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The Bloodtub Orchestra + RNR Book Club + Dave Barbarossa (Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Author of Mud Sharks) + Dave Randall (Faithless, Sinead O'Connor, Author of Sound System; The Political Power Of Music) + DJs


Dublin Castle

94 Parkway NW1 7AN London

Gig Description

The Bloodtub Orchestra were formed when London Dirthole, Headbutt, sometime Test Department and Project Dark behemoth  Ashley Davies got some of his regular Dirthole colleagues,  inc. Debbie Smith once of Echobelly and Curve (and curently a Ye Nun ) together with one time Furniture and Transglobal Underground man Tim Whelan to pursue a mutual fever for all things Victorian and Edwardian, British and Music Hall. So we’re talking Harry Lauder, Marie Lloyd et al- only channeled thru a Fall-ish 2 drum kits rancid Glitterbeat and dusted off with some wonderfully warped electronica touches amidst the bass driven retro bonhomie. As they say ‘A discombobulation and disintegration of music hall, parlour music and related Victorian and Edwardian filth and obscurity. Performed by a fine upstanding rabble’…such were the lyrical in-sensitivities of the day, the Bloodtub canon really speaks to this evening’s  overarching exploration of politics in music, and the role of music in socio-political cultural phenomena. As Tim says ‘If you analyse Music Hall from any modern perspective it was (often) as racist and imperialist as you could get ..’- so Bloodtub’s wonderfully entertaining reading of the genre is a fascinating and paradoxical climax to this evening’s event. Reflections On The Power And Politics Of Music (Panel and Q and A)- This evening’s RnR Book Club centres around two books- one,  former Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow drummer Dave Barbarossa‘s wonderful exploration of working class youth and the lure of rock and roll, his novel ‘Mud Sharks‘. A very fine book that addresses lots of the big issues on the table today, especially racism. And secondly Mr B’s colleague currently in former Fine Young Cannibal Roland Gift‘s excellent band Dave Randall (architect of early success in of  Faithless and recent collaborator with Sinead O’Connor and many more) and his incredibly intelligent and illuminating exploration of politics and music ‘Sound System; The Political Power Of Music’ Arrive early for spoken word and musical performances by both literary Daves… Dave Randall will speak on music & politics, from Beethoven to Beyoncé, Dave Barbarossa on his redemptive journey to stardom. Followed by Q and As with Julie Hamill and Tony Gleed. Books will available to purchase on the night, signed by the authors.

Source: Dublin Castle website