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TV highlight coming up – When unheard voices are heard: Uprising

Uprising new on 20 July from Steve McQueen and James Rogan, a 3-part BBC series takes us to 1981 and events surrounding the tragedy of the New Cross fire that killed 13 black teenagers and the protests that followed, is important to watch. Somehow …

Published: 12 Jul 2021. Updated: 11 days.

Uprising new on 20 July from Steve McQueen and James Rogan, a 3-part BBC series takes us to 1981 and events surrounding the tragedy of the New Cross fire that killed 13 black teenagers and the protests that followed, is important to watch. Somehow in the media narrative and the broader societal prioritisating of the time the tragedy did not matter in the slightest.

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Read, in case dismissively or politely you decide that all this is ancient hIstory, instead from the text of the deeply moving Ben Okri poem ‘Grenfell Tower, June, 2017’ of which these lines particularly resonate: ''At a destiny that draws near with another name/Sometimes it takes an image to wake up a nation.'' Steve McQueen, top. Photo: BBC

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Latest on Patricia Barber album Clique is a version of Stevie Wonder's All In Love is Fair

So where, question, are we up to with the latest from Clique, the upcoming Patricia Barber album? Answer: a very moody and appealing treatment of 'All In Love is Fair' the Stevie Wonder song dating back to 1973's classic Innervisions. …

Published: 10 Jul 2021. Updated: 13 days.

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So where, question, are we up to with the latest from Clique, the upcoming Patricia Barber album? Answer: a very moody and appealing treatment of 'All In Love is Fair' the Stevie Wonder song dating back to 1973's classic Innervisions. Interestingly Chicago singer Barber tells Salon regarding the process of the song's interpretation: "If you pull back, everybody will hear it; if your voice cracks, everybody will hear it, if you change from chest voice to head voice, everybody will hear it; if you are lying, or absent, everybody will hear that, too."

Discussed last month in these pages the record is a standards ''encores'' affair to appear on the specialist audiophile Impex Records label, Barber brilliantly covers Lee Hazlewood’s 'This Town' best known as sung by Frank Sinatra among other encore selections that Barber has performed in the past in the initial track teased out.

Double bassist Patrick Mulcahy, drummer Jon Deitemyer, guitarist Neal Alger and saxophonist Jim Gailoretto join the great Chicagoan singer. Mulcahy is prominent as the arrangement of 'This Town' unfolds. The album is a 6 August release. Full tracklist: This Town, Trouble Is a Man, Mashup, One Note Samba, I Could Have Danced All Night, The In Crowd, Shall We Dance, Straight, No Chaser and All is Fair in Love. Patricia Barber photo: press shot via Shore Fire Media