COCOS LOVERS + THE DOUGLAS SISTERS + JOE STROUZER - Thursdays at Styx

  • Styx Bar 5 Ashley Road London N17 9LJ

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We are delighted to present our weekly event at sensational arts venue Styx, right beside Tottenham Hale Station. With three fantastic acts and delicious pizza from Loven, come and enjoy the Styx garden and venue with us.

COCOS LOVERS

Operating well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Coss) are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channelling influences from Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots. Hailing from the small but musically rich town of Deal, they are a close-knit 7-piece band of family, friends and former au pairs. Their music swells with powerful choir-like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies, and they’ve earned a reputation for fantastic live performances with an ever-changing instrumental line-up of mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, violin, musical saw, flute and a unique blend of drums and percussion.

The latest incarnation of their sound sees a healthy step into more electric and psychedelic realms.

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THE DOUGLAS SISTERS

The Douglas Sisters have sprung up from Deal, and have been inspired by the bare, harsh beaches, the bitterly cold sea and the need for art that beats through the veins of anyone that dares to stay a while in Deal!

Their songs are essentially a reflection of their lives as mothers, lovers, sisters and daughters ( and occasionally about their passion for wild horses too!). Their songs contain melodious yet discordant twists which reflect their love of classical music mixed with an honesty that is impossible to deny and feel as a listener. Their songs feature vocal harmonies, 2 guitars, flute and musical saw and are dangerously beautiful to listen to leaving the listener moved and somewhat vulnerable!

The Douglas Sisters are some of the founding members of Cocos Lovers and their lives have been entwined with the story of Smugglers Records, and how this movement has shaped the lives and outlook of so many people growing up in and moving to Deal, allowing this musical and artistic movement to take them on a musical and personal journey to the Unknown!

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JOE STROUZER

A harmonica player, blues shouter and guitar picker, Joe Strouzer sings songs from his travels from Newcastle to New Orleans and a hell of a lot of places in between.  His driving resonator guitar is coupled with true harmonica voodoo and biting songwriting of modern trouble, heartpains, moonlit trysts, drinking and devilment, peppered with a rich history of blues. 

On harmonica Joe was picked as London's best busker by Vice Magazine, collaborating with them, X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons in their Made Underground series, has supported blues guitar legend Johnny Winter and performed all over the UK, Europe and America including London's Royal Festival Hall, Divan Du Monde in Paris, Made In America Festival and 432 N Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, The Bluesberry Cafe in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Royal Street in New Orleans, Glastonbury Festival , Hop Farm Festival and Secret Garden Party.

2015 saw the release of his studio debut, Bottle Broke, with a new album of old blues and traditional American songs following in summer 2016, recorded straight to tape in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

"The only British guy I've ever liked" Blind Texas Marlin

Watch Boxcar Joe Strouzer

Entry is £5 on the door

Doors from 7pm, music 8-11pm

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