Loop Guru core members Salman Gita and Jamuud have been working together for many years. They function as a collective rarely playing two consecutive gigs with the same line-up. The music which has made the group a big favorite with the “Megadog” and “Whirl-y-Gig” club goers is put together using as a staggering array of instruments ranging from the electric (the Cora, the Sitar and various Gamelan pieces) to the electric to the monster made up of dustbin lids, metal cogs and hip replacement joints.
Regular band members include percussionist Mad Jym and lead vocalists Natasha Atlas who performed on the band’s second single ‘Hope’ in 1993 and Iranian-born Sussan Deihim who appears on Loop Guru’s debut album ‘Duniya’ as well as single ‘Sus-san-tics’ their ‘tribute to her. One track on the album also features the bass player talents of Transglobal Underground’s Count Dubulah.
Duniya (Nation Records 1994)
The Third Chamber (1994) Amrita (1995)
Catalogue of Desires Vol. 3: The Clear White Variation (1996)
Moksha…Peel To Reveal/The Peel Sessions (1996)
Loop Bites Dog (1997)
The Fountains Of Paradise (1999)
Loopus Interruptus…Forgotten Treasures & Lost Artifacts (2001)
Wisdom of the Idiots…Half a History and a History and a Half (2003)
Bathtime With Loop Guru (2003)
Elderberry Shiftglass (2006)
Based in Glasgow (Scotland) since their formation in 2001 Koshka (formerly Kesha) came together as a result of Oleg Ponomarev, Nigel Clark and Lev Atlas’ mutual love of music as diverse as classical folk and hotclub. Although no strangers to the big stage having played to thousands during their respective careers Koshka honed their sound playing intimate shows at Russian Cafe Cossachok and have rapidly become an in demand world music act.
Their first major show was played to a packed Tron Theatre in November 21 and they have since performed around the UK and Ireland with appearances at Oran Mor during West End Festival Glasgow International Jazz Festival and Celtic Connections Festival (where they received the accolade of being the only act to receive two standing ovations at the Old Fruitmarket). They have also guested with Aly Bain during the Edinburgh Festival in 2002 and composed the official song for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002 which they performed at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Following the critical success of their first album Kesha Koshka have recorded sessions for BBC Radio and a second collection Shara was released in January 2005.
What distinguishes Koshka as world class act is not only the individual members’ virtuosity but also the fact that they play almost entirely original material composed by Oleg Ponomarev.
Kevin Burke’s sparkling lyrical fiddle has earned him a reputation as one of the finest most influential players in music today. From The Bothy Band to Patrick Street he has defined Irish fiddling for a generation. His work with artists as disparate as Kate Bush Arlo Guthrie and Christy Moore has given him an audience that not only spans continents but defies attempts at categorization.
Born and raised in London England Burke picked up his first fiddle at age eight when his parents decided music studies were in order. “To this day I have no idea why they chose the fiddle except that it’s popular in County Sligo where the family comes from and where we spent our vacations ” he laughs. “For the next five years or so I dutifully diddled around on it. Then I discovered Irish music. Suddenly I was hooked. I spent my teens wandering into pubs waiting for a chance to sit in with the musicians.”
London in the 196s was a vibrant musical scene for the Irish emigrants could be heard playing the styles of Kerry Sligo Galway Limerick and Clare. And Burke was listening. Though he counts such masters of the Sligo style as Michael Coleman Paddy Killoran and Tom McGowan as primary influences he also points to fiddlers Bobby Casey (County Clare) and Brendan McGlinchey (Ulster) and to a wealth of Irish musicians on the London scene as important in his development. “I had access to it all whereas if I’d been living in Ireland I might not have been so lucky.”
Good fortune aside Kevin’s undeniable talents brought him to the attention of Arlo Guthrie in 1972 when he was invited to the United States to play on Guthrie’s Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys. Shortly after Christy Moore the great Irish singer/songwriter asked Burke to Ireland to play in his new band. He stayed with Moore two years before joining what would become one of the most influential Irish groups of all time The Bothy Band.
Hailed as “the Yardbirds of Irish music ” the Bothy Band boasts some of the finest musical alumni in all of Ireland including Matt Molloy (Chieftains) Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and Tríona Ní Domhnaill (Nightnoise) Dónal Lunny and Paddy Keenan. Burke initially joined the band as a temporary replacement for fiddler Tommy Peoples but his role soon become permanent. His elegant impassioned fiddle was a cornerstone of the band’s legendary sound from 1976 until 1979.
