A tour of Poplar Union
Anyone familiar with Poplar and Limehouse in London’s East End may have noticed that new building are mushrooming at an astonishing rate as the area undergoes massive redevelopment. Alongside all the new apartment blocks, there are also some exciting new cultural spaces. we went to visit the multifaceted culture and community hub – Poplar Union
Music in Detention Music In Detention works with immigration detainees, bringing them together with professional musicians and local communities to share, create and enjoy music, enabling often-ignored voices to be heard in new ways. An interview with Gini Simpson and Shammi Pithia, one of the musicians involved in this project.
This month Pearl Wise meets Gini Simpson and Shamni Pithia from Music in Detention an organisation working with immigration detainees in the UK and Steve Lazarus host and producer of the podcast Your London Legacy. She takes a peek behind the scenes at new arts and culture venue Poplar Union and young musicians Rosie Frater-Taylor and Roella Oloro from the Jazznewblood collective play live ahead of their London Jazz Festival performance later this month.
The Arches: E5 Bakehouse
Britain’s railway arches are being sold off by Network rail and thousands of small business are in danger as the rents are bound to be hiked up so much that renting an arch space will no longer be sustainable. The Arches, celebrates the diverse enterprises that are found under railways. To pilot the series we grab a coffee and a loaf of bread and East London’s infamous E5 Bakehouse. If you want to find out more about the Guardians of the arches campaign to save the businesses located in Britain’s railway arches head to guardiansofthearches.org.uk
Orton is celebrating the re-issue of her second album first released in 1999, Central Reservation, and will be performing with her full band. The album won her a Best Female Award at the Brits and gave her a second Mercury Prize nomination.
We Interviewed Ian Bennet aka Farrago about his acoustic/folk event The Music Box at Paper Dress a couple of months ago. Ian is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and on this week’s show we played his track Red Rag to a Rainbow.
Founders Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan have always stated that they are more of an art collective than a straight up band, and on this week’s show we played their track Utopia. Their new album of the same name was released in March this year and they are here in East London for their UK single launch. It is invite only so check the ace hotel for details.
On this week’s show we played Welsh singer songwriter Sweet Baboo’s rendition of Thin Lizzie’s The Boys are Back in Town. Sweet Baboo is playing a mini tour to celebrate the release (on The Mochi Mochi label) of a collection of recordings recorded by Sweet Baboo on the Mark Riley show.