Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: The Social; The Zutons; Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali
28 March, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
PEOPLE can be infuriating (see Parliament on any given day) and also incredible. Which is why crowdfunding is so effective. If you have the right cause, rewards and can successfully capture the imagination, often helped by well-known associations, it seems possible to convince people to help in an effective way. The Hawley Arms cemented their place in Camden after appealing to supporters and now The Social has raised £95,000 in eight days to fend off a possible takeover by a cocktail chain. While the Little Portland Street venue is safe for now, they say their work is not yet done. They have now launched a fundraising drive, offering rewards and putting on special gigs and club nights, to raise funds for bar improvements and to plan the venue’s future over the next 20 years. They started with a Fatboy Slim DJ set on March 23 and called in The Chemical Brothers on Tuesday, so keep an eye on their listings for the next surprises.
• Blues Kitchen, Podcast and YouTube bring a new format of live show and music documentary to the Jazz Cafe on April 2 with The Blues Chronicles, telling the story of 20 artists that helped shape the musical foundations of America through 20 short films and full live band performances, re-creating blues performances note for note and on period-correct instruments and equipment. Expect an evening that will bring the blues to life with the songs and stories of Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters and many more.
• Dayglo! The Poly Styrene Story is the featured book at the Dublin Castle’s next Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club on April 3, with Poly Styrene’s daughter, singer-songwriter Celeste Bell, and writer/artist Zoe Howe.
• Influential Liverpool band The Zutons have reunited for the 15th anniversary of their celebrated album Who Killed……. The Zutons? They play the Roundhouse on March 30.
• Islington Academy are reviving some ’90s memories as Black Grape and Space prepare to take over on March 30.
• Huge pop club night Guilty Pleasures celebrates its 15th birthday at the Electric Ballroom on March 30 with DJs, live performances, cabaret, a confessional booth and glitter galore.
• Dave Keuning, founding member and guitarist from The Killers, plays The Garage on April 2 following the release of debut album, Prismism, out on January 25.
• Shaun Martin, five-time Grammy winner and keyboardist with jazz supergroup Snarky Puppy, headlines the Jazz Cafe for Piano Day on March 29, where he will be joined by jazz musicians Sarah Tandy and Elliot Galvin.
• Tommy Fleming – aka “The Voice of Ireland” to his fans – plays Union Chapel on March 30.
• Cornish three-piece Willie & The Bandits play Islington Academy on March 30.
• Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali, the internationally acclaimed Qawwali group led by brothers Rizwan and Muazzam, bring their reinterpretation of this popular form of Sufi music to Barbican on March 30. The brothers come from a family line of Qawwali vocal music that spans over five centuries and are the nephews and disciples of Qawwali maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who performed at the Barbican in 1993.
• Award-winning Scottish folk singer Iona Fyfe plays a rare intimate London show at The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell, on March 31.
• Notable gigs this week: The Nightmares, The Underworld (March 29); Jan Blomqvist, Egg; Whispering Sons, The Lexington (March 30); Touts + Inhaler, Borderline (March 31); A R I Z O N A, Heaven (April 1); IAMDDB, Roundhouse; Le Vent Du Nord, Union Chapel; Rose Cousins, The Green Note (April 4).