The fabulous Round House Venue, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH is hosting a Celebration of Simon Emmerson with some amazing special guests. The event takes place on Friday 15 December 2023 from 7pm.
Simon Emmerson left an indelible creative streak that runs though our popular culture. He was a musician and Grammy nominated producer at the leading edge and whose work helped bring us together.
In the early 80s with the band Weekend he helped to bring jazz and post-punk together forming the basis for its successor Working Week. The band laid the foundations of the British wave of jazz dance and acid jazz that dominated the 90s. The Afro Celt Sound System came of age in the era of rave and electronic music blending Gaelic folk and West African music to a pulse more in-tune with dance music. Perhaps his biggest concept was The Imagined Village using his take on the English folk songbook to represent present day multiculturalism, fusing elements of folk, bhangra, dub reggae and dance music. His range of collaborators spanned the most influential of names: Billy Bragg, Tracy Thorn, Robert Wyatt, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Robert Plant, Benjamin Zephaniah and Baaba Maal to name but a few.
This one-off concert, with very special guests, will showcase music from all of his bands and projects. It will raise funds for palliative care at home and abroad including the Weldmar Hospice who looked after Simon at the end of his life.
Simon was a dear friend and an honourary Bard of OBOD. He is deeply missed, but this event will be a wonderful celebration of his incredible music and the beautiful person he was.
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