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West Midlands
21 March 2020  -  21 March 2020

Olcay Bayir


The Edge 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0QH

Doors open 7.30pm, Event 8pm-11pm Book tickets via:
£10 / £8 conc, £12 on the night

Olcay Bayir – with support from Zirak Hamad

Olcay Bayir – performs with her 7-piece band and takes you on a journey into the heart of Anatolia. Using traditional and original songs in Turkish and Kurdish, Olcay explores the often mysterious cultures of the region. From the magnificent city Istanbul, meeting wandering ashik poet-bards and reaching the Mediterranean, she arrives at her birthplace in Gaziantep, a stone’s throw from war-torn Aleppo, to visit her own Kurdish roots. The concert takes place at Newroz, the Spring Equinox festival, celebrated by Kurds and other communities across Central Asia, providing a focus for community identity and New Year hopes.

“Olcay Bayir proves that she is one of the finest, most intriguing singers on the British world music scene, with a style that reflects her complex history.”The Guardian

Olcay Bayir – vocals, Aurel Qirjo – violin, Christian Prior – keyboard, Huw Bennett – double bass, Huw Williams – drums, Firat Kaya – guitar, Kostas Kopanaris – percussion

Zirak Hamad is a violinist, singer, dancer and drummer from Iraqi Kurdistan. During his time in the UK he worked as a freelance artist delivering Middle Eastern dance and music workshops for schools, community groups and festivals. He is also the founder of Daholl Kurdish Ensemble, and has performed with eclectic trio Village Well and gypsy/klezmer band Karaj. “A musician with breathtaking skills…” [The Guardian]

Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England

Celebrating Sanctuary(CSB) is a diverse music and arts organisation with a mission to support, develop and celebrate refugee and migrant artists. We deliver Artist Development, Community Engagment projects with refugees and asylum seekers, an ongoing series of World Music events and the Refugee Week Festival in June.