Monday 31 January 2011




SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY 3:00-11:00pm

Famously cosy Clerkenwell pub venue The Betsey Trotwood once again branches out for its much-anticipated mid-winter away day! After a tremendous response to the inaugural Winterlude in 2009 (with a headline set from The Magic Numbers) The Trotwood events team have once again opted for Holborn’s beautiful wood panelled, 500-capacity Conway Hall as the venue for 2011. The one-day festival will feature 6 of The Betsey’s favourite acts, with an emphasis on Folk-rock and Americana. The wonderful country–soul–folk collective Danny and The Champions of The World head the bill, along with the recently reformed original UK country-rockers The Rockingbirds and legendary loopy performance artist John Otway, young Swedish troubadour Benjamin Folke Thomas, The Treetop Flyers and The Cedars.

The Betsey Trotwood will be putting in their own bar, including a selection of Kentish real ales, real cider and medieval mead. Pies, pasties and sausage sarnies are on the menu as well as a tea and cake stand where there'll be special guests performing accordion driven French chanson, ’40's female a capella and oboe-fronted hippy harmony music.

Tickets are £17.50 available at The Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3BL,


Italian roots band LOWLANDS are set to release their new album GYPSY CHILD in the UK in May. It follows on from 2008’s critically acclaimed debut THE LAST CALL and five-track EP Vol 1. Prior to the release, the band will be playing a handful of UK dates in March.

Shifting slightly from the Western-shirted of their debut, GYPSY CHILD presents eleven original songs by mainman Edward Abbiati, pitched somewhere between the blue-collar anthems of Springsteen and the emotive folk-rock of The Waterboys, exemplified by Chiara Giacobbe’s sweeping fiddle.

Formed in 2008 in Pavia outside Milan by British-born singer-songwriter Abbiati, LOWLANDS quickly established themselves in mainland Europe, and have made a number of friends on the international scene. Those lending a hand on GYPSY CHILD include Tim Rogers of Australia’s You Am I, in-demand Atlanta session man Joey Huffman, and ex-Green On Red organist and ‘paisley underground’ legend Chris Cacavas, who also mixed the album.

GYPSY CHILD has already been widely praised in print and online media in Europe and the US and has now begun picking up airplay on specialist radio shows in the UK.

LOWLANDS are available for ‘phone and email interview now.


Friday 11 March..........................The Brickmakers, Norwich
Saturday 12 March......................The Meze Lounge, Newport, Wales
Sunday 13 March........................The Apple Tree, Clerkenwell, London


This band could have a very bright future…. 9/10  Americana UK

Stunning….  ****  Maverick

Minor masterpieces in small-town atmospherics…..  Net Rhythms

Drawing on the sublime aspects of Nebraska-era Springsteen and the country-dabblings of Green On Red…. It’s a cracker!  Miles Of Music

Thursday 20 January 2011


Having had time to recover from the overwhelming reception that greeted their one-off date in Athens in November 2009, the Band Of Holy Joy return to Greece for three dates at the beginning of February.

The Band make a long-awaited visit to the city of Thessaloniki on 11 February where they will be playing at Gaia. They then head off to Larissa where they play Stage on 12 February before a joyful and most anticipated return to Athens and Club Tiki on 13 February.