Band on the Wall Updates Feed Events http://bandonthewall.org/ © 2015 Band on the Wall en-gb Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Secret Affair 12th December 2015]]> Legendary Mod Revival group Secret Affair, led by Ian Page & David Cairns, are back at Band on the Wall.

Secret Affair were the most popular of the Mod Revival scene groups of he late seventies and early eighties. From their very first gig, opening for The Jam at Reading University in February 1979, the band were adopted by a group of East End mods, who readily embraced Page’s Glory Boy concept. This group of fans began referring to themselves as Glory Boys. Secret Affair had become so closely linked to the emerging mod revival that in March 1979 Cairns wrote what would become the youth movement’s main anthem, “Time For Action”.

The debut single "Time for Action" sold a quarter of a million copies and firmly established the group's popularity by hitting No. 13 in the national UK charts and gaining the band a slot on "Top of the Pops". More chart success followed with “Let your heart dance”, "Sound Of Confusion", "Do you know" and "My World". Two incredible albums, “Glory Boys" & "Behind Closed Doors" cemented the band's reputation and led to them gracing the front cover of the NME, Smash Hits, Melody Maker & Sounds.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4770/ Fri, 22 May 2015 17:58:09 +0100
<![CDATA[Edward II present: Manchester's Improving Daily 5th July 2015]]> EDWARD the SECOND present

MANCHESTER'S IMPROVING DAILY 

This free pop up event produced by Band on the Wall and Edward the Second will feature live performances (Jennifer Reid, Edward II, others tbc), exhibition displays, talks, good food and real ales. Inspired by Edward II's discovery of the repertoire known as the Manchester Broadsides and the history and stories which lie behind the songs, the band would like to invite you to come and share this amazing repertoire, presented by local experts and performers.

Produced in Manchester throughout the industrial revolution, the songs tell of hardship, politics, social justice and good times as experienced in the nineteenth century. Often a way of spreading news, promoting events, places or businesses or spreading a political or social message, these songs were designed to have a short shelf life and as such were printed on cheap paper and distributed at the markets around what is now the northern quarter of the city.

The event will take place in the garden to the side of The Angel Inn, which features in the song 'The Soldiers Return', one of the most well known of the repertoire. Doors will open for the exhibition and presentations at 2pm with performances taking place between 4pm and 9pm. Edward the Second will be performing at 5pm and 8pm.

The Angel Inn, Rochdale Rd, Manchester

Sunday 5th July

Exhibition from 2pm, Performances 4pm - 9pm

Free entry for more info go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edward-ii-presents-manchesters-improving-daily-tickets-17064377011

http://edwardthesecond.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/edwardthesecondPage

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4769/ Fri, 22 May 2015 16:25:31 +0100
<![CDATA[The Sounds Of Manchester ft. Steve Corry, Kydro & Frisko, Dubsy + Sheena DJs 15th June 2015]]> XII Presents The Sounds of Manchester, which brings you the best in urban music with sets from:

Ste Corrie (Unity radio)

Dubzy (Unity radio)

Kydro (Room 2 Records)

Frisko (Room 2 Records)

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4768/ Wed, 20 May 2015 16:57:18 +0100
<![CDATA[Rockin’ on the Wall 29th June 2015]]> Rockin’ on the Wall is a celebration of Manchester’s long running underground Rockabilly scene.  So let three of Manchester’s most hip twisting bands, The Barracudas, Hobo Kin and the Freight Train and Smoking Ducks take you by the hand and rock you all night.

“Come one, come all… to Rockin’ on the Wall”

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4767/ Wed, 20 May 2015 14:29:54 +0100
<![CDATA[Gabriel Garzon-Montano 11th September 2015]]> Band on the Wall welcome Gabriel Garzón-Montano, a man making big waves in the music industry having just finished touring arenas in Europe with Lenny Kravitz and recently recorded his first Gilles Peterson session on BBC6 Music.

Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he was 19, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid.

A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City's unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch's famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry's home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP.

Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4766/ Wed, 20 May 2015 13:52:25 +0100
<![CDATA[Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen 20th August 2015]]> Band on the Wall welcome New Orleans’ best-kept secret, Jon Cleary.

Born in England and bred in New Orleans, Jon Cleary is a triple threat, combining soulful vocals, masterful piano skills, and a knack for composing infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics.

