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New for Autumn 16 season: Grace Petrie and The Robot Needs Home collective present a monthly folk club featuring some of the most talented and exciting new blood in the folk world.
Fire In Your Heart is held every second Thursday of the month and celebrates the understated beauty of the traditional folk club: telling tales and ideas through songs, and the comradeship that comes from sharing them. Transcending the labels of ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’, Fire in Your Heart brings a diverse breadth of talent to Upstairs at the Western from across the genre.
Compered by Leicester’s homegrown folk favourite Grace Petrie, (BBC Radio 4 The Now Show), Fire in Your Heart will be headlined by folk’s brightest stars, as well as showcasing local talent with a number of open mic slots. The night is recorded and released as a free podcast every month.
For an open mic spot email firstname.lastname@example.org
November’s headliner Maddy Carty
South London-born singer/songwriter Maddy Carty is an ex-BRIT School student who went on to study at Leeds College of Music. After graduating, she headed back to London to form her own band, and record her debut album, Come And Get It.
Drawing her inspiration from artists such as Tracy Chapman, India.Arie and Van Morrison, Maddy writes all her own material.
She has recently supported Norman Jay and Madness at House of Fun Festival, played The Brooklyn Bowl with Maxi Priest and performed at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Troubadour and The Scoop for More London Festivals.
Maddy’s first album, released in 2015 has received support from Radio 1xtra, BBC6 and BBC London amongst many others. Maddy is now promoting her new project and the first single ‘Same Way’ is out now!
“Fantastic, great sound. Well done girl!”
Robert Elms BBCLondon
“A strikingly sophisticated and self contained talent Maddy Carty’s commanding yet delicate vocal is serviced by original songs of depth and commitment.”
Gavin Martin, Music Journalist
“Sickeningly talented – and using her gifts to make the world seem just a little bit fairer.”
Ian McCann, Record Collector Magazine
“Love her voice, love her song!”
David Rodigan BBC1xtra