Thu 28 Jan | Door 7:30pm | £15.00/£14.00 Under 16s / £17 On the Door
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré is one of the greatest living exponents of guitar Desert Blues. Hailing from Niafunké, Mali, he is the son the late Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Vieux’s father discouraged him from following his rich heritage to become a musician. He was however eventually persuaded otherwise and fortunately prior to his passing the pair recorded a couple of tracks together. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and immensely proud of, his son’s extraordinary musical talent.
Vieux’s father would sadly never experience his son’s high-energy live sets, his effortless speed and dexterity on the fretboard, or the effect on audiences of his palpable on-stage charisma and luminous smile. Nor would he have imagined that Vieux’s musical output would grow to include four solo studio albums – with names such as Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, John Scofield as his guests – one live album, and two collaborative albums with pianist Idan Raichel as The Touré-Raichel Collective. For his latest project and album, Touristes, Vieux has further broaden his musical pallet and teamed up with New York vocalist Julia Easterlin, while his current live shows in his favoured trio format are likened to a modern-day Desert Blues equivalent of 60s power trio, Cream. As Vieux continues to embrace new challenges, forge cultural links and expand musical boundaries, so recognition for him grows as one of the most innovative and exciting guitarists on the planet.
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Venue: Malt Room – reserved seating
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