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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Goldray; The Family Dog; Corduroy; Felix Rabin; KIOKO

25 April, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab


KING’S Cross Classic Car Boot Sale – a mini-festival of vintage wares – returns this weekend (April 27-28) and this time includes a specially created exhibition by artist Stuart Langley featuring three Reliant Robins with stained-glass windows depicting rock ‘n’ roll stars including Amy Winehouse, David Bowie and Sid Vicious. Taking place across Granary Square, Lewis Cubitt Square and Coal Drops Yards, the festival also includes DJs spinning 1940s to 1960s tunes from a Routemaster Bus Bar, a free drop-in drawing workshop with a swingin’ 60s model, and the chance to sit in a famous bus from 1969 British comedy caper The Italian Job.

On South African Independence Day (April 27), the Jazz Cafe celebrates the life and work of Mama Africa, aka singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, in the company of a band led by her own trumpeter Claude Deppa.

• The Family Dog, a miracle band of five north London Italian-Irish brothers, by the surname of Dogliani, and fronted by 12-year-old Hector – the youngest – play The Dublin Castle on April 29.

Multicultural pop/reggae band and Roundhouse alumni KIOKO started out using the venue’s studios in their early days, and now make their return to play the main stage on April 27 in support of veteran reggae band UB40.

• Goldray, the new psychedelic project from REEF guitarist Kenwyn House and vocalist Leah Rasmussen, preview brand new material for the first time at Underworld tomorrow (Friday).

FEST Camden has just launched Wonderfest Rooftop, its festival-themed rooftop experience with open-air cinema, DJs, a botanical canopy and prosecco popsicles. As well as cocktails, food and Camden Rooftop Cinema Club, there will be live acoustic performances throughout the day and DJs in the evenings with a mix of disco and sun-soaked house.

• Camden singer and former Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd promotes new album, Next Episode Starts In 15 Seconds (out May 3), with a series of in-store shows including Rough Trade East (May 4) and Banquet Records (May 9). Recorded in a 10ft-square bunker in late 2018 with producer Nathan Coen, each song on the album was recorded in three takes or less. Special guest appearances include Frank Turner, Hugo White (The Maccabees) and Adam Prendergast of Harry Styles’ band.

Acid-jazz four-piece Corduroy have been on the scene since the early 90s. They play 229 tomorrow (Friday) in support of new album, The Return Of The Fabric Four, with special guest Nick Corbin of New Street Adventure.

• Grammy-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band (above) play two nights at the Palladium (April 26 and 27) to coincide with the release of new album, Signs, their first in three years.

Due to popular demand, The Spitfires have added a second London date to their tour, so will play The 100 Club on April 26 + 27.

• Undercover Festival VII is finally here. Taking place at The Dome and Boston Music Room on April 26-28, the indoor festival is a celebration of alternative music including punk, post-punk and much more with the likes of Sham 69 (Pursey, Parsons, Treganna, Guy), Slaughter and the Dogs, Penetration and GBH plus a strong list of supporting bands. Further info from

Berlin-based electronic musician Apparat, aka Sascha Ring, returns to Barbican on April 27.

• American folk singer-songwriter and musician Josephine Foster presents material from her recent, four-part, 18-song double album, Faithful Fairy Harmony, at LSO St Luke’s on April 28. Support from Portland-based Mary Sutton’’s solo project Saloli.

Katie Spencer

In celebration of her debut full-length album, Weather Beaten, emerging folk artist Katie Spencer performs at The Slaughtered Lamb on April 27.

Moore Moss Rutter

• BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners 2011 Moore Moss Rutter play The Slaughtered Lamb on April 28. The trio rework traditional English tunes and songs into something more contemporary.

Faye Patton’s Jazz Speakeasy – an intimate evening of well-loved standards and original jazz songwriting – takes place downstairs in the piano bar basement of The Green Note on April 28.

• Swedish-Norwegian drummer Anton Eger, nu-jazz quintet Kinkajous and progressive Bristol-based jazz troupe Feelgood Experiment commemorate International Jazz Day at the Jazz Cafe on April 30.

Multi-genre selector and producer Nathan Dawe, who has been making a name for himself in the UK’s electronic scene, Sheffield-based producer Jamie Duggan, and Bristolian producer Patrick Nazemi top the bill at Egg on April 26.

• French 23-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist Felix Rabin plays The 100 Club on April 30.

Formed in the early 1960s, Las Maravillas de Mali has become a flagship ensemble of the Afro-Cuban musical tradition, singing in Spanish, Bambara and French. The orchestra’s current line-up will take to the Barbican stage for the first time on May 2, accompanied by Guinean singer Mory Kanté.

• Notable gigs: Circa Waves, Roundhouse (April 26); The Spitfires, The 100 Club (April 26 + 27); Monster Truck, Electric Ballroom (April 27); DJ Yoda, Ronnie Scott’s (April 28); Maisie Peters, Scala; LANCO, O2 Islington; Tom Walker, Roundhouse (May 1); Ten Fe + Weird Milk, The Garage; The Mysterines, Camden Assembly; Nikki Yeoh and Zoe Rahman, Kings Place (May 2).


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