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.