Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Musicians for Grenfell; Little Mammoths; Neneh Cherry live
22 June, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab
THE horror of the Grenfell Tower fire had indelible effect on London – so many people have rushed to assist, often well before the authorities seemed to get their act together. Among the efforts to raise funds for the victims, this Friday a group of musicians and poets are gathering at WAC Arts, 213 Haverstock Hill, for a night of music and poetry. The line-up is long, demonstrating the huge desire to assist. Tickets can be bought from https://camdenstandswithgrenfelltower.eventbrite.com The line-up includes: Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Tim Arnold, Sheila Atim, Allyson Ava Brown, Jonathan Chambers, Louisa Clein, Natalie Clein, Nabil Elouahabi, Sasha Frost, Lorna Gayle, Alex Garnett, Wayne Gidden, Maddy Hill, Celia Imrie, Bruce Mississipi Johnson, Martina Laird, Ann Mitchell, Omar, Jennifer Saayeng, Samantha Antoinette Smith, Kevin Mark Trail, Amanda Wilkin, Roy Williams & our host Ché Walker. Tickets £20, £10 concessions. Donations can be sent to www.gofundme.com/grenfell-tower-fire-fund
• Little Mammoths, formed by ex-Noah And The Whale bassist Matt Owens and old friends Olly Cox on bass and James Besley on drums, together with pedal steel player Joe Harvey-Whyte, have been making a name for themselves as they have gigged around the country. Known for playing eight-hour sets, having amassed a setlist of over 100 songs – original and covers – (brace yourselves), they play The Islington on June 29. Their new record, Cargo for the Road, is out tomorrow (Friday).
• Head to 229 on June 22 for An Evening with Ginger Baker, Cream founder and drummer extraordinaire. The legendary musician will play a set of live music and stick around for a Q&A, so have your questions ready.
•Here’s a face you don’t see every day: ‘80s idol Neneh Cherry appears at The Old Queen’s Head on June 23. Then, on June 24, DJ Yoda returns with his popular set.
• Incredible Mexican acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela play the Roundhouse on June 27.
• Yet another unusual listing from Barbican on June 29, which screens new film, Reflections – Mojave Desert, from Floating Points and his band, featuring entirely new and unheard compositions as the soundtrack. Floating Points – aka British DJ, producer and neuroscientist Sam Shepherd – has toured with The XX and collaborated with Caribou and Four Tet, and is known for his explorative, genre-bending work. This collaboration with director Anna Diaz Ortuño is a sonic exploration of the desert environment, and is the first in a series of environmental recordings to be undertaken by Floating Points at different locations across the globe. The film was recorded in August 2016, when the band travelled to the Mojave to rehearse. On encountering the sounds created by the valleys and rock formations, the band set up a recording operation, placing microphones throughout the landscape and filming their experience of capturing the desert’s unique voices. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sam Shepherd and film director Anna Diaz Ortuño, hosted by Boiler Room’s Head of Music Raj Chaudhuri.