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SONGHOY BLUES | LIVE PREVIEW

SONGHOY BLUES | LIVE PREVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Sat 23 Sept Forced from his native Timbuktu by a jihadist group who banned the most important elements of rock’n’roll, namely cigarettes, alcohol and music, guitarist Garba Touré relocated to Mali’s capital Bamako in 2012 and along with fellow (but unrelated) Tourés Allou and Ouma formed Songhoy Blues, purveyors of the finest desert […]

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HORACE ANDY | LIVE PREVIEW

HORACE ANDY | LIVE PREVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Thurs 31 Aug Tramshed has earned its right to be as much of a treasured part of the Cardiff gig scene as say Cargo is to Shoreditch, and this month it hosts a singer songwriter who many generations have grown up with, whether they know it or not – a reggae legend who […]

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MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE REVIEW

MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Fri 7 July This evening will go down in history as the night Grangetown played host to a living legend. Despite gigging for more than 60, years this was Mavis Staples’ first time in Wales, but she made up for it: her colossal voice probably carried to […]

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MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE PREVIEW

MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE PREVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Fri 7 July Words like legend are banded around all too frequently but in the case of Mavis Staples they hold true. Even the often used moniker ‘the queen of blues’ doesn’t really do justice to her musical status: she is living, breathing history. During her 60-plus years of making music – as […]

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GOGOL BORDELLO | INTERVIEW

GOGOL BORDELLO | INTERVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Mon 3 July For many, Gogol Bordello are one of the best live prospects around currently. Drawing on punk’s energy and folk musical styles from all over the world, their gigs are never anything less than an all-out party, led by the gloriously-moustachioed frontman and instigator Eugene Hütz. Cutting through the phone with […]

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WARD THOMAS | LIVE PREVIEW

WARD THOMAS | LIVE PREVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Wed 17 May Twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas, from rural Hampshire, are stopping off in Cardiff this month with an array of cool country numbers. These two were first turned to this genre after a friend played them The Dixie Chicks at a young age. From then on they began writing […]

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THE UNTHANKS | LIVE REVIEW

THE UNTHANKS | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Sat 29 Apr On a visit one weekend, I was introduced to the most distinctive and haunting sound coming from the stereo. On inquiring, I learned I was listening to Nick Drake, from the Fruit Tree box set. I thought it was the latest import and wondered […]

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HOT 8 BRASS BAND / AFRO CLUSTER | LIVE REVIEW

HOT 8 BRASS BAND / AFRO CLUSTER | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Thurs 4 May I have to say I had very high hopes of seeing both these bands live for the first time. Afro Cluster are an afro-funk hip-hop collective from Cardiff who were supporting at Tramshed. The title of their most recent […]

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THE UNTHANKS | LIVE PREVIEW

THE UNTHANKS | LIVE PREVIEW Tramshed, Cardiff, Sat 29 Apr In the 1950s, home recordings of poems and songs from an upper-middle class housewife were made that were only supposed to be heard by, at most, family and friends. These probably would have not been unearthed and released to the public if not for the […]

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DEAFHEAVEN / YOUTH CODE | LIVE REVIEW

DEAFHEAVEN / YOUTH CODE | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Wed 26 Apr Deafheaven arrive for their first show in Cardiff on an unseasonably bitter April evening – the cold perhaps going some way to explaining the turnout, with the Tramshed half full/ half empty depending on your outlook. The crowd’s numbers are sadly not […]

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