kick the plug

November 27, 2009, 11:45 am
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Hello all,

We’re going to take a little break, so no Kick The Plug in December or January. We’ll be back monthly from February 2010 though, so don’t worry too much.

See you all soon!

Kick The Plug October 7th 2009 w/ The Title Sequence + Tristram + Grand Salvo
September 24, 2009, 3:57 pm
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KTP_OCT09_MIDBack once again with the ill behaviour with the ill behaviour with the ill… oh who are we kidding? It’ll be sophisticated, sedate and pleasant and all the better for it.

This month we have a returning hero and two new titans of folk to present to you.

We finish this month with The Title Sequence.

Back with his ukulele and special jumpers is Tristram. He wowed the crowd earlier in the year and we fully expect him to do the same this month. No pressure then.

On first will be Grand Salvo. Quite what they’re doing on first is anybody’s guess as they could probably headline but we don’t play by the rules.

As usual, tickets are available here and are cheaper than paying on the door:

Kick The Plug September 2nd 2009 w/ Catriona Irving + Fránçois + Stairs To Korea
September 2, 2009, 10:30 am
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KTP_SEPT09A bit later notice than usual eh? For this I wholeheartedly blame booking agents and politicians in that order.

However, as excellent a line-up as you’ll have come to expect at Kick The Plug this month. We have the return of Catriona Irving, the incredible Fránçois (or you might know him as Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains) and the rather wonderful Stairs to Korea.

This Frontier Needs Heroes have had to pull out of the show.

No Ice Cream cakes this time, but who knows what treats will replace them. As usual Mark and Tom will be playing songs between sets, this month with the help of Dale Grundle of The Sleeping Years.

Catriona Irving


Stairs to Korea

Kick The Plug August 5th 2009 w/ 6 Day Riot + Mariners Children + Rowan Coupland


And so we’re back, from outer space… not really, just N16 but they’re both full of stars. Just the other day, I saw Tjinder Singh chatting with John Power on Church Street. Stellar.

Anyway, this month we have a headline set from Six Day Riot, which is incidentally what happened when we decided to take a month off. We have support from Mariners Children and Rowan Coupland.

myspace links: (Which is Mariners Children)

6 Day Riot are aces:

“a great big, bouncy, cynic-defying barrel of fun” Word

“sunny harmonies, calypso beats, buoyant melodies and quirky lyrics. Unashamedly poppy and irrepressibly charming” NME

“Stealing beats and licks from all over the folk-pop globe, ukulele led acoustica bursting with a joyous Afro-Latin energy… recalling the post punk clatter of Bow Wow Wow with a side order of Vampire Weekend” Uncut

“Lush” Independent on Sunday

“Fin de siècle folk-pop.. splendid” The Times

“Woozy Folk-Pop, a glorious jamboree of sound and sentiment. Come join the parade.” Clash

“rich both lyrically and musically, an enchanting album” The Fly

“Think Los Campesinos crossed with Emmy the Great at an evangelical church meeting with a revolutionary political agenda” Artrocker

“Unashamedly poppy and unashamedly fun while touching on serious, almost cathartic issues makes for a fine, fine record.” 8/10, 405

“Fuzzy, expressive, eccentric earthy pop songs” The List

Wilmington Arms, 69 Roseberry Avenue, EC1R 4RL
020 7837 1384
nearest tube Angel/Farringdon

£5 on the door
£4 advance from wegottickets

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The Wilmington Arms

Kick The Plug March 4th 2009 w/ Sons of Noel and Adrian + Stars of Sunday League + My First Tooth
February 9, 2009, 10:35 am
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march09_eposter_midKick the Plug returns once again to Clerkenwell’s Wilmington Arms. This time around we present the epic folk 12-piece Sons of Noel and Adrian, who are going to be making some big noise in 2009 and really have to be seen to be believed, with support from Stars of Sunday League and My First Tooth.
Expect musical brilliance, with culinary treats and badges aplenty, with musical interludes provided by Mark and Tom of Neednowater.

Sons of Noel and Adrian
sons Closely resembling a giant centipede in motion Sons of Noel and Adrian grew up in the midlands with many like-minded musical folk. A couple of years ago they moved to Brighton to gather more legs and are now a fully formed outfit with sometimes as many as eleven members or as few as five.

The music is acoustic and falls loosely into the progressive folk niche. At the core are Jacob and Toms tumbling guitars, joined by a colourful host of other instruments to create music that ranges from Shanty to Schoenburg, from deep underground to just above the surface and muses on whether excess can make you a better person and what’s to do when your credit’s all used up and there’s nowhere to go.

“It’s all in Jacob Richardson’s bowel rupturing baritone, the kind of low end that can level entire cities and bring grown men to tears.” (FACT Magazine, 10th December ’08)

Stars of Sunday League
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 across London and beyond.

Live, Stars of Sunday League adds the various musical talents of Sarah Triggs to the mix while Emmy the Great adds a sometime vocal gloss to proceedings.

Thus far they have been fortunate enough to play alongside such luminaries as the Wave Pictures, Stornoway, Emmy the Great, Chris Wood and many others.

EP in the new year – look out!

My First Tooth

My First Tooth’s Ross writes in his bedroom, other people’s bedrooms and sometimes in the garden. Ross plays live with Sophie who sings, plays the violin and bouzouki. Ross records with Sophie, Joel and Rob.

