Jeff Warner & Mosi Conde @ Old Queen’s Head


Jeff Warner & Mosi Conde

29th July 8pm
The Old Queens Head
44 Essex Road, N1 8LN

£8 / £10 OTD

Jeff Warner

The Inheritor of one of the USA's Finest song Legacies. Warner was brought up on the road with his song collecting parents witnessing some of the old time greats and experiencing first hand a now vanished culture. And not a little of it has rubbed off. A welcome return!

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountaintops of America connect 21st-century audiences with the everyday lives – and artistry – of 19th-century Americans. “Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in” (Caffé Lena, Saratoga, NY). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.

Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of his father Frank Warner and the traditional singers his parents met during their folksong collecting trips through rural America. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips and is the editor of his mother’s book, Traditional American Folk Songs: From the Anne and Frank Warner Collection. He is producer of the two-CD set, Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, the Warners’ recordings of rural singers, many of them born in Victorian times.
“The scion of one of the nation’s most eminent families of folksong collectors, he represents a tradition that is fundamentally unbroken since pre-industrial times” (Stuart Frank, Senior Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum).

Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. And “he inhabits a song in a way which few singers can do” (Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, UK).

A native of New York City, Jeff has lived in Portsmouth, NH, since the late 1990s. He is a speaker for the New Hampshire Humanities Council, an artist for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and a former State Arts Council Fellow. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution, taught at Pinewoods, Ashokan, Augusta and Swannanoa summer music programs and recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder, WildGoose (UK) and other labels. His 1995 recording, Two Little Boys received a Parents’ Choice Award.

Jeff is past president of the Country Dance and Song Society, a founding officer of the Folk Alliance International, a producer of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival and a graduate of Duke University.

“I’ve just received a copy of your magnificent Jolly Tinker – what a joy! It is without doubt one of the finest traditional American recordings I’ve ever heard.”
Frank Hennessy, “Celtic Heartbeat” BBC Radio Wales (UK)

“Your material and musical skill have captivated both knowledgeable folk music devotees and the uninitiated.
Smithsonian Institution Regional Events Program

Mosi Conde

MOSI CONDE solo or with his band Kaira Kora Afrika creates music that excites and delights, his virtuoso skill evident throughout. “We griots are born in music, every family plays together. Music is our life”. Mosi Conde’s celebration of his griot heritage shines through. His debut album ‘Kaira Kora Afrika’ secured glowing reviews and Radio 3 and BBC World Service airplay as well as Colourful, Resonance Fm,

Regional BBC & copious Community stations & TV including Ben TV, and others globally. Mosi Conde is a great communicator sharing deep awareness of his beloved Guinea and a strong affinity for London through his fabulous compositions and performances. He has played solo at WOMAD and for Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton, at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and at many major festivals He has a prestigious [email protected] TT Best of British award.


Pure exhilaration and joy - An extraordinary and unforgettable night Frome Festival

“ A mighty release ... great material, a pleasure to listen to” Russ Jones Hackney GlobeTrotter

“utterly mesmorising and spellbinding, totally infectious! Truly great music” Rainlore’s World of Music;

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