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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Spoken word at Camden Market; John Cale; Ara Malikian

09 March, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Rural Alberta Advantage play Scala on March 13 – see this week’s notable gigs, below

WATCH out for some of the Roundhouse’s best young talent – Martha Pailing, James Alexander, Marika McKennell and Gabriel Jones – performing original spoken word pieces around Camden Market between 2pm and 5pm on March 11. The event ends at Dr. Martens Boot Room, with headline acts from The Poetry Collective, Koko Brown and Wax Lyrical from 5pm-6pm.

• Velvet Underground founding member John Cale brings his first-ever retrospective to Barbican on March 9-10, a special collaboration with London Contemporary Orchestra. Marking his 76th birthday, John Cale (2018-1964) A Futurespective, will reveal tracks from Cale’s forthcoming Domino studio album as well as addressing music going back to 1964 that he has rarely, if ever, performed live.

• Here’s an unusual sight. The Rev Dr Clive Jackson – The Doctor from Dr & The Medics – plays every single character in Poe Zest – Edgar Allan Poe: Reimagined by Mike Bennett, a rework of Poe against a backdrop of goth music at Bloomsbury Theatre (March 12-17).

Lebanese-Armenian virtuoso violinist Ara Malikian, who performs arrangements of works from Bowie to Bach and Led Zeppelin to Paganini, brings the stringed instrument to life in his intense stage shows. He makes his UK debut at Barbican on March 12.

• Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (above) has been collecting a cult following around the world. Founded by jazz musician Bradlee, the musical collective bring the party atmosphere to the Roundhouse on March 13 with their unique vintage twist on the cover song.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (above) cram their huge sound into Dr Marten’s 60-capacity boot room at Camden Market on March 10. Watch for free by signing up at this link:

• Acoustic slide guitar maestro/singer-songwriter Martin Harley and bass player extraordinaire Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) play Union Chapel on March 10, in support of their acclaimed album, Static in the Wires.

Kylie (above) plays one of five intimate European shows at Café de Paris on March 1,3 preceding the release of new album Golden on April 6.

• Notable gigs this week: Morrissey, Alexandra Palace (March 9); Morrissey (above), Palladium (March 10): Pokey LaFarge, Koko; The Rural Alberta Advantage, Scala (March 13) Were I Blind + El Capitan, The Black Heart; Rejjie Snow, Roundhouse (March 14); Turin Brakes, London Palladium (March 15).


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