Songlines Encounters Festival 2012

Posted on May 14th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

We’re closing in on our second annual Songlines Encounters Festival, which will be returning to London’s Kings Place this June.

As before the festival will include some spectacular international musicians and up-and-coming artists that we want to champion. You can get a discount on the whole series of concerts that once again represent a thrilling range of sounds from around the world. Here’s what you can look forward to at this year’s festival:


Wednesday 6 June 2012

R.U.T.A. 21.00 Hall Two
R.U.T.A. (Poland)

Punk meets folk in Poland’s most talked-about new band. Songs of peasant uprising are accompanied by medieval fiddles and rock’n'roll attitude. Not to be missed!


Polish Institute

Thursday 7 June 2012

Lepistö & Lehti 19.30 Hall One
Lepistö & Lehti (Finland)

Stunning Finnish accordion and double bass duo creating imaginative soundscapes from just two instruments.


ESEK Embassy of Finland

Kosmos Ensemble Kosmos Ensemble (UK)
Innovative string trio performing fiery tango to Arabic improvisation to Balkan dance music, with guest accordionist Miloš Milivojević.
Fugata Quintet Fugata Quintet (UK)
These passionate exponents recreate the classic line-up of Astor Piazzolla’s visceral and dramatic nuevo tango of Buenos Aires.

Friday 8 June 2012

Spiro 19.30 Hall One
Spiro (UK)
The distinctive sound of English folk meets Philip Glass. Their recent Kaleidophonica album was a Top of the World in Songlines.
Le Vent du Nord Le Vent du Nord (Canada)
Groundbreaking band from Québec, bringing a new twist to French-Canadian folk. Rave reviews from Celtic Connections in January.
Sam Lee 20.00 Hall Two
Sam Lee & Friends (UK)

One of the rising stars of the British folk scene – with special guests giving an international flavour.

Saturday 9 June 2012

Yiddish Twist Orchestra 19.30 Hall One
Yiddish Twist Orchestra presents Sam Lee (UK)

Lemez Lovas, Ben Mandelson, Sam Lee and an allstar band recreate the Jewish, West Indian and Latin dance music sounds of the 1950s.
Madagascar All Stars Madagascar All Stars (Madagascar)
The music in Madagascar is just as remarkable as its wildlife. A stunning band including Dama from Mahaleo, Regis Gizavo and Justin Vali.
Thought-Fox 20.00 Hall Two
Lauren Kinsella’s Thought-Fox
with guest Soufian Saihi (Ireland/Morocco)
Up-and-coming Irish jazz ensemble in a special collaboration with London-based Moroccan oud player Soufian Saihi.


You can book your tickets by visiting the Kings Place website or by calling +44(0)20 7520 1490.

We hope to see you there!

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