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Line-up announced for Songlines Encounters Festival 2015, June 4-6

Posted on January 31st, 2015 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Photography by Mário Pires

Celebrating its fifth year Songlines Encounters Festival features musicians from Portugal, Cyprus, Iran, the UK and Bangladesh.

Taking place from June 4-6 at London’s Kings Place, Songlines Encounters Festival will feature UK premieres, first-time collaborations and lots of supremely inspirational music. There will also be film screenings, talks and free foyer performances. The festival is co-curated by Songlines magazine and Ikon Arts Management.

We are also delighted to announce that for the first time Songlines Encounters will be going on tour throughout the country. Visit Ikon Arts to find out where we will be travelling to.


Thursday June 4, Hall 1, 8:00pm

Monsieur Doumani (on tour)
The trio Monsieur Doumani play Cypriot music – both their own and traditional – with humour and panache. This show launches their new album Sikoses.

Gisela João (on tour)
The new fado singer that Portugal is raving about. Her debut recording was an album of the year in Portugal. Expect traditional fado at its very best in this UK premiere.

Friday June 5, Hall 1, 7:30pm

Duncan Chisholm
With six solo albums behind him, Chisholm is one of Scotland’s great fiddlers (read more in the March #106 issue). Traditional and contemporary music from the Highland glens.

Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat (on tour)
These sisters are like no other singing duo you’ve heard. Their voices interweave so beautifully, you’d never guess they’re forbidden to sing publicly back home in Iran. They will also do a special Songlines Encounters collaboration with Duncan Chisholm.

Friday June 5, Hall 2, 9:30pm

One of Britain’s great electro-African dance bands with live vocals, kora, guitar and percussion with electronics drawing on house, dubstep and hip-hop.

Saturday June 6, Hall 1, 2:00pm

She’Koyokh: Kids Concert
Join Britain’s best klezmer band She’Koyokh for a participatory concert for children, introducing music from Eastern Europe with stories, singing and dancing!

Saturday June 6, Hall 1, 7:30PM

Shikor Bangladesh All Stars & Lokkhi Terra
The Shikor Bangladesh All Stars feature seven of the best traditional musicians from Bangladesh, including folk singer Baby Akhtar, dhol drummer Nazrul Islam and maestro of Baul music Rob Fakir. In part two of this concert, the All Stars join together with the Anglo-Bangladeshi group Lokkhi Terra. This UK premiere brings Songlines Encounters Festival a danceable finale as the roots of Bangladesh meet Latin dance rhythms and the urban jungle.


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Songlines Music Awards 2014 Nominees: Newcomer

Posted on March 19th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Now in their sixth year, the Songlines Music Awards celebrate the wealth of musical talent from around the world. Here are the four nominees in the Newcomer category, as voted by you.

facircleFamily Atlantica for Family Atlantica on Soundway Records

Fronted by Venezuelan Luzmira Zerpa, Londoner Jack Yglesias and Nigerian/Ghanaian Kwame Crentsil, Family Atlantica ambitiously delve into the wealth of the music on either side of the Atlantic with their Latin/African fusion. Very much a product of multicultural London, they unite with music of the African diaspora with unparalleled joy, enthusiasm and charisma.

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mdcircleMonsieur Doumani for Grippy Grappa on Monsieur Doumani

This trio of Cypriot musicians – Antonis Antoniou on the bouzouki-like tzouras, Angelos Ionas on guitar and Demetris Yiasemides on wind instruments – have been updating the local repertoire since they formed in 2011. Their debut features confident reworkings of local songs, providing a fresh and inventive take on tradition. Peppered among the traditional songs are a few excellent originals.

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wpcircleWill Pound for A Cut Above on Lulubug Records

Harmonica virtuoso Will Pound shows off his stuff on his solo debut. Taking the instrument on an epic journey through varied repertoire, Pound’s playing ranges from delicate to frenzied. For A Cut Above, he taps into the bluegrass repertoire, morris dance tunes and even a bit of gospel. But this isn’t just an exercise in range, it’s his consistent musicality that makes this album something truly special.

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wb3circleWe Banjo 3 for Roots of the Banjo Tree on We Banjo 3

Just as the album’s title implies, We Banjo 3 – Enda Scahill with brother Fergal, plus brothers Martin and David Howley – explore the journey of this often under-appreciated instrument, from bluegrass to traditional Irish music. Joined by several guests including five-string banjo whizz Leon Hunt, they offer an homage to the great players of the past with some top-notch playing.

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Songlines Music Awards 2014: The Nominees

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


Now in their sixth year, we are delighted to announce the Songlines Music Awards 2014 nominees. The awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the wealth of musical talent around the world.

The 16 nominees are (drumroll please):

Çiğdem Aslan (for Mortissa on Asphalt Tango)
Bassekou Kouyaté (for Jama Ko on Out Here)
Manu Chao (for Sibérie M’était Contéee on Because)
Mulatu Astatke (for Sketches of Ethiopia on Jazz Village)

Clannad (for Nádúr on ARC Music)
Los Desterrados (for Dos Amantes on Enkalador)
R.U.T.A. (for Na Vschod on Karrot Kommando)
Tamikrest (for Chatma on Glitterbeat)

Dizraeli and The Small Gods (for Moving in the Dark on ECC Records)
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (for Clychau Dibon on Astar Artes)
Monoswezi (for The Village on Riverboat Records/World Music Network)
Fanfara Tirana Meets Transglobal Underground (for Kabatronics on World Village)

Family Atlantica (for Family Atlantica on Soundway)
Monsieur Doumani (for Grippy Grappa on Monsieur Doumani)
Will Pound (for A Cut Above on Lulubug Records )
We Banjo 3 (for Roots of the Banjo Tree on We Banjo 3)

Visit the official Songlines Music Awards page for full profiles of each nominee.

All the nominated artists have had albums reviewed in Songlines during 2013 (from issues #90 to #97 inclusive). The winners will be announced in our 100th issue, on sale April 25.


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Top of the World: Monsieur Doumani – Grippy Grappa

Posted on September 29th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Maria Lord

Grippy Grappa-COVER-outlines finalClassic Greek café music from cheeky young upstarts

The trio Monsieur Doumani formed a couple of years ago in Cyprus with Angelos Ionas on guitar and vocals, Demetris Yiasemides on wind instruments (including flute and trombone) and Antonis Antoniou on vocals and tzouras (an instrument similar to a bouzouki). Since then they have attracted attention for their upbeat and inventive reappraisal of local songs and dances, during which they are not afraid of throwing in the odd quote from other traditions. This, their first album, begins with three traditional Cypriot pieces, two songs and a great rendition of the dance ‘Syrtós Mavrommátis’. The first of the two original tracks by Antoniou on the CD, ‘Out-of-Touch Guy’ is fantastic. Witty and catchy, it keeps its feet firmly planted in the regional music in which they excel but creates something new out of it. His second composition (‘Young Upwardly-Mobile Professional’) is also well worth a listen, with guest vocals from Maroulla Konstantinou and a suitably biting feel. The duo vocals on ‘I Tossed an Apple’ are also nicely done, and another highlight is the ‘Cypriot Sousta’ dance. With scarcely a note out of place, this album would be a great new addition to anyone’s CD shelves.

TRACK TO TRY: Out-of-Touch Guy

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