Mishra is a global folk collective with strong roots in UK folk, out of which they weave a tight web of intricate, Indian-influenced original music that defies definition and has already brought awards recognition since their formation in 2017. Kate Griffin (The Magpies) and Ford Collier (BBC R2 Folk Award nominated The Drystones) are the song writing partnership behind Mishra, drawing on their unique base of influences that encompasses folk music of the UK and America, Indian classical music, and soul to create a surprisingly accessible sound that audiences instantly connect to. Between the two of them, Kate and Ford create a rich texture from their array of instruments: Irish low whistle, banjo, Indian tabla, dobro, African calabash, and guitar, all of which provide a vibrant backdrop to Kate’s striking vocals. Their set is entirely original and traditional, apart from a popular cover of Gillian Welch’s Scarlet Town, receiving airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show by Mark Radcliffe.
Mishra’s quartet shows also feature renowned tabla player John Ball (Rafiki Jazz, Indus) and jazz-folk double bassist Joss Mann-Hazell who bring an even richer texture to the band’s core sound.
Auka are a trio from Sheffield consisting of Kirsty Lomax on Irish flute and whistles, Matt Gilchrist on the acoustic guitar, and Joss Mann-Hazell on the double bass. They create original instrumental music influenced by traditional Celtic folk, and have been compared to contemporary artists including Michael McGoldrick, Brian Finnegan, Kan and The Olllam. Inspired by the breathtaking natural landscape of Sheffield and the surrounding Peak District, Auka released their debut album “Evergreen” in October 2021.
“A striking homage to the natural world” – Songlines Magazine
“Ethereal and euphoric – utterly stunning” – BBC Introducing
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Date of event:9th April 2022