Global folk band Mishra will headline a Manchester show at the Stoller Hall as they bring their run of UK dates to a close.
The Manchester gig will mark the culmination of a nine-date run as they tour their new show Samaroh, named after the Hindi word for celebration.
The tour landed after the band formed a new collaboration with international fusion-vocalist Deepa Sri Shakthi. The project takes on board Deepa’s sufi singing, weaving in the threats of Mishra’s UK folk and Indian classical influences to generate a truly cross-cultural sound. They bring in a feel of contrasts, from hand-clapping trance-like sufi songs to stillness and reflection with lyrics in Hindu, Urdu and England.
Over 30 years of studying Indian music and working across genres under the banner of ‘world music’, Deepa Shri Shakthi (formerly Deepa Nair Rasiya) has forged an international reputation as a vocalist and composer, receiving awards and acclaim in the UK and India. She has worked with artists including Kuljit Bhamra and is currently touring with Opera North’s production of Orpheus.
Mishra are Kate Griffin (The Magpies) on banjo and vocals, Ford Collier (The Drystones) on low whistle and percussion, John Ball (Rafiki Jazz) on tabla and santoor, Joss Mann-Hazell (Auka) on double bass, and Alex Lyon on clarinets and vocals. Since forming in 2018, Mishra have won the Christian Raphael prize, received BBC Radio 2 airplay for their albums ‘The Loft Tapes’ and ‘Reclaim’, and performed slots at festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Beardy, Timber, and more. They are 2022 recipients of Celtic Connections’ prestigious ‘Danny Kyle’ award and are performing with Deepa at Celtic Connections 2023
When do Mishra perform at Manchester’s Stoller Hall?
Mishra perform at Manchester’s Stoller Hall on 16 April 2023.