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Dispatch from Beirut

Dispatch from Beirut

Alexandra Petropoulos visits the Lebanese capital and finds a thriving arts scene despite ongoing political uncertainty and neighbouring unrest Continue reading

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GRRRL Power

GRRRL Power

Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the collective of women who are tackling the gender imbalance in music and inspiring younger generations Continue reading

Introducing… Ghost of Paul Revere

Introducing… Ghost of Paul Revere

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #135 (March 2018) p15. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to guitarist and singer Griffin Sherry about the trio’s unique Maine-grown holler-folk sound ‘Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.’ With those words, familiar to any American schoolkid, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow evokes a chilly … Continue reading

Beirut & Beyond, December 7-10 2017

Beirut & Beyond, December 7-10 2017

This festival dedicated to promoting the most exciting independent music of the Arab region celebrated its fifth edition this year with a line-up curated by Egyptian musician and composer Maurice Louca (whose Lekhfa album was a Top of the World in #134). It was clear from the ten bands on offer that Louca’s tastes are … Continue reading

My World: Tim Dowling

My World: Tim Dowling

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #135 (March 2018) p72. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the Guardian columnist and author about the banjo and the music that helped him uncover the instrument’s history “One of the greatest things about me is that I’m one of Britain’s slowest banjo players,” Tim Dowling chuckles. The charming, self-deprecating … Continue reading

WOMAD Las Palmas, November 10-11 2017

WOMAD Las Palmas, November 10-11 2017

It has been a few years since this capital city in the Canary Islands has hosted WOMAD; the festival has been on a six-year break in neighbouring Fuerteventura. But with an estimated audience of 40,000 at the concerts this year, there was a genuine sense of joy as Las Palmas welcomed its return. The line-up … Continue reading

Shambala, August 24-27 2017

Shambala, August 24-27 2017

It’s hard not to think that the sun came out specifically for this festival of dreamers and colour fiends. Forecast to be grey and dreary, the weekend was instead warm and bright, echoing Shambala’s vibe with the sun reflecting brilliantly off the endless sparkles that clothed the punters. As always, the festival offered a veritable … Continue reading

Introducing… Msafiri Zawose

Introducing… Msafiri Zawose

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #132 (Nov 2017) p18. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to Tanzanian musician Msafiri Zawose and producer Sam Jones about their inspired collaboration Collaboration can be a tricky beast. A successful one takes mutual respect, equal talent and, perhaps above all, patience; all qualities that are evident in the latest album … Continue reading

Belem, May 19

Belem, May 19

Belem Brighton Festival, All Saints Church, Brighton, May 19 The dark, vaulted interior of Brighton’s All Saint’s Church proved to be a very different setting than where I mostly found myself on this particular weekend. Flitting between dingy basements and bars packed with bearded hipsters, I welcomed an excuse to take a break from the … Continue reading

Introducing… Addictive TV

Introducing… Addictive TV

This feature originally appeared in Songlines #128 (June 2017) p19. Download a pdf here. Alexandra Petropoulos talks to the duo about their latest project that saw them recording musicians from every corner of the globe Mark Vidler and Graham Daniels have been working together for a while now, so they may not need introducing. In 2005 VJ Daniels … Continue reading