Storm the Palace
supported by Crayon Angels
8:00 pm, Thursday, February 28th, 2019
Entry £12, members £10, NUS card holders £5
Storm the Palace
A rare opportunity to see Storm the Palace perform live south of the border. They are an Edinburgh-based five-piece fronted by Sophie Dodds, a Scottish chanteuse whose songwriting fuses European folk tradition with pop sensibilities. For over ten years she has been accompanied by the remorseless beats of drummer Gordon Webster. In 2014 they met accordionist, pianist and legend of the Edinburgh indie-folk scene Reuben Taylor, and Storm the Palace was born. The line-up also boasts Pippa Murdie on backing vocals, stringed instruments and stoney looks, and Sam Wilkinson on bass guitar and cockney bellowing. Expect to hear their signature lush arrangements - Storm the Palace’s music has been described as baroque folk.
We are their first stopping off point as part of a mini-tour that will bring them south of the border for the first time in two years. They have been featured on blogs and radio shows from the US to New Zealand, including BBC 6 Music and Radio Scotland, and are at the forefront of the cinematic folk pop revolution you hadn’t realised you needed.
They are currently at work on their second album and have a new batch of songs to unveil to their London fanbase.
"Magnificent" - Vic Galloway (BBC Scotland)
They “vault over genre barriers without looking back” - Clash Music Magazine.
Their own bio says: "The pigeonholing of music can be a foolhardy and ultimately futile pastime so - rather than struggling to find a meaningless catch-all label - let's just say that Crayon Angels are three pleasant humans writing and performing some nice songs for grown-ups. "
Very true, but this doesn't do them justice! Somewhere around Folk, with a hint of Americana, Natalina Castiglioni provides a powerful and soulful lead vocal whilst Ian Montague on acoustic guitar and vocals and Del Halpin on guitar and slide guitar complete the trio's own unique sound. The subject matter of their songs touches on such thorny issues as: older person love, bedsit love affairs past, the ludicrous behaviour of middle-aged men and the joys (or otherwise) of parenthood.
"Quintessential English Folk/Pop crossover at its finest"... "quietly magnificent".
"It’s discovering gems like The Crayon Angels that makes all the hours I put in worthwhile......Artistes like this trio are the heartbeat of the music industry."
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