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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Ukulele Subs; Liam Gallagher; Woody Harrelson

28 November, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Woody Harrelson at Camden Guitars with store owner Deicola Neves

HERE’S how to win at Christmas shopping this weekend. Head to Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, on Saturday, visit the Independent Label Market Christmas Event, sample craft beers, sift through vinyl, listen to good tunes, pick up records for yourself and some cool obscure gifts for others. You’ll look like you’re doing the responsible thing, getting in some early Christmas shopping, when in truth your Saturday will be a joy and you won’t have gone anywhere near the Oxford Street crowds. Free entry, live music and DJ sets, and an after-party at The Standard.

• One of the things that makes Camden special is that you never know who you might bump into or, in the case of Camden Guitars owner Deicola Neves, end up jamming with. So, when his favourite Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson turned up at his shop and started tinkering on one of his own Neves guitars, Deicola had to join in.

• Ukulele Subs play a free gig at Parkway charity shop Rock ‘n Roll rescue on Dec 1 at 6pm – all donations to the shop welcome.

• Belated mention of big-venue announcements for 2020: The Killers, Emirates Stadium (June 6); Little Mix, BST Hyde Park (July 4).

• After Jo Wood’s enlightening appearance at The Dublin Castle recently, the model and former wife of Ronnie Wood has opened up her private archive of never-before-seen photographs, notes and mementos from life with The Rolling Stones at her show Stoned, at 1 Marshall Street, off Carnaby Street. Open until Jan 2020.

• Liam Gallagher comes in for much criticism for the things he says. But give him credit for his Part With Your Parka campaign, calling on fans to donate a parka or coat to help the homeless this winter. Visit

• Dave Sinclair Four promote new album, Sweet Georgina, at The Fiddler, Kilburn, on Dec 1.

• Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sarah Darling plays a special Christmas show at Union Chapel on Dec 2. The singer will be performing a mixture of old & new songs and traditional Christmas classics, and will be joined by surprise guests from the UK country music and singer/songwriter scene.

• Another festive event, this time at The Dublin Castle on Dec 3, where Andy Kyte and Friends – Rawr Like A Lion have a gig night of carols, Christmas songs and originals.

• Band of Skulls play The Forum on Dec 4 for their Baby Darling Doll Face Honey 10th Anniversary Tour.

• Jäger Soho, Jägermeister and Soho Radio have teamed up with Rough Trade Books for an exclusive Christmas pop-up shop plus daily radio shows, mini exhibitions and more. There will be a special selection of Rough Trade titles, exhibition Hollywood Box Office Top 10 by author and artist Babak Ganjei and a special closing party, open to all, on December 6 from 7pm until 9pm. Throughout the takeover, Soho Radio will host daily radio shows curated by Rough Trade Books. For more info visit Rough Trade Books website.

• New York singer-songwriter Richard Shindell “examines liminal spaces as both an immigrant and emigrant, crossing thresholds and illuminating the human experience through narrative song”, we are told. See him at Cecil Sharp House on Dec 4.

• Notable gigs this week: James Gillespie, Dingwalls (Nov 28); Dreadzone + Don Letts, Islington Assembly Hall; Martin Stephenson, 229; Whitney, Roundhouse (Nov 29); Primal Scream, The Forum (Nov 29-30); Big Country, Islington Assembly Hall; Ben McKelvey, Islington Academy; Ezra Collective, Roundhouse (Nov 30); Six60, Roundhouse (Dec 1); Denzel Curry, Roundhouse (Dec 3); Crumb, The Dome; The Small Glories, The Green Note (Dec 4); Sports Team, The Forum; Noah Guthrie, St Pancras Old Church; Spinn, The Garage (Dec 5).


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