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Don Kipper

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Don Kipper play the ‘Traditional Music of North-East London’. Their music evokes the sound of this corner of the city where a vast array of cultures and peoples live. They’re a band bound by friendship and who together explore a love of the music that surrounds them. They're equally happy taking an intimate audience on a musical journey through Europe as they are taking their feet on a frantic journey around the dancefloor.

Their new album Seven Sisters fizzes with all the propulsive energy of North-East London’s cultural crossroads. From the market traders of Ridley Road, to the hustle and bustle of Jewish bakeries, late night sessions across Dalston’s Jazz clubs, and the charcoal smell of Turkish barbeques as you head up Green Lanes and the Kingsland Road on a Friday night towards Seven Sisters; the birthplace of Don Kipper.

This is an ensemble that draws on many routes and roots. From childhood obsessions with Klezmer, to song collecting around the Mediterranean, from grooving to Senegalese Mbalax, to marching to the propulsive beat of the Samba Bateria, the band bring their assorted histories and inquisitive minds to the traditional music of Southern and Eastern Europe. The seven members have had differing musical journeys; some have formal training, while others play entirely by ear, or learnt their songs from Greek grandmothers. They make imaginative music grounded in the living traditions that reflect the songs and stories of people who have lived in this patch of London for more than a century.

“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band”

Max Reinhardt, Late Junction - BBC Radio 3

“Sure to send shivers down your spine”

Songlines

“Spectacular”

Mary Ann Kennedy, World on 3

“Unbridled musical passion & virtuosic mastery”

DJ Ritu, A World in London - Resonance FM

"The true sound of our capital"

WOMAD 2017

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 8:00 PM BST / doors @ 8:00 PM
Don Kipper at The Marshall Rooms
at The Marshall Rooms - Stroud,{4}
£8.00 Get Tickets >>