He arrived in New Orleans at seventeen and got his first piano job subbing for the now legendary pianist James Booker at the Maple Leaf Bar. He further honed his skills when drafted as a sideman for the Taj Mahal, Dr John, John Scofield and had a long association with Bonnie Raitt who described him as 'the ninth wonder of the world'. Through it all he has continued to work behind the scenes as a multi instrumentalist and an all-around session musician whilst developing a firm reputation as an artist in his own right.

Cleary has delighted audiences around the world as a band leader and solo performer, earning a solid reputation as being, amongst other things, a 'musicians musician'. He is acknowledged as a leading practitioner of what he calls 'his hobby', New Orleans style piano. Jon is a powerful and distinctive vocalist while also having earned great respect as a songwriter and arranger.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4765/ Wed, 20 May 2015 13:39:10 +0100
<![CDATA[Chetham's Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles 23rd June 2015]]> The highly acclaimed Chetham's Big Bands return to Band on the Wall for a lively evening of contemporary and classic jazz arrangements, alongside more intimate sounds from smaller jazz combos.

Formed in 1990, the Chetham's Big Bands have enjoyed considerable success on the national jazz scene, regularly performing to capacity audiences, and have won many awards performing alongside a who's who of eminent jazz musicians.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4764/ Tue, 19 May 2015 13:19:22 +0100
<![CDATA[N’Faly Kouyate 4th August 2015]]> Due to to his powerful stage presence and the exceptional dexterity of his kora playing, N’Faly Kouyaté has been dubbed  the “Jimi Hendrix of the kora”. He has toured the world over including Singapore, USA, South Africa, West Africa and all over Europe. In 2015 he won the 'Guinean Music Award' the ultimate accolade from his homeland, birth place of many great musicians. He was nominated for the 'Octaves de la Musique 2012' in Belgium and was one of the winners of 'Le Rêve Africain' in Paris. In 2001 he was nominated for a Grammy award with the Afro Celt Sound System.

His long collaboration with the Afro Celt Sound System has seen him perform at some of the world's greatest festivals such as Glastonbury, Dranouter, Montreux Jazz Festival, WOMAD, Montréal International Jazz Festival, New York Central Park Summer Stage and so forth. Such is N'Faly's Kouyate's unique charisma that when his tall stature appears on stage in the Afro Celt Sound System's colourful line up, the crowd erupts in appreciation.

The world is realising that N'Faly Kouyate is truly a gifted artist in his own right. His latest album, Change, released earlier in the year is a true masterpiece of contemporary West -African music, effortlessly combining N'Faly's diverse musical influences and producing tracks ranging from a hard hitting, Afro-tech music that brings you sounds similar to the ethnic rock of bands like Santana to more subtle jazz-funk and traditional African tracks.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4763/ Tue, 19 May 2015 09:22:03 +0100
<![CDATA[Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. Booka Brass Band live 22nd August 2015]]> Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. Booka Brass Band Live

The Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club returns, with Booka Brass Band providing the live entertainment.

Enjoying a speedy rise to prominence in their native Dublin, the Booka Brass Ensemble have wowed crowds at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Body and Soul, collaborating with folkier artists like Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow as well as undertaking funkier projects, and supporting the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a band who played at Band on the Wall recently.

Receiving acclaim from the press, and soon to release an EP next year, the groups recognition is sure to multiply further.

As usual, Craig Charles provides the Funk and Soul classics, throwing in some Bob Marley alongside a solid set of ParliamentJames Brown and many more greats.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4762/ Tue, 19 May 2015 08:30:48 +0100
<![CDATA[Martin Carthy 3rd July 2015]]> For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife Norma Waterson, and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated “Waiting for Angels” is the latest. Whether in the folk clubs which he continues to champion, on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals' music documentary strand on BBC 2) - there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played.

He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" Q Magazine

"Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.” The Telegraph

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4761/ Mon, 18 May 2015 10:46:36 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Secret Affair, 12th December. 3rd July 2015]]> Secret Affair

12 December / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Legendary Mod Revival group Secret Affair, led by Ian Page & David Cairns, are back at Band on the Wall.