During their years together Burke and guitarist Míchéal Ó Domhnaill discovered a rare musical rapport. When the Bothy Band parted ways the duo toured Europe and recorded the groundbreaking Promenade which was awarded the “Grand Prix du Disque” at the 198 Montreux Jazz Festival. They went on to record Portland named for the adopted hometown where Burke still resides.
In 1986 Burke joined an all-star cast of Irish musicians that included Andy Irvine and Jackie Daly for a tour that evolved into the legendary quartet Patrick Street. Eight albums and countless tours later the partnership is stronger and more electric than ever. In the late ‘8s Burke formed Open House his short-lived but critically acclaimed project with American musicians Paul Kotapish Mark Graham and Sandy Silva. Kevin created Open House to stretch beyond his Irish roots and explore music from all corners of the world.
As if that weren’t enough he is an active member of The Celtic Fiddle Festival a dazzling pan-Celtic ensemble that also features Scotland’s Johnny Cunningham and Christian LeMaitre of Brittany. Though the trio first came together for a one-off tour they went on to record two successful albums both highlighting the brilliant interplay between the fiddlers.
In Concert is Burke’s first solo release in 15 years. His fiddling tone and power are in mighty form as he sails through tunes drawn from throughout his remarkable career. “There are thousands of old tunes good ones that haven’t been played in years. When I find something I love I play it. And when I find something I like I bend it out of shape until I love it…Good music is good music. It should be heard.”
“A lot of people think Irish music is wistful and melancholy. That’s one side of it but there’s also a great rough resilient spirit in the music an element of joy underlying even the most plaintive melody. I grew up listening to musicians with that spirit and I value it. So much in music today makes people passive bored and boring: three things I never want to be.</em>”
In 2002 Burke won the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship.
British world music festival Musicport has announced its 2017 lineup. The festival takes place October 20th – 22nd, 2017 at Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby.
This year’s program includes:
Afro Celt Sound System: masters of Celtic fusion.
Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds: Pioneering dub reggae poet, writer, social commentator and music maker with new album “Revolutionary Minds.
Trio Da Kali (Mali): A Malian super group with an impressive roster. Singer Hawa is the daughter of the great Kass Mady Diabaté, still one of West Africa’s great voices. Lassana Diabaté, formerly with Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is a master of the ancient West African wooden xylophone, the balafon, while ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté is the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent, Bassekou Kouyaté.
Tcha Limberger’s Kalotaszeg Trio (Hungary): A trio showcasing specifically the folk music played by Gypsies in a small region of Transylvania with a universally respected cultural heritage. The three main repertoires played are Hungarian, Romanian, and Gypsy. Led by the remarkable fiddler Tcha.
Kefaya: Ecstatic Indo-prog led by the virtuoso talents of Giuliano Moderelli & Al McSween both who trained at Leeds College Of Music. Winner of Songlines 2017 Newcomer Award.
Maia Barou (Japan/France): The daughter of a Japanese painter and a French author/producer, the flute is her first instrument but she sings using a special technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds.
Maarja Nuut (Estonia): Charismatic fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs and stories with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape in a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.
Joanne Harris & Storytime Band: The internationally acclaimed author of Chocolat brings a new live show to the festival, featuring dark tales from her forthcoming collection and projections, original music and song from the band she has been a member of since college.
Amaraterra: A London-based group of expatriates from Salento in southern Italy, whose songs in the pizzica dance style speak of love, longing and passion.
Andy Kershaw: A late night DJ set from the broadcaster journalist and foremost advocate of the type of music Musicport promotes.
Maya Youssef Trio (Syria): Virtuoso Syrian kanun player Maya whose virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the kanun, originally a traditional instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms.
Rafiki Jazz: A UK ensemble spanning four continents with refugee artists at its heart.
Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales): One of the UK’s finest Celtic music acts.
Omar Puente’s Cuban Sextet: Omar is a Cuban-born violinist and jazz musician, currently living in England.
Fistful of Spookies: UK contingent of the phenomenon that is the Spooky Men’s Chorale. The Spooky Men’s Chorale emerged the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.
Himmerland (Denmark): A group of five travelling musicians who come from Denmark, Poland and Ghana, in West Africa who met in beautiful wide-skied northern part of Jutland called Himmerland. They compose their own music and infuse it with all the different traditions that run in their blood and travel the world performing it.
Bollywood Jazz Project: A joyous collision of styles as virtuoso jazz musicianship meets the technicolor drama of Bollywood for a journey through cinematic sound and created developed here in Yorkshire.
