From Birmingham to Brooklyn, via Bergen, Bollywood, Buenos Aires and beyond


• Most extensive programme of music from around the world at THSH to date
• International artists include Nigel Kennedy, Joan Armatrading, Wayne Shorter
• Birmingham artists include Sara Colman, Soweto Kinch, Old Dance School, The Notebenders
• 30+ ticketed events, 20+ free events between September and December 2012

A brand new jazz, folk, world and roots season at leading UK music venues Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham – the most extensive to date and packed with music from around the world – has been announced and is now on sale.

The season includes dhol n brass from the USA, Jamaican-inspired jazz-ska fusion, Norwegian avant-jazz, Scottish folk-rock and Spanish flamenco among over thirty ticketed and twenty free concerts and performances.

Leading international artists including Nigel Kennedy (10 Sep, Symphony Hall), Joan Armatrading (26 Oct, Symphony Hall) and Wayne Shorter (exclusive UK date 1 Nov, Town Hall) are set to appear, and home-grown musical talent such as Sara Colman (12 Oct,CBSO Centre), Soweto Kinch (20 Oct, mac), The Old Dance School (30 Oct, Town Hall) and The Notebenders (14 Dec, Symphony Hall Café Bar) will also give performances.

Highlights of the season include Mandala, a free major outdoor dance and 3D spectacular (Fri 7 Sep, Chamberlain Square) preceded by a free performance from Brooklyn’s Red Baraat, a tribute to Bob Marley by leading UK jazz and reggae artists Jazz Jamaica in Catch A Fire (Sat 13 Sep, Town Hall), Led Zeppelin guitarist John Paul Jones joining Norwegian improvisation group Supersilent live on stage (Wed 14 Nov, Town Hall) and an intimate show from the Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter Scott Matthews (1 Dec, Town Hall).

As well as shows from US country singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (18 Oct, Symphony Hall), acclaimed jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (20 Nov, Adrian Boult Hall) and exhilarating Argentian musical Tango Pasion (3 Dec, Town Hall), the venues also welcome back popular artists including Seth Lakeman (25 Oct, Town Hall) The Proclaimers (6 Nov, Town Hall),(15 Dec, Town Hall), The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (17 Dec, Symphony Hall) and Kate Rusby (19 Dec, Town Hall).

Music fans will also have plenty of chances to catch gigs from local and emerging talent for free at the Jazzlines Free Jazz Gigs (formerly Rush Hour Blues), Folk For Free and Mid-day Mantra sessions, programmed by Jazzlines, Moseley Folk and sampad at Symphony Hall Café Bar over the coming months.


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Listings by genre, by date


Ticketed: Nigel Kennedy: Bach plus Fats Waller (Mon 10 Sep, Symphony Hall), Ken Vandermark Trio (Wed 26 Sep, Hare & Hounds), Claire Martin and Sara Colman (Fri 12 Oct, CBSO Centre), Catch A Fire – A Tribute to Bob Marley and the Wailers (Sat 13 Oct, Town Hall), BBC Big Band: The Atomic Mr Basie (Fri 19 Oct, Town Hall), Soweto Kinch Trio (Sat 20 Oct, mac Birmingham) Wayne Shorter Quartet (Thu 1 Nov, Town Hall), Supersilent featuring John Paul Jones (Wed 14 Nov, Town Hall), BBC Big Band: Hooray For Hollywood (Fri 16 Nov, Town Hall), Jack DeJohnette Quintet (Tue 20 Nov, Adrian Boult Hall) , Dzama Stories (Thu 22 Nov, AE Harris), Trio VD + Threenil (Wed 28 Nov, Hare & Hounds), The Impossible Gentlemen (Sat 1 Dec, CBSO Centre), Tommy Dorsey: The Sinatra Years featuring The Gordon Campbell Big Band and Matthew Ford (Fri 7 Dec, Town Hall), Swingle Singers (Mon 10 Dec, Town Hall).

Free: Jazzlines Free Gigs (in Symphony Hall Café Bar unless otherwise specified): Rachael Cohen Trio, John Fleming Quartet and Toby Boalch Sextet (Sat 8 Sep, Symphony Hall), Tim Amann X-tet (Fri 14 Sep), Yuriy Galkin Nonet (Fri 28 Sep), Richard Foote and Adam Jackson: Bink! (Fri 12 Oct), John Turville Trio (Fri 19 Oct), Steve Clayton Blues Band (Fri 26 Oct), Phil Bond Quartet (2 Nov), Audience Poll Winners: MYJO (9 Nov), CUSP (16 Nov), Brigitte Beraha (23 Nov), Martin Trotman (30 Nov), Sarah Ellen Hughes (7 Dec), The Notebenders (14 Dec).

NB: Jazzlines Free Gigs (formerly Rush Hour Blues) will now run from 5pm – 6.30pm


Ticketed: Plainsong (Wed 12 Sep, Town Hall), Seth Lakeman in Concert (Thu 25 Oct, Town Hall), Joan Armatrading plus Chris Wood (Fri 26 Oct, Symphony Hall), The Old Dance School plus Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts and Lady Maisery (Tue 30 Oct, Town Hall), Dave Pegg’s 65th Birthday Concert (Fri 2 Nov, Town Hall), Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes (Fri 30 Nov, Town Hall), Scott Matthews: What The Night Delivers (Sat 1 Dec, Town Hall), June Tabor and Oysterband (Tue 4 Dec, Town Hall), Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band: Carols and Capers (Mon 17 Dec, Town Hall), Kate Rusby at Christmas (Wed 19 Dec, Symphony Hall)

Free: Folk For Free (free, in Symphony Hall Café Bar unless otherwise specified): Mickey Greaney (Sat 8 Sep, Symphony Hall), Mellow Peaches (Thu 18 Oct), Eliza Shaddad (Thu 15 Nov), Charlotte Carpenter (Thu 20 Dec).


Ticketed: Celebrating the Legends with Roop Kumar and Sunali Rathod (Wed 5 Sep, Symphony Hall), Mandala plus Red Baraat (Fri 7 Sep, Town Hall), Paco Pena (Tue 20 Nov, Town Hall), Tango Pasion (Mon 3 Dec, Town Hall)

Free: Mid-day Mantra (free, in Symphony Hall Café Bar unless otherwise specified): Harmeet Singh Virdee (Sat 8 Sep, Symphony Hall) Prattyush Banerjee & Sudarshan Singh (Sat 29 Sep), Rekesh Chauhan (Sat 20 Oct), Rajesh David (Sat 24 Nov), Milan to Mumbai: Giuliano Modarelli & Bupinder Singh Chaggr (Sat 15 Dec)


An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Thu 18 Oct, Symphony Hall), The Proclaimers (Tue 6 Nov, Town Hall), An Evening With Kris Kristofferson (Wed 5 Dec, Town Hall)

Also coming soon: Dexys (Wed 12 Sep, Symphony Hall), Ray Davies (Sat 13 Oct, Symphony Hall), Don McLean (Sat 27 Oct, Symphony Hall), The Idiot B*stard Band (Sat 3 Nov, Town Hall), Zappa Plays Zappa: The Decades Tour (Sun 18 Nov, Town Hall), John Cooper Clarke (Thu 11 Oct, Town Hall), The Beat plus Very Special Guests (Sat 15 Dec, Town Hall)


Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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Wednesday 29 August 2012