WOMADelaide Announces First Lineup for 2018

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Australian world music festival WOMADelaide returns in 2018 and has just dropped a huge first lineup announcment.

The first artists added to the 2018 WOMADelaide festival include Candian Québécois favourites Le Vent du Nord, Mexican flamenco rockers Rodrigo y Gabriela, sitar legend Anoushka Shankar, Australian rocker Dan Sultan, indigenous singer-songwriter Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band and many more.

WOMADelaide takes place at the Adelaide botanic park from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

Adrian Sherwood (UK), Anoushka Shankar (UK / India), The Avalanches (Aust), Bixiga 70 (Brazil), Chico Trujillo (Chile), Dan Sultan (Aust), Daymé Arocena (Cuba), Havana Meets Kingston (Cuba / Jamaica), Kamasi Washington (USA), Le Vent du Nord (Canada), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania), Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area band (Ghana), Rahim Alhaj Trio (Iraq), Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico), Tinariwen (Mali), Violons Barbares (France / Mongolia / Bulgaria), Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band (Aust).

Artists Announced so Far for WOMADelaide 2017

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Since we went quiet for a couple of months world music festival WOMADelaide has dropped two lineup announcements and we’re pretty excited about the artists that have been announced so far.

WOMADelaide is pretty ecelectic in its genre selection given the huge umbrella that encompasses “world music” but they always offer up a bunch of great folk leaning acts to sink your teeth into.

2017 is no different with the likes of 9Bach, Archie Roach, Brushy One String, Dope Lemon, The East Pointers (above), Gawurra, Hanoi Masters, Nattali Rize, Oki Dub Ainu Band, The Waifs, Wawsaw Village Band, William Crighton and many more.

WOMADelaide takes place in the Botanic Park, Adelaide on the 10th to 13th March. For more information on the full lineup and how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Chaika Announce East Coast Tour

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Sydney world music six piece Chaika are hard at work on their highly anticipated third album and have decided to head out on tour this month to show off some of the new material.

Chaika a well known for blending the traditional with unique original music and these shows are not to be missed. Check out the full list of shows below:

Thursday 12th May – Sutherland Acoustic, Gymea, NSW
Friday 13th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 14th May – Berrima Smalls, Berrima, NSW
Sunday 15th May – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 19th May – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 20th May – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st May – Wauchope Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 22nd May – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

WOMADelaide Announces Final Artists for 2016

Sarah Blasko
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This week WOMADelaide added the finishing touches to its 2016 lineup, announcing some pretty big names this time around.

The final artists added to the lineup include De La Soul, Asha Bhosle, Ainslie Wills, Ajak Kwai, Alpine, Apy Choir, Eska, Marcellus Pittman, Sarah Blasko (above), 숨[su:m] and Tek Tek Ensemble.

WOMADelaide is held from the 11th to the 14th March in the Botanic Park, Adelaide. Check out the official site for more details

Chaika Announce Special Show With 17 Piece Orchestra

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World-Balkan-folk band Chaika have something very special in store for Sydney this month.

The six piece will be taking to the stage at iconic venue The Basement on Friday 11th December with the 17 piece Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra. That’s right, a 17 piece orchestra!

This show is the culmination of Chaika’s collaboration with Michael O’Donnell (The Squeezebox Trio) who has arranged the parts for the Pickpockets & Rascals Orchestra.

And to top it all off Chaika will be joined on the night by the Lucy Wise Trio, fresh from their recent Sydney EP launch, who will also be performing some tracks with the orchestra.

All sounds amazing right? If you’re looking for more information check out the official Facebook event here.

WOMADelaide Announces Its Second Round of Artists for 2016

calexico
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The second round of artists have just been added to WOMADelaide next year and there’s a lot of Timber and Steel readers to get excited about.

Joining first announcement artists like Marlon Williams and The Violent Femmes are All Our Exes Live in Texas, Calexico (above), Cedric Burnside Project, Hazmat Modine, Husky, Kev Carmody, Mojo Juju, The Once, Spiro, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and many more.

WOMADelaide is held from the 11th to the 14th March in the Botanic Park, Adelaide. The full list of artists announced in the second round is below – for more information check out the official site here.

