St Clement’s Church
|7th June 2014|
A celebration of Anatolian and Middle Eastern Music with Paula Darwish and band, Serpil Kılıç, Adam Warne and Matt Crawford. Special guests Mina Mikhail Salama, Ertan Turgut and Lou Armer. Songs in Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, Greek, Armenian, Albanian, Iranian and more.
Anatolia and the Middle East have been home to numerous civilisations, cultures and religions that have together create a beautiful tapestry of music. Recent events in the Middle East may create the impression that different cultures and religions cannot exist side by side but history shows us this is not true. We are not politicians we are musicians, and as long as politicians divide it will be our job to stand together and celebrate our true history of shared heritage, shared struggle and shared songs.
Once a regular performer with the Country and Eastern Band on the Manchester scene, this is Paula Darwish’s first full concert in Manchester since 2011. Despite her own Middle Eastern roots, she began musical life writing English songs and later became interested in Anatolian Music, leading her to study Turkish in London and Istanbul. She has now been performing Anatolian music for over fifteen years and has toured Turkey and Europe with her unique renditions of traditional folk songs.
Serpil Kılıç plays the traditional instrument of Anatolia called ‘bağlama’ or ‘saz’, and has been performing with Paula for almost ten years. Mina Mikhail, is an accomplished oud and ney player, and renowned performer of Coptic Music. Adam Warne,one of the best Middle Eastern Percussion players in the country, has been playing with Paula for over 5 years. Lou Armer, is a skilled vocalist, songwriter and ukelele player who has also toured Turkey with Paula. Ertan Turgut plays saz and performs traditional Anatolian music. Additional percussion from local drumstress, Debbie Busby.
The event will be recorded and filmed so you will later have the chance to buy a lasting memory of this unique evening.
Please arrive on time as we have to finish at 10-30 pm. Alcoholic and soft drinks will be on sale at the venue.
The first 50 tickets are on sale for only £8 and once these are sold only £10 tickets will be available. A limited amount of tickets can also be purchased in person at a reduced price of £7, from the Mediterranean Café, 126 Withington Road, Whalley Range, M16 0EB Tel: 07856 533726 opening hours 9-6 Mon-Sat, 9-4 Sun.
With thanks to St Clement’s Church for providing us the opportunity to put on this special event.