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Track of the week: Ian Shaw and Matt Kent, 'Years'

The poignant ‘Years’ is a bonus track on the vinyl edition of Ian Shaw's latest album Greek Street Friday - read a review of it here. The song was inspired when Ian chanced upon a show Matt was playing, “I was walking home from Soho when I spotted …

Published: 27 Nov 2023. Updated: 7 months.

The poignant ‘Years’ is a bonus track on the vinyl edition of Ian Shaw's latest album Greek Street Friday - read a review of it here. The song was inspired when Ian chanced upon a show Matt was playing, “I was walking home from Soho when I spotted a friend having a cigarette outside Gerry’s in Dean Street. He immediately told me to go inside and check out this young American guy who had a basement chock-full of drunk Friday people completely enraptured. I was hooked. Later, Matt and I got talking and I resolved to write a song for us to duet on. When the Greek Street Friday album was under way, a song about music, memory and a deep conversation between two singers, generations apart was a must.”

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This week's gig choice

Emma Johnson's Gray Boat The Yard, Manchester Tonight Stan Sulzmann and the Neon Orchestra Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow Nils Kavanagh Ensemble Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tomorrow Dennis Rollins Ronnie Scott's, London Wednesday Brandon Allen Groove …

Published: 27 Nov 2023. Updated: 7 months.

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Emma Johnson's Gray Boat The Yard, Manchester Tonight

Stan Sulzmann and the Neon Orchestra Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow

Nils Kavanagh Ensemble Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tomorrow

Dennis Rollins Ronnie Scott's, London Wednesday

Brandon Allen Groove Band Tap Social, Botley Wednesday

Clare Teal Seven Concorde, Eastleigh Wednesday

Andrew McCormack Trio 606, London Wednesday

Tom Gibbs Bjørn Solli Quartet Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thursday

Alina Bzhezhinska’s HipHarp Collective featuring Tony Kofi Seven Arts, Leeds Thursday

Jazz vocal night directed by Sara Colman and Noemi Nuti Eastside, Birmingham Thursday

Eddie Gripper trio Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Tommy Halferty Scott's, Belfast Friday

Dan Forshaw, Juliet Kelly, James Beckwith Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden Friday

Robin Philips Gonville Hotel, Cambridge Friday and Saturday

Rosie Frater-Taylor Trio Crookes Social Club, Sheffield Friday

Paul Jolly quartet feat. Charlotte Keeffe The Bear, Luton Friday

Fraser Smith Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday

Christine Tobin and Phil Robson St Peter's, Linlithgow Friday

Kate Williams Quartet feat. Mike Outram Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester Friday

Liane Carroll The Gateway, Seaton Friday

Dominic Ingham 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Eddie Henderson Magy's Farm, Co. Down Saturday

Simon Spillett Quartet Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Saturday

Dom Pipkin Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Saturday

Miguel Gorodi Nonet Vortex, London Saturday

Sarah-Jane Morris Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham-By-Sea Sunday morning

Ian Shaw Electric Theatre, Guildford Sunday

Christine Tobin, pictured, plays St Peter's with Phil Robson in Linlithgow on Friday