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Just announced: Hiatus Kaiyote, 19th November.

Hiatus Kaiyote

19 November / 19:30 / More Info / On sale 29th June 2015 at 09:00

Every so often a band comes along that captures the collective imagination, a band that has all the essential elements in place to become a musical movement. The music of Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote strikes the perfect note merging poetry and polyrhythms. They have carved out their own ecosystem populated with songs, each embodying its own mini-cinematic sonic soundscape.

Hiatus Kaiyote have the world talking, with Questlove, Erykah Badu, Pharrell and Prince going out of their way to promote the band. Stereogum singled them out as a “Band to Watch”, and Gilles Peterson named them the Breakthrough Artist of 2013. Legendary producer/songwriter Salaam Remihandpicked Hiatus Kaiyote as the first signing for his new label Flying Buddha, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks, and they immediately gave debut album Tawk Tomahawk an  official worldwide release in July, 2013.

“This is a love letter to the whole of nature, a self-indulgent trip to the other side of consciousness, an experience you have to fully immerse yourself in to appreciate. “ The Guardian

Just announced: Folk Group Course Autumn 2015

Folk Group Course Autumn 2015

23 September - 18 November / 19:30 - 21:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Brighter Sound presents a brand new Folk Group course with traditional fiddle star Emma Sweeney. Focusing on traditional Irish folk tunes with an emphasis on authentic style, ornamentation and embellishment. This course is open to any melodic instrument, including whistle, flute, accordion, harmonica. There will be group performance opportunities to play with Emma at local folk ’sessions’ in the Manchester area at the end of the course. A great and friendly way to 'test the waters' of the local folk scene with a respected and experienced player at your side.

This course is for intermediate to advanced players of all backgrounds. Some experience of playing in folk styles is an advantage, although not compulsory. (If you are not sure about this or the suitability of your instrument to the course contact us HERE for some guidance).

Whether you are a folk player wanting to extend your repertoire and understanding of style, or an experienced musician who feels that you are tied to the 'dots' on a page and want to try something new, this course will have something to offer.

  • Venue: The Picturehouse at Band on the Wall
  • Full course dates: Weds: 23, 30 Sept. 7, 14, 21, Oct. 4, 11, 18 Nov. 
  • Times: 7.30-9.30pm 
  • External session dates: To be arranged
  • Cost: £120 / £105 conc. / £18 pay per session

N.B. Concession places are subject to production of proof of eligibility at first session.

Click Enrol for more details.

Just announced: Beginner Guitar Autumn 2015 Early Group

Beginner Guitar Autumn 2015 Early Group

25 September - 23 October / 18:30 - 20:30 / More Info / Enrol

Brighter Sound presents two new group guitar courses with Noel Maher at Band on the Wall.

Always thought about learning guitar but not sure if it's for you? Put off by expensive lessons fees? This five week beginner guitar course is designed to give you an affordable and accessible 'taster' of the wonderful world of the guitar.

The two groups are:

  • Beginners: for those who are completely new to the guitar
  • Beginners Continued: for those who have already taken the beginners course or those who have some experience and want to brush-up their guitar skills 

Both beginner guitar groups are sociable, accessible and a great way into music.

In just five one hour group sessions, Brighter Sound's experienced and supportive guitar tutor Noel Maher will take you through some of the basics of popular guitar, and show you that learning to play can be a fun and rewarding experience!

Starting from the ground up, this course will cover everything you need to start playing some great tunes within just a week or two including:

  • How the guitar works.
  • Simple melodies and fingering.
  • How to read guitar TAB (guitar-specific music notation)
  • Basics of chords and strumming.

Don't own a guitar? Don't worry - Band On The Wall and Brighter Sound can provide guitars for use during lessons. Please let us know if you need to borrow one for the lesson.

  • Full course dates: Course 1 - Fri: 25 Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 Oct. Course 2 - Fri: 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov. 4 Dec.
  • Times: One hour sessions available from 6:30pm (Complete beginners) and 7:30pm (Beginners continued)
  • Price: £50
  • Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall
    For more information click Enrol.

Just announced: Ghostpoet, 26th November.


26 November / 19:30 / More InfoOn sale from 3rd July 2015 at 09:00

Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, Ghostpoet, aka Obaro Ejimiwe is touring his highly acclaimed third album ‘Shedding Skin’, a warm, organic, alternative offering, crafted with a traditional live set-up by the musicians who have become ingrained in the Ghostpoet programme. Ejimiwe is flanked throughout by his touring band: Joe Newman on guitar; John Calvert on bass, who also co-produced the album alongside the man with his name on the sleeve; and John Blease on drums. Ejimiwe is clear on his intentions: “I wanted a consistent sonic direction throughout the record.”

Ghostpoet’s eagle-eyed take on the most minute aspects of everyday living has inspired ‘Shedding Skin’, but there’s plenty of evident emotion at play, too – this is all sung from the heart, from the soul and the stomach, the places where feelings dance on the daily. “For this album, it felt silly to focus just on how great, or not, my own life is,” says Ejimiwe. “My life is only one amongst millions. And that’s the attitude of it.”

claustrophobic and utterly compelling” The Guardian 

Interview with N'Faly Kouyate

N'Faly Kouyate

Kora player N’Faly Kouyate comes to Band on the Wall in August. The Guinean musician has been praised for his accomplished playing as well as his ability to use the instrument in fusion music, as he did with the Afro Celt Soundsystem. He has played around the world with the Soundsystem as well as under his own name. We spoke to N’Faly about his time with Afro Celt Soundsystem, the possibilities of his chosen instrument and his live performances.

What did playing with Afro Celt Orchestra do to you as a musician, did have an effect on your playing style or your approach to music?

Performing with the Afro alt Sound System allowed me to discover many things I know nothing about, with them I discovered Irish music and the similarities between Irish and African instruments.. Afro-Celt gave me a taste for electronic music and that changed my vision of world music enormously. Indeed my new album is entirely electronic and allowed me to develop a new sound that I call Afrotonix.

What are the messages you wish to convey in your music, both live and on recordings and albums?

I condemn the abuse of power and the abuse of wealth. I speak up for the weak and denounce those who abuse their power on them. My music also brings advice, be it live or in recordings.

You play a West African instrument called a Kora, and you’ve used it for both traditional and more contemporary musical styles. Is it a versatile instrument, and could you see it being used in more western music or other styles of music than are typical?

I consider the Kora as a very ancient and traditional instrument. It is a large and a very complete instrument, when you know how to use it you can accompany any music in the world. Proof is have played with musicians from the Balkans, gypsies, tsiganes, Spanish, Jewish, Chinese, and so on. In my new album, Change I also make a lot of use of the electronic wawa pedal and other effects and use a lot of distortion to be able to compete with the rock guitar. On the other hand I have another project called Africa Meets the World which is in a style I have dubbed Afroclassic. This combines 20 or so violins and violas, even double bass that inter-mingles with West Afrian instruments and the kora, the all crowned with a gospel choir!

What do you most enjoy about live performance, and what do you hope the audience take away from your performances?

When I perform live I love to have a big sound. When I have a big sound and I hear the sound of my Kora mingling with the other instruments, I forget all the worries in the world and I do everything I can to make my audience happy. My wish is for the audience leaves having heard my messages and discovered the capacity of the Kora.

N’Faly Kouyate

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

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