Session : Shelagh McDonald

in concert with Nigel H. Seymour


Friday 18th August 2017

Tickets in advance from Ticketsource, or on the door: £10

International singer songwriter Nigel H Seymour and the legendary folk rock singer Shelagh McDonald are once again treading the boards of the concert stage and doing several ‘one off’ concerts throughout the summer months.

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Mill Session: Andy Lawrenson Trio

Friday 19th May 7.30pm
Tickets £8 on the door or in advance from TicketSource


The Andy Lawrenson Trio's Show for 2017  is THE GYPSY JAZZ CELEBRATION. Originally pioneered by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in 1930’s Paris, the distinctive style of Gypsy Jazz is instantly recognisable - acoustic, up-tempo, alternately joyous, exotic, passionate and full of pathos.

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Concert: Harpa 2017

Sunday 21st May 2017  :  7pm

tickets £8 on the door or from TicketSource

HARPA is a unique ensemble of musicians from all parts of the USA. Their interpretations of traditional music from Northern Lands such as Scotland, Sweden, and Ireland have helped shape modern folk music in America today. Harps as well as flute, concertina, and other instruments harmonizing old and new music to form new traditions.

Don’t miss this eclectic and creative group.

“Inspiring music, amazing musicianship…”

“…among the best traditional folk harp players America has to offer…”

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Mill Sessions : Sean Taylor

Friday 24th March 2017
Tickets £10

Available in advance from TicketSource, or on the door.

We are delighted to be welcoming back Sean Taylor to open our 2017 season of Mill Sessions.  Sean will be appearing as part of his tour to promote his new album Flood & Burn releasing in February 2017.  

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Mill Sessions : Owen Fielding with Les Cargo

Saturday 15th October : 8pm

A Jazz and Latin set in the Faed Gallery with 'Les Cargo': David Sanderson on tenor sax, John Fenner guitar, Fergus Henderson drums and Howard Bradley on electric bass.


Featuring Marcus Samson Wright performing a great blues set at 7.30pm.

Mill Sessions : Masayuki Kino with Takahiro Gorai

Tuesday 4th October : 7.30pm
Admision free - donations welcome.

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Mill Session : Darcy Da Silva and Friends and The Razorbills

Saturday 9th July 7.30pm

Tickets £5

Darcy Da Silva on guitar, piano and vocal. Neil McDermott on guitar and fiddle. Janet Lees on fiddle. A singer/songwriter and musician from Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway, Darcy Da Silva has been moving listeners since the age of 5.

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Mill Session : Ben Bryden Trio - Gasgow Dreamer, the Music of Ivor Cutler

Saturday 16th July 7.30pm
Tickets £10

Originally from Dumfries and now living in New York, Jazz star Ben Bryden is home again this summer and will be opening the Edinburgh Jazz Festival on 17 July with his Velvet Donkey project – the music of the “Glasgow Dreamer”, Ivor Cutler. We’re hugely chuffed to be hosting a “Pre Release Show” at the Mill on The Fleet. where the new album will be on sale although it is officially not going on sale until the following night at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.

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The Matt Seattle Band

Friday 17th June : from 7pm : £8

Border pipes playing ancient and modern

in association with Midsummer Music Festival

This Mill Session as part of Midsummer Music in Gatehouse brings one of the world’s finest Border Pipers to Gatehouse. Matt Seattle and his band bring an ancient musical tradition firmly into the 21st century. Blurring the boundaries between folk and jazz, expect an astonishing whirlwind of sound in the perfect acoustic setting of the Faed Gallery.

Mill Session : Frog Pocket

Saturday 21st May 2016  :  7.30pm

tickets £8 on the door or in advance from TicketSource

with support from Mark Thomson of Stereopod

Playing some fiddle tunes, guitar tunes and mandolin tunes, plus sampler and effects. Some new stuff and a few old favourites, and possibly a game of musical statues ...

"A splattering of electronica infused drum 'n' bass folk/rock madness"

"Sandblasted yet beautiful folk-tinged ravetronica"

Frog Pocket is the recording name of John Charles Wilson, a Scottish musician. He is currently signed to Mike Paradinas' record label Planet Mu. He also runs his own record label, Mouthmoth. Wilson mixes elements of folk with electronica and often uses fast, noisy and complicated beats in his songs. His songs usually incorporate violin and guitar - often using harmonics.

Open Airs with Gerda Stevenson and Kyrre Slind

Saturday 16th April  7.30 – 9.00pm

As part of The Big Lit Festival

After their sell-out performance at BIG LIT last year, the unique combination of actor/writer/singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson and multi-instrumentalist/composer Kyrre Slind return with more poetry and music. Gerda reads from her new poetry collection in progress, Kyrre plays from his new CD, Open Airs, further delighting us with song settings of James Joyce’s miniature Chamber Music poems, by the renowned composer Ronald Stevenson.


