There are some musical experiences that you absolutely should not miss at any cost. Maybe they won’t change your life, but they will surely give you a different perspective of the world and its multifaceted soundscapes.
A TootArd gig is one such experience. First of all, for a quite evident reason: the origin of the musicians. Secondly, for their surprising sound, and finally, for the magnetic groove which they create on and around the stage.
The quartet, hailing from a small village in the Golan Heights (Majdal Shams, to be precise), fully embodies their homeland and its music with all its cultural and social richness and contrasts. At the same time, TootArd have built their sound from listening to upbeat Jamaican tunes, dilated Saharan desert rock music and dance-inducing West African rhythms. Their live show, as much as their recently released album Laissez Passer, is one surprise after another.
Luckily enough, the band’s European Tour will bring them to the UK for a three-legged visit. They will first hit the road in London (at Rich Mix on the 1st of February organised by Arts Canteen), then stop off in Newcastle (at Cobalt Studios the following day), and finally, they will play in Glasgow (during the Celtic Connections on the 3rd).
Make an effort to attend one of the three gigs, which will possibly change your perception of Middle Eastern music and bring you closer to an off the beaten (cultural) track region like the Golan Heights.