Kevin Rowland – legendary frontman and artistic visionary of Dexys Midnight Runners – will be guest of honour in The Grand Social on Friday October 12th. One of the true, certifiable geniuses of British pop, Kevin is also a highly respected DJ.L
Special guests on the night are local DJ crew Soul Fusion who recently hosted the Vinyl aftershows with Tracey Thorn, Eddie Pillar, James Lavelle and Martin Freeman.
Presenting his own uniquely brilliant interpretation of the modern DJ set, Kevin expresses a deep love of known and neglected gems, thrillingly finding gaps within verses to occasionally add his own emotive vocals, he revels in the chance to underline the profound lyrics of overlooked singles. He calls it Singjaying, it’s a style that’s at once moving and truly inspiring.
It’s often said that if you get a chance to see Kevin Rowland perform a DJ set, you should leave your cynicism at home and go at once. Here is your opportunity.
When Kevin appears on stage it’s not a separation pedestal to look down from. In dedication and presentation he looks out on us, filling the room with friendly energy, gobsmacked and humbled by the heartfelt responses from a dancing crowd. There’s T-Rex, Roxy Music, Trojan Reggae tunes. On Howard Melvin & The Blue Notes’ ‘The Love I Lost’, he finds gaps within verses to add his vocal sympathy. He excels in highlighting the profound lyrics of overlooked pop singles. He sings along with ‘Year of Decision’ – a 1973 release from The
Three Degrees, which he describes as ‘beautiful’. It’s emotional and truly inspiring. The space gets hotter as people pile in. Kevin removes top garments like live costume changes, revealing fiery orange long-johns and red plaid heavy duty hunting pants held up by suspender braces, topped off with leather brogue gangster spats. His style is a joy to soak in and as ever he’s ahead of the game. If you get a chance to see Kevin Rowland perform a DJ set, go at once.
Here is a man with the capacity to fill you with hope and move you to tears.