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Savages' Jehnny Beth and Anna Calvi cover Nick Cave's 'Red Right Hand' at Peaky Blinders Festival


The powerful theme tune to BBC’s hit TV show Peaky Blinders. aka Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand’, has been given a fitting tribute by Savages’ Jehnny Beth and Anna Calvi bring the ‘Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival’.

The festival is taking place in Birmingham and has seen a host of acts, including Slaves and Mike Skinner, performing at the event while fans of the show can walk in the footsteps of the show. Flat caps and all. While Liam Gallagher’s performance has been a focus of attention, Calvi and Beth’s rendition of the show’s theme tune has the stolen the show.   

Anna Calvi has been involved with the acclaimed show since being confirmed to have written the score for series five. So it seems only fitting she should sign off the event with a fittingly brilliant performance alongside the ever impressive Jehnny Beth. 

In an interview with NME, Calvi expressed her happiness at being connected with the show: “It’s incredible to be part of something like this. It’s a whole new thing for me, but it felt completely natural. Bizarrely, I feel like I can really relate to the characters. It was a really good fit.”

The show’s theme tune has been a huge success and Nick Cave’s iconic western-noir is now known across most of the boozers in Britain. It’s seen multiple covers, including a particularly interesting Iggy Pop performance, but Calvi and Beth’s is right up there with the best. 

Beth joined Calvi as part of her headlining set and hung around to perform ‘Hunter’. Beth spoke to NME about her feature in the show: “I’ve always been a fan of the show, I knew that Cillian was a fan, as well.

“They were looking for a track and I was in the studio working. They were branching out to other people and they thought about me. I was working on something that turned out to be a really good match.”

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