Virginia Thorn, who played at Square Roots’ inaugural gig, takes to the water on 9 May for a gig aboard Tamesis, a charming 1930s Dutch barge moored permanently between Lambeth and Vauxhall bridges – a pub with a difference. The concert begins at 8.30pm, see details below. Check Virginia’s new album, How Shall We say Goodbye.
Square Roots made its public debut this spring with three concerts at Time Out’s award-winning Green Note in Camden Town, London. Each focused on a legacy musician or theme. Scroll on to find out more about the venue and read reviews of the events.
Green Note is a little patch of Greenwich Village in Camden Town.
Founded in 2005 by two North London school friends who shared a love of American folk music and 1960s singer-songwriters, Green Note has hosted Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran early in their careers. Leonard Cohen once dropped in for a private gig. Last year, Green Note beat off competition from larger and more established venues such as the Union Chapel, the Brixton Academy and the Royal Albert Hall to be voted London’s Favourite Music Venue 2015 in a poll by Time Out.
The club is cosy and intimate, a place to enjoy a drink while listening to first-rate music – not a place where music plays second fiddle to booze and musicians struggle to be heard over the hubbub. Folk, blues and world music is what Green Note showcases – essentially, Immy and Risa preside over the kind of place in which they themselves want to hang out. The sense of community is palpable.
‘Our dream was to create the kind of place where we would want to go to hear the music that we love,’ says Immy. ‘Somewhere friendly, comfortable, intimate, and with the best music on offer every night of the week.’ Green Note has been a hit with all ages, but Risa has noted with pleasure that ‘many of the older generation say it reminds them of New York’s Greenwich Village in the sixties. From the wooden floors to the exposed brick walls, to the paintings on the walls of sixties legends and our musical heroes to the mismatched cushions and worn wooden furniture, it’s not hard to see why. It’s got a real living room feel. It feels like the kind of place Bob Dylan or Joan Baez would have cut their teeth.’
Square Roots Productions is honoured to be ‘bringing it all back home’ to Green Note.
Come join us at our inaugural gig on 22 February with Dan Evans and Virginia Thorn, who will tip their hats to American singer and folklorist Jean Ritchie. On 23 March it’s an evening of the very best of acoustic folk and blues guitar with Wizz Jones and son Simeon, plus Dariush Kanani. And on 13 April, folk legend Bonnie Dobson – a veteran of those Greenwich Village clubs – takes the stage, with support by Harry Phillips.
A celebration of the late Jean Ritchie, the Appalachian singer and song-collector who inspired both Baez and Dylan. Regarded as ‘the mother of folk music’, she came to Britain on a Fulbright Scholarship to trace the links between American ballads and songs from the UK and Ireland.
The gig features acclaimed dulcimer player Dan Evans and singer-guitarist Virginia Thorn, a rising star.