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KICK THE PLUG presents THIS IS THE KIT + CATRIONA IRVING 18th FEB 2011
February 11, 2011, 9:49 am
Filed under: Catriona Irving, This Is The Kit

THIS IS THE KIT performing live
http://myspace.com/thisisthekit
“Absolutely gorgeous, like an aural bath with the warm water lapping over you” — Cerys Matthews, BBC 6music
“Just one of the best things i’ve heard all year, the rest of the lp’s pretty good too….wonderful wonderful stuff” — Gideon Coe, BBC 6music

CATRIONA IRVING performing live
http://myspace.com/catrionairvingmusic
FACT: “An example of DIY Music at it’s best”

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DJ sets from
Fear of Theydon (Sunday Best)
http://myspace.com/fearoftheydon
Camden Store DJs
http://www.thecamdenstore.co.uk/
Mark NeedNoWater
http://www.neednowaterrecords.com/
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FULL MOON ORCHESTRA (L’orchestre de la pleine lune)
Those of you who arrive early can take part in a spontaneous improvised concert to play in and conduct, open to everyone.
For those of you with a voice, dance move or musical instrument collecting dust but longing to be played, just come and join in!
the performance is divided into sections each led by a different conductor, more details here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lorchestre-de-la-pleine-lune/171452366209381?

At
The Victory (formerly Hobby Horse)
281 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E2 8AS
London

Here’s a map

FREE ENTRY! Yes FREE ENTRY. FREE.

facebook event page is here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180320598672985



KICK THE PLUG OCTOBER 6TH 2010 – RUE ROYALE + ROZI PLAIN + CATRIONA IRVING
September 22, 2010, 2:03 pm
Filed under: Catriona Irving, Rozi Plain, Rue Royale

Roll up, roll up, here’s the line-up for the October Kick The Plug. Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself: I like Rue Royale, but then I also like Rozi Plain, and on the other hand I like Catriona Irving too. But which one is best? And is there only one way to find out?

It’s certainly food for thought, and while you’re pondering about it why not come and watch them all play on October 6th at the Wilmington Arms?

RUE ROYALE
http://www.myspace.com/rueroyale
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ROZI PLAIN
http://www.myspace.com/roziplain
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CATRIONA IRVING
http://www.myspace.com/catrionairvingmusic

£4 in advance, or £5 on the door
Tickets available from here:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/94119<a



Kick The Plug January 7th 2009 w/ Rue Royale + Six Toes + Catriona Irving
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It’s the first Kick the Plug of 2009 at the Wilmington Arms!

This time around we present the excellent Rue Royale, and we are very excited to present support from the equally excellent Six Toes and Indie-folk cutey Catriona Irving.

Expect musical brilliance, with culinary treats and badges aplenty, with musical interludes provided by Mark and Tom of Neednowater.

Rue Royale
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http://www.myspace.com/rueroyale

Named after a highway running through the Chicago suburbs, Rue Royale’s musical journey has taken in a lot of sights in just two years.

In March 2008 Ruth and Brookln Dekker made the full-time touring band plunge, moving out of their house, in with some friends and selling all their belongings… save for a kick drum, shakers, guitar and a sat nav named Shelley. Straight in at the deep end, a 20-date European tour led to coverage on XFM (topping their weekly “Music Response” ballot) and BBC Six Music (“Introducing with Tom Robinson”) and boasted sold out concerts in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

Rue Royale developed from Ruth and Brookln’s over-the-pond relationship. Influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Sufjan Stevens, Zero 7 and the northern UK soul of Elbow and The Doves, they began writing together and gradually developed the candle-lit Rue Royale sound, honed through acoustic gigs and home-recorded demos.

Brookln grew up in St Louis, to church-music leading parents. He played the coffee-house circuit with God’s Green Earth before moving to Chicago in 1998. Ruth was raised in Midlands county Staffordshire in the UK, a stone’s throw from the historic city of Lichfield with it’s 1,300-year-old cathedral. Teenage years sound-tracked by 90’s Brit-pop and folk-rock, she met Brookln when touring Stateside. They wed in England five years ago and settled in Chicago soon after.

