Thursday, 16 November 2017

James Patrick Gavin - Fanning the Flames

James Patrick Gavin
James Patrick Gavin - violin
Tad Sargent - bouzouki/guitar

Date - 15th November 2017
Venue - A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Future performance
5th February 2018 - Chewing The Fat album launch, Union Chapel, London.

Tad Sargent
Charismatic music maestro James Patrick Gavin on this A World in London!
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James Gavin and Tad Sargent share much common ground, from Irish roots to Islington’s Holloway Road, and previous appearances on AWIL, but most of all, their outstanding musicianship. It was pure joy to watch James Gavin’s finessed fiddle-playing working in tandem with Tad Sargent’s brilliant bouzouki-guitar in the studio! James has now embarked on his first solo adventure, producing a fantastic CD called Chewing the Fat which is scheduled for release on January 26th. It’s a concept album, centred around the life & times of his grandmother, Philomena, who lives on a remote Irish mountain and has plenty to say. Tracks on Chewing the Fat are equally conversational, taking unexpected twists and turns through weeping violin and furiously fast Irish reels. Our conversation during this AWIL was also unpredictable, covering debates about Folk music from across the British isles to the worrying loss of yet more grassroots music venues in London. ‘You want to be fanning the flames rather than worshipping the ashes’.

Tad Sargent 
15/11/17 – AWIL at Res 144  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling. Also this week Mary Ann Kennedy at SOAS Radio: Next week Latchepen at SOAS!  #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio

Monday, 6 November 2017

SING4SANE - Houses Of Parliament

Melissa James
Melissa James
Helen Whately MP (Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health)
Luciana Berger MP
James Morris MP
Eugenie Arrowsmith
Marjore Wallace - SANE
Stephen Clift - Sidney de Haan Arts & Health Centre

Date - 30th October 2017
Venue - The Jubilee Room, Houses Of Parliament, London, UK
Video - Live Again

MPs gathered alongside mental health experts and supporters in the Houses of Parliament last week to talk (and sing) in support of SING4SANE. The project has been brought to life by singer-songwriter Melissa James, whose “pop-up” performances bond together an inclusive choir in the most unlikely places. In February 2017 she brought together a thirty strong choir at Caffe Nero in Heathrow Airport. It was a dramatic concert that illustrated that mental health issues can strike at the heart of any community. There are pinch points in all of lives and the stresses that revolve around travel and work can sometimes be masked by the busyness of our lives. No where can life be more stressful (nor fast paced) than the Houses of Parliament. Mental Health has been brought to the fore by our parliamentarians in recent months and the event was opened by talks from Helen Whately MP and Luciana Berger MP.

Helen Whately MP

"Mental illness should not be seen as an inevitable part of life. The current state of mental health treatment would simply never be accepted for a physical condition. I've pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health. I joined MPs from all parties in swearing to tackle mental illness."
Helen Whately MP

Luciana Berger MP
"In my role as President of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health I have visited many services and organisations across the country. There is clearly a huge appetite out there, to work together to improve our mental health services."
Luciana Berger MP

Eugenie Arrowsmith
Melissa James and Eugenie Arrowsmith spoke to the audience about the pressures they have felt being musicians and vocalists. Arrowsmith was signed to Virgin 10 as a teen, and after making an album that cost more than £500,000, she watched as her work was ultimately locked away in a vault at EMI. Through no fault of her own the work she had put her life and soul into had been taken out her hands. Although the struggle of those years took it toll on Eugenie it didn't quell her desire and she is about to release music again after 20 years, this time on her own label.

