Awake Arise – A Christmas Show for our Times

Thu 15 December, 20:00
£18 + bf

This winter see five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists come together for an unmissable collaboration by candlelight at Grand Junction!

Awake Arise is a Christmas show of our time that features five of the most engaging and celebrated performers on the English folk scene. The award-winning trio  Lady Maisery – Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew – will be joined by Jimmy Aldridge and Kit Hawes.

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine while the five artists perform traditional songs, folk carols, and spoken word as well as new pieces to bring you joy during the cold winter months.


“some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene”

The Guardian

Awake Arise:

Award winning trio Lady Maisery (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew) have for nearly a decade produced ‘some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene’ – The Guardian.

Jimmy Aldridge and Kit Hawes complete the powerful line-up, bringing the outstanding vocals, sensitive instrumentation and powerful social conscience that has won them widespread critical acclaim. ‘Rousing stuff’ – The Observer.

This year Awake Arise will have a slightly different line-up. Sid Goldsmith is on tour in the US with a Wise Children/National Theatre production of Wuthering Heights. He will be greatly missed but will be ably replaced by Kit Hawes. Kit is a wonderful musician and great friend who has slotted straight into the band. He is best known for his duo with Aaron Catlow and the John Martyn Project, but has also played with Seth Lakeman, Sheelanagig and many more.

The evening will feature traditional songs, folk carols, spoken word and newly written music to galvanise and brighten this darkest season. True to the reputations of both acts as out-spoken voices on the folk scene, this collection is also a rallying cry to embrace the power of collective endeavour as vital support during times of hardship and loneliness. In this most uncertain of winters, Awake Arise is more than just a great night out; these are essential songs which remind us who we are and why we matter to each other.

Date: Thursday 15 December 2022

Start Time: 20:00

Doors: 19:00

Bar:  Open from 19:00. We serve a selection of craft beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.

Length: TBC

Tickets: £18 + bf

We recommend pre-booking tickets to guarantee entry. Booking on the door will result in an additional fee of £1.

Venue: Grand Junction is a venue for the community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church. We also have a café serving delicious food overlooking the canal.

Closest Stations: Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith & City line) 0.3 miles

Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line) 0.4 miles

Paddington Station (National Rail services and Circle, District, Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City line) 0.9 miles


Covid-19 Policy 

As of 24 February the government is removing all remaining Covid-19 restrictions.

At Grand Junction we will continue to do a number of things to keep our staff and audiences as safe as possible.

While you are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19, it is still advised that you stay at home to avoid contact with other people. Please bear this in mind before travelling to an event at Grand Junction if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

We welcome audience members and staff wearing face coverings if they wish to do so.

Hand sanitiser stations are positioned around the building.

Careful consideration of entry and exit points to avoid crowding. We will check your ticket at the entrance to the venue to avoid queuing and crowds forming indoors.

Regular cleaning and regular ventilation of the space, to ensure a flow of clean air.

Click here to view Grand Junction’s full Covid-safety information. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any further questions.