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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: In The Round; January Blues Festival; Jah Wobble

16 January, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Jah Wobble

IMMERSE yourself in some die-hard Radiohead indulgence at the first Spiritland Legends night of 2020. Journalist and DJ Pete Paphides celebrates the talent of Radiohead, playing the hits, deep cuts and the side projects in full, on the unique Spiritland sound system in King’s Cross. Entry is free but booking a table is advised.

• See an eclectic line-up of talent in a series of exclusive intimate gigs at The Roundhouse’s In The Round concert series, which runs from January 23 to February 1. It features John Grant, Alice Russell, Anaïs Mitchell, Jorge Drexler, Badly Drawn Boy, Fatoumata Diawara, KOKOROKO and Beverly Knight.

• January Blues Festival began yesterday (Wednesday) and runs until Jan 31, with a roster laden with blues heavyweights bringing their shows to various venues across London including 100 Club, Islington Assembly Hall and Under The Bridge. It features distinguished artists such as Mud Morganfield, Dr Feelgood, Otis Grand, Popa Chubby, Oli Brown, Son of Dave, Ben Poole, Deborah Bonham, Bernie Marsden and many more.

Folk fusion duo Arhai – Serbian-born composer and singer Jovana Backovic, and British multi-instrumentalist Adrian Lever – play The Harrison, King’s Cross’ on Jan 18.

• JUNO award-winning Canadian trio The East Pointers play The Lexington on Jan 20.

Danny Pedler and Greg Russell present the Field & Dyke project, which combines traditional music with the sounds of industry, at The Water Rats on June 21. Grown out of an oral history research project conducted by Pedler, the music incorporates samples of dialogue from Field & Dyke interviewees as well as being based around factory machine rhythms.

• Original PiL member and accomplished bassist Jah Wobble plays the Jazz Cafe on Jan 23.

Notable gigs this week: Mathias Kaden, EGG LDN (Jan 18); Stereophonics, The Forum (Jan 21); Band of Friends – A Celebration of Rory Gallagher, The 100 Club; Robert Henke: CBM 8032 AV, Barbican Hall (Jan 23).

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