Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Adam Buxton; Procol Harum; Art School Girlfriend
05 October, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
COMEDIAN Adam Buxton returns to the Union Chapel on Saturday (Oct 6) with the BUG David Bowie Special for a fan’s journey through selected moments in the career of the influential artist. The BUG Bowie Special incorporates music videos, rare clips, animations and comedy in a unique celebration of all things Bowie.
• Join some of library music label KPM’s star composers and their big band for a night of library music at the British Library on Saturday (Oct 6). The evening begins with a premiere screening of Shawn Lee’s documentary The Library Music Film, plus a talk hosted by Emily Bick (The Wire) with some famous fans and the musicians themselves, followed by the KPM All Stars’ first live show for six years as they perform a selection of classics. With Alan Hawkshaw of The Mohawks, Keith Mansfield, a favourite provider of samples, Brian Bennett, the longest-serving stick-man from The Shadows, John Cameron, award-winning film composer, and Alan Parker, the guitarist who is said to have taught David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix a few tricks. DJ support comes from library music fans Andy Votel (of Finders Keepers Records) and Jane Weaver. If you miss out, KPM All Stars Alan Hawkshaw, Brian Bennett and John Cameron will be discussing the history made between them in creating some of the world’s most iconic TV theme tunes, film scores and library productions at Spiritland on Oct 7.
• The Radiophonic Workshop celebrate their first-ever film score (Possum, 2018) at Spiritland on Oct 8. They are joined by its director Matthew Holness to discuss the film, the score and their role in British electronic music, keeping the Radiophonic Workshop alive for more than 60 years. Expect rare and unheard versions, dissected clips from the film and the tale of how the sounds of outer space emerged from a backroom studio in Maida Vale.
• Procol Harum perform classic 1972 album Edmonton with a full symphony orchestra and chorus at London Palladium on Oct 9.
• Feeling Gloomy – the club night for miserablists – celebrates its 13th birthday at The Phoenix on Saturday (Oct 6).
• Singer/songwriter Alex Lipinsky promotes his latest album, Alex, which was produced by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, with a special performance at Kentish Town’s Let It Roll Records on Oct 9.
• Vinyl DJ, author and music commentator Bill Brewster discusses the heyday of the record store at Soho Record Store on Oct 9 as part of City Life Festival.
• To celebrate the first National Album Day, HMV Oxford Street hosts an album playback event with Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy in association with Classic Album Sundays on Oct 11. Gillespie and renowned producer, broadcaster and label owner Colleen Murphy will discuss the recording of Primal Scream’s forthcoming release, Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings. There will also be a full album playback on vinyl. For ticket details head to hmv.co/PrimalScream
• Leicester musicians Jonny Gavin and Adam Rowley – aka Demons of Ruby Mae – penned self-titled debut album with Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello winner James Sanger (Faithless, Brian Eno), giving their compositions a distinctly electronic dimension. They play the Black Heart tonight (Thursday).
• Canadian sound artist Tim Hecker returns to the Barbican on Saturday (Oct 6) with Gagaku ensemble for a special concert celebrating his forthcoming project fusing electronic production with traditional Japanese gagaku court music. Regular collaborator Kara-Lis opens the evening.
• Award-winning harpist and singer Rachel Newton, who specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in English and Scottish Gaelic, as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces, performs at The Slaughtered Lamb on Saturday (Oct 6).
• Music Minds Benefit Concert takes place at Islington Academy on Oct 10, World Mental Health Day, featuring the likes of Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders, Squeeze’s Chris Difford and Matt Deighton, Liverpool’s Thomas Lang, Philip Rambow, My Darling Clementine, Brand New Zeros featuring Ronan MacManus, brother of Elvis Costello and more, hosted by comedian Steve Furst, appearing as the fictional Mayor of Kentish Town.
• Bristol outfit Loadstar bring over a decade’s worth of drum and bass experience to Camden Assembly tomorrow (Friday).
• Wrexham musician and producer Art School Girlfriend plays St Pancras Old Church tomorrow (Friday) in support of her second EP Into The Blue Hour, which was released last month.
• London’s False Heads count Iggy Pop amongst their rock ‘n’ roll fans. They launch their physical EP, Less Is Better, at Dingwalls tomorrow (Friday).
• Mark Kozelek, of Sun Kil Moon, plays Union Chapel on Oct 11.
• Notable gigs this week: Lover, Dublin Castle; Deafhaven, ULU; Membranes, Islington Assembly Hall (Oct 5); Three Trapped Tigers, The Dome (Oct 6); Fatherson, Scala (Oct 9); G-Flip, The Garage; Model Society, The Monarch; Josh Taerk, The Fiddler’s Elbow (Oct 10); The Coral + She Drew The Gun, Electric Ballroom; The Vryll Society, The Lexington (Oct 11); Joshua Radin, Nell’s Jazz and Blues (Oct 11-13).