"These Greek folk musicians wowed a captivated audience...they had people dancing in the aisles and evoked memories of sunnier climes" - Nottingham Press
"Powerfully emotional" -Songlines magazine
Plastikes Karekles, an eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians with roots from traditional Greek folk to classical and jazz. As well as their own arrangements of music by Theodorakis, Hadjidakis and Xarhakos featuring a fusion of classical string instruments with Greek ones, they also appear as a more traditional group playing a repertoire ranging from Rebetika to more contemporary composers.
They have appeared in Greece and at festivals abroad. In the UK they have performed at Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St David's Hall as part of the Proms, as well as more intimate venues such as the Green Note in Camden town, London.
Although tonight's concert is dedicated to Rebetiko, Plastikes Karekles will present music that also goes beyond Rebetiko...into more Laiko and music of the islands asa well as Endehno. Music by the greatest Greek composers...Skarvelis, Toundas, , Hadjichristos, Vamvakaris, Tsitsanis, Mitsakis, Pappaioannou and Hiotis to Hadjidakis, Theodorakis and Hadjidakis.
Marina Deligianni, vocals
Pavlos Carvalho, bouzouki, vocals
Niki Andronikou, baglama
Maria Tsirodimitri, guitar/vocals
Stelios Katsatsidis, accordion.
REBETIKO...what is it?
Rebetiko is the “underground” music from mainland Greece, with early influences from Smyrna from the 1920s onwards. It is sometimes referred to as the “Greek Blues” and was made illegal due to the controversial themes of it's lyrics. Over a 30-year period it also absorbed influences from American swing, Latin and Indian music, creating a rich and varied repertoire of songs and dances. The music expresses the pain and suffering of the people at the time, through war, poverty and incarceration, as well as other deeply felt sentiments and aspects of everyday life. It is an intoxicating mix of musical colours from Asia Minor to Western Europe and America, with the “get up out of your seat”, heart pumping rhythms and energy of Greece and the Balkans.
"If you can catch him, you should...he reminds of this cat, Gram Parsons" -Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2
“A voice like a young Tom Waits...Jarrod Dickenson's songs are simply breathtaking, possessing melodies many of his peers would give their left arm for.” - No Depression
"An incredible talent" -Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
"Dickenson has a superb, expressive voice..." -Country Music People (5 Star Review)
"Brilliant songs" -Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6
Texas-born, Brooklyn-based singer songwriter Jarrod Dickenson ought to be proud of THE LONESOME TRAVELER; his not-so-difficult, beautifully crafted second album. Inside this handsomely packaged release you'll find twelve consistently strong, melodic and pristinely produced songs cut from the material of this young artist's everyday life.
There are echoes of Bob Dylan, Loudon Wainwright III and Jackson Browne in Dickenson's brand of jangly American country folk but with a gently crisp, altogether unique voice and a handful of delicate, trickling delights such as Rosalie, Come What May and Seasons Change Jarrod has delivered something of a modern masterpiece. Indeed, this twenty something has produced an album that is both vintage and contemporary in feel whilst maintaining the seductive honesty of his fine songwriting.
As with any noteworthy release, the musicianship is rock solid. Bassist David Piltch, multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz and pianist Jebin Bruni are just three of the celebrated musicians to grace the liner notes, along with Ryan Freeland, a producer who has twiddled the knobs for the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
by Liam Wilkinson
Brooks Williams and Keith Warmington are together for an evening of Blues and Americana at the Folk House cafe. Brooks is a veteran of some twenty albums and is rated amongst the top American blues players, but he's a great writer , singer and entertainer as well.
Keith will be blowing harp throughout the set and is delighted to be reuniting with Brooks after collaborating on Brooks' Baby O album 3 years ago. Continuing the American theme , top chef Barny Haughton will be cooking something lovely for the interval and it's all included in the ticket price
Kathryn Williams releases a brand new album of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar: ‘Hypoxia’ will be released via One Little Indian on the 15th June.
The project’s origins came in 2013 when Kathryn received a call from New Writing North asking if she would accept an open commission to write something about Plath for the Durham Book Festival’s celebration of her life and work, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Bell Jar’s publication. Excited, but also somewhat intimidated by the prospect, Kathryn quickly realised that trying to write song lyrics for poems without using the actual poems or referencing them was going to be nigh on impossible, and -as time passed - what had seemed like a gift of making her own brief, turned to dread and foreboding as she desperately tried to find a way into the material.