2021-2022

Take a look at our TWO Trinity Term events below and make sure to tune in!

Agbeko

10th June 2022 @ 7pm GMT

Agbeko were born out of admiration for the enduring music of 1970s West Africa and have spent the past three years honing a singular, contemporary sound built upon its teachings. An onslaught of horns, guitars, percussion and gutsy vocals, the eleven-strong outfit deliver powerful songs packed with riffs, groove and lyrical prowess to move gig-goers, festival throngs and afro-funk afficionados alike.

Their combined political awareness and uncompromising musical commitment enables the group of Manchester-based twenty-somethings to draw from Afrobeat, psychedelic rock, funk and raucous-leaning jazz without missing the vital nuance and defiant tone that gives each its clout and power to resonate. They view our times through the lens of Generation Z, the forty-eight and the ninety-nine percent, speaking out against irresponsible leadership and humanitarian crises through their music, while promoting fairness and acceptance — just as the musicians who inspire them have. 

Theirs is music with a message, but it is also some of the most danceable and energising that you’re likely to hear from any modern-day big band. In 2018 Stutter & Twitch records’ admiration for the group saw them press their double A-side Leaders of the Free World/Submit on 7” wax before a self-release of ethio-prog brooder The Remedy to accompany their debut UK tour in February 2019. Named one of Band on the Wall’s ‘ones to watch in 2019’ and with a growing arsenal of tunes, and radioplay, Agbeko are fast gaining a reputation for inducing anthemic singalongs and mass dance offs to stages throughout Europe and beyond.  You can find out more about Agbeko on their website https://www.agbeko.co.uk

Join us on 10th June at 7pm GMT with Agebko for a powerful and uplighting start to your summer holidays!

The event will be streamed live on YouTube and is free and open to all. Details about how to tune in coming soon.

Nokosee Fields

3rd June 2022 @ 7pm GMT

Over the last few years, musician, artist, and collaborator Nokosee Fields has proven himself to be one of the most provocative, significant, and capable voices in the North American traditional music scene. As a leading fiddler and interpreter in the traditional music scene, Nokosee reconciles tradition with creativity, challenging colonialist, capitalist structures and systems with the richness of his experience and upbringing as a member of the Osage, Creek and Cherokee Nations.

The great nephew of celebrated Cherokee fiddler Sam O’Fields, Nokosee carries a longstanding Cherokee fiddling tradition into the present. He lovingly and playfully reimagines tradition with skills and sensitivity. He’s won prestigious contests in the United States and has performed and taught at flagship festivals and workshops. His recent DIY sourcerror project, released anonymously online, delivers fresh interpretations of older North American fiddle repertoire, and explores the relationships between the archive and embodied performance. Nokosee also recently obtained grant funding to record an album of rare Indigenous, Black, and white fiddle repertoire from North America with his band BOOJUM. 

Beyond his fiddling, he works as a touring musician, playing bass in the country band Western Centuries and in top-tier Old-time bands Hard Drive and the Onlies. An in-demand recording artist and performer, he has recorded and worked alongside some of the most well-known artists in the field–luminaries like Tim O’Brien and Dirk Powell. Find out more about Nokosee on his website: https://www.nokoseefieldsmusic.com

Journey to Louisiana with Nokosee Fields on 3rd June at 7pm GMT for an evening of traditional North American music.  

The event will be streamed live on YouTube and is free and open to all. Details about how to tune in coming soon!

Yijia Tu

17th February 2022

Yijia is a singer-songwriter from China interested in exploring her cultural identity and diverse traditions through music-making. She first appeared as a semi-finalist in the popular Chinese singer-songwriter talent show “Sing My Song” at the age of 16. After graduating from high school with a certificate in composition, Yijia released her debut album “17”. In collaboration with Chinese and international acclaimed musicians such Grammy winner Luca Bignardi, Liu Huan, and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the album won “Media’s Choice Award” at the renowned 2015 CMA (Chinese Music Awards). After moving to London, Yijia hopes to explore her interest in ethnomusicology and express her cultural identity through the fusion of traditional Eastern elements in her music. Drawing inspirations from different music elements throughout time and history, especially from China and East Asia, Yijia hopes to bring these under-exposed and undermined sounds to people who enjoy music. As the founder of the folk fusion band project, “The Sages”, through both original musical composition and adaptation of ancient traditional sounds, Yijia hopes to keep the tradition alive and expand and diversify people’s musical taste and knowledge about fascinating cultures and traditions other than their own. Yijia holds an undergraduate degree in Music at SOAS, University of London and a Masters in Music at the University of Oxford. 

On 17th February, Yijia Tu joined us for an exciting and unique musical journey of Eastern fusion. The event was streamed on our YouTube channel.

You can catch the whole concert again in full below!

Ross Ainslie & Tim Edey

26th November 2021

Award-winning multi-instrumentalists​ Ross Ainslie and Tim Edey are two old friends – and two of the best folk musicians of their generation. Tim is a former BBC Musician of the year (BBC FOLK AWARDS 2012) and also won the ​best duo with Brendan Power. He is The Chieftains guitarist+accordionist of choice and also has a long-standing​ solo career. He is considered one of the worlds​ best guitarists and melodeon players in the Celtic​ folk scene. He has recorded & toured with everyone from Christy Moore to Altan & Natalie MacMaster. Ross has been nominated Musician of the year by the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2013, 2016 and 2018). He won ​Composer of the Year in 2015 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and best duo with Ali Hutton in 2017. He performs with bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean and lots more. Ross has 4 solo albums to date Wide Open in 2013, Remembering in 2015, Sanctuary in 2017 and Vana in 2020.

On 26th November, Ross and Tim joined us all the way from beautiful Perthshire in Scotland to open our 2021-2022 season. The event was streamed online on our YouTube channel.

Didn’t catch the concert the first time around? You can now watch the event again in full right here. Enjoy!