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‘This is the tenth anniversary of Songlines Encounters, the festival that has brought rising stars, premiere performances and exciting new collaborations from around the world to play in the superb acoustics of Kings Place. As it’s a big celebration, we’ve got an extensive line-up planned for 2020 with artists from Africa, America, Asia, the Middle East, various corners of Europe and the UK. There will be films, discussions and workshops too.

We’re announcing just three of the shows ahead of the official festival launch in January.’

Songlines Editor-in-Chief Simon Broughton

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Joan Shelley

Folk / Nature Unwrapped

Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, Kentucky not far from where she grew up. Like the River Loves the Sea is her fifth album. She draws inspiration from traditional and

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Kayhan Kalhor & Kiya Tabassian

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

A virtuoso of the Persian spiked fiddle called the kamancheh, Kayhan Kalhor is a three-time Grammy nominee widely considered to be the greatest living ambassador of Persian music.

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The Wolf of Baghdad – Live Score

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The Wolf of Baghdad is a stimulating and moving ‘memoir of a lost homeland’ by animator and musician Carol Isaacs.

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