Jason Steel | 3 November 2017

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Jason Steel is a singer & picker of stringed instruments. Originally from Yorkshire, he currently rests his head in North London.

Shortly after joining The Owl Service in 2008, Jason began to record the songs that would make up the ‘We Deserve Fire’ 7″ & the ‘Eternal Embers’ E.P (released on Midwich Records). These weaved the sounds of Appalachian and ragtime picking, the strange, old worlds of traditional folk and the ghosts of 1920’s Tin Pan Alley (both recorded live to a single microphone). The results were effective; an emotional hinterland somewhere between Bert Jansch and Leonard Cohen, John Fahey and Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards. His debut long player Fire Begot Ash garnered considerable praise in various quarters upon its release in March of 2010, followed by an invitation to record for the BBC at Maida Vale studios.

Jason records for Rif Mountain. He divides the rest of his time between staring at the moon, drawing old churches and listening to Lead Belly’s ‘Last Sessions’.

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Diabel Cissokho | 20 October 2017

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Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is part of the great line of Cissokho griots. Growing up in Dakar and Tambacounda, surrounded by a rich musical heritage and a family of musicians, Diabel began playing a number of traditional instruments. However, Diabel’s affinity with the kora was clear from an early age.

Diabel’s musical pedigree is exceptional. International tours with his family’s band Bannaya led to a long stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player, as well as with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Omar Pene, Cheikh Lo, Ernest Ranglin and Youssou N’Dour. Now well established in the UK, Diabel’s virtuosic talent, his “resonant voice and rocking kora style” (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican, where he performed alongside Femi Kuti, Cheikh Lo and Manu Dibango, and more recently in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London with his band.

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