What happens when a Gibraltarian power ballad singer, and lover of “big arrangements” meets up with a Leicester rock and blues guitarist who loves the classic stripped back line up? Chaos, conflict arguments and discord? Well no, you get “BORDERS”. They both discovered that they start off writing their music in exactly the same way, one voice and one instrument, so what if it just stayed like that? Fortunately, there was a common love of well-crafted songs, story driven lyrics, great harmonies, and most importantly a love of performing live in a professional, compelling, entertaining and fun way. Two years on, they have gigged extensively, released an EP “Carolina Moon”, which has enjoyed wide spread radio play including BBC Introducing, and their debut album “No One Else“. Their music is described as Contemporary Folk meets Americana and Roots with a twist of Blues.
Raw Funk Maharashi: 8:30pm
Seven-piece superband from across the UK, Egypt, France and Uzbekistan.
Tashkezar present a groovy and refreshing retelling of classics, lesser known gems and original music from the Arabian Middle-East, from Turkey and Greece and from the Balkans. They are a 7-piece super-band with members from Egypt, Uzbekistan, France and the UK. Their transcultural vibes and explosive fusion sound takes in powerful Mediterranean rhythms, mesmerising Arabic vocals and melodies, punchy Balkan horns and floor-shaking bass lines. Be ready to dance. Opa!
Led by Mariam Ali, an Egyptian-Montenegrin singer songwriter, Tashkezar takes their audience on a mellifluous ride with their line-up of lead female and male vocals, violin, Greek bouzouki, trombone, electric bass with darbuka and cajon percussion. Their debut EP “Tannura” has been aired on BBC 6 Music and their previous gigs include Boomtown Fair, Henley Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Cairo Jazz Club and Green Note, Camden.