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First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2018

Posted on March 1st, 2018 in Recent posts by .



Amadou & Mariam, Ken Boothe and Dobet Gnahoré are among the first acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 26-29

The first wave of names have been announced for this year’s WOMAD at Charlton Park. Recognised as one of the greatest world music events, the festival returns to its regular setting at the Wiltshire site this summer.

The prolific Malian power couple Amadou & Mariam will take to the stage this year, along with the legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe and Grammy Award winning singer Dobet Gnahoré, who hails from the Ivory Coast.

Camille, an eclectic and inventive French artist will also appear at Charlton Park, as will Afrobeat and hip-hop fusion group Afro Cluster.

Other confirmed acts so far include:

Django Django (UK)

Sharon Shannon (Ireland)

Jazzanova live featuring Paul Randolph (Germany)

Aeham Ahmad (Palestine/Syria)

Colectivo Danza Región & Cámara de Danza Comunidad (Colombia)

Electric Fields (Australia)

Ezra Collective (UK)

La Dame Blanche (Cuba)

Federspiel (Austria)

Gasper Nali (Malawi)

KermesZ à l’Est (Belgium)

KOKOKO! (Democratic Republic of Congo)

LADAMA (Brazil/Colombia/Venezuela/USA)

Papaya (Portugal/USA)

Pixvae (Colombia)

Tal National (Niger)


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London International Arts Festival 2017

Posted on October 31st, 2017 in Recent posts by .


Photo of Kefaya by Miriam Abdulla

The sixth edition of the London International Arts Festival (LIAF) is back to celebrate the rich cultures of four landmark music venues in London

The London International Arts Festival, presented by Dhruv Arts, will run from November 1-7, with concerts taking place across Kings Place, Rich Mix, Redbridge Town Hall and Vortex. LIAF is curated by the South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, a Songlines Music Awards 2017 nominee for her collaboration with the Bollywood Brass Band. The festival aims to provide a platform for up and coming artists in the capital as well as host premier world music artists.

The line-up is set to include:

Trilok Gurtu + Raga Garage
York/Thornston/Khan + Kefaya Trio
Prince Rama Varma + Ashnaa Sasikaran + Padmashri Prof Dr Yella Venkateshwara Rao + Santhoshi Nair + Mangala Anand + Dhruv Choir
Quest Collective + Fran & Flora
Cleveland Watkiss presents Vocalsuite
Myriad presented by Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Chris Gall

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The first Manchester Folk Festival

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Recent posts by .


Afro Celt Sound System photo by Louis DeCarlo

The first ever edition of the Manchester Folk Festival will take place on October 19-22

Manchester Folk Festival has announced its full line-up of concerts, film screenings, theatrical experiences, workshops and ‘pub singarounds’ ahead of the very first edition this October. The festival will focus on supporting and presenting new folk and acoustic music, and will host the English Folk Expo showcase. Concerts and events will take place city-wide, with a festival hub at HOME.

The line-up is set to include

John Smith (with Georgia Lewis and Nina Harries)
Vishtèn (with DJ Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast)
Jon Boden & the Remnant Kings (with Alistair Anderson & Northlands and Ninebarrow)
Afro Celt Sound System (pictured above, with The Nightjar and Sound of the Sirens)
Keston Cobblers Club (with Jinnwoo and Jack Rutter)
The Young’uns (with Jackie Oates and The East Pointers)
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Tom Robinson (with Edgelarks and Irish Mythen)
Stick in the Wheel
False Lights (with Kings of the South Seas)


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Unicorn World Record Attempt

Posted on May 18th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

Photo by Colin Hattersley

Whereas the English consider the fiery Barbary lion to be their national symbol, the Scottish cherish an altogether more mystical creature. A stately unicorn adorns the Scottish coat of arms, and symbolises both harmony and peace across the land. This year’s Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival, deep in the majestic Galloway hills, is honouring the ancient beast with an official world record attempt for the highest number of unicorns in one place as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. Festival organiser Liz Holmes is anticipating a joyous occasion: “We wanted to do something exciting, fun and different to celebrate our 20th year. The unicorn is a truly multicultural symbol for us to celebrate, reflecting our international taste in music!”

The attempt has been fully accredited by the Guinness Book of Records, and attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear unicorn horns and be part of the effort. Performers at the four-day affair include Scottish folk stalwarts RURA, klezmer ensemble Tantz, roots reggae legend Max Romeo and Molotov Jukebox. The Kakatsitsi Drummers and the Gubi San Bushmen, Sheelanagig and Tonto Malembe are also amoung the vast list of artists set to perform at Knochengorroch.

 Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival takes place from May 25-28.

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