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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Neville Staple; Live at Camden Chapel; Anna Smyrk; Life Rewired

17 January, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Neville Staple Band

NEVILLE Staple has thrown his support behind the campaign to support small music venues. Speaking from his home on Sunday, the former singer with The Specials, told me: “If there’s a gig near you, try and go to it. We play small gigs to keep it going – just support your local gigs. They’re closing all these clubs down and building apartments and high-rise blocks, so we’ve got to keep preaching about it or keep talking about it. But it’s getting difficult – we need to keep pushing to keep these places open.”

Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2019 take place at Koko on Jan 19. The awards, at which Peterson will be MC, aim to shine a light on some of the best music out there. This year’s line-up includes: slowthai, IG Culture, LeFtO, Nu Guinea, Sampology, Ben LaMar Gay, Cleo Sol, Dur Dur Band International, Emma-Jean Thackray (DJ Set), Atmosfear, HAAi, KOKOROKO, Children of Zeus ft [K S R].

• Live at Camden Chapel, a petite new music venue, is opening in Camden at the end of the month. Based at the London Irish Centre, the new space is a 40-capacity, intimate acoustic venue set in an old chapel dating back to the 1950s. Ray Jones, founder of TALENTBANQ, which promotes independent musicians and is behind the project, said: “We seek to identify and promote the best unsigned independent artists. London was lacking an intimate listening venue where such artists could stage a headline show for their early fans and lovers of new music – and to walk away at the end of the evening having made money. That’s the really crucial aspect here. We want artists and audience to feel rewarded at the end of each night.”

Don’t forget The Roundhouse’s intimate series of gigs In the Round runs from Jan 22 to 31 starting with Ana Moura. The series also includes shows from Gruff Rhys, An Evening with Patti Smith and many more.

Hobo Johnson

• Quirky California-based alternative hip-hop artists Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers play Koko on Jan 23.

New York garage-psych-punk group The Fuzztones were regulars at CBGBs back in the day, and have released more than 20 albums. They play the 100 Club on Jan 25.

• Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis has had to postpone his UK solo shows for personal reasons. His Islington Assembly gig, which was set for January 19, will now take place on May 10. Contact the point of purchase for refunds.

Bang on a Can All-Stars

New York electric chamber ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, play Kings Place on Jan 18 and 19. The Jan 19 show features the UK premiere of Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Anthracite Fields, as part of the Venus Unwrapped series.

• The first performance in the Barbican’s Life Rewired programme is Pantha Du Prince’s Conference of Trees on 19 January, a new audio-visual project by Berlin-based techno composer-producer Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha Du Prince, exploring the communication of trees and translating it into music with a live ensemble.

Bell X1 plays Union Chapel for two special shows on January 18 and 19 where the band will be joined by Dowry Strings (Éna Brennan) who will provide string accompaniment. The concert marks the end of a year of celebrations in which the band performed five sell-out concerts at the famed Vicar Street in Dublin.

Anna Smyrk

• Acclaimed Australian alt-folk singer songwriter Anna Smyrk, who splits her time between her music with her work in international development, will be performing at The Harrison, King’s Cross, on Jan 20.

Making Music Together, a new exhibition by The Barbican begins this week and runs until March 23. The free exhibition, a celebration of leisure-time music in the UK, shows how thousands of groups get together to play and perform a wide range of music from jazz and folk to classical and barbershop. It features quotes, posters and film from Making Music groups and a specially commissioned series of portraits of leisure-time musicians.

Amy Helm

• Notable gigs this week: Sari Schorr, 100 Club; Cloonee + Iglesias + Hinnerman, Egg (Jan 18); Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, Lexington (Jan 19); Chris Bowden Time Capsule Ensemble, Union Chapel (Jan 22); Billy Bremner & Rockfiles, 100 Club; Amy Helm, Borderline (Jan 23); Rick Estrill and the Nightcats, 100 Club (Jan 24); Billy Bragg, Islington Assembly Hall (Jan 25); Freakpower, 100 Club; Gibson Brothers, Jazz Café (Jan 26); Ghetts, Islington Assembly Hall (Jan 30 + 31).


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