WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK: 30th March – 5th April
Join us one evening this week for some great music and vegan beers – as usual we’ve got an eclectic mix of events – and then take the long weekend to recover!
Monday 30th March – 6.30pm – FREE
Wild Bunch Club
Wild Bunch is an award-winning night club run by people with learning difficulties for everyone. The club’s committee recently won the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Islington Life 2014. Wild Bunch DJs have previously performed with Radio 1 DJs Jo Whiley and Tim Westwood, and will be bringing their irresistible mix of pop, dance, reggae, and club classics to Haringey.
Worker’s in Song Acoustic Night
Sadie Jemmett’s extraordinary songs reflect a remarkable life. Behind the entrancing, eloquence of her lyrics and the subtle acoustic beauty of her music lies a restlessly seeking spirit and a rich but frequently dark experience. Her peripatetic journey has followed a jagged course from a wildly bohemian childhood through being a teenage runaway, a backing singer in a reggae band and a touring actress to her role today as one of the most magical new singer-songwriters to excite our ears in many years. Somewhere along the way, she also found time to work with adults with learning difficulties, spend a year busking in Berlin, write the music for an award-winning play in Paris and to become a mother. Every one of these kaleidoscopic experiences has helped to shape her into a potent singer-songwriter who stands in the great lineage of the art from classic era Joni Mitchell and Neil Young to the likes of David Gray and Ryan Adams today, and yet who shines out as a profoundly unique voice.
Wednesday 1st April – 7pm – FREE
Karamel Music Club: Tom Baxter + more
/// TOM BAXTER ///
After a number one record in Ireland, top ten in the UK and deals with Sony/Columbia and EMI for Feather & Stone andSkybound, many of you will be no stranger to Tom. His track Miracle was used for the BBC’s final Beijing Olympic montage; My Declaration was covered by Eliza Bennett; and he’s even been covered by Dame Shirley Bassey who recorded one of our favourites, Almost There, and performed it with him at the BBC Electric Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall. While that gives you an idea of the pedigree of his writing, as a performer he is knockout. If the spirit of Jeff Buckley were to wade up onto the beach and pick up a guitar, while Marvyn Gaye and John Legend lit up the bonfire and raised the flame by pouring on an 18 year old single malt, it might sound like Tom. Check out Better (the most requested wedding song in Ireland 4 out of the last 6 years) and My Declaration, and then get ready for the incredible new record, The Uncarved Block.
/// THE MAGIC LANTERN ///
If you liked the Tiny Ruins record last year, this will be right up your street. The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley and a unique guitar style that takes elements of folk fingerpicking, Flamenco and West African music, the 10 songs that make up his second album – Love of Too Much Living – sound deceptively simple at first but open up to reveal a warmth, humour and wisdom that mark The Magic Lantern out as an artist with a unique songwriting voice.
Born in Australia before moving to the UK aged 12, it was while studying philosophy in Bristol that Jamie began performing as The Magic Lantern alongside friends and long-term collaborators in the DIY Bristol music scene including This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd. Moving to London, Jamie expanded The Magic Lantern into a quintet of friends and together they evolved a transporting sound inspired by the immediacy of Jamie’s lyrics and lilting melodies and a shared love of improvised music. The Magic Lantern’s debut album A World In A Grain of Sand was mixed by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno/Paul Simon) and, on subsequent release in June 2011, was critically acclaimed by Late Junction’s Verity Sharp, Bob Harris and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 3, 2 and 6 respectively) amongst others.
Keen to focus on the intensity that comes with stripping everything away Jamie dissolved the quintet line up to return to playing and writing on his own. Love of Too Much Living is the product of two years spent crafting this new musical approach, playing hundreds of gigs around the UK with friends and contemporaries including Sam Lee & Friends and Cocos Lovers to an ever-increasing audience of enthusiasts.
“Very, very special”
– Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Intriguing, compelling and exceptional. A man to watch”
– The Guardian
“An exciting new talent”
– Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Bitter sweet, beautiful music”
– Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
“A classic album, I love it!”
– Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“**** Beautiful, engrossing music”
/// RORY BUTLER ///
If there is an artist causing chatter among the industry at the moment, this is him. It’ll take you about 25 seconds to work out why. When Rory got onto the stage at the Old Queen’s Head for us last year you knew instinctively the moment his mouth opened he was the real deal. John Martyn references seem to get thrown around willy-nilly these days, but if you’re saving it for one guy, it’s Rory. Absolutely masterful on the guitar, and a writer who will no doubt go on to be worthy of the comparisons. Rory was handpicked by Danny Thompson to play at his 70th birthday; he won the Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections, opened for a sell out performance by Rachel Sermanni and shared the bill with Transatlantic Sessions on Mary Ann Kennedy’s late night Radio 3 sessions. He has since supported Michael Marra, Eliza Carthy, Sam Lee, Bella Hardy and Anais Mitchell in some of Scotland’s major music venues. Once London and the rest of the UK gets a taste of him, he won’t be supporting people long. To whet your whistles, check out the videos on here – but really, you need to be in the room to completely get it. It’s like watching a young Jackson Browne pouring out his heart and humour in a thick Scottish lilt while John Martyn and Nick Drake scatter woody, earthy chords around Beverley’s feet. Destined for musical mecca.
Pete Hurt, (leader,composer,arranger); John Barkley, Henry Lowther, Robbie Robson, (trumpets); Nick Mills, Owen Dawson, (tmbs), Roger Williams, (b tmb) Jim Rattigan (frhorn), Dave Powell (tuba); Tory Freestone, Martin Hathaway, Josephine Davis, Mick Foster (reeds); tbc (piano), Nick Costly-White (guitar), Alec Dankworth (bass), Jon Scott (drums)
Apart from his great tenor saxophone playing, Pete Hurt is also recognised widely in the jazz community for his outstanding compositional and arranging skills. He arranged regularly for the BBC Big band and was invited to join the Anglo-American Living Time Orchestra under the direction of George Russell, which toured extensively throughout Europe and the USA. He has composed and arranged for the London Jazz Orchestra for many years. Karamel is proud to present this stellar organisation prior to a forthcoming studio recording.
Friday 3rd April – 8pm – £10/FREE
Animal Instinct Recordings presents The Future Soul Monkeys
Saturday 4th April – 6pm – FREE
Fat Gay Vegan presents London Vegan Drinks
Join more than 100 vegans and their friends on the first Saturday of each month for a compassionate party like no other.
London Vegan Drinks has grown since its inception in 2011 to become one of the most popular and loved vegan social events anywhere in the world. People drink. People eat. People meet without meat. People have a fabulous time.
How does London Vegan Drinks work?
You show up. You buy drinks. You buy food if you are hungry. You socialise. It is so simple, yet so effective. There is no cover charge. The bar is stocked with a huge range of vegan beers, ciders, wines, cocktails and juices.
Your host Fat Gay Vegan will have name stickers for guests to wear (it helps with breaking the ice) and will introduce you to friendly vegans if you are feeling a little shy.
Sunday 5th April – 7pm – FREE
Live Injection presents The Music Hub
We love the sound of a fat, deep, dub bass at Kabaret at Karamel so in partnership with promoters Live Injection we present a reggae evening every Sunday night. New resident DJ is legendary tune master Goldfinger Ranking from Wisdom Hardcore and there are guest DJs each week.
That would be enough in itself, but as a special treat for you Live Injection are programming live acts guaranteed to get you up and moving and world food is available from the kitchen between 6 and 9.30pm.
Check the flyer for ticket price and arrive before 8pm for super cheap entry. Jah bless.