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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Caught By The River Mersey; Suggs; David Ramirez; Keni Burke

12 January, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab


NEXT Wednesday (Jan 17) seems to be the day for music-inspired documentary screenings with both The Social and Koko giving over their spaces to one-off shows. First, Caught By The River Mersey, a special night at The Social, reminds us of Liverpool’s incredibly rich music history, which extends to far more than The Beatles. There will be a rare screening of 1992 French TV documentary You’ll Never Walk Alone, capturing the spirit of the city in the post-Thatcher era and featuring Ian McCulloch, Mick Head and Edgar Summertyme. This will be preceded by a screening of Róisín Burns’ short film Passing Tides, which focuses on The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones, and a panel/Q&A with JD Beauvallet, Paul Fitzgerald, Bill Ryder-Jones and Róisín in conversation with Ted Kessler. John Andrews will MC, and there will be music from DJs Daisy & Diva. Then, over at Koko, there is the premiere of Suggs’ film My Life Story, directed by Julien Temple (The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners). It will be screened across the UK, while a live musical Q&A with Suggs, Julien Temple and pianist Deano, hosted by Keith Allen direct from Koko, will be beamed live across the UK. The film follows Suggs through his childhood in Soho featuring music written by The Kinks, Prince Buster, Ian Drury and Madness. Further info from www.suggs.film

• Spotlight, Camden Assembly’s series of specially curated free gigs, continues through January. See the venue’s website for details on tickets.

• David Ramirez (above) launches latest album, We’re Not Going Anywhere, at St Pancras Old Church on Jan 12.

Soul singer and original member of Chicago soul group The Five Stairsteps, Keni Burke (above), known for 1970s million-selling single Ooh Child, plays 229 on Jan 13.

• New band LOCKS (above), whose new single Skin has just been added to BBC 6 Music’s playlist, will be live at The Monarch on Jan 16.

London Blues Week takes place at The 100 Club between Jan 15 and 20 – six nights of blues with entry to the entire week for £45. The line-up includes Ben Poole + The Stevie Nimmo Band (Jan 15); Joe Louis Walker + King Size Slim (Jan 16); Climax Blues Band + Elles Bailey (Jan 17); Bernie Marsden + Flawless Carbon (Jan 18); Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack + Red Butler (Jan 19) and The Downliners Sect + The Masonics + Jim Riley Blues Foundation + Dj Lee Grimshaw (Jan 20).


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