There is a phrase that goes, "cut down in their prime" and nothing could be truer than the premature death of the singer-songwriter, Kirsty MacColl, an unassuming yet outwardly vibrant performer who recorded some rather fabulous pop (and later on, Latin) songs during her short life.
She died in a tragic swimming accident in 2000, whilst holidaying in Mexico, but her memory lives on - she had many fans and friends in the industry, and many of those artists has confirmed their artistic involvement with a special Kirsty MacColl Memorial Concert to be held at Shepherd's Bush on 10th October. Tickets are on sale for the stalls only (seats are sold out) at £25 (plus fees).
The line-up for this event will include Alison Moyet, Billy Bragg, Kim Wilde, Eddi Reader, David Gray, Shane MacGowan, Phill Jupitus, Ellie Goulding, Amy MacDonald and many more who have worked with her or directed at least one part of her career in some way. Another name on the list is Omar Puente, one of the many Cuban musicians and singers who made "Tropical Brainstorm", her last studio album, such a sunburst of excellence and homage to her adopted new home on the Central American island. Proceeds from the evening will go towards her favourite charity, The Music Fund For Cuba.
Expect respectful renditions of "They Don't Know" (made famous by Tracey Ullman - will she be there?), "In These Shoes", "Terry", "Chip Shop", "A New England" and the perennial "Fairytale of New York". There is also an impromptu party planned for Soho Square earlier in the day - see www.kirstymaccoll.com for further details.
Face value tickets for the Kirsty MacColl tribute concert have now sold-out.