Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Imogen Heap; Blood Red Shoes; Bongeziwe Mabandla; Jon Spencer
14 November, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Jon Spencer & The HITmakers
FINALLY, 13 years after we first reported on the grand plans to place a Music Walk of Fame in the heart of Camden Town, the founding stone is due to be unveiled next week. If you happen to be passing by Camden Town tube station on Tuesday (Nov 19), you may well spot Queen’s Roger Taylor, Carl Barat, Kurtis Blow, Paul Oakenfold, Andy Ross and Chris McCormack gathering at the unveiling of the first Hollywood-style stone designed to recognise influential figures in the music industry. The first artist stone will be unveiled at a special ceremony marking the starting point for the walk, which is expected to become a music pilgrimage.
• Tufnell Park’s Dome has pulled of a big coup, with Jon Spencer & The HITmakers, M. SORD, and Bob Bert set to perform an intense live set on Nov 20.
• Madness will play an intimate fan show at the Electric Ballroom on Sunday. Tickets were sold for £2.50 – the price they were sold at for their 1979 Electric Ballroom show on the same date 40 years ago.
• Expect fireworks and drama as former Dollar and Guys N Dolls member Thereza Bazar performs a set of career highlights and hosts a Q&A session about her career and her acrimonious relationship with former bandmate and ex-lover David Van Day at 229 on Nov 20.
• Award-winning artist and tech innovator Imogen Heap brings her first tour in eight years to the Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday).
• Apologies to Zimbabwean/British singer songwriter Kelvin Jones for printing the wrong date for his headline show at The Islington. See him there on November 18 in advance of the release of his second album next year.
Blood Red Shoes
• Brighton alt-rock duo Blood Red Shoes have added a new dimension to their style – an injection of keys and synths – a change which came about after guitarist Laura-Mary Carter broke her arm in a motorbike accident. They introduce their new LP Get Tragic at Islington Assembly Hall on Nov 19.
• Get cosy at The Lock Tavern this Christmas as the venue launches its Lock Lodge for the festive season next week.
• Ex-Mormon grime poet Debris Stevenson brings her latest collaborative show to the Southbank Centre on Nov 17 where she will be joined by “one-woman musical army” Amy Fitz Doyley and poet, singer, MC and multi-instrumentalist Dizraeli.
• Global folk collective Mishra (above) – Kate Griffin, Ford Collier and Joss Mann Hazell (double bass and Bouzouki) – blend their UK folk roots with Eastern influences. They play Aces & Eights on Nov 17.
• Kirk Degiorgio (above), one of the most sought-after mixers, producers and DJs, launches Communion, his first album in 15 years, with a full playback and DJ set at Spiritland on Nov 18.
• John Etheridge + Vimala Rowe have a long history steeped into the tomorrow (Friday).
• Fresh from supporting Paul Weller and Mavis Staples this summer, Stone Foundation bring their autumn tour to Electric Ballroom on Nov 16 in support of new album Everybody, Anyone.
• Emerging jazz musician Judi Jackson plays Islington Assembly Hall on Nov 17.
• Bongeziwe Mabandla, the new face of Urban Afro-Folk plays the 100 Club on Nov 17.
• Cardiff-based rock and soul band Buck and Evans (above) play The 100 Club on Nov 19, days after the release of debut album Write a Better Day. Guitarist Chris Buck is the 15th best current blues guitarist in the world, according to Guitar World magazine.
• Notable gigs this week: An evening with The Steve Hillage Band, Islington Assembly Hall (Nov 16); Reel Big Fish (Nov 17-18); False Advertising (above), The Black Heart (Nov 18); Orla Gartland, Scala; The Pretenders + Suede, Shepherds Bush Empire; Daniel Steer, Islington Academy 2; Randolph Matthews, The Albany (Nov 20); Pup, Electric Ballroom (Nov 20-21); The Elephant Trees, The Monarch; Jake Bugg, Roundhouse; The Exhilarating Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings, Union Chapel; Natacha Atlas, 229; Babybird, 100 Club; Skindred, Roundhouse; Sløtface, Electric Ballroom; SCARLXRD, Islington Academy (Nov 21); Billy Bragg, Islington Assembly Hall (Nov 21-23).