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A night of spellbinding songwriting, storytelling and cinema to mark the release of James Riley’s brand new single, “Lightning Strikes”, a murder ballad written and recorded in Nashville.

Anglo-American James Riley is back from a two-year stint in the USA, with a killer new album in his back pocket and brimming with energy as he prepares to share his new material. Recorded in Nashville by producer Matthew Odmark, these new recordings take James´ distinctive, soulful songwriting to a new level, vibrating with portentious energy as they keep you listening, hanging, waiting for the next twist.

He won´t let you hear it. Or at least, not yet.

Instead James will release "Lightning Strikes" as a first single from the album and a taster of what´s to come. It´s a dark and beautiful murder ballad featuring eerie, haunting pads, achingly beautiful guitar, and lyrical cello and piano arrangements. Listening to this tune is akin to the moment he references - waiting, hoping, counting the seconds to hear the deep rumble of thunder.


To mark the single release, James will celebrate with his brand new ensemble in the classically styled setting of Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney.

The show will also feature the first public screening of the brand new music video, filmed recently in and abandoned house just outside of London by Jon Stow of Intraspectrum Studios.

Support will come from the incomparable troubadour Thomas James Smith, and very special guest Hattie Briggs, fresh from her win as Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017, and her subsequent support slot with Lucy Rose at Shepherds Bush Empire.

To see the trailer for the show click here

Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm

TICKETS: £5 advance, £8 on the door



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