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On The Lamb Stage - February 2019

January 31, 2019

Sunday Sessions 3rd February 8pm



The Lamb is delighted to welcome back the spine-tingling Ma Polaine's!

Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, or “a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara”, blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act.

2018 album release The Outsider has had wide-spread radio play, including Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 show, Verity Sharp’s Late Junction on BBC Radio 2 & 3, and led to a feature on the band in fRoots magazine. From the start Beth Packer and Clinton Hough always sought to keep their song-writing influences open, and have a sound with oddness, sparsity and a subtle quality that is their own.

The duo have been tightening their unique sound whilst remaining decidedly easy and loose with the range of influences they draw from. Blues, jazz and country feature strongly, but what this duo admire most in others is individuality, artists who have been unafraid to be themselves musically and in attitude. Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Gillian Welch and Nick Cave are just a few examples.

2016’s EP release Small Town Talk gained rave media reviews, building on 2015’s nomination as an emerging artist in the British Blues Awards for the album “Got Me Out Of Hell”, also winning a Reveal Records emerging act competition, and earning an international song-writing semi-final spot for Suffer It Well from 2013 EP of the same name.

Throughout this year Ma Polaine’s Great Decline toured the country, taking in the finest of intimate venues and enjoyed a busy festival season at the likes of Green Man and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival





Wednesday 6th Feb, 7.30pm



Seething’s foremost music night, BedLamb, features some of the best musicians locally and from further afield in one of the friendliest, charming most fun-filled boozers around!

So why not pop down? Soak up the wonderful atmosphere with a cheese board and some real ale, listen to awesome acts and get ready to treat your ears, be inspired, sing along and stomp your feet.

This month's awesome line up features:

Thomas Ashby
Folk and Blues multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Channelling his travels and experiences into a thought-provoking and sincere sound.

Shaun O'Reilly Music
“A people's poet with the language of song running through his veins.” - WORDS FOR MUSIC
"If the single ‘Crooked’ is anything to go by, I can't wait to see what he's bringing." - CAPTAIN SOUND

Mark Mathews Music
Returning to The Lamb stage!
Mark Mathews is a London based singer-songwriter who writes catchy, indie-pop tunes with a folk edge. He has been voted one of the best artists in London by readers of the Metro newspaper, awarded first place in the Indie International Songwriting competition, nominated for 2 Indy Music Awards for best live act and been played on BBC Introducing
His recording career has been equally as fruitful, having recorded and released a selection of EP’s - 2 of which were born out of his #newmusiceverymonth project in 2017, in which Mark released a new single every single month.





Sunday Sessions, 10th February, 8pm



We met Jimmy the Dog whilst they were playing at the Surbiton Food Festival last year - they were great and we are delighted to welcome them to The Lamb!

Currently an acoustic guitar/harmonica duo, based in Reading and west London, playing a selection of original country blues, cajun, rootsy rock’n’roll and Chicago blues and jive covers of the 40’s 50’s and 60’s, sweaty and crowd-pleasing. Stomp, if you like. It’s still gonna be LOUD! Previously, we played as an electric 4-piece blues combo and had some decent summer festival appearances including Standon Calling, The Ealing Blues Festival and Readipop. Right now, we take our brand of mayhem to pubs and summer festivals around the London area. It makes for thirsty work!





Bluesy Wednesday, 13th February 8pm



Dusty is a one-man band Blues musician and singer, playing percussive slide guitar and Mississippi mudharp backed with kick beats. He's played across his native Ireland, the States, and now London, doing original songs and his take on classic covers.

Having played harmonica and guitar in sessions since age 17, Dusty has fronted heavy rock bands, led folk sessions and backed indie bands with solid bass. Now playing solo, he plays session, support for bands and fronts his own gigs






Sunday Sessions, 17th February, 8pm



Just as Bob Dylan shares the ebb and flow of his life through song, so too does London’ s own Ben Holland. He brings a genuine sincerity to his work and gives your restless heart a soft place to rest it’s weary head.’ – Fresh Independence





An Evening With, 20th February, 8pm



Ben Jordan is an American independent musician from Denver, Colorado. He is currently residing and touring throughout the UK and Europe. This year Ben will release his highly anticipated follow up to 2010's Ghosts Breathing Through Our Strings, entitled, Dream Invisible on IRL Records. This album features the majority of Sam Green & the Midnight Heist, Jaz Delorean, from Tankus the Henge and other UK musicians. This summer, Ben was picked up as an endorsee for Anderwood guitars and signed by IRL Records.

Ben's songs range from intimate ballad to high energy foot stomper and everywhere in between. His solo shows are part comedy, part travelogue and always a hairs breadth from careening off the road. His communication and rapport with the audience is a rare and often hilarious thing to see. Never one to shy away from a road story or a joke before breaking your heart or making you want to get up and dance, Ben is both new & old in the same breath. With ever changing set lists and a prolific output of songs, definitely a live experience worth having more than once.





Sunday Sessions, 24th February, 8pm



Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie has released four albums of his own songs. Having roots in Scottish folk music, as well as a lifelong interest in old time jazz, blues and other folk styles, his genre-spanning music is tied together by his warmly soulful, distinctive voice and poetically narrative lyrics. A consumate performer, Beattie's shows are as captivating with voice and guitar as they are in full band incarnation. He has performed to audiences across the UK and Europe alongside musicians such as the legendary Bert Jansch, Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes as well as collaborating on guitar and bass with Brooke Sharkey, Scott Hirsch and Michael Chapman. In addition, Beattie is part of 12-piece folk supergroup Band of Burns, contributing interpretations of Robert Burns songs as well as original compositions. In 2018 Band of Burns headlined London's Union Chapel and played Celtic Connections in Glasgow on Burns Night at The Old Fruitmarket as part of their UK tour. Adam is currently working on a new album of original songs.




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