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Live | Musicport Festival returns, October 17-19

Posted on September 12th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Lo’Jo and Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita among the line-up for the 15th Musicport Festival

Situated on England’s glorious north-east coast in Whitby, Musicport is a unique indoor festival experience with a host of reputable musicians bringing its five stages to life.

Songlines Music Awards 2013 winners Lo’Jo will headline along with 2014 winners Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita. Other artists performing include Tunisian duo Amine & Hamza, British folk musician Lucy Ward and the ‘diva of the Sudanese desert,’ Amira Kheir.

Tickets for the entire weekend are priced at £95, while 11-18 year olds get half price entry and under-11s are free. Day-tickets are also available.

For tickets and more information, including a list of confirmed acts, visit or call 01947 603475.

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita perform ‘Bamba’ from Clychau Dibon

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The special Music and Social Change issue (March 2012 #82) is on sale in the UK from Feb 3

Posted on February 1st, 2012 in Recent posts by .

The special Music and Social Change issue of Songlines (March 2012 #82) is on sale in the UK from February 3 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 Brazil: New Series.

The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by BBC Radio presenter Mike Harding.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from the late great experimentalist Martyn Bennett ; gravel-voiced Argentinian tanguero Melingo; Quebecois big band La Bottine Souriante; Yiddish klezmer from the Other Europeans; Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera; and Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor’s new collaborative project, among others.

The main editorial features include:

Music and Social Change Special Issue
Rise Up! – In light of Youssou N’Dour’s decision to run for office in Senegal, we examine the ever-close relationship between music and politics.
Cambodian Living Arts – As high-ranking members of the Khmer Rouge stand trial, we hear the horror stories from some of the survivors of the killing fields.
International Women’s Day – A look at Norway’s Førde Festival and how its theme last year marked the achievements of female musicians across the world.

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Two of Songlines’ esteemed writers battle it out over the Marmite of world music.
Andy Kershaw – What it was really like to work with one of music’s most outspoken men.
Martyn Bennett – Remembering the Scottish rebel and purveyor of Celtic dance music.
Carolina Chocolate Drops – The act who are resurrecting the upbeat old-time, black string band music.
Sounding Out Tallinn – all the best places to see and hear music in the Estonian capital.
• Beginner’s Guide to the Albion Band.
• Postcard from Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
• Festival Profile: La Grande Rencontre, Canada.
• Backpage from Israel.
• My World – BBC radio presenter Mike Harding.
• Grooves – English folk musician Ashley Hutchings, BBC producer James Parkin and author of the book Music & Politics John Street.
• News, including Songlines Encounters Festival and Cerys Matthews.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.

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No Off Switch – Exclusive Extract

Posted on January 10th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Andy Kershaw will be hitting the UK with The Adventures of Andy Kershaw: An Evening with the Legendary Broadcaster and Foreign Correspondent Tour, which starts this Saturday.

The tour will visit 34 cities in the UK, from Brighton to Inverness, between January and April. For details on dates and venues, please visit

If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Kershaw’s book, No Off Switch, you can read an exclusive extract from the autobiography at

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Andy Kershaw tours the UK

Posted on January 8th, 2012 in News by .

Following hard on the heels of the release of his new autobiography, No Off Switch, the livewire radio DJ is now bringing his tales to a town near you for a series of anecdotal evenings in the vein of that other irrepressible one-off, Howard Marks.

The Adventures of Andy Kershaw: An Evening with the Legendary Broadcaster and Foreign Correspondent runs from January 14 until March 21, and is sure to be an unmissable and revelatory delight for all those who have benefited from Kershaw’s expansive tastes in the world of music.

With 31 dates already confirmed and more possible dates to come, it is a rock’n’roll style marathon, of which Songlines – with its long association with Kershaw – is proud to be the media partner.

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