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Coming Next... The Magnolia Sisters
Tiny Ruins
Vashti Bunyan
Anais Mitchell

Monday 28 July 2014:
THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS

Magnolia Sisters

It's exclusive, it's intimate, it's Cajun and it's Creole. But The Magnolia Sisters are so much more too. To be sure, they excel with their dancehall favourites and beautiful front porch ballads from the Southwest of Louisiana, but legendary Sisters lynchpin Ann Savoy has also recorded a Grammy-nominated album with LINDA RONSTADT, the Sisters sublime Acadian harmonies recall KATE & ANNA McGARRIGLE at their peak and this female folklorist supergroup featuring Savoy, Jane Vidrine, Anya Burgess and Lisa Trahan - has been described by All Music as the missing link between 'a bayou FAIRPORT CONVENTION and a feistier, female BEAUSOLEIL'. So hey mon Dieu! - let's roll out the red carpet and Allons danser!

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Friday 5 September 2014:
TINY RUINS

Tiny Ruins

Three of the greatest female singers in the world play The Band Room this autumn and here's the first: New Zealand's Hollie Fullbrook aka Tiny Ruins. Hollie (gorgeous voice, crisp fingerpicker) has spent the last three years touring the world opening for the likes of Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Fleet Foxes, The Handsome Family and Calexico and most recently for Crowded House's NEIL FINN, with whom she also played. Her classy new album, Brightly Painted One (Bella Union), takes in Folk, Blues and Pop, revealing similarities to LAURA MARLING, KAREN DALTON and SANDY DENNY and (oh come on, let's get down off of the fence) the arrival of a bona fide genius.

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Saturday 11 October 2014:
VASHTI BUNYAN

Vashti Bunyan

English folk legend Vashti Bunyan - aka 'The Godmother of Psychedelic Folk' - was originally discovered by ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham, releasing her first single, the Jagger-Richards penned 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind', on Decca in 1965. Initially promoted as the new Marianne Faithfull she made her debut proper following the horse-and-cart Hebridean road trip which inspired the Joe Boyd-produced 'Just Another Diamond Day', featuring members of INCREDIBLE STRING BAND and FAIRPORT CONVENTION. The record - released in 1970 - failed to achieve lift-off but over the years acquired a cult following as a lost English classic, sold on eBay for as much as $2000 and was re-released in 2000, inspiring a new generation of folk artists, among them JOANNA NEWSOM, VETIVER, ESPERS, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE and DEVENDRA BANHART. 'Lookaftering' (2005) and the 2-CD compilation 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind' (2007) consolidated Bunyan's reputation - and her iconic music eventually reached millions anyway when 'Just Another Diamond Day' and 'Train Song' were used in TV ads by T-Mobile, Reebok and Samsung.

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Friday 7 November 2014:
ANAIS MITCHELL

Anais Mitchell

Revolutionary Vermont, US, singer-songwriter and musician who's now released five great albums - among them Hadestown (2010), Young Man in America (2012) and Child Ballads (2013) - Anais Mitchell has lately been called 'The Queen of Modern American Folk Music', so fare thee well, then, 'Americana Princess!'. Clearly one of the most engaging and stunningly original artists currently working in new American folk, Mitchell who completes her hat-trick of Band Room shows tonight - is the missing link between GILLIAN WELCH, JOANNA NEWSOM and CYNDI LAUPER.

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Jack Russell rounds up flock of Swaledales...in his dreams

Hi there and welcome to The Band Room on the North York Moors - variously described as 'The greatest small venue on Earth' (The Handsome Family), 'The Shed that Rocks' (The Guardian), 'England's tiniest major venue' (The Yorkshire Post) and 'a corrugated iron shed in the middle of nowhere' (We said that). It's all true...

Four years after her show here in 2006 Cerys Matthews reminisced on BBC Radio 6: "It's a very special place"...Willy Mason said: "Wow - this is great!"...Louisiana Cajun legend Marc Savoy declared: "The Band Room was my favourite show!"...while Howe Gelb revealed, exclusively: "It's got a great vibe...and werewolves too..." You can read reviews of some of our shows here in The Guardian and The Press and see videos - lo-fi, naturally - of some of them here on The Band Room

Located in the heart of the stunning North York Moors National Park The Band Room is like no other venue you'll ever stumble upon.

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Built for the Farndale Silver Band in the 1920s this 100-capacity wooden room 35 miles north of York has got to be one of the best 'intimate' gigs in the whole of England, with its crystalline-pure acoustics, magical atmosphere and unpretentious homespun vibe (we don't sell alcohol - but you're welcome to bring your own).

Shows are few and sometimes far between while we wait for our principal targets to become available - so we try to make every show count. There are no ordinary acts, no perfunctory gigs, no fillers. We have no spring or autumn schedule to cobble together. Life's too short. Everyone who plays here has released at least one critically-acclaimed CD and before we book anyone we always ask the same question: are they good enough to play here?

If the triple and quadruple encores are anything to go by, the acts respond with what can't be far short of career-best performances. Indeed, many big Alt.country | Americana | Folk | Rock | Roots stars have fallen in love with The Band Room and called their shows here the highlight of their European tours.

The best way to experience the gig is to make a weekend of it. There are great places to stay in Farndale, aka 'Daffodil Valley' by virtue of the 'lentern lilies' which carpet the valley floor in a sea of yellow each spring, or on the nearby moors - in farmhouse B&Bs, country inns or 200-year old self-catering sandstone cottages, many of which are listed here on our accommodation page...

The Band Room feels privileged to support The Abbotson Trust for Music Therapy. 50p of every ticket sold goes to this Kirkbymoorside-based trust, which provides funding for innovation and research into the healing potential of music therapy for children and adults with special needs.

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