the hackney gentrification song

You know this place it means the world to me.
Knock it down build flats knock it down.
The first place I really felt home in London.
Now my life is in bags and my heart’s on my sleeve
And there’s so many memories I’d rather not leave.

When I moved here ‘The Four Aces’ club still stood proud
And ‘The Vortex’ on Church Street was in with the crowd.
Now ‘The George‘ is up next and my dear studio
And Vogue says that Hackney’s the in place to go.

Tesco’s are popping up like unwelcome weeds
And they just put a pound on the price of a pide.
The places we used to shoot pool: they’re all gone.
Whilst the prostitutes, pimps and drug dealers look on.

Louisa Jones on accordion

folk rising at cecil sharpe house

I have just confirmed my first gig of the year for Thursday 3rd February, playing at Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance And Song Society.

The evening is part of the Folk Rising series of shows put together by the fine people from The Magpies Nest.

I will be on around 8pm and joined by Ben Oliver on piano and Basia Bartz on violin. Do come!

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY – nearest tube is Camden Town or Regents Park

Tickets here (£5) –

Music studio space available in Dalston, Hackney

I am looking for someone to share my lovely music studio in Dalston Culture House next to the Vortex, N16 8JN.

It would suit someone who needs a teaching, recording or practice space for solo or small ensemble work.

Ideally you would want to use the space 1 – 2.5 days a week and be up for paying £70-£150 towards the costs

Contact me via mail (at) robingrey (dot) com