Eclectic Autumn season announced for Howard Assembly Room preview


The always interesting Howard Assembly Room announce a typically challenging Autumn season

The Autumn season at Howard Assembly Room is a typically eclectic affair including a new all-star multimedia production from Lau’s Martin Green featuring Becky Unthank’s glorious vocals.

The historic Leeds city centre venue have also booked Dublin punk-folk renegades Lynched, and Sufi trance legends The Master Musicians of Jajouka.

For those who like a bit of  classical there’s a recital from pianist Stephen Osborne, a collection of English song by mezzo Sarah Connolly, a visit from The Sitkovetsky Trio and a festive offering from The Tallis Scholars.

Hailing from the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco, The Master Musicians of Jajouka – who come to Yorkshire on / – were described by William S. Burroughs as ‘the 4,000 year-old rock ‘n’ roll band’. Other champions have included Ornette Coleman and The Rolling Stones, whose guitarist Brian Jones brought them to wider recognition with his 1968 recording of their Rites of Pan festival.

They will perform the distinctive propulsive rhythms and trance-inducing melodies of one of the oldest known musical traditions on the planet on traditional, locally made instruments, led by the flute like lira and the rhaita which is a double-reed instrument similar to an oboe.

Dublin four-piece Lynched bring their heady combination of traveller street-songs and classic ballads with wild dance music and nods to psychedelia and rock ’n’ roll to Leeds on 15 October. The group are famed for their four-part harmony vocals and colourful instrumentation, including uilleann pipes, fiddle and bayan.

Their debut album, Cold Old Fire, drew comparisons to Planxty and The Dubliners and had Mark Radcliffe hailing them as ‘a turning point in folk… that authentic voice of the streets is back in a big way.’

An Opera North co-production pairing ravishing visuals with masterful musical performances, Lau accordionist Martin Green’s Flit explores themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs and stop-motion animation.

Following a premiere at the Edinburgh Festival this summer, Green as assembled a formidable left of centre supergroup including Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison, Becky Unthank and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Adam Holmes, to perform Green’s original music and songs by Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan Moffat, on 29 October.

Tickets for all events at the Howard Assembly Room are available from the Box Office on 0844 848 2727 or online at

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