Grooves: Beans on Toast; Soho Music Month; Josh Okeefe; Hollie Cook; Celeste

Thursday, 1st July 2021 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Josh Okeefe 5_credit GemsOnVHS

Josh Okeefe. Photo: GemsOnVHS

CULT Camden folk poet Beans on Toast is so prolific that he produced at least one album every year – and sometimes more – and now he has produced a new book, Foolhardy Folk Tales. Written during the pandemic (but not about Covid-19 he insists), the collection of stories is about “art, money, drugs and true love. A celebration of living life, making music and blagging it,” according to Beans. Out on August 10, you can pre-order the book now from Beans on Toast’s website.

July is Soho Music Month, a free music and culture festival across Carnaby and Soho. Among the month-long programme, find an Independent Label Market in Carnaby Street (July 18), pop-ups from Ronnie Wood – a person­ally curated exhibition with limited edition prints; the Museum of Youth Culture exhib­iting rare vintage photo­graphs from renowned photographers such as Terry O’Neill, Gavin Watson and Normski featuring the likes of The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Damned, Blur and The Buzzcocks; and Creative Media Network; in-store events, competitions, music tours, art exhibitions, talks from Soho faces and limited-edition products.

• Derbyshire via Nashville folk/protest musician Josh Okeefe brings his Bloomin’ tour to The Green Note on August 26.

More festival news: Proceeding at full capacity – Tramlines Festival ft The Streets, Royal Blood, Richard Ashcroft + more, part of the government’s events research programme (July 23-25); Standon Calling with a huge line-up incl Bastille reorches­trated, Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Craig David, De La Soul, Akala and many more (July 22-25); Cancelled – Beyond The Woods Festival organisers have reluctantly cancelled due to uncertainty, the lack of clear guidance and the need to outlay huge costs without the security of having insurance for cancelled festivals. Reinvented – Notting Hill Carnival Off The Streets – online for a second year with online events and promises of the greatest ever return next year. More info at (Aug 29-30); Boomtown Village – Boomtown Festival is postponed but the smaller Boom Village launches with a more intimate music-packed festival. Explore the Village Square, get lost in countless forest parties and find crafts, wellness and family activities in the Forgotten Valley.

• British singer and keyboardist Hollie Cook, former member of reformed band The Slits, daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and goddaughter of Boy George, plays a stripped down set at Jazz Cafe (July 6-7), promising to be back on the road with her full General Roots band very soon.

Don’t forget Celeste’s Live from the Union Chapel stream takes place on July 15.

• Notable gigs: July 1: Adnan Joubran – Shubbak Festival, Jazz Café; July 2: Saied Silbak presents Songs from Palestine, Jazz Café; July 7: Nono + Zkeletonz + Jess Spink, The Grace; July 13: Stompy’s Playground piano and string ensemble perform The Symphonic Sounds of Animé Film Scores, Jazz Café.

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