Orchestra of Samples Addictive TV perform their latest audio visual. The duo has won international acclaim for the project described as “a glimpse into the very essence of music” and “ingenious and compelling”. 200 musicians from more than 25 different countries are sampled, combined and reimagined into extraordinary unique fusions that cross multiple styles and cultures alongside live musicians.
Pete Williams & His Band: Founding member of Dexys Midnight Runners, Pete with his band of merry Midlanders deliver songs of mystery, imagination, love, loss, joy and memory that come down on you like a ton of feathers.
Ian Prowse: All-Liverpudlian musical hero and frontman of both Pele & Amsterdam and a solo artist of renown who has worked with Elvis Costello, John Peel & Christy Moore amongst many others in his long career.
Rory McLeod & The Familiar Strangers present internationally popular performer Rory’s songs in a fresh and exciting new musical environment and bring a musical depth and range to compliment Rory’s outstanding talents as wordsmith his engaging and earthy performing qualities.
Kathakali Theatre Company: (India) Drama, dance, music and ritual are combined in the classical Indian art form kathakali. Featuring eminent artists from Kerala, South India. Stunning both visually and aurally this sacred theatre erupts on stage with striking images that expose the magical world of South India.
O’Hooley & Tidow: A West Yorkshire duo who we have seen develop from the start and who have now become one of the must-see acts on the circuit.
Hardeep Singh Kohli: Comedian, broadcaster, journalist, and chef. In addition to being a BBC Radio 4 favorite, Hardeep’s broadcast credits include shows ranging from Celebrity Masterchef & The One Show to Question Time & This Week. He has also won a BAFTA for his work as director. Here he’ll run cookery stage and DJ.
Bob’s Blundabus: The double decker bar & venue home to clowns, storytellers and comedians and our onsite fringe venue.
Grace Petrie: Folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester who first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain.
Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican
Hattie Hatstar: Acoustic-comedy-punk-folk-cabaret
Leasungspell: Teesside poet Bob Beagrie’s epic poem set in the wilds of Northumbria in the year 657 AD.
Kathryn Tickell was born in 1967. Her roots are very definitely in the North Tyne Valley of Northumberland where many of her relatives still play traditional music. Her father Mike Tickell is an acclaimed performer of the songs of this area.
Kathryn has always been surrounded by music and has played the piano since the age of six. She took up the Northumbrian smallpipes at the age of 9 and by the age of 13 had won all of the traditional open smallpipes competitions at the Border festivals and many fiddle competitions also. In 198 she learned the Shetland fiddle style from the great player and teacher Tom Anderson. As a result of this she was invited to play at the Shetland Folk Festival in 1981 where she was so popular that she was invited back the following year. In 1983 she was a guest at the Edinburgh International Festival the first year that famous event included British traditional music in its program.
In 1984 she recorded her first album On Kielderside. In 1985 she turned professional immediately entering a busy schedule of work throughout Britain as well as recording a Northumbrian music album From Shewingshields to Glendale with Alistair Anderson and other respected musicians such as Joe Hutton Willy Taylor and Will Atkinson. 1986 saw her still working extensively as well as recording her second solo album Borderlands for Black Crow Records. This record was released in January 1987 to great critical acclaim and featured in the Folk Root “Top Thirty” for over a year. Kathryn also featured on the “Square Roots” compilation performing with Rory McLeod and played sessions on albums for various bands.
Kathryn’s third album Common Ground featured two of the most respected players in Britain Danny Thompson on bass and guitarist Chris Newman. It was chosen Q Magazine’s Record of the Year. Kathryn was also named as Top instrumentalist in the Folk Roots Poll of 1988 and was also nominated for two major awards the Variety Club of Great Britain’s,Northern Personality of the Year Award” and a Northern Arts Awards for outstanding achievement throughout the year in which she scooped the main honors in the Performing Arts Category.
In 1990 the Kathryn Tickell Band was formed. The next few years saw Kathryn putting all her energy into the band recording the albums The Kathryn Tickell Band and Signs and touring extensively throughout the world. However she still found time to compose music for two of Newcastle’s Live Theatre Company productions to present a series of programs for Radio 2 record with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and with The Chieftains. During this time Kathryn also contributed to Sting albums as well as joining him to play live at Newcastle City Hall & also on TV.
In March 1997 Kathryn’s sixth album The Gathering was released to great critical acclaim and led to appearances on Later with Jools Holland and playing live on Andy Kershaw’s Radio 1 show. In May Sting Jimmy Nail & Kathryn hit the stage of the Carnegie Hall New York performing,The Waters of the Tyne” at a benefit concert in aid of the Rainforest Foundation. The song has also been recorded for a benefit CD Carnival.