“The pressures of the music industry, combined with the desire to be a working artist, are often at odds with each other. I constantly question whether agreeing to particular performances, or keeping-up with demands of social media posts, are really necessary if I am not fully stable and am not feeling mentally well. It does mean making sacrifices, which in turn can lead to feelings of guilt and uncertainty about your abilities as an artist and performer. The difficulty in feeling unable to speak about it doesn’t help. Singing with others who understand does somehow help to silently ease the pressure.”
Melissa James

Jonathon Holder
The Parliamentary Big Sing was a great success bringing together politicians from opposing parties to sing as one. Jonathon Holder on guitar accompanied choirs from Goresbrook School (Dagenham) and the George Green School (Isle of Dogs). Several talented singers bolstered the ranks, including composer Ross Lorriane and ex-Birmingham Cathedral chorister Hilgrove Kendrick. They demonstrated that there is great power being part of a collective. With everyone in the Jubilee Room braced shoulder to shoulder they sang for each other, and for the wellbeing of everyone who still suffers far beyond the confines of Westminster. You are not alone they sang, it is time to Live Again.

“The coming together was spine-tingling, I was overwhelmed to see people singing to raise awareness of such an important issue, because mental health matters to them.” Melissa James

Ross Lorraine
During the summer of 2017 members of the public joined Melissa James in a Big Sing at London’s celebrated RAK Studios. The recorded single, Live Again, sees all sale proceeds go to the mental health charity SANE. Live Again is planned for re-release in early November. It will be available to download via i-Tunes, Google Play and Amazon and other online music retailers.

Will Amor
Assistant to Helen Whately MP
“I wrote ‘Live Again’ a couple of years ago about someone close to me who was going through a difficult time,” Melissa explains.  “For me, this song was really about showing my vulnerabilities, and people often come to me saying because of that, they get it. For some people, it makes them cry.
“It’s about isolation, and so it made sense to use it as a tool to create feelings of togetherness by getting people to sing together.”

James Morris MP
Marjorie Wallace CBE (SANE), James Morris MP, Eugenie Arrowsmith and Sephen Clift (Sidney de Haan Arts & Health Centre) joined Melissa James in a panel discussion. The packed audience listened with emboldened hearts but were also chastened by the realities that face Mental Health services throughout the UK. Nothing can dispute that we need to come together, to listen to each other and to celebrate with voices that have found their life once again.

Marjorie Wallace
“It’s fantastic that Melissa has created this event to bring the SING4SANE initiative to this important audience. Singing can set the mind and spirit free, and help people who experience mental health problems.”
Marjorie Wallace CBE, founder and chief executive of SANE

Margaret Edwards SANE
SANE was established in 1986 to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness, following the overwhelming public response to a series of articles published in The Times entitled The Forgotten Illness. Written by the charity’s founder and chief executive, Marjorie Wallace, the articles exposed the neglect of people suffering from mental illness and the poverty of services and information for individuals and families.

Jonathan Robinson SANE
SANE's vision has remained consistent throughout its history: to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness.
SANE Website

Stephen Clift is Professor of Health Education in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University, and Research Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health. He has worked in the field of health promotion and public health for over twenty-five years, and has made contributions to research, practice and training on HIV/AIDS prevention, sex education, international travel and health and the health promoting school. His current interests relate to arts and heath and particularly the potential value of group singing for health and wellbeing. He is one of the founding editors of  Arts & Health: An international journal for research, policy and practice  and Honorary President of the  Singing Hospitals International Network.


Friday, 3 November 2017

Tse Tse Fly - Middle East

Shama Rahman

Tse Tse Fly: Middle East
Simon Coates
Shama Rahman
Afasia Yuri

Date - 1st November 2017
Venue - A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Avant-garde world collective Tse Tse Fly Middle East on this A World in London!
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Simon Coates
Tse Tse Fly Middle East was conceived by Simon Coates as an alternative clubbing concept while he was living in Dubai. Having relocated to London, the project has grown to include an array of experimental music artists and on this AWIL you’ll hear spatial electronica from Japan’s Afasia Yuri plus operatic sitar grooves by UAE born Shama Rahman. The common thread is a shared commitment to human rights, change for the better, and hope for the future! Find out more below this track-list!

