Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Nick Alexander; 808 State; John Cooper Clarke; Nitin Sawhney
22 November, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
John Cooper Clarke
A PEACEFUL Noise – in memory of Nick Alexander, who was killed in the Bataclan shooting in 2015 while working with headliners The Eagles of Death Metal – returns for the third year running with a night of acoustic rock and roll at Bush Hall on Nov 24 featuring Tom Grennan, The Hunna, Leila Moss, Sophie & The Giants and special guests. Proceeds will go to the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust, which awards grants for musical instruments and equipment to community groups and small charities across the UK, and Josh Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation, which gives financial assistance to musicians struggling with illness and disability.
• Blues Kitchen Camden celebrates the music of Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan tomorrow (Friday) with live music from Barrie Cadogan (Little Barrie), guitarist Joe Hollick (Wolfpeople), bassist Lewis Wharton (Little Barrie) and Tony Coote on drums.
• Manchester’s original acid house pioneers 808 State bring their 808 State : 30 tour to Koko on Nov 23. See the band rework classic tracks from their back catalogue in an entirely new set which also features exclusive new material from upcoming sixth album Transmission Suite – with special guest LONE.
• Influential cult poet Dr John Cooper Clarke – a favourite of the likes of Arctic Monkey and Plan B – comes to the London Palladium on Nov 24, joined by special guest comedian Simon Day who will be performing as Yorkshire poet Geoffrey Allerton.
• At 82, Grammy-winning reggae icon Lee Scratch Perry is putting younger generations to shame. He brings his classic sounds to the Jazz Cafe on Nov 24.
• Jazz drummer and band leader Moses Boyd Exodus has been flying the flag for the UK jazz scene in a big way. He brings his Exodus set to Jazz Cafe on Nov 24. Support from James Massiah.
The Alarm. Photo: Andy Labrow
• The Alarm, who have just completed a marathon 50-date tour of North America, play ULU on Nov 28.
• The band bringing The Music of Cream to The Forum on Nov 25 is not your ordinary covers set-up. Carrying the two-thirds of the original trio’s DNA with them, Ginger Baker’s son Kofi Baker, Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm Bruce and Eric Clapton’s nephew (by marriage) Will Johns – are coming to the UK for the first time to pay homage to the band’s legacy with The Music Of Cream – 50th Anniversary World Tour.
• House & Garage Orchestra, the ultimate live celebration of UK House & Garage, brings an expanded live band to Koko on Nov 25 with horns and string sections, reviving the iconic sounds of the UK at the turn of the millennium. Look out for appearances from many of the vocalists that featured on the original hit records.
• MC, producer, photographer, director and graffiti artist Evidence, who formed LA hip-hop group Dilated Peoples in the mid-90s, comes to the Jazz Cafe on Nov 27. For latest solo album, Weather Or Not, Evidence collaborated with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Raekwon, The Alchemist and DJ Premier, scoring numerous Top 10 Billboard chart hits in the process. Support from Blacksmith.
• Nitin Sawhney – musician, producer, composer and winner of the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 – is bringing his 2015 album Dystopian Dream to life this month. Nitin, who is Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, co-devised the production with Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, who perform and direct. The dance-theatre realisation marries Wang and Ramirez’s unique style of physical hip-hop-influenced choreography with Sawhney’s composition to invoke a visual spectacle comprising cutting-edge projections, aerial movement and dramatic performances with Sawhney’s iconic music sung live. The production makes its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells on Nov 27-28. Dystopian Dream features costume design by Hussein Chalayan, who previously created Gravity Fatigue and recently hosted a fashion show at Sadler’s Wells, animated projections by Nick Hillel, set design by Shizuka Hariu, lighting design by Natasha Chivers and live vocals by Eva Stone.
• Luke Haines brings his Power Trio to the 100 Club on Nov 28 to perform The Auteurs’ 1996 classic After Murder Park album in full and his first solo album from the same year, Baader Meinhof. This will be the first time After Murder Park has been played live since its release.
Faustus. Photo: Luke Pajak
• English folk band Faustus, made up of renowned English folk musicians Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast), Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman Band) and Saul Rose (Waterson: Carthy, Whapeazel, War Horse) will be presenting tracks from their Cotton Famine Poetry project at Cecil Sharp House on Nov 29. For the past few months Faustus have been sifting through publications and journals of the 19th-century Lancashire cotton famine period, as part of a project based at the University of Exeter, to archive, preserve, and rehabilitate the poetry of this distressing chapter of working-class history, some of which they have set to new music.
• Gilles Peterson’s King of the Disco Kon has earned cult status on the decks, playing singalong classics alongside rare vinyl treasures. He shares the stage with Chicago DJ Daniel Wang at the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday).
• Carrying on the disco theme, New York disco supremo John Morales takes over at The Old Queen’s Head tomorrow (Friday) as part of the venue’s Rave In A Pub series, which brings world-class DJs to the cosy surroundings of an 18th-century London pub. Expect disco rarities, classics and modern day cuts.
• Ahead of the release of third album, Acts of Fear and Love, Slaves stop off at Alexandra Palace on Nov 24. Kentish punk raconteurs Lady Bird (the first signing to Slaves’ Girl Fight record label) open the show, while Aussie pub punks Amyl and the Sniffers and rapper Slowthai support.
• Natalie ‘Floacist’ Stewart, one of the founding member of seven-time Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling, neo-soul sensation group Floetry, appears as The Floacist at Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday).
Chris Stills. Photo: Dove Shore
• Chris Stills, son of CSNY’s Stephen, plays Borderline on Nov 25 in support of his acclaimed new album, Don’t Be Afraid, written with collaborators including Ryan Adams & Death Cab’s Zac Rae.
• Jamie Jones and Kate Simko (above) come together to bring their collaboration Opus 1 to the Barbican on Nov 27 for a full concert of original music fusing live orchestra and electronics. The duo will perform brand-new material alongside recomposed originals and a 25-piece expansion of Simko’s London Electronic Orchestra.
• UK rapper Skrapz (above) plays The Forum Nov 27.
• Multi-genre outfit DeVotchKa (above), who have recently released This Night Falls Forever, their first album in seven years, play Union Chapel on Nov 27. The band have scored films, TV shows, musicals and ballets, while frontman Nick Urata was nominated for a Grammy for his score for the movie Little Miss Sunshine.
• German rock band The New Roses play Underworld on Nov 27 with special guests DEPARTED.
• Irish brothers Hudson Taylor bring their fresh Americana sound to Koko on Nov 28.
• Swansea outfit Trampolene play Dingwalls on Nov 28.
• Notable gigs this week: Methods, Dublin Castle (Nov 23); 808INK, Jazz Cafe; Afro B, Camden Assembly (Nov 28).