The Samsara Collective are honoured to announce our creative collaboration with The Wonder Inn by hosting our first ever Live show at this beautiful, soul opening venue on Friday 16th December.
The Wonder Inn is a creative wellness centre raising the vibrations of it’s community through creativity and the celebration of the arts.
HOSTED BY Arctic Turn
19:30 - 20:00 John Haycock Music
20:15 - 20:45 John Dhali
21:00 - 21:30 Lyons and La Zel
22:00 - 22:45 Diving Station
23:00 - 24:00 Bethlehem Casuals
John Haycock is a multi instrumental live looping artist passionate about affecting acoustic sounds with electronics exploring new sonority.
John takes his home made kora (21 string African Harp) And runs it through a series of electronic devices creating lush sound scapes and solid beats and overlays it with woodwind instruments, bridging the gap between ancient West African Folk melodies and modern electronica, visiting influences from hip-hop to house to dub along the way.
John has been studying kora closely under the master Gambian griot Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh for several years having also spent time In West African absorbing the culture.
Since embarking on the journey John has appeared around the world in varying manifestations including but not limited to : Manchester Jazz Festival, Aufgetischt st Gallen (swiss), Fee estival (France) Dig the city urban gardening festival, Kendal calling, Harlequinn Fayre and many other events.
"His playing of the Kora is masterful and he adds an orchestral element, bringing out all that is beautiful about the instrument." - silent radio
John Haycock - Journey
John Dhali is a gifted soul-folk singer-songwriter that sings from the heart and in doing so, brings people back to their own. His profound songs, Jeff Buckley esk vocal and raw, soulful performances captivate and uplift audiences of all ages. John spent the last year gigging extensively in the Northwest area where he developed and excelled in his craft. His debut EP ('John Dhali EP') received strong backing from BBC Introducing Stoke. He then went on to win 'Best solo artist' at the music awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire and his songs have since been featured on BBC Radio 1 and 2. "We think this man is a future number 1 artist. His song ('This Little Dance') is the most popular original song we've ever put on the internet." John has a very bright future ahead of him
John Dhali - Only One
LYONS AND LA ZEL:
Lyons and La Zel is a duo consisting of soulful vocalist, Léa La Zel (The Fire Beneath The Sea/Rumjig) and beatboxer/guitarist/rapper/flautist, James Lyons (The Fire Beneath The Sea). Their music blends together elements of funk, soul, jazz and hip hop.
Taking beatbox back to it’s original purpose to bring beats vocally, without a drum kit or electronic devices, James Lyons simultaneously beatboxes and plays guitar to become a powerful, one man backline band for the fantastic vocal skills of soul singer/rapper, Léa La Zel.
The duo weave together a wide mixture of styles, from grooving, jazzy love songs, to funky hip hop tracks infused with conscious messages, through to upbeat, balkan dance floor stormers.
The dynamic of their show then shifts to showcase James Lyons’ energetic and mesmerising flute and harmonica beatboxing skills.
In addition to this, the beatboxing/vocal duties are also switched, with Léa delivering driving backbeats for some crowd interactive, captivating, freestyle rap poetry from James.
In 2016 Lyons And La Zel have been on a 55 gig tour, across 4 different countries in South East Asia and played at UK festivals throughout the summer, including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Beat Herder and Eden. They are also set to release their first studio EP in the winter.
Lyons And La Zél - Boundaries Of Sensation
Diving Station are a noisy harp-driven four piece formed in Manchester. Adding harp to an ensemble of looping guitars, bass and drums adds a folk twist. Diving Station's distinctive sound is influenced by Bon Iver and Radiohead. They have supported Bwani Junction at The Liquid Rooms and King Eider at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh, and performed at Sofar Sounds Leeds, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Diving Station are set to release their first EP early next year.
Diving Station - Origami Warfare
Bethlehem Casuals are a 7 piece ‘DIY world music’ Band, a collaboration of instrumentalists ranging from welsh folk cello, Bulgarian percussion, jazz saxophone and a range of rock and pop. Some say fate, some say common interests. Bringing heavy grooves, tribal vibes and a lot of fun to any stage. A love for combining a cocktail of groove, Bethlehem Casuals have been described as ‘red stripe drinking, jerk chicken eating, Rasta wannabes’ however they draw influences from a range of places, including; Afrobeat, Tropicallia, Rock as well as Reggae and Ska. Having performed in multaple guises such as art galleries, drum circles and in a Polly tunnel at Gardinia Festival.
Bethlehem Casuals - Run Run Run