Brookln and Ruth started performing together in March 2006, and have since gigged extensively, clocked up hours of radio play across the US, had one of their tunes on MTV and amassed over 100,000 plays on myspace.

A lovingly illustrated EP, The Search For Where To Go (May 2006), was the first fruit with copies dispatched to intrigued music fans throughout the US, Canada, England, Germany and France.

Rue Royale unveiled their debut long-player at the start of 2008 – following a year that saw them firmly establish themselves on the musical map. The eponymous Rue Royale was recorded in December 2007 and independently released in February.

Not content with playing in all corners of Europe – ranging from the historic Sturmglocke squat site in Hanover to an intimate house show in rural Yorkshire – Rue Royale will leave their Chicago base to set up home in the UK this summer. Their plans for EU domination continue with an intensive tour of the European mainland in September 2008.

Six Toes

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http://www.myspace.com/sixtoes1
‘Scruffy, sinister folk rock. Something like Anthony and the Johnsons singing the scariest words of Aleister Crowley. In hell’. – NME

After touring with the Mystery Jets, King Creosote and Jamie T in 2007, SixToes retreated to the deepest darkest fenland backwater town of Ely (Cambridgeshire, England), to build a little home studio sandwiched between the asylum and historic cathedral. As the cold closed in they hightailed it back to their squat in London where they put together the finishing touches to their album. The band consists two vocalists, who trade in wide, off kilter harmonies, cello, violin, double bass and percussion. Their remix of Maps’ ‘Elouise’ was recently released by Mute Records followed with their AA single ‘Four Leaved Clover / Reggae Song. The band have just released their debut album ‘Trick Of The Night’.

“Scruffy, sinister folk rock. Something like Anthony and the Johnsons singing the scariest words of Aleister Crowley. In hell”. – NME

“A slice of edgy, scaffold-side folk and a voice like a schizophrenic eunuch.” – Time Out (Pick Of The Week)

“An intoxicating salvo of touching folk nior” – The Indie Music Magazine

“Their sound is inspiring and individual, which definitely works in their favour” – Daily Music Guide

“As playful as Andrew Bird but with the eccentricities of Tom Waits and the elegance of Shearwater. Marvellous.” – Music Week

Catriona Irving

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http://www.myspace.com/catrionairvingmusic
Catriona Irving is an indie-folk star in the making. Grabbing the bull by the horns,  her debut release was the self-released ‘Running on Empathy’, followed by the Stitch EP which enjoyed excellent reviews (“DIY music at it’s best”, said FACT, while the Metro called her “an artist to watch out for”). She’s currently working on an album, and in the meantime has been building a reputation for her live show, playing at venues such as 93 feet east, the 12 bar Club and the Borderline, and supporting the Espers, Nic Dawson Kelly and Emilie Simon along the way. Combining clever lyrics and sweet melodies that stick in your head for days, with a sweet and witty live performance, Catriona is making a significant mark on the DIY scene.



Kick The Plug December 3rd 2008 – Christmas Party w/ The Sleeping Years + Kat Flint + Catriona Irving

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It’s the Kick the Plug Christmas party at the Wilmington Arms!
This time around we present the excellent The Sleeping Years, with support from the equally excellnt Kat Flint and Indie-folk cutey Catriona Irving. As if this wasn’t a brilliant line-up enough, they are all playing us a special Christmas song as part of their sets.
Expect musical excellence, with mince pies, other culinary treats and badges aplenty, with musical interludes provided by Mark and Tom of Neednowater.

The Sleeping Years
http://www.myspace.com/thesleepingyears

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The Sleeping Years is the new project from Dale Grundle, formerly of the Catchers.  The debut album “We’re becoming Islands One by One”, is a gorgeous exploration of melody and melancholy. A gifted lyricist, Dale’s exquisitely crafted songs tell of people trying to stay connected in a world seemingly designed to keep them apart.  He is heavily influenced by the language and culture of his home in Ireland, providing a distinct character to this highly personal collection of songs.

