Spiro in Dubai on 22nd and 23rd October 2013

Spiro is a contemporary acoustic ensemble that have been performing together since 1993. After researching them, this is the best description I can find about them,

Spiro are an engaging, experimental acoustic band from Bristol who defy categorisation. They play violin, mandolin, accordion, guitar and cello, make use of traditional English melodies in many of their intricate compositions, but are definitely not a conventional folk band.  (via The Guardian

Spiro will be in Dubai on 22nd and 23rd October, brought to us by the British Council and The Fridge. They won't be here just to perform, but will also run a workshop and be part of a panel discussion that will examine the role of traditional folk music, both locally and internationally, in today's music scene.  

I am quite curious to see what will come out of the panel discussion and looking forward to watching them live.

Here's the detailed schedule. 

Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at The Fridge

5.00pm -  Exploring the sounds of Spiro workshop

The members of Spiro will be leading a workshop that explores how they arrive at their unique sound that mixes a blend of styles from folk and classical to punk and pop. They will also be joined by a guest local folk musician.

6.30pm - Panel discussion: The role and impact of traditional Emirati music on the music scene in the UAE

Spiro will be joined by a panel made up of figureheads from the local music scene for an in-depth discussion about the role that traditional music plays within the broader context of the UAE's music scene.

8.30pm - Jam Session

Spiro along with local musicians will take to the stage for a jam session and will be a chance to interact with the band musically and share ideas and styles. 

Entry is free to all of the above sessions. 

Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at The Irish Village at 8.30pm

Spiro will perform their pick from their albums Pole Star, Lightbox and Kaleidophonica in the picturesque setting of The Irish Village (entry is free).

Here are a couple of clips to give you an idea of Spiro's music. I am looking forward to this.