“Africa’s new axe hero marches on.” **** Uncut

Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré returns to the UK for a 10-date tour, starting on 5 February in Glasgow and also including a special show at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Emerging out of the shadow of his famous father – beloved African superstar Ali Farka TouréVieux Farka Touré has become one of the most celebrated African guitarists in modern history. His latest record and his third studio album, The Secret, was produced by Soulive’s Eric Krasno, and features collaborations with guitar greats, Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) and jazz-guitar maestro John Scofield, as well as an inspired vocal contribution from South African-born singer Dave Matthews.

A tireless, highly energised performer, Vieux is known for captivating audiences from all over the globe with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile. His current live performances – Vieux (vocals and lead guitar) backed by Johann Berby (bass guitar) and Tim Keiper (drums and percussions) – have strong parallels to the “power trio” combined with dexterous trance-like guitar solos. Not only has Vieux broken through to contemporary audiences, but he simultaneously remains one of the finest performers of desert-blues on the planet.

You can also listen to some tracks on Soundcloud:
“Aigna” (feat. Derek Trucks) and “Borei”.

FEBRUARY 2012

05 GLASGOW “Celtic Connections” The Arches, 0141 353 8000

07 EDINBURGH The Voodoo Rooms, 0844 844 0444

08 LEEDS Howard Assembly Room, 0844 848 2727

09 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds, 0121 444 2081

10 KENDAL The Brewery Arts Centre, 01539 725133

11 BRISTOL St George’s Bristol, 0845 40 24 001

12 LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, 0844 875 0073,  (plus support: OLI BROWN)

14 MANCHESTER Band on the Wall, 0845 2 500 500

15 BRIGHTON Komedia, 0845 293 8480

16 SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims, 023 8059 5151

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