Tickets for this event are available from the Big Lit Box Office:

The Franca Bruno Shop  Tel: 07803 228497 / 07707 686109

Tickets available in advance or on the day - open daily 10am - 5pm

and from Midsteeple Box Office: Tel: 01387 253383 or online: Box Office
The Midsteeple is open Tue - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Saturday: 10am - 1.30pm

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The Graeme Stephen Trio

Friday March 25th : 7.30pm  £8

Graeme Stephen is one of the UK's top jazz guitarists and it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back to the Mill on the Fleet, this time as a trio with musicians from Amsterdam outfit Zapp4

A multifaceted musician, he performs with numerous projects playing a wide array of styles and works with a variety of jazz combos including the free improvising NeWt, his own Sextet, and Gerwin Eisenhauers booOm (Music from Video Games), and is a regular at the Playtime jazz sessions in Edinburgh's Outhouse Bar. In addition to his live and recorded jazz output Stephen works with folk and cross-over artists such as Fraser Fifield and Aidan O'Rourke, and maintains an impressive sideline in the composition and performance of soundtracks for silent films of the 20s and 30s.

Stephen’s music speaks loudly of ambition, imagination, nous, and harmonic adventure yet teemed with the sort of tuneful realisation that swells the heart – Rob Adams, The Herald.

With support from Marcus Wright

Tickets on the door or in advance from TicketSource

Mill Sessions: Mike and Solveig

Friday 2nd October 2015

Mike & Solveig are a duo based in Glasgow and Bergen.

Mike Hastings and Solveig Askvik have been key players in the Glasgow psych-folk scene for the past decade or so, playing in the Mike Heron band (at midsummer Music in 2009), Trembling Bells, Lucky Luke, Pendulums. Mike's intrincate fingerpicked guitar interweave with Solveig's sliding fiddle lines in finely-crafted tales recalling the best of the Scottish folk tradition.

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Mill Sessions: Trio Gitan

Trio Gitan Presents:

Orient Express – A Musical Journey

Friday 23rd October 7.30
£8 on the door or in advance from TicketSource

TRIO GITAN proudly present an extravaganza of passionate European musical styles, based on a fantastical voyage on the legendary Orient Express train.

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Mill Sessions: Alien Lullabies

Friday 30 October 2015  7:30pm
With support

"Songs from a decaying future".

The Mill Sessions is proud to host this surreal music / cinema hybrid performance combining off-world electronica, 3D animation and live vocals. Music by Fiona Soe Paing, animation by Zennor Alexander. A trailer for the Edinburgh Fringe performance can be seen here:

 Don't miss this chance to be at a very special event, on a very special date! Chilling uneasiness guaranteed for Hallowe'en!

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Mill Sessions : Sean Taylor


Saturday 12 September
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Tickets £8 on the door

Mill Sessions is privileged to host acclaimed singer song-writer Sean Taylor who will be making a very welcome return to the Mill as part of his autumn tour this September, featuring songs from his superb new album 'The Only Good Addiction is Love'.  The album has been listed by The Telegraph as among the best folk music albums of 2015, given 9/10 by Blues Magazine and featured by Whispering Bog Harris (a long-standing fan) and Paul Jones of BBC Radio 2, on radio Caroline and on Belgium Radio 1 among many others.  It is a stunning album and best conveyed by Sean's own words:

"Being an artist is about making connections. Sometimes the connections are straight forward like writing a love song when you’re in love or a song about being heartbroken when she’s gone. On my latest album ‘The Only Good Addiction Is Love’ I have searched for more abstract and demanding references. The album’s title is a quote from the former President of Uruguay Jose ‘Pepe’ Mujica who gave 90% of his salary to charity and refused to live in the presidential palace preferring a farm with his wife and a three legged dog. 

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Mill Sessions : Gerda Stevenson

As part of Big Lit

Saturday April 18th
7.30 - 9.30  
Tickets: £8.00 (from the Mill or the Midsteeple Box Office in Dumfries: 01387 253383)

Mill Sessions presents poet/singer/songwriter Gerda Stevenson
(nominated Scots Singer of the Year, MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, 2014) with her new  album Night Touches Day, accompanied by Norwegian musician Kyrre Slind, on lute, sitar, guitar and mandolin. 

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Zoë and Friends

As part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival
Friday 29th May
Tickets: £5 on the door or in advance from: Midsteeple T: 01387 253383

Join us for a special celebration of young emerging artists on the current UK folk scene. Award-winning local singer-songwriter Zoë Bestel will host an intimate evening of songs, chat and audience participation. She will be joined by Stirling-based acoustic singer-songwriter Calum Gilligan and Finch and The Moon, an indie folk duo from North West England.  Spaces for this gig are likely to be much sought-after and anticipated to sell out quickly.

