This summer, The Nest Collective invites you to discover extraordinary music around the campfire.
Every week from May to September, we gather in beautiful green spaces under city skylines and listen to amazing music by artists from all over the world.
We come together in the simple way that people have done for thousands of years, around the fire with food, drink, music and each other. The performances are unamplified, allowing you to get up close and personal and hear the artists’ music in a very intimate way.
What the audience said:
"This event was phenomenal. I cannot wait until I attend another one… the musicians were something else. I certainly didn't feel as though I was in Peckham, but some enchanted woodlands" - Design My Night
“Walking into a wonderland of nature with beautiful music and people, it made me feel wonderfully elated.” - Jane S
“What a magical gig! Sat around a campfire in the beautiful @Glengall_Garden as the sun sets listening to @JGhedi & @PiersFaccini. Lovely lovely lovely @NestFolk #Peckham #CampfireClub” - @showmethemunny
“The atmosphere was incredible, I knew I would love the music but I loved the atmosphere just as much.” - Anon
“Beautiful magical evening with #CampfireClub such a wonderful idea for unamplified performance around a campfire” - @soryahh
Joining Alice for this performance will be Alice Purton on cello and Fred Thomas on bass, banjo, and percussion.
Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London. Her work as a performer, collaborator, composer and speaker, has seen her gain considerable repute as “a genuine original” (The Guardian), and a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.
Anglo-Polish Alice’s rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) converge into artistry which draws upon her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and gospel with the legendary Lillian Boutté who took a teenage Alice under her wing, an extensive classical training as a violinist, and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry, and folk music from diverse traditions, “all propelled in a voice of velvet suppleness and gutsy emotional power” (The Arts Desk).
She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at major international venues and festivals. She also performs and collaborates at underground venues in the London scene and on unexpected platforms, with a keenness to nourish music at its roots, and to support inclusive community-wide music making.
Her striking ability to perform across and transcend genres whilst retaining her own expressive and intelligent musical style gives her a unique accessibility, and her distinctive voice can be heard on numerous film and television scores. She also performs live as soloist with Prague Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Moscow City Symphony Orchestra, and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra.
This Californian songstress celebrates the art of storytelling with a dark and playful attitude to writing music. Hazel Iris' sound blends crystalline vocals with folk, traditional instruments and a twist of magic. As a classically trained singer, she studied her craft in Germany. Fusing the formats of romantic Lieder with a touch of Vaudeville and Indie irony, her songs celebrate the art of storytelling which gives them a theatrical and cinematic feel.
Find her concept album, Nine Sisters, on iTunes and Spotify now.
This summer, The Nest Collective invites you to discover extraordinary music around the campfire.
Blind Dog Studio Presents returns to London on Sunday 2nd June for another evening of celebrating the breaking of boundaries between the musical arts - this time at the Rosemary Branch Theatre!
Overlooking Regent's Canal, the Rosemary Branch was once a Victorian music hall. Mally Harpaz (featuring brand new album Zoom In Zoom Out) and Hazel Iris (The Story of Lily with songs from new album Nine Sisters) will be giving intimate performances in this historic venue. Legend has it that greats such as Charlie Chaplin and Marie Lloyd performed here, so we’ll be in excellent company!
As in previous performances, spaces for this show are limited and sure to go quickly - so book ahead and reserve your tickets now!
Californian songstress Hazel Iris performs a set of her quirky folk-inspired indie songs, accompanied by cello, guitar, violin and percussion (Mally Harpaz). With a dark and playful attitude to writing music, her unique sound blends crystalline vocals with a twist of magic.
Multi instrumentalist Mally Harpaz performs her original compositions joined by a small number of phenomenal musicians and special guests. These distinct pieces were mainly written as part of a collaboration with award-winning video artist Clara Aparicio Yoldi.
Burning Salt release their debut album 'Automatic Lullaby' at the end of May and will be performing a stripped down set. Poetic, raw and alive, their performances draw on folk, country and blues, in the vein of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Tom Waits
Tickets: £8 online/ £12 on the door
Blind Dog Studio Presents comes to Margate for one night only on Thursday 30th May!
Featured artists of the evening Scanners, Mally Harpaz (featuring brand new album Zoom In Zoom Out) and Hazel Iris (The Story of Lily with songs from new album Nine Sisters) will be giving intimate performances in the strikingly quaint seaside Tom Thumb Theatre.
Originally built as a coach house in Victorian times, the building was transformed into one of the smallest theatres in the world in 1984. It also has quite the cocktail bar upstairs…
Spaces to see these three cutting-edge acts are extremely limited so be sure to book ahead - see you there!
£6 online/ £10 on the door
Avant Pop artist Hazel Iris and accordionist Aine McLoughlin come together as a duo to perform a stripped-back version of Hazel's "The Story of Lily". Based on Storytelling in Vaudeville, it's an act you won't want to miss!
Amidst the classic speakeasy décor, this night harnesses the city's old-fashioned style and charm to provide you with a quality night of music along with some great cocktails and good times! So make sure you’re on top form for our luxurious musical line up, friendly atmosphere and a bit of good Ol’ fashioned Moonshine!
Entry is free but you'll want to RSVP and download a free ticket for 20% off food and drink all night. Just show your ticket at the bar to receive your discount
Strictly +18's only
Doors Open at 5pm, Hazel's on at 8pm!
Eccentric storytelling singer-songwriter Hazel Iris will celebrate the release of her first full-length album, Nine Sisters, on Thursday 25 October at one of London’s most historic landmarks, St. Bartholomew-the-Great at Smithfield!
This event is closer to a festival of arts rather than an ordinary launch gig, as some of the most brilliant and innovative artists from various genres guest on the bill!
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jayson Gillham (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony) and dramatic soprano Katrina Sheppeard (English National Opera, Sydney Opera House) join forces to perform Richard Strauss’s final and most haunting song cycle, Vier letzte Lieder.
With hammered dulcimer, violin and vocals, Kate Arnold fronts the 'punk baroque' project Fear of the Forest and has worked with Lisa Knapp, Doudou Cissoko, Rose McDowall and Daemonia Nymphe. She performs a unique unplugged set influenced by her interests in folk, medieval and Middle Eastern music.
And finally, Hazel Iris introduces her debut full-length album, Nine Sisters. Fusing together elements of Alt-Folk, Lieder and Jazz, she is supported by a stellar ensemble including celebrated conductor Jessica Cottis (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) on horn, classical & jazz harpist Tara Minton, jazz drummer Fred Harper, double-bassist Twm Dylan, composer/cellist Matt Constantine, classical accordionist Aine McLoughlin, violinist Aurora del Rio, and guitarist Federico Accardo. With theatrical elements choreographed by Alicia Britt of Wondering Hands Puppet Theatre, it will be a night to remember!
"Landscapes always play an essential role in my music. Although each piece appears to stand alone, they are conceived as a group of sisters bonded together by distinct geographic features throughout California. In a small valley on the Central Coast there is a chain of extinct volcanoes which run into the Pacific Ocean. They are called the Nine Sisters.” - Hazel Iris
Nine Sisters is officially on sale from Friday 26th October. Get your early copy ONLY at the gig!
It can be chilly in churches, make sure you dress accordingly!
Blind Dog Studio is an artist collective led by Mally Harpaz. Celebrating music from off the beaten tracks, each event creates a musically cinematic experience through artist collaboration and performance. On the 15th of August we will be back with three of our regular featured artists: Hazel Iris, Mally Harpaz and Colonial Sun along with some special guests.
Californian songstress Hazel Iris performs a set of her quirky folk-inspired indie songs, accompanied by accordion, cello, guitar and percussion (Mally Harpaz). With a dark and playful attitude to writing music, her unique sound blends crystalline vocals with a twist of magic. Through the traditions of romantic lieder, vaudeville, and contemporary styles she celebrates the high art of storytelling.
Multi instrumentalist Mally Harpaz performs her original compositions joined by a small number of phenomenal musicians and special guests. These distinct pieces were mainly written as part of a collaboration with award-winning video artist Clara Aparicio Yoldi. Mally’s reverence for the profound creates mysterious melodic lines and shares a luscious ambience with other contemporary pioneers such as Steve Reich, Max Richter, and Nils Frahm.
Colonial Sun is the musical moniker of James Marples, an Australian singer-songwriter whose balladry has drawn comparisons with Howe Gelb, Sun Kil Moon and Mark Lanegan. Emotionally lucid and at times surreal, these songs draw on imagery from the Australian landscape to the decaying monuments of Empire.
£6 online / £10 on the door