Grooves: The Specials; This is the Story; Crawdaddy; Blossoms; Roundhouse Rising; upcoming gigs
08 October, 2021 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Jerkcurb plays the Roundhouse Rising Festival
AT a time when the same issues that first moved The Specials to first bring their unique political takes to the stage in the late 1970s seem like they are reaching boiling point, the release of a protest album seems apt. The Specials’ new album Protest Songs – 1924-2012, conceived and recorded during lockdown, features 12 interpretations of carefully selected songs from 100 years of protest history. The unpredictable collection crosses continents and genres, bringing timeless social and political commentary to life with their trademark style.
• Kentish Town band This is The Story had high hopes to launch new climate change track at a huge open-air gig last month. Sadly, this was cancelled, but single The Mirror and The Sea is out now. Band leader Frank Chalmers said: “Climate activists from all over the UK, including Camden, will be converging at COP26 in Glasgow in November and we want to do everything we can to support them.” You can find the track at: thisisthestory.bandcamp.com/track/the-mirror-and-the-sea
• Welcoming the return of Crawdaddy! to the Fiddlers Elbow where on the third Friday of every month Gary, Lucienne and Danny, plus special guests (Lisa Hurley, Oct 15), play the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl.
• They caused an internet wave when Rick Astley joined them to perform This Charming Man at Kentish Town Forum last month, managing to upset Johnny Marr along the way. Liverpool’s Blossoms return to The Forum on Saturday (Oct 9) with Rick Astley for a full set of The Smiths songs.
• The lockdown productions keep rolling in, the latest from The Reverse, who recorded EP If The World Ends Now remotely before joining their drummer, who had been shielding until then, in the studio. As they ponder their next steps, frontman Nat the Hammer supports David Cronenberg’s Wife (the band) at The Hope & Anchor on Oct 13.
• British Spanish singer Nadia Sheikh, whose stirring new single IDWK (I Don’t Wanna Know) has just been revealed, plays The Water Rats on Oct 14.
• Duo Acid Arab bring their melange of musical influences to Jazz Café on Oct 8. Also coming up at Jazz Café: MF Robots + Mr Thing DJ set (Oct 9); Brooklyn Funk Essentials, (Oct 11); Iconic hip hop producer The Alchemist (Oct 15); and Colombian Italian artist Desta French (Oct 20).
• Eighties pop group The Blow Monkeys take their 40th Anniversary Tour to 229 on Oct 8.
• The incredible Roundhouse Rising Festival returns to the venue for 5 nights (Oct 19-23). Expect an eclectic line-up of new music and emerging acts including headlines sets from Shay D, Grove, Jerkcurb + Natanya – plus panels and masterclasses for 18- to 25-year-olds looking to break into the music business. Find the full programme on the Roundhouse website. Also coming up at The Roundhouse: Laura Marling (Oct 20 + 22); and Villagers (Oct 21).
• Join Richard Ashcroft for two acoustic evenings of his solo and The Verve compositions at London Palladium on Oct 16-17. The Boomtown Rats (Oct 14) and Del Amitri (Oct 20) are also playing Palladium this month.
• 10 CCs Graham Gouldman, Union Chapel (Oct 8)
•The Spiers & Boden Festival, Cecil Sharp House; Elles Bailey, The Garage (Oct 9)
•PH2, 100 Club (Oct 10); The Slow Readers Club, Electric Ballroom (Oct 12)
• Sam Carter, Kings Place; Kawala, The Forum; Shouse, Elektrowerkz (Oct 13)
• Orla Gartland, Electric Ballroom (Oct 15)
• Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls, The Green Note (Oct 16)
• Matinée Show: Rebet Asker-Greek Roots Series. The Green Note (Oct 17)
• Sunbirds (The Beautiful South co-founder Dave Hemingway), The Water Rats (Oct 18)
• Speakers Corner Quarter presents Sampha, Kae Tempest + more, Barbican; The Courettes, The Lexington (Oct 19)
• Jesse Marchant, The Grace; Willie J Healey + Larry Pink The Human, Lafayette (Oct 20)
• Dominic Ingham, The Spice of Life (Oct 21)