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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Gal Dem; Embrace; First Aid Kit

01 March, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab


AS international Women’s Day approaches, the Jazz Cafe has enlisted London’s Gal Dem collective to present a line-up of their favourite artists in the fields of soul, R&B and jazz on March 8. Headliner, British-Jamaican singer Denai Moore, will be joined by south London collective Kokoroko – whose energetic jazz-infused live sets draw on the afrobeat sounds of Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen – and jazz newcomer Miryam Solomon.

• Cult jazz, folk, pop poet Rickie Lee Jones (above) plays Barbican tomorrow (Friday).

• Also tomorrow, Swedish siblings First Aid Kit perform at the Roundhouse.

It’s 20 years into Embrace’s recording career and four years since they released their last album. So, why not mark the launch of seventh studio album in a suitably 90s way – with a HMV in-store performance, just like the old days? Catch them play a live showcase at HMV, 363 Oxford Street tomorrow (Friday).

• Spiritland have lined up a scorching weekend, sure to bring some heat to the current icy climes. On Saturday (March 3), the Epic Vinyls, from Brazil, bring their epic selection of bossa, tropicalia, funky samba, soul, funk and Brazilia to the venue’s classic decks. Then, on Sunday (March 4), Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires shares his DJ skills from 5pm.

The Dublin Castle hosts a special Rockin’ for West Papua event on March 4 in support for the West Papua people’s bid for independence. The line-up includes east London sister duo Xylaroo, who have Papua New Guinean roots, indie rockers Emma & The Fragments, Kentish Town’s Useless Cities, and critically-acclaimed London hip-hop artist Carpetface, with more to be announced. Proceeds to the Free West Papua Campaign.

• The Barbican’s Imagining Ireland show on March 5 showcases some of the most exciting artists to come out of Ireland at the moment, headed by the more established names such as Lisa Hannigan and Paul Noonan of BellX1. Also set to appear are Saint Sister, Seamus Fogarty, Brian Deady, Loah, Mango X Mathman, Dowry, Stephen James Smith, Maria Kelly and J Colleran (aka MMOTHS).

Nashville country singer Sarah Darling (above) plays the Union Chapel on March 5.

• Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox has been collecting a cult following around the world. Founded by jazz musician Bradlee, the musical collective bring the party atmosphere to the Roundhouse on March 6 with their unique vintage twist on the cover song.

This month’s Dublin Castle Rock And Roll Book Club features a Q&A with author of Rock And Pop On British TV, Jeff Evans, introduced by Julie Hamill and Tony Bugbear and followed by DJ Set with A Brit TV Theme.

• Hear the contrasting sounds of two of the UK’s leading instrumental ensembles, Leveret and Spiro, at Cecil Sharp House on March 8.

Notable gigs this week: Waterparks (above), Koko (March 4); The Cole Porters, The Green Note; Tonight Alive, Koko; Tom Misch, Roundhouse (March 8).


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