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LIVE MUSIC from all around the world in Rotherhithe, one of the least trodden and most charming neighbourhoods of central London

April-July 2023

An Evening With Maïa Barouh and Blumi
Friday 21st April, 7pm (doors 6.30pm)
Finnish Church, Rotherhithe
Two Parisian multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters united by their French connection and creativity: Maïa Barouh, defiantly "Half-u" Japanese, and Blumi, who mixes her French blood with British: Maïa is known for her theatrical stage presence, her volcanic energy, her humour, madness and incredible border-crossing musicianship. Solo, in this intimate setting, she will present her latest supremely Franco-Japanese album 'AÏDA' ("Between"), in which she questions her identity and evokes themes of racism, feminism and exile. Blumi, aka Emma Broughton, deft on flute, guitar, bass, synths, combines a hint of French flair with an innate, more British, obsession with melody to produce songs of beauty and mesmerizing vocals.

La Chinganera
Thursday 4th May, 7pm (doors 6.30pm)
Finnish Church, Rotherhithe
Award-winning Chilean ‘payadora’, folk singer-songwriter and ‘décima’ poet, Fabiola González, aka La Chinganera, has the traditional folk songs of rural Chile running through her veins. Her heritage is similar to that of such greats as Violeta Parra and Víctor Jara, and it shows in the mastery of her music-making. With guitar in hand, La Chinganera explores the wealth of the folk tradition of her central Chilean homeland, with its Spanish origins and Latin American finishes. ‘Hija natural’ is her third album and this London gig is her UK debut and one stop in her European tour. She will be joined by Alvaro Alvayay on accordion, and special guests.

Fri 9th June, 7pm (doors 6.30)
Finnish Church, Albion St, Rotherhithe
Between stories of wreckers and smugglers, midwives and hedge-witches, snake-catchers & nightmen, the new Cider With Kirsty trio reveal the hidden lives that were the historic heartbeat of the country. Originally meeting through folk legends Show of Hands, The Ciderhouse Rebellion, who’ve cooked up a bit of a storm in just three years with five albums, multiple FATEA awards and sensational live sets, found that their creation of seascapes and laments, prayers and evocations dance perfectly with Kirsty Merryn’s poignant and angelic vocals. Their resulting album The Devil’s on the Mast (releasing in May) recorded over a winter’s week in the depths of the Yorkshire moors, is a dynamic, enrapturing set of uniquely magical songs.

Thu 22nd June, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
City Hope Church, Drummond Rd, Bermondsey
Sagrada Familia, ‘Sumaq Ayllu’, passionately transmit and share the music of their ancient high mountain homelands, fostering a message of harmony, gratitude & unity. A Latin American music trio in which we find Kanti Qena (Peru) and Phaxsi Coca (Bolivia), of Lokandes renown, a ground-breaking Andean fusion band, performing with their London-born son Raymi Willka. Brought up steeped in his Andean heritage, Raymi is fast developing his own version of the virtuoso musicianship of his parents. Expect a magical, ritualistic evening for midsummer.

Wed 12th July, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
City Hope Church, Drummond Rd, Bermondsey
Namvula effortlessly weaves together a global soundscape that takes inspiration from the deep grooves of Africa, the lyrical sensibility of folk-pop and the improvisational freedom of jazz. Born in southern Africa to Zambian and Scottish parents, her music reflects the realities, nuances and complexities of a diasporic restlessness. Set to release her third compilation of work this year, we’ll be the first London audience to hear these new songs. Our common humanity in these distressed times is her preoccupation. She is "A true original…a soulful performer"
* * * * The Guardian

Nearest station: Rotherhithe Overground (and for City Hope Church, Bermondsey Tube)
Buses: 381, C10, 188, 47
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