Small Corner: our ambition for 2019

In 2019 we’re aiming to showcase and bring international music and cultures to other festivals.

Offering visitors chance to experience, explore and embrace diversity and awaking the senses through music and visual arts from across the globe.

It is our festival within a festival that makes the world goes round.

In 2019 we’re aspiring to bring the Small Corner experience to five festivals across the North West. You can find out more about what we’re aiming for at each of our festival stops below…

Down by the Riverside Festival – Dolphinholme, Lancashire (1-2 June 2019)

Seby Ntege and Band

Seby Ntege is a singer songwriter from the Busoga region of eastern Uganda, renowned for producing some of the best multi-instrumentalist in the country and himself is a master of several folk instruments from his country including akogo thumb piano (a.k.a. kalimba), endongo lyre, adungu harp, percussion and endingidi, a one stringed fiddle.

Mambo Jambo

Mambo Jambo

Acoustic Roots duo, Mambo Jambo, might just be the biggest acoustic duo you’ll ever see. With their own rhythmic and joyful sound, they’ll take you on an exciting and joyousmusical journey bringing together sounds from roots, world, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions.

A fabulous musical treat is in store wherever they roll up, their tour bus packed to the brim with instruments.

Giacomo Jahka (Madiba.IT)

Giacomo Jahka (Madiba, Italy)

Waste World Instrument making.

Mafalda Morganti (Italy)

Creating the perfect festival environment and decoration with the natural resources found around us.

Catch the Wind Kite Festival – Morecambe, Lancashire (29-30 June 2019)

Café Con Leche

Café Con Leche

Cafe Con Leche is the hottest Manchester Cuban Band that recently been choose as supporting band for the last Buena Vista Social Club orquestra tour in the North region. The band is composed by Damien Castillo, singer from Cuba, Ivan Pavon Martinez, bass player from Cuba, Chris Manis, a latin master percussionist from England and Tagné Tebu, piano player from Cameroon.

Cafe Con Leche will be playing salsa, son, cha cha cha, and a selection of songs linking their music back to its African roots.

Giacomo Jahka (Madiba, Italy)

Waste World Instrument making.

Sound ‘N’ Vision Festival – Blackpool, Lancashire (13 July 2019)

Two Man Ting

Two Man Ting

“John Peel would play something like this on his programme and the world would suddenly seem a better place” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music

“Brilliant – love this sound! If you want to get a bit of early summer, then get this in your ear holes!” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

“Jon Lewis and Jah-man Aggrey play guitar and percussion respectively, but sound more like a small combo due to their clever use of loops and no small amount of enthusiastic musicality and inventiveness. They mix profound lyrics with some lighter-hearted ditties and lively dance tracks.” Songlines Music Magazine

Soundavan

Beatsen (Germany)

Berlin based artists network and youth project delivering and realising a range of creative engagement and art based activities with communities. Beatsen worked on the visuals for the Soundavan Autumn 2018.

Tide Lines Literary Festival – Grange over Sands, Cumbria (17-18 August 2019)

Hut People

Hut People

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and itworks so well!

“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” Songlines Music Magazine

Mambo Jambo

Mambo Jambo

Acoustic Roots duo, Mambo Jambo, might just be the biggest acoustic duo you’ll ever see. With their own rhythmic and joyful sound, they’ll take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey bringing together sounds from roots, world, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions.
A fabulous musical treat is in store wherever they roll up, their tour bus packed to the brim with instruments.

Word Face

James Buhagiar (Cultural CAP, Malta) ‘Word Face’

Cultural CAP (Malta): A new arts cooperative grown out of the capital of culture in Valletta, includes theatre and set designers, performers, visual artists and sculptors. james buhagiar

Holker Hall Chilli Festival – Cumbria (7-9 September 2019)

Mariachi Loco

Mariachi Loco

Mariachi Loco are a Mexican music band performing across the UK. With 18 years experience the band provide the best traditional Mexican Mariachi to Mariachi interpretations of modern day classics. Experts in their craft of musical art, and keeping audiences entertained.

Soundavan

Beatsen (Germany)

Berlin based artists network and youth project delivering and realising a range of creative engagement and art based activities with communities. Beatsen worked on the visuals for the Soundavan Autumn 2018.

You’ll also find the Small Corner DJs at our festival stops…

Small Corner DJs are an eclectic mix of individuals all passionate for ‘world music’ and guarantee to bring global experiences and influences and fill yourears with rhythms and beats from all over the planet.

  • Red Rooster (Beatherders’ Perfumed Garden, The Hub @ Musicport) playing world r’n’b and reggae a true retro tour of vintage vinyl.
  • Rich T (Beatherders’ Perfumed Garden, Other Worlds Festival) playing areggae stew of dub, dancehall, ska and much more.
  • Buzz Bury – Global Outlaw (Songlines @ WOMAD, Musicport, Africa Oye and Balkan Trafik (BE) – Balkan to Bhangra, Sufi to Salsa, sets full of continental shifts and drifts.
  • Plus many more….

What people say about Small Corner…

“The range of music being offered was from every corner of the world possible, it really was an audio journey of global proportions.”

“The quality of the performers and musicianship blew us away. We will be keeping our eyes and ears open for more Small Corner events.”

“A unique space – all inclusive and beautiful. An experience for all agesdesigned to create a shared experience.”

“Loved the friendly feel of the Small Corner’s world. Very relaxing chill out and different to other offerings at the festival.”

“A unique space – all inclusive and beautiful. An experience for all agesdesigned to create a shared experience.”