Secret Affair were the most popular of the Mod Revival scene groups of he late seventies and early eighties. From their very first gig, opening for The Jam at Reading University in February 1979, the band were adopted by a group of East End mods, who readily embraced Page’s Glory Boy concept. This group of fans began referring to themselves as Glory Boys. Secret Affair had become so closely linked to the emerging mod revival that in March 1979 Cairns wrote what would become the youth movement’s main anthem, “Time For Action”.

The debut single "Time for Action" sold a quarter of a million copies and firmly established the group's popularity by hitting No. 13 in the national UK charts and gaining the band a slot on "Top of the Pops". More chart success followed with “Let your heart dance”, "Sound Of Confusion", "Do you know" and "My World". Two incredible albums, “Glory Boys" & "Behind Closed Doors" cemented the band's reputation and led to them gracing the front cover of the NME, Smash Hits, Melody Maker & Sounds.


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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/just-announced-secret-affair-12th-december/ Fri, 22 May 2015 18:00:45 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Edward II present: Manchester's Improving Daily, 5th July. 3rd July 2015]]> Edward II present: Manchester's Improving Daily

05 July / 13:00 / More Info / Free Entry

EDWARD the SECOND present

MANCHESTER'S IMPROVING DAILY 

This free pop up event produced by Band on the Wall and Edward the Second will feature live performances (Jennifer Reid, Edward II, others tbc), exhibition displays, talks, good food and real ales. Inspired by Edward II's discovery of the repertoire known as the Manchester Broadsides and the history and stories which lie behind the songs, the band would like to invite you to come and share this amazing repertoire, presented by local experts and performers.

Produced in Manchester throughout the industrial revolution, the songs tell of hardship, politics, social justice and good times as experienced in the nineteenth century. Often a way of spreading news, promoting events, places or businesses or spreading a political or social message, these songs were designed to have a short shelf life and as such were printed on cheap paper and distributed at the markets around what is now the northern quarter of the city.

The event will take place in the garden to the side of The Angel Inn, which features in the song 'The Soldiers Return', one of the most well known of the repertoire. Doors will open for the exhibition and presentations at 2pm with performances taking place between 4pm and 9pm. Edward the Second will be performing at 5pm and 8pm.

The Angel Inn, Rochdale Rd, Manchester

Sunday 5th July

Exhibition from 2pm, Performances 4pm - 9pm

Free entry for more info go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edward-ii-presents-manchesters-improving-daily-tickets-17064377011

http://edwardthesecond.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/edwardthesecondPage

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/just-announced-edward-ii-present-manchesters-improving-daily-5th-july/ Fri, 22 May 2015 17:33:53 +0100
<![CDATA[Artist Focus: Robyn Hitchcock 3rd July 2015]]> English songwriter Robyn Hitchock pours his wealth of experience into every song he writes. Working recently with producer Joe Boyd, his musical connections are strong with many of England’s great songwriters, and his latest work is among his strongest. We spoke to Robyn ahead of his show at Band on the Wall in June, asking about places to write, collaboration and his thoughts on Nick Drake.

As an artist who’s songs recall times and places and explore the details of everyday life, is the place you choose to write a song highly important to you? Do you like to travel to certain places to write?

I'm currently on the Isle of Wight where I wrote a good many songs over 20 years ago now. Hardly any of them were about the island but it was a good place to process my life into songs. When I'm making up songs, I need to stare at something; it could be the sea or a crack in the wallpaper...

You come to Band on the Wall with Emma Swift, an artist you recently recorded a single with for Record Store Day. Tell us what brought the two of you together, and how your styles work together.

Emma and I met at an Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell show. She's more 'Twangy' and I'm more 'Psych' - sounds like a 70's cop show: Psych & Twangy. We intersect at Gram Parsons, The Byrds, and Lucinda Williams - quite an intersection. We're both connoisseurs of the morose. Singing a couple of songs with Emma is the high point of the show.

I first encountered you on the Nick Drake ‘Way to Blue’ concert, covering a couple of tracks from Pink Moon. Is Nick Drake an important artist for you, and have his three albums informed your songwriting?

Nick Drake has a soft, stealthy sound and his music crept up on me over the years. Getting to know Joe Boyd and work with him also drew me in to the still evening beauty of Drake's songs; and the agonized resignation as his world glided downstream towards the waterfall. 