Since then Kathryn has been involved in a collaboration with saxophone player John Surman culminating in two concerts at Stockton Riverside Festival. She has also been presenting more programs for Radio 2 featuring young musicians throughout Britain.
In February 1997 Kathryn founded the Young Musicians Fund. Managed by The Community Foundation the fund aims to help young people in the North East region to realize their musical potential.
In 1998 Kathryn released The Northumberland Collection an album featuring various musicians and singers from the county. She also became Gateshead’s Composer in Education working with three primary schools and the Gateshead Youth Orchestra. 1999 saw Kathryn touring with her new band & releasing her eighth album Debateable Lands. In August 1999 Kathryn was awarded a bursary from the Britten-Pears Foundation to study composition with Judith Weir at Dartington International Summer School. She also presented a series of TV programs on music composition for Channel 4 Schools.
2000 was another exciting year with Lordenshaws Kathryn’s piece for pipes & small ensemble being penned toured and broadcast. The other major project of 2 was Ensemble Mystical an exciting new group set up by Kathryn and including musicians from classical jazz and folk backgrounds. The group toured and released an album in the final part of the year.
2001 saw Kathryn touring in Uganda Canada Italy France and the UK. Collaboration with jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard resulted in a major multi-media work which was premiered at the opening of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. It was also released as a limited edition CD (Music for a New Crossing).
In September 2001 the Kathryn Tickell Band performed as part of the,Last Night of the Proms” celebrations the first time the event had included traditional folk music. The performance was broadcast nationally and internationally.
Since September 2001 Kathryn has been a part -time lecturer on the new Folk and Traditional Music degree course at Newcastle University.
In 2002 Kathryn’s 10th album Back to the Hills was released featuring solos duets and trios in traditional style as well as archive recordings of Kathryn with Northumberland shepherd and fiddle player Willie Taylor.
Kathryn’s BBC Proms commission for London Sinfonietta Muzsikas and Folkestra was presented in 2008. In 2009 she received the British Queen’s Medal for Music awarded to artists judged to have made an exceptional contribution to British music. Celebrating Peter Maxwell Davies’ 75th birthday in 29 Kathryn worked with the Nash Ensemble performing â€˜Kettletoft Inn’ the piece he composed specially for her.
As the Artistic Director of Folkworks the folk development agency for the north east of England, Kathryn provides artistic leadership and inspiration for Folkworks programs and is also the founder and Director of Folkestra the north east’s young folk ensemble.
In 2011 she continued her collaboration with Sting as well as touring with the Kathryn Tickell Band.
Julian Marley was born in London in 1975. He is the son of reggae legendBob Marley and Lucy Pounder.
He grew up in a multicultural community. Since recording his first song at age five at the Marley family home in Kingston, Julian has become a skillful self-taught musician mastering the bass, drums and keyboards.
In 1989 he released his first album titled Uprising, also the name of his band. He moved to Jamaica in 1992 and began to work with reggae veterans Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Earl “Wire” Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl “Chinna” Smith.
Julian Marley’s CD Lion in the Morning reflects his growing maturity and musical sophistication. Collaborating on the album with Julian was the Ghetto Youths International production team founded by siblings Stephen and Ziggy Marley. The family connection goes further: it was recorded at the renovated Marley Music studio at Hope Road in Kingston, the studio where his father created some of his most important and well-known work.
Acorn Arts (1995)
Mr. Marley (1995)
Lion in the Morning (1996) A Time & Place (2003)
Systems (2003) Awake (Tuff Gong, 2009)
Violence In the Street (2011)
Jez Lowe grew up in the coal mining village of Easington, England. He started to play guitar at the age of 10 and decided that his future was not in working in the dying local mines.
By the time Jez Lowe recorded his first album in 1980 he had already served a musical apprenticeship in the thriving traditional music scene around his native North East England. He had played in a variety of groups over several years usually in a partnership with Ged Foley. When Foley joined the Battlefield Band at the turn of the decade Lowe began an illustrious solo career signing with Cumbria based Fellside Records for the first of eight acclaimed albums.
As a “live” performer Lowe is one of the busiest people on the British acoustic music circuit has toured all over Europe and most successfully North America and Australia. As a recording artist he has consistently been Fellside’s “top seller.”
It is as a songwriter that Jez Lowe has found most acclaim. He also sings about the hardships of the English miners and their families. His songs of Northern England are among the most widely sung on the British scene and have been covered by artists as far away as California and Australia. Established acts such as the Black Family The McCalmans, The Dubliners, Gordon Bok, The Tannahill Weavers and Fairport Convention are singing Lowe compositions and his song Back in Durham Jail has been covered by no less than fourteen different artists. He has recently won a Performing Rights Society award as part of their Composer in Education Program and this in turn has led to him being appointed Composer in Residence in East Durham by the Easington District Arts Department.
