Tinariwen – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds 6/5/14

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Tinariwen rode into town on a dreary wet Tuesday night but brought the spirit of the Sahara with them. An amazing group in every way shape and form, they channel the blues in a way that no other group does. Their story is fascinating – these are guys not to be messed with – but you’d never guess it by their demeanour or their music which holds you spellbound.

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Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni did an amazing acoustic guitar solo that just took you to that campfire in the desert…..looking up at the stars……sand in your food….a special mention has to go out to bass player Eyadou Ag Leche who played brilliantly.

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Due to parental duties, Lee and I got there a bit late missing the Q+A before hand, but it did mean we got to dance and clap along at the back rather than have to sit with the somewhat staid crowd…..don’t think I could have sat still through that myself….music to move you!

Bob the Chiropodist

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