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This week in music, James Hendicott chats with Corinne Bailey Rae “Art feels more limitless to me now.”

To the casual listener, Leeds native Corinne Bailey Rae might be best known for smash 2006 hit ‘Put Your Records On’. For much of her career, her music was an exploration of her own experiences and emotions, a kind of highly cathartic, relatable output. Then one day, on tour, she briefly visited a Chicago archive of black culture and history, The Stony Island Arts Bank.

Inspired by what she saw, Bailey Rae’s first album in seven years, ‘Black Rainbows’, released in 2023, became a very different, very cultured record. “This was a side project right up until I saw the graphic designed for the art work,” she says. “I forgot to say ‘don’t put my name on it’, and when I saw it, and thought about my seven year obsession, I changed my mind.”

“I had heard about this visual artist called Theaster Gates, who was making art out of bricks and fire hoses and stuff. Through that, I learnt about this massive library, the Stony Island Arts Bank. I invited him to my show in Chicago, and he took me to the arts bank, even though I had to leave  town at 8am after the show. I walked into this 100 year old Greco Roman bank with pillars in this very poor community, in the southside of Chicago, with a lot of crime, violence, drug addiction, and so on.”

“It’s a difficult landscape. But I could have stayed forever, and it became an obsession of mine, looking at all the books and some of the grotesque, racist, problematic content, too. I picked stuff up and I felt like everything had a story. I wanted to do something, but straight away I separated it from my normal work. Then I realised that it was me, not separate to me. It was just not about my relationships and thoughts and feelings anymore.”

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Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald TD during a Bingo night fundraiser for Sancta Maria Day Centre where she was the special guest caller at Jack Potts Bingo Hall in Cabra, Dublin

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