In 1990 Jez Lowe began working with The Bad Pennies a quartet of singers and musicians with whom he has recorded three albums. They have gone on to be one of England’s top folk bands combining what has been called “acoustic simplicity with electric vitality” at festivals and concerts across Europe and North America. Their 1996 album Tenterhooks for the Green Linnet label has won them rave reviews and their contributions to the top selling album of a cappella folk songs Voices was one of the outstanding tracks.
Jez is joined in The Bad Pennies by Billy Surgeoner Simon Haworth and Judy Dinning. Billy Surgeoner plays fiddle keyboards whistle and vocals and joined The Bad Pennies in 1992.
He is based in North London where he is a session musician and recently toured with the Chalmondeleys one of the U. K.’ s leading modem dance groups. Joining the group in 1999 Simon Haworth plays bass and keyboards and is the newest member of the group. Judy Dinning sings and plays keyboards and percussion and is one o I Northeast England’s best know vocalists with several albums to her credit.
Jez Lowe continues to tour across Europe and the United States of America both solo and with the band and continues to write and involve himself in new projects.
Jez Lowe (198)
The Old Durham Road (Fellside FECD34 1983)
Galloways (Musica Pangea MP 16 1985)
Two a Roue with Jake Walton (1986)
Bad Penny (Fellside FECD7 1988)
Briefly On The Street (Fellside FECD79 1990)
Back Shift: A Collection Of Songs From 1980 To 1986 (Fellside FECD89 1992)
Bede Weeps (Fellside FECD94 1993)
Tenterhooks (Green Linnet GLCD 1161 1995) The Parish Notices (Green Linnet GLCD 1192 1998)
Live At The Davy Lamp (2)
Honesty Box (Tantobie Records TTRCD 12 2002)
Tantobie Twinset – The Parish Notices + Honesty Box (2007)
Jack Common’s Anthem (2007)
Northern Echoes: Live on the Tyne (2008)
Heads Up: 18 Essential Jez Lowe Songs (2012)
Ian Melrose was born in Middlesbrough, England. As a youth he moved back to Ayr in Scotland with his Scottish parents and younger brother Ian’s father was/is a member of the Scottish fiddle orchestra so traditional music was always present. His early influences were the famous figures from the “British school of guitar-playing” i.e. Davey Graham, John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, and John Martyn.
After doing a degree in Law and German at Keele University he moved to Berlin in 1981 where he started doing solo work. In 1982 he founded Twilight, an acoustic folk-jazz trio which thanks to the unusual arrangements was winner of the 1985 folk group competition at the Edinburgh folk festival. A record deal with the Scottish company LISMOR followed.
As a founder member of the German folk-pop band Be Mine Or Run and as guitarist and arranger with the Celtic project Norland Wind (featuring Thomas Loefke and Kerstin Blodig) he has made a name for himself on the German acoustic scene. He has done extensive tours of Germany Holland and Norway and has done studio jobs for many well-known artists. A tour through Germany in 1996 with Norland Wind brought the contact to Noel & Padraig Duggan of Clannad, who in turn suggested Ian for the job of lead guitarist with Clannad for the May tour of Ireland, Great Britain and Holland. They were obviously pleased with him and offered him the rest of the “World Tour ’96” which included Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
You can hear Ian playing on the Clannad album Landmarks. In his solo concerts Ian plays pieces from his critically acclaimed album Wolves and from his album Between the Sighs. His guitar compositions show a strong leaning towards his “Celtic roots” where elements of Irish & Scottish dance tunes and ballads mix easily with South-American rhythms and jazz harmonies.
Singer and harp player Gwenan Gibbard is a talent musician, part of the Welsh folk scene. Her debut album Y Gwenith Gwynnaf features freshly-wrought arrangements of traditional dance-tunes, airs, ballads and poetry.
Ged (pronounced “Jed”) was born in County Durham in the North East of England. Ged is a superb guitarist, a singer of distinction with a spare, unornamented style and a player of both the fiddle and the Northumbrian smallpipes.
A one-time member of Scotland’s The Battlefield Band and a founding member of The House Band, Ged also worked in a duo with the excellent English singer/songwriter Jez Lowe. He replaced originalPatrick Street member Arty McGlynn in 1996, and joined the Celtic Fiddle Festival after an initial tour with the band in 2001. He lives in the USA.
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