Welcome to the Society of the Golden Slippers blog.
We're dedicated to the discovery & development of musical talent. Every month we showcase the best new musical talent to select audiences in salon-like atmospheres. Our events take place at the beautiful Blacks Club (Soho), Morton's Club (Mayfair) and the Club at The Ivy (Covent Garden). We're passionate about high quality performances, beautiful and intimate settings and warm, friendly vibes.
Previous artists include: The Civil Wars, Lisa Marie Presley, Laura Mvula, Jake Bugg, Ed Harcourt, Kristina Train, Dry The River, Sam Smith, Abandoman, Jesca Hoop, Mara Carlyle, Matthew & the Atlas, Jamie N Commons, Josh Kumra, Luke Sital-Singh, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Alexander Wolfe, Kimberly Anne, The Miserable Rich, Michele Stodart, Nicole Atkins, I Am Harlequin, Alice Jemima, Delta Maid, Karima Francis, Jake Morley, Thomas J Speight, Roxy Rawson, Sophie Barker (Zero 7), Richard Walters, Smoke Fairies, Marthas & Arthurs, Paper Aeroplanes, Polly Paulusma, Ana Silvera, Doyle & the Fourfathers, David J Roch, Marcella & The Forget Me Nots, Gabby Young & Other Animals, Will & The People, Padraig Whelan,Toy Horses, Megan Henwood, Laura Hocking, Misty Miller, Liz Green, Jack Savoretti, Modeste, Snorri Helgason, Morrisey & Marshall, Revere, Dancing Years, Jade Hopcroft and Jake Mattison.
“Live music and fizz is an excellent combination. Well, it’s definitely one that works for the Society of the Golden Slippers and when Pixie Geldof’s band Violet performed at Morton’s for them, the members’ club was packed full of creative types. Sir Bob Geldof and Henry Holland stood at the front, sipping cocktails and chatting and when Pixie ended her set with a rendition of Rihanna’s Only Girl in the World, everyone clapped, cheered and followed her downstairs for an after-party at 2&8.”
We’ve had so many brilliant gigs over the past few months and last night was our last for the year. True to form; it was terrific. We invited Violet to perform at Morton’s Club and the 5-piece band certainly impressed the discerning crowd with their fusion of lo-fi, surf-guitar and dark lyrics. Pixie Geldof can sing too, oh yes she can…
Singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley dropped into Society of the Golden Slippers at Black’s Club on Monday to sing a few songs with Ed Harcourt. They wrote the songs together for her new record ‘Storm & Grace’ which is out on October 15th in the UK. It’s an honest, stripped back and beautifully crafted album heralding a return to her Southern roots. Without doubt the best LMP record yet - we love it.
We can now finally inform you that we will be joined by the wonderful JENS LEKMAN for a couple of intimate performances next Wednesday (18th July) at Blacks on Dean St, Soho.
Jens Lekman, born and reared in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a songwriter, adventurer and retired bingo hall employee. Traveling our globe as a wide open receptor of all it has to offer, Lekman repurposes for his own oeuvre the world’s great, lost pop hooks of past and present. He breathes into them his droll senses of humor, romance and melody and gives them a newfound buoyancy. Since his 2004 trifecta of EPs (Maples Leaves, Rocky Dennis in Heaven, You Are the Light) and right on through his acclaimed 2007 full-length, Night Falls Over Kortedala, Lekman has made hopeless romantics of us all. In a musical language that has roots in the work of Arthur Russell, The Magnetic Fields, Calvin Johnson and Modern Lovers, Lekman’s songs serve as a reminder to look closer at the world around us, to appreciate the beauty when it’s both in and out of context; at its most heartbreaking, its most loving, and its most absurd.
We have 4 pairs of tickets to giveaway to this special, one-off intimate evening with Jens. To enter, all you need to do is tweet why you love Jens Lekman, include @goldenslippers7 and we’ll add you into the draw. Winners will be notified midday on Monday 16th. GOOD LUCK!
Society of the Golden Slippers at Blacks Monday June 18th 7.30pm for 8pm start http://www.golden-slippers.com/ Email a request for a place on the free guest list (limited) to jr at jenroberts.co.uk
(As always if you’re not a member of Blacks or known to us, please send a brief introduction. We receive many more requests than we can safely accomodate so have to prioritise members, music industry, press and artists VIP’s in the first instance. We’d love to host you all, but sadly, we can’t.)
“I have found my voice,” sings Maria Doyle Kennedy on ‘The Silence’, a track from her beguiling new album, Sing. And what a voice. Sometimes melancholy, other times joyful, always passionate – elemental folk shot through with a potent soulful impulse. Yet as a singer, Maria remains one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. Indeed the raven-haired Dubliner is probably more familiar as either Katherine of Aragon, nanny to the son of a serial killer or the estranged wife of the lovely Mr Bates from the three award-winning television series, The Tudors, Dexter and Downton Abbey.
That’s set to change with Sing, her fourth solo release proper after almost a decade fronting the now-defunct Black Velvet Band. The 10-song collection was co-written with husband Kieran Kennedy, and features duets with Damien Rice, Paul Brady and, on the jawdroppingly beautiful ‘Yes We Will’, the legendary John Prine.
“The finest voice this country has ever produced.” Hot Press
Modeste is an award winning Malagasy singer songwriter and guitarist whose music is rooted in his hometown of Betroka in the Central Southern region of Madagascar. His music is a unique blend of traditional Malagasy sounds influenced by softer South African dance rhythms, creating beautiful melodies & rhythms with hypnotic guitar playing and vocals.
Alice Jemima is a 18 year old singer songwriter from Newton Abbot, Devon. Her songs are carefully crafted slices of pop. She plays a vintage Hofner guitar and sings with a voice that is both fragile and rich.