Before the end of January creeps up on us, we’ve put together a short list of gigs happening around the UK (particularly outside of London)!
29 Jan – Orchestra Baobab
The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
Catch the Senegalese super group, Orchestra Baobab, before they head to London. They’ll be fusing Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba, high life and local styles.
5 Feb – Vieux Farka Touré
The Arches, Glasgow
One of Mali’s biggest guitarists will be playing as part of Glasgow’s Celtic Collections festival at the Arches. The night will bring desert blues, rock, jazz and Malian sounds.
8 Feb – An Evening of Indian Classical Music
Colston Hall, Bristol
The Asian Arts Agency will be presenting a night of classical Indian music, with Kiranpal Singh Deoora on the santoor, Sri Surjeet Singh on the sarangi and Manjeet Singh Rasiya on the tabla. There’ll also be a pre/post talk and workshop so that you can get to know more about the music, musicians and instruments.
10 Feb – Sura Susso
Jam Café, Nottingham
Gambian kora player, musician, griot and virtuoso, Sura Susso, will be playing once again in the town where he is based in. This is an excellent chance to see him in a very intimate venue!
19 Feb – Julaba Kunda
Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham
For a cross-cultural collaboration, the Kitchen Garden Café will be hosting two traditional fiddle players, one from West African and the other from Northern Europe. Who are these fiddle players? Juldeh Camara and Griselda Sanderson. Expect to see traditional folk music with a twist.
3 March – Martin Alvarado
Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln
One of the most significant Argentinian Tango artists will be playing in Lincoln, accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar with a repertoire of tangos. He will also be playing in other cities around the country, such as Warrington, Brighton and Leominster.
24 March – Maniere des Bohemiens
Nottingham Contemporary’s Café bar, Nottingham
If you’re a fan of Gypsy Jazz, pop down to Nottingham Contemporary’s Café bar for a mix of energetic eastern European Gypsy-folk.
30 March – Roberto Fonseca
St George’s Bristol, Bristol
The Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca is one of the biggest names in world jazz. He’ll be presenting his latest ensemble, where Afro-Cuban dance music will meet improvisation.