City of London Festival @ Canary Wharf (6 to 11 July)

July 6, 2009toJuly 11, 2009


Canada Square Park, Montgomery Square and West Wintergarden
The City of London Festival presents an exciting cultural mix of modern influences and traditional styles that are set to create evocative sounds and lively beats and rhythms as folk, jazz, classical, experimental and gypsy music come together @ Canary Wharf.

Monday 6 July

Duo Milla Viljamaa & Johanna Juhola
Special guests from Helsinki present a concert of Finnish tango nuevo with the attitude of urban folk music.

Tuesday 7 July

Adriano Adewale Group
Music traditions of Nigeria, Angola and Brazil are infused with contemporary European classical and jazz styles.

Wednesday 8 July

Southern Tenant Folk Union
Formed by banjo player Pat McGarvey, this outfit play a lively blend of old-time, bluegrass, Celtic folk and union songs.

Thursday 9 July

Pete Churchill London Vocal Project
Festival favourites return with more choral arrangements of popular soul, gospel and jazz, sung by a talented choir of emerging young vocalists, led by Pete Churchill on piano.

Salsa and Cuban Son with funk and groove featuring top musicians from Latin America and Europe, combing their own modern influences with traditional styles.

Friday 10 July

12 -12.30pm / 2-2.30pm / 5-5.30pm
Bicycle Ballet
(Montgomery Square)
Choreography collides with humorous affection, in a visual spectacle that celebrates the playful, chaotic and sometimes treacherous world of cycling.

A remarkable Scottish band combines instrumental dexterity and traditional influences, singing in both English and Gaelic. Recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musicians of the Year.

Soothsayers & the Red Earth Collective
Afro-jazz supergroup led by Soothsayers horn section with saxophonist Idris Rahman, trumpeter Robin Hopcroft, pianist sister Zoe Rahman and sublime chanteuse Julia Biel.

Saturday 11 July

A celebration of stringed instruments from around the world including live performances in Canada Square Park and children’s ukulele workshops and demonstrations* of balalaika and berimbau, and a big strings jam session.

12.30 – 2pm
Rattle on the Stovepipe
A mix of traditional songs, ballads and dance tunes from the British Isles and the Appalachian Mountains.

2-2.40pm / 4-4.40pm
Les Colporteurs
Balancing on a structure made of pipes and wires, four tightrope walkers perform two poetic tales of predictable encounters in an unpredictable ballet.

El Andaluz
London’s leading exponent of classical Arabic and Andalusian music, led by oud (Arab lute) player Yazid Fentazi

Balalaika London
Balalaika London plays traditional acoustic instruments through a repertoire of gypsy and village dances, tangos, waltzes and traditional Russian folk.

Hopkele House String Band
A 21st century klezmer Céilidh. Barn dancing Jewish-style, fun for all ages and abilities. A hopkele is the familiar Céilidh/barn dance format with one essential difference – the music and steps are old-style Jewish!

*Workshops and demonstrations, suitable for 8 years and older, will take place in the West Wintergarden every half hour from 1-6pm. Places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

All events take place in Canada Square Park unless shown otherwise.