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WOMAD – Charlton Park 2014

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After she was forced to pull out from last year’s event, WOMAD are delighted to announce that Alice Russell, one of the UK’s greatest soul singers of this – or any other – time, will be treading the festival’s boards this summer, offering an excellent opportunity to witness a woman whose vocal range is matched by the gamut of emotions that underpin her performances. Also from these shores, Nitin Sawhney ONEZERO is the live incarnation of the polymath’s ONEZERO album, a cut-straight-to-vinyl retrospective that revisited key moments from his extensive back catalogue.

Jetting in from the other side of the planet are evergreen WOMAD favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop, the seven-piece New Zealand crew whose heady brew of dub and soul (plus a smidgeon of techno) never fails to fire the festival vibe. Another multi-membered band flying in – albeit from the somewhat closer Balkans – is Goran Bregovic whose Wedding & Funeral Orchestra marry their leader’s rock-star past with the exuberance of the gypsy brass band tradition.

Africa, of course, is always well represented at WOMAD – and Mali, in particular. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba represent the musically rich country this year. Having graduated from Toumani Diabate’s band to become a star in his own right, Bassekou is the world’s most celebrated player of the ngoni, the ancient harp lute of West Africa. From the other side of the continent comes the mighty Mulatu Astatke. If you’ve ever cupped an ear in the direction of the Ethiopiques reissue series (or to the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers), you’ll be familiar with this bandleader/composer’s lithe and sensual Ethio-jazz. Mulatu’s performance promises to be a very special one indeed.

Another venerable elder statesman from the top table of African music makes a hugely welcome return to the WOMAD stage when Oliver Mtukudzi – and his excellent band The Black Spirits – remind us of what a joyful sound those shimmering Zimbabwean guitars can be. Also returning to Charlton Park is the Norwegian singer Mari Boine who melds elements of folk, rock and jazz to joik, the traditional music of her Sami homeland. Mari’s records have previously been released on the Real World label, WOMAD’s sister organisation; new Real World signings The Gloaming are also Wiltshire-bound, a five-strong folk super-group that, in the words of The New Yorker, “moves the music of Ireland in captivating new directions”.

Once again, this summer’s festival includes some intriguing new, transnational collaborations. These include the mouthwatering partnership between Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and Malian songbird Fatoumata Diawara that aims to explore shared traditions, despite their respective homelands being divided by the Atlantic Ocean. Another attractive teaming-up features former Carolina Chocolate Drops songster Dom Flemons and Martin Simpson, one of the finest folk and blues guitarists these shores have ever produced. Both are impeccable players, making this collaboration a must-see.


Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DG

24 July –27 July 2014

BOOKING LINE: +44 (0)118 960 6060  


  • Adult Weekend £160
  • Disabled Adult Weekend £160
  • SN16 Resident Weekend £115
  • Adult Weekend + 1 year’s subscription to Songlines £184.75

Further Ticket Pricing for WOMAD 2014

  • Teenage (aged 14-17yrs) Weekend £80 (Don’t forget to fill out the teenage registration form)
  • Child (aged 0-13yrs) Weekend FREE (suggested donation of £5 to the WOMAD Foundation)


  • Thursday £30
  • Campervan £55
  • Meadow Campervans £55
  • Meadow Park & Camp £65
  • Park & Camp £65
  • La-Di-Dah Loos £16
  • Weekend Spa Ticket £115 (17 years and over only plus backstage bar access)


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We Love Record Shop Day

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Modern British culture was shaped by three things – DJs, radio (especially pirate radio), and clubs. And record shops are the thread between all three. Sanjiv takes a break from his global tour of record shops for his upcoming book to sing their praises on their special day. Continue reading We Love Record Shop Day

Dennis Coffey + Alice Russell, Mayer Hawthorne — XOYO, Monday 27 June 2011

Cult funk guitar hero Dennis Coffey appears in a very rare solo show in support of his fine new album on Strut Records

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Record Store Day with Jonny Trunk & Gilles Peterson (16th April 2011)

At least there’s one day a year when your local independent record store makes the news as Record Store Day returns with lots of special releases on vinyl to collect; and much more too!

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Dennis Coffey – Dennis Coffey

When we’ve got the achievements of a legend like Dennis Coffey, you do wonder why a new album? Well the short answer, at least to these ears, he’s still got more to contribute to the back catalogue of fabulous music and there’s a list of current stars who are more than happy to join in.

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V/A – Disco Discharge: Disco Fever USA

If there’s one good thing about January, for the past couple of years anyway, there’s been the release of 4 sets of Disco Discharge double CD albums; and they are back in 2011 better than ever!

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dOP – Greatest Hits

Even for the “saviours of house music”, naming your debut album as Greatest Hits seems a bit arrogant? Can these 14 tracks live up to the billing?

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Ludovico Einaudi – The Royal Albert Hall Concert

Recorded earlier this year Ludovico Einaudi’s The Royal Albert Hall Concert is a 2CD and DVD set that lets you see and hear Ludocico Einaudi at his best and a reminder to book up now for the November UK tour!

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Youn Sun Nah – Same Girl

Quite an interesting statement of intention calling your debut album Same Girl with all but two tracks being covers of mostly well known songs; if she is the same, she’s always been uniquely fantastic on this evidence.

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Hidden Orchestra – Night Walks

Based in Edinburgh, it’s about time that the Hidden Orchestra revelled themselves and their debut album is certainly a revelation that’s already caught the attention music insiders; another big album from the terrific Tru-Thoughts label.

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Robert Mitchell’s Panacea – The Cusp

The new album by Robert Mitchell’s Panacea, The Cusp finds the band in expanded and exceptional form; on the cusp of a classic!

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Marcos Valle – Estotica

One of the titles of the year but can veteran Marcos Valle produce one of the albums of the year – you bet as he’s estatic about this!

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William Orbit – Pieces In A Modern Style 2

Mr. Orbit was at his pop zenith about 10 years ago or so which coincided with the release of the first version of Pieces In A Modern Style where he updated classical works; so is Pieces In A Modern Style 2 an improvement?

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V/A – Disco Discharge: Disco Boogie

Hey it’s Sunday Nite and Robbie Vincent and Greg Edwards have provided the soundtrack to the weekend and it’s time to Disco Discharge with some Disco Boogie!

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V/A – Balkan Fever London (Mind the Brass)

It’s probably stating the obvious but for all sorts of reasons, the music from the Balkans can be found all over the globe in various adaptations but this latest compilation on Green Queen Music is a healthy thermometer, London is the place for Balkan Fever London: mind the brass!

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