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Nov 27

Tinariwen - Live Acoustic Show

With Tinariwen at Union Chapel


Tuesday 27 November 2012 at 7:00pm


Union Chapel
Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN, United Kingdom

Tel: +44.(0)20 7226 1686


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New date added due to popular demand!

2011 saw the Touareg desert rock band eschew their electric guitars in favour of a more acoustic sound. The resulting LP “Tassili” won them a much coveted Grammy Award for best World Music album amongst a myriad other accolades. Now, fresh from supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers the band are ready to showcase their more intimate and profound live show to date in the magnificent setting that is Union Chapel. An unmissable opportunity to witness one of the most fascinating live bands in the world in an extraordinary setting.

You’ve got to be doing something right when you can count amongst your fans the likes of Thom Yorke, Brian Eno, Carlos Santana or TV On The Radio. Formed in rebel training camps in Libya, these exiled nomads-turned-rock-stars of the Sahara have become the soundtrack for Touareg independence and reconciliation, combining traditional Touareg melodies with Malian, Western, Berber and Arabic influences to create spare, evolving, hypnotic songs. As if Keith Richards, Santana, John Lee Hooker, various members of Primal Scream, Mogwai and the Grateful Dead had got lost in the Sahara for a decade and then returned as a fully-fledged desert band.

Having embarked on a journey into the old songs of the British Isles, Sam Lee is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. He was given the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, which for the first time, honoured folk music amongst the art forms. Likewise his live band, Sam Lee and Friends, has carved a new acoustic style with their homemade and mongrelised instrumentation using unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenge preconceptions of what ʻtraditional folkʼ should sound like.

We can’t recommend this show enough.


Tinariwen – Live Acoustic Show
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