Lambchop, Jaga Jazzist, Lisa Hannigan, Ghetts, Orchestra Baobab, Susheela Raman, Julian Cope, Tiger Lillies and Martha Wainwright with Ed Harcourt in a double-bill make up 2017’s In the Round.
The Roundhouse, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary year, launches its 2017 Music Programme with the return of In the Round, a series of intimate performances set in a rarely seen fully seated concert set up in the iconic main space.
2017’s In the Round series is a season of debuts. With most artists performing at the Roundhouse for the first time – only Martha Wainwright has headlined the venue before – and with many, including Martha, performing new material. Hailing from Nashville, music pioneers Lambchop will perform music from their acclaimed musical re-invention Flotus. From Norway Jaga Jazzist will be bringing their unique mix of electronica, rock and jazz, with material from their extensive back catalogue as well as their most recent album, Starfire. From Dublin, Lisa Hannigan will be performing music from her critically acclaimed new album At Swim, arguably her most bewitching to date. Orchestra Baobab, undoubtedly one of Africa’s supergroups, bring some of the magic of Dakar to the Roundhouse with a sneak preview of their spring 2017 World Circuit album. Tamil Londoner, Susheela Raman, is known for her exciting collaborations and here she brings the Ghost Gamelan Orchestra from Indonesia to perform music from her forthcoming album, Ghost Gamelan. Ghetts, one of the most prominent figures on the grime scene celebrates the ten year anniversary of his second mixtape, Ghetto Gospel by performing it live in full. A very special double bill of superlative singer-songwriters Martha Wainwright and Ed Harcourt will perform solo sets before coming together for a one-off collaboration. Anarchic Brechtian street opera trio, The Tiger Lillies, will be presenting for the first time their brand new album, Cold Night in Soho, their first band release in 10 years. Finishing the series in grand style is the extraordinary Julian Cope – who has come to be defined as much by his extra-musical pursuits as his musical output.
As part of the Roundhouse’s work with young people, support acts will all be emerging artists who have progressed their careers through the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios – where the Roundhouse offers life-changing creative opportunities for thousands of young people each year. They will perform in either the main space or upstairs in Torquil’s Bar.
Thursday 26 January
Lambchop + support
Tickets £17.50 – £27.50 / Doors 7pm
Nashville music pioneers Lambchop are considered one of the most consistently brilliant American groups to have emerged since their breakthrough album Nixon in 2000, with frontman Kurt Wagner one of the most talented singer-songwriters of our age.
With a discography revealing 11 albums and a multitude of influences with an ever-shifting group of players, Lambchop have long since shaken off the alt-country label that once defined them. Their musical signature, quite simply, is the distinctive songwriting, deeply insightful lyrics and the wistful, warm, slightly cracked and often murmured vocals of Wagner.
In November 2016, Lambchop release their twelfth studio album, Flotus (For Love Often Turns Us Still) marking a significant change in direction. Kurt Wagner has set aside what he has learned over the last 30 years and embarked on a musical adventure exploring modern day R&B, soul, hip-hop and early electronica amongst other genres. Anchored by the Lambchop hallmark – beautifully nuanced arrangements, quietly powerful and hugely beguiling songs with brilliantly skewed vocals – the result sounds like no one else, yet unmistakably like Lambchop. Imbued with the magic energy of an artist stumbling upon the thrill of the new, Lambchop’s In the Round performance promises to be a very special show presenting a stunning piece of work, one of the most impressive achievements of Lambchop’s career.
Friday 27 January
Jaga Jazzist + support
Tickets £15 – £20 / Doors 7pm
Jaga Jazzist are one of the most celebrated and influential of the Norwegian post-jazz bands. Part jazz ensemble, part post-rock outfit and part electronica pioneers, they have always been an absurdly difficult band to pigeonhole. Their constant re-invention and restless energy has marked them out as standard-bearers for a new musical sound and one whose music has been a profound influence on both the contemporary jazz and electronica scenes, as well as helping to define a new musical space between the genres. Influenced by artists from Gil Evans to Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine to Tortoise, Oslo 13 to Motorpsycho and Fela Kuti to Steve Reich, Jaga Jazzist have created a sound unlike anyone else. Their live shows, driven by an arsenal of multi-instrumentalists – all leaders and producers in their own right – are marked by a hypnotic intensity that brings their already thrilling music to powerful life. For tonight’s very special performance and Roundhouse debut, expect to hear music from their recent electronica-heavy, Ninja Tune Records release, Starfire, alongside hits from their illustrious back catalogue.
