On the 9th November at 7pm doors will open at the wonderful Gallery Cafe, in Bethnal Green. You're all invited to come in and spend an evening celebrating all that is wonderful about SPEAK.
Tickets are £5 on the door, or you can book them online in advance for just £4!
For the Cabaret we're teaming up with Music Speaks, the associated project which is a record label for artists passionate about spreading justice. Check out the amazing Music Speaks artists that we've got to entertain you:
With a voice that stirs the soul like the sound of a weeping choir boy, frankey owes her streak to the artistry of Bristol's pavements, and her crushing lyrics to the hymnbooks of her childhood'
Check out her blog at www.soundcloud.com/frankey3
Jamie is a restless kid from a seaside town, soon to be embarking on Bristol adventures! He writes folk/punk tunes to make people who give a damn feel less alone. Songs about fireworks, skateboarding, protests and the desperate search for some kind of honesty in a society that rips us apart. Music is community. It’s about friends, not fans. Shout-along kitchen shows and attic jams.
Pip and the Polar Bears
Described as ‘kooky folk with a protest edge’, Pip and the Polar Bears beautifully crafted songs marry zesty social commentary with soaring harmonies and buoyant melodies, accompanied by ukulele, glockenspiel, trumpet and whatever ramshackle percussion the band find lying around.
Growing up on an apple orchard in Kent, Pip spent her early years climbing oak trees and writing songs about deforestation and dolphins. Twenty years on, she is still singing about social and environmental themes, re-imagining the way things are through song.
Kite and the Crane
Kite and the Crane formed in late 2011 in Edinburgh, when singer-songwriter Hannah Kitchen met Emilia Hannah in a musical banking protest. Creative percussionist Niki Dunne came on board a few months later.
Kite and the Crane make fresh and imaginative music, brought to life with harmonies and poetry, tambourines, glockenspiels, guitar and wooden box drums. Described by XFM Manchester as having ‘inimitable charm', Hannah writes about family and friends, places and politics, love and tragedy with disarming directness, making beautiful, innovative indie-folk around Edinburgh and beyond.
Samantha Lindo is a British singer/songwriter from mixed Jamaican heritage. ‘Rhythmic, acoustic, soul’ has often been used to describe Sam’s music, as she weaves in and out of the beat with both soaring and punctuated melodies, creating a style that is full of energy, rawness and power. Sam’s songs take the form of stories, spanning back generations and across continents. They tell of loved ones passed and those to come. They question life, love and what is important, unafraid of inhabiting the pain of living, but are fundamentally rooted in faith, hope and an intense gratitude for life, and all that it is.
Sam’s rich and intimately expressive voice has been compared to contemporaries such as Emile Sande, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ani Difancro and Little Dragon singer Yukimi Nagano, however she also takes much influence from the classic songs of Etta James and Billie Holiday.