Live Folk & Gypsy Music in Thames Tunnel Shaft
Join us on an adventure under the Thames for a bevvy of beautiful performances by folk and gypsy bands in the Thames Tunnel (part of Brunel Museum). Bring your geek jumper as it can get chilly down there.
Simon Hopper Trio | Thursday 20th September | 7.30pm, doors 7pm | Thames Tunnel Shaft | £12/10 advance
To open our Autumn live music series we are welcoming a new genre into the programme: Simon Hopper and his band will be entertaining us with his contemporary songs that are shaped by razor sharp observation, intelligent insight and a dash of humour. He stands in the fine tradition of folk songwriters from Woody Guthrie to Richard Thompson.
Mazaika Duo | Wednesday 26th September | 7.30pm, doors 7pm | Thames Tunnel Shaft | £12/10 advance
Mazaika Duo, made up of two highly talented, passionate and versatile musicians, offers an intoxicating blend of Russian Folk and Gypsy songs, Hot Club Jazz,Tango and Balkan beats. Sarah Harrison is a violin virtuoso and improviser & Igor Outkine is a Russian singer and master accordion player.
Thurs 4th October 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Nogabe hails from Madagascar: whilst drawing on the wealth of existing traditional Malagasy rhythms, his fabulously agile technique of plucking the acoustic guitar creates a sound all of its own. His deep & melodic voice transports us to the shores of East Africa’s islands…
Wed 10th October 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
One of Scotland’s rising musical talents, classically trained, mellifluously voiced Siobhan Wilson performs folk songs in English & French with an acoustic sensibility combining piano, glockenspiel and guitar. Joni Mitchell, Serge Gainsbourg, Madeleine Peyroux & Nina Simone are among this young Scot’s main inspirations.
Thurs 18th October 8pm (doors 7.30pm)
This world-class ensemble performs eclectic music from around the globe: sophisticated jazz glides magically into wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish music into hot-blooded tango, Arabic and Turkish rhythms into Greek melodies. Prepare to be moved by entrancing dances, soulful improvisation and passion delivered with panache and virtuoso technique.
Wed 24th October 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Cerddcegin (Kerth-keggin), Welsh for ‘kitchen music’, is Gwilym Hardy, Elsa Davies (fiddles) and Ceri Owen-Jones (harp & voice). They feed on traditional tunes, learnt from friends or brought to life from sleeping manuscripts & dream mash-up folk music on the West Welsh coast: a music shaped while huddled in warm kitchens and tramping dark, gorse-patched cliffs.