ENGLISH folk hero Seth Lakeman is to be the patron of Birmingham-based promoters World Unlimited as it marks its 20th anniversary of bringing the global musicians to the second city.
Spokesman Graham Radley said: “We are honoured that Seth has agreed to be our patron, he recognises that, like himself in the early days, World Unlimited looks to develop and help new artists providing them with gigs, advice and support.”
Lakeman, part of the cutting edge of new young English folk, will be appearing at Symphony Hall on May 17 as part of the English Originals series.
The 20th anniversary series kicks off on April 11 with a performance by African soukous superstar Kanda Bongo Man at the Hare & Hounds with his full live band and joined by the Bongo Go disco and AfrikaJam DJs.
Other highlights over the next couple of months include JTQ, the Handsome Family, a new series of the Music Room and Transglobal Underground.
World Unlimited, a voluntary, not for profit organisation, was formed in 1989 to bring the best in international roots artists to Birmingham and the West Midlands.
The late Richard Wallace of Oxfam was one of the key players in setting up the organisation, Brian Parsons of Bongo Go was then engaged to produce the first events then Richard asked Graham Radley (who he had worked with on Oxfam/Anti Apartheid’s ‘Yiva’) to add his many years of music promoting experience to World Unlimited.
Six events were held in the first year starting with an amazing Moseley Dance Centre show from Kanda Bongo Man and it is from that humble beginning that the organisation has grown to promote between 80 and 110 shows per year.
“Our aim is to present, via live performances, the best musicians from cultures worldwide as well as providing performance opportunities for UK based musicians including a focus on local artists,” said Graham.
For more information visit www.worldunlimited.freeuk.com