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The Bloodtub Orchestra + Reflections On The Power And Politics Of Music (Panel and Q and A) + 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) + Tim Whelan (Furniture, Transglobal Underground, Blood Tub) + Julie Hamill (Rock And Roll Book Club, Author of Frank and 15 Minutes With You) + Tony Gleed (Bugbear, Soho Radio, Boogaloo Radio) + Agitpop DJs

Dublin Castle | 94 Parkway | NW1 7AN | London
Doors open:
PRICE: £7
About the gig-

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 panel based discussion 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’ Chaired by Dublin Castle Rock and Roll Book Club regulars Hamill and Gleed with a suitably agitpop soundtrack supplied for your entertainment before and between the performances and discussion, and to herald Bloodtub to the stage at 10pm. 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. Books will available to purchase on the night, signed by the authors.

Source: Dublin Castle website

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The Blood Tub Orchestra

Forthcoming album: "THE SEVEN CURSES OF THE MUSIC HALL"
A discombobulation and disintegration of music hall, parlour music and related Victorian and Edwardian filth and obscurity.

We humbly present to you the music of the Blood Tub Orchestra, a motley (as in the original meaning of rather blotchy) London based musical rabble (as in Websters definition of ‘ordinary or common people who do not have a lot of money, power, or social status’ or ‘a large group of loud people who could become violent.’). For the last 2 years this far flung ensemble have met in London, dredging up foul smelling lagniappes from demolished music halls, deconsecrated chapels, decaying docks, derelict factories and disappearing drinking dens, with a view to rouse the beleaguered ghosts of the past in the filth and squalor of the present.


The Blood Tub Orchestra are not an exercise in nostalgia or a re-working of the past into a new shape. They’re more a channel by which the past takes it’s revenge on the present.

Thus it was that the best and worst of the 19th century came to be exposed to the modernity of 2015 across venues around London and the South, featured on bills with the likes of Sleaford Mods and The Men Who Will Not be Blamed for Nothing, Burlesque Artistes and Comedians of various degrees of Talent.

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