Born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to an Irish father and a Scottish mother, Dale started his first band Catchers while at school. Their first single ‘Cotton Dress’ came out on Setanta Records and became single of the week in Melody Maker. Their debut album ‘Mute’ was recorded with Mike Hedges in France. Catchers went on to tour with Pulp, Edwyn Collins, The Divine Comedy, Dr. John and Oasis. Their second album ‘Stooping to Fit’ was recorded with Nick Drake’s arranger Robert Kirby.

Dale started his solo project The Sleeping Years with a trilogy of EPs in 2007, ‘You and Me Against The World’, ‘Setting Fire to Sleepy Towns’ and ‘Clocks and Clones’.  These were very well received and are living proof that independent singles do sell-out. They also garnered critical acclaim, featuring on BBC Radio 1’s Introducing, the Guardian’s writer’s play list and on the cover mount of Rolling Stone and Word Magazine. Songs have been heavily played on Gideon Coe’s 6music show, Stuart Bailie’s BBC Radio show, and on French radio, having been championed by France’s answer to John Peel, Bernard Lenoir.

The Sleeping Years have toured this year across France, Italy, Belgium, Ireland and the UK, including dates supporting The Bowerbirds and Damien Jurado. The live band is Dale Grundle (acoustic guitar/vocals), Michelle So (cello), Dan Wood (keyboards) and Tom Page (drums).

‘a record that only Bon Iver’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ has really rivaled in recent months. ‘We’re Becoming Islands One By One’ could be remembered as one of 2008’s best of its kind in years to come’. 8/10”
Drowned in Sound

‘his voice breaks exquisitely between hope and despair in songs that the acoustic guitar was invented for’
The Guardian

‘a one-man show that owes his lilting metaphysical lyricism to the likes of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith and John Martyn. It’s good to know that there are people like him out there’
Dazed and Confused

‘Just as Sufjan Stevens has been moved to celebrate the quirks and character of the United States, so Dale Grundle is devising his own charts, full of wonder, dread and reverie. Can’t wait to see where he takes us next.’
Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio)

Kat Flint
http://www.myspace.com/katflint

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Kat Flint is a Scottish songwright and wordsmith, born in Barbados and living in London. She’s a bit mixed up about it all. She makes instruments out of suitcases and writes incessantly. Mostly she plays solo because all her musical comrades are in other very good bands instead of hers. She kidnaps them from time to time, for special occasions and recordings, and she’d quite like to keep them.
She was once buried alive in the name of television and she used to tell ghost stories for a living.

Kat’s debut album ‘Dirty Birds’ was released on 15th Sept, 2008. Recorded in a living room, mixed on a roadtrip across America and funded entirely by donations from fans, it contains songs about black crows and bomber jets, pigeons and prostitutes and young men marching off to war.

When she’s not making a gentle racket, Kat also writes fiction no-one reads and draws pictures with a scratchy pen and a pot of India ink.

Catriona Irving
http://www.myspace.com/catrionairvingmusic

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Catriona Irving is an indie-folk star in the making. Grabbing the bull by the horns,  her debut release was the self-released ‘Running on Empathy’, followed by the Stitch EP which enjoyed excellent reviews (“DIY music at it’s best”, said FACT, while the Metro called her “an artist to watch out for”). She’s currently working on an album, and in the meantime has been building a reputation for her live show, playing at venues such as 93 feet east, the 12 bar Club and the Borderline, and supporting the Espers and Emilie Simon along the way. Combining clever lyrics and sweet melodies that stick in your head for days, with a sweet and witty live performance, Catriona is making a significant mark on the DIY scene.



Kick The Plug November 4th 2008 -Stars of Sunday League + Catriona Irving
October 22, 2008, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Catriona Irving, neednowater records, Stars of Sunday League

Kick the Plug returns to Exmouth Market’s Wilmington Arms, because it is excellent in so many ways. This time around we present the brilliant London folk-scene favourites Stars of Sunday League with support from our own Indie-folk cutey Catriona Irving and Brighton’s Laish Duo. As usual there will be cakes and badges aplenty, and the addition of a timely selection of toffee and chocolate apples, with DJ sets from the Neednowater DJs and guests. All for only 4 of your English pounds.

