Folk & Roots
Global Sound Sessions A dazzling all-star trio from an exceptionally rich musical country, Toko Telo features the stunning guitar work of D’Gary and soulful vocals from Monika Njava. Honoured at home and acclaimed abroad, these heroes of Madagascan music come together with Toko Telo (‘group of three’) to revisit their shared southern roots. Interpreting traditional musical styles like tsapiky, jihe and beko with sublime musicianship and artistry, Toko Telo provide the perfect introduction to some of the best music that Madagascar can offer. Please Note: The date has previously been printed incorrectly in the brochure, the date below is correct. Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 Full // £8 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval) Season Discount: Book 3 or more Global Sound Sessions concerts at the same time and save 20% PLEASE NOTE: This performance takes place on Sunday 29 April NOT as was originally advertised in our Autumn/Winter 2017 brochure as Saturday 28 April.
Sunday Sessions In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle layer Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert at that year’s festival. In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”. It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option. This then is the debut tour of two of the finest musicians in their respective fields. Start Time: 8pm Tickets: £14 Full // £12 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval)
Sunday Sessions Nominated ‘Best Original Track’ for ‘Fragile Water’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015 Known for over 25 years as a skilled interpreter of traditional music and more recently as a composer of startlingly original new folk songs, Nancy Kerr has become one of the most sought-after ensemble musicians on today’s British folk and scene. Now for something different. Nancy Kerr solo. In this new, intimate setting, Nancy revisits her celebrated deft touch on the violin and viola as well as her distinctive use of fingerpicked guitar, allowing space for new and ancient songs and tunes, and the stories behind them, to breathe and be heard anew. This is music to challenge and inspire, confront and sympathise. A chance to experience the intimate drama of solo folk performance: Kerr’s music in its truest and most conversational form. Start Time: 8pm Tickets: £12.50 // £10.50 // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins (inc. interval)
Sunday Sessions ‘Best Group’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 Described by MOJO as ‘a mouthwatering collaboration’, Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship. Since their critically acclaimed debut At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Hot on the heels of two BBC Folk Award nominations, they released their new album ‘Wild Hog’ on Hudson Records on 4th November 2016 to huge critical acclaim. Start Time: 8pm Tickets: £14 Full // £12 Concessions Running Time: TBC
Global Sound Sessions Chouk Bwa Libète are a traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin (‘roots music’) ensemble bringing together the essence of Haitian Vodou without unnecessary frills. Their music rises in waves of percussion, vocals and dance, authentically inspired in the moment and communicating nothing but the unique joy of this shared spontaneity. With deep roots in the religious rites of West African Vodún, their repertoire blends traditional songs with compositions by lead vocalist and poet Jean-Claude ‘Sambaton’ Dorvil. The celebratory power of their sound has already ignited audiences at major festivals around the world, including Roskilde, WOMAD and Amsterdam Roots. Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 Full // £8 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval) Series Discount: Book 3 or more Global Sound Sessions concerts at the same time and save 20%