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Mill Sessions : Louise Jordan

Saturday 23rd May 2015
Tickets £6 on the door or from TicketSource

Now touring with her third album Veritas, Louise Jordan’s music has been described as ‘a masterclass in songwriting’. Fusing award winning acoustic song writing with classical influences and a folk sensibility, Louise Jordan accompanies herself on piano and guitar to play original works and musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material.

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As part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Saturday 30th May
Tickets: £7 on the door or in advance through Ticketsource.

Award winning guitarist and composer Graeme Stephen has been breathing new life into classic early cinema with his Silent Film Scores. In Nosferatu he performs his most recent score accompanying FW Murnau's 1922 classic German silent Nosferatu. Some say that this is the most frightening of all Dracula adaptations and Graeme has won Scottish Jazz's Innovation Award 2013 for this soundtrack.

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Mill Sessions - India Electric Co

Saturday 11th October 2014
Tickets in advance from TicketSource or on the door.


A warm welcome back to the Mill Sessions for Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe who were a rel class act last time they played for us.  A Session not to be missed!

Unpretentious, absorbing and far from the madding crowd, India Electric Company’s carefully blended sound vortexes around a supple joining of voice and instruments. Concocted in the Devonshire countryside and Parisian cafes, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe produce intricately woven textures which belies the fact that there are only two of them.

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Mill Sessions - Bellevue Rendezvous

Thursday, September 25 at 7:30pm
Tickets £8 from Ticketsource
Very excited to announce that our next session is Bellevue Rendezvous and that The Cracked Man will be opening the evening’s proceedings.

Bellevue Rendezvous are an inventive Scottish based trio of Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Cameron Robson (cittern, jaw harp) and Ruth Morris (nyckelharpa), plundering Europe for strange and interesting tunes.

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Nathon Jones and Rhona Norris - with Strandlines Folk

Friday August 29th : 7.30pm
Tickets £8 from TicketSource or on the door.

We're really delighted to have Nathon Jones and Rhona Norris for our August Mill Session.

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Mill Sessions : Georgia Gordon

Friday, July 11
at 7:30pm
Tickets: £8 from TicketSource or on the door

This fast rising singer-songwriter (just 19) from the Scottish Borders launched her debut EP to a ‘packed to barely standing’ Jazz Bar in Edinburgh in January.

“..her songwriting is well-developed and supportive of a voice which is her strongest asset, a huskily mature sound with a tone and personality pitched somewhere between folk and rock.” The Scotsman

Mill Sessions : The Razorbills

Saturday June 7
Tickets £8 on the door or online through Ticketsource

The Razorbills are back at the Mill with an unplugged gig, featuring tracks from the new album Like Everybody Else, as well as some older material - and the chance of a new tune or two shouldn't be discounted.

With support from The Lounge Punk Blues of Richard Ipaint.

Photograph by Kim Ayres

Mill Session: Alan McClure: Songs and Poems

As part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2014

17th May 2014
Tickets £5 (available via the Dumfreis and Galloway Arts Festival website:; from the Mill; the Mid-Steeple in Dumfries; or on the door)

Alan McClure is a teacher, songwriter and storyteller based in Galloway.  He regularly performs in the region with his band The Razorbills and has, since 2010, been writing and performing poetry.  Both lyrics and poems deal with politics, nature and human relationships and he aspires to communicate his ideas with humour and economy of language. ‘Songs and Poems’ sees the launch of a new poetry collection and a solo album.

Image courtesy of Kim Ayres

Mill Sessions - Shelagh MacDonald with Nigel H Seymour

30 April 2014
Tickets: £7.50 on the door
(not available online)

Scottish folk singer, song-writer and guitarist Shelagh MacDonald, who released two critically acclaimed albums before her abrupt and mysterious disappearance in 1971, almost as mysteriously reappeared a couple of years ago and the Mill Sessions was hugely honoured to have her for a session very early on in that process of making her return to the world of performing.

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Mill Sessions : Graeme Stephen and Marcus Wright

The Night of Guitars
Friday, April 4 at 7:30pm
Tickets £8

Join us for The Night of Guitars - Our own Marcus Samson Wright and renowned Edinburgh guitar player Graeme Stephen will be headlining with an eclectic mix of wonderful sounds and songs. Support by local acoustic guitar giant Mark Thomson.

Mill Sessions : Sean Taylor

Saturday 1st March 2014 : 7.30pm
with local support from Kim Ayres and Marcus Wright

Delighted to have Sean Taylor back to launch our 2014 season of Mill Sessions.

Tickets £8 available on the door or from TicketSource

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Mill Sessions : Sean Taylor

Saturday 1st March 2014
Tickets £8
available online from TicketSource or on the door.

