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Jools Holland, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde & Suggs Perform For The Joe Strummer Foundation

Posted on Mar 20, 2015
Jools Holland, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde & Suggs Perform For The Joe Strummer Foundation

19th March 2015

This evening Bois­dale of Canary Wharf saw an out­stand­ing line up of musi­cal tal­ent gath­er for the Bois­dale Boo­gie Woo­gie Din­ner and Rock n’ Roll Mem­o­ra­bil­ia Auc­tion in aid of the Foun­da­tion of The Clash front-man Joe Strum­mer spon­sored by The Hip­po­drome Casino.

A nev­er-seen-before line up of rock‘n’roll and Lon­don music leg­ends took to Boisdale’s stage to pay trib­ute to the late, great Joe Strum­mer. An impromp­tu band
of rock leg­ends was auc­tioned for the foun­da­tion, con­sist­ing of Chrissie Hyn­de, Mick Jones, Jools Hol­land, Sug­gs and Glen Mat­lock with oth­er stel­lar musi­cians. Lat­er in the evening, Pam Hogg’s trail­blaz­ing style set the tone for an evening of Mad­ness’ that fol­lowed with Jaime Winstone’s post din­ner DJ caus­ing a ruckus, and giv­ing the rock’n’roll leg­ends a run for their money.

The evening was a roar­ing suc­cess with the auc­tion rais­ing over £100,000 in aid of the Joe Strum­mer Foun­da­tion, help­ing to real­ize musi­cal tal­ent across the globe. Guests gath­ered at Bois­dale and enjoyed Boisdale’s 1er Cru Cham­pagne, Sailor Jer­ry cock­tails and canapés fol­lowed by an exquis­ite din­ner of home cured Scot­tish salmon and Aberdeen­shire beef fil­let that Bois­dale is famed for cooked by Exec­u­tive Head Chef, Andy Rose.

Fol­low­ing a deli­cious first course, the evening, which was host­ed by Jools Hol­land, opened with a stel­lar per­for­mance from Man­fred Mann’s Mike D’Abo of his icon­ic Hand­bags and the Gladrags’. Jools, who played piano on Joe Strummer’s first album, then lead a Boo­gie Woo­gie extrav­a­gan­za, accom­pa­nied by Gilson Lavis on drums and two of the world’s great­est expo­nents of his genre, Axel Zwin­gen­berg­er and Ben Waters on Yama­ha Grand Pianos, cul­mi­nat­ing with all three pianists play­ing keyboard.

The cul­mi­na­tion of the evening end­ed with a musi­cal trib­ute to The Clash’s Joe Strum­mer from the assem­bled com­pa­ny of out­stand­ing musi­cal tal­ent. Musi­cal leg­ends Chrissie Hyn­de of The Pre­tenders, The Clash’s Mick Jones, and the Sex Pis­tols’ Glen Mat­lock were auc­tioned off in a bid­ding war for a once in a life­time gig which saw them join forces with gui­tarist James War­bour­ton, The Pre­tenders drum­mer Mar­tin Cham­bers, Oasis gui­tarist Gem Archer and actor/​singer Patrick Bal­a­di in homage to Joe Strum­mer. Eliza Jane Joe, Strum­mer and Luce Garland’s daugh­ter, per­formed an ode to her step­fa­ther, fol­lowed by singer Zoe Devlin singing The Clash’s Armagideon Time’.

The event saw London’s a selec­tion of amaz­ing items con­tributed by Cold­play, Pete Townsend, Elton John, Nick Mason, and Mum­ford & Sons. The Great rock’n’roll Mem­o­ra­bil­ia Auc­tion was con­duct­ed by UK deputy Chair­man of Sotheby’s Har­ry Dal­me­ny. Lots ranged from a pair Oliv­er Peo­ples Strum­mer Sun­glass­es and signed Pink Floyd drum skins to con­tem­po­rary art­works from Tracey Emin and a Strum­mer can­vas print from US street artist Shep­hard Fairey (the US Banksy).

Fol­low­ing on from the admirable work of The Clash front­man Strum­mer, the Joe Strum­mer Foun­da­tion spe­cialis­es in the pre­ven­tion and relief of pover­ty, pro­vid­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to aspir­ing musi­cians and sup­port to projects that cre­ate social mobil­i­ty through music.

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