Each month, the Idler magazine brings together a great collection of writers, speakers and musicians for an evening of fun and feasting, now at the wonderful Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market. Editor Tom Hodgkinson and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull will be your hosts. The ticket includes dinner and a glass of wine or craft ale.
This month we welcome Suede frontman Brett Anderson, folk musician Olivia Chaney and songwriter Crispin Hunt.
Brett Anderson tells stories from his new memoir, Coal Black Mornings, which traces the journey that took him from “a snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy raised on Salad Cream and milky tea and cheap meat” to becoming founder and lead singer of Suede.
Singer, songwriter and campaigner Crispin Hunt celebrates a new dawn for creativity and shows how the internet might keep its once beautiful promise of opportunity for all. He’ll be talking about the future of copyright and how artists can actually get paid again, arguing for a crucial cultural difference between ‘libre’ and ‘gratis’.
London-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney plays songs from her new album Shelter, released earlier this year. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett, who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, St Vincent and Florence Welsh, and features eight original songs as well as Chaney’s interpretations of Henry Purcell’s O Solitude and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter’s Long Time Gone.
The dinner will be held at Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market with its superb modern English menu sourced from small local suppliers. There’s been a venue on this corner since the thirteenth century serving local spa waters before it became a pub, and now it has been stylishly brought up to date as a restaurant and bar.
More about the performers
Brett Anderson is the founder and lead singer of Suede. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Suede’s debut album. Brett lives in London and Somerset with his wife and two children. Coal Black Mornings (Little, Brown) is his first book.
Lead singer of Britpop band Longpigs Crispin Hunt is now a multi-platinum selling songwriter, record producer and music consultant. He is Chair of BASCA – the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors – campaigning internationally for music creators’ rights. He has written and worked with artists including Jake Bugg, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Ray, Ellie Goulding, Maverick Sabre, Newton Faulkner, Natalie Imbruglia, Bat for Lashes, Rod Stewart, You Me at Six, Tom Grennan and Luke Sital Singh. He was also lead singer of the electro art group Mayonnaise with Howie B.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, classically-trained singer and pianist Olivia Chaney taught herself guitar and Indian harmonium, delving back to the inspiration behind the British folk revivalists. She has since built a loyal and growing following as a songwriter and interpreter, both in the UK and internationally, through her eclectic live performances and acclaimed recordings. In 2013, Olivia self-released an eponymous EP, which was followed by her critically-acclaimed 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River. In 2018, Olivia released her second album on Nonesuch, Shelter. The Observer called it “An elegant, luminous album”, and the Sun described it as “A beautifully haunting meditation on the human condition.” Over the past few years, Olivia has collaborated and shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Robert Plant, Eliza and Martin Carthy, The Decemberists, Shirley Collins, Alasdair Roberts, Kronos Quartet, Zero 7 and The Labèque Sisters.