Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Nick Cave; Jim Dixon; Beans on Toast; The Ha’pennies
21 February, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
PROBABLY one of the most talked about announcements of the week must be the news that Conversations with Nick Cave – An Evening of Talk and Music – is coming to the Barbican on June 19. No doubt the £75-£95 ticket prices will not stop it from selling out, as it has recently done in Australia and New Zealand. Cave will take questions from the audience and perform some of his most beloved songs on piano. Unlike other Q&As, here, audiences are encouraged to be bold and challenging, confrontational and unafraid. Tickets went on sale to Barbican members yesterday (Wednesday) and general sale this morning.
• The unlikely-but-on-second-thoughts-makes-sense combination of Grammy winners Sting and Shaggy bring their island vibes to the Roundhouse on May 19. Following their critically-acclaimed 2018 tour, the pair combine their bands to perform songs from their album 44/876 and collaborate on each other’s most celebrated hits including Every Breath You Take, Englishman In New York, Message In A Bottle, It Wasn’t Me, Mr. Boombastic and Angel.
• Jim Dixon from Django Django will host a residency at Jager Soho from Feb 25 to March 3 to celebrate the launch of his DIY record label, Jamboreeno Records. The pop-up will exclusively stock the label’s first four cassette releases, with music from jazz, lo-fi and experimental artists, Marcarme, Dr Fate, PNAK and Hirvikolari.
• Music journalist Pete Paphides bought his first record, aged nine, and hasn’t stopped since. He spins some of his choice selections Spiritland on Feb 23.
• Camden cult folk favourite Beans on Toast (above) plays The Garage on Feb 28, touring his milestone 10th album, A Bird In The Hand, inspired by the birth of his daughter.
• South Wales rock ‘n’ roll three-piece The Ha’pennies (above) have overcome deep loss following the death of lead singer Dan Price in 2017. Paying tribute to Dan with their second EP, Fill Your Boots, which includes track Go on Go, a farewell to Dan, they launch their new release at The Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue tomorrow (Friday), where they will also introduce new band member, second guitarist Joe Strang.
• Double-bass phenomenon, multi-instrumentalist and online sensation (more than 10 million hits on YouTube) Adam Ben Ezra plays the Jazz Cafe on Feb 22. Opening the show will be Tru Thoughts’ jazz quartet Uniting Of Opposites.
• Acclaimed Liverpool folk-fiddle player and balladeer Mickey Kenney (above), whose playing is steeped in both English and Irish traditional music, launches new solo album, The Reverie Road, at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, on Saturday (Feb 23). With support from duo Nick Hart and Dominie Hooper who present folk songs collected from around Britain.
• Four-time Grammy Award nominee Eric Benet brings his contemporary R&B to the Jazz Cafe on Feb 25-26.
• Live favourites Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox return to the Roundhouse on Feb 26. A non-stop party, the Jukebox started out as the bedroom project of Jazz pianist Scott Bradlee and rapidly grew into a viral and real-world sensation, with the US group’s vintage-pop mash-ups racking up more than 811 million YouTube views.
• Following a successful run of Rock ‘N’ Roll Book Club events at the Dublin Castle, Bugbear and Julie Hamill bring their literary and musical collaboration to Soho’s The Union Club on Feb 27. Their first guest will be pianist Clifford Slapper discussing his book, Bowie’s Piano Man: The Life Of Mike Garson. Hamill will be posing the questions, plus there will be select performances and a DJ set by Tony Gleed (Soho Radio, Boogaloo Radio). Clifford, who also played piano for Bowie, will be poised at the piano to provide musical illustrations to accompany his text.
• Indie-rock group White Denim headline the Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday) with support from BC Camplight.
Barbara Dickson. Photo: Brian Aris
• Scottish Olivier award-winning performer Barbara Dickson, best known for hit singles Another Suitcase In Another Hall, The Caravan Song and I Know Him So Well, performs at Union Chapel tomorrow (Friday).
• To celebrate the recent release of debut EP, Given UP, Irish trio Whenyoung, made up of singer/bassist Aoife Power, guitarist Niall Burns, and drummer Andrew Flood, play Elektrowerks on Feb 23.
• The D’Addario brothers, also known as The Lemon Twigs, are making waves for their glam rock-esque musical theatre and energetic live shows. They play the Roundhouse on Feb 27.
• Genre-blending British/Turkish singer songwriter and producer Gazel plays a hometown show at St Pancras Church on Feb 27.
• After hearing about the Dr Martens x Sex Pistols collaboration, San Francisco punks Culture Abuse went straight into the studio to record an EP of covers of the now defunct punk act. Known for their charged hardcore and punk grit, tied with garage rock swagger, the energetic quartet will reveal their Sex Pistols covers alongside tracks from their newest album, Bay Dream, at DMs Boot Room, Camden Market, on Feb 28. Attendees on the night will receive a copy of the band’s exclusive Sex Pistols covers cassette.
• Notable gigs this week: Stone Broken + Those Damn Crows, Islington Academy (Feb 22); Villagers + Gwenno, Roundhouse; The Twilight Sad, Electric Ballroom (Feb 28).