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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Blazin’ Squad at Koko; Eddie and the Hot Rods anniversary; Amy night at The Spread Eagle

10 August, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Spread Eagle pub in Parkway is hosting an Amy Winehouse portrait painting night on August 17

IF my sister was writing this page, this would be the music story of the week: Blazin’ Squad (well, seven of them – and no Kenzie), famous for 2002 number 1 hit Crossroads, are coming back for one night only to play Koko on November 26 (tickets on sale today, Thursday). But it’s not her page, so on to the rest of the music news.

• Egyptian-Scottish duo The Ayoub Sisters were spotted by Mark Ronson after they recorded a string cover of Uptown Funk a couple of years ago. They were selected, alongside a small group of other talented musicians, to produce a group cover of the song to be re-recorded for the BRIT Awards. The sisters, who specialise in transcending the boundary between classical and contemporary music, have since gone on to perform at the TV BAFTAs, TedX and more, and won the Young Scot Award. They appear at Cubitt Square in King’s Cross at 8pm on August 11 as part of the square’s Cubitt Sessions season. Their debut album, The Ayoub Sisters, recorded at Abbey Road with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is released on September 22.

• Get a funk overload tomorrow (Friday) when all-star supergroup The Brit Funk Association, featuring members of Beggar & Co, Hi-Tension, Central Line and ex-members of Light of the World and Incognito, appear at The 100 Club.

Eddie and the Hot Rods mark the 40th anniversary of hit Do Anything You Wanna Do with a show at The 100 Club on August 12.

• The next Spiritland Talks: How Music Came Out event, on August 13, is devoted to the secret history of gay culture in music. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act that kickstarted the political, social and cultural acceptance of homosexuality, Horse Meat Disco DJ Luke Howard talks to Martin Aston, author of Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache: How Music Came Out.

Danish genre-mashing quartet VOLA appear at Dingwalls on August 16.

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