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25 June 2004, Issue 13

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LondonNet joins the Irish at the London's Fleadh

The Fleadh: if you don't know how to pronounce it, you don't get in. Well, if that were true there would have been less people in Finsbury Park this year than at the first London Fleadh in 1990 as the annual festival embraced more honorary Irish than ever before.

Fleadh Ceoil: A weekend festival of (Traditional Irish) music. The music did not fit that billing, but once again there was plenty of traditional craic to be had for all the family in the sun and rain of this north London summer's day.

If you were up early enough, you might have caught one of Ireland's greatest singers Christy Moore. As he slipped into the sing along chorus of the Belfast street song 'I'll tell me ma', the Irish contingent leapt in the air and sang their guts out - sadly, the last such demonstration of the day. He was followed by The Charlatans (UK), Counting Crows (USA) and - no stranger to the Fleadh - Bob Dylan (USA).

The black stuff flowed (Beamish, not Guinness was on offer), and there were enough toddlers and babes to keep the family-friendly atmosphere alive. But whereas this has never been just a mere lark in the park but a celebration of Irish musical craic and culture, this year the Irish acts were sidelined to a tiny tent or an early afternoon slot.

Not even LondonNet favourite Bob could provide a rousing alternative to the uplifting melancholy mania that any half-decent Irish traditional acts could have served up. His first song, 'Down along the cove' was magnificent with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones guesting on guitar. But Ronnie stayed on and Dylan dug up his blues so that Ronnie wouldn't have to think about the chord changes. Nobody danced, nobody sang, and I tolerated then hated it.

Halfway through, a very drunk and very wet leprechaun appeared stumbling literally through the crowd. I recognised my old friend Gervis, a fine musician, and founder and heart of a local Irish pub session. Like the ancient spirit of the Fleadh, he embraced his neighbours and told them what was on his mind. We should be making each other happy; we should be making music and culture in our kitchens rather than gorping at some legend and waiting for something to happen. He went off home, or at least that was his intention, but with Finsbury Park station closed due to a London Underground balls-up (sorry, 'power cut'), whether he or anyone else got there is another question.
Neville Horley

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Patti Smith,Carling Academy Brixton

Sat, 3rd July 2004, 7.00 PM, UKP20.00 + fees
The poet and rocker, the mother of punk, Ms Patti Smith has been recording and publishing some of her most painfully beautiful work since the unexpected death of her husband, ex-MC5 guitarist Fred 'Sonic' Smith, in 1994. She deserves your attention in Brixton. Click here for tickets

Our Picks
Lou Reed, London, Carling Apollo Hammersmith

Tue, 17th August 2004, 7.00 PM, UKP30.00 + fees
The legendary NY art rocker formerly of Velvet Underground returns to London. With a solo repertoire including Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Satellite of Love and Sweet Jane this is set to be an aural treat. The tour follows the release of a new live album, Animal Serenade. Click here for tickets

Gypsy Kings @ Kenwood House, Hampstead
Sat, 8th August 2004, 7.30 p.m., UKP19.00 + fees
The Gypsy Kings have been purveying their distinctive brand of gypsy flamenco since the 1970s. Following the release of their international hit single Bambole and their platinum-selling debut album, they have dominated the World Music charts, and sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, with a new album released this year. Enjoy a Latin night to remember with the legendary Rumba-Flamenco style of The Gypsy Kings. Click here for tickets

Massive Attack @ Brixton Academy
Thurs, 8 July and Fri, 9th July 2004, 7 p.m., UKP27.50 + fees
Massive Attack's hypnotically slower-but-danceable beats have been going for
20 years. Even if you're not familiar with their more widely known tracks
(Unfinished Sympathy, Teardrop, Inertia Creeps), you're more than likely
familiar with the acid jazz sounds that even with slow beats can have you
moving. (Patrick Garvin) Click here for tickets

Top Five Gigs
1. Elton John - Wembley Arena
2. Beverly Knight - Kenwood House
3. Amy Winehouse - Cannizaro Open Air Theatre
4. Diana Krall - Royal Albert Hall
5. Air - Somerset House
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Music: Classical and Dance

Andrea Bocelli, Wembley Arena
Sun, 7th November 2004, 7 p.m., Tickets: UKP85.00 + fees
Andrea Bocelli's concerts are always the classical music events of any year. Seven UK hit albums (three certified platinum) in five years have confirmed Andrea Bocelli as not just the British public's favourite classical artist, but simply one of the British public's best loved vocalists. This concert is a rare opportunity for British music lovers to experience the voice, in a programme that will feature the greatest Italian arias.
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Top Tickets
1. Kenwood Summer Prom
2. Classic FM Live
3. Romeo & Juliet, Bolshoi Ballet
4. Last Night of Audley End Proms
5. Swan Lake, Bolshoi Ballet
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Our Pick
The Bolshoi Ballet

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Music: Jazz, Blues, Country

Jazz Dance Company , Peacock Theatre
Thu, 1st July 2004, 7.30 PM, Tickets from UKP10.00+fees
This young and vibrant Company returns with a lively programme of diverse jazz dance styles, ranging from modern street dance and tap, to the sensuality and lyricism of contemporary jazz. Click here for tickets

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Jazz Dance Company


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