Music

PETER KNIGHT AND JOHN SPIERS

Sun 11th Mar - Sun 11th Mar

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: £12.50 Full // £10.50 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: TBC

TOKO TELO

Sat 28th Apr - Sat 28th Apr

GLobal Sound Sessions A dazzling all-star trio from an exceptionally rich musical country, Toko Telo features the stunning guitar work of D’Gary, accordion wizardry from Regis Gizavo 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. 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%

KADIALY KOUYATE SOUND ARCHIVE

Fri 2nd Feb - Fri 2nd Feb

Global Sound Sessions Funky vibes and upbeat West African grooves, Kadialy Kouyate’s Sound Archive guarantees to bring audiences to their feet! Kadialy Kouyate and his ensemble Sound Archive, featuring an outstanding group of London musicians, play original music inspired by the Mandinka griot tradition that will lead you into the West African groove. Born into the great line of Kouyate griots in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles. Since his arrival in the UK, Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at SOAS, University of London for the last decade and he has been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician. 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%.

NANCY KERR

Sun 3rd Jun - Sun 3rd Jun

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: TBC

CHOUK BWA LIBÈTE

Sat 3rd Mar - Sat 3rd Mar

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%      

FURROW COLLECTIVE

Sun 11th Nov - Sun 11th Nov

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  

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Fri 24th Nov - Fri 24th Nov

OperaUpClose   Don’t miss Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose’s return to Lincoln Performing Arts Centre this Autumn. Following their hugely popular and critically acclaimed English language re-imaginings of operas including La Bohème and La Traviata, OperaUpClose take on Mozart’s classic, The Magic Flute. Invited behind the velvet rope at London’s most exclusive club, Tamino doesn’t have time to stop for beggars, paparazzi, or even his girlfriend Pamina. Going to bed after a blazing row later that night, this ordinary couple relive the events and encounters of the evening in dreams made extraordinary by the lateness of the hour, their befuddled senses, and yes, a touch of magic. With magic supplied by Glyn Maxwell’s mischievous poetry, Alex Beetschen’s lively orchestration and Valentina Ceschi’s theatrical creativity, this production will re-invent The Magic Flute in fabulous new robes for the era of Trump and recessions, casting rays of light and love into the darkness;   Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £20 Full // £18 Concessions // £10 LIVE PASS Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval) Age: 14+

HIDDEN GEMS

Sat 25th Nov - Sat 25th Nov

Hidden Gems is an intercultural performance showcasing storytelling, poetry and music by artists from different local communities. Framed by the ‘Welcoming Voices’ research project, which looks at how migrant communities share and transmit cultural expression within and beyond their social circles, the audience is invited to experience the research material first hand through their performance. Hidden Gems is a positive exploration of Lincoln’s unknown talents from its local communities. Part of the national Being Human festival, the event will be held at LPAC on Saturday 25 November and will include food-tasting from Britain and Eastern Europe catered by the local communities engaged with the ‘Welcoming Voices’ research project. The event will feature storytelling, music and poetry by artists from British and Eastern European cultural backgrounds.   Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £12.50 Full // £10.50 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: 2 hour (inc. interval)    

THE SAZE PROJECT

Fri 10th Nov - Fri 10th Nov

Global Sound Sessions Saze hails from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania – a polyphonic music with the power to entrance any listener, even if they are strangers to the culture of this long-isolated country. Urban instruments such as clarinet and violin took their inspiration from the iso-polyphonic singing of the villages where vocalists follow the ancient patterns of ‘lead’ and ‘cutting’ voices to improvise swirls around the melody, with moods ranging from aching, blues-like ‘kaba’ to joyful dances. This hand-picked ensemble includes some of the finest contemporary performers of this mesmerizing style originating in the cradles of Saze around the beautiful towns of Korça and Përmet, opening a window into Albania’s fascinating musical traditions. Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 Full // £8 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS (Student & Under 26s) Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval)

SATURDAY NIGHT JAZZ

Sat 4th Nov - Sat 4th Nov

A celebration of the music made famous by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers which charts band’s recorded output between 1947-1990. Featuring the compositions and authentic transcriptions of Wayne Shorter, Bobby Watson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons and others.   Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £12 all tickets Running Time: 2 hours