You’ve been with both major and independent labels in your career, and the debate between what is best for artists as they progress is an interesting one. How have you found the difference between major and independent labels? Have you ever had to compromise creatively under a labels direction?

Whoever you record with, or for, you have to know what you're doing and you have to give them direction about how you want to be perceived or they will make it up for you. This is less the case now - labels are now mostly banks that press and distribute your records for you, and may advance you some money in the process. If you make music that you think will sell to a lot of people, go to a major; if you feel that your appeal is more...specialist...then stay independent. That's what'll happen anyway

In a 30 year recording career, what have been the personal highlights? Have any particular songs remained key to your life and you fans?

30 years - I wish! It's 38 this year...My songs are often wiser than me, and feel a lot older. I'm glad there are people who still want to hear them. I'm getting good at interpreting other people's songs, too. Every year I keep playing is a highlight for me.

Robyn Hitchcock + Emma Swift

02 June / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/artist-focus-robyn-hitchco/ Fri, 22 May 2015 13:54:17 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: The Sounds Of Manchester ft. Steve Corry, Kydro & Frisko, Dubsy Sheena DJs, 15th June. 3rd July 2015]]> The Sounds Of Manchester

ft. Steve Corry, Kydro & Frisko, Dubsy Sheena DJs

15 June / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

XII Presents The Sounds of Manchester, which brings you the best in urban music with sets from:

Ste Corrie (Unity radio)

Dubzy (Unity radio)

Kydro (Room 2 Records)

Frisko (Room 2 Records)

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/just-announced-the-sounds-of-manchester-ft-steve-corry-kydro-and-frisko-dubsy-sheena-djs-15/ Wed, 20 May 2015 17:02:49 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Rockin’ on the Wall, 29th June. 3rd July 2015]]> Rockin’ on the Wall

29 June / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Rockin’ on the Wall is a celebration of Manchester’s long running underground Rockabilly scene.  So let three of Manchester’s most hip twisting bands, The Barracudas, Hobo Kin and the Freight Train and Smoking Ducks take you by the hand and rock you all night.

“Come one, come all… to Rockin’ on the Wall”

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/just-announced-rockin-on-the-wall-29th-june/ Wed, 20 May 2015 14:33:39 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Gabriel Garzon-Montano, 11th September. 3rd July 2015]]> Gabriel Garzon-Montano

11 September / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall welcome Gabriel Garzón-Montano, a man making big waves in the music industry having just finished touring arenas in Europe with Lenny Kravitz and recently recorded his first Gilles Peterson session on BBC6 Music.

Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he was 19, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid.

A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City's unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch's famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry's home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP.

Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/just-announced-gabriel-garzonmontano-11th-september/ Wed, 20 May 2015 13:55:23 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 20th August. 3rd July 2015]]> Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

20 August / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall welcome New Orleans’ best-kept secret, Jon Cleary.

Born in England and bred in New Orleans, Jon Cleary is a triple threat, combining soulful vocals, masterful piano skills, and a knack for composing infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics.

He arrived in New Orleans at seventeen and got his first piano job subbing for the now legendary pianist James Booker at the Maple Leaf Bar. He further honed his skills when drafted as a sideman for the Taj Mahal, Dr John, John Scofield and had a long association with Bonnie Raitt who described him as 'the ninth wonder of the world'. Through it all he has continued to work behind the scenes as a multi instrumentalist and an all-around session musician whilst developing a firm reputation as an artist in his own right.

Cleary has delighted audiences around the world as a band leader and solo performer, earning a solid reputation as being, amongst other things, a 'musicians musician'. He is acknowledged as a leading practitioner of what he calls 'his hobby', New Orleans style piano. Jon is a powerful and distinctive vocalist while also having earned great respect as a songwriter and arranger.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/just-announced-jon-cleary-and-the-absolute-monster-gentlemen-20th-august/ Wed, 20 May 2015 13:42:58 +0100
<![CDATA[Artist Focus: Oli Brown 3rd July 2015]]>

Young bluesman Oli Brown has earned a committed following among blues rock fans since starting out a few years ago. Collaborating with legends, and fronting an two blues outfits have made him one of the most accomplished players around. We spoke to Oli ahead of his Band on the Wall show in June, about his taste in Blues music and his many musical projects.

