The younger-yet-bigger brother of The Tin Angel, Taylor John’s House is a hive of activity where live music is the queen bee in a city of worker drones. Winners of the ‘Best Live Performance venue’ at the Godiva Awards in 2007 (and up for the same award this year – click here and get voting), Taylor John’s is home to a mix of the eclectic and electric; artists who have previously walked onto a stage barely big enough to swing a kitten (let alone a fully grown cat) include Dirty Projectors, Polar Bear, Efterklang and Nuru Kane, amongst a cast of thousands. Having completed a Spring programme which culminated with the Coventry Rhythm Weekend (formerly Jazz Festival), Taylor John’s is looking forward to summer, with an exciting line-up picked from the leftfield, the under-the-radar and the up-and-coming.

JUNE

Summer kicked off on the 10th at the Canal Basin with Leamington Spa’s Fix Monday headlining a line-up featuring locally-sourced support from Men In Caves and Atlum Schema. Hopefully they managed to lift your Thursday, even though they couldn’t fix the terrible weather we’ve had recently. Looking forward, tomorrow night (Friday 18th), Taylor John’s House opens its doors to NYC’s Thomas Truax, a singer-songwriter who takes DIY to new levels with some of the most bizarre musical contraptions you’ll ever see. Rather importantly, he writes songs which stand up on their own merits, as well as doing disconcerting covers of songs from David Lynch vehicles. Ex-Specials guitarist Roddy Byers aka Roddy Radiation brings his Skabilly Rebels in on the 26th. As it says on the tin, it’s a mix of ska and rockabilly from rebels with a cause – to rock the night away and in some style. Do not be coming like a ghost town; bring your dancing shoes and get lively.

JULY

run, WALK! come to town on Saturday 3rd, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The end result of their musical melting pot equates to the missing link between Ornette Coleman and Gallows. Support is from the equally noisy Great Ancestors. Next up, East doesn’t meet West so much as metamorphosis into one new, groundbreaking entity as Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas team up to perform songs from their astonishing album Rishte on Friday 16th at St. John the Baptist’s Church. From a vocalist handpicked to duet with Nina Simone by the great lady herself, and one of Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’, you wouldn’t expect any less. If that’s not your cup of tea, and rip snorting agit-indie is, local darlings The Ripps take over Taylor John’s the same night with songs from their long overdue second album. Going back to the left field, Chris Corsano is one of the world’s best free drummers, and in collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Michael Flowers in the imaginatively titled Flower-Corsano Duo, create something once described as the kind of music that Jimi Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell would be playing at the great gig in the sky. That goes down on Thursday 29th; try and make room for it in your diary – and if you do that, remember to come! The following night sees another installment of the rather popular Friday Night Dole Club with Joe Carnall & The Book Club (Carnall was formerly of Sheffield indie starlets Milburn) headlining, with some red-hot support to be announced.

AUGUST

No doubting the highlight here…it has been a mission since the conception of The Tin Angel to bring the bearded legend that be Mr. Will Oldham to Coventry, and by jove, he’s coming! Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang will play a sold-out show at St. John the Baptist’s Church on Monday 2nd, performing songs from recent album The Wonder Show of the World and a number of modern indie classics. For those of you who have missed out on this one-off opportunity, give yourselves a little kick before turning to the other wonders going down in and around TJH. For example, Saturday 21st sees rock n’ roll iconoclasts Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby are bursting at the seams with tuneful numbers for toe-tapping, head-nodding and other expressions of satisfaction – and when you can have that, why would you want anything else?

Full listings can be found at thetinangel.co.uk
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