Saturday 11th February: The Harrison

After an indecently long interval, we return with a London gig - and it's on a Saturday! Come and see us on Saturday 11th February at The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, King's Cross, London WC1H 8JF, where we're supporting our old pals Albino ("a whisky-fuelled misdemeanour in musical form"). Doors 7.30pm; we're on at 8.45pm. FREE entry.

Sunday 4th October: We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome is a nationwide weekend of events in opposition to austerity and in celebration of culture and solidarity. Political but not party political, these events have been organised by performers and promoters giving their time for free to raise money for foodbanks and homelessness charities. Events are taking place all over the country from 2-4 October; we are playing on the Sunday evening at the Ivy House. It's a night of music, comedy, poetry and storytelling, featuring Bonesetter (alternative songs), Janine Booth (political poetry), Keith Jarrett (not the jazz pianist, but the former UK Farrago Poetry Slam champion), Njambi McGrath (hard-hitting comedy & storytelling), Joe Murphy from Sergeant Buzfuz (powerful indie-folk songs), Dave Pickering (storytelling and 'Stand Up Tragedy') and Ant 'The Game Cat' Smith (performance poetry).

We Shall Overcome at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE. Sunday 4th October, 6-10pm. 

Free entry, with donations (of funds, not food) to the Trussell Trust, a charity which runs over 400 foodbanks. Even if you can't come along on the night, please consider donating via


Monday 15th December: Murphy MacLean

Murphy MacLean is Polly's side project: a duo with Joe Murphy of Sergeant Buzfuz. They'll be playing at the Under The Influence 'Alternative Christmas Service', where each act plays two of their own songs plus one Christmas-themed number. Also on the bill will be The Antipoet, Alice Offley, Jakubowski, Simon Cleary, Hannah Harris and Rose Hotel. Under The Influence @ The Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road, London N6 5AT (Highgate tube). Monday 15th December, 7.30pm, £3 entry.

Thursday 1st October: Blang

The very fine Blang record label is celebrating its tenth anniversary with two shows at the new 12 Bar Club - and we're proud to be playing at the first of these nights. We're part of an excellent line-up which also includes Matt Dolphin, Lucy's Diary, Sergeant Buzfuz, David Cronenberg's Wife and JJ Crash. Blang have put together a quite magnificent 18-track compilation CD from their roster of artists (and yes, there's a Slate Islands track on there)...a copy of this CD is included in the entry price for the gig. Blang @ The 12 Bar Club, 203 Holloway Road, London N7 8DL. Thursday 1st October, doors 7pm, music starts 7.30pm (we're on at 8.15pm). £5 entry. Further details here

Saturday 4th October: Merge Festival (CANCELLED!)

(Stop press - very sadly, the organisers have had to cancel this event because such heavy rain is forecast that the outdoor Riverside Stage just wouldn't be able to cope.)

We'll be playing at 3pm on the Riverside Stage - a converted 1950s airstream trailer which will be parked outside Tate Modern, by the Millennium Bridge. Our 40-minute set is part of a folk-flavoured afternoon inspired by the forthcoming film The Ballad of Shirley Collins. Free music by the river on a Saturday can you resist?