21-year old rapper Gabriel Rogers-Mullen signed up behind him, accepting the unenviable task of following punk rock royalty. Doherty played for half an hour, stripped down versions of classics, including “Arcady,” a bucolic vision that comes to life on a canal with the simple addition of song. People stopped to video as Doherty finished, plunked himself down in a chair, and backed the young rapper for another 1/2 hour until it was time to get ready for his own show that night.
Woodstock. Isle of Wight. Glastonbury. That people love music outside should surprise no one. Whether audiences would gather to listen in London’s wintery gloom was the question. And would musicians stand to pluck cold steel strings? To be part of an Arcadian vision, “where life trips along; pure and simple as the shepherds song”, it seems they will.
Our Christmas engagement stretched through New Years Eve. Then New Years Day. Then repeated one more time… the 1st annual Kings Cross “New Years Day After” open mic. We built it. They came… and kept on coming.
We’re in West London for the next few weeks. If you’re a musician, spoken word artist, actor or any kind of performer who needs a stage, find us on Instagram. Help us build what we call Brigadoon, what Pete calls Arcady, and what everyone can call a life ring for London performers.