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Colston Hall will be opening its doors for the 12th Bristol Acoustic Music Festival on 23rd January 2016. The festival, presented by Jelli Records, will feature Son of Dave and Heather Peace amongst others. www.colstonhall.org


A hearty congratulations and happy birthday to Paul and Linda Adams of Fellside who celebrate 40 years of the label in February. Roots 66, a special event in conjunction with Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick runs from 5th – 7th February with Chris While & Julie Matthews, Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, The Mighty Doonans, Gordie MacKeenan & His Rhythm Boys and The Ciaran Algar Band plus showcase concerts featuring: Ewan McLennan, Pete Morton, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Wendy Weatherby, Fiona Cuthill & Stevie Lawrence, Bram Taylor, The Hut People and Joe Topping. Ireby Introduces… is a platform for new talent staged by Ireby Folk Festival programmers with Weikie, Lucy Ward, Kelly Oliver, plus open mic sessions, masterclasses, workshops and family activities. Tel: 017687 81100; www.roots-66.co.uk


Love Folk Festival at The


Atkinson in Southport runs on 12th and 13th February with Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle, Seth Lakeman, Elbow Jane, Will Pound & Eddie Jay, Ange Hardy and Sheelanagig. Tel: 01704 533333; theatkinson.co.uk


Cheltenham Folk Three,


Cheltenham Town Hall runs from 12th – 14th February with Lau, Sam Lee, Edward II, Nizlopi, Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick, Martin Simpson plus a ceilidh with Tickled Pink and caller Gordon Potts. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/ whats-on/festivals/folkthree/


The Ahbab Festival, an Arabic Music Festival celebrating and exploring themes of love in music and film, will take place at Cambridge Junction from 12th – 14th February with Tarek Abdallah & Adel Shams El-Din, Natacha Atlas, Baladi Blues Ensemble, Oxford Maoam ‘Abd Al-Halim’ Ensemble and more.www.junction.co.uk


The American Old Time Music And Dance Festival in Gainsborough (12th – 14th February) features guest appearances from The Sunny Mountain Serenaders, Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, The Horsenecks, The Old Roustabouts, Roger Jackson, Cath & Phil Tyler and Paul & Clare Sheridan. www.foaotmad.org.uk


Inter Varsity Folk Dance


Festival takes place from 26th – 28th February in Coventry with ceilidhs, concerts, workshops and more, featuring Blast From The Past, Steamchicken, Peeping Tom, Les Zéoles, Bob Morgan, Jake Wood, Sally Vernon, Rhodri Davies, Phil Bassingdale, Folkus Pocus, Andrew Swaine & Daisy Black, The Night Before and more. www.warwickfolk.co.uk/ivfdf


Traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play are invited to enter for New Roots 2016. There are two categories, under 18 and 18 – 24, with artists selected to will take part in the final in April at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans and the chance to appear at folk festivals, clubs and other events. A form with full details of how to enter can be found at


myweb.tiscali.co.uk/alimac/ new- roots.htm. The closing date is 31st January 2016.


For the first time in 13 years, there will be no Sauti za Busara festival in Stone Town, Zanzibar this February. Organisers report that reluctantly they had to cancel this edition due to lack of funders. Meanwhile high level discussions continue with potential sponsors and local authorities to ensure East Africa’s top annual music event resumes stronger than ever from 2017. More info www.busaramusic.org


And a bit of advance news on


our Cellarful Of Folkadelia events that we curate at Sidmouth Folk Week. In 2016, after two years as a faux cellar relocated to a ground floor, we’ll be returning to our original home in the basement of Kennaway House. Among artists appearing from July 31st – August 4th will be The Rheingans Sisters, Tymon Dogg and Rhona Dalling as featured on this issue’s


Natacha Atlas – Ahbab Festival, Cambridge


Trio Dhoore – heading for Cellarful


fRoots 57, plus Anna & Elizabeth, Wizz Jones, Trio Dhoore, Dead Rat Orchestra and Hot Vultures (Ian Anderson & Maggie Holland, who are having a brief reunion after over 30 years, for one summer only) plus a few more yet t.b.a. www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk


TOURS


Baaba Maal promotes his new album with dates at Waterfront, Norwich (19th January); Royal Festival Hall, London (20th); Colston Hall, Bristol (21st); Celtic Connections, Glasgow (22nd); Manchester Academy (23rd). baabamaal.tv/


The Gloaming have a new album out in February on Real World Records plus a sell-out show at Union Chapel, London (26th Feb) and further dates at The National Concert Hall, Dublin (27th & 28th.) Look out for further tourng info in the autumn. thegloaming.net


3 Oysters 3 play January dates at Band On The Wall, Manchester (15th); Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (16th); Celtic Connections, Glasgow (17th); Old Fire Station, Carlisle (19th); The Atkinson, Southport (20th); Apex, Bury St Edmunds (21st); The Stables, Milton Keynes (22nd); De La Warr Pavilion (Café Space), Bexhill (24th); Nettlebed Village


Vieux Farka Touré – touring


Club (25th); St David’s Hall 3, Cardiff (26th); Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter (27th). www.oysterband.co.uk/tour-dates/


Lau play early 2016 dates at Celtic Connections, Glasgow (28th Jan); Duncan Cultural Arts Centre, Belfast (29th); Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (Nr Dublin) (30th). www.lau-music.co.uk


Otava Yo, “subversive energy and surreal wit from Russia” have a Making Tracks tour at the back end of February and into March. Dates include: Brighton Dome (21st Feb); Colston Hall/Lantern, Bristol (23rd); Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea (24th); Manchester RNCM (25th); University of Sheffield (26th); The Junction, Cambridge (27th); The Stables, Milton Keynes (28th). makingtrackslive.org.uk


Vieux Farka Touré has UK


dates at Warwick Arts Centre (19th Jan); Komedia, Brighton (20th); The Lantern, Bristol (22nd); Band On The Wall, Manchester (23rd); Cambridge Junction (24th); Norwich Arts Centre (26th); Kings Place, London (27th); Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (28th); Music Room, Liverpool (29th); Sage Gateshead (30th) Celtic Connections, Glasgow (31st); Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton (2nd Feb); Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield (3rd); Howard Assembly Room, Leeds (4th); Turner Sims, Southampton (5th). www.vieuxfarkatoure.com


Beppe Gambetta & Tony


McManus play a rare date at Celtic Connections, Glasgow (27th Jan). Tony McManus then has


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