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Hurray For The Riff Raff

Wednesday 22 March
The Dome Tufnell Park
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Hurray For The Riff Raff

The Higher Planes

Wednesday 22 March

DOORS – 19:30

It has been a successful, if tumultuous, ride for Alynda Segarra, who’s been spreading a new kind of roots-conscious folk music across the country from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. But as far as the Bronx native had come with her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, there was still a missing link to her story.  “The more I toured, ending up in the middle of nowhere bars from Texas to Tennessee,” said Segarra, “I just started feeling more and more like, I don’t belong here, I gotta get back to my people, you know?”

To find her way back home, Segarra became the willing vessel for a character she calls “The Navigator,” from which her new album takes its name. She describes The Navigator, a/k/a Navita Milagros Negrón, as “this girl who grows up in a city that’s like New York, who’s a street kid, like me when I was little, that has a special place in the history of her people.” Through The Navigator, the listener hears an ambitiously interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul that finally realized she needed to connect with and honor her ancestors.

Long-time Riff Raff fans should feel at home in The Navigator’s World. There’s always been a little bit of syncopated Caribbean strut to down home rock and roll, Appalachian rags share a similar root with Spanish troubadours and the blues is the same in any language. On The Navigator, Segarra’s voice has never been more soulful, whether she’s decrying urban gentrification on “Rican Beach” or mourning the lies people tell on “Halfway There.” Like the moment we’re living in, The Navigator is as much about the past as it is the future.

“I feel like my generation, through groups like Black Lives Matter, is really focusing on that type of intersectionality—if one of us is not free, then none of us are free,” said Segarra. “The Navigator’s role is to tell the story, tell it to the people who don’t know their own story, so they can be free.”

After a near immediate sell out for her intimate London date this January, we’re pleased to announce Hurray For The Riff Raff will play The Dome Tufnell Park in March. Tickets go on sale on Wed 7th Dec at 10am.

The Higher Planes
The Higher Planes are a new old-fashioned folk rock and soul group based in South London.  The Seakens Brothers, Adam and Jon, once a lowly pair of “cosmic, blues-beaten troubadours”, are joined by Ginger Drage on the Boom-booms, JJ Stillwell on “The Triple Bass” and The Hail Marys, known to their friends as Sarah and Decima, on the Oooh-la-las.

The sound is a blend of harmonious influences:  The Rolling Stones, Aldous Huxley, CSN, Sly & The Family Stone, Kurt Vonnegut, The Beatles, The Staple Singers, it goes on.  But the result is a hard edged folk-soul sound.  The songs are reflections and questions posed on just what to make of the upside-down era in which we find ourselves, and serve as a reminder that despite our modern affectations, not a lot has changed since man first put hand to string.


Doors 7:30pm

Tickets £14.00 +bf adv.

The Dome Tufnell Park

2A Dartmouth Park Hill, London, NW5 1HL