Live jazz, folk, world and roots music Winter Spring 2013

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A brand new programme of music featuring live jazz, folk, world and roots artists from across the globe is now on sale at Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham.

UK music fans can enjoy a wide variety of performances spanning Americana, avant-funk, chanson, Cornish sea-shanties, Galician piping, Irish folk, Japanese taiko drumming, Qawwali and many other styles and genres from internationally established musicians at a variety of Birmingham venues.

A stellar Transatlantic Sessions cast that counts Mary Chapin Carpenter and Eric Bibb amongst its number will visit Symphony Hall (Thursday 7 February), as will legendary guitarist and folk-rock veteran Richard Thompson (Thursday 21 February) and Scottish roots-rock singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald (Friday 1 March).

Highlights include culture clashes and fusions, like the B-Boys-meet-Morris-dancers spectacle of The Lock In at Town Hall (Friday 1 March), and a diverse offering from the Jazzlines programme, such as gigs from Troyka and The Golden Age Of Steam at the Hare and Hounds (Wednesday 30 January), Walter Smith III at the CBSO Centre (Saturday 2 February) plus a performance from acclaimed pianists Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays at Town Hall (Thursday 21 February) amongst others.

Also now monthly at the University of Birmingham’sBramall Music Building (5pm Thursday 10 January, 7 February, 7 March), Jazzlines Free Gigs (formerly Rush Hour Blues) continue to take place every Friday evening in Symphony Hall Café Bar from 5pm.

Popular free monthly jazz session Sax In The City, featuring The Notebenders, also makes a welcome return to Symphony Hall Café Bar (1.30pm Saturday 26 January, 23 February, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May, 29 June), celebrating the musical legacy of founder Andy Hamilton MBE with a new monthly residency.

The open family friendly space is also the venue for monthly free events Mid-day Mantra (1pm Saturday 19 January, 16 February, 23 March, 20 April) presented in partnership with sampad, Folk For Free (5.30pm Thursday 24 January, 28 February, 28 March, 11 April) presented in association with Moseley Folk, Musical Picnic (10.30am Saturday 12 January, 9 February, 16 March, 13 April) presented in association with Mubu Music and Beyond Classical (5.30pm Thursday 31 January, 21 February, 7pm 5 March, 18 April) presented in association with Birmingham Conservatoire – all showcasing exciting emerging artists from Birmingham and beyond.

Visit http://www.thsh.co.uk for more information on the live jazz, folk, world and roots music programme at Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

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Background:

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).

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Jazzlines is Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s dynamic strand of concert programming and inspirational education work, connecting people to jazz music. It is produced by Tony Dudley-Evans and Mary Wakelam, building on their huge success as the creative forces formerly behind Birmingham Jazz. Launched in April 2012, Jazzlines is supported by a three-year funding grant from Arts Council England under the National Portfolio Organisation scheme. The programme encompasses live jazz performances at a wide variety of venues around the city, including Town Hall & Symphony Hall, and an innovative participation and learning programme.

Jazzlines is supported by the PRS for Music Foundationhttp://www.prsformusicfoundation.com

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Issue date

Thursday 10 January

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