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DAN KORN + JAMES RILEY + TOYTOWN HUSTLE - Christmas special at Styx

  • Styx Bar 5 Ashley Road London N17 9LJ (map)


Our Christmas special at STYX is hosted by the one and only Dan Korn!


Singer-songwriter Dan Korn weaves enchanting melodies around exquisitely crafted lyrics. Dan's evocative songs are "laden with farewells". Dan's song-writing is often disarmingly simple, with lyrics that combine poetry with refreshing candour.

The Dan Korn Band comprises of Dan Korn (vocals/guitar), Joe Sharp (vocals/double bass), Bob Turley (lead guitar) and Jamie Shaw (drums).

Expect sweet harmonies and rocking rhythms.

"themes of love, escape and mortality"

"hushed and consonant" 

- Joe Armstrong, Independent's Day

“Korn’s gentle approach often tricks you into a false sense of security that is shattered with the ferocious honesty of his words, heightening the raw power of his vocality. I challenge you to listen to this guy’s music and not enjoy it.” 

– Alex Hayden, Rebel Music Blog


Its 2016, and London-born singer-songwriter James Riley is touching down in Nashville after a year packed with US and UK performances, returning to his adopted home to start work on his fan-funded début album.

Riley hopped the pond in November 2014 after losing a coin-toss in a greasy spoon café in Deptford. Gamely lumping his guitar and suitcase across the Atlantic on the justification that he’d probably get a few good songs out of the experience, this 28-year old yarn-spinner, experimental blender of bluegrass & soul (and without question the person most likely to get you thrown out of the pub for bellowing drinking songs) had finally made the move he secretly hoped he’d make ever since he first heard the sound of Hank Williams crooning through his parent’s 8-track.

James's current musical journey began in 2010 when he penned a handful of songs whilst hitchhiking to Istanbul, Riley spent the following years honing his craft on the London folk circuit, self-releasing records, winning occasional awards, playing to growing festival crowds and receiving critical acclaim from the BBC and PBS for his dreamily poetic lyrics and “fiendishly proficient” bluegrass & soul guitar style. 

After making the decision to move stateside in 2015, James laid his hat down in Tennessee, and began to immerse himself in the culture and sound of Music City. What has followed has been a period of creative renewal for Riley, with a flood new influences giving birth to a slew of fresh material. After an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International kicking of 2016, and with tours on both sides of the Atlantic to accompany his debut album's release this fall, finally James's momentum is starting to gather like never before... 

“Awesome… like the Allman Brothers meets the Seeger Sessions” 
Laura Marling

“Riley writes with a deftness often reserved for musicians twice his age” 
Addict Music

"One of my highlights of the year"
Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3

“It hooked us on first listen…from the harmonies to the guitar work there’s nothing to not like”
Folk Radio UK

Dick Gaughan

“James Riley won’t be one of the best kept secrets on the London folk scene for much longer”
For Folk’s Sake


Listening to Toytown Hustle is akin to ridding a dolphin in a bathtub. The warm water, the bubbles, those squeaky dolphin noises, it's all there, except the dolphin is having an existential crisis and insists on telling you about it through the medium of song. Some of it sounds a bit like electro, some of it a bit like deranged folk songs... there's even a rocky bit. It's quite good...


£5 on the door
£4 in advance or with your name in the event discussion.