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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…
With a line-up that includes the likes of Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Jimmy Cliff, Carlou D and DubFX, there’s certainly no shortage of awe-inspiring music at WOMAD Charlton Park 2012. That said, here are just a few of the acts that the Songlines team are really looking forward to seeing.
Soul Rebels performing Thursday
Who doesn’t love a good brass band? Especially one that plays a cover of ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’.
Narasirato performing Friday
This group from the Solomon Islands, featured in issue #83 (April/May 2012), know how to rock the panpipes.
Nazaket Teymurova performing Friday
A Top of the World in issue #85 (July 2012), the Teymurova is one of the leading singers of Azeri mugham.
Seth Lakeman performing Friday
Recently featured in issue #83 (April/May 2012), the folk star will give us a history lesson from the barrel house.
Raghu Dixit performing Saturday
It seems like the Songlines favourite from India has played at nearly every UK festival these past few years, but there is a good reason why.
Batida performing Saturday
The Lisbon-based DJ is sure to make the crowd dance this weekend after his debut album received a Top of the World in issue #84 (June 2012).
The Alaev Family performing Sunday
The Central Asian Jewish band, featured in the current issue, make their UK debut this weekend.
Dizraeli and the Small Gods performing Sunday
The folk/hip-hop groovers made a giant splash at Larmer Tree Festival and are sure to get WOMAD boogying too.
Be sure to stay connected throughout the weekend for tweeting and blogging aplenty from site and for those of you who are lucky enough to attend this year’s festival, stop by the Songlines stand to say hello.
Festival season is upon us, and WOMAD Charlton Park 2012 is a mere few weeks away! And this isn’t any old WOMAD, it’s the 30th anniversary. You can take a trip down memory lane on their website, or submit your own photos/videos/memories. Be sure to check out our feature on the 30 years of WOMAD in our next issue (August/September 2012, #86), which we will be bringing with us to the festival.
With a reputation for killer line-ups year upon year, it goes without saying that the 30th anniversary is going to spectacular. From the Hendrix of accordion Kimno Pohjonen to the panpiping Narasirato; the Cajun spice of the Pine Leaf Boys to the Angolan beats of Batida, you can expect to get your groove on this July.
And just in case you needed any other reasons to pack your tent and wellies for a weekend of fun, WOMAD offers these:
If you’re not able to make it this year, have no fear, Songlines will be blogging and tweeting aplenty to fill you in. If you are one of the lucky ones to be on site, whip out those smart phones and iPads and follow us to stay on top of what’s happening.
In an attempt to bring on summer through wishful thinking alone, some of the Songlines team have put together some of our favourite summertime albums.
Editor Jo Frost
Batida by Batida (on Soundway), the track ‘Alegria’ in particular – featured on the current Top of the World CD (#84, June 2012). Puts a spring in your step and a big smile on your face.
News Editor Nathaniel Handy
Dimanche a Bamako by Amadou & Mariam – the entirety of the album is the soundtrack to a summer!
Subscription Manager Alexandra Petropoulos
It’s got to be Give by BBB (Balkan Beat Box) – Balkan flavoured club music that will get you grooving in the sun.
Assistant Editor Sophie Marie Atkinson
Look Around the Corner by Quantic and Alice Russell. I saw them perform together at KOKO on Wednesday, and even though the rain was heaving down outside it felt as though the sun was shining directly onto the stage. A beautiful, feel-good album that constantly has me grooving and craving some of that Cali heat!
What will you be listening to this month to coax the sun back out?