Founded in the United Arab Emirates in 2015, Tse Tse Fly Middle East started life as the region's first ever sound art and experiments-in-noise platform. Now based in London, Tse Tse Fly Middle East is a registered Community Interest Company that highlights human rights, censorship and social issues in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent via live experimental arts events, workshops and interventions.  Typically a Tse Tse Fly event features curated short art films, mini-documentaries and animations on socio-political themes, and live experimental music, noise and sound art performances.  Tse Tse Fly has a fluid collective of experimental musicians and sound artists at its core. Collective members either have roots in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent or have a practise that features strong socio-political messages. As well as hosting regular club nights, Tse Tse Fly Middle East have performed live - and have produced and curated site-specific events - in Dubai, Sharjah and the UK, working with the Maraya Arts Centre, Alserkal Avenue, the Other Worlds Festival, the Other Worlds Music Video Festival, the Fully Booked international artist book project, London-based experimental music project Sonic Imperfections and more.

Shama Rahman
Shama Rahman - born in the United Arab Emirates and now based in the UK, Shama is a sitar-player, singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, actress/spoken word artist and scientist.  Shama has spent the summer playing live - including performing at Bestival - and promoting her new album Truth Be Told.  

Afasia Yuri
Afasia Yuri - based between the UK and Japan, Yuri’s live sets mix fully absorbing field recordings with electronic beats and ethereal, siren-like vocals that shift between noise and ambience.  Yuri builds sometimes disorientating soundscapes that move back and forth through space.  

1/11/17 – AWIL at Res 142  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling & sketches by Alban Low. Also this week a Sheila Chandra at SOAS Radio. Next week Martin Alvarado at SOAS & Namvula at Resonance!  #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Cleveland Watkiss - Vocal Warrior

Cleveland Watkiss

Date - 25th October 2017
Venue - A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Current album - Song Diasporas (2016)

Future Performance
6th November 2017 - The Vortex, London, UK

Ubiquitous musical treasure & vocal warrior, Cleveland Watkiss on this A World in London!
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We caught up with Cleveland between some Sound Spas and his forthcoming date at The Vortex on Nov 6th as part of this year’s London International Arts Festival. Ever-evolving, it’s impossible to confine him to one genre, one era, or one skill, but suffice to say that the man that’s won the best vocalist Parliamentary Jazz Award 2017 is our man in the studio. A MOBO might be on its way too, and not before time. On this show you’ll get some sense of the journeys Cleveland has travelled in rhyme, as a virtuoso vocalist, composer, music educator, and actor. His early days in the 80’s with Lovers Rock queen Carroll Thompson, and The Jazz Warriors, followed by the heady 90’s drum n’ bass scene with Goldie & the Metalheadz crew in Hoxton’s Blue Note. There’s been collaborations with first-gen African greats like Sona Jobarteh, Tunde Jegede, and Kasse Mady too, but the collaborator list is endless and giant-filled. Watch out for his new project Collective X, whose debut album cover has been designed by AWIL resident artist Alban Low. Our first live session with Cleveland on this AWIL left us with a lot of unfinished business, but rest assured that this conversation is to be resumed...
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25/10/17 – AWIL at Res 141  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling & sketches by Alban Low. Also this week a Addictive TV at SOAS Radio. Next week Sheila Chandra at SOAS & Tse Tse Fly Middle East at Resonance!  #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Monday, 23 October 2017

Blurt - Pagan Strings Restrung

Ted Milton
Ted Milton - voice, saxophone, performance
Chris Vine - guitar (+ voice)
Paul Wigens - drums (+ voice)

Date - 18th October 2017
Venue - Iklectik Art Lab, London, UK

Current album - Live at Oto (Salamander Records, 2016)

BLURT recorded the Pagan Strings album in Ulm, Southern Germany, in ’92, at the end of a thirty consecutive dates tour. Ted Milton played sax and vocalised. On guitar was Chris Vine, who was with the band from ’90 to ’95, and Paul Wigens, Blurt drummer from ’85 to ’98. Some twenty years later the original line-up reformed to play this one-off Pagan Strings Concert.  Milton also performed “Molecule” – a short performance piece, and recited poems from the recently published Milton Text Book.

