Alkinoos Ioannidis with special guest Karine Polwart and support

17/12/2013 14:18
Alkinoos Ioannidis with special guest Karine Polwart and supportAlkinoos Ioannidis with special guest Karine Polwart and support

Although it’s his first performance here, this is actually Alkinoos Ioannidis’s second visit to Celtic Connections. The Greek-Cypriot singer-songwriter – a major folk hero back home – travelled under his own steam to hang out at the 2013 festival, seeking connections with Scottish and international musicians. Thus began his collaboration with Karine Polwart, the two swiftly finding common ground in their songs’ poetically probing approach, their deeply-felt political and philosophical concerns – Ioannidis being a vocal commentator on his homeland’s current travails – and their meticulously crafted lyricism. Tonight, while mainly showcasing Ioannidis’s own gorgeously soulful music, with accompaniment including Cretan lyre, cello, lute and ney, will also feature Polwart in a few new co-written numbers, and specially-reworked material from both their repertoires.

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