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Sunday 18 March 2018

Carleen Anderson & Collaborators Celebrate Songs Of The Civil Rights Movement @ Brighton Festival 2018

Carleen Anderson has been hailed by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as 'phenomenal and one of a kind' and now, for Brighton Fesival 20018, she's joining ranks with virtuoso pianist Nikki Yeoh, and Mercury Music Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle.

On stage together for the first time, they will perform unique interpretations of iconic songs from the Civil Rights movement such as Mississippi God Damn, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and many more. 

This special concert at Brighton Dome Concert Hall also features powerful new compositions by Anderson and Yeoh highlighting the ongoing fight for equal human rights. 

Born in Houston, Texas, and reared up on the sounds rooted in Gospel music inherited from the Pentecostal church where the pastor, David Anderson, Sr. her paternal Grandfather, and her Grandmother Alberta, raised Carleen from an infant.

Her association with Soul music was inherited from her birth mother, Vicki Anderson, who James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, often claimed as his favourite vocalist. 

Carleen toured with her stepfather, Bobby Byrd, the founder of James Brown and the Famous Flames, who also had a celebrated solo career in his own right. 

It's from these roots that she's created the Cage Street Memorial, a hybrid theatre art form categorised as a Tribal Opera, written and performed by Carleen Anderson. A 21st century telling of the ages.

She told recently told "Cage Street is the dead end road where my grandfather, David Anderson Sr. built the family home in 1933. 

"It is an area that was originally set aside for the newly freed slaves after their emancipation. 

"Grandfather was a carpenter by trade and an Evangelist by calling. In addition to building churches, grandfather also built homes for his congregation who had been displaced. 

"When this church burned down in 1960, he built another church, his first brick structure, in 1962 and named it Cage Street Memorial.
"So later I took to writing what I had longed to do since my early youth about my Grandparents" life and the impact of cultural society and political government on a little girl who grew up on the sheltered lane of Cage Street."

Having relocated to relocated to the UK in June 1990, where she was recruited as the vocalist and songwriter for the band, The Young Disciples, they released a critically acclaimed album entitled, Road to Freedom, that included a popular hit song called, Apparently Nothing

Carleen then signed a solo deal and her second album, Blessed Burden, was co-produced in 1998 with Paul Weller

The album included her celebrated cover single of Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed and her own composition, Woman in Me.

Carleen was the Head of the Vocal Department at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music where she taught vocal performance from 2002 to 2007. 

In 2013 Anderson sang the lead role of Isolde in Julian Joseph's music compositional re-imagining of the legendary Arthurian story of Tristan, performed at the Royal Opera House.

Alongside her work on the Cage Street Memorial, Anderson is being internationally commissioned to compose and arrange music for several Human Rights projects.

A Change Is Gonna Come - featuring Carleen Anderson, Nikki Yeoh, and Speech Debelle - at Brighton Dome Concert Hall, on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley


This year marks a brand new chapter for English alternative rock band, Mallory Knox, as their latest single, Black Holes, is turning heads, with frontman Sam Douglas describing the new music as “terrifying and exciting” and “the most energised Mallory has ever written”. 

Brighton bound Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow's famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to a run of peerless pop tunes.

Roger Daltrey is set to release new solo album, As Long As I Have You, which features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council).

RadioReverb, Brighton's not for profit radio station, will be Broadcast Media Partner for Brighton Festival 2018, following last year's partnership.

As part of World Poetry Day, the world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service will be open to everyone at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 11am – 4pm. 

Snow Patrol will return later this spring with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

The sexual health and contraception (SHAC) team in Brighton will be using new visual aids to help overcome female patients' embarrassment and stigma about their bodies after receiving a donation from Brighton artist, Jamie McCartney.

“Sometimes you have to go to the edge of the world in order to come back again,” says Chris Difford on the rollercoaster ride his eventful life in the music business has provided.

Reef, the revitalised west-country quartet, have returned with Revelation, their first studio album since 2000's, Getaway.  
The Damned by Steve Gullick 2018

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In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO's hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. 
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Brighton Dome joins forces with Brighton Women's Centre and Brighton Museum to celebrate International Women's Day 2018. Enjoy stalls, talks, tasters and specially commissioned work reflecting on the issues raised throughout the day.
Pic By Jasmine L Dunne

In the summer of 1969, Clarice looks back on her turbulent life. Having experienced a sheltered upbringing, the events that followed have left her with a feeling that the world around her was moving too fast. 

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