Once again the Aa Church is one of the Eurosonic Noorderslag concert venues.
Every year for a few days in mid-January Groningen is the European capital of music when it hosts the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival. This year is its 30th edition and the focus is on new talents from Central and Eastern Europe. Groningen showcases Europe’s most promising new acts that haven’t yet made a name for themselves beyond their own borders. The Aa Church too will feature many international bands.
Thursday 14 January
8.45 – 9.30 p.m. Alina Orlova
Is she a chansonnière or a singing poet? Lithuanian born Alina Orlova composes theatrical Baltic folk/pop songs. With a voice as clear as a bell she switches effortlessly from melancholy to playful melodies, accompanied by piano, strings and an occasional accordion.
10.15 – 11 p.m. Charlotte OC
Charlotte O’Connor’s mother is part Malawi and part Indian and her father is Irish. They introduced her to a broad spectrum of folk and soul. Charlotte OC added gospel, house and electronic music to her repertoire. The result: mysterious pop songs of almost mystical proportions.
11.45 p.m. – 12.30 a.m. Budapest Bár
Budapest Bár is a musical ensemble from Hungary. The band performs many different styles of music, from chansons to film soundtracks, from classical to blues and jazz. Their most recent release Klezmer features gypsy icon Margit Bango and Magna Cum Laude singer Misi Mezö.
Friday 15 January
8.45 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Samm Henshaw
Samm Henshaw is only 21 years old but his music (pure raw soul) is timeless. This charismatic English songwriter of Nigerian descent has captured the spirit of old-time gospel music with his polished vocals and pulsating rhythms . He was the supporting act for James Bay when he was on tour last year.
10.15 p.m. – 11 p.m. Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Colm Mac Con Iomaire is an exceptional musician and the founding member of bands such as The Frames and Kila. Tonight he will perform again with some formidable Irish fiddlers. Formidable too are his masterly technique, his musical knowledge and his energy.
11.45 p.m. – 12.30 a.m. Bachar Mar-Khalifé
Bachar Mar-Kalifé is a French-Lebanese singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He studied at the conservatory in Paris and has worked with such conductors as Lorin Maazel and James Gaffigan as well as with the Orchestre National de France and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
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