Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Kenwood House Heritage Live; Betty Harris; Clem Cattini; Nick Cave
13 June, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THE music returns to Kenwood House this week as the Heritage Live concert series takes over the rolling Heath for three days. It starts with The Piano Guys tomorrow (Friday). The Utah YouTube sensations have received billions of views with their self-made music videos, mashing up pop and classical music. Then, stomping all over their home turf on June 15,
Madness (above) step in with Madness XL, a special show forming part of the band’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Expect a full orchestra, fireworks, friends and support from Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Boo Hewerdine. Then a change of pace as the series ends on June 16 with opera singer José Carreras, saying goodbye to London as part of his farewell tour. He will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by David Giménez and joined by coloratura soprano Christina Johnston, and with support from BBC Young Musician 2016 Shaki Kanneh-Mason.
• We hear one Camden Rocks band found a surprise fan in headliner Frank Turner last week when the folk singer was spotted amongst the crowd during Pet Needs’ Dublin Castle set. He later came out for his Electric Ballroom encore in one of their “Punk Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Up For Sale” T-shirts and gave them a shout-out – as ever, Camden Rocks is a musicians’ festival.
• Soul singer Betty Harris should be known to fans of Deep Soul, Sister Funk and Northern Soul, having had a number of hits across the genres in the 1960s. She plays The 100 Club tomorrow (Friday).
• Take an artistic diversion at Soho’s Karma Sanctum hotel (the hotel owned by Iron Maiden), where Chloe Trujillo, the wife of Metallica’s Rob Trujillo has a brief art exhibition and charity auction lunch for Teenage Cancer Trust. Running from June 17-19, find Chloe painting live in the hotel cinema, as well as hosting a rock ‘n’ roll party on June 19.
• Despite the steep ticket prices, Conversations with Nick Cave, at the Barbican on June 19, sold out months ago. Described by Cave as “an exercise in connectivity”, no subject is sacred and audiences are encouraged to be bold and challenging, confrontational and unafraid. The singer will be taking questions from the audience and performing songs on the piano.
• BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner, Rowan Rheingans, brings new live show, Dispatches on the Red Dress, to Cecil Sharp House on June 19. The one-woman show unravels the story of Rowan’s German grandmother growing up in 1940s Germany and searches for hope for the future.
• Drummer Clem Cattini looks back over his 60-year career, through his time with Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, working with record producer Joe Meek and The Tornadoes, a decade with Tops of The Pops house band, and turning down invites to tour with the likes of Les Zeppelin and Wings, at The Dublin Castle Rock n Roll Book Club on June 19. He discusses Through The Eye Of A Tornado by Bip Wetherell and Clive Smith with Clem Cattini, a look back over an unparalleled career, with Clem and friends recalling the early days of the British rock ‘n’ roll scene around Soho, the life of a session musician, and revealing the stories behind the some of the best-known music made in the UK over the past 60 years.
• Part of The Roundhouse’s Last Word festival, Words, Rhymes and Steam is an evening of live music and poetry by members of the artist collective Steam Down – Brother Portrait, Nadeem Din-Gabisi and Germane Marvel. Expect universal vibes and uncompromising truths spoken to the backdrop of hip-hop, jazz, soul, grime and afrobeat.
Gary Clark Jr
• Texan guitarist Gary Clark Jr will be performing his third studio album, This Land, at the Roundhouse on June 17.
• Influential US underground rock band Meat Puppets have brought together their original line-up to play ULU on June 20.
• Indie songwriter Laura Stevenson plays Camden Assembly on June 20.
• South London MC P Money headlines Islington Academy on June 20.
• Notable gigs this week: Cage The Elephant (above), Heaven; Yellowjackets, Union Chapel (June 14); Rumours, Lexington (June 15); The Lafontaines, Camden Assembly (June 19); The Members + Piranhas 4+, 100 Club (June 20).