Ted Milton
Ted Milton once described himself as "a tone-deaf musician" and at the end of a sax-part during a Blurt gig in Antwerp he proclaimed with a broad smile: "Oh, why don't I just take some lessons?" All this to say Ted doesn't see himself as a ground-breaking nor virtuoso sax player. However, when in good form his instrument becomes an extension of his body and wonderful sonic landscapes enfold. 

Paul Wigens
Paul Wigens joined Blurt in 1986 after Jake Milton left. He can be heard first time on the "Poppycock" album. Paul is a human metronome, taking his musicianship very serious. He studied with American jazz drummer CLIFFORD JARVIS (Sun Ra/Archie Shepp/Pharoah Saunders) in the mid nineties. He has played with the groups Grand Drive (Sony/BMG), The Blue Aeroplanes and Cousteau and mosy recently with Eyebrow. As musician and composer with Cardiff-based physical theatre company Earthfall, he worked on the shows Forever and Ever, Fabulous Wounds, Rococco Blood and Bakkus and the BAFTA-winning short film Too Old to Dream.

Chris Vine
Chris Vine replaced Steve Eagles in 1990 to record the "Pagan Strings" album. Before he had lived in the U.S.A. and played in The Scientific Americans and with a.o. Eliott Sharp. Chris changed the sound of Blurt trough his fingerpicking guitar style, using a thumb pick to accentuate the low notes or to strum the strings very hard. He also made frequent use of an electro-harmonix analog delay and octaver-effects. Chris now spends his time between the UK and Brazil and writes music for theatre and dance companies.

Friday, 20 October 2017

DJ Vix - Turntablist Mixmaster

DJ Vix

Date - 18th October 2017
Venue - A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Current album - Chapter V (2015)

Mixmaster DJ Vix on this A World in London!
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All turntablists working with Bhangra music will have productions by DJ Vix in their library. He’s the most sought-after remixer on the British-Asian scene – the Desi equivalent of David Guetta - and has added essential beats & breaks to songs by vocal giants like Jay Sean, Sukshinder Shinda, and Jassi Sidhu. Vix is often out with his Dhol n Bass Roadshow, but I found him recently when we were both brought in to spin an ‘old skool’ set for the BBC Asian Network. On this AWIL catch Vix in the mix, live on the CDJs, and hear about his rise to fame from East London roots to international stardom! 

18/10/17 – AWIL at Res 140  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling & sketches by Alban Low. Also this week a Pete Lockett at SOAS Radio. Next week Addictive TV at SOAS & Cleveland Watkiss at Resonance!  #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Mark Sullivan - Slip Into Your Head

Mark Sullivan

Date - 13th October 2017
Venue - Slaughtered Lamb, London, UK

Current Single - Slip Into Your Head (October 2017)

Future performance
25/10/2017 - LEEDS, PACKHORSE


Mark Sullivan has crafted his art on the road with hundreds of shows that include all the expected stages for such a troubadour plus incredible experiences such as opening at Wembley Arena, performing at The Houses Of Parliament, the US ambassadors private London residence and receiving an award from Rick Wakeman.

Sullivan is now set to embark upon a UK tour ‘In The Round’ this October with Radio 2 and Country To Country festival favourites Emma Stevens & Megan O Neill plus USA’s James Fredholm making his UK debut. “Slip Into Your Head” is the highly anticipated new single by Mark Sullivan.  This earthy slice of sincerity holds the potential to skyrocket Sullivan to the pinnacle of the acoustic indie folk listener’s radar and begs the question of how far this astonishing artist can go.