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Forest Gate Hotel

Forest Gate Hotel

COAL PORTERS AT FOREST ROOTS

Dear Forest Roots Folk

Just a quick reminder that we start the season again at Forest Roots this Friday with the Coal Porters. They play their own renowned style of bluegrass and are all amazing musicians playing between them fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass:
“Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.” Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros).

You can check them out at www.sidgriffin.com or you’ll find lots of clips on YouTube.

As usual the Flats Family Band will be there as well as surprise guests and local performers so we hope you will come and support us on our first night back.
So that’s the Coal Porters on Friday, 27th September at Forest Roots, the Forest Gate Hotel, 105 Godwin Road, Forest Gate, E7 0LW.

Starts 8.30pm.

 

Stay forever young

Jenny and Caroline

 

Parish Notices

The Forest Run, Sun 6th October, WansteadPark starts 2pm at The Temple

Annual Fun Run supporting charities in Africa and Sri Lanka. More info email funrun@hotmail.co.uk. Entry fee £6 adults , £3 per child.

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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The Lord Rookwood

The Lord Rookwood

LEON HUNT AT FOREST ROOTS

Dear Forest Roots Folk

This month at Forest Roots we are very lucky to have Leon Hunt www.leonhunt.com. He is probably the UK’s foremost banjo player. He plays all styles of 5-string banjo, not just bluegrass but also jazz and Irish. He studied with the renowned American banjo virtuoso, Bela Fleck and he is also a member of the Daily Planet as well as doing lots of sessions for various well known artists. He will be ably accompanied by Chris Haigh on fiddle www.fiddlingaround.com and Paul Kerr on vocals and guitar.

Check him out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehSTssRUTRk and there is much more …

Leon Hunt’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/probablyleon?ob=0&feature=results_main  

“This is banjo wizardry in a style totally unique.Leonplays with brilliance and soul – you don’t always find the two together” — Mike Harding – BBC Radio 

“Leon shines brightest when he whips out a rendition of the Pat Metheny tune ‘James’. With this record he manages to smash all preconceptions about what a banjo can and can’t do and leaves you both satisfied and wanting more.” —Guitarist Magazine

“This record shows how world-class Leon’s playing really is.” — Banjo NewsLetter (USA)

Need I say more? Apart from there will be The Flats Family Band, plus local singers and a surprise guest.

So see you all at Forest Roots on Friday, 27th April at The Lord Rookwood, 314 Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3NW.

Starts 8.30pm (Free entry + whip round)

Stay forever young

Jenny and Caroline

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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The Kremlinaires

THE KREMLINAIRES AT FOREST ROOTS

Dear Forest Roots Folk

Calling all comrades!

Just a quick reminder that we have the fantastic Kremlinaires this Friday at Forest Roots. They will be ably supported by Grinch Mountain whose bluegrass playing thrilled us last time we saw them at Forest Roots.

The Flats Family Band will be there in force as well as surprise guests and local singers. Get in touch if you’d like to perform.

So put it in your diary, this Friday, 24th June at the Lord Rookwood, Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone, E11, starts at 8.30.

The Kremlinaires Official Site: http://www.kremlinaires.com/  
Viva la revolution
Stay forever young
Jenny and Caroline

 

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Victor

COLD HANDS & QUARTER MOON

 
Introduced by Victor Rikowski
 
The band members:

Victor Rikowski – Guitar & Vocals

Alex Lowther-Harris – Guitar, Banjo, Accordion & Vocals

Louie Ashton-Butler – Vocals

Nicholas Frost – Violin

Jack Rennie – Bass Guitar

William J Roberts – Hand Percussion

In the autumn of 2008, Aaron Ledbury suggested to me that some kind of jam should take place between two musicians; namely, him and me. I knew he played the ukulele and he knew that I played the guitar and bass. A month or two later, Alex Lowther-Harris, who was a banjo, guitar & synthesiser extraordinaire, joined us. We began to do some general jamming, with me on the bass, Alex on banjo and Aaron on ukulele. It was around winter 2008/spring 2009 that we began to make it a regular thing. Sunday was our compulsory weekly jam. For the rest of the year we were trying to figure out what our band/music was about and what we wanted to get out of the whole thing. We recorded quite a few of our jam sessions on Dictaphone. We were working on a big repertoire of songs; songs without lyrics in a band without a singer. Most of the songs were a bunch of chords which Aaron would jam/improvise over occasionally, with Alex and me occasionally having our own time in the spotlight. In one song I played flute and Aaron played harmonica and Alex played guitar. We often swapped, switched and sometimes even modified our instruments. Our style was a kind-of bluegrass, jamming and, predominantly, blues style. But without any singer, lyrics or main melody for all of our songs we were stuck for where to go next. But we didn’t really care. We enjoyed playing music and having fun with it. Alex and Aaron wrote the songs/chords together and I wrote the baselines along with their ideas.

Late at night one day the three of us went down to the beach on the Menai Straight between Bangor and Anglesey. It was a stone beach with huge boulders and calm water. It was very dark and very cold but it was also very beautiful. We played for about half an hour before complaining about how cold our hands were. We carried on playing nonetheless. We then noticed that the moon was quarter full. It was in memory of that magical night that the band then became Cold Hands & Quarter Moon.

The academic year came to a close. Over the summer holidays I began writing songs again. I hadn’t written a song in years and it was nice to start again. I wrote them purely for my own enjoyment but when I came back to university and played a couple of them to Aaron he said he really liked them and that he wanted to work on them for the band. From then on the band had developed a whole new perspective. We were a band that did songs. The style of the songs maintained the original blues ethic, but also added in folk and even a few punk and country influences. The band line up began to change rapidly from then on. At the beginning of the year it was just me and Aaron in the band; me on guitar and vocals and Aaron on bass. Alex didn’t seem to like the new direction of the band, so then it was just me and Aaron.

However, Aaron and I both knew that we needed more musicians/singers in order to get the band to be how we wanted it to be. The next person to join the band was Nicholas Frost, who is a really good violinist and plays for the Bangor University Orchestra. He did a great job with the songs that we had. When Nick came to his first practice he brought along with him a guy known as Louie, who is a very good singer and recently (December 2009) performed a vocal solo in the Bangor University Winter Concert. I had been thinking for a week or two about finding myself another female singer but then suddenly it struck the band as obvious; why didn’t Louie join the band? We had a second singer.

Eventually Alex came back into the band playing banjo, guitar and, very brilliantly, the accordion. It was done: the band line-up was complete. Alex began to write songs too, and writing them very quickly. We began to practice regularly and for long hours of the day, much to our housemates’ annoyance. Just when we were getting pretty tight and ready to tour the pubs and open-mike’s of Bangor, disaster struck. Aaron was being thrown out of university because of his financial difficulties concerning last year’s rent. We had lost our bassist, the bassist who had learnt and written all the bass lines for the new songs by me and Alex along with the couple of cover songs we did.

We had to find a new bassist. Jack Rennie was the next person to join the band in autumn 2009 as the bassist. We began practicing again and re-learning the songs we had already done. Before too long we were performing songs in the pubs and open-mikes in Bangor. First we performed in the ‘Bell Vue’ (which was my personal favourite), and the next one we did was at ‘The Underground’ or ‘The Venue’ on Bangor High Street. The next was Open-Mike at ‘The Greek’. We did a session in the recording studio soon after that, which I was using as coursework for my music degree.

For quite some time I was thinking about having a drummer and Jack Rennie had an electric drum kit. I knew how rare/difficult it is for a band to get a drummer and so this was likely to be the only opportunity of having one but, having realized that it wouldn’t suit the aesthetics of the band, I stuck with what we had. But I still wanted some percussion in the band. I went down to the shop and bought some bongos, a tambourine and an egg shaker. Soon after this William Roberts wanted to join the band as our percussionist. So now we’ve settled for the six of us and look forward to recording more songs in the studio and performing more folk/blues/country songs in pubs and open-mike sessions.

Victor Rikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

You can hear some of the band’s session on YouTube:

‘Brown Shoes’ composed by Alex Lowther-Harris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ijUrtSOzQ

‘Traitor’ composed by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRIP6SyI1X4 

‘Human Herbs’ composed by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk

‘Reverence’ composed by Alex Lowther-Harris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVLjpWJfHgo

‘Stagnant’ composed by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StqTevvSQ_k

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