Global Village At The Savannah Music Festival, Panama Independence, Canadian Folk And More
Monday, November 26
The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.
This time, in conjunction with the November Bert Jansch feature, it’s one of the U.K.s finest contemporary folk groups, Lau. The trio of guitarist Kris Drever, accordionist and pianist Martin Green, and fiddler Aidan O’Rouke are, collectively and separately, regarded as some of the finest musicians on the UK scene today and the band, together for just over a decade, has already taken home one Best Album and four Best Group awards in the prestigious BBC Folk Awards. We’ll hear a wide-ranging set from them that concludes with a rousing encore where the trio was joined by a quartet of top Irish players.
Tuesday, November 27
It’s a mini Folk Fest this time in the Global Village as we highlight folk and traditional sounds from many different parts of the world. We’ll hear November featured artists Bert Jansch (with Pentangle and with John Renbourn) and Guo Gan (in a program of classical Chinese music), along with selections from Scottish band Breabach (from the new Rough Guide to Scottish Folk), Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, Zimbabwe mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, Veracruz band Grupo Mono Blanco, Canada’s Vishten, and Mongolian group, the Grasslands Ensemble, with ukulele player Daniel Ho.
Wednesday, November 28
Global Village marks Panama’s Independence or National Day (marking the country’s independence from Spain in 1821) with traditional, soul, cumbia, and jazz-inspired music from Panamanian artists – including Danilo Perez, Papi Brandao, the Exciters, the Silvertones, Los Caballeros de Colon and more.
Thursday, November 29
Global Village features some of the 96 nominees in 19 categories in this year’s 14th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards, which take place November 30 and December 1 in Calgary. The Awards celebrate a wide array of sounds and styles – traditional, contemporary, world, Indigenous – as presented by songwriters, singers, producers, instrumentalists and more. In our all-too-brief glimpse at this year’s nominees, we’ll hear from the LYNNeS, West of Mabou, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Minor Empire, Holly Blazina, Eliana Cuevas, Bellegarde, the East Pointers, Autorickshaw, Near East, and Genticorum.
Friday, November 30
Global Village wraps up its November stringed instrument masters feature with a special string thing show highlighting some world violin and cello artists and groups. Among the artists featured are Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble; neo-folk band, the Horse Flies; the clarinet and cello playing twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni from Argentina; Carolina Chocolate Drops’ cellist Leyla McCalla; Cajun and roots fiddlers Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney; the violin (and flute) driven Cuban charanga style from the band that pioneered the sound, Orquesta Aragon; and one of the great Bollywood singers, Asha Bhosle, with Kronos Quartet.