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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Red Rum Club; Cairokee; Holy Moly & The Crackers

01 November, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. Photo: John Sturrock 

COAL Drops Yard – the new King’s Cross shopping and restaurant district – launches with four days of celebrations tonight (Thursday). Kanye West album producer Benji B will headline the first night launch party hosted by Spiritland, along with some special guests. Spiritland also presents Osymyso and Charlotte Hatherley’s An Aural History of King’s Cross – a dramatic original composition incorporating elements from the history of King’s Cross from its industrial origins through the clubbing years up to today, performed live in the main yard on tonight at 7pm, and then with daily soundscape playbacks accompanied by a laser show (Nov 2-4). There will also be installations, exhibitions, workshops, promotions, not to mention NTS X Honest Jon’s Lower Stable Street Party on Nov 3 with performances from south London collective Touching Bass, songwriter and cellist Kelsey Lu and a jazz selection from Paul Camo.

• Polyfest 6 – a celebration of the late Poly Styrene and the 40th anniversary of Germfree Adolescents by X-Ray Spex – takes over Dublin Castle for two days this weekend (Nov 3 and 4). The packed line-up includes Fuzzbox, an array of women spearheading the Germfree segment, including Julie E. Gordon (ex-Happy Mondays), Mel Williams of Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use) fame, and Gaye Advert who will be curating a special art exhibition. Also on the bill are Polyfest veterans Doctor And The Medics, John Otway, The Vapors, The Vibrators, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), The Rubettes, Garsoons, Paul Wagstaff (Black Grape), Ed Blaney, She Robot, and various members of The Lurkers, Massive Attack, The Smiths and many more. Hosted by Membranes musician John Robb alongside rising star Laura Beth of BBC Radio, Louder Than War and Revolution, the event will raise money for Rock ‘n‘ Roll Rescue, a multi-purpose charity set up by long term X-Ray Spex friend and fan, Knox of The Vibrators.

• Experience Arab funk records of the 60s-80s as Habibi Funk record label head Jannis Stürtz brings a selection of rare Arab 45s, hip-hop and disco to his DJ set at the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday). He will be joined by Debora Ipekel and Ece Duzgit, fresh from starting their own label.

Dutty Moonshine Big Band (above), a 14-piece grime ‘n jazz band, bring the party to Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday). The collective features grime MCs, DJs, a seven-piece brass section, live drummers, a harpist and charismatic frontman Dutty Moonshine.

• Cairokee blend the many elements of Cairo contemporary society as they sing along to Egypt’s capital city against a blend of rock and electronica, pop and chaabi. They will be joined at the Jazz Cafe on Nov 2 and 3 by Palestinian actor and writer Dana Dajani.

West Coast jazz musician Josef Leimberg has played on Kendrick Lamar’s classic album To Pimp A Butterfly, and has played alongside jazz man of the moment Kamasi Washington, for debut album Astral Progressions in 2016. He plays the Jazz Cafe on Nov 6 with support from London trumpeter Mark Kavuma.

• Spiritland Talks continue on Nov 5 as Art of Noise co-founders Anne Dudley & JJ Jeczalik will be chatting to Classic Pop Magazine editor Ian Peel about the group’s history, their varied collaborations and their third album In No Sense? Nonsense!, which will have a 50-track deluxe reissue on Nov 2, as well as playing selected tracks on Spiritland’s sound system.

A huge array of special guests including Evan Dando (The Lemonheads), Gina Davidson (Marine Girls), The Doctor (Doctor And The Medics), The Jazz Butcher, Rolo Mcginty (The Woodentops), Rose Mcdowall (Strawberry Switchblade), The Vessel (David Devant And His Spirit Wife), Micko And The Mellotronics and DJ sets from Alan Mcgee (Creation Records) and Steve Proctor (Better Days) join The Television Personalities for A Celebration of Daniel Treacy, at The 100 Club on Nov 8. The benefit gig is to raise money for the band’s frontman who suffered a serious brain injury in 2011. Television Personalities have been dubbed Kurt Cobain’s favourite band and were credited by Alan McGee as having inspired him to start Creation Records.

• Step back in time with The Lantana Ensemble’s Love Will Find Out The Way – ballads, dances and grounds (mainly from the 17th century) – music based on folk melodies and poems at Heath Street Baptist Church on Nov 2.

Selector Oneman takes to the decks at Camden Assembly’s A History of UK Pirate Radio: on Nov 2.

• Liverpool six-piece Red Rum Club (above), self-described Spaghetti Western rockers, play The Water Rats on Nov 2.

North East rabble-rousers Holy Moly & The Crackers (above) bring their alt-rock folk to The Garage on Nov 2.

• Canadian bluegrass quartet The Slocan Ramblers play The Green Note on Nov 7.

Phillip Henry brings his True North solo album release tour at Cecil Sharp House on Nov 7.

• Scottish duo Mairearad Green and Anna Massie launch fourth album, Farran, at Kings Place on Nov 7.

8 Alien concept band Henge headline The Lexington on Nov 8.

• Notable gigs this week: Cold Cave, Dingwalls; Stone Foundation, Islington Assembly Hall; Jon Spencer, Rough Trade East; Richard Ashcroft, The Forum (Nov 2); Connan Mockasin, Barbican; Haggard Cat, Boston Music Room; Methods, Dublin Castle (Nov 3); Hawkwind, Palladium (Nov 4); FARA, The Slaughtered Lamb (Nov 4-5); Wicca Phase, The Underworld (Nov 6); Neneh Cherry, Roundhouse (Nov 6-7); The Blinders, The Garage; Hunter and the Bear + Calva Louise, The Garage; Broken Hands + Band of Skulls, Scala; Anna Calvi, Roundhouse (Nov 7); Parcels, Roundhouse; Jehst, Jazz Café; Neko Case, Barbican (Nov 8).

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