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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: ‘Hawley Heroes’; Mike Yung; Jeremy Loops; Hot 8 Brass Band

15 February, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The Hawley Arms

A SIGNED, framed setlist and ticket from Amy Winehouse’s Southampton gig in February 2007 are being offered up as one of the incentives in a crowdfunding appeal to help preserve The Hawley Arms. The campaign calls for “Hawley Heroes” to help fund the final chunk of money needed to buy the pub in return for various Hawley Rewards and a chance to have your face added to the pub’s wall of heroes. Mourning the loss of other Camden venues, the website www.hawleyheroes.com says: “Camden closures include The Black Horse, The Black Cap, Caernarvon Castle, Crown and Goose, Stag’s Head and now we too are at risk as Greene King is selling The Hawley Arms, where we have owned the lease since 2004.” Now, the pub is calling for help from fans: “The best way to safeguard the pub, we decided, was to buy it, but trying to raise this level of finance in the current economic climate has proved a mammoth challenge. A gigantuan commercial mortgage and as many personal loans as we could muster mean we are almost there, but we are turning to you, our customers, supporters and friends with a plea, to help us raise the final money needed.” Visit the website for more info and, who knows, you could be responsible for preserving this little piece of Camden rock ‘n’ roll history.

• Mike Yung sang in New York subways for decades before a YouTube video of him singing Unchained Melody in the underground went viral. His new-found fame projected him into the public eye and he went on make it to the quarter-finals of America’s Got Talent in 2017. He plays a headline set at the Jazz Cafe tomorrow (Friday).

• New Orleans’ inimitable jazz, funk and hip-hop ambassadors, Hot 8 Brass Band, return to London for their biggest show to date, at the Roundhouse tomorrow (Friday).

DJs Dave E and Gilo, of London club night (Sidewinder), are guests on the decks at this month’s Crawdaddy! night at the Fiddler’s Elbow tomorrow (Friday). They join resident DJs Gary, Lucienne and Danny to play the finest in northern soul, Tamla Motown, 60s R&B, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl.

• Trumpeter Mark Kavuma and his Septet perform Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue at Union Chapel tomorrow (Friday). And the tributes continue on Feb 16 when Curtom Orchestra, made up of members of Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, & Incognito, play the chapel where they perform a full-band celebration of the music and legacy of Curtis Mayfield.

South African musician Jeremy Loops juxtaposes city rhythms with lilting folk to capture the duality of his South African life in his songs. He plays the Roundhouse on Feb 16.

• Smooth soul musician Kenny Thomas made his name in the 90s, going on to have a multi-platinum-selling career. He plays the Jazz Cafe on Feb 17.

Led by twins Jacopo and Lorenzo Garzia, Italian reggae band Mellow Mood play their only UK show in 2019 at the Jazz Cafe on Feb 20. Support comes from Manchester reggae outfit Jeramiah Ferrari.

• Believe it or not The Osmonds are still going. Fronted by Merrill and Jay, The Osmonds play Union Chapel on Feb 21.

Two of the world’s most innovative beat-makers and pioneers in their respective arts, afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and techno producer and composer Jeff Mills, will bring their exciting new collaboration to the Barbican on Feb 21.

• Notable gigs this week: Valeras, Thousand Island (Feb 20); Bang Bang Romeo, Black Heart (Feb 21).

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