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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Hendrix in Mayfair; Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.; Rafiki Jazz

19 October, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Bohemian Rhapsody in Carnaby Street

THOSE lucky enough not to work tomorrow (Friday), should take a trip to Handel & Hendrix in Mayfair, where the first-ever Mayfair Times Mayfair & St James’ Literary Festival, with The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour, is hosting a series of talks and poetry readings influenced by Jimi Hendrix as songwriter and lyricist. The afternoon will be led by Dr Christian Lloyd, writer and author of Hendrix at Home: a Bluesman in Mayfair. The talk will also include a tour of the flat Hendrix lived in from 1968 to 1969. Tickets from

• Rafiki Jazz, a collective of migrant and refugee musicians, perform with a global set of instruments, combining Hindu, Sufi and Arabic vocals. They play the launch of Islington’s new world music venue and restaurant, The London Jukebox, on Upper Street, on Oct 21.

• Brian May and Roger Taylor will be joined by Mr Robot actor Rami Malek and other stars of the new Queen movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, at Carnaby Street at 7pm on Sunday (Oct 21) to switch on the new Queen-lyric-themed lights. A free-entry pop-up shop and exhibition at 3 Carnaby Street, showcasing photographs, prints and footage of the legendary band, has also opened.

Bowie’s Piano Man: The Life of Mike Garson, is the work of choice at next week’s rock ‘n’ roll book club at the Dublin Castle on Oct 24. Author Clifford Slapper will be in conversation with writer Julie Hamill and Dublin Castle programmer Tony Gleed, with promises that Clifford will illustrate his text with piano snippets.

• The Jazz Cafe relaunches its regular Saturday Soul City club night this weekend with six carefully chosen selectors – Nick The Record, Zakia, Sean OD, Marcia Carr, Anne Frankenstein and Marcel Vogel – spinning house, disco and soul until the early hours.

Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts

Steven Van Zandt has championed Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts, the band having achieved Little Steven’s “Coolest Song In The World” status three times on his underground Garage radio show. They play Camden Assembly tomorrow (Friday).

• Danish trio Mew are joined by a string ensemble to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their album Frengers at Barbican on Oct 20, where they will be playing songs from the album as well as highlights from their catalogue.

Singer-songwriter Oliver Shaw launches new single and music video Miss Healy at Nambucca tomorrow (Friday).

• Portico Quartet, Mammal Hands, Noya Rao, Phil France, Allysha Joy, Caoilfhionn Rose, Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra, John Ellis and Stuff join a selection of DJs, pop-up performances and Gondwana Records record fair at the Roundhouse on Saturday (Oct 20) for a day-long celebration of 10 years of Manchester label Gondwana Records.

Sam Duckworth (above) – aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. – tours his first album in four years, stopping off at Islington Assembly Hall tomorrow (Friday).

• Rock ‘n’ Roll Rescue curate A Tribute To Gary Borland, Heavy Drapes frontman, who passed away earlier this year, at Dublin Castle on Oct 21. Funds raised will go to the singer’s family.

Novo Amor

Award-winning Welsh musician Novo Amor performs at a two-night residency at Union Chapel on Oct 22-23.

• Professional footballer turned songwriter Chelcee Grimes brings her old-school pop to The Camden Assembly on Oct 23.

Folk-Americana singer-songwriter Rachel Harrington performs material from her back catalogue and selections from her new covers set, I Wish I Was In Austin, at Green Note on Oct 24.

• Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter Ben Kunder plays Green Note on Oct 25.

Notable gigs this week: The Filthy Tongues, Dublin Castle; Andres, Jazz Café (Oct 19); Adam Holmes and the Embers + Baskery, Lexington (Oct 22); Cat Power, Roundhouse (Oct 23); Russo + Black Honey, Electric Ballroom; Dan Owen, The 100 Club; l o t t i e, Hope & Anchor (Oct 24); Tunng, Islington Assembly Hall; Our Girl, The Garage; Culture Abuse, Boston Music Room; The SoapGirls, Fest (Oct 25).


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