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The Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel

The Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel

FOREST ROOTS

THE SIR ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOTEL

27th NOVEMBER

 

Dear Forest Roots Folk

Thanks to everyone who turned up last month to see the amazing Acoustica. It was a great night and a real pleasure to see so many familiar faces.

This month we welcome back The Hot Strings Review featuring Martin Wheatley on guitar and ukulele and Mike Piggott www.mikepiggott.com on fiddle. They are both incredible musicians and gave us a fantastic evening last time they were at Forest Roots. If you saw them last time you will remember Martin’s mesmerizing performance of The Dambusters on the ukulele (check him out on YouTube) and Mike’s amazing jazz fiddle playing. These two are definitely not to be missed.

The Flats Family Band will be there as well as surprise guests and local performers.

If you’d like to be one of them email us @ forestroots@googlemail.com.

So that’s The Hot Strings Review at Forest Roots, The Sir Alfred Hitchcock, 147 Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, London E11 1NP on Friday 27th November.

Starts 8.30pm sharp

Transport: Bus (257); underground Central Line, Leytonstone

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Stay forever young

Jenny and Caroline

Forest Root: Country, Folk, Blues and Beyond

 

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

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Forest Gate Hotel

Forest Gate Hotel

FOREST ROOTS – DAI AND THE RAMBLERS

Dear Forest Roots Folk

Just a quick reminder to let you know that next Friday we have zydeco and cajun band Dai and the Ramblers, see: http://www.daiprice.com and featuring our very own Flats Family Band member Alan Dunn as well as other notable musicians.

Check out their website. They will be ably supported by local acts and surprise guests.
If you’d like to perform please get in touch at: foreatroots@gmail.com .
So that’s Dai Price and the Ramblers at Forest Roots on Friday, 28th March, at the Forest Gate Hotel, Godwin Road, Forest Gate, London, E7 0LW

Starts 8.30pm

BR Forest Gate, or WansteadPark

Buses: 86, 25, 330, 58, 308

 

Looking forward to seeing you
stay forever young
Jenny and Caroline

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

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The Lord Rookwood

FOREST ROOTS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Dear Forest Roots Folk

Spending the holiday slumped in front of the tele? Eaten too many Christmas goodies?  All shopped out at the sales? Help is at hand. Why not come along to the Forest Roots Christmas Party this Friday, 30th December at the Lord Rookwood, 314 Cann Hall Road,E11 3NW where you can sit back, relax and let us entertain you.

We’ll be singing songs old and new with The Flats Family Band at full strength. Coxy and his band will be there as well as Stan Gordon and other surprise guests and local performers.

Starts 8.30pm

Stay forever young
Jenny and Caroline

Country, Folk, Blues and Beyond

Acoustic Music

Free entry and a Whipround

The Lord Rookwood pub: 314 Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3NW

The Lord Rookwood: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/28333/Lord_Rookwood/Leytonstone

The Lord Rookwood is well known for its jazz club, see: http://www.ents24.com/web/venue/London/The-Lord-Rookwood-30777.html

General Information about the Lord Rookwood: http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/clubs_bars/venue-4608.php

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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

 

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The Lord Rookwood

FOREST ROOTS – FRIDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2011

 

Dear Forest Roots Folk

On Friday 25th February  we have the Hot Strings Review featuring the versatile and multi-talented Martin Wheatley and Mike Piggott who play between them guitar, fiddle, ukulele, banjo, steel guitar and many more. Martin is a virtuoso ukulele player (check him out on Youtube) and Mike is a renowned fiddle player, see: http://www.mikepiggott.com.

The Flats Family Band will be there and don’t forget it’s a ukulele rollover. So if you’re a ukulele fan this is definitely a night not to be missed.

See you in the Forest Gate Hotel function room, 105 Godwin Road, Forest Gate, E7 0LW

BR: Forest Gate

Tube: Wanstead Park

Busses: 86, 25, 330, 58, 325, 308

Starts 8.30pm

Free entry with a whipround

Stay forever young

Jenny and Caroline

UPDATE 13th FEBRUARY 2011

Jenny and Caroline sent an email today. There has been a change of venue. Forest Roots will no longer be held at the Forest Gate Hotel.

The next session on the 25th February will now be held at the The Lord Rookwood pub: 314 Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3NW

The Lord Rookwood: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/28333/Lord_Rookwood/Leytonstone

The Lord Rookwood is well known for its jazz club, see: http://www.ents24.com/web/venue/London/The-Lord-Rookwood-30777.html

General Information about The Lord Rookwood: http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/clubs_bars/venue-4608.php

But from now on Forest Roots will be added to its repertoire.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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FOREST ROOTS – FRIDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2011

Wizz Jones

WIZZ JONES AT FOREST ROOTS

Dear Forest Folk

Don’t forget that on Friday, 25th June we have bluesman, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Wizz Jones http://www.wizzjones.com A real musician’s musician, cited by John Renbourn and Eric Clapton as an important early influence and he’s coming to perform for us at Forest Roots! Make sure you don’t miss this night and if you want more information on Wizz there’s loads on the Internet. He even has an entry in Wikepedia!

Friday, 23rd July, Acoustica featuring Paul Kerr, Chris Haigh and Olly Blanchflower. A welcome back to this lively group who play a mixture of Irish and contemporary folk music and will set us up for the summer

Usual venue: the Function Room of the Forest Gate Hotel, Godwin Road, E7 0LW.

Usual time: it starts at 8.30pm

Stay forever young

Jenny and Caroline

STOP PRESS…….Forest Voices Choir is now rehearsing for their summer programme of concerts at the Forest Gate Festival and Forest Roots learning summer songs and looking for new members. Come and join us for free workshops to improve your singing skills, learn songs and meet new people in a friendly and relaxed environment. Doesn’t matter if you think you can’t sing here’s the opportunity to learn. Everyone welcome. Our next meeting is this Thursday, 24th June, 7-9pm in the Function Room of the Forest Gate Hotel, 105 Godwin Road, Forest Gate, London E7 0LW.

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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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