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Points of the Compass to showcase Trembling Bells and Liz Green

Trembling Bells

Story by Jack Foley

CROUCH End’s own favourite, The Local, will pick up its skirts and head out into the wild reaches of London this July, for Points of the Compass, a four-point musical tour of some of the capital’s most lovely and sympathetic local live music venues.

Joining this musical tour will be a fine array of folk and acoustic acts, including Trembling Bells (pictured), David Thomas Broughton, Liz Green, This Is The Kit, Hush Arbors, Revere, Left With Pictures and The Owl Service.

The tour takes place from Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 20, 2008, and is seen as the ideal replacement for anyone lamenting the lack of a Homefires festival this year.

Hosted by Howard Monk, and featuring the infamous Local Pub Quiz, the tour will offer music fans to check out some new and emerging musical acts – most of which have been hotly tipped for future greatness.

David Thomas Broughton, last seen layering and sampling his melancholy tales with a banana in his mouth, will bring his own sense of style to proceedings, as will the much celebrated Liz Green, winner of Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent competition last year.

Emily Barker has toured with Jose Gonzalez, where she performed in front of crowds of up to 2,500 solo, while Trembling Bells fuse free drums with traditional British folk style.

The Local began downstairs at The Kings Head in Crouch End, where it continues to host live music on the third Friday of every month. Recent shows have also taken it into the environs of Bush Hall, Union Chapel, Roundhouse, Green Note, The Luminaire, Big Chill House, Cecil Sharp House, and Gramaphone.

The Local will also be hosting a stage at this year’s End of the Road Festival (from September 12 – 14, 2008) at Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset, and is responsible for the touring Folk Idol! an annual competition where competitors don a beard and perform a folk classic.

Tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the door, while a four-night wristband costs £25.

Liz Green


Thursday, July 17, 7.30pm – 12.00am
David Thomas Broughton (live)
Revere (live)
This is the Kit ( live)
Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo ( live)

Venue: Paradise by Way of Kensal Green,
19 Kilburn Lane,
W10 4AE,
Tel: 020 8969 0098

Friday, July 18, 7.30pm – 12.00am
David Thomas Broughton (live) with The Local House Band
The Owl Service (live)
Directorsound (live)
Hosted by Howard Monk

Venue: Downstairs at The Kings Head,
2 Crouch End Hill,
London N8.

Saturday, July 19, 7.30pm – 12.00am
Trembling Bells (live)
Hush Arbors (live)
Left With Pictures (live)

Venue: Café Oto,
18 – 22 Ashwin Street,
London E8 3DL.

Sunday, July 20, 7.30pm – 12.00am
Liz Green (live, pictured)
Beneath Fire and Smoke (live)
Shady Bard (live)
Table (live)

Venue: The Bedford,
77 Bedford Hill,
London, SW12 9HD.