ChimpanA to take part in virtual concert to honour Carole King's Tapestry

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ChimpanA are starring in Tapestry Rewoven, a 50th anniversary livestream remake of Carole King's classic 1971 album Tapestry. The fundraising event is being presented live, under lockdown rules, at the south London venue the Sound Lounge tomorrow night (February 23), curated and hosted by Prog contributor Paul Sexton. Others taking part include KT Tunstall, Robert Vincent, Jo Harman, Charlie Dore, Mollie Marriott and venue co-owner Hannah White.

The delicate singer-songwriter pop of Tapestry may seem a distance from the progressive world, but ChimpanA, whose 2020 album The Empathy Machine was widely acclaimed, will bring a distinctly experimental edge to one of its favourite tracks. The performance features lead singer Steve Balsamo with bandmate, keyboard maestro and Magenta founder Rob Reed.

Sexton says that the “casting” of tracks to artists will remain a secret until the broadcast, but that ChimpanA fans are in for a treat when they see and hear their contribution. “We all know that Steve is one of the UK's best vocalists,” says Sexton, “and when he said that he wanted to bring Rob in on his track, I knew the result would be something special. It's amazing how adaptable these songs are to different treatments, which of course is always the mark of great songwriting.

“The Chimp is my happy place,” says Balsamo, “and having the chance to work with Rob Reed again – albeit remotely due to 'Rona – is always a joy. We were given a classic from Tapestry and have taken it on a trip aboard the ChimpanA UFO to Progville.  We absolutely love it, so much so that we think it will be the beginning of the third Chimp album!”

Tapestry Rewoven streams live from 7.30pm on February 23. Digital tickets are £5 each.

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Paul Sexton

Prog Magazine contributor Paul Sexton is a London-based journalist, broadcaster and author who started writing for the national UK music press while still at school in 1977. He has written for all of the British quality press, most regularly for The Times and Sunday Times, as well as for Radio Times, Billboard, Music Week and many others. Sexton has made countless documentaries and shows for BBC Radio 2 and inflight programming for such airlines as Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific. He contributes to Universal's uDiscoverMusic site and has compiled numerous sleeve notes for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and other major artists. He is the author of Prince: A Portrait of the Artist in Memories & Memorabilia and, in rare moments away from music, supports his local Sutton United FC and, inexplicably, Crewe Alexandra FC.