Malian singer-songwriter/ guitarist Vieux Farka Touré is about to embark on 15-date UK tour, starting on 19 January in Coventry, taking in London (Kings Place on 27 January) and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections (31 January). The tour will see him perform in his favoured trio format, with Jean-Alain Hohy on bass and Jean-Paul Melindji on drums, a kind of modern-day Desert Blues equivalent of 60s power trio, Cream.
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré is one of the greatest living exponents of guitar Desert Blues. Hailing from Niafunké, Mali, he is the son the late Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Vieux’s father discouraged him from following his rich heritage to become a musician. He was however eventually persuaded otherwise and fortunately prior to his passing the pair recorded a couple of tracks together. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and immensely proud of, his son’s extraordinary musical talent.
Vieux’s father would sadly never experience his son’s high-energy live sets, his effortless speed and dexterity on the fretboard, or the effect on audiences of his palpable on-stage charisma and luminous smile. Nor would he have imagined that Vieux’s musical output would grow to include four solo studio albums – with names such as Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, John Scofield as his guests – one live album, and two collaborative albums with pianist Idan Raichel as The Touré-Raichel Collective.
For his latest project and album, ‘Touristes’ (out now on Six Degrees), Vieux has further broaden his musical pallet and teamed up with New York vocalist Julia Easterlin, for an impromptu studio session in New York City resulting in an album that examines their respective musical roots and passions together and transforms what they find into something entirely new and unique. Composed of original songs, as well as some distinctive covers, including Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Fever Ray’s “I’m Not Done,” Vieux and Julia prove themselves kindred spirits in moments of pure beauty, joy, melancholy and magic. They create music equal parts modern and ancient, haunting and playful, subtle and visceral.
As Vieux continues to embrace new challenges, forge cultural links and expand musical boundaries, so recognition for him grows as one of the most innovative and exciting guitarists on the planet.
UK Dates and Information :
Tuesday, 19 January 2016, doors open 7.30pm
COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL, http://www.warwickartscentre.
Tickets: £15 + booking fee
Info & tickets: 024 76 524 524
Wednesday, 20 January 2016, doors open 7.30pm, stage time 8.30pm
BRIGHTON – Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 1UN, http://www.komedia.co.uk/
Tickets: £17 + booking fee in advance (from venue & Resident Records: http://www.resident-music.com/
Info & tickets: 0845 293 8480
Friday, 22 January 2016, doors open 7.30pm, support act 8pm, Vieux on stage 9.15pm
BRISTOL – The Lantern, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR, http://www.colstonhall.com
Tickets: £19.35 incl. booking fee
Info & tickets: 08448871500/ 0117 204 7109
Saturday, 23 January 2016, doors open 7.30pm
MANCHESTER – Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ, http://www.bandonthewall.org
Tickets: £15 in advance from http://bandonthewall.org/
Info: 0161 834 1786
Sunday, 24 January 2016, doors open 7pm
CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX, http://www.junction.co.uk
Tickets: £18 in advance + £1 booking fee/ £20 on the door
Info & tickets: 01223 578000/ 01223 511511
Tuesday, 26 January 2016, doors open 7pm, support act 8pm, Vieux on stage 9pm
NORWICH – Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St Benedicts Street, Norwich NR2 4PG, http://www.norwichartscentre.
Tickets: £15 in advance + booking fee via Norwich Arts Centre or https://ueatickets.ticketabc.
Info & tickets: 01603 660352
Wednesday, 27 January 2016, doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm
LONDON – Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG, http://www.kingsplace.co.uk
Tickets: £12.50 – £19.50 online price from http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/
Info & tickets: 0207 520 1490
Thursday, 28 January 2016, doors open 7.30pm
KENDAL – Brewery Arts Centre, 122a Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE, http://www.breweryarts.co.uk
Tickets: £15 (£14 concessions) in advance + £1.50 booking / £17 on The Door
Info & tickets: 01539 725133
Friday, 29 January 2016, show starts 8pm
LIVERPOOL – Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic, Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BP, http://www.liverpoolphil.com
Tickets: £16.50 in advance + booking fee
Info & tickets: 0151 709 37
Saturday, 30 January 2016, doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm
GATESHEAD – Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR, http://www.sagegateshead.com
Tickets: £15 + £2 handling fee
Info & tickets: 0191 443 4666/ 0191 443 4661
Sunday, 31 January 2016, doors open 7pm, support act 7.30pm, Vieux on stage 8.30pm
GLASGOW – “Celtic Connections”, Mitchell Theatre, 3 Granville Street, Glasgow G3 7EE, http://www.celticconnections.
Tickets: £15 in advance from http://tickets.
Direct link: http://www.
Support: Moussu T e Lei Jovents
Part of Celtic Connections Festival
Tuesday, 2 February 2016, doors open 7pm, support act 7.30pm, Vieux on stage 8.30pm
BUXTON – Pavilion Arts Centre, St John’s Road, Buxton SK17 6BE, http://www.buxtonoperahouse.
Tickets: £16.50 inc. fees
Info & tickets: 01298 72190
Support: Alan Burke
Wednesday, 3 February 2016, doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm
SHEFFIELD – “TalkingGig” Yellow Arch Studios, 30-36 Burton Road, Sheffield S3 8BX, http://www.yellowarch.com
Tickets: £16.50 in advance/ £18 on the door
Info & tickets: 0114 273 0800/ 07955 047387
In conversation with Andy Morgan, part of the TalkingGigs series, http://www.talkinggigs.co.uk
Thursday, 4 February 2016, doors open 7.15pm, show starts 7.45pm
LEEDS – Howard Assembly Room (enter via Leeds Grand Theatre), 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU, http://www.howardassemblyroom.
Tickets: £17.50 + booking fee in advance from http://www.operanorth.co.uk/
Info & tickets: 0844 848 2727 (calls will cost 7p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge)/ 0113 243 9999
Friday, 5 February 2016, doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm
SOUTHAMPTON – Turner Sims, Southampton University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, http://www.turnersims.co.uk
Tickets: £20, concessions £19, friends £18, students £10 from https://www.turnersims.co.uk/
Info & tickets: 023 8059 5151