A tribute to Alan James

A tribute concert to Alan James – the highly influential figure in contemporary music who died in April 2019 – will take place at Cecil Sharp House in London on Saturday 23 April. The evening will feature live performances from 9Bach, John Metcalfe and elements of The Imagined Village, alongside DJs.

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So many in the field of World, contemporary or Welsh music owe Alan a great debt for the endless lengths he would go to in order to promote music and artists he believed in.

His intelligence, warmth and kindness were self-evident. We will always remember his passion for all the music he touched and all the love and support he showed for those that made it. – pg

Proceeds will go towards the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Alan James Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, which commemorates Alan by supporting artists in exploring new creative ideas inspired by and sourced from traditional English folk music.

Lisa Jên, vocalist of 9Bach, said “This promises to be a very special night for many reasons, 9Bach have not played live for over two years, and we’ll be showcasing some brand new songs, and a new direction that we’ve been working on with Andy Gangadeen. We’re also delighted to be able to contribute to the bursaries which honour Alan James, and generally to celebrate his life, as he had such a big impact on the band.”

John Metcalfe, highly sought-after composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, who worked with Peter Gabriel on his orchestral albums, said “This promises to be a wonderful night, and such a lovely way to remember and celebrate Alan’s life. I am so honoured to be taking part and looking forward to playing with some amazing musicians and friends”.