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Gateway International Roots Music Festival 2010

by Ashlie Nelson

Gateway International Roots Music 2010

Gateway International Roots Music 2010

Gateway International Roots Music Festival 2010 occurs on weekends from March 4th- March 20th 2010.

Some featured artists include:

Thu 4 March
Grada - Infectious take on modern Irish music

Fri 5 March
Lau - Three of the finest exponents of modern traditional music in Scotland today

Sat 6 March
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - Guitarist & producer Justin Gambian griot and master musician Juldeh

Thu 11 March
Portico Quartet - Descibed an being like an Indy band that plays post-jazz, melodic music

Fri 12 March
Skip "Little Axe" McDonald - Skip made his debut as part of the 21st century blues project Little Axe

Sat 13 March
Dennis Bovell Dub Band - One of the UK's most respected and influential reggae musicians with his full band

Thu 18 March
Joscho Stephan Trio - New generation guitar virtuosos introducing a fresh stylistic element into Gypsy Swing

Fri 19 March
Cimarron - A Brewery debut. This colombian 7-piece will leave you breathless & begging for more

Sat 20 March
Sierra Maestra - One of the finest & most popluar musical ensembles in the Spanish Caribbean today

See 2009's article below..

THIS spring sees the return of one of the hidden treasures of the roots music scene. Nestled on the edge of the Lake District, Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre plays host to the Gateway International Roots Music Festival, three weeks of gigs from some of the finest and most eclectic performers in the world.

From renowned and veteran artists in the form of the voice of Clannad, Moya Brennan, Zimbabwean dance-music group Harare and leading dub-collective Pama International, to new and emerging talents like contemporary folk band Wheeler Street.

Gateway 2009 also sees the return of Mauritanian-born musician Daby Toure whose exclusive performance was the highlight of last year’s festival and the catalyst for Daby’s first UK headline tour.

With reggae, traditional and contemporary folk, African, dancehall and dub, Gateway will be three weeks of memorable and exciting music unlikely to be found anywhere else on the same bill.

The festival takes place at the Brewery Arts Centre, one of the leading arts and culture venues in Cumbria and arguably the best for live music. Set in the South Lakes town of Kendal, yet only a few minutes from the M6, the building will be alive with the sounds of roots and world music for the three weeks of Gateway, well worth a visit.

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