RootsBase Presents: The Gil Scott-Heron Songbook @ Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh [21 May]

RootsBase Presents: The Gil Scott-Heron Songbook


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21
May
19:30 - 22:00

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Gilded Balloon Basement
204 Rose Street, EH2 4AZ Edinburgh, United Kingdom
RootsBase Presents | Gil Scott-Heron Songbook
Tue 21 May
£11 (£9)
Doors Open 6:30pm
Show Starts 7:30pm

After a successful Edinburgh Fringe debut, Aki Remally and Fraser Urquhart stretch out and play a substantial set of jazz, funk and soul from the songbook of the Godfather of hip hop, Gil Scott-Heron.

So for those who don't know much about Gil, a brief history: A poet, jazz musician and rap pioneer who used mordant lyrics to express his views on politics and culture, throughout his 40-year career, Scott-Heron delivered a militant commentary not only on the African-American experience, but on wider social injustice and political hypocrisy.

Gil lived by this creed and throughout a magnificent musical career, he helped people again and again, with his willingness and ability to articulate deep truths, through his eloquent attacks on injustices and by his enormous compassion for people's pain.

Here, you can expect to hear some of Scott-Heron's most popular and loved musical works. Led by lead guitarist and vocalist Aki Remally, the Gil Scott-Heron Songbook band comprises some of Scotland's top jazz musicians that include pianist Fraser Urquhart, bassist Tom Wilkinson and drummer Max Popp.

The revolution will not be televised but it may happen on stage.

“Remally has the voice for this music" — The Skinny

"...trademark silky soulfulness" — The Fountain

«His voice has a delicate, but at the same time strong, soulful character» — The Wee Review
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