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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Madness; Sophia Thakur; Kat Pearson; Charly Bliss

31 October, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Charly Bliss play Scala on Nov 6

REMEMBER when Madness roamed around Camden playing atop a double-decker bus for the Camden Crawl? The Nutty Boys have a long and loving relationship with the borough, so it seems only right they have chosen to play an intimate fan show in NW1 at the Electric Ballroom on Nov 17, with tickets at £2.50, frozen at the price they were 40 years ago to the date when they played an iconic show at the same venue back in 1979. They also play three Roundhouse gigs on Dec 15-17.

• Head down to the Dartmouth Arms on Nov 2 for Keep The Fires Burning – Bonfire Night Disco Special, with a special DJ set from Andy Smith (ex-Portishead).

• Award-winning storyteller and musician Sophia Thakur, accompanied by her eight-piece band, bring the spirit of poetry, afrobeats and soul to the Jazz Cafe on Nov 7 to celebrate the global release of her debut spoken word poetry collection, Somebody Give This Heart A Pen, and latest single KUMASI.

The Roundhouse has announced two more acts to join its In The Round line-up – UK soul singer Alice Russell showcasing her new album for the first time (Jan 27) and cult musician John Grant, who presents a rare, stripped-back show in a duo format (Jan 29).

• Camden singer Kat Pearson (above) has a set that reaches right back to her roots, with a repertoire of blues-infused songs, laden with jazz and soul undertones, taking influence from her family’s migration as slaves in the cotton fields of Tennessee, to sharecropping in Oklahoma, to Civil Rights riots in Los Angeles. She plays The Green Note tomorrow (Friday).

Wayne Hussey, former lead singer of The Mission and previously guitarist with Sisters of Mercy and others, discusses his book, Salad Daze, at The Dublin Castle’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Book Club on Nov 4.

• And Jo Wood, model and ex-wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, discusses her new book, Stoned: Photographs And Treasures From Life With The Rolling Stones – featuring 500 never-before-seen photographs, notes and mementos of life behind the scenes with the Stones – with author Julie Hamill at the second Dublin Castle Rock ‘n Roll Book Club of the month on Nov 6.

Carry on your Halloween celebrations at The Lock Tavern this weekend with three raucous nights of tunes – live music and DJs including Dan Mill and Rowena, plus pints and cocktails. Entry is free, costumes optional (but encouraged!).

• Former Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey brings his band Alive And Dangerous to Camden Underworld on Nov 7.

Recent Alan McGee signees, Scottish band Shambolics (above), play The Water Rats on Nov 7.

• Rant (above), four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, launch album The Portage at Kings Place tomorrow (Friday).

Folk musicians Dave Alvin (founder of The Blasters) + Jimmie Dale Gilmore (The Flatlanders) bring their first-ever musical collaboration to Bloomsbury Theatre tomorrow (Friday).

• Alt-folk songwriter and finger-style guitarist Chris Cleverly (above) brings his trio to The Green Note on Nov 4 to promote new album We Sat Back And Watched It Unfold.

NYC four-piece Charly Bliss (above) play Scala on Nov 6.

• Bristol punks Heavy Lungs play Camden Assembly on Nov 6.

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Notable gigs this week: Picture This, Roundhouse (Nov 1); Space Chickens, The Constitution (Nov 2); Deerhunter + Kate Le Bon, Roundhouse (Nov 3); Banks, Roundhouse; Sari Schorr, Water Rats; Gazel, St Pancras Old Church (Nov 4); Lauv, The Forum; The Imbeciles, The Social; Sinkane, Jazz Cafe; Shakespears Sister, Palladium (Nov 5); Mick Harvey + JP Shilo + Steve Shelley + Glenn Lewis, 100 Club; Juan Wauters, The Lexington (Nov 6); The Brand New Heavies, Islington Assembly Hall; Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners + Lauren Tate, 229; The Glorious Sons, Scala (Nov 7); Metronomy, Roundhouse (Nov 7-8).


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