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Notes From Underground Part 3

The Third edition of Notes from Underground features more of our favourite unsigned and unbothered artists who continue to spark up the Alternative Folk and Underground Poetry scene in London.  This month we have:
  • Robert Chaney (Americana singer-songwriter hero of the London scene)
  • Robert Corcoran (Alternative Folk Irish powerhouse of song)
  • Mad Pirvan (Alternative poetry queen of the Bohemian night)
  • Gabriel Moreno (Poet, singer-wongwriter, host and curator of the night)

and more to be announced…

Expect the most genuine and talented underground artists around.
POETRY AND MUSIC from the core of the psyche.

£5 pound entry

Reserve your table on 020 8829 8989 for the best seats in the venue!

Fantastic vegan food available.

Lords & Ladies of Misrule Soiree

He rolls into town drunk as a skunk trembling Chihuahua on his shoulder and rattle snakes for scarves.

He winks at the sun and collapses in paroxysms of laughter as the gullible gather round to buy his dubious wares he is the ‘Medicine Man’ curled up under the stars and the Appellation moon.

He is our April Fool, the Duke of Disorder, the paradise quack of chaos and we will be dancing the hallucinogenic hoedown with him at our Medicinal April Fool Soiree.

Our very own Lord of Misrule Mr Alfie Thomas will be guiding the proceedings, a fabulous line-up which includes:

  • Lady Lovely Lute aka Stephanie Feeney who will whisper Medieval somethings in your ear, she will lull you into a false sense of sweetness and drop some Belladonna in your tea,
  • the Rainbow warrior himself Kosmic Troubadour,
  • Poet Millie George radical princess of Soho,
  • Cian Binchy fresh from his sell-out show Madhouse re: Exit in Shoredich Town Hall,
  • poet extraordinaire Debra Watson will be performing her beautiful verse with a bite,
  • urban Punk goddess Julie D Riley with drummer Jeff Townsin,
  • very special guest dancer TBC,
  • special guest DJ and Society of Imaginary Friends playing their most mischievous songs.
  • Not forgetting Gorgeous Vegan food by Culinary Magicians Kathy and Roger.


You would be a fool to miss it!!!

Collage Nights

Collage Nights will return on Wednesday the 12th of April with another fantastic evening, exploring diverse art, music and sound.

Starting at 8pm sharp you can join us at the event or tune in live to watch the spectacle unfold.

We’ll be coming back full circle for this wonderful third installment of Collage Nights.

With performances from:

Ed Geater plays gorgeous looped guitar, vocals, and beatbox to produce acoustic songs which slide from classical to pop to EDM –
Boe Huntress – an established singer-songwriter, Boe Huntress is now joined by a band of kickass women who have turned their attention to artful electrofolk – a mixture of electronics and live instruments
Visuals by The Big Everything
Why full circle?
The story will unfold on the night with a very special guest!
Presented in association with Collage Arts PRS Foundation Jatanil Banerjee Music and Kabaret at Karamel Karamel Club

Latest events list

Every month is jam-packed with an extensive range of events – from live music, jazz and world to folk, emerging artists, DJs, poetry, kids, exhibitions and much much more.

Read more in the latest events e-quarter HERE

Visit the monthly calendar for details of each event.

Listings and tickets are available in advance via www.musicglue.com/karamel or call the venue on 020 8829 8989 or the Collage Arts box office on 020 8829 8962.

The latest Quarter issue 8 has been published, preview the edition HERE or pick up a copy on your next visit to Karamel.

Karamel Music Club: Tom Baxter + more

/// TOM BAXTER ///

After a number one record in Ireland, top ten in the UK and deals with Sony/Columbia and EMI for Feather & Stone andSkybound, many of you will be no stranger to Tom. His track Miracle was used for the BBC’s final Beijing Olympic montage; My Declaration was covered by Eliza Bennett; and he’s even been covered by Dame Shirley Bassey who recorded one of our favourites, Almost There, and performed it with him at the BBC Electric Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall. While that gives you an idea of the pedigree of his writing, as a performer he is knockout. If the spirit of Jeff Buckley were to wade up onto the beach and pick up a guitar, while Marvyn Gaye and John Legend lit up the bonfire and raised the flame by pouring on an 18 year old single malt, it might sound like Tom. Check out Better (the most requested wedding song in Ireland 4 out of the last 6 years) and My Declaration, and then get ready for the incredible new record, The Uncarved Block.


If you liked the Tiny Ruins record last year, this will be right up your street. The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley and a unique guitar style that takes elements of folk fingerpicking, Flamenco and West African music, the 10 songs that make up his second album – Love of Too Much Living – sound deceptively simple at first but open up to reveal a warmth, humour and wisdom that mark The Magic Lantern out as an artist with a unique songwriting voice.

Born in Australia before moving to the UK aged 12, it was while studying philosophy in Bristol that Jamie began performing as The Magic Lantern alongside friends and long-term collaborators in the DIY Bristol music scene including This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd. Moving to London, Jamie expanded The Magic Lantern into a quintet of friends and together they evolved a transporting sound inspired by the immediacy of Jamie’s lyrics and lilting melodies and a shared love of improvised music. The Magic Lantern’s debut album A World In A Grain of Sand was mixed by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno/Paul Simon) and, on subsequent release in June 2011, was critically acclaimed by Late Junction’s Verity Sharp, Bob Harris and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 3, 2 and 6 respectively) amongst others.

