Ever since his covers of popular Bollywood songs, Khoya khoya chand and Hawa hawai (from the 2011 film Shaitan) topped the charts, Mikey McCleary’s name has almost become synonymous with quirky, rearranged version of old classics. And tonight, you can catch the musician with his team of singers, performing all those songs plus others at a gig.
This edition of The All Starr Jamm, which is held frequently at the Vero Moda store in Santacruz, will feature singers Shalmali Kholgade and Mauli Dave as well. “We are doing quite a mixture of songs. With Shalmali, I will be performing tracks from The Bartender (his album of reinterpreted Bollywood songs). Mauli will be singing two of my numbers. Sarah Jane (Dias, actor) will be a surprise act. She will sing her originals and another one of my songs,” says McCleary, who is from New Zealand and has been living in Mumbai for the past five years.
Sarah will take to the stage to perform her originals for the first time. “I always knew I could sing; music is such an important part of my life. I will be singing three songs and I am super excited,” she says. McCleary will also be performing a few songs that he has composed for commercials. “These are not really jingles per se. They are songs in themselves,” he says. Kholgade, who has been causing quite a stir with a string of hits in the recent past, such as like, Balam pichkari (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Pareshan (Ishaqzaade; 2012) and Aga bai (Aiyyaa; 2012), says, “I am looking forward to the audience’s reaction to their favourite television jingles as full songs. It is such an exciting idea and I cannot wait to sing the jingle, You got me.”
All Starr Jamm, which started out as a niche gig at the fashion store last year, has seen a slew of indie musicians jamming on each others’ tracks. “Twelve months and 12 editions down, the artistes and the crowds have got bigger and better,” says Harshad Chavan, the curator of the gigs.