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8th May 2014

Richard Thompson added to Charlton Park's WOMAD Festival

Les Ambassadeurs, Amjad Ali Khan, Public Service Broadcasting and more confirmed

WOMAD Charlton Park festival have added more acts to their eclectic line up that features everything from folk-rock legends to reformed West African idols, all points in between are covered: cello-carrying troubadours, New Orleans brass bands, Peruvian psychedelists, jungle MCs, one-string bluesmen… There’s even room for a duo playing scorching post-rock as an accompaniment to recordings from public information films. The third wave of performers confirmed for the Wiltshire-based festival have now been announced. 

From his teenage years in the embryonic Fairport Convention to his impeccable 30-year career as a solo artist Richard Thompson has been a colossus in the kingdom of folk-rock. A peerless guitarist and a biting lyricist, it’s been a long time since he last performed on the WOMAD stage.
 
Aficionados of classic-era West African bands will be salivating at the news that the reformed Les Ambassadeurs will be gracing us with their slinky, sublime presence. During the 1970s, led by that mighty guitarist Kante Manfila, Les Ambassadeurs were in the vanguard of the region’s bands, especially when a young Salif Keita joined them as lead singer. After huge solo success, Salif will be fronting them at WOMAD Charlton Park.
 
Similarly, admirers of Indian classic music will be equally excited by the presence of Amjad Ali Khan, arguably the foremost master of the sarod, the Hindustani stringed instrument. He’ll be accompanied by his sons Amaan and Ayaan, both distinguished sarod players themselves.
 
One of the most fascinating projects to rise out of the UK music scene in recent years is Public Service Broadcasting, the inventive duo who use the narration of public information films to create stirring soundscapes. Another inventive combo to emerge of late is the Mercury-nominated Dave Omuku & The Invisible. They make their WOMAD debut in the company of Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa and a 40-strong choir for a vocal-based performance entitled Stars Align. Another British singer, the evergreen Kathryn Williams, heads towards Wiltshire with rave reviews for her latest album Crown Electric under her belt.
 
Congo Natty was one of the original jungle pioneers and, a couple of decades on, the MC is still defiantly telling it like it is, his lyrics both spiritual and street-wise. One-third of reggae legends The Gladiators and a session musician at iconic Jamaican studios like the Black Ark and Studio One, Clinton Fearon is a roots-reggae veteran who’ll be playing both solo and with his diamond-hard outfit The Boogie Brown Band. Across the Gulf of Mexico from Jamaica come the Hot 8 Brass Band, New Orleans’ masters of the horned-up reinterpretation, whether it’s Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing or The Specials’ Ghost Town.
 
Also confirmed todsay are Francois & The Atlas Mountains, SöNDöRGő, Chicha Libra, Linnea Olsson, Melt Yourself Down, Hazmat Modine, Afrikan Boy, Sans, Soema Montenegro, Brushy One String, Batch Gueye and Siyaya.
 
BBC Radio 3 acts include Çiğdem Aslan, Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys, Monsieur Doumani, The Chair,  and Caci Vorba.
 
These artists join an already-announced Youssou N’Dour et le Super Etoile, Bobby Womack, Alice Russell, Nitin Sawhney presents ONEZERO,  Manu Dibango,  Fat Freddy’s Drop,  Goran Bregovic’s Wedding and Funeral Band,  Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba,  Mulatu Astatke,  Ibibio Sound Machine,  Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits,  Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue,  Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita,  Marie Boine,  The Gloaming, Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca,  Tuung,  Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons,  Kobo Town,  9Bach, Justin Vali & Ny Malagasy Orkestra,  Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat,  Snarky Puppy,  Salim-Sulaiman with Karsh Kale,  Anna Cizia Villani and the Macuran Orchestra,  Nuru Kane,  Vinicio Caposella presenta Banda Della Posta,  Magic Drum Orchestra,  The Good Ones,  Debademba,  Aar Maanta,  Jus Now, Chloe Charles, Orange Hill,  숨[su:m],  Imed Alibi,  Ethno Trio Troitsa and  Madeeh.

WOMAD takes place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
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