This week sees the return of Daylight Music, the hugely rewarding series of gigs that take place at Union Chapel on Saturday afternoons between 12:00-14:00. The autumn/winter season opens with a show on Saturday by The Cornshed Sisters. They hail from Tyne & Wear, have connections/musical similarities with Field Music and will be playing tracks from last year’s beguiling, baroque-influenced, harmony-laden second album Honey & Tar. It promises to be an excellent show. Support comes from Mesadorm, the new collaborative project of Blythe Pepino, formerly of London art pop trio Vaults while first on the bill is Senagalese musician Kadialy Kouyate. Entry is on a pay what you can basis (suggested donation £5), it is fully family-friendly and the Union Chapel Margins Café will be serving their usual selection of food. If you haven’t been to a Daylight Music show before this would be a great event to begin with. Full details of the season can be found here.
Monday meanwhile opens the week with an eye-catching trio of shows. Café Oto hosts a performance by Lee Ranaldo, musicOMH favourite Chilly Gonzales plays tracks from his new Solo III album at the Queen Elizabeth Hall while over at Heaven volume levels will be somewhat higher courtesy of West Coast psych-rockers Wooden Shjips. promoting latest album V.
Elsewhere this week, Janelle Monáe promotes latest album Dirty Computer at the Roundhouse on Tuesday (read what we thought here). The same night sees Screaming Females play the 100 Club fresh from their appearance at this year’s End Of The Road festival (we were impressed by their show at Oslo earlier in the year). Wednesday sees Gruff Rhys play from latest album Babelsberg at the Barbican with help from the London Contemporary Orchestra while over at Village Underground you’ll find Neneh Cherry who plays a show on the back of the release of new track Kong (it’ll be a good chance to hear tracks from 2014’s excellent Blank Project album also).
On Thursday the Royal Festival Hall is the setting for a show by Whyte Horses that will feature guest appearances by La Roux, members of The Go! Team, Badly Drawn Boy and others. Over at the Barbican meanwhile you’ll find Joan Armatrading who stops off on her world tour to celebrate her 46 years in music.
Friday features Garbage playing Brixton Academy (with support from Dream Wife), Lost Horizons (the current musical project of Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde) performing tracks from last year’s Ojalá album at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Dream Themes (everyone’s favourite purveyors of classic television theme tunes) play the launch party of Leytonstone’s new Wonderbar venue.
The week closes with two high profile shows – celebrated Ethiopian jazz musician Mulatu Astatke plays the first show at new Hackney venue EartH on Sunday while over at Shepherd’s Bush Empire David Crosby plays music from his illustrious career, including positively-received latest album Sky Trails. Happy gigging!