Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Maia + Melodica, Melody & Me + Sarah Johns Music Party at Gallery Cafe, 12 July 2012, 7 - 10.30pm

Folie à Deux are incredibly proud to announce the alt-folk and anti-folk bands Maia + Melodica, Melody and Me + Sarah Johns Music Party are to play at The Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green. A twinkle-lit, vegetarian, summery cafe that has been host to the likes of Rachael Dadd, Laura J. Martin and Sea of Bees this last year.

--- MAIA ---

“Youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre alt-folk pop- Time Out 2012

Maia are a 4-piece alt- folk band from Huddlesfield who combine ukulele, cajon, trumpet, banko and mandolin to create an utterly exciting, foot-stomping and unique sound, wonderfully describing themselves as 'disco sci-fi folk pop.'

Based around a love of folk, Talking Heads and David Bowie, their style encompasses an eclectic mix of styles and song structures, with the element to emote and surprise in equal measure. 

Supporting the likes of Anais Mitchell and the Unthanks, they have also played at the Cambridge Folk Festival, No Direction Home, The Royal Festival Hall and optained regular residencies at the award winning Magpies Nest Collective and Folke Newington. This year sees them playing at the likes of TimeOut Sessions, Hop Farm Festival, Larmer Tree, Wilderness Festival and more. 

Their Alligator EP receieved radio play from the likes of Guy Garvey and Frank Skinner, and this year they are due to release their second breathtaking album and single Zuma Aluma –

Maia bestow a sound and vision that is remarkably mature, combined with a sense of adventure and infectious enthusiam for what they do that reflects their youthful spirit. Expect to hear much more from this gifted space quartet! 


'They create songs that make you wanna cry and dance at the same time' - Observor 

Melodica, Melody and Me are a young music folk collective from South London. Whilst predominantly defined as folk their music also seamlessly marrys Latin America notation with African-inspired rhthym and reggae combined with traditional folk finger picking.

In the last three years, Melodica have performed before major crowds at Bestival, Camp Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Electric Picnic, Cambridge Folk Festival and Green Man, as well as toured with the likes of Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, Bombay Bicyle Club and Johnny Flynn. And they did all this whilst balancing a full time education.

Last year saw them release singles 'Piece Me Together and 'Come Outside' both of which were celebrated on XFM, Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music, as well as NME, Sunday Times Culture and the Guardian. You can hear their new single 'Imperfect Time' and watch the accompanying beautiful video here:

Proving musical intellect and vision for the last few years, they have a solid UK fanbase, high profile press plaudits and youth still very much on their side, positioning them as one of the most exciting acts of 2012.


'Calm yet theatrical, unusual and beautiful, lyrical yet melody-driven folk; with a Billie Holiday-esque twist to the use of her very flexible vocals. Unique.’ – Rich Mix, Brixton

Sarah Johns Music Party is both a band and an arts-music night, fronted by singer, songwriter, percussionist and guitarist Sarah Johns. With an entrancing voice and an honest and avant-garde approach to song writing, she carves her own unique path between the worlds of anti-folk and blues music.

Compared to the likes of Tune-Yards, Lykke Li and Camille for her raw and experimental approach to sound, unusual vocal arrangements and theatrical performances, Sarah’s voice is soulful, sweet, yet enigmatic. She is accompanied by ritualistic drums and harmonising back-up singers including artist Milly Blue - reminiscent of early gospel, with a far more edgy twist. 

This year Sarah has supported the likes of Mariee Sioux, Maia and Liam Bailey. 

Whilst inspired by blues and soul, Sarah’s sound is stripped back, pure and tribal – utilising the minimum of sounds and making the most of space to create the effect she wants – ‘a hypnotic and all-encompassing’ experience for the audience. When playing solo Sarah utilises a loop pedal layering her wide-ranging vocals and creative percussion.

TICKETS can be purchased here: