Swordfishtrombones Revisited

at Barbican Centre, London

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Following on from his remarkable interpretation of Rain Dogs (Rain Dogs Revisited formed part of the Barbican’s contemporary music programme in 2011), British multi-instrumentalist David Coulter now turns to another major opus by Tom Waits, with an impressive team of musicians and special guests.

Released in 1983, Swordfishtrombones marked a new chapter in Tom Waits’ career as he drifted away from the piano jazz club atmospheres to find darker inspirations in the gutter and back alleys of the human soul. This radical change of direction towards experimental rock was one of the musical shocks of the 1980s.


Matthew E. White

Matthew E. White appearing at this event

Virgina's Matthew E. White has wowed the critics with his debut album 'Big Inner', a collection of smooth modern-day soul and funk with a 70's vibe, Brazilian tropicalia and country rock combined with the hallmarks of classic singer-songwriters like Randy Newman (White's personal musical hero).

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Dorian Wood

Dorian Wood appearing at this event

Los Angeles based artist Dorian Wood is 'armed with a vocal charisma that would befit a preacher and an experimental streak that would make avant-gardists swoon' - WNYC Culture. He has a voice that channels Nina Simone to Tom Waits.

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Sarah Blasko

Sarah Blasko appearing at this event

Gloriously-attired former frontwoman of Acquiesce. The antipodean indie pop princess has been making waves since the 2004 release of her debut album, 'The Overture and Underscore', a definitively intimate instant classic that preceded her equally successful 'What the Sea Wants, The Sea Gets' and 2009's 'As Day Follows Night', an especially narrative and romantically autobiographical progression in her stunning songwriting career. Her 2013 masterpiece ‘I Awake’, meanwhile, superbly utilizes the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra to enhance the transition in mood and tone of her dramatic folk mysticism.

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Nadine Shah

Nadine Shah appearing at this event

British born by way of Norweigan and Pakistani parentage, Nadine Shah is a vocalist/pianist from a small North East town called Whitburn over looking the waves and jagged rocks of the North Sea. Having earned an early reputation for that uniquely rich, soulful voice; Nadine released her debut album Love Your Dum and Mad to critical acclaim in 2013 and her 2017 third album Holiday Destination made the shortlist of the 2018 Mercury Album Prize award.

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Lisa O'Neill

Lisa O'Neill appearing at this event

An indie folk singer/songwriter from Cavan, Ireland. Kevin Rowland of Dexy's, a keen observer of Irish culture and its folk traditions, was enraptured by her music, stating "Lisa O’ Neill is the purest music artist I have come across in a long time. She is a true artist – totally uncompromising with an almost naive attitude to what she does, which makes for some of the purest music I’ve heard."

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Terry Edwards

Phenomenal and prolific saxophonist from Hornchurch in Essex. Terry Edwards' career spans over 25 years. He was a founding member of The Higsons, formed Terry Edwards and the Scapegoats in 1995 and continues to be a member of Gallon Drunk. Terry has recorded several Peel sessions and has collaborated with countless artists including Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Cave, Julian Cope, Spiritualized, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Tom Waits.

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Pete Saunders

Former Dexys Midnight Runners and acclaimed jazz and blues pianist.

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Seb Rochford

A jazz drummer.

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Also Appearing

David Coulter, Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert, Thomas Bloch

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