Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: St Patrick’s Day; Kris Barras; Giggs
16 March, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
IF you haven’t got tickets to Ireland v England on Saturday and are looking for a way to mark St Patrick’s Day before Damien Dempsey’s Damofleadh begins at the Roundhouse, head down to Camden Market for its St Patrick’s Day All Female music trail. Follow the all-Irish, all-female acoustic music trail of seven acts around the market, finishing with a headline gig in Dr. Martens in the evening. Featured acts include: 1pm – Maija Sofia, KERB Counter; 1.40pm – Molly Sterling, Lockside Camden; 2.20pm – Erica Cody, The Horse Tunnel Vintage Market; 3pm – Keeva, Gabeto; 3.40pm–Pillow Queens, Voodoo Ray’s; 4.20pm – Bitch Falcon, Pamban; 5pm – Laoise + Le Boom + Pillow Queens + Bitch Falcon, Dr. Martens Boot Room. Look out for St Patrick’s Day specials from some of the market’s food traders including Cereal Killer Cafe’s Lucky Charms with green milk, Chin Chin Labs’ stout ice cream with seaweed caramel, Crosstown’s Guinness and Bailey’s chocolate cake doughnut and a Young Vegans’ Stout pie.
• Crawdaddy! is back at The Fiddler’s Elbow tomorrow (Friday) with guest DJ Jim Watson of popular London night Soul on the Square joining Gary, Lucienne and Danny to play the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl.
• South London rapper Giggs, who has worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Anthony Hamilton, and appeared on a pair of Drake tracks in early 2017, plays the Roundhouse on tomorrow (Friday) ahead of his European tour.
• Just Jam Reloaded’s line-up of underground talents continues to grow, now with the addition of grime MC and producer Novelist, an artist who appeared at the first Barbican Just Jam in 2014 and has since become one of the scene’s leading mavericks. Also confirmed to appear at Barbican on March 17 are DJ, performer and Reprezent Radio host Mad J, Belly Squad, Kamaal Williams, Nídia, Skengdo x AM, Kenny Allstar, Murlo and Headie One, DJ Funkz, Afro B, Sam Wise and Devilman.
• Provogue/Mascot Label Group bring their first Rockin’ the Blues European Tour to The Garage on March 17 featuring acclaimed guitarist Eric Gales, 18-year-old Quinn Sullivan, Ozzy Osbourne fave Gary Hoey & special guest Texan Lance Lopez (above). There will also be a chance for a meet and greet and guitar clinic to complete the experience.
• Internationally renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood performs a classical repertoire from the soundtracks of the gaming world at Barbican on March 18. Titled PLAY!, Hazlewood and 40-piece musical ensemble including Army of Generals (above) and the world’s only professional ensemble of disabled musicians, The British Paraorchestra, will perform classic computer game themes alongside well-known orchestral masterworks, including music from Holst’s The Planets and Strauss’ tone poems, Grand Theft Auto, Tetris and Final Fantasy VIII.
• Former mixed martial artist, Devon-born singer and guitarist Kris Barras has fought in front of 8,000 people, lived it up in Vegas, dealt with bankruptcy and been voted one of the best 13 Blues Guitarists in the World Right Now in 2017. The Kris Barras Band play Thousand Island on March 20.
• Singer-songwriter Nicola Mousicos (above) – whose surname means musician in Greek – plays The Hope & Anchor on March 21.
• Notable gigs this week: The BellRays (above), Camden Assembly (March 17); Anne-Marie (below), Roundhouse (March 22); The James Taylor Quartet ft Yvonne Yanney and Nick Smart Horns, Ronnie Scott’s (March 22-24).