The Amazing Devil at The Islington

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Madeleine Hyland (fresh from performing on 'Later...with Jools Holland' and around the world as Kevin Rowland's 'impossibly beautiful' muse (The Guardian) on Dexys' acclaimed album 'One Day I'm Going to Soar') met Joey Batey in 2013 when they were thrown together by the RSC, which took them to Broadway and the battered back-alley streets of New York. After a year of playing Brooklyn bars and Manhattan manor houses, they travelled back to London's Soho dives and, in a hollowed out old button factory in Stoke Newington, recorded their debut album 'Love Run'. A raucous and tender journey through Joey's north-eastern folk roots, burnished with Madeleine's raging cut-glass jazz-soaked vocals, Love Run combines their love of story-telling and poetry, calling on inspiration from Kate Bush, Nick Cave and Joni Mitchell. 'Our vision is bring you into a new world' says Madeleine. 'To transport audiences into our bold, madcap universe and create a whole moving piece, a sonic experience that can take you from the most intimate and domestic detail to the mythic and fantastical within a heartbeat.' 'Love Run' was released last year to rapturous reviews, For Folk's Sake calling it 'original, varied, engaging, exciting...the best thing I've heard this year' and Folk Radio UK 'one of the year's most exhilarating, exciting and visceral debuts, they deserve to be huge'. Since launching the record, the band has become an enormous eight-person 'intriguing, beguiling...rapscallion gypsy orchestra' (Record Collector Magazine) of beating toms, soaring harmonies, mournful cellos, searing electric guitar, flute and violin, creating a rich, intense, heart-on-ripped-and-ragged-sleeve concert unlike any other, with a dramatic, intricately layered north-sea sound that puts them right at the cutting edge of the alternative folk revolution.

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The Islington

1 Tolpuddle Street
N1 0XT
+44 (0)20 7684 1577
Public transport:
Angel, Underground

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