Songs in the Key of London

Co-curator: Chris Difford. Featuring Blaine Harrison, Robyn Hitchcock, Jools Holland, James Hunter, Natty, Chas Smash, Chaz Jankel, Suggs, Kathryn Williams. Host Phil Daniels

9 March 2010 / 20:00


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FreeStage 7-7.30pm and during the interval: Charlie Wood

Co-curated by Chris Difford (Squeeze)

Featuring Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Robyn Hitchcock, Jools Holland, James Hunter, Derek Hussey, Becky Jacobs & Mike Lindsay (of Tunng), Natty, Rico Rodriguez, Chas Smash (Madness), Peggy Sue, Chaz Jankel, Suggs (Madness), Glenn Tilbrook, Kathryn Williams & more

Hosted by Phil Daniels (Eastenders, Quadrophenia)

Up the Junction (Squeeze)
Waterloo Sunsets (The Kinks)
Trams of Old London (Robyn Hitchcock)
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Judy Campbell
A Foggy Day (Frank Sinatra)
A Rainy Night in Soho (The Pogues)
A Bus Driver's Song (Flight of the Conchords)

Sunny Goodge Street (Donovan Leitch)
London Boys (David Bowie)
Oranges & Lemons

Many of these are included in Time Out's top 50 London songs - click to read the full list

From the bustle of the music halls to the riot of the punks - tonight is a celebration of London's iconic songs from some of the country's most extraordinary talents.

Co-curated by songwriter Chris Difford of Squeeze, this show brings together singers and songsmiths of the old school and new, in a celebration of songs about the city.

The stellar cast of musical guests on tonights line-up includes some of the giants of British pop whose work seems to spring from London’s very streets – Suggs and Chas Smash of Madness, and Jools Holland, Difford and Tilbrook’s old Squeeze bandmate – while the others represent a thrilling range of sounds and styles, all drawing musical sustenance from the millions of stories in the Capital.

Also just added to the bill:
Phil Daniels, famous for portraying Jimmy Cooper in the 1979 Mod classic Quadrophenia, has also acted in East Enders (as Kevin Wicks). He was the voice of Blur’s Parklife and has also voiced a character in the Aardman Animations film Chicken Run and acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Plus legendary Squeeze songwriter Glenn Tilbrook, Brighton's blues/folk 3-piece Peggy Sue and singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock join the line-up - amongst many others.

Chris Difford - Take Me I'm Yours

Mystery Jets - Young Love (Blaine Harrison)

TUNNG - Bullets (Mike Lindsay & Becky Jacobs)

Kathryn Williams - Hollow

Natty - Bedroom Eyes

Rico Rodriguez - Hootenanny 2009 - I've Got You Under My Skin

Madness - Sugar and Spice (Chas Smash & Suggs)

Jools Holland Solo New Orleans style piano

James Hunter - No Smoke Without Fire

Glenn Tilbrook -  Untouchable

Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 - I'm Falling

The Blockheads - Greed (feat Derek Hussey & Chaz Jankel)

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