Fri 15th Feb 2013
Afro-Folk Session Three: Adrian Roye & the Exiles / Raevennan Husbandes / De Borah / Lanre
8:00pm £10.00 adm

Adrian Roye & The Exciles

North London band Adrian Roye & the Exiles present the third in their series of highly praised Afro Folk Sessions.

It seems befitting that a band called the Exiles should record their debut album outside of their home country (Vermont, US). The name came about because for a long time the band felt as if they were ploughing a musical furrow that left them somewhat unclassifiable. But when in passing a friend dubbed their music ‘afro-folk’, the term stuck. It encapsulated the musical influences that thread through the Exiles’ music – a combination of folk and afro-inspired roots music, with hints of highlife, country, calypso, jazz and funk. The band are set to release their debut album ‘Reclaimed’ later this year.

Adrian Roye & the Exiles host each evening and invite the band’s favourite artists to play alongside them, all of who play music in a similar vein. Previous guests have included acclaimed artists such as Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Fiona Bevan, Kimberly Anne and Modeste Hugues. The results have been captivating. As one reviewer has put it:  “This is music with soul, beauty and passion in vast quantities…You need to go to an Afro-Folk session…you will come out feeling more alive.”

Special guests:

Raevennan Husbandes

The last 18 months have not been easy for singer-songwriter, classic and contemporary multi instrumentalist Raevennan Husbandes. Soon after graduating with a degree in music from Brunel in 2010 she was suddenly stricken with a rare illness resulting in blindness. Spending longer than she would have liked in recovery she decided things had to change. 

With a colossal leap of faith she picked up her beloved guitar again and found herself the winner of Next Big Thing 2012! Husbandes has counted herself incredibly lucky this year - opening for Lisa Hannigan on tour in Ireland by personal invitation, and collaborating with The Unthanks soon after. This year she has shared the stage with legends such as Steve Tilston, Paul Kelly and most recently Krystle Warren and former Gene frontman Martin Rossiter.


A ‘deep thinker’ raised in a music family, De'Borah's love for music and words surfaces in what Double Ivor Novello award-winner Chris Difford calls ‘a delicate and perfect writer’.  In July 2012, she released her second EP entitled ‘A Thousand Tongues’ which has since received airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio Kent.  

Produced by Patrick Wood (Emily and The Woods, Ryan Keen), and with themes ranging from love to conservation,  the EP is a re-introduction to the 21-year old South Londoner, after a two-year retreat in Brighton and releasing her debut EP ‘Seasons’ (2009).

Performing at festivals such as the Secret Garden Party and venues across London and the South East, De'Borah graces the stage with an unmistakable strength and elegance. Like her voice, which Simon Evans (BBC Radio Kent) says ’achieves that balance between delicacy and strength, sounding fragile but actually, it’s not when you start to listen’, De’Borah (pronounced Deh-bor-rah) is not to be taken lightly.

Beside her pin-drop vocals, it is undoubtedly her songs that have inspired audiences. Just a few examples of her passionate but honest lyrical approach can be heard in songs like 'How Far We’ve Come' recorded at Camden’s legendary Roundhouse and 'Off My Skin' recorded for the award-winning Brighton Institute of Modern Music. A former BRIT School student, she was also awarded the title of ‘Croydon’s Best Unsigned Music Act’ from her hometown in 2009.


Lánre has spent the past couple of years playing her songs in cafés, bars and various charity events all over London. She has taken her Singing for Change acoustic tour to various venues and events like the Greenbelt Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Bath Music Festival, Brighton Fringe, Toronto Canada and Paris. Her debut solo album Pen Voyage Chapter One: Singing for Change produced by Goz-i-am was officially released on the 30th September 2011 Má Gbàgbé, one of the leading songs on the album was selected to be on the Lufthansa Airline?s playlist ?Sounds of Africa? Má Gbàgbé was also included in the BBC Introducing playlist on BBC 6. Her music can be best described as acoustic soul with influences from her Nigerian heritage of storytelling and folk music along with her background in gospel music.

Doors & Food 7pm. Performance from 8pm - 10:30pm. Admission: £10 Advance booking Recommended : 020 7916 0544.

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