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“Nothing has changed,” Mavis Staples said last year, “we are still in it.” The legendary singer has had a career that’s paralleled everything from the civil rights movements to the election of Barack Obama. But in the age of Trump, sometimes it feels as if the societal progress that’s been made has started to come undone. It’s little surprise, then, that Staples is in a more contemplative mood about the state of the world. On her latest album If All I Was Was Black, she treads between gospel and funk-tinged 70s vibes, which also marks the first time Jeff Tweedy has composed an entire album for Staples.

As she comes to the Boiler Shop on Friday 13th July, Staples is set to show how her still-powerful and expressive sound has cemented her as a classic voice, delivering the collection from her own personal perspective. Despite the seemingly grim state of contemporary society, she brings a glimmer of hope with her soul-searching words. With a huge wealth of classic material to draw on from a career spanning six decades (which now also features recent collaborations with Arcade Fire and Benjamin Booker), in this time of uncertainty and strife, Mavis Staples will restore your faith.


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