|The Troubadour, London, UK|
The Troubadour at 263-267 Old Brompton Road in Earls Court, established in 1954, is one of the last remaining coffee houses of its era in London, with a club room in the cellar famous as one of the primary venues of the British folk revival in the late 1950s and 1960s. The club was one of several London coffee house venues at which notable musicians played; other such venues included Les Cousins and Bunjies.
The club has played host to a number of major artists in various stages of their careers. Notable amongst these have been;
* Richard Harris - in early 1956 where he auditioned and rehearsed his own production of the Clifford Odets play 'Winter Journey (The Country Girl)' whilst studying at the then nearby London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). A newspaper review of the time credits the resulting production at the Irving Theatre to 'The Troubadour Experimental Theatre group'
* Charlie Watts - in summer 1961 where he was 'found' by Alexis Korner playing drums in a 'Thelonious Monk style' jazz quartet and recruited to join Blues Incorporated
* Bob Dylan - Christmas 1962, performing under the name Blind Boy Grunt
* Paul Simon - in early 1965
* Jimmy Page - 1975 post Earls Court Arena gig come down session
* Robert Plant - likewise, Led Zeppelin had no official dates at the Troubadour
* Jimi Hendrix - while he lived in London
* Joe Kucera - called "The Sensational Saxophone Joe" while he lived in London 1972/73
* Jesse Ballard - poet, singer ans songwriter from California whil he lived in London 1972/73
* Eric Brunman & Dan Rynehart - founders of the underground rock band No Donuts for Hilda, played here on 29 January 2011 and 4th February 2012
* Alvaro Villanueva - with No Donuts for Hilda on Saturday 29 January 2011 and one of the founding members of 14 Meses de Renta, a Lima based band popular in the early 2000s for its references to popular Latin American culture's influence on the post Sendero Luminoso generation
* Houkago Tea Time, on December 3rd 2011.
* Morrissey - in February 2012
The club is however chiefly associated with folk music. Notable artists appearing under this banner have been;
* Sandy Denny - who was the subject of a 2008 tribute show held at the venue
* Sonja Kristina (latterly of Curved Air) - who played, organised club nights and 'helped out'
* Redd Sullivan & Martin Winsor - who played and organised the earliest recorded folk club evenings
* Martin Carthy - one of the most influential figures in British traditional music and acknowledged influence on Bob Dylan
* Bob Davenport - acknowledged influence on Bob Dylan
* Nigel Denver
* Eric von Schmidt - a curator and performer of traditional music and acknowledged influence on Bob Dylan
* Davey Graham - one of the most influential figures in the 1960s folk music revolution in England
* Tod Lloyd - one of the founding partners (with Joe Boyd in 1967) of Witchseason Productions
* Paul McNeill - who released an album recorded at the venue 'Paul McNeill, Traditionally at the Troubadour' (1968)
* Linda Thompson
* Richard Farina - a figure in the US counterculture and folk rock scene of the early sixties
* Ethan Signer
* Bert Jansch
Many of these acts are captured performing at the venue in the photographs of Alison Chapman McLean.
Location: London, England
Type: Coffee House and Music venue
Owner: Simon Thornhill
The Troubadour has had only three sets of proprietors since its opening;
# 1954 to 1972 - Michael Van Bloemen and Sheila Van Bloemen, founders of the venue,
# 1972 to 1998 - Bruce Rogerson,
# 1998 to present - Simon Thornhill and Susie Thornhill.
The Troubadour is now a thriving cafe-bar and restaurant and the club continues to host live music and poetry, mainly by performers who, in the club's tradition, write their own material; more recent artists to pass through the club include Jamie T, Jack Peñate, The Dead 60s, Chris Singleton, Paulo Nutini and Morcheeba. The performance space has been doubled in size but is still an intimate venue of just 120 seats. Upstairs, the café itself also continues to thrive.
In addition to the numerous musicians and poets who have graced the venue with their performances over the years The Troubadour has always attracted a diverse and interesting crowd seeking refreshment and entertainment.
Sightings amid the merry throng have included;
# Prince William of Wales in April 2009
# Prince Harry of Wales in January 2009
# Oliver Reed
# Ken Russell
# Orlando Bloom
# Tom Jones
Programme today/tonight / April 17th, 2012:
Rachael Castell: vox, melodica, percussion
Guy Hobbs: guitar, vox
Whether it be waltzing effortlessly between musical genres as diverse as folk and cabaret or creating multi-layered vocal harmonies that soar above light, bright melodies - Rye genuinely love what they do. Their obvious joy at performing has quickly made them among the most appealing live acts in London. Most often compared to Slow Club, Rye's sound is a magpie mix of styles, reduced to acoustic guitar, violin, drums and melodica and fuelled by two voices guaranteed to bring up the hairs on the back of your neck. If you only see one unsigned band this year, make sure it’s a double Rye.
Rye at Big Boots Film Party
Born: April 2, 1987, Leicestershire, England. Molly gives a refreshing and revolutionary boost to the singer/songwriter genre of music. Electro/acoustic in style with a dash of folk thrown in for good measure, you can be sure there won't just be the usual songs about love and heartbreak. Instead, you can expect political and cultural themes which will certainly disprove The Guardian’s recent branding of the singer/songwriter genre as ‘The New Boring’! The performance at The Troubadour will be an acoustic set with backing from keys, acoustic guitar and percussion.
Website: http://www.officialmolly.com/ // Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Molly-Smitten-Downes/116290638420237
Helen Lawson's gently melancholic folk songs are sparse and delicate, delivered in a voice that simultaneously recalls Nico, the Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny and Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval. "Wonderful and unique... something pretty special." (Wears The Trousers magazine)
Helen's Website: http://www.helenlawson.co.uk/index
Photo: George Fok
Joe Robbins is an alternative singer songwriter based in London. A multi-instrumentalist, his voice is undoubtedly his strength. Focused on creating a strong body of work as opposed to single tracks, he is working toward releasing a debut album in late 2012.
Joe Robbins at Floripo Bar, London, UK
Joe Robbins at Floripo Bar, London, England, United Kingdom
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