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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)


Get tickets and find out more here.

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Rokia Traoré – Band on the Wall, Manchester May 20

Posted on May 23rd, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Kevin Bourke

The Malian songstress performs her indie-inspired music in Manchester

With a Songlines cover and an ecstatically reviewed new album, Rokia Traoré is riding high. On the evidence of this exhilarating live show, her current UK tour, which is destined to reach many thousands at this year’s Glastonbury (June 26-30), only confirms her position as one of the world’s most consistently exciting singers and performers.

The revered Manchester venue Band on the Wall, is at its best when the music gets sweaty and intimate. Fortuitously, those are two adjectives that spring readily to mind about this particular show – as well as humble, sweet, sassy and, whisper who dare, rocking.

That last may not come as much of a surprise to fans of the John Parish-produced Beautiful Africa, who came fully prepared to groove and move to some sinuous riffing from the perma-grinning female bass-player and a white guitarist apparently as enamoured with Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour as the desert blues. Drummer Seb Rochford was imperturbable as Rokia’s vocals swooped, soared and glided through some of the many moods of Beautiful Africa, from the impassioned title-track to the slinky soukous-style ‘Tuit Tuit’ and the riff-tastic ‘Kouma’. Ngoni player Mamah Diabaté infused the proceedings with an agile musical wit and backing singers Fatim Kouyaté and Bintou Soumbounou, albeit a bit underused on this night for my tastes, provided an invaluable foil for Rokia’s mercurial voice.

The great Malian singer has always been something of a shape-shifter, and this current manifestation is one of her most intriguing.


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