Hello gang, the lo-fi-indie-folk extravaganza that we call Kick the Plug returns once again to the shadowy upstairs of Shoreditch's friendly Catch bar. This time we welcome back the excellent Indie folk cutey Catriona Irving, with support from Croydon's Superman Revenge Squad and Brighton's Moonshine-Moonshine. And yes, not only will there will be cakes and badges aplenty, but joining Tom and Mark behind the wheels of steel will be Dale Grundle of the Sleeping Years, helping us to keep your brains occupied between the acts.
Catriona Irving is a 25 yr old singer/songwriter based in London. She's half Scottish/half French, tiny and blonde. When pressed to do so, Catriona describes her music as Lo-fi folk. Her love for anti-folk and traditional folk are both apparent, but she's found herself an acoustic styled, angel-voiced sound somewhere in between the two. Her debut release was the attention grabbing 'Running on Empathy', and she followed that with the Stitch EP which enjoyed excellent reviews (“DIY music at it’s best”, said FACT) and a generous smattering of radio play. She's currently working on an EP of new material which is due for an Autumn release. In the meantime she’s building quite a reputation for her live show, playing at venues such as 93 feet east, the 12 bar Club and the Borderline and has supported the Espers and Emilie Simon along the way. She’s been described as having "a voice of such delicacy and sweetness, like a meringue not yet set, or thin sheets of sugar glass" (inthecompanyofus.com) and been declared “a young artist worth watching” in the London Metro. Imagine if Elliot Smith was a girl and wasn't so depressed. Imagine Joanna Newsom kicked her harp out the window and grabbed an Emmylou Harris Hummingbird. Imagine, if you will, CATRIONA IRVING.
Supporting Catriona we have Croydon's foremost folk wordsmith Superman Revenge Squad and Brighton's folk scene darlings Moonshine Moonshine.
Superman Revenge Squad
Superman Revenge Squad is a bloke from Croydon, who's real name is Ben, accompanied by an acoustic guitar. He only started writing at the beginning of 2007, but his accessible, inventive and painfully funny songs, taking shots at pop culture but never straying too far from endearing self-deprecation have earned him quite a reputation already. Tom Robinson on Radio6 Music described him as “A very sharp lyricist indeed… Absolute genius!”. Most definitely an artist to watch out for, this should be very entertaining to say the least.
A reminder of what folk music is all about, Italian Beatrice Sanjust Di Teulada's distinctive vocals sit amongst a traditional folk sound, mixing intricate instrumentals and an ear for the equally haunting and catchy. Moonshine Moonshine are making waves as part of the Willkomen Collective, a dominant force on Brighton's blooming folk scene and are making themselves more and more a band to watch out for.
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Superman Revenge Squad