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Songlines Encounters Festival 2017

Now in its seventh year, Songlines Encounters Festival is back with leading artists on the world music scene. There are some compelling collaborations, unusual instruments and two exciting UK premieres. This year’s line-up includes talented musicians from Portugal, India, Senegal, Norway, Lithuania and the UK.

‘Songlines Encounters gives us a superb opportunity to present artists we are enthusiastic about and we know will appeal to a musically curious audience. Ricardo Ribeiro sings fado in the traditional, but totally captivating way, Kefaya like to shake things up a bit and Solo and Indre give people the chance to encounter the Senegalese kora and Lithuanian kanklès, possibly for the first time. Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth and the Vindauga / Wind Eye project are both exciting new creations – one colourful and spectacular, the other powerful and intense.’ – Simon Broughton (Songlines Editor-in-Chief)

Songlines Encounters Festival is co-curated by Songlines magazine

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Hall One

Ricardo Ribeiro (UK Premiere)

Thursday, 1 June 2017 - 8:00pm / Music

Ricardo Ribeiro is well-known and loved in Portugal, but amazingly, this will be his first solo concert in the UK. Ribeiro was attracted to fado from an early age and is renowned for the purity of his approach.

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Hall One

Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth

Friday, 2 June 2017 - 8:00pm / Music

The UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, together with the superb South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, raises the rafters with Carnatic Connections, venturing into South Indian film for the first time.

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Hall Two

Kefaya

Friday, 2 June 2017 - 8:00pm / Music

London-based but global, Kefaya only released their debut album, Radio International, last year. But their rise has been phenomenal with great reviews and international tours.

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Hall Two

Solo & Indre (UK Premiere)

Saturday, 3 June 2017 - 5:00pm / Music

An innovative duo of West African kora and Baltic zither; Solo Cissokho is a singer and kora player from Senegal and Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė is a singer and kanklės player from Lithuania.

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Vindauga / Wind Eye featuring Sam Lee

Saturday, 3 June 2017 - 8:00pm / Music

Vocalists Sam Lee and Unni Løvlid, and four top instrumentalists explore the intersections, both ancient and modern, between Norwegian, Scottish and English traditional music.

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