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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Kiefer Sutherland; Lady Bird; Shakka; Girli

04 April, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Kiefer Sutherland

HOLLYWOOD actor turned country singer Kiefer Sutherland introduces second album, Reckless & Me, with a stripped-back acoustic show where he will share the stories behind the songs and give fans an opportunity to ask questions about his music, life and acting career, at Moth Club on April 9. Speaking of the album, he says: “As an actor I know that making a connection with an audience always comes by virtue of the story or the character. This is very different. They’re personal stories from my life. As lucky as I am, there are things you can’t avoid: friends of yours are going to die, you’re going to be let down, your heart will be broken. Hopefully they help both me and the audience to realise that none of us are alone in trying to get these things in life. And there’s something comforting about that. At least to me.”

Kent trio Lady Bird are unusual – frontman Sam Cox has become known as the mute punk singer. Following the discovery of a lump on his vocal chords in 2015, Sam underwent two years of operations, with his vocals deteriorating so badly that he could no longer speak, saving his voice for the painful ordeal of singing when he can. He has fought his way back, writing latest single, Reprisal, while having no voice earlier this year. The band bring their politicised lyrics to Camden Assembly tomorrow (Friday).

• The Pigeon Detectives are among the new additions to the Camden Rocks Festival (June 1-2) line-up, it was announced this week, alongside reggae-influenced punk rockers The Ruts DC, celebrating the 40th anniversary of debut album, The Crack. For the rest of the line-up and tickets, visit

Lithuanian party-starter Manfredas has pioneered a dance music revolution in his home town of Vilnuis, putting now-legendary venue Opium on the global clubbing map through his celebrated party “Smala”. He is joined at the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday) by Ukranian producer Vakula, whose eclectic releases with Dekmantel and Firecracker have encompassed a mass of styles, from techno to house, to ambient and balearic, and UK DJs Kiara Scuro.

• Camden Rocks Festival presents an all-day rock ‘n’ roll bonanza at The Monarch on April 6, featuring Pet Needs, Adrenaline Animals, THE WiDOWS, Strange Planes, Prisoners Of Mother England, Slip Digby, Gasoline Thrill, Clarence Oddbody, The Road Atlas and Sonic Cartel. Doors: 12.45pm to 9pm.

Sought-after DJ and producer Jax Jones has collaborated with Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don, Mabel and ATL rapper, Rich The Kid and many more. He plays the Roundhouse on April 6.

• Japanese composer and percussionist Midori Takada, and London-based “devotional pop polymath” Yasmine Dubois – aka Lafawndah – collaborate in the world premiere of Barbican-commissioned work Ceremonial Blue on April 7. They will be joined on stage by a cast of performers which will include contemporary Indonesian dancer Dian Bokir and Japanese chanting monks SAMGHA.

Acclaimed pianists, sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque, are renowned for their energetic double act and their passion for minimalist music. They will present their 2013 album, Minimalist Dream House, live, their interpretations of works by Steve Reich, David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, David Chalmin and a new work by Thom Yorke, at Barbican on April 9. The show will also feature Bryce Dessner (guitar) and David Chalmin (guitar, voice, live-electronic).

• Alternative R&B singer, producer and multi MOBO award-winning star Shakka has worked with the likes of JME, Mr. Vegas, Wiley, Idris Elba, Lethal Bizzle and Wretch 32. The singer takes inspiration from his Dominican roots and his father’s role as guitarist and producer of reggae group The Foreigners Crew. He plays The Forum on April 11.

Hue and Cry celebrate the 30th anniversary of classic live album, Bitter Suite, at 229 on April 11 where the brothers will perform songs from the album as well their hits and classics in a stripped-back set.


• Pop singer Girli’s debut album, Odd One Out, is out tomorrow. She plays Islington Academy on April 8.

Skinny Lister 

Folk-punk favourites Skinny Lister play the Electric Ballroom on April 11.

• Notable gigs this week: Ratts + Three Mile Smile + Severs, The Monarch (April 5); Gabriel Kahane, Milton Court Concert Hall (April 7); Rainbrother, The Finsbury (April 8); Bobby Rush, Jazz Cafe; The Xcerts, The Garage (April 9); Pup, The Garage; Coi Leray, Camden Assembly (April 10); Trapper Schoepp, Electric Ballroom (April 11).


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