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The Idolins - 15 Years


22 Sep 2017

The Idolins are a Nottingham based folk pop act who's sounds stems from the beautiful and heartfelt storytelling of Karen Smalley, delivered by an ear catchingly sweet vocal and embellished with vocal harmonies reminiscent of The Staves. The Idolins' sound has grown to include and explore the textures of acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo and electric guitar, all of which sit atop a pulsating rhythm section featuring intricate and adventuring bass lines.

The release of Hunting for the Fifth, sees The Idolins taking things in a new direction. After the departure of Hannah Barrs on cello, Tom Dukes was invited into the band to add bass guitar to the mix. This, alongside Mark’s move to full drum kit, has resulted in a much more energetic, crowd pleasing, folk pop focus and has seen them likened to bands such as The Staves, First Aid Kit, Fleetwood Mac and The Cranberries.

Their single Seasons which was released in March, and also features on Hunting for the Fifth, has already received brilliant reviews and has been featured on several local and National BBC Introducing shows, and Radio 2 play from Bob Harris.

As well as 2017 seeing the release of their new EP, 2017 marks 15 years since Karen Smalley began making music under the name The Idolins, therefore they have decided to celebrate this in style with this show at Nottingham Contemporary. 

Opening the show will be Nottingham based singer songwriter - Adam Peter Smith, followed by the foot stomping folk group – Isembard’s Wheel from Sheffield.  The Idolins will then perform a set of old and new along with a few special guests, Mr Rob Rosa and Karen’s daughter Robyn on violins and the wonderful dancers that choreographed and performed the awesome piece in their latest music video to Seasons, Vicki Heathcote and Kieran Graham-Shannon. 

Doors 8pm



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