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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Rock and Roll Book Club; Modern English; Arturo Tappin

31 August, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

The blacked-out mural at Billy Fury Way 

A LOT can happen in a week. No sooner had the newly restored Billy Fury mural at West Hampstead’s Billy Fury Way been revealed to the world after it was defaced and painted over earlier this year, than a mysterious figure sneaked back to paint it black again. Although this latest incarnation was short-lived, the mural had divided fans, with some praising the restoration and others objecting to what they felt was not a fair representation of their hero. Was this the work of a fan who felt Fury’s depiction was just not pretty enough?

Barbados saxophonist Arturo Tappin brings his smooth jazz and reggae to Pizza Express Live Holborn tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday). As well as having performed with Roberta Flack and Maxi Priest, recorded with Luther Vandross and Layla Hathaway and being Eddy Grant’s musical director, Tappin has played for two American presidents – Clinton and Obama.

• The Dublin Castle’s monthly Punks Payday Karaoke is not like your average kind of karaoke. Pick from Democratic Punk Rock Karaoke’s massive book of songs, and step onto the venue’s iconic stage to live 90 seconds in the shadow of your punk and indie heroes. Taking place on the fourth Friday of the month –the next is tomorrow (Friday) – the event is free entry all night.

Award-winning West End Star Michael Griffiths shows his versatility as he performs personal tributes to Kylie, Cole Porter and Madonna at his Crazy Coqs/Live at Zedel’s residency (Aug 30-Sept 5).

• Post-punk pop group (say that three times) Modern English return to London for one night only to play the100 Club on Sept 1.

English instrumental folk trio Leveret features melodeon genius and four-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician Andy Cutting, known for his work with Blowzabella, concertina wizard Rob Harbron and fiddler Sam Sweeney (ex-Bellowhead). They will be performing their settings of newly rediscovered traditional tunes at Kings Place on Sept 5.

• This month’s Dublin Castle Rock and Roll Book Club on Sept 5 features renowned photographer Kevin Cummins’ book, Morrissey Alone And Palely Loitering, a photographic retrospective of Morrissey. Cummins will be in conversation with Julie Hamill before DJ Tony Bugbear takes over the decks.

Notable gigs this week: Emma Blackery, HMV Oxford Street (Sept 1); The Oh Sees, The Forum (Sept 3); 10 Years, The Underworld (Sept 4); Coco and The Butterfields, The Islington (Sept 5); Lion, Camden Assembly; Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Kings Place (Sept 6).


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