A four day extravaganza of workshops, masterclasses and inspired performances ranging through jazz, flamenco, rock and blues to Renaissance music.
Thursday’s headline act is Mick Abrahams. The legendary Jethro Tull guitarist will be giving masterclasses in the afternoon as well as his solo accoustic set in the evening. Friday night is a double bill; psychedelic blues rock band The Moon Music Orchestra and Stonephace, the new jazz combo featuring Larry Stabbins (Working Week) and Adrian Utley (Portishead). Saturday’s classical day is headlined by the outstanding Silesian Guitar Octet and Sunday is early music day as the renowned Daughters of Elvin round off the whole symposium with their own multi-instrumental renaissance style. A host of other superb performers are scheduled throughout the four days. Click here for details of each day’s programme: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4, or download a PDF version of the Guitar Symposium flyer with full programme details. Produced by Ben Salfield Sponsored by Classic Cottages, SITA and Trevarno. Evening Performances £10.
‘Diamonds, Gold & Mobile Phones’ is the second, self- produced album by Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair. The new release is a true romance of cross continental culture and an expression of concern, told in songs of lust for natural resources and longing for a better life by its people. Now with a new lineup back from touring Uganda with Kanda Bongo Man, the story is underpinned by the live dynamite trio of Jeannot Bel’s waterfall style Soukous guitar licks, Felix Ngindu’s hereditary Folklore drum beat and Edd’s omniscient Afro bass.
Expect to dance until you can’t stand.
Tickets £11.Book Online
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he is at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians. In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album ‘Sweet England’ and the success of his 2012 career best ‘Skulk’. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best.
Recording his first album ‘Sweet England’ while still studying classical composition at Birmingham Conservatoire in the day and playing drums in power-pop bands by night, Jim Moray emerged onto the UK folk scene seemingly fully formed in 2003. His provocative reimagining of English traditional music blended with orchestral flourishes, guitars and electronics soon found him awarded the unprecedented combination of ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Album’ at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. After notching up a live reputation with performances at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and WOMAD, and alongside Richard Thompson and Oysterband, Jim followed this with ‘Jim Moray’ in 2006, ‘Low Culture’ in 2008 (fRoots critics poll best album award and Mojo folk album of the year), ‘Modern History in 2010, and ‘Skulk’ in 2012.
Jim has also branched out as producer of his sister Jackie Oates’ award-winning ‘Hyperboreans’ album and been awarded Honorary Life Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire for outstanding achievement in music.
Coming to us straight from WOMAD, Steve Sogo and Hope Street. He is a young and very dynamic musician from Burundi who took to the guitar in the middle of the civil war to express his wish to live and to live a normal life.This music is pure, original blues. His songs are a cry for life; full of pain and hope.
Steve Sogo makes acoustic, hand made music that can be perfectly combined with African traditional sounds in a perfect reflection of his cultural identity and heritage.
Tickets £9, £8 Children £4