As the nights draw in, the musical calendar is getting ever busier. This month plays host to the annual EFG London Jazz Festival, and there are plenty more other events going on besides.
Here’s a lowdown of the Top 10 to look out for this November.
Red Note Ensemble with Kuljit Bhamra and Fraser Fifield
The premier Scottish force in contemporary classical music teams up with renowned Indian tabla player Kuljit Bhamra (pictured) and piper Fraser Fifield for two intimate performances in Aberdeenshire.
Where & When: Tarland & Portsoy, November 1 & 2. More info
The John Langan Band
Playing at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, the frenetic folk trio are set to tear all sense of decorum and pretence from its illustrious heritage. Known for their outrageous live shows, which can be personally verified following their incredible performance at last year’s London Remixed Festival, they’ll be accompanied by Will Varley, whose beautiful and wistful songs were a highlight of this year’s Larmer Tree Festival.
Where & When: Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, November 2. More info
The 11-piece mainstays of the contemporary English folk scene celebrated ten years together this year with their fifth studio album Revival. They follow it up with a full UK tour this November.
Where & When: Across the UK, Nov 7-29. More info
Susheela Raman returned this year with the highly acclaimed Queen Between and headlines the Jazz Cafe as part of the London International Arts Festival with an impressive roster in support. Jyotsna Srikanth’s band Bangalore Dreams are topping the list, but there will also be performances from Krar Collective and Nordic Raga.
Where & When: Jazz Cafe, London, November 9. More info
Dollar Brand celebrates his 80th birthday celebrating in style this year at the Royal Festival Hall. There’s a UK debut from his brand new trio with Noah Jackson and Cleave Guyton, and a performance from his septet Ekaya.
Where & When: Royal Festival Hall, London, November 15. More info
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
His most recent release A Long Way to the Beginning was named as one of our ten essential Afrobeat albums in this month’s issue, and not without good reason. He plays one date in the UK as part of his November European tour, so don’t miss out!
Where & When: Band on the Wall, Manchester, November 20. More info
Tinariwen released their sixth album, Emmaar, earlier this year and have just announced a follow-up EP Inside/Outside, which was recorded in the same studio sessions. Catch them at the Roundhouse this November on the eve of the EP’s release, as part of their world tour.
Where & When: The Roundhouse, London, November 16. More info.
On the very same evening that Seun plays in Manchester, an Afrobeat legend takes to the stage in the capital. Tony Allen was the drummer for Fela’s original Egypt 80 and has continued to produce genre-pushing and interesting albums as a solo artist following their parting. This year’s Film of Life is by far his strongest release this millennium and includes a track with his longtime collaborator Damon Albarn. Support will come from Aziz Sahmaoui.
Where & When: Village Underground, London, November 20. More info
Kassé Mady Diabaté
The Malian jeli will play as part of the London Jazz Festival in the intimate surroundings of London’s Purcell Room. His new album Kiriké was a Top of the World in this month’s issue.
Where & When: Purcell Room, London, November 23. More info
Ibibio Sound Machine
Ibibio Sound Machine’s blend of West African funk and modern disco is taking the world by storm. You’d be a fool not to be caught up by their infectious rhythms and outstanding arrangements. They’ll be supported by London-based Nigerian MC Afrikan Boy.
Where & When: Village Underground, November 27. More info