Keen to focus on the intensity that comes with stripping everything away Jamie dissolved the quintet line up to return to playing and writing on his own. Love of Too Much Living is the product of two years spent crafting this new musical approach, playing hundreds of gigs around the UK with friends and contemporaries including Sam Lee & Friends and Cocos Lovers to an ever-increasing audience of enthusiasts.

“Very, very special”
– Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

“Intriguing, compelling and exceptional. A man to watch”
– The Guardian

“An exciting new talent”
– Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“Bitter sweet, beautiful music”
– Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

“A classic album, I love it!”
– Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“**** Beautiful, engrossing music”
– musicOMH.com


If there is an artist causing chatter among the industry at the moment, this is him. It’ll take you about 25 seconds to work out why. When Rory got onto the stage at the Old Queen’s Head for us last year you knew instinctively the moment his mouth opened he was the real deal. John Martyn references seem to get thrown around willy-nilly these days, but if you’re saving it for one guy, it’s Rory. Absolutely masterful on the guitar, and a writer who will no doubt go on to be worthy of the comparisons. Rory was handpicked by Danny Thompson to play at his 70th birthday; he won the Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections, opened for a sell out performance by Rachel Sermanni and shared the bill with Transatlantic Sessions on Mary Ann Kennedy’s late night Radio 3 sessions. He has since supported Michael Marra, Eliza Carthy, Sam Lee, Bella Hardy and Anais Mitchell in some of Scotland’s major music venues. Once London and the rest of the UK gets a taste of him, he won’t be supporting people long. To whet your whistles, check out the videos on here – but really, you need to be in the room to completely get it. It’s like watching a young Jackson Browne pouring out his heart and humour in a thick Scottish lilt while John Martyn and Nick Drake scatter woody, earthy chords around Beverley’s feet. Destined for musical mecca.

Karamel Music Club – Songwriters End of Season Party


We’re rounding off the season in special fashion with a set from Squeeze legend Chris Difford, with an all star supporting cast. This is a SERIOUS line up. We’ve just returned from Chris’s Annual Songwriting Retreat at Pennard House in Glastonbury – something we’ve been involved in for ten years. Over the course of the week, some of the most exciting songwriters around collaborate in an eccentric old mansion; a kind of song Caligula… and on Wednesday 2nd a host of the artists that took part will be previewing new songs, as well as playing a couple of their tunes you may know already. It’s a triumphantly feel good way to end the season; and a fitting way to say goodbye to Rosely Funari who is moving on to a new exciting phase of her career after being such a tremendous supporter of musicians and songwriters the last 3 years since we started the shows in N22. Let’s give her a wonderful send off.

Playing tonight are:

Chris Difford

and, in no order…

Leslie Mendelson
Samantha Whates
Andy Caine
Joel Sarakula
Alex Vargas
Charlie Turner

and who knows, maybe a few more.

Reply on the facebook event page with how many seats you want saving… It’s FREE! Looking forward to rounding off the Wood Green shows for another season – see you there!

End of Season KMC Party with Chris Difford (Squeeze)


Karamel Music Club

May sees the arrival of a couple of new faces, as well as an old friend. 17 year old George Wilding has been causing something of a stir in the industry, with Sony offering a development deal on the spot when they heard him. With consistent spot plays on BBC Radio 2 and 6, as well as local radio. George has all the makings of a Syd Barrett meets David Bowie age 17 – tall and elegant, quietly confident, lyrics beyond his years (check out ‘My Backwards Head’, which he wrote when he was 14) and a maturity chord wise that astounds – where his contemporaries slap on a capo and play the usual chord blocks, George is filling in the three passing notes in between. You’re going to love him. Also making an appearance are an outrageously fun and 70’s-tastic ‘Itchy Teeth’ – superbly tight rhythm section, chord changes that would have supertramp dancing along in a T-rex T-shirt while the kinks crackled out of a transistor radio. Great performers, and sure to be a tremendously good night. If you then add into the mix solo artist and former seahorses frontman (and great pal) Chris Helme – a man who himself knows a thing or two about the 70’s, as well as having laid claim to a number one album in both the UK and Japan – then you get the idea. And as always, it’s free. Our way of inviting the local haringey community in to our world of ethical promotion and the supporting of great, original music.


Jazz at Karamel – Allison Neale Kate Williams Quartet

In keeping with Collage Arts’ long standing tradition of bringing top quality entertainment to the borough, there’s a brand new event set to join the already brimming roster for 2014. Fresh from world famous London venues The Vortex and Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz at Karamel will be hosting the hottest talents from all ends of the Jazz spectrum. Kicking off with the raucous and formidable Pigfoot on January 29th there’s a truly delectable menu of treats on offer throughout the year. There’s something scheduled for every jazz fan’s tastes, from the airy piano and alto sax compositions of Allison Neale and Kate Williams, to the fiery tenor of up-and-coming saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos and his band. Presided over by Stu Butterfield, a mainstay of the scene who’s been drumming for four decades, Jazz at Karamel is set to be a great addition to the Karamel calendar. Add to that the unbeatably low entry price of no pounds, and we’re on to a sure-fire winner.

With Stu at the helm, we’re guaranteed to have the best and brightest in store, with a list of acclaim between them longer than this article, from as diverse and respected sources as The Times newspaper and the late, great Humph himself. It’s a mixed bag of delights on offer, promising updates of timeless classics and brand new compositions, old players and newbies, sharing the spotlight and the stage. So if Brubeck’s your bag and Hines is your hobby, in 2014 Karamel is the place to be.

A night with Allison Nealle and Kate Williams. Doors at 7:30, advanced booking highly recommended.

kate williams