Touring with Världend Band is a constant adventure. We started off with a two week residency at the beautifully peaceful Stensund Folkhögskola before hitting the road. We started with a couple of concerts in Hylte, we set off for Denmark where we played at the brand new venue Turbinen in Denmark (4th band to play there!), at the cosy Huset in Aalborg, in Viborg and Aarhus making new friendships on the way.
We travelled for two days through Germany, Holland and the UK, with a stop in London to speak on A World in London radio show with DJ Ritu, to get to Santiago de Compostela and network at Womex as well as party every night in the best local bars with local musicians. We are now in the middle of our UK tour with fantastic gigs all over. We closed Musicport where we were invited for the third time running. We also played at the first ever Ouseburn World Music Festival organised by Matthew Jones in Newcastle. We will be in playing at Rich Mix in London for an alternative Hallowe'en evening on 31 October with a secret after party planned. All in all, touring with Världens Band has got to be the best experience ever!
The New Year started with a bang and Amaraterra is completely in the limelight this month. Our regular residency at Jamboree will resume on 9 January, negotiations with the British Museum are underway, the Al Jazeera documentary we recorded the sound track for will be aired (link to come soon!) but first and foremost we will be recording for our BBC debut, a whole show dedicated to us on World on 3. After a great show on Resonance FM with DJ Ritu (A World in London), World Scatterlings will be recording for an upcoming album.
Varldens Band Autumn Tour is now well underway. With 14 concerts, a UK tour including Musicport, Rich Mix, the Sage and Band on the Wall, many workshops, a concert at Oslo World Music Festival and thousands of kilometres through Britain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway behind us, we are now looking forward to a week-long Danish Tour from 3-9 November before heading back to Sweden. Later this month, I'll also do a short London appearance with an Amaraterra concert at Cafe Barcelona on 19 November and an interview on SOAS Radio with DJ Ritu about Varldens Band on 18 November. But in the meantime, it's back on the road tomorrow for Part 3 of the tour!
September started with a bang at the BBC Extra Late Proms with a sold out Follow the Rats concert, broadcast on Monday 7 September at 10pm on BBC3. We were told that this was the first Extra Late evening where the audience spontaneously broke into clapping during a tune so thank you all for being so wonderful! The month continues with Amaraterra at the Almeida Theatre on 13 September and at our usual hide out, Jamboree, on 26 September. September is also the end of my student years as I hand in my thesis after five wonderful years working on the xeremies, the Mallorcan bagpipes, at SOAS. I was also awarded the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Student Paper Prize for a presentation given in Paris last July. The summer is ending well and autumn should be just as good with Varldens Band's #NoBordersTour in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the UK to mark the release of our first album.