Dates and times
Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights by being boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots.
Her spectacular 2011 debut album Fatou made the Malian singer and guitarist the most talked about new African artist on the planet. Her latest album, FENFO (which translates as “something to Say”’) dramatically fulfils that promise on a set of vivid and original new compositions that draw on the rich experiences she has enjoyed since. It defines her as the voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal.
Those Fatoumata Diawara has worked with include some of the biggest names in contemporary music. She recently shared the stage at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall with the likes of David Crosby and Snarky Puppy in an evening of topical protest songs – and, according to many, stole the show. “Fatoumata Diawara, the singer and guitarist originally from Mali, provided two of the night’s most striking moments,” Rolling Stone reported.
Shooglenifty were formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh, its bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences. As happy playing a small highland village hall as they are on an outdoor festival stage playing to tens of thousands, the Shoogles (as they’re known to their fans) have promoted Scottish music all over the world for more than a quarter century.
The band has recently returned from Jodhpur where they recorded their 8th studio album at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort with Rajasthani supergroup Dhun Dhora, with whom the band have been playing with since 2014.
Taking the bagpipes into dazzling new dimensions, the Scottish/Irish partnership of Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, make music that matches rollercoaster thrills with heart-melting lyricism, further enriched by their dual skills on whistles and Henderson’s soulful singing. They exploded onto the scene in 2009 with their stunning debut album, ‘Partners in Crime’ followed by ‘Air-Fix’ which was described by Songlines as “simply outstanding”. Pushing the boundaries of what their instruments can achieve, the duo are joined by the wonderfully talented James Mackintosh, Aileen Reid and Innes Watson to create a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes.
One of the foremost traditional singers in Scotland, Siobhan Miller is an exceptional talent. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song has won her the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and Scots Singer of the Year an unprecedented three times at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards (2011, 2013, 2017), whilst her two albums have also received widespread critical acclaim. Siobhan’s unique vocal style has been honed through collaborations and studies with many of Scotland’s top musicians and traditional bearers, leading to extensive tours fronting her own band, as well as guest appearances with the National Theatre of Scotland, a season on Broadway in New York, and on US/UK TV drama Outlander. ‘One of the finest young voices on the Scottish folk scene’ (The Scotsman)
Appearing as a winning combination, Galician trio Tanxugueiras comprise of three powerful voices accompanied by tambourine creating an overwhelming presence on stage. Driven by a viral success that continues to gain momentum, they are Sabela, Olaia and Aida.
Fèis Phàislig is an arts organisation that provides traditional music experiences for young people across Renfrewshire. The organisation enables young people to discover what life is like as a touring traditional musician and this evening will mark the final performance of their two week tour.
George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DU