RealWorld announce Touring Artists for 2011

 RealWorld have announced their initial run of artists touring the UK during 2011.  These include: The Creole Choir of Cuba, Portico Quartet, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald.

The Creole Choir of Cuba

After a sell out residency at the London Jazz Festival, The Creole Choir Of Cuba will soon begin their UK tour. Hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of this remarkable group, whose jubilant performances celebrate roots, resistance and the irresistible rhythms of life.

See The Creole Choir Of Cuba perform on:

Thursday 27th January - Gateshead The Sage

Saturday 29th January - Glasgow Celtic Connections

Tuesday 1st February - Bristol St Georges

Wednesday 2nd February - Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Thursday 3rd February - Swansea Taliesin Arts Centre

Sunday 6th February - Brighton Dome

Tuesday 8th February - London Barbican

Wednesday 9th February - Croydon Clocktower

Thursday 10th February - Bury St. Edmunds Apex

Saturday 12th February - Manchester RNCM

Monday 14th February - Birmingham Town Hall

Tuesday 15th February - Basingstoke The Anvil

Friday 18th February - Southampton Turner Sims

Saturday 19th February - Chichester Cathedral

Sunday 20th February - Nottingham Theatre Royal

"The sweet harmonic sounds and melodies brought audience members to their feet with tears of joy... Spiritually uplifting... A must see for the whole family!"
The Voice

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Joining The Creole Choir at Scotland's Celtic Connections festival will be The Blind Boys of Alabama on 23rd January. This timeless gospel ensemble has been spreading the word for six decades, and with a repertoire encompassing both gospel classics and contemporary spiritual material, The Blind Boys of Alabama are a joy to behold!

See The Blind Boys Of Alabama perform on:

Sunday 23rd January - Glasgow Celtic Connections Festival

Skip "Little Axe" McDonald

Skip "Little Axe" McDonald hits the road later this month for a series of solo gigs. Very different to the large-scale Little Axe band experience, Skip's solo shows see the legendary guitarist ploughing the roots of American blues with his moody guitar licks and soulful vocals.

See Skip "Little Axe" McDonald perform on:

28th January - Lincoln Terry O'Toole Theatre

29th January - Colchester Lakeside Theatre

10th February - Stirling The Tolbooth Scotland

11th February - Edinburgh The Voodoo Rooms Scotland

25th February - The Queen's Head, Box, Wiltshire

5th March - Essex Wat Tyler Park

12th March - Cardiff Coal Exchange (as part of the Wreck n Roll Circus)

19th March - Nottingham Marcus Garvey Centre (as part of the Wreck n Roll Circus)

26th March - Bristol Motion (as part of the Wreck n Roll Circus)

2nd April - London Coronet (as part of the Wreck n Roll Circus)

12th May - Barnstaple Queens Theatre Gallery

9th July - Hertfordshire Rhythms Of The World Festival

"McDonald is a master of the contemporary blues."
The Guardian

Portico Quartet

Electronica meets 21st century jazz in Portico Quartet's melodic, rhythmic music that mixes the inspiration of Philip Glass and Steve Reich with a very contemporary kind of improvisation. After the eagerly anticipated re-release of their remastered Mercury nominated album, 'Knee-Deep In The North Sea' on 31st January, Portico Quartet commence their UK tour with the Penguin Café in February.

See Portico Quartet perform on:

6th February - Nottingham Theatre Royal

7th February - Manchester Bridgewater Hall

9th February - London The Barbican

10th February - Basingstoke The Anvil

11th February - Warwick Arts Centre

13th February - Brighton Dome

15th February - Bristol Colston Hall

17th February - Northampton Royal & Derngate

20th February - Gateshead The Sage

21st February - Edinburgh Usher Hall