There are so many fantastic concerts going on this March that we’ve compiled a list of the top ten to help make sure you don’t out of this month’s best shows.
The Israeli songwriter – who has worked with an incredible array of artists in the past, including Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré (pictured above) – is visiting London for a one-off special gig, showcasing music from his new album Quarter to Six. He is known for his unique fusion of Arabic and Ethiopian musics and electronics, however this intimate show will see him perform his works on the piano in the manner in which he composed them in Israel.
Where & When: KOKO, London, March 2. More info.
Reflection of Silence: Flavours of Iranian and Kurdish Music
This creative improvisation sees four artists of varying backgrounds collaborating for an exciting evening of Persian and Kurdish music. Tara Jaff (pictured), the Iraqi-Kurdish harpist and singer will be joined by Iranian guitarist Pouya Mahmoudi, setar maestro Mehdi Rostami, and Adib Rostami (tombak and kamancheh).
Where & When: Kings Place, London, March 8. More info.
Featured in this month’s issue of Songlines (#98), Sidi Touré will be touring the UK playing songs from this new album Alafia. Hailing from Gao, Mali, he has rapidly become an important artist and representative of Songhai culture. The bluesman will be playing three dates across the country.
Where & When: The Forge, London, March 14; Komedia, Brighton, March 18; Old Town Hall, Gateshead, March 15. More info.
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba
The Malian ngoni star and his band will tour the UK this March. His most recent album Jama Ko was voted as one of Songlines’ Best Albums of 2013, so don’t miss the chance to see him live.
Where & When: Across the UK, March 11-20. More info.
The Elizabethan Session
Some of the best artists of the British folk scene are living together for a week in a rural retreat, writing music inspired by the Elizabethan period. This exciting event shall see the fruits of their labours. The session will feature Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Jim Moray, Bella Hardy, John Smith, Emily Askew, Rachel Newton and Hannah James.
Where & When: The Old Palace, Hatfield House, March 20; Cecil Sharp House, London, March 22. More info.
Virtuoso spanish guitarist Juan Martin is touring a spectacular show this March with his Flamenco Dance Ensemble. He shall also be accompanied by singer Amparo Heredia for his dates with the ensemble.
Where & When: Across the UK, March 2, 26 (solo); March 7-18 (ensemble). More info.
Photo: Marie Planeille
Following the release of their seventh studio album Emmaar, Tinariwen will play two very special dates at London’s Village Underground this March. They shall also perform at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival this coming May.
Where & When: Village Underground, London March 6 & 7. More info.
The collaborative project between Nuba Nour and Welsh musicians Sian James, and Gwyn Jones is travelling throughout England and Wales this March. These artists – united by their shared status as minority cultures – worked together on the album DamNation at the Rockfeld studios, which is due to be released in May.
Where & When: Across the UK, March 1-21
Salsa Celtica Tour
The Scottish-Latin big band released their sixth album The Tall Islands this February, and are touring the UK with their unique blend of Afro-Latin salsa and Scottish folk.
Where & When: Across the UK, March 6-30. More info.
This year sees the 11th edition of this fantastic annual celebration of flamenco in London. Featuring a debut from Ángel Muñoz – who has collaborated with the legendary Flamenco guitarist Paco Peña – the festival also sees appearances from Farruqito, Miguel Poveda and Sara Baras.
Where & When: Sadler’s Wells, March 1-15. More info.