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Following on from yesterday’s blog, here are some more Celtic Connections recommendations for the latter half of the festival.
The Angolan-Portuguese DJ Pedro Coquenão, aka Batida (pictured left, photo by Manuel Lino), released his debut album on the hip Soundway label (a Top of the World in #84) and he’ll be supporting French Gypsy-swingers Caravan Palace (January 24, O2 ABC).
The premiere of a sea-themed collaboration, Dán, by some top-notch Celtic and Breton musicians including band members from Kan and Guidewires and Gaelic singer Alyth McCormack (January 24, Old Fruitmarket).
Burns Night sees a specially-commissioned evening of music, courtesy of Scots Trad Music Award-winners Breabach and Kathleen MacInnes, together with Blazin’ Fiddles and Dougie MacLean (January 25, Concert Hall).
If anyone has mastered the art of cloning, it’ll come in very handy for the night of January 26 when there are no less than 13 artists who I’d go and see without any hesitation. They include: Sarah Jarosz, Baloji, Katy Carr, The Be Good Tanyas, The Halton Quartet, Mike McGoldrick’s band and Duncan Chisholm (whose latest release Affric was one of my favourite albums of 2012) (Various venues).
Last issue’s cover star Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni ba team up with fellow Malians Sidi Touré and Tamikrest for Sahara Soul (January 27, Concert Hall).
The Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live from Glasgow for the first time, hosted by Julie Fowlis and Mark Radcliffe, plus performances by some of the winners (January 30, Concert Hall).
Songlines faves Anda Union are bound to go down a treat in Glasgow. They’re on the same billing as the equally impressive Frigg who have a Top of the World review in the next issue, #90 (January 30, Old Fruitmarket).
The highly-acclaimed Scottish singer Karine Polwart and US stars Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer (also with a Top of the World in #90) (February 2, City Halls).
The final day sees singer-songwriter and guitarist Sorren Maclean from Mull take part in the New Voices initiative that showcases new talent (February 3, Mitchell Theatre).
On top of all that, there are workshops galore, an open stage and a late-night festival club – so many reasons why I wouldn’t want to be heading anywhere else this month. Now, how quickly can I get myself up to Glasgow…
The three-week festival boasts truly Olympic proportions – 2011 saw a record-breaking 2,542 different shows, staging 41,689 performances in 258 venues by 21,192 performers.
This year looks like another mind-boggling affair, so here’s a selection of some of the musical highlights the Songlines team would be making a beeline to (if we weren’t all holed up in London, putting the next issue together):
Now that you’ve had a chance to read about all the exciting music featured in the current issue of Songlines, don’t forget that you can watch it and listen to it too. Each issue, we create a YouTube playlist of featured videos to help give the full interactive experience. You can view the playlist here.
Some of the highlights of this issue’s videos include:
News: One Nation Two Anthems (read more on p14)
Steppe Up: Anda Union performing at the Songlines Tent (read more on p46-51)
The August/September 2012 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from July 20 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet, plus a second free CD showcasing Louisiana Legends – A Gumbo of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, Funky Brass & More. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Polish folk collective Warsaw Village Band; courageous Iranian singing duo Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat; Brazil’s new rap sensation Criolo; Quantic’s latest Colombian adventure, Ondatrópica; UK Romany folk song collector Sam Lee; and the debut from emerging Ethio-pop star Samuel Yirga, among others.
The main editorial features include:
• Happy Birthday WOMAD – The story behind this momentous festival as it celebrates 30 years.
• Sam Lee – Tim Cumming takes to the road with the young song collector, folk singer and former burlesque dancer.
• West Bengal – Simon Broughton journeys through West Bengal’s rural communities to report on the regeneration taking place amongst musicians.
• Anda Union – A look at the Inner Mongolian band who are preparing to take Edinburgh by storm at this year’s Fringe festival.
• The Alaev Family – It’s a family affair: the Central Asian Jewish band about to make their UK debut at this year’s WOMAD.
• Beginner’s Guide to Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy.
• Sounding Out Shetland – all the best places to find music on the islands off the Scottish north coast.
• Festival Profile: Fest’Napuan, Vanuatu.
• Postcard from Windsor Castle.
• Backpage from Fes, Morocco.
• My World – Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.
• Grooves – Emily Miller, one half of country singers the Sweetback Sisters, new Ethio-pop sensation Samuel Yirga, and Steve Roud, author of the New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.
• News, including Fado on film: a new exhibition.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.