Saturday, 18 October 2014

PART TWO of Mikey Georgeson interview

Mikey Georgeson answers 100 of Harry Pye's questions Part Two...
(Photo above taken by Mr Andrew Petrie. See more:

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Cathal Smyth at Wilton's Music Hall

Cathal Smyth (the artist formally known as Chas Smash from Madness) has just released his first solo album A Comfortable Man. Tonight and Tomorrow he's performing the album in it's entirety backed by The Joe Duddell Ensemble at The Wilton Music Hall near Cable St (nearest tube Aldgate East).
Curator MC Llamas has rounded up 50 artists (including friends of The Rebel such as Hugh Mendes, Kiera Bennett, and Hannah Bays) to make work in response to Cathal's new songs. Last night there was an opening/launch party type thing and I was lucky enough to see the exhibition and see him perform his new material. I was very impressed indeed. It would be an understatement to say there was a lot of love in the room for Cathal. Each song got a great reception.
It was all good but there's one song called "Are The Children Happy?" which is an absolute killer. Obviously Madness had several songs over the years such as Yesterday's Men and One Better Day that tugged at the heart strings but this one particular song is much more powerful.
Doors open tonight at 7.30pm and tickets are £35 Some of the artworks are being sold in aid of a Hepatitis C charity If you go along expecting Baggy Trousers and Night Boat To Cairo you're in for a shock - these songs are very honest, open and touching - they came from his heart and will go to yours. His singing and songwriting skills have never been better. I think this album deserves to do very well.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Last Chance To See The "Jolie Laide" Elefest Exhibition

The Jolie Laide opening night was great fun. The show is open Today and Tomorrow from 1 o'clock till 4 o'clock. The Hotel Elephant is directly opposite the Crown Court. 40 Newington Causeway S.E.1 6DR Just 5 minutes from Elephant & Castle tube. (Photo above taken by Jackie Clark. Photo below: Harry Pye with artist Sandra Turnbull infront of a Gordon Beswick painting)
(Above photo: Annie and Alex. Below: Caroline with Marcus Cope painting)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Bonjour Monsieur exhibition in March 2015

The "Bonjour Monsieur" exhibition will include brand new work by 12 artists including...
Above: Gretchen Andrus
Above: Kirsty Buchanan
Above: John Byrne
Above: Jackie Clark
Above: Eilidh Crumlish
Above: Peter lloyd
Above: Bob London
Above: Tom Pounder
Above: Mimei Thompson (... More news soon)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Buy Specialized 3 - a brilliant Madness tribute album in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust

It would be Madness not to spend a piffling £18.49 on the new Specialized Compilation C.D
"Specialized 3: Mad Not Cancer" is over 4 hours of great music spread over 4 CDs. All your money goes to help The Teenage Cancer Trust. There are more than 40 songs (either written or made famous by Madness) that have been re-interpreted by some great musicians and bands including: Dennis Bovell, Horace Panter, Big Jim Paterson, Neil Innes, Terry Edwards & Porky The Poet.
My 3 personal faves on this compilation are Sound Syndicate's take on "Return Of the Los Palmas 7", Erin Bardwell Collective charming version of "Wings of a Dove" and Ska Dogs soulful cover of "Uncle Sam" all of which are far superior to the original versions.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Piper's Son Live at Charlie Wrights (25/7/15)

Last Friday Piper's Son played an amazing set at Charlie Wright's Music Lounge in Pitfield Street, Shoreditch. The venue (run by John Nash) has been going since 1992. The Thai food they serve there has been rave reviewed in magazines such as Time Out.
Above: Photo One
Above: Leigh Clarke warming up the crowd with a smile.
Above: The Lads
Above: The new hornplayer!
Above: Piper's Son front man: Thom Driver
Above: Hello
(Above: Susan & Jasper with the legendary Peter Harris)
Above: Clarkey
Above: Pye and Coombes
(Above: John Nash with Thom Driver)