Guest blog | Before the Goldrush welcome Lazy Heart Parade and Turnstile Junkpile

It’s been a busy month, once again, for BTGR. Our stripped back night at The Haberdashery coffee house in Stoke Newington was a sweaty affair. Battling against the weather and the World Cup was a challenge, but we managed to pull in enough lovely people to see Nick E. Harris, Danni Nicholls, Rory Butler and We Used To Make Things. All four acts gave superb performances, and their videos and songs are well worth checking out in the events section of our website if you’d like to hear some quality new folky music.

We’ve just uploaded a brand new video, recorded at one of our earlier Haberdashery nights. It gives a great feel of what the night is like and, we hope, may entice you to drop by soon for a cocktail and some audio stimulation. This particular performance comes from Luke & Charlotte Ritchie, a fabulous brother and sister duo who are about to release a brand new EP this month called Light Of Another. Here’s the title track.

And so, on to our next upcoming event which is this Friday (27th June) at The Fiddler’s Elbow music venue in Chalk Farm. We’ll be continuing to thoroughly ignore the football as we welcome four fine folky acts for some fully amplified live music.

Kicking off the night will be Singer-songwriter Dan Korn, who weaves enchanting melodies around exquisitely crafted lyrics. Dan’s evocative songs are “laden with farewells”. Many of you may know Dan from his ‘Into The Warm’ event held on Sundays at The Harrison in King’s Cross. Dan is currently performing with Double Bass player and backing vocalist Joe Sharp as well as with other occasional members.

Next up we will welcome Forty Elephant Gang, who we also discovered at The Harrison, at a recent Folkroom Fortnightly gig. The band are a rousing and innovative guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin wielding four piece from East London. Their songs relay tales of heartbreak, misdeeds and revelry, presented with rich harmonies on a textural musical canvas.

Lazy Heart Parade are the next act up this Friday. They are a six piece indie-folk band loaded with bitter edged songs of nostalgic romance. They craft a combination of the folk sounds of mandolin, violin and ukulele with instantly appealing melodies and charming lyrical reflections on modern London life.

Our headliners are Turnstile Junkpile, a raucously good four-piece Americana outfit from London influenced by alt-country, sixties soul, southern twang, and all in music that is beautiful, and nasty, and dirty, and funky.

This will be the last of our full band nights for a month now, as we take a mini break in July. We’ll be back in August, and we’ll be at a new venue. The Fiddler’s has been a good home to BTGR for the first half of this year, but it is time to move on now, as we have decided to take the night on tour, to some different venues in other areas of the city. More on that in our next blog, but for now, please do pop down at the end of this week and help us celebrate our final Friday fling at The Fiddler’s!

Thanks for reading.
Stay folky,

Before the Gold Rush is at the Fiddler’s Elbow this Friday, June 27. Entry £5/£6. 1 Malden Road NW5. 8pm till late. For advance tickets please visit