent artists to cut their teeth and launch themselves into a career in music.

Into the Moon playing at the Harrison, London, UKRob Rider Hill and some of Mojo hand play in the Vintage Emporium, Shoreditch, LondonBrooke Sharkey tunes up before a gig at the Old Boys Club, Dalston, London.Graham Farnworth plays with Mojo Hand at Stoke Newington International Airport, Hackney, LondonBrooke Sharkey, Garance Loulou and Adam Beattie at the Old Boys Club, Dalston, Boxcar Joe Strouser playing harmonica in the Vintage Emporium, Shoredtich, London.Graham Farnworth playing at the Harrison, London, UKJamboree, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London.Adam Beattie plays in the Finsbury, London.Dakota Jim plays at Jamboree, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London.Jamboree, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London.Jamboree, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London.Jamboree, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London.Rob Hill playing at Jamboree, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London.Jamboree, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London.The Turbans play at Stoke Newington International Airport, Hackney, London.Graham Farnworth after a gig at the Harrison, Kings Cross, London.Fred Stitz playing at Jamboree, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London.Ewan crowdsurfing in his pants at a John Langham gig in Stoke Newington old church, Hackney, London.
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