“sounds that recall everything from Weather Report to big-band jazz, krautrock, Radiohead or even the Pat Metheny Group” The Guardian
Saturday 28 January
Lisa Hannigan + support
Tickets £15 – £25 / Doors 7pm
Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan first came to light as an angel-voiced, somewhat mysterious figure singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. When their seven-year collaboration came to an end, Hannigan released her first solo album, Sea Sew (2008), and her sparkling solo career was born. The self-released album was a runaway success, nominated for a Choice award in Ireland and a Mercury Music Prize in the UK. While Sea Sew was a joyous kaleidoscope of love songs, laments, sea shanties and glockenspiels, her second release, Passenger (2011) explored deeper, darker emotions. After touring Passenger for two years, Hannigan found writing her next album very hard. During this difficult period she also lent her voice to the orchestral score of Alfonso Cuaron’s film Gravity, as well as providing the voice of the mermaid in the Oscar-nominated Irish animation Song of the Sea. When The National’s Aaron Dessner contacted her about working together, things began to fall into place and At Swim was released in August 2016. These songs travel even deeper into a darkly magical space where the boundaries between love and death, past and present, grief and happiness, are dissolved, so this intimate show promises to be a truly magical evening.
“Hannigan’s soaring vocals never falter” The Observer
Monday 30th January
Tickets £12.50 – £15.00 / Doors 7pm
In 2005, Ghetto, a stormy young artist from East London arrived on the grime scene with explosive, hard hitting lyrics and fast, intricate rhymes. Originally a member of the notorious grime collective NASTY Crew, the MC rapper soon left to create his own collective, The Movement where he would work alongside artists such as Devlin, Wretch 32, and Schorcher. Today, he goes under the moniker Ghetts and is regarded as a pioneer of the grime movement; a prominent figure that remains as relevant today as he did over ten years ago.
Known for his provocative, volatile style of rap, Ghetts has, since 20015, released multiple mixtapes that have spawned many underground hits and grime anthems, yet it was his 2014 debut studio release, ‘Rebel With a Cause’, that saw him smashing into the mainstream earning him three MOBO nominations – Best Male, Best Album and Best Grime Artist.
But for this very special show, Ghetts revisits his second mixtape, 2007’s ‘Ghetto Gospel’ celebrating its ten year anniversary by performing it in full for the very first time. ‘Ghetto Gospel’ was a far more mellow offering than the harder-edged recordings that preceded and followed it. Its calmer tones and shift away from the unconcealed rawness of his other material provided a revealing exposé of Ghett’s depth and versatility as an artist. The album became Ghett’s breakthrough that year and went on to become a grime classic. Ghetts personally names it as his best body of work.
Tuesday 31st January
Orchestra Baobab + support
Tickets £15 – £25 / Doors 7pm
One of Africa’s great iconic bands, Orchestra Baobab create some of the world’s most sublime and truly distinctive music. Formed in 1970, taking their name from the Dakar nightclub where they were resident, they fused Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba, high life and a whole gamut of local styles, kick starting a musical renaissance in their native Senegal, which turned the capital, Dakar, into one of the world’s most vibrant musical cities. The band released dozens of recordings before disbanding in the mid-80s but it was their neglected 1982 album, Ken Dou Werente – which included many of their most famous songs, ‘Coumba’, ‘Ledi Njemme Mbodj’ and ‘Utru Horas’ – that became a cult-classic, re-released to huge acclaim by World Circuit Records in 1989 under the title Pirate’s Choice. The band reformed in 2001 with encouragement from Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour and the following year released Specialist in All Styles, their first album in nearly 20 years. In 2007 they released Made in Dakar, and now, nine years on, Orchestra Baobab are back in the studio recording their fourth album for World Circuit, which is set for release in Spring 2017.
Wednesday 1 February
Susheela Raman and Ghost Gamelan Orchestra + support
Tickets £15 – £20 / Doors 7pm
With a string of acclaimed albums to her name and a mesmerising voice and stage presence, Londoner Susheela Raman has a gift for finding amazing collaborators and for bridging musical worlds. From the many layered Indian and African crossovers on Mercury shortlisted debut Salt Rain to her recent five-star reviewed (Guardian, FT) collaboration with Sufi Qawals, she has forged a unique path. Recently, Raman and guitarist/producer Sam Mills have been in Indonesia delving into the mysteries of Javanese music, guided by maverick ‘contemporary gamelan’ composer Gondrong Gunarto. Susheela’s Ghost Gamelan Orchestra brings together Gondrong and three other crack multi-instrumentalists from the Javanese cultural hub of Surakarta, alongside some top London talent; two percussion maestros, Aref Durvesh (Nitin Sawhney, Jeff Beck, Joss Stone, Sting) and Pirashanna Theverajah (Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar) plus virtuoso cellist and keyboardist Danny Keane (Mulatu Astatke, Bat for Lashes) and on Bass and Bassoon Jerry Meehan (Roxy Music, Robbie Williams and many others). This show promises a broad range of material, including tracks from her EP celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles Revolver album (released on Believe Digital on 28 October) and from her forthcoming album Ghost Gamelan.
