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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: The Coral at Camden Rocks; Courtney Pine at Barbican; Holloway’s Suzanne

17 March, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Omar and Courtney Pine

THE latest additions to the Camden Rocks line-up have been announced, showing the vast range of genres the festival encompasses. The Coral, Reverend and The Makers, Asylums, BRAWLERS, Sugarmen, and Desperate Measures are amongst the latest names to be added.

On top of Camden Market’s St Patrick’s Day Festival (see the lead), there’s more than the usual influx of Irish bands heading our way this week. Oscar-nominated Irish folk band Kíla are playing a whole lot of shows over the weekend, starting off by launching their latest live album, Alive, at the London Irish Centre, on March 17 and 18. Then, over at Koko, Damien Dempsey plays a special one-off show with his band ahead of the release of his new studio album (March 17), while over at the Dublin Castle, you can find the St Patrick’s Night Irish Alternopop Special featuring actor, LGBT activist/figurehead troubadour JD Kelleher + Susie Blue + indie-rock from The Adrenaline Animals + pop-noir from Retoryka. Then, on March 18, while not strictly a St Patrick’s Day event, Hothouse Flowers play the Electric Ballroom. And, if you’ve got any energy left after all that partying, then follow Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square where the annual St Patrick’s Day parade will meander, a stream of themed floats, traditional musicians, Irish dancers, all landing at the square with performances from Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers), Lisa Lambe, Jack L and more on the main stage, all surrounded by a street food market.

• The Jewish Museum’s exhibition, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, opens this week, as does the street art trail centred around the singer. The exhibition features a collection of personal belongings provided by the Winehouse family, exploring Amy’s home life, how her Jewish heritage influenced her work, and the inspirations behind her eclectic musical tastes. Amy’s record collection will be on display, as will original designs by her tattoo artist Henry Hate.

• Liverpool’s latest psychedelic group, The Vryll Society, play Camden Assembly on March 17.

• Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is joined by British soul singer Omar for their brand-new project Black Notes From the Deep at Barbican on March 17, which brings the two artists together composing, recording and performing original material together for the first time. Support from alto sax newcomer Camilla George.

• This month’s guest DJs at ska/two-tone/R&B night Crawdaddy!, at The Fiddler’s Elbow, on March 17 are Tony Schokman and Mick Gauntlett (Kitchener Road).

• Holloway singer Suzanne (aka George Coulson), plays Jacksons Lane Studio in Highgate on March 18.

• Singer Michelle Branch’s All Star Band is one to watch. Playing the Lexington on March 22 to preview songs from album Hopeless Romantic (out April 7), the band features The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, who also co-produced the album; Beck bassist (and album co-producer) Gus Seyffert; Killers guitarist Jake Blanton; and Sturgill Simpson’s keyboard player Bobby Emmett. Be there or miss what promises to be an incredible evening.

• Camden band Miraculous Mule (above) play Water Rats on March 23.

• Distinctive singer and former Record of the Week contender Car Seat Headrest play the Electric Ballroom on March 23.

• Annie Mac Presents…AMP Collected brings together a talented line-up at the Jazz Cafe on March 23 with headliners Ray Blk, Alma and Cosima.

• Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs play the 100 Club on March19 with special guest appearance by Jack J Hutchinson and DJ Set from Jim Jones.

• Notable gigs this week: Laura Marling, Roundhouse (March 17-24); Marc Almond, Roundhouse; Monster Truck, Electric Ballroom; (March 22); Blossoms, Roundhouse; Declan McKenna, The Garage; Jarrod Dickenson, Borderline (March 23).

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