Sean Taylor has grown to be one of the hottest new names in the Eurpoean blues/acoustic scene. His incredible passion for performance, sheer talent and songwriting of the highest calibre is a testament to his frequent comparisons with John Martyn, Neil Young and Tom Waits.

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Mill Sessions : Lorna Reid Jazz

Friday 20th September 2013
Tickets £8
available from the Mill, online via TicketSource, or on the door.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Lorna Reid and award winning guitarist Graeme Stephen will be performing original material from Lorna's new album 'Falling Dew' as well as some jazz and bluesy standards.

"A great collaboration" BBC Radio Scotland Jazz House

"Tasteful elegant soulful" The Scotsman

Mill Sessions : Lost Wasp Label Launch

Friday 23rd August : 7.30pm

The August Mill Session is launching a brand new Galloway record label and music collective. ‘Lost Wasp Records’ is hoping to promote original songwriting in the region and to provide opportunities for local acts to record and release their songs.

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Matt Seattle Band

21st July 2013 : 7.30pm

The Border piping tradition is at the radiant core of our intense music. Matt Seattle is a major figure in the resurgence of this tradition, while Frazer Watson and Lewis Powell-Reid, both musicians immersed in Eastern European folk styles, create a new soundscape for Border music, performing on frame drums, darabouka, accordion and bouzouki, and Donald Knox provides the harmonic rooting for the group on guitar.

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Mill Sessions : Mike Hastings

May 23 2013

Mike Hastings with Murray, Stewart & Burns supporting.

Mike Hastings is a singer songwriter from Glasgow and is the guitarist of Psyche Folk-Rock band Trembling Bells. He also plays in the Mike Heron Band, Mike and Solveig and The Pendulums. Influenced by the likes of the Incredible string band, Kevin Ayers, Syd Barrett and early John Martyn, Mike’s colourful and surreal songs twist and weave unexpectedly around intricate finger picked guitar patterns. Expect tales of Candlestick Makers, Small Horses, Spirals and the Infinite Reflection of the Golden Sandwich.

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Alasdair Roberts

April 26 : 7.30pm

Acclaimed Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts is currently touring following the release of his new album ‘A Wonder Working Stone’. As is often the case with Alasdair’s songs, the tracks from A Wonder Working Stone draw heavily on the traditional song culture of Scotland (and, more widely, the British Isles), which is the basis of his musical research.

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Shelagh McDonald

March 30 : 7.30pm
Shelagh McDonald

Like Syd Barrett before her, the story goes that Shelagh McDonald had one bad acid trip too many and disappeared from the music scene in 1972 leaving behind just two albums. Unheard of since 1970s, her whereabouts have been the subject to much speculation and whispered adulation. Sid Smith

Scruffy Buzzards

March 14 : 7.30pm 2013
Sartorially Challenged Buzzards

Acoustic-led, with rocky stuff. Bits of folk, but not folky. A bit indie, but mostly sound like Scruffy Buzzards.

Richie Hamilton - Guitar/Vocals
Kim Ayres - Bouzouki/mandolin
John Traynor - Bass/Vocals
Bruce McKenzie - Percussion/Vocals

Mill Sessions : Up in the Air

November 14th 2012
Tickets £10 on the door, or phone 01557 814458 / 814647 to reserve.

Up in the Air with Jonny Hardie - fiddle and guitar, Gavin Marwick - fiddle, Davy Cattanach - percussion and guitar.

As part of their album launch tour: November 7th - 18th 2012.

This fiddle led trio is back together 15 years after the initial release of their much loved Up In The Air album, a selection of traditional Scottish reels, jigs and airs largely taken from nineteenth century collections, given a modern setting and lightly mixed with other influences.

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Mill Sessions : Eleanor McEvoy

Saturday 15th September 2012
Tickets £10

Eleanor McEvoy is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most successful songwriters. She first came to prominence with her multi million selling worldwide hit ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’. The song was adopted as an anthem for women across the globe and subsequently has been covered by countless artists including Mary Black for whom the song was a No1 and her most famous hit. The song spawned the album ‘A Woman’s Heart’ which still remains the biggest selling Irish music album in Irish music history.

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Beerjacket and friends

Mill Session : Friday August 10 2012

Fresh from his gig at The Wickerman, Peter Kelly of Beerjacket was our August Mill Session. Beerjacket is the musical title of Glasgow alt-folk singer-songwriter, Peter Kelly. At this very special show, The White Feather Trail was played in its entirety with Stuart MacLeod, who recorded the album playing all the 'guest' instruments (including ukulele, mandolin and baritone guitar...) and Julia Doogan of Julia and the Doogans.

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Mill Sessions : Cole Stacey

26 October 2012

“Quality musicianship & passion in equal measure.....heartfelt lyrics, distinctive & soaring vocals, high quality compositions, natural charm... Delightfully strong”
- Acoustic Magazine

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Finding Albert

November 4th 2011

