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October 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on October 1st, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

With post-summer blues setting in, here’s our guide to the top 10 gigs in October to reinvigorate you with a list of the best concerts happening this month!

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Faustus will tour the entire breadth of the country this October on a mammoth 16-date tour. The trio – consisting of melodeon player and singer Saul Rose, and Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) – released their sophomore album Broken Down Gentlemen last year to great acclaim, and are a strong force in the British folk scene, with an impetus on bringing freshness and vigour to the idiom.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 2-29 More info

 

While and Matthews

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This October sees Chris While and Julie Matthews set off on their 20th anniversary tour to celebrate their illustrious career, which has seen them release ten albums and tour across the world.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 3-November 26 More info

 

Anoushka Shankar with Tanmoy Bose, Pirashanna Thevarajah, Sanjeev Shankar, & Kenji Ota

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Following the wonderful news that Anoushka Shankar will be expecting her second born in the next few months, this is now her only remaining UK date this autumn, so be sure not to miss out! She is joined by a star-studded line-up including tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose, multi-percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah, shehnai player Sanjeev Shankar, and sitar player Kenji Ota.

Where & When: Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, October 4 More info.

 

Dobet Gnahoré

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The Grammy-winning songstress from the Ivory Coast will grace our shores for seven dates this October. As part of the Na Dre Dance Tour she will be joined by a full band and a cast of contemporary African dancers. The Rich Mix event – October 10 – will also play host to a DJ set from African Night Fever.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 8-15 More info.

 

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra

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One of the busiest and hard-working Afrobeat ambassadors will take the stage for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room as part of Songlines Presents this October. Dele was a co-founder of Postive Force with Femi Kuti, and was also one of the youngest players in Fela Kuti’Egypt 80. He is renowned for his marathon-length shows that he delivers every few months at the New Empowering Church in Hackney, and expect the energy levels to be just as high in this intimate setting. 

Where & When: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, October 11 More info

 

Musicport Festival

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An all-star cast will once again descend upon Whitby for a weekend of fantastic music at the Whitby Pavilion. The winner of the 2013 Fatea award for Best Indoor Festival in has a stellar line-up stretched across the three days. Friday sees an upbeat showing with Yaaba Funk headlining and support from Idlewild and Leeds based power-klezmer group Tantz. Saturday’s bill is topped by Lo’Jo, while Sunday’s impressive cast – including performances from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and O’Hooley and Tidow – is headed up by the wonderful duo of Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (pictured).

Where & When: Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, October 17-19 More info

 

Balkan Beat Box & Dub Inc

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New-York natives Balkan Beat Box take their exhilarating live show to London’s KOKO this October. Their combination of hip-hop, klezmer, reggae and Middle Eastern music is underpinned by a frenetic energy, propelled by their inimitable front man Tomer Yosef. They have support from the equally unrelenting Dub Inc.

Where & When: KOKO, London, October 22 More info

 

Mohammad-Reza Shajarian with the Shahnaz Ensemble

The incredibly talented Persian classical singer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian will play the Hammersmith Apollo at the end of October in what promises to be an incredible show. An esteemed performer in his own right, Shajarian has also collaborated with Kayhan Kalhor on the exquisite Night, Silence, Desert. He will also play Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on October 22.

Where & When: Edinburgh, October 22 More info & Hammersmith Apollo, London, October 26 More info

 

Hugh Masekela & Somi

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It’s been 55 years since Masekela formed the Jazz Epistles, along with Abdullah Ibrahim, and he’s still going strong. As one of the foremost proponents of South Africa’s jazz heritage, it’s always a big occasion when Masekela comes to town. He’ll be supported by jazz vocalist Somi, who has recently collaborated with Ibrahim Maalouf.

Where & When: Barbican Centre, London, October 27 More info

 

LIFEM 2014

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Following last year’s focus upon Finnish music, this autumn LIFEM (The London International Festival of Exploratory Music) turns its head to music from South America and Africa. Across the week there will be performances from Brazilian musicians Badi AssadGaio de Lima, Malian singer Ami Koita (read more about her in the new issue, #104 on sale Oct 10), and the acclaimed musicians Amira Kheir (Sudan) and Amadou Diagne (Senegal) [both pictured]. The final night of the festival will see the official launch of Carmen Souza’s live album Live at the Lagny Jazz Festival.

Where & When: King’s Place, London, October 29-November 1 More info

 

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Live | Musicport Festival returns, October 17-19

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

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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 musicportfestival.com or call 01947 603475.

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

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Live | Shambala Festival 2014 begins next week

Posted on August 15th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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Photography by Carolina Faruolo

Femi Kuti, Mulatu Astatke and Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita among the acts heading to Shambala this coming bank holiday weekend, August 21-24

Sequins, glitter and party hats on standby, we are ready to experience Shambala Festival (August 21-24) for the first time and become honorary Shambalans. Once again we will be hosting artist signings and meet-and-greets with acts playing across the weekend.

To find out more about the festival’s commitment to sustainability and passion for creativity, head over to the official website.

The event has sold out, however we have whipped together a playlist to give you a taste of what we’re looking forward to. Keep track of our Twitter and Facebook pages for all the latest shenanigans.

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The new August/September podcast is now available through iTunes

Posted on July 18th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .

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This podcast includes highlights from the August/September 2014 (#102) edition, opening with music by the award winning Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, our cover artists this issue.

Features: Andrew McGregor on the Corsican a capella group A Filetta, Peter Culshaw on Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha and Jo Frost with a report on Catrin & Seckou. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest news with music by Les Ambassadeurs and more. The podcast ends with a track by Ibrahim Keivo from the Morgenland festival compilation CD.

The next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the October 2014 issue (#103), will be available from August 29 2014.

Download the podcast here.

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