Venue: Marie Lloyd Bar

Dates: 9 March 2010

Song East

Song East presents three exceptional singers who will tour for the EAST festival - Alasdair Roberts, Anni Rossi and Muntu Valdo will be performing FREE at Hackney Empire's Marie Lloyd Bar. You can't book - so get here early.

 Muntu Valdo's music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions (he was brought up in Cameroon and then France) with striking modernity and technical mastery, building up layers of sounds with loops and samples. He toured last autumn with Congolese superstars Staff Benda Bilili - his debut album Gods & Devils was described by NME as 'a rapturous record that shudders with joy and passion.'

Folk visionary Alasdair Roberts’ welcoming psychedelia weaves together myths and legends with swirling song structures and cryptic word play, cultivating moods both beautiful and haunting. This is the new folk, and Roberts’ distinct niche landed him on the flawlessly innovative Drag City label. 'Roberts fashions his songs from the stout timber of myth, and creates songs that, for all their haunting morbidity, throb with electricity,' Independent.

Chicago’s Anni Rossi amalgamates a mean juxtaposition between her delightful, hypnotic vocals and the destructive plucking of her divining rod of choice – the viola. After a little critical lauding of her previous two albums and supporting gigs with Camera Obscura, Noah & The Whale, and Electrelane, Rossi is ready to unveil her ultimate statement with Heavy Meadow, out on 4AD this spring.

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