“…wildly original, passionate and dangerous..” The Guardian
Thursday 2 February
Martha Wainwright + Ed Harcourt + support
Tickets £15 – £25 / Doors 7pm
A beguiling double-bill featuring two extraordinarily gifted singer-songwriters, Martha Wainwright and Ed Harcourt. Each will perform a solo-set – before coming together for a one-off collaboration.
With a wonderfully distinctive voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha Wainwright is a profoundly gifted singer-songwriter who first grabbed our attention with the blistering Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole, named by the Sunday Times as one of their ‘songs of the year’ in 2005, a prelude to her breakthrough hit album Martha Wainwright. Further albums highlighted her growing maturity as a song-writer and storyteller of the highest calibre and in 2010 she toured the world promoting her third album, Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, à Paris, a homage to the great Edith Piaf and was received with glowing reviews, leaving audiences captivated by her performance. Fortonight’s show she’ll perform material from her Nov 2016 release, Goodnight City, hailed as her best record yet. This album returns to the rawness of her first release and includes songs by Martha, as well as songs written by her friends and other great songwriters such as Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, her brother Rufus Wainwright, Michael Ondaatje, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.
Ed Harcourt is a genuine English treasure, with a trove of songs inspired by Carole King, David Bowie, Nina Simone, and Tom Waits, amongst others. Nominated for the 2001 MercuryPrize for his powerful debut album, Here Be Monsters, he has gone on to release seven highly acclaimed albums. He has also found time to collaborate with the likes of Paloma Faith, Beck, Burberry, the Libertines, and Marianne Faithfull, with whom he played at last year’s inaugural In the Round season. For this show he appears playing a special stripped-back set of songs from his critically celebrated August 2016 release, Furnaces, hailed as his most ambitious and abrasive yet and produced by legendary producer Flood (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey).
Friday 3 February
The Tiger Lillies + Support
Tickets £17.50 – £22.50 / Doors 7pm
The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark, peculiar and varied, with moments of deep sadness, cruel black humour and immense beauty. Formed in 1989, they remain one of the most unique, provocative and genre-defying bands one could come across. The music produced by this rampageous trio is a mixture of pre-war Berlin cabaret, anarchic opera and gypsy music, echoing the voices of Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Brel. Their songs cover all the dark aspects of life, from prostitution and drug addiction to violence and despair, always infused with a touch of twisted humor and sharp irony. They have participated in numerous shows all over the world, collaborating with artists of all disciplines: from circus performers to Shakespearean actors, experimental dancers to avant-garde photographers and burlesque puppeteers to classical music ensembles.
For this very special show, the band will be performing from their new album of band songs, Cold Night in Soho – their first album in 10 years not to be tied in to one of their theatre shows. Cold Night in Soho is released on 3 February.
“This delicious dark cabaret is Kurt Weill as scripted by Aleister Crowley, and the execution is impeccable throughout. Phenomenal.” The Guardian
Saturday 4 February
Julian Cope + Support
Tickets £25 – £30 / Doors 7pm
As poet, musicologist, historian, archaeologist, occultist, novelist and cultural commentator, Julian Cope has come to be defined as much by his extra-musical pursuits as his musical output. He came to prominence in 1978 as the front man of Teardrop Explodes, a brassy post-punk outfit whose four-year reign as a top-ten chart act notoriously ended, in part, to Cope’s well-documented love of munching acid. Following a brief period of recovery, Cope embarked on a solo career that has spawned over 20 highly acclaimed recordings and cemented his place as one of the most visionary, supremely eclectic and innovative musicians of our time.
Cope’s solo recordings have run the musical gamut from crisp, melodic rock tunes – his 1986 single World Shut Your Mouth became a top 20 hit – to psychedelic funk, electro-acoustic, Krautrock-inspired instrumentals, space-rock, garage-rock, techno and anarcho-punk. Similarly, a dazzling array of collaborations and esoteric projects have seen him working with drone metal band Sunn O))) alongside his long-standing band, the ostentatious pro-metal power trio, Brain Donor. Lyrically, his songs teem with political content outlining his own personal beliefs on a number of subjects – religion, bigotry corporate greed and environmental destruction. As a writer, Cope has produced six acclaimed books that take in archaeology, musicology, antiquarianism, plus a two-part autobiography and much-lauded books on krautrock and Japanese rock and an ecstatically reviewed novel.
Live, Cope is an extraordinary and engaging performer; a witty raconteur who dresses, as the Guardian once noted, “like an acid-fried biker”. Expect an eclectic set of post-punk, psychedelic rock and highlights from Cope’s long musical career.
Roundhouse presents In the Round
26 January – 04 February 2017
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road,
London, NW1 8EH
0300 6789 222
Booking fees apply – see website for full details