Here’s some more information on the bands:

Stars of Sunday League


Stars of Sunday League is the constituent parts of Euan Robinson. Liberated by a lack of real musicianship he writes simple uncluttered songs about how the biggest things are wrapped up in the smallest. He has been treading the musical boards around London since summer 07 and has found himself standing on stages at Bestival, End of the Road, New York’s Sidewalk cafe, sxsw and bandstands and grandstands. Apart from the grandstands. Live, Stars of Sunday League adds the various talents of Sarah Triggs to the mix playing and it’s been known for Emmy the Great to sometimes add a vocal gloss to proceedings.

Catriona Irving

Catriona Irving is a singer/songwriter based in London. Her debut release was the self-released ‘Running on Empathy’, followed by the Stitch EP which enjoyed excellent reviews (“DIY music at it’s best”, said FACT, while the Metro called her “an artist to watch out for”). She’s currently working on a new material and in the meantime has been building a reputation for her live show, playing at venues such as 93 feet east, the 12 bar Club and the Borderline, and supporting the Espers and Emilie Simon along the way. Combining clever lyrics and sweet melodies that stick in your head for days, with a sweet and witty live performance, Catriona is making a significant
mark on the DIY scene.

Laish Duo

Laish and Laish Quartet, and for this performance Laish Duo are the various names for Daniel Green’s most recent musical output. With an unusual fingerpicking guitar style, a distinctive and honest vocal delivery and a confident stage manner, he has found many admirers for his new collection of songs. A prolific songwriter, Green’s lyrics are open letters to friends; meditations on love, death, humour and despair. He also works with Brighton’s favourite post-folk orchestra,  Sons of Noel and Adrian as well as singing with  Redwood Red  and drumming with  Kopek . Laish Quartet is a part of Brightons’ Willkommen Collective.

myspace links:

http://www.myspace.com/thestarsofsundayleague
http://www.myspace.com/catrionairvingmusic

http://www.myspace.com/laishmusic

the neednowater + kick the plug myspace
http://www.myspace.com/neednowater

The Wilmington Arms
http://www.myspace.com/thewilmingtonarms



Kick The Plug October 1st 2008 – Nic Dawson Kelly + Catriona Irving + Superman Revenge Squad.

Kick the Plug returns to Exmouth Market’s Wilmington Arms, as it is brilliant there and we love them all. Even the moody bar boy lightened up when offered one of Helene’s cakes.

This time around we present the excellent Sunday Best approved Nic Dawson Kelly, with support from our own Indie-folk cutey Catriona Irving, as well Croydon’s foremost Superman Revenge Squad. As usual there will be cakes and badges aplenty, with DJ sets from the Neednowater DJs and Dale Grundle of The Sleeping Years.

Here’s some more info on the artists in slightly cringeworthy Press Release speak:

October 1st Kick The Plug

Nic Dawson Kelly
The Sunday Best favourite, psych-twisted songwriter Nic Dawson Kelly sits somewhere between Anthony & The Johnsons, Devendra Banhart and Bob Dylan. With an enviable knack for a fabulous melody and a witty perspective on modern life, Nic will win your heart with song as quickly as he’ll entertain you with his lyricism.

Catriona Irving
Catriona Irving is a 25 yr old singer/songwriter based in London. Her debut release was the self-released ‘Running on Empathy’, followed by the Stitch EP which enjoyed excellent reviews (“DIY music at it’s best”, said FACT, while the Metro called her “an artist to watch out for”). She’s currently working on a new EP which is due for a late Autumn release, and in the meantime has been building a reputation for her live show, playing at venues such as 93 feet east, the 12 bar Club and the Borderline, and supporting the Espers and Emilie Simon along the way. Combining clever lyrics and sweet melodies that stick in your head for days, with a sweet and witty live performance, Catriona is making a significant mark on the DIY scene.

