TunedIn London 2018 – The best of World Music in Rotherhithe

Rotherhithe | Music with Tuned In London & Sands Films Studios

Tuned In London – April to August 2018

The new collection of rhythms and sounds of the Tuned In London Winter/Spring programme brings fantastic artists to Sands Studios in Rotherhithe for another season of intimate music gigs. The venue offers a unique experience to experience music like no other place can do. It is also worth mentioning how affordable Tuned In London tickets are and what good value for money in a London where everything is just “London prices”


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Wednesday 18th April 2018, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films Studios

Bringing beautifully melodic and emotional instrumental interplay, candid voices, and an alluring mélange of folk rhythms, NAMLO unfurls nuances of the musical multitude of ethnic Nepal. Their songs delve into Himalayan landscapes and villagers’ folklore from across the region. This year the Nepali New Year falls on 14th April: expect a festive beginning to the series!


Thursday 10th May 2018, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films Studios

The syncopated, polyrhythmic “salegy” and “tsapika” styles of traditional music of his native Madagascar are a feature of Nogabe Randriaharimalala’s music. His “spotless, bell-clear tone is matched by a dazzling agility and liquidity that a million bedroom singer-songwriters could only dream of” Womad 2009. African, Asian and European cultures and music styles have co-existed for centuries on the island to form an unusual melting pot that has produced many beautiful melodies with a style that is utterly unique.



Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films Studios

Lola, Spaniard firmly settled in London, travels to Havana to imbibe first-hand Havana’s magical music scene and Cuba’s political system; over several visits she lives such intense personal & professional experiences that the result is the writing of an album and the creation of a provocative fusion performance of Flamenco, Latin & Pop that combines songs with monologues in an impressive & original way.




Wednesday 6th June 2018, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films Studios

Brixton-born Errol Linton is three times Best Blues Harmonica player. “This gifted bluesman is one of London’s greatest undiscovered talents.” (Independent). Chicago Blues, South London lyrics, reggae lilts hinting at his Jamaican roots: Errol is back again with his full band, this time with “Packing my Bags”, a shiny new album under his arm. This harmonica wizard is also a singer, a songwriter, a painter and hero of the London Underground, where he played his unique and highly original blend of blues for two decades!

  Errol’s website


Thursday 14th June 2018 , 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films Studios

Las Hermanas García, two young sisters from a village on Mexico’s Costa Chica, have become a Spotify sensation in just over a year since their first album was released. With velvet voices, they sing the old bolero love songs that travelled the world in the 1950s and which they have been listening to since they were born. Today they play rock festivals and village fiestas and have now been baptized by the local media as “the new voice of the Mexican bolero.”

  Las Hermanas Garcias’ website


Thursday 21st June 2018 , 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films Studios


With inventive vocal harmonization & acoustic instrumentation, this all-female six-piece from Belgium, Belcirque, brings a unique blend to the stage: quirky dance moves & playful mimicry, original compositions spattered with elements of swing, pop, barbershop and musette… The songs they sing, in both English and French, entice the audience into the far reaches of their absurd, happy and colourful world.

  Belcirque’s website


Wednesday 4th July 2018 , 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films Studios

In a special US Independence Day show, Dai & his band explore the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and the deep South. Combining original songwriting with outstanding seat-of-the-pants musicianship, they are “An indie-Cajun gumbo of spirited R&B goodness… they ramble with self-assured, all-acoustic abandon” (Songlines Magazine

  Dai and the Ramblers’ website


Wednesday 18th July 2018 , 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), Sands Films Studios

Fantastical encounters lead Thumbelina to faraway lands where she finds the meaning of freedom & true love. A Hans Christian Andersen tale brought to life in a one-woman show by Egyptian-German singer-composer Merit Ariane, through song from Europe to the Middle East, referencing Sephardic folklore, Gershwin, Darwish and Montsalvatge. This follows Turkish oud-player Baha Yetkin, virtuoso of the Turkish Makam, a constantly evolving music form from Istanbul’s 13th century, one of the world’s great music traditions.

  Baha Yetkin’s website   Merit Ariane’s website


Wednesday 1st August 2018 , 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm), St Mary’s Church

Kosmos redefines the relationship between classical and world music. Gypsy, Scottish, Jewish and Greek music glide into hot-blooded Tango and Japanese melody, referencing classical composers including Brahms, Dvorak and Sarasate, performed with “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship”. Richard Morrison, chief music critic, The Times. They are Harriet MacKenzie (violin), Meg Hamilton (viola) and Milos Milivojevic (accordion) and proceeds from this concert with go towards the funding of their next album.

  Kosmos Ensemble’s website

Getting there

Nearest station: Rotherhithe Overground 2 mins
Buses: 381, C10, 188, 47

About Tuned In London

Music is intrinsic to the London arts scene; a visit to the West End is a testimony to the rich tradition of musicals, opera, concerts in the many theatres and there are plenty of gigs and street buskers entertaining the busy crowds in town with their melodies and sounds. Other parts of London have been appreciated for adding something to that music scene yet many may not associate Rotherhithe, in its quiet south-of-the-river location, as a place to enjoy and listen to artists from around the world.

Eleanor Thorn, of what has now become Tuned In London, changed the music scene in Rotherhithe when she set up and ran the music programme at the Brunel Museum.

After a successful time there she moved across the street to Sands Films Cinema, where she continues to bring us the very best of independent, international music. Eleanor is herself a local resident, passionate about music and a strong believer in what Rotherhithe has to offer the arts scene, especially when it comes to music.

Her dedication has allowed audiences to appreciate a wide range of music styles from Great Britain, Europe and beyond: indeed from many far flung parts of the world. The unique performance spaces that Sands Films Studios provides adds the perfect backdrop to the concerts: the music can be enjoyed in a supremely cosy and intimate environment, which only enhances the enjoyment of the experience.

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