Camille O’Sullivan will play Camden Roundhouse on Janury 31
Published: 22 January, 2016
by ROISIN GAD EL RAB
IT may seem the most obvious format for events held in a circular space once used to turn trains but the Roundhouse’s upcoming In The Round series of gigs, held, as the name suggests, with a fully-seated concert audience surrounding the main act, is in fact quite a rare occurrence.
Marianne Faithfull, John Cale, Gaz Coombes and Rokia Traoré are among the artists set to play this series of intimate concerts, which runs from January 28 to February 6, The full 10-date line-up features Gaz Coombes (Jan 28), Edwyn Collins (Jan 29), Matthew E White (Jan 30), Camille O’Sullivan (Jan 31), Mulatu Astatke’s (Feb 1), Marianne Faithfull (Feb 2), John Cale (Feb 3), Keaton Henson (Feb 4), Scritti Politti (Feb 5) and Rokia Traoré (Feb 6).
Opening the series next Thursday (Jan 28) is former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, whose solo efforts have brought him a newfound recognition. Highly-acclaimed second solo album Matador was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize last year, gaining extensive airplay and approving nods all over the place.
Scottish musician, producer and record label owner Edwyn Collins plays his first London headline show since 2014 on January 29. The former frontman of 80s band Orange Juice, who went on to forge a highly successful solo career and win worldwide success with 1995 hit A Girl Like You, has since come back from suffering two cerebral haemorrhages. The West Hampstead musician was ultimately saved by a specialist stroke unit at the Royal Free Hospital. He went on to finish album Home Again in 2007, which he had begun prior to his illness, set up indy label Analogue Enhanced Digital and released his eighth solo album, Understated, in 2013.
Then, on January 30, Spacebomb record label and studio founder Matthew E White – a pioneer of “modern Americana” – performs works from his acclaimed albums, Big Inner, Outer Face and Fresh Blood and more.
We first saw Irish musician, singer and actress Camille O’Sullivan at Feis in Finsbury Park back in 2011. The former award-winning architect puts her entire existence into her emotional interpretations of songs from the likes of Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails and more – her intense performances and unique vocals making her theatrical appearances so much more than a cabaret covers act. Camille will perform a selection of favourites, new material and some Jacques Brel at the Roundhouse on January 31.
Cult figure Mulatu Astatke, known as the father of Ethio-Jazz, takes to the stage on February 1 with his fusion of jazz and traditional Ethiopian music. Born in 1943 in the west Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu studied music in London, New York City, and Boston, where he became Berklee College of Music’s first African graduate. He went on to work with a number of acclaimed jazz artists, including securing a guest spot with Duke Ellington in 1971.
Iconic singer, songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull needs little introduction. Marianne, who appears on February 2, was first spotted at a party by The Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, more than 50 years ago, aged 16, and the rest, is history.
The Velvet Underground founding member John Cale takes over on February 3 on the eve of his next album release. One of the most influential figures of the avant-garde and rock worlds, Cale’s career began in the 1960s and he built a reputation for himself as a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, film composer and visual artist.
In a rare performance on February 4, spotlight-shy London poet and singer Keaton Henson will perform material from his albums Dear, Birthdays and Romantic Works.
Then, coming from close to home, Scritti Politti play their first headline London show in almost three years on February 5. Emerging from Camden’s 70s squat-scene, Scritti Politti combined punk’s raw energy and experimental gritty sounds with impenetrably obscure lyrics wrapped in Marxist ideology.
Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré will close the series on February 6 with material from her sixth album Né So, which features guest artists John Paul Jones and Devendra Barnhart. We saw her improvising with the best of them at Africa Express at Koko back in 2008, jamming in the balcony before astounding the crowd with her musicality – a fitting end to a unique series of concerts.