Thursday 14 April 2011 at 7:30pm
Queen of Hoxton
1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX, United Kingdom
The Local presents... Rökkurró + Washington Irving + Sargasso Trio.
Tickets £3 in advance from: http://thelocal.tv/listings/gigdetails/14-apr-11-rokurro-queen-of-hoxton/
Rökkurró’s melancholic serenades are evocative of the cold and desolate landscapes of their distant homeland. Mesmerising tones and swooping strings projected against a bleak and solitary Nordic backdrop. And yet, unique warmth pervades Rökkurró’s music owed to the fragile and soothing voice of Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.
Their debut Það Kólnar Í Kvöld.. (It’s Getting Colder Tonight) was released in 2007 in Iceland, Europe and Japan to great critical acclaim, followed by tour dates with iconic figures of the Icelandic music scene múm and celebrated neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds.
Three years on Rökkurró are releasing their sophomore album Í Annan Heim (In Another World) produced by Alex Somers, partner and music collaborator of Jónsi Þór Birgisson (Sigur Rós). Í Annan Heim is a collection of nine graceful compositions that showcase a darker, more expansive and mature sound, full of meticulously crafted melodies, complex arrangements and smooth sonic textures.
Rökkurró was selected by Clash Magazine to play at the Nordic Music Export clubnight Ja Ja Ja in London in October 2010.
Washington Irving are an alternative folk pop sextet from Glasgow. Their powerful blend of storming vocals, folksy guitars, flute driven melodies, and pounding drums is forming a fanatical fan base across the country.
“…. Wielding a varied array of instruments, their songs blossom with a life seldom seen outside a full orchestra. Given the size of the room and the attendance, the end result was a joyous cacophony of noise, and an atmosphere of abandon." – Music News
‘They deliver irrepressibly wild, rambunctious folk-rock that taps into the raw energy of The Pogues, which explains why Washington Irving’s live shows never fail to win them new fans.’ – Pop Cop Blog
Sargasso trio are an acoustic synth-folk band from norwich, uk. They mix latin lovesongs, odes to the road and ballads of the sea with a love of vocal harmony. Their multi-instrumental approach (sharing duties on vocals, guitars, keyboards, bottles, saucepans, matches…) creates a unique and eclectic sound.
"What’s the next genre ripe for a spot of hipster polish? If you said “Samba!” have a gold star, because here’s Norwich’s Sargasso Trio." -- NME