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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: UNE; Aziza Brahim Saharawi; R.J. Gibb; Miraa May

17 October, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Miraa May

SPIRITLAND and Everyman Cinema King’s Cross continue their audio-visual collaborations with a screening of Boogie Nights on Oct 24 followed by an afterparty downstairs at Supermax with a DJ set from the Six Million Steps crew. Then, on Nov 13, Shaft is on the big screen followed by some stone-cold funk and soul at Supermax from Anne Frankenstein until 1am.

• BBC radio broadcaster Mark Radcliffe and electro boffin, remixer and DJ Paul Langley form UNE, who bring their electro dreampop to The Islington on Oct 24.


• Mancunian folktronica artist Granfalloon duets with Liverpool star Natalie McCool at The Harrison on Oct 24.

Electronic trio Ritual, who have been songwriters and contributors to the likes of Dua Lipa and Little Mix, bring guest vocalist Emily Warren into the fold as they introduce their new rolling duets project, Dreamers Never Learn, to The Courtyard Theatre on Oct 24.

• Western Saharan singer Aziza Brahim Saharawi, who was born into the Sahrawi Desert Refugee Camp in 1976 and now lives in exile in Barcelona, fuses roots with influences as diverse as jazz, rock, Spanish popular music, Afro-Latin rhythms and the blues. She plays the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday), following the release of new album, Sahari, which was released this week.

The third Friday of the month is approaching, which means it’s the return of Crawdaddy! at the Fiddler’s Elbow tomorrow (Friday), where Gary, Lucienne and Danny will be playing the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl.

• Vinyl hunters may have found a gem or two at east London Record store World of Echo, where Thurston Moore recently gave 300 records from his collection to be sold. The remainder are on sale online – you may be lucky. Thurston Moore Group play ULU on Oct 19.

R.J. Gibb – singer-songwriter, music producer and son of music icon Robin Gibb – will present a special show celebrating the music of The Bee Gees, and continue the legacy with his own songs at Bloomsbury Ballroom on Oct 20. He will be joined by The Bee Gees’ original keyboard player Blue Weaver, founding member of the 1980s/90s pop sensations Modern Romance, Andy Kyriacou, The Egiziano Brothers also known as The Italian Bee Gees, and rising rockabilly star Jesse Ray.

• Ageing Irish boy band Boyzone play their final ever shows this year, ending their farewell tour with The Final Five – five nights at The Palladium on Oct 21-25.

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei has garnered attention for his timeless soulful, jazz and hip-hop-driven sound. See him at the Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday) with support from Arlo Parks.

• Transmission Roundhouse, the venue’s audio platform, presents: Deeper Cuts Live tomorrow (Friday) for an evening of the best new modern jazz and leftfield electronic music, with performances from young Londoners at the helm of the city’s burgeoning jazz renaissance. Expect headline performances from Mercury Award-nominated saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael and jazz ensemble PYJÆN, as well as from London five-piece Nihilism.

Lulu Santos, one of the best-selling artists in Brazilian music history, comes to Islington Assembly Hall on Oct 20 with his extensive songbook.

• Country Music Week 2019 takes place across London music venues (Oct 21-27) with a series of country music shows including Introducing Nashville And Under The Apple Tree Sessions and appearances from Charles Esten, Danielle Bradbery, Travis Denning, Chris Lane and Rachel Wammack, Robert Vincent, Curse of Lono and Foreign Affairs. Look out for Striking Matches at The Garage and Tenille Townes at Thousand Island on Oct 23.

Tottenham ‘songbird’ Miraa May plays The Grace on Oct 22, and stops off at Scala on Nov 11 on tour with Col3trane.

Bobby Oroza 

• Finnish crooner Bobby Oroza plays The Lexington on Oct 22.

Japan’s premiere funk orchestra, Osaka Monaurail, play 229 on Oct 22. Expect to see a nine-piece band with sharp suits, organised steps, trumpets in formation and the dynamic showmanship of charismatic singer and director Ryo Nakata.

Off Bloom

• Anglo-Danish trio and future-pop pioneers Off Bloom play Electrowerkz on Oct 23.

These days more used to attracting crowds of thousands, Irish four-piece The Coronas will play a much more intimate show at Camden Assembly on Oct 23.

• German Soul/Funk/B-Boy Collective The Mighty Mocambos play 100 Club on Oct 23.

London Roots Festival 2019 begins on Oct 23, running to Nov 28, featuring an eclectic mix of styles including folk, country, Americana, blues, singer-songwriters and world music. This year’s acts include Rhiannon Giddens, Lucy Spraggan, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

• Party band The Detroit Cobras play Electric Ballroom on Oct 24.

French double bass virtuoso Henri Texier brings his Trio to the Jazz Cafe on Oct 24. BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 winner Xhosa Cole supports.

• Notable gigs this week: Kovic + Kelvin Jones, Islington Assembly Hall (Oct 18); Amber Run, Roundhouse; Emily Breeze, Lexington; Alessandro Cortini / Suzanna Ciani, Barbican; Spizzenergi 40th Anniversary concert, The 100 Club (Oct 19); Sun Ra Arkestra, Jazz Cafe (Oct 21-22); Feet, Camden Assembly; The Snuts, Scala (Oct 22); Stealing Sheep, Roundhouse; Barns Courtney + Will and the People, Electric Ballroom (Oct 23); Quantic, Roundhouse (Oct 24); Gary Numan, Roundhouse (Oct 24-25).


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