Superman Revenge Squad
Superman Revenge Squad is a bloke from Croydon, who’s real name is Ben, accompanied by an acoustic guitar. He only started writing at the beginning of 2007, but his accessible, inventive and painfully funny songs, taking shots at pop culture but never straying too far from endearing self-deprecation have earned him quite a reputation already. Tom Robinson on Radio6 Music described him as “A very sharp lyricist indeed… Absolute genius!”. Most definitely an artist to watch out for.

myspace links:
http://www.myspace.com/nicdawsonkelly
http://www.myspace.com/catrionairvingmusic
http://www.myspace.com/supermanrevengesquad

the neednowater + kick the plug myspace
http://www.myspace.com/neednowater

Dale Grundle/ The Sleeping Years
http://www.myspace.com/thesleepingyears

The Wilmington Arms
http://www.myspace.com/thewilmingtonarms



Catriona Irving + Superman Revenge Squad + Moonshine Moonshine 2nd July

Hello gang, the lo-fi-indie-folk extravaganza that we call Kick the Plug returns once again to the shadowy upstairs of Shoreditch’s friendly Catch bar. This time we welcome back the excellent Indie folk cutey Catriona Irving, with support from Croydon’s Superman Revenge Squad and Brighton’s Moonshine-Moonshine. And yes, not only will there will be cakes and badges aplenty, but joining Tom and Mark behind the wheels of steel will be Dale Grundle of the Sleeping Years, helping us to keep your tiny little brains occupied between the acts.

Catriona Irving
http://myspace.com/catrionairvingmusic

Catriona Irving is a 25 yr old singer/songwriter based in London. She’s half Scottish/half French, tiny and blonde. When pressed to do so, Catriona describes her music as Lo-fi folk. Her love for anti-folk and traditional folk are both apparent, but she’s found herself an acoustic styled, angel-voiced sound somewhere in between the two. Her debut release was the attention grabbing ‘Running on Empathy’, and she followed that with the Stitch EP which enjoyed excellent reviews (“DIY music at it’s best”, said FACT) and a generous smattering of radio play. She’s currently working on an EP of new material which is due for an Autumn release. In the meantime she’s building quite a reputation for her live show, playing at venues such as 93 feet east, the 12 bar Club and the Borderline and has supported the Espers and Emilie Simon along the way. She’s been described as having “a voice of such delicacy and sweetness, like a meringue not yet set, or thin sheets of sugar glass” (inthecompanyofus.com) and been declared “a young artist worth watching” in the London Metro. Imagine if Elliot Smith was a girl and wasn’t so depressed. Imagine Joanna Newsom kicked her harp out the window and grabbed an Emmylou Harris Hummingbird. Imagine, if you will, CATRIONA IRVING.

Supporting Catriona we have Croydon’s foremost folk wordsmith Superman Revenge Squad and Brighton’s folk scene darlings Moonshine Moonshine.

Superman Revenge Squad
http://www.myspace.com/supermanrevengesquad

Superman Revenge Squad is a bloke from Croydon, who’s real name is Ben, accompanied by an acoustic guitar. He only started writing at the beginning of 2007, but his accessible, inventive and painfully funny songs, taking shots at pop culture but never straying too far from endearing self-deprecation have earned him quite a reputation already. Tom Robinson on Radio6 Music described him as “A very sharp lyricist indeed… Absolute genius!”. Most definitely an artist to watch out for, this should be very entertaining to say the least.

Moonshine Moonshine
http://www.myspace.com/moonshinemoonshine

A reminder of what folk music is all about, Italian Beatrice Sanjust Di Teulada’s distinctive vocals sit amongst a traditional folk sound, mixing intricate instrumentals and an ear for the equally haunting and catchy. Moonshine Moonshine are making waves as part of the Willkomen Collective, a dominant force on Brighton’s blooming folk scene and are making themselves more and more a band to watch out for.

all the links in one helpful place:

Catriona Irving
http://myspace.com/catrionairvingmusic

Superman Revenge Squad
http://myspace.com/supermanrevengesquad

Moonshine Moonshine
http://myspace.com/moonshinemoonshine

Catch:
http://www.thecatchbar.com/