In The Round line-up takes shape
Patti Smith, This Is The Kit and Gruff Rhys are among artists set to appear at the Roundhouse for intimate gigs in January
29 November, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Patti Smith will be at the Roundhouse in January. Photo: Ferial
GRUFF Rhys, Patti Smith, Ronnie Spector and Anna Moura are amongst the critically acclaimed musicians lined up for next year’s instalment of the Roundhouse’s intimate In The Round series of concerts.
Formed in 2016, the series of shows takes place in a rarely seen, fully seated concert set-up designed to create an atmosphere of closeness between artist and audience, often attracting one-off exclusive moments.
In its short life – 2019 will be its fourth series – In The Round has attracted performances from the likes of John Cale, Marianne Faithfull, Ghetts and Nadine Shah. This year, 10 headliners – including Nashville singer Sam Palladio, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and contemporary folk outfit This Is The Kit will take to the stage between January 22 and 31.
Details of the full line-up are as follows:
Portuguese fado artist Ana Moura (7pm, £15-£35). The three-time platinum singer (above) is a master at fado, often referred to as the Portuguese blues, which has sparked a new generation of young singers over the past decade, making an influential impact on the world music scene. Award-winning Moura’s unique voice has skilfully balanced traditional fado culture with the genre’s contemporary spirit.
Fatima (7pm, £12-£20). Modern soul vocalist Fatima combines old-school vocals, acapella and clever hooks to create compelling performances. The Stockholm-born, London-based singer-songwriter has worked with a list of respected producers including Floating Points, Purist and J.D Reid to produce complex R&B and soul encompassing disco, neo-soul, jazz ballads and, at one point, a waltz, adding a contemporary feel with touches of modern electronica. For her debut Roundhouse headline appearance, Fatima will perform music from new recording And Yet It’s All Love.
Prolific experimental creator Gruff Rhys (7pm, £15-£20). Gruff (above), originally known for his work with Welsh psychedelic-indie group Super Furry Animals in the ‘90s, has since carved out a successful solo career, having produced five solo albums. His first, Yr Atal Genhedlaeth (2005), completely in Welsh. He also formed electro-pop outfit Neon Neon, whose album Stainless Style (2008) was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.
An Evening of Words and Music with Patti Smith (7pm, £30-£50). The term “rock icon” has become cheapened by its overuse. But if anyone does merit the title, it is probably singer-songwriter/poet/artist/activist Patti Smith who seems to be more energised as the years roll on. The stories that come with her four-decade career through some of the most exciting times in music will no doubt be as compelling as her music. An Evening of Words and Music combines spoken word interwoven with music from Smith’s revered back catalogue.
Swinging jazz band The Hot Sardines + support (7pm, £20-£35). Bandleader and pianist Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol form the core of this band, on a mission to make old sounds new again. Drawing influence from some of the greats including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald, The Hot Sardines are steeped in ‘20s and ‘30s swing and blues.
Sixties hit sensations Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes (7pm, £15-£35). Responsible for a string of timeless hits, Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes (above) mark 55 years since their first UK tour with a special celebratory concert. They perform their hits alongside cult classics and a multimedia presentation of rare and unseen photos and videos from their history.
Sam Palladio (7pm, £15-£25). You might not have noticed from his role as country songwriter Gunnar Scott in hit TV series Nashville, but singer Sam Palladio actually hails from Cornwall. The former frontman of indie-folk outfit Salt Water Thief now peddles his own blend of modern Americana, influenced by the folk and rock sounds of the 60s and 70s and classic storytellers such as James Taylor and Paul Simon. He will be performing brand-new music from his upcoming debut release.
Jim James (7pm, £15-£20). Best known as the lead singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist of My Morning Jacket, Jim James has also lent his voice to albums by the likes of the Roots, David Lynch and John Fogerty. His In the Round appearance is a career-spanning solo-acoustic show – his first in this style.
This Is The Kit + Odetta Hartman (7pm, £12-£18). At the heart of contemporary folk outfit This Is the Kit (above) is Kate Stables, who brings her band of Rozi Plain (bass/vocals), Neil Smith (guitar), and Jamie Whitby-Coles (drums) to the Roundhouse for this show. Support from American artist Odetta Hartman, who combines the musical traditions of the past – folk, bluegrass and Americana – with 21st-century beats.
Shirley Collins (7pm, £15-£30). Singer, folklorist and music historian Shirley Collins has been an integral figure in the English folk music scene for more than 60 years. In 2016, she made a triumphant return to the UK music scene after a 38-year absence with the album Lodestar.