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New issue (Oct 2015) on sale now!

Posted on August 28th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .

Songlines October 2015

Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita; the voice of devotional Sufi music, Faiz Ali Faiz; and folk duo Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons 

The October 2015 (#111) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by guitarist and record producer Phil Manzanera.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from the kora and cello duo Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal, South African a capella trio The Soil, and Colombian salsa collective La-33.

• Seckou Keita – The kora player talks to Jane Cornwell about his latest solo project and his journey so far.
• Iness Mezel – The French-Algerian singer tells Alexandra Petropoulos about the magical world of Berber traditions and beliefs that inspired her new album.
• Kaushiki Chakrabarty – The khayal singer speaks about her demanding yet expressive North Indian classical vocal style.
• Dom Flemons & Martin Simpson – After a much-lauded collaboration last year, Julian May catches up with the duo before they embark on another musical adventure.
• Arifa – The Dutch group talk about their latest Eastern-influenced project.

• Beginner’s Guide: The leading voice in qawwali, Faiz Ali Faiz.
• My World: A playlist and interview with record producer and guitarist Phil Manzanera.
• Postcard from Louisiana, US.
• Introducing… Ngawang Lodup and Khiyo.
• Spotlight on Daby Touré.
• Quickfire: Blick Bassy, Heidi Tidow and Chris Eckman.
• What’s New, including the documentary They Will Have to Kill Us First, Cheikh Lô at the 17th WOMEX Awards, Youssou N’Dour, and a snapshot of the Songlines team’s summer.
• Reviews of the latest CD and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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New issue preview: October (#111)

Posted on August 14th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .

Songlines October 2015

A Man in Motion; over the past decade the various projects of Seckou Keita have been discussed within our pages. His latest album and tour features only him and the 22 strings of his kora; we talk to him about his journey so far.

Other features include Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons who we catch up with after their much-lauded collaboration last year; we talk to Dutch group Arifa about their latest Eastern-influenced project; an interview with khayal singer Kaushiki Chakrabarty; plus the latest CD and world cinema reviews to get stuck into.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from La-33, The Soil, Amadou Balaké and Cabruêra, plus an exclusive playlist from musician and record producer Phil Manzanera, who talks about some of his favourite artists from around the world.

On sale in the UK from August 28. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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An English Folk Extravaganza in Bury, Oct 17-20

Posted on October 16th, 2013 in Recent posts by .

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Photograph by Tim Young

This Thursday sees the launch of the inaugural English Folk Expo, in partnership with the Homegrown festival at The Met in Bury

The aim of both the expo and festival is to put the spotlight on the traditional folk and roots music of England, rather than its Irish, Scottish and Welsh neighbours. English folk music finally seems to be coming out of the shadow cast by the enduring popularity of Celtic music, both at home and abroad. As a result the organisers hope to ride the wave of this current revival and redress the balance by putting the emphasis on traditional music from England.

For its first edition, the expo has attracted around 100 signed-up music industry delegates – promoters, agents and festival organisers – primarily from the UK but there’s a small quota of international delegates too, mainly from Canada (which boasts its own healthy traditional folk scene), Scandinavia, Malaysia and Germany.

The opening evening will feature a session with BBC DJ and writer Mark Radcliffe [whose Playlist we included in #94]. He’ll be chairing a panel discussing all things to do with English folk with singers Olivia Chaney and Chris Wood, plus fRoots editor, Ian Anderson.

Highlights of the three-day festival include Seth Lakeman (pictured) who will be performing solo and also as part of The Full English group which includes Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, Ben Nicholl, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Nancy Kerr. They’ll be playing songs from the largest digital archive of English folk music, a new and ambitious project sponsored by EFDSS (the English Folk Dance and Song Society). Other names on the programme include Kate Rusby, Jim Moray, Jackie Oates, O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery, Sam Carter, the Urban Folk Quartet and Megson.

The expo and festival take place in the town of Bury, located half an hour north of Manchester, conveniently on the city’s Metrolink tram line.

October 17-20, The Met, Bury

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