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World Food Night is tonight!

Posted on February 22nd, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Cook up a recipe for change

Tonight marks the triumphant return of World Food Night, in association with Refugee Action, the UK-based charity that works with asylum seekers and refugees.

Refugee Action are urging the public to get their culinary mitts on and cook up a storm with family, friends, and neighbours to celebrate global food, music and culture. The Songlines team are already converts. Not only is this a prime opportunity to show off your cooking prowess, but also a chance to raise a significant amount of money for Refugee Action. To find advice and ideas on hosting your event click here.

UK singer-songwriter Adjoa Owusu provided us with a guest blog on Tuesday, where she discussed her relationship between music and food.

We are also very excited to announce that if you subscribe to Songlines, not only will you be able to choose one of our Songlines Awards Winners’ 2012 CDs as a free choice (includes Anoushka Shankar, Tinariwen, Fatoumata Diawara and The Goat Rodeo Sessions feat. Yo-Yo Ma & Chris Thile), but we will also be donating £5 to Refugee Action for every subscription that is bought.

Click here to subscribe and donate £5 to Refugee Action

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Songlines Music Awards 2013 – Voting Now Open

Posted on December 20th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

Voting for the Songlines Music Awards 2013 is now officially open. Cast your vote in each of the four categories, and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win one of three pairs of tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park 2013 (July 25-28). Ten runners-up will also receive a copy of the Songlines Music Awards 2012 CD – a 16-track CD featuring all of the 2012 Awards’ nominees and winners.

The Songlines Music Awards celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of music talent across the world that has been featured in Songlines. There are four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer. Eligible artists are those who have had albums reviewed in Songlines during 2013 (from #82 to #89 inclusive). The voting closes at midnight on January 31 2013. The shortlist of the top four nominees in each category will be published in the April/May issue (#91), on sale March 15.

The 2012 winners included: Anoushka Shankar (Best Artist); Tinariwen (Best Group); Fatoumata Diawara (Best Newcomer) and Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan and Edgar Meyer (Cross-Cultural Collaboration).  Anoushka, Tinariwen and Fatoumata all performed at the Songlines Music Awards 2012 winners’ concert on November 23 at the Barbican Centre in London. Here are some of the highlights from the evening:


For a complete list of all the eligible artists for the 2013 awards, details of the categories and to place your vote, please visit:

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Punch Brothers at London’s Scala

Posted on May 17th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Photo by Danny Clinch

Last Monday the ever-wonderful Punch Brothers rocked a very dreary London to the most wildly enthusiastic crowd I think I’ve ever encountered.

Chris Thile and his quirky bluegrass cohorts, all disturbingly talented and very much famous in their own rights, rattled through a set-list packed with hits old and new – including ‘Rye Whiskey’, ‘This Girl’ and ‘Movement and Location’ – at Scala in Kings Cross before recording for Later… With Jools Holland a mere few days later.

Each and every member of the band – frontman and mandolin virtuoso Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjo player Noam Pikelny, violinist Gabe Witcher and bassist and Paul Kowert – appeared to be blown-away by the response of the crowd, who whooped and cheered throughout the gig, clearly showing their appreciation for Thile and Co and what they are doing for the bluegrass scene.

Based out of New York, Punch Brothers, who are said to be Elton John’s favourite band, are currently playing a key and impactful role in the new American acoustic movement.

Each of the individual musicians has crammed plenty of solo work and/or other collaborations in between Punch Brothers commitments. Pikelny has released a second solo disc, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail, produced by Witcher. Eldridge joined Pikelny on his record and, along with Witcher, on his tour. Kowert has been playing live dates in guitarist Jordan Tice’s trio with hammer dulcimer player Simon Chrisman, with which he released the album The Secret History. The peripatetic Thile, formerly of Nickel Creek, recorded a Grammy–nominated duo set with Brooklyn guitar savant Michael Daves, Sleep with One Eye Open; released The Goat Rodeo Sessions, with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan (which won a Songlines Music Award for best cross-cultural collaboration); and performed live in London with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.


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YouTube Playlist #84

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Now that you’ve had a chance to read about all the exciting music featured in the current issue of Songlines, don’t forget that you can watch it and listen to it too. Each issue, we create a YouTube playlist of featured videos to help give the full interactive experience. You can view the playlist here.

Some of the highlights of this issue’s videos include:

 The Russian grannies, Buranovskiye Babushki, take on Eurovision (read more on p14)
The winners of the Songlines Music Awards 2012 (read more on p32-33)

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