All Our Exes Live in Texas (Aust)
Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan/USA)
Asian Dub Foundation (UK)
Calexico (USA)
Cedric Burnside Project (USA)
Debashish Bhattacharya (India)
Djuki Mala (Aust)
Ester Rada (Ethiopia/Israel)
Hazmat Modine (USA)
Husky (Aust)
Ibeyi (Cuba/France)
Kev Carmody (Aust)
Miles Cleret – DJ (UK)
Mojo Juju (Aust)
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (Japan)
NO ZU (Aust)
The Once (Canada)
Osunlade – DJ (USA)
Quarter Street (Aust)
Radical Son (Tonga/Aust)
Ripley (Aust)
Sadar Bahar – DJ (USA)
Sampa the Great (Zambia/Aust)
Spiro (UK)
The Spooky Men’s Chorale (Aust)
The Strides (Aust)
Surahn (Aust)
Tulegur (China)
Wasted Wanderers (Aust)

Second Round of Artists Added to the AWME lineup

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The second round of artists for this year’s Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) have just been announced and the festival is shaping up to be one not to miss.

Joining the likes of Henry Wagons, HOWQUA, Jess Ribeiro, Ruby Boots, Skipping Girl Vinegar and The Audreys will be Kutcha Edwards, Three Kings and Raised By Eagles (above), just to name a few.

AWME takes place in Melbourne from the 12th to 14th November. For more information check out the official site here.

The full 2015 lineup so far is below:

Anna O, Archer, The Audreys, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Chelsea Wilson (DJ) Cumbia Cosmonauts, The Deans, Deep Street Soul, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Emma Peel (DJ) Emma Thompson, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, HOWQUA, Jess Ribeiro, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kingfisha, Kutcha Edwards, Latinaotearoa, The Meltdown, Mick Thomas, Mojo Juju, Ngaiire, OKA, Pirra, Quarter Street, Raised By Eagles, Ruby Boots, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Seven Ups, Three Kings, Thomas Oliver and Yirrmal.

First and Second Round of Artists Announced for AWME

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Somehow two rounds of artists have been announced for this year’s Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) in Melbourne before we’ve had a chance to post anything. The event is considered one of the top world music events in Australia and its lineup is always one to keep an eye on.

So for the AWME has announced some very very exciting acts for 2016 including Timber and Steel favourites like Henry Wagons, HOWQUA, Jess Ribeiro, Ruby Boots, Skipping Girl Vinegar (above), The Audreys and many more.

AWME takes place in Melbourne from the 12th to 14th November. For more information check out the official site here.

The full 2015 lineup so far is below:

Archer, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, HOWQUA, Jess Ribeiro, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kingfisha, Latinaotearoa, Mick Thomas, Mojo Juju, Ngaiire, OKA, Pirra, Quarter Street, Ruby Boots, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Audreys, The Meltdown, The Seven Ups, Thomas Oliver, Yirrmal

National Folk Festival Interview: Chaika

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Sydney world/balkan/bolk/jazz/classical group Chaika will be heading to The National Folk Festival for the first (official) time this year so we thought it was about time to sit one of the band down – multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Laura Bishop – to chat about the band and the big plans they have for 2015.

Gareth Hugh Evans: Chaika is playing at The National this year. You’ve played their before right?

Laura Bishop: We’ve never been on the program before but we have actually played a couple of times as part of the MoFo concert or The Flute & Fiddle asked us to play. We always love doing a blackboard because we have members that are part of other acts, different conglomerates of different things so we’re usually down there. Apart from last year where we didn’t actually play at all as Chaika I think for the last four or five years we’ve had a play around somewhere on The National. But yeah, this is our first time on the program.

GHE: I had no idea. I just assumed you’d played on the program before. I’ve seen you there a number of times.

LB: I know, most people don’t. They think we’re actually part of the program.

GHE: I guess it’s because The National is kind of like your “home” festival.

LB: Well it certainly feels like that to me.

GHE: I guess that goes to show the power of The National Folk Festival – you don’t have to be on the program to feel like you belong there. I just assumed you’d been playing there for years.

LB: Myself and my sister [Susie Bishop] who are one third of Chaika, we’ve been going to The National since we were very very small. Possibly I’ve been going there since before I was born – I haven’t checked out the timing of it. Our parents are born and bred folkies and for many years we were part of our family’s dance band called Crazy for Contra. We used to live in The States and out parents brought back this form of dancing called contra dancing and we just played at The National every year as part of that. And then we started making our own bands and fell into playing there as part of other acts.

GHE: It’s great that there are those venues at The National who do the blackboards or put on non-programmed artists. It must be really nice to feel you can turn up to the festival with the band and still get gigs even if you aren’t on the official program.

LB: Yeah, it’s been great over the years. Before Chaika became Chaika we were a four piece girl group which was based more on Yiddish Klezmer music. It got one of its first gigs at a blackboard at The National. It’s kick started a lot.

GHE: And the other great thing about the festival is it’s not just about singer-songwriters and anglo-celtic folk like a lot of folk festivals are. You guys still find an audience there even though you’re outside of the norm. For some people the “world” music program, for want of a better term, is why they go to The National.

LB: Not just at this festival but at lots of festivals we find audiences who love what we do which is a real mix of genres and influences.

GHE: And it feels like the music you guys are influenced by – klezmer, Balkan, gypsy, Eastern European – is being surfaced more at folk festivals at the moment. It seems to be everywhere.

LB: Yeah, I love it! It’s great! It’s nice to have such a diversity. I feel like we’ve come a long way as a band – our second album is building a lot on the first and we’ve got a third in the works which I think is going to be pretty stellar.

GHE: Does that mean we’ll be treated to some of that new music at The National?

LB: Not yet! Unless you haven’t seen us for a year it’s all going to be highly polished first and second album stuff. In May we’re lucky enough to be the Bundanon artist in residence. I don’t know if you know but the artist Arthur Boyd left his property to the Bundanon Trust for Australian artists just to go and be artistic. It’s a beautiful place – it’s got a river and lots of hills and wildlife. We’re spending a week about a month after the festival working on new material. But sadly no new music in time for the festival

GHE: Highly polished music from your first two albums sounds very exciting regardless. You guys haven’t played much at the beginning of this year, have you?

LB: No. The reason why is that half of the band has been in Argentina with a tango quintet, who were actually at the festival last year. They were the Infinite Elvis winners, Tángalo. My sister was wearing false eyelashes, a crazy wig and a stupid dress. All sorts of hijinks on stage. The bass player [Johan Delin] and the accordionist [Emily-Rose Sarkova] from Chaika were up there as well along with two other wonderful musicians. So yeah, they’ve been in Argentina for a couple of months doing a Jump Start grant, getting some study into that music. So they’ve come back with a whole lot of musical ideas – it’s going to be fun.

GHE: Do you think that will feed into Chaika?

LB: I think it will, yeah. I really do.

GHE: So the guys who are in Tángalo are back in the country now?

LB: Yeah, they got back only a month ago. We got together the day before the Cobargo Folk Festival, did a couple of hours rehearsal and went straight there. They played with a duo that they brought back from Argentina and we played together in some really great concerts for some really wonderful audiences. Apart from a gig that we did in September last year we haven’t played together before then. But it’s amazing to see how quickly we get back on the bike. Like there’s this crazy piece that we’ve written called “Vreme Senvič” which means “time sandwich” in Macedonian – and it is with lots of time signatures sandwiched together. And I was just pissing myself laughing looking at Emily-Rose’s face, the accordionist who takes the melody. Her face didn’t look like it knew what her arms were doing but her arms were doing it just perfectly.

GHE: It’s all muscle memory.

LB: Absolutely. It sounded good, it’s always fun to play with those guys.

GHE: With the band back together and one festival performance under your belt and The National coming up does it feel like you guys are now going to have a bit more of a focus on Chaika in the coming months? Especially as you’re going to the Bundanon residency.

LB: Absolutely. Always the difficulty with it, and with any musical project, is how much to balance against other projects that are happening. We’ll definitely be focusing on new material through May and June. In July I’m going on tour with a Bulgarian choir to Europe so that time with be dead time for me. I’m sure there’s gong to be stuff happening for Tángalo and the other guys. Laura Altman, our clarinettist runs improvised music festivals. Our percussionist Rendra [Freestone] is also in another act at The National called The Rhythm Hunters, which I highly recommend – if you’ve got time to see them they are awesome. Amidst all of that we still really love Chaika and whenever we get the time to do it we’ll be focusing on making new music.

GHE: So anything else you want to talk about before I let you get back to your day?

LB: Actually yes! We’ve got a songbook full of transcriptions that I made of the songs that we’ve written and traditional tunes that we’ve arranged with artwork that Susie and Emily-Rose have drawn in it – which is a pretty cool thing. They’re kind of going like hotcakes so if anybody wants to learn how to play our stuff, that’s where to find it.

GHE: People will have to pick that up early at The National I think instead of waiting until the last minute like I always do. Well thank you so much for that Laura – really appreciate your time!

LB: No worries. Thanks Gareth!

Watch the New Pepa Knight Video “Coyote Choir”

Pepa Knight
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Jinja Safari’s Pepa Knight produced one of the most unique solo records in 2014, the spectacular Hynoptized Vol. I (which promises a Vol. II at some point).

The latest single from the album is “Coyote Choir” which has a very cool video shot on 8mm film around Australia and New Zealand. Check it out below:

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