For this week’s lunchtime concert we are joined by pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, a true legend of the UK music scene. You can expect to hear this most harrowingly beautiful of instruments in ways you have never imagined.
Perhaps best known for providing Elton John’s Tiny Dancer with its signature pedal steel sound, BJ Cole’s resume reads like a Who’s Who of the past five decades in music. Having performed with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Bjork via R.E.M.and The Verve, he has also actively pushed the boundaries of his instrument, breaking it out of its often purist and traditionalist use. Starting with his 1973 album The New Hovering Dog, recently sampled by A$AP Rocky, his explorations of the instrument continue to this day.
World-famous for our Library, every concert will also respond to themes suggested by our collections and will feature pop-up displays of original historical materials. You can expect anything from holiday getaways of the past to the lives of 1930s East End anti-fascists to be covered.
The concerts run for no more than 40 minutes, so you can bring your sandwiches along to enjoy while you listen to world-class performers - then be back at your desk before your lunch hour is up.
Meet the Artist
BJ Cole is one of the top Pedal Steel Guitarists in the World.
His unique and eclectic style had a strong impact on the British music scene in the early 1970’s with his contribution to Elton John’s record 'Tiny Dancer’.
Through the 1980’s and up to the present day, BJ has established himself as a major session musician with his work with Brian Eno, Scott Walker, The Stranglers, David Sylvian, Harold Budd, Bjork, John Cale and many more.
BJ Cole is also a recording artist in his own right, and has released a series of experimental albums that have helped to inspire new projects with other recording artists www.bjcole.co.uk
Need to Know
- Bishopsgate Institute