Workman on tap

Rating: NNNNNGood to hear that Hawksley Workman's causing a stir in London these days. While his For Him & The.

Rating: NNNNN

Good to hear that Hawksley Workman’s causing a stir in London these days.

While his For Him & The Girls disc gets an overdue European release, the elastic-voiced singer is playing all over London. The last few weeks have seen the album nailing enthusiastic reviews in the Guardian and the Sunday Times. That’s understandable.

Less clear are the bizarre claims in his European press kit that he’s the caretaker of a Toronto tap-dance academy. Uh, sure.

Workman’s sophomore disc, tentatively titled Last Night We Were, plus a book of poetry, are due next spring.Though it’s not happening until next June * 7 through 9, to be precise * organizers behind North By Northeast are already expecting 2001’s music festival and conference to be mad, if a recent band submission by NYC mod rockers Blisterrust is any indication.

According to NXNE managing director Andy McLean, the band’s promo materials arrived at the NXNE offices in a toilet. And not a cute, miniature toilet, but full-on, adult-size porcelain. “Thankfully,” McLean says, “it was a new, pristine toilet.”

While McLean says the stunt proved more innovative than the band’s music * “With the exception of their cover of Terry Jacks’s Seasons In The Sun” * props to Blisterrust for grabbing attention. As for other bands hoping to showcase, the deadline for submissions is January 19, via The gauntlet has been thrown down. It’s rare that a live music club makes it to its fifth anniversary, so full props to the Free Times Cafe for making it to year 20.

The College Street joint celebrates 672 weeks of seven-nights-a-week music programming with a series of anniversary concerts through December.

The official anniversary party, featuring the music of singer/comedian Brent Titcomb and guests, is December 15, and the duo of guitarist Thomas Handy and tabla player Ravi Naimpally round out the festivities December 16.

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