With your electric band Raveneye having just opened for Blues Pills, is it important to continue playing the acoustic guitar, and having that variation for your creativity?

I think it’s important to always touch every musical aspect when possible. I love to play bass, drums, electric and acoustic guitar. I play some better than others… but it always pushes the mind to think differently, I’ve created songs entirely from a drum beat I wanted or a bass riff. Acoustic can really lead a song into a different path which is great when I feel like I’ve pushed too hard down the electric route, it brings back a reality and honesty to the music, you can’t hide behind fuzz and loud riffs when an acoustic is in front of you. I like that isolation, it makes me think beyond myself.

Do you feel as a listener you connect more with the earlier Delta bluesmen, or the guys who were active in the ‘60s like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Taj Mahal, approaching an electric era?

For me I connected more with the electric era like in the 60s. I was turned onto them as I grew up, I also have had the chance to see some of them play live such as Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy. Musicians I played with all were pushing these artists onto me. It wasn’t until later I started exploring deeper into the roots of Blues music.

Has working with a producer like Mike Vernon changed your approach in the studio? Was he an advocate of the older recording techniques and equipment or did you record with him in a modern way?

Mike was incredibly accommodating with me; I think naturally he brings that vintage sound with him, he worked with the studios sound, equipment but kept the recording process very organic. There weren’t many takes with the idea of capturing moments instead of wrapping up about getting something perfect. I loved that about going into the studio with him. He’s an incredible producer.

With so many accolades and awards already, while you’re still quite early in your career, how do you plan to continue impressing as you move forward?

My plan is to continue to work with what I believe in and write what I want to write, it’s not a concern to worry about continuing impressing. I didn’t start music to worry about accolades, I wanted to tour, to write and to express myself the only way I feel I truly can, in music. The accolades are greatly appreciated, but if that was my main focus I’d feel like my head is in the wrong space, it should never be about gratitude from others, just write and get out there.

Oli Brown Band

19 June / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/artist-focus-oli-brown/ Wed, 20 May 2015 12:41:30 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Chetham's Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles, 23rd June. 3rd July 2015]]> Chetham's Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles

23 June / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The highly acclaimed Chetham's Big Bands return to Band on the Wall for a lively evening of contemporary and classic jazz arrangements, alongside more intimate sounds from smaller jazz combos.

Formed in 1990, the Chetham's Big Bands have enjoyed considerable success on the national jazz scene, regularly performing to capacity audiences, and have won many awards performing alongside a who's who of eminent jazz musicians.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/just-announced-chethams-big-bands-and-jazz-ensembles-23rd-june/ Tue, 19 May 2015 13:22:22 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: N’Faly Kouyate, 4th August. 3rd July 2015]]> N’Faly Kouyate

04 August / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Due to to his powerful stage presence and the exceptional dexterity of his kora playing, N’Faly Kouyaté has been dubbed  the “Jimi Hendrix of the kora”. He has toured the world over including Singapore, USA, South Africa, West Africa and all over Europe. In 2015 he won the 'Guinean Music Award' the ultimate accolade from his homeland, birth place of many great musicians. He was nominated for the 'Octaves de la Musique 2012' in Belgium and was one of the winners of 'Le Rêve Africain' in Paris. In 2001 he was nominated for a Grammy award with the Afro Celt Sound System.

His long collaboration with the Afro Celt Sound System has seen him perform at some of the world's greatest festivals such as Glastonbury, Dranouter, Montreux Jazz Festival, WOMAD, Montréal International Jazz Festival, New York Central Park Summer Stage and so forth. Such is N'Faly's Kouyate's unique charisma that when his tall stature appears on stage in the Afro Celt Sound System's colourful line up, the crowd erupts in appreciation.

The world is realising that N'Faly Kouyate is truly a gifted artist in his own right. His latest album, Change, released earlier in the year is a true masterpiece of contemporary West -African music, effortlessly combining N'Faly's diverse musical influences and producing tracks ranging from a hard hitting, Afro-tech music that brings you sounds similar to the ethnic rock of bands like Santana to more subtle jazz-funk and traditional African tracks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/05/just-announced-nfaly-kouyate-4th-august/ Tue, 19 May 2015 09:26:57 +0100