“…recommendations…My First Tooth” – Huw Stephens, Radio 1

“Simultaneously rough and delicate, MFT
make music that’ll quietly ravage your
heart, then give it a gentle stroke better.
Killer pretty stuff” – Marsha Shandur, XFM

myspace links:

Kick The Plug February 4th 2009 w/ Birdengine + Blacklands + Rodney Fisher
January 19, 2009, 5:09 pm
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feb09_eposterFollowing on from the oddity that was the January show (two bands canceled on the day, but we still put on a good show!) Kick the Plug returns triumphantly to Clerkenwell’s Wilmington Arms. This time around we present sparse nu-folk from the excellent Birdengine with Rodney Fisher & his band, and Blacklands performing material from their brand new EP recorded in a shed in the North Yorkshire Moors,
Expect musical brilliance, with culinary treats and badges aplenty, with musical interludes provided by Mark and Tom of Neednowater.

Here’s some additional info on the acts:

Birdengine is Lawry Joseph Tilbury who comes from a tiny village in Dorset called Winterbourne Steepleton. This is dark and sinister nu-folk from the backwoods of deepest Dorest. Accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, tape crackle and the occasional snatch of birdsong, Birdengine’s murmured vocals tell tales of strangeness and charm, darkness and mystery.

“Tilbury displays the same quiet understatement and backwards weirdness as Bonnie ‘prince’ Billy, but transposed to Dorset. Listening to I fed Three Rabbit Water is like visiting a museum of curiosities packed with shelves of malformed foetuses and two-headed dogs pickled in jars; the songs are full of rustic-mythic weirdness, with Tilbury singing about dead mermaids, feral children, “beast folk” and sewing his eyelids shut”
Andy Gill, The Independent

“nervy pastoral loneliness and recorded entirely on 4-track cassette – is a reminder of how much of an intrusion digital meddling with music can be; the birdsong on *The Evil Twin* sounds as far from affectation as it could be. There’s a witchy weirdness to this all – titles like *You Gave Birth To A Horse* give that away – but it’s a very beautiful record”
Joe Muggs, Word Magazine

Blacklands  is Al Murphy & his revolving roster of musicians: James Knowles (guitar, engineering), Ed Shipley (Bass), Jamie Bridson (Drums), Jonny Ogle (Vocals and harmonica) and Tom Syson (guitar). Al has been making music on the side since 2000 whilst carving out an incredibly successful career as an illustrator, finally producing the delightful first official release The Wytchwood EP.

Under their former moniker Murphy Kid & The Bad Luck Band they’ve shared the same bill as Bob Dylan, Athlete, and Tunng. On re-launching as Blacklands last year they played a triumphant come back show with Sons of Noel and Adrian, to be followed by more live shows in the upcoming months with artists including Alessi’s Ark and Birdengine amongst others.

Traditionally Al would self-record in the garden shed of his sister’s house. These new tracks, however, were written in Berlin (where Al went for 3 months and came back a year later) and recorded on the North Yorkshire Moors, in an old farmhouse where Al got to live out his American Werewolf In London fantasies. Ever the nomad, Al is soon to be packing up and roaming again, this time returning to New York to pedal his wears and sing for his supper.

Rodney Fisher

Its almost as if Johnny Cash met Don Henley in an alleyway one dark night, they both cut their thumbs with boy scout penknives and made a lifetime commitment to writing tunes together in the lyrical style of Smogs Bill Callahan. For all the lyrical and musical turnings Rodney takes you never once lose interest because you feel you are in safe hands and that the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow will be full. This is because Rodney serves the songs, finding out how they want to be presented and then doing just that. To put it simply, hes in it for the long haul, in the business of turning out instant classics.

“a gentle brand of folk music-gossamer-like songs lifted by a sympathetic five-piece combo and Mr. Fisher’s fragile voice…
… Mr. Fisher and his troupe have a humble, winning presence. At one point, he tried to move across the stage and inadvertently bumped into a trumpet at its player’s lips. At the song’s end, he shook the trumpet player’s hand. ‘We’re having fun,’ he said to the audience. ‘Thanks for being so quiet.’ ”
– Jim Fusilli (The Wall Street Journal)

Kick The Plug January 7th 2009 w/ Rue Royale + Six Toes + Catriona Irving
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

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

‘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

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.

Christmas gifts
December 10, 2008, 5:11 pm
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July 2, 2008, 10:30 am
Filed under: Catch, Uncategorized

Hello all,

It seems that keeping a simple diary of events is too hard a task for Catch, and they’d also promised the venue to a mate of the manager. You may be wondering why this takes priority considering a) the comparative quality of our acts and b) the fact that every listings magazine and website is advertising our event. We are left wondering this ourselves and have had no real explanation.

We were left in the position of finding another venue with two days notice that would have a good enough sound system for two acoustic acts AND the 5-piece Moonshine-Moonshine. Needless to say anywhere that’s available at that notice isn’t any good, and also given that all our promotion was for Catch then we were incredibly likely to lose half of our audience by moving. For the sake of the bands and attendees we’d rather cancel the event completely than waste anyone’s time with a shit night, and on investigating the venues that were available that’s what we ended up doing.

Sincere apologies for any disappointment, but I believe we’ve done the right thing. We shall no longer be promoting events at Catch.