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Our inaugural Songlines Encounters Festival at London’s Kings Place last month was a great success. The three days featured talks, workshops, free foyer events, and films as well as plenty of concerts. For those of you who missed the festival, Haydn Wheeler was there to capture it all.
London’s Kings Place hosts Songlines’ very own, inaugural Encounters Festival on June 23-25.
As part of its 75th issue celebrations, the magazine has teamed up with Ikon Arts Management to programme eight concerts featuring rising talent from around the world, as well as workshops in Bulgarian singing, Balkan and klezmer music and film screenings and conversations.
The festival sees the UK debut of Cretan lyre player Stelios Petrakis in a new trio formation with Spanish guitarist Efrén López and Iranian percussionist Bijan Chemirani.
It also sees the highly anticipated UK debut of the new star of Portuguese fado, Carminho, alongside a screening of the film, Mariza and the Story of Fado.
Finnish harmonica quartet Sväng, Hungarian plucked tambura musicians Söndörgö and UK-based Balkan and klezmer band She’koyokh are as unique and eclectic in sound as their names are.
The one-off Circle of Sound South Asian concert brings together sarod player Soumik Datta, clarinetist Arun Ghosh and drummer Taalis.
In the regular Friday folk slot there’s Ewan McLennan, who just won the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, with guest singer Jackie Oates. And doing his superb Latin Jazz on Saturday is pianist Alex Wilson (his Mali Latino was a Top of the World in #72). He’ll play solo, with his trio and in a special Songlines collaboration.
The Songlines Encounters Festival runs at London’s Kings Place June 23-25 to mark the magazine’s 75th issue celebrations. In partnership with Ikon Arts Management, eight main concerts featuring exciting artists handpicked by Songlines include several London debuts.
Cretan lyra player Stelios Petrakis plays his UK debut in a new trio formation with guitarist Efrén López and Iranian percussionist Bijan Chemirani, while the UK debut for the most exciting new voice in Portuguese fado – Carminho – is accompanied by two screenings of the film Mariza and the Story of Fado.
There are also Finnish harmonicas from the brilliant Sväng (Top of the World in #51), intricate plucked tambura music from Hungary’s Söndörgő (Top of the World in #63) and the UK’s best Balkan and klezmer band, She’koyokh.
How about Circle of Sound, a one-off South Asian concert featuring sarod player Soumik Datta, clarinettist Arun Ghosh and drummer Taalis, or Latin jazz with pianist Alex Wilson (Top of the World in #72), playing in a special Songlines collaboration?
In the regular Folk slot on Friday there’s Ewan McLennan, who just won the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, with guest singer Jackie Oates and during the afternoon on Saturday 25th there are workshops in Bulgarian singing, Balkan and klezmer music and a chance to meet Söndörgő in conversation.
Songlines Subscriber Offers
• Full Festival Pass £75 (10% saving – telephone orders only)
• 25% discount on single tickets (excluding premium and saver seats)
• For discount code see issue #75 subscribers’ carrier sheet or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Offers subject to availability
• Deadline for booking June 23 2011
• Book online at www.kingsplace.co.uk or call 020 7520 1490