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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Anne Pigalle; Nahko; Zoe Wren

27 June, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

 Anne Pigalle

PARISIAN musician, artist and performer Anne Pigalle used to hang out with the Sex Pistols as a teenager. She brought her music to London during the late punk scene, created a music film project in LA and reinvented herself as a painter, photographer and more. She showcases her new album, L’Ecstase, at The Dublin Castle tomorrow (Friday) along with an all-women line-up including burlesque performers Miss Dolly Blowup and Marquissa Darq, Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Mai Butoh Dance artist Mai Nguyen Tri, Manon Aquilina, performance art from Julie Rose, Rude Mechanicals and Rotten Bliss.

• Camden acoustic/folk artist Zoe Wren (above) launches her new EP at Camden Chapel on July 4. It’s a homage to six singer-songwriters who have inspired her – Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Tracy Chapman, Lady Gaga and Sandy Denny.

• Hear the writers behind the likes of Miley Cyrus, Adele, George Ezra and Paolo Nutini perform in their own voice, in a relaxed, acoustic showcase at the Roundhouse Songwriters Circle tomorrow (Friday). Co-hosted by Jeff Cohen and Riva Taylor, Jim Duguid, Sacha Skarbek and Sarah Darling will perform and exchange songs and stories, with a special guest performance from Roundhouse resident artist Celine Love.


Finsbury Park brings modern-day indie back to the fore with the Community Festival on June 30. This year’s line-up includes The Kooks, Blossoms, Kate Nash. Don Broco, The Hunna, Blaenavon, Swmrs, Gerry Cinnamon (above), The Amazons, The Night Café, Sea Girls, Bloxx and more.

• Put yourself in the shoes of refugees at the Union Chapel on June 30 at A Web In The Heart: An Interactive Performance, presented by musician and artist in residence Boe Huntress. The groundbreaking interactive show for Refugee Week 2019 will explore how the UK’s hostile refugee policies affect the lives of those they seek to exclude.

American roots master and 11-time Grammy nominee Keb’ Mo’ plays The Union Chapel on July 2.

• Following the release of his critically acclaimed album, My Name Is Bear, and 2018 EP Hamakua, Nahko (above) will play the Electric Ballroom on July 2, bringing a different interpretation to both his new solo work and his catalogue with Medicine For The People.

• The Dublin Castle’s next Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club features colourful punk professor, new-wave musician, and critic/filmmaker Vivien Goldman, who presents Revenge of the She-Punks, in which she probes four themes – identity, money, love, and protest – to explore what makes punk such a liberating art form for women.

• Innervisions Festival returns to London for the second year across various London venues, bringing a selection of the best of soul, jazz, blues, funk, reggae, hip-hop, Latin and world music, and featuring the likes of award-winning pianist and producer Robert Glasper, Van Morrison, Mavis Staples, Gilberto Gil, Fela Kuti, Loria Boban, Stone Foundation and many more.

Alt-Folk singer-songwriter Frankie Swain plays The 100 Club on July 3, following the release of single Hook, Line and Sinker.

• The Original Wailers, led by Al Anderson, continue the legacy of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ unforgettable music at the Jazz Café on July 3-4.

Electropop outfit Nimmo celebrate the launch of new album The Power at Electrowerkz on July 4.

• Notable gigs this week: Michael Armstrong, The Water Rats (July 2); Bruce Mississippi Johnson (above), Pizza Express Holborn (July 3).


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