The Passerine (Bellstone stage, Sunday August 27) is a new ensemble of brilliant refugee and migrant musicians handpicked by Belinda and Heidi and presenting exciting fresh arrangements of new and traditional music to explore and celebrate diverse world cultures.
Stories of flight to safer havens, away from conflict, political oppression and other disasters will feature; but above all a celebration of the wide-ranging and amazing culture in the UK today.
The Passerine line up:
Belinda O’Hooley (UK/Ireland) – Musical director/vocals/piano/accordion
Heidi Tidow (UK/Germany/Ireland) – Musical director/vocals/foot percussion
Sarah Yaseen (UK/Pakistan) – Vocals/guitar/darabouka
Shurooq Abu el Nas (Sudan) – Vocals
Avital Raz (Israel) – Vocals/guitar/tampura/glockenspiel
Arian Sadr (Iran) – Percussion (daf & tonbak)
Mina Salama (Egypt) – Oud/nay/nailute/kawala/duduk/kanun/mandolin/udu drum/vocals
Vijay Venkat (India) – Violin/flute
Dean Atta (UK/Jamaica/Cyprus) – Performance poet and narrator