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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Union Chapel special concert; Basquiat: Boom For Real; Tapestry

15 September, 2017 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Union Chapel is celebrating its 140th anniversary

• In its 25 years as a music venue, the Union Chapel has been the scene of many a memorable gig – from U2 to Tom Jones, Arctic Monkeys to Mika, up-and-coming musicians to world-dominating artists, world music, folk music and everything in-between – the Compton Terrace chapel has deserved the awards it has won for the unique atmosphere it creates. So it is right that the venue wants to mark its quarter-century of gigs and its 140th anniversary with a special anniversary concert on Saturday (September 16) with a line-up featuring Luke Sital-Singh, Arthur Jeffes (of Penguin Café), Claire M Singer, London Contemporary Orchestra, Mara Carlyle, Boe Huntress, East London Brass, Bill Thompson & Union Chapel Singers and more.

• To coincide with the Barbican’s Basquiat: Boom For Real – the first large scale exhibition of the work of the cult artist in the UK – the venue is hosting two particularly apt concerts. Jim Jarmusch Revisited (September 20-21) pay live tribute to the soundtrack of American independent director Jim Jarmusch’s films. The set of one film, Permanent Vacation, provided Basquiat with a temporary “crash pad” through his friendship with Jarmusch. A stellar cast including musicians Mulatu Astatke, Alex Kapranos, Camille O’Sullivan and Jolie Holland will revisit the sonic world of Jarmusch’s cinema as well as the works of Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Neil Young and more with new arrangements of the music all backed by a house band, assembled by musical director David Coulter.

James Lavelle – of UNKLE fame and so much more – begins his week-long residency at Jazz Cafe on Friday (September 15). The series of special events, which includes a Mo’Wax reunion, runs until September 21. See the Jazz Cafe website for full details of the line-up.

• Those who witnessed the emosh-fest that was Carole King’s Hyde Park British Summer Time concert last July will have witnessed her first ever live performance of classic album Tapestry in full – looked on by a sea of teary older fans. Friday brings a chance to relive the nostalgic show when a CD and DVD/Blu Ray of the show is released to mark the album’s 45th anniversary.

• Head to Tufnell Park for a night of Parisian splendour as Susan Black sings Piaf at Aces & Eights on September 17.

• Jazz pianist Gabriel Latchin plays at Pizza Express in Soho on Sept 18.

• After more than 10 years apart, Cousteau (Liam McKahey and Davey Ray Moor) return to play the 100 Club on September 19.

Cattle & Cane’s latest tour includes stop-offs at a laundrette, a library and a deli. However, their London show is at the more conventional setting of Islington Assembly Hall on September 20.

• Critically acclaimed country/folk husband and wife duo The Rails play Borderline on Sept 20, following the release of new album Other People on September 1.

Notable gigs: Keels, Camden Assembly (September 15); Flyte, Scala (September 19); Danny and the Champions of the World, Scala (September 20); Lee Scratch Perry, Jazz Café; Paul Draper (Mansun), Scala; Bush + Raveneye, The Forum; Captain Ska; 100 Club (September 21);


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