Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Pop/Dance Music 29/1/10

Andy Carthy
Andy Carthy

Mr Scruff is actually quite a dapper chap and enjoys nothing better than a nice cup of tea.

Emerging from the maelstrom of Manchester's 90s club scene, Andy Carthy has come a long way from making tapes in his bedroom, to selling over half a million records worldwide. With three critically-acclaimed albums, this man can easily sell out the 1,600-capacity London club KoKo, armed with his records, some turntables and a few teabags.

His fans never really know what to expect — with an eclectic playlist, comprising genres as diverse as blues, 2 Tone, ska, electro, hip hop, soul, house, funk, jazz and reggae. There's always a few surprises dropped into the mix and his reputation for extreme quirkiness has extended far beyond the DJ booth, with his own range of speciality teas becoming a best-seller at Selfridges.

He plays a marathon five-hour set tomorrow night at Stiff Kitten, 24 hours before the club is turned over to the Belfast 4 Haiti fundraiser, featuring some of the finest talents in local dance music.

patric.baird@ntlworld.com

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