Friday 22nd November: Bad Santas book launch

We'll be playing a 20-minute set at this unusual book launch for Bad Santas and Other Creepy Christmas Characters: 'a gleefully dark and well-researched' exploration of European Yuletide folk customs by Paul Hawkins (who - being a musician as well as a writer - has chosen to feature music as well as readings at his launch event). Also appearing will be Stairs To Korea, Extradition Order, Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences and Tim Ten Yen; as well as Santa Claus himself! Friday 22nd November at the Elixir Bar, 162 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BL. Doors 7.30pm; event starts 8pm; free entry.


Mycenae House, Friday 18th October

We'll be playing a full-length set at this beautiful South London venue. Support act will be Matt Dolphin, a singer-songwriter of exquisite artistry. Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SE. Friday 18th October, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £6 (£5 conc) available from TicketSource

StandUp Tragedy: Thursday 4th July, Dogstar

Half the Slate Islands (Polly and Andy) will be playing at the rather fine Stand Up Tragedy night, which is basically a variety night featuring storytellers, comedians, poets, musicians and others all performing work based (loosely or otherwise) around the theme of tragedy. Also on the bill will be Josie Long, Nish Kumar, Emily Capell, Daniel Barker, Frog Morris, Daniel Simpson and Jen Adamthwaite. Thursday 4th July, 7.30pm at the Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LQ. Tickets £5 in advance from or £7 on the door.

Thursday 12th September: The Good Ship

We've been invited by the delightful Albino to play at an 'urban folk' night they're hosting at The Good Ship in Kilburn. Also on the bill will be Susanna Catz, Kalen Nash, and Country Al and his Lonesome Guitar. Thursday 12th September, 7.30pm at The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR. £5 entry.

Saturday 18th May: The Songs of The Incredible String Band

Polly will be making a solo appearance at the Green Note on Saturday 18th May, as part of a special event in which a range of acts will perform songs by the Incredible String Band to mark the launch of the 2013 edition of 'Be Glad: an Incredible String Band Compendium'. (New, revised, tenth-anniversary edition of this acclaimed book, edited by Adrian Whittaker.) On the bill will be Malcolm Le Maistre, Norman Lamont, Jowe Head and the Demi-Monde, Joe Murphy (from Sergeant Buzfuz); and others to be confirmed. Copies of the book will be on sale at a reduced price on the day. Tickets are £8 in advance from WeGotTickets. Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7AN. Saturday 18th May, 2-5pm.