Home – extraordinary music in an extraordinary environment

Its 8pm and the wonderful Moishe’s Bagel are about to go on stage to a sell out audience here at the Great Hall, Dartington. We’ve dispensed with a PA (except for vocal announcements) and its going to be a foot stomping, wonderful evening I suspect!

But why no PA?

Well that one (at least) is easily answered! We’ve chosen Moishe’s Bagel as our first opportunity to un officially leak some of the artists who will be performing at Home – our world music and roots festival – in June 2011. HOME was launched last year – and blessed with some beautiful weather – we witnessed some extraordinary performances by the likes of Bassekou Koyate , Rizwan Qawaali and Eddi Reader You can get a flavour of last years festival from the video here

As home is a festival which prides itself on its acoustic nature (all the performances in the Great Hall are without PA) it made sense to give a few hints of what is to come on June 24th and 25th at another gig which was taking advantage of the wonderful acoustic of the Great Hall.

So the official line up announcement will be made on Friday 4th March – and until then (or until the allocation runs out) you can get early bird tickets for the Saturday only from the web site at the bargain price of £30 here but as a slight tease here are just a few of our plans!

• We’re introducing a new Friday night event, on sale from 3rd March
• We’re introducing a new outdoor stage and adding a third stage in Lower Close’s studio one for the Saturday.
• Thanks to the hard work of Thomas Brooman and Drum we have a great line up including a really exciting headliner (well I would say that – I have two of her early records on Vinyl!)

The line up does include:-

• the mesmirising Desert guitar blues and stunning vocals of Tamikrest (listen here or watch this short video from the Guardian:-

• The established sitar player Sheema Mukerjee will be showcasing both sides of her character and demonstrating just why she’s been a regular in Transglobal Underground, a key member of the Imagined Village and a formidable collaborator. She’ll be performing with her Sitar Funk Ensemble on Friday night before a more classical recital on the Saturday. You can listen to her work here:-
the wild and untameable Alejandro Toledo and The Magic Tombolinos. Mix a bit of Bal Balkan Gypsy with Latin & add touch of middle Eastern flavours ..oh and a bit of hip hop too and you kind of getting close to their sound. You can listen to their music here (http://www.myspace.com/alejandrosax)
The beautiful haunting voices of Perunika – described by folk roots as the ‘voices of angels’ (listen here) Some of you may remember them from their stunning performance at The Insulting Cabaret for the hub.
• And there is much much more to come too

So look out for the official line up announcements next Friday (4 March) on the Dartington web site, check out the early bird tickets, listen to the Home spotify play list (which we’ll add and update) here (http://open.spotify.com/user/matthewlinley/playlist/4s9yTZpAXyRM1geo8sWQv5) tweet away about the festival (do use the #homefest tag) and tell all your friends.

But above all please DO come and hep us make Home 2010 even better than HOME 2011.

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