October 13, 2008

Five Best Gigs

By Tim Cumming

Etran Finatawa Fri

Formed at the Festival of the Desert, this Niger band, whose name means the Stars of the Tradition, mix Tuareg with Wodaabe song traditions to create raw and compelling desert blues. Town Hall, Selby

Roy Bailey & John Kirkpatrick tonight

These veterans of the Albion Band and Steelye Span deliver smart stagecraft, great songs and wonderful musicianship. Red Lion, Birmingham

John Etheridge and Christian Garrick Fri

The guitarist John Etheridge and the violinist Christian Garrick explore a repertoire that pays homage to Stephane Grappelli and the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Wakefield Sports Club

Django Bates & Stormchaser Fri

The 19-strong big band Stormchaser accompany the one-time Loose Tubes multi-instrumentalist Django Bates for tracks from their new album, Spring Is Here (Shall We Dance?). CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Martin Simpson tonight, Wed & Fri

This superb guitarist is a renowned interpreter of traditional music from Europe and the American South. His latest album, Prodigal Son, won the Best Album award this year at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Red Shed, Wakefield, tonight; Tolbooth, Stirling, Wed: Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, Fri

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