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2013 Festival

 

 

Tamikrest (Mali)

Saturday

late

New young stars of Saharan music -the hypnotic desert blues popularised in recent years by their heroes Tinariwen and given a political edge and distinctive rousing style by these Tuareg musicians who sing in their native Tamasheq. Tamikrest means alliance in Tamasheq and the area the band hail from has been severely affected by the recent conflict in Mali. Prepare to be mesmerised.
Their new album Chatma " rocks out gloriously with ringing guitar, percussive power and rousing ululations" The Irish Times

Neville Staple Band

(The Specials)

Friday Best known as a singer  in The Specials and as one of the founding members of Fun Boy 3, Neville Staple had a huge impact on the Ska and Sound System scene in the 1970s and is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once, but twice. With a career spanning over 30 years and a biography that reads like a who's who of the industry, he has worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Ali Campbell (UB40), The Clash, Madness and Bananarama.

 

Amira 

Amulette Trio (Bosnia)

Sunday

early

Bound to be an absolute highlight."One of the great voices of her generation, and almost certainly the finest from eastern Europe "The Observer  & dubbed “Bosnia’s Billie Holiday”  a comparison that  reflects the way in which Amira turns sevdah inside out, finding new contexts and forms within a tradition that is hundreds of years old. Amira is performing with the highly regarded jazz pianist Bojan Z and Nenad Vasilic on double bass.

Neil Innes

(The Rutles, Bonzo Dogs etc)

Sunday

late

A show spiced with anecdotes of the singer-songwriter’s life and times in music, TV and film – Monty Python, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles plus ‘The Innes Book of Records’‘There was so much fun packed in, I only realised later we had not heard the Bonzos’ greatest hit, Urban Spaceman. We were laughing too much to notice.’THE GUIDE  ‘An unrecognised national treasure, he stands as a beacon of wilful, almost archaic silliness.’
DJ Derek Friday Hailing from Bristol, DJ Derek has been a mainstay in the reggae/dub circuit and has played regular sets at the likes of Glastonbury & Bestival,.  His popularity has only grown as he has got older. The news that this will be his last festival appearance will be heartbreaking to the loyal fanbase he has gathered over the years. His reputation also earned him respect from iconic reggae group, Toots and the Maytals: "Everybody know you. You're the white man that talk the people's talk and play the people's music"

Arifa(Turkey)

UK debut

Sunday

late

Ancient musical traditions from the Middle East and Balkans are blended with jazz and contemporary improvised music .An adventurous musical journey. Original compositions and ancient melodies from Arabic, Anatolian and Balkan worlds, combined with live electronics and contemporary improvised music. This will be a very special UK debut from a fine band we have been wanting to bring to Musicport for quite a while
Baladi Blues Ensemble (Egypt/UK)

Saturday

early

Baladi music is an urban folk style, which developed from traditional Egyptian music in the early 20th century, as  people migrated to Cairo from rural areas..Brought together by the UK based drummer & broadcaster Guy Schalom ( who played the very first Musicport Festival)and including several veteran musicians from Egypt and Lebanon they recreate the golden age of this music style very much in the way that Buena Vista Social Club did for Cuban music.
 Skip "Little Axe" McDonald (USA)

Saturday

late

Which musician links Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, James Brown, Robert Plant, Mark Stewart & The Mafia, Sinead O'Connor, and Megadeth?The answer is Skip McDonald. Skip made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics and as part of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound crew he has made some of the most adventurous and praised UK music of the last twenty years
Los Chinches (Peru/UK)

Saturday

late

Combining Peruvian percussionists with London bred guitar and keyboard players Los Chinches create an epic new sound that harnesses the psychedelic twists of Peruvian Cumbia and the urban Ska spirit of London.
 The Orchestra That Fell To Earth

 Sunday

early

Original members of Penguin Cafe Orchestra       

Musicians of the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra Annie Whitehead  Liam Genockey  Geoffrey Richardson  Steve Fletcher  Jennifer Maidman bringing you the classic tunes of the PCO in what will no doubt be a perfect Sunday afternoon performance.

 Radik Tulush (Tuva)  Friday

Of Huun Huur Tu &  formerly Yat Kha     

Radik Tulush is a master of five different styles of Siberian throat–singing. His sweet melodic songs sit alongside masterly improvisations on a range of traditional instruments. Tulush’s deep growls and spectral overtones will transport you to the awesome landscape, lifestyle and spirits of his mountainous homeland, Tyva in southern Siberia

 Ballet Nimba (West Africa

 Sunday

late

Energetic, at times highly acrobatic display of West African dance, a discipline somewhat cast into shadow by the spotlight shone on the region's celebrated melody-makers. Not that Ballet Nimba neglect the musical element. The calibre of its accompanying musicians equals that of its dancers, whether delivering furious percussive work-outs or embroidering their compositions with the undulating melodies of the balafon and Fulani flute
  Himmerland (Denmark)

Saturday

early

New Danish band inspired by the exciting and very varied cultures of five experienced musicians living in Denmark.Led by Eskil Romme and with musicians from diverse backgrounds they bring their musical heritages from various parts of Denmark as well as from Ghana and Poland to the mix.
 Louis Barrabas & The Bedlam Six  Friday Whilst relentlessly peddling their peculiar brand of Lyric-Driven Dirt-Swing™ (an incomparable rendering of jive-smitten cabaret blues) Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six have captured the imaginations of every species of listenership – both at home and overseas
 Moulettes

Saturday

early

"Moulettes are among the frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach, matching precise female harmony vocals against complex, swirling backing featuring violin, cello and bassoon – and with banjo, lap steel, hammered dulcimer or washboard added in. They are intriguing because almost every song takes a different direction.

Snowapple

(Netherlands)

 Friday "These three talented young multi-instrumentalists and singers from Amsterdam are full of musical surprises ...they charm their audiences with sweet harmonies, light up-beat numbers with a country feel and most of all their quirky, joyful delivery." Venue Magazine
The Wonderful Sound Of The Cinema Organ

Saturday

late

A unique sonic and visual experience, bringing the nostalgic warmth of vintage jazz influences and archive footage projections right up to date with a captivating and highly danceable contemporary edge.
 Jackie Oates

 Sunday

late

Oates remains the sweetest voice of her generation of english folkies’..... Independent on sunday ****" unusual arrangements and a very english voice. Jackie is a member of Imagined Village ;an award-winning performer and songwriter (& jim morays sister) ;and will be accompanied by another musicport favourite  Belinda O'Hooley
 The Peace Artistes

Sunday

early

A stunning street band from West Yorkshire, UK made up of approximately 15 musicians: percussion, saxes and brass, all rocking with rhythm and pulsating with passion & have built a reputation all over Europe for vital, energetic performance at festivals, carnivals and indoor events. Their irresistible blend of African, Salsa, Folk and Funk will always get the party partying. Or as one fan put it - "There's too many of them and they're much too loud!
Maia

 Sunday

early

 “youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre alt.folk pop” – Time Out. 4 piece alternative, acoustic band from Huddersfield playing all sorts of disco sci-fi folk pop on ukuele, cajon, trumpet, banjo, mandolin or whatever else is lying around!
  DJ CAFE throughout the weekend with DJ Tooley,Flying Chilli Beats,  DJ Stef M, Dj Flyffyllfbbl,John Tree and more with live art projections by Fabric Lenny
 
CC Smugglers Friday Described as 'Genuinely innovative, original and contemporary' CC Smugglers have developed a reputation for interesting and creative mixes of roots music in orignal tunes, and great live shows
WORKSHOPS
  • Egyptian Drumming , Indian Singing, African traditions, Salsa Dance, Palestine-the reality, Throat singing and Danish folk music, Drum Circle , Ukulele, Meet DJ Derek , Meet Amira Medunjanin. Biomusica,  Eigenharp demonstrations.

ukeMassed Ukulele Jam with Ossett Ukulele Philharmonia on Saturday Morning - learn the songs here  in advance and lets see how many we can get to this. This is a free entry event within festival (in the Pavilion)

Common Tongues

Sunday

late

Hailing from the shores of Brighton, and formed in 2010 the band combine their love of tender and emotive song writing with a passion for experimentation and atmospherics. 

Latif Bolat (Turkey) .

Friday Specializing in the ancient Turkish mystic devotional music genre, Latif Bolat has been received with appreciation and enthusiasm throughout the world, as he provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music

 

Ergo Phizmiz

Saturday

late

UK based radio producer, collagist, writer, composer, and filmmake. His work is characterised by restless change and playful toying with history, art, music, science,  and  the limits between  creativity &  charlatanism,  facts & fictions, copyrights & copywrongs, words & music. Here he will be performing "UOEIA" an operina on the history of yodeling.
Jon Sterckx

Saturday

early

Versatile percussionist and tabla player based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, South West UK. Jon plays a range of percussion instruments and has worked across a wide range of musical styles, from Indian classical music ( Sitar & Tabla ) and other traditional world music to contemporary experimental & 'fusion' styles, theatre & dance collaborations, and his solo multi-percussion Live Sampling / Live Looping performances - Drumscapes.
FILMS 

Musical Brotherhoods From The Trans-Saharan Highway

 Maxwell Street , The Seventh Python

My Sweet Canary,  Welcome to Sarajevo

 

Whiskey Dogs

Sunday

early.

The Whiskey Dogs play authentic, good time Americana. Old time mountain music, hillbilly blues, dust-bowl ballads and jug band hokum are all played in the crazy spirit of the 1920s and 30s
Boff Whalley

Sunday

early

Born in Burnley, Lancashire. After school he limped awkwardly through a few months at art college and university before  starting a band called 'Chumbawamba', a band with a proud history of one hit single and a well-aimed bucket of water. Here he will be playing ukukle singing songs and talking about his obsession : fell- running. His book on the subject recently put him in contention for  the Sportswriter of the Year Award.

A SOLO PARRY TO THE MOON

songs for sustainable change

saturday

early

Three of our favourite poliical songwriters join forces for an hour of trading their heartfelt  songs with each other and their audience

Joe Solo

Chrystine Moon

Alun Parry

BIG PRIZE RAFFLE - with some excellent instruments donated by our Music Shop suppliers

Harp & A Monkey  Friday Memorably described as Elbow for seafarers and ramblers, the harp 'n' banjo driven electronica of Harp and a Monkey is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of Northern life, love and remembrance.

THE CHROMAVAN

Immerse yourself in a light bath in the wonderful caravan brought to Musicport by Impossible Arts. Located outside the cafe throughout the weekend  (and prior to this on Friday daytime outside Tourist Information at Dock End)

 

Jadid Ensemble

Saturday

early

Formed by guitarist and composer Glenn Sharp, the Jadid Ensemble are a unique group of musicians based in Northwest England, who have a passion for the music of other nations and cultures. Their training in flamenco, Indian and Arabic musics has given them a wide range of influences on which to draw."a blend of Arabic, Turkish and Flamenco loveliness
Tantz

Saturday

late

Bringing their own brand of Electro-Klezmer to the world music stage, Tantz deliver a hard hitting blend of Eastern European folk and broken beats.
Mestisa

 Sunday

early

Mestisa performs traditional and popular music from Latin America; ranging from romantic Boleros, Peruvian marineras, Argentinian zambas, Chilean tonadas to lively Bolivian huaynos.
The Young'Uns

Saturday

early

With bags of charm, talent, and an abiding enthusiasm for traditional song, The Young’uns are making a big impact on the UK folk scene. Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes bring freshness and dynamism to their arrangements of close harmony songs, both with and without accompaniment
Patsy Matheson

Saturday

early

There's an overcrowded market in the UK of female singer-songwriter-guitarists, but Patsy Matheson stands out for the quality of her singing and more importantly, her songwriting...her best songs are thoughtful,delicate and impressively original' – Robin Denselow, The Guardian
Salsa Como Loco

Sunday

early

More Havana than Halifax ...dancefloor filling Cuban sounds from West Yorkshire big bandset up by members of various bands including The Peace Artistes, Bassa Bassa, Duende, and Red Herrings, with an overpowering love of, and desire to play, Cuban style Salsa dance music, their main reason for playing is to get people dancing (and no we don't care how you move so long as you do).  
 Forro Porro  Friday Two festival favourites Mambo Jambo & Hut People combine to create South American carnival sounds
Me & My Friends

Saturday

late

Guaranteeing sunshine vibes My Friends present a lovingly crafted, infectiously positive and completely unique show. With influences from obscure Caribbean field recordings, vintage Roots Reggae and Afrobeat, as well as contemporary folk  the quintet move with sensitive ease from delicate folk/gospel harmonies through to unstoppably hip shaking grooves
Soham (Sweden)

Saturday

late

First UK visit by this artist whose singing and guitar playing will transport you to a higher plane.
SURA
SUSSO

 

Sunday

early

Brilliant Kora player & percussionist from The Gambia who always engages an audience with his musicianship, personality and stunning compositions.
Dan Walsh

Saturday

late

Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (Uncut) and 'taking the banjo into the stratosphere' (Froots) with a unique and eclectic style taking in folk, funk, bluegrass, jazz, rock and even Arabic.
Plumhall  

Sunday

early

Plumhall features Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall – Michelle is a singer-songwriter best-known for her work with Chumbawamba, Waking the Witch and The Accidental Tourists.Nick is best-known as a member of The Hall Brothers with whom he has recorded several albums.
RITA PAYNE

Saturday

Late

"Stories from a Suitcase is an assured set of songs, delivered with panache. It's hard to credit this is a début recording, the songwriting is that good." R2 Magazine 2013

A truly unusual sound, great harmonies and phenomenal guitar work.” Andy Kershaw, BBC Journalist 2013
Hoda (Iran/Austria)

Saturday

early

 Iranian-Austrian singer, songwriter  Hoda’s songs  brimming with lyrical imagery.A warrior, a rocker and a woman of heart, Hoda has charted a unique course through the tides of her cultural and religious background 
Luke Sharples

Sunday

early


Gifted 18yr old singer-songwriter who was involved in our education programme at Bridlington and now resides in Cumbria .

L á n r e

 Saturday

early

Gifted Young singer whose songwriting shows her Nigerian  heritage alongside her British upbringing and  gospel influences .
Whitby Community Choir Friday Performing their new song cycle Standing At The Edge Of The World written by their inspirational leader Rebecca Gross this choir have developed into a wonderful example of how community music can work.
Jon Palmer Band

Sunday

early

6-piece roots combo best described as a cross between The Pogues and the Springsteen Seeger Session Band, with a bit of Waterboys and Saw Doctors thrown in for good measure . Fronted by singer/guitarist Jon Palmer, who has previously won a prestigious UK songwriter of the year award.
The Well Dressed Gentlemen

Sunday

late


The Well-Dressed Gentlemen take classic songs from the 1920s and 30s and interpret them in their own unique way. Playing American and English classic and novelty songs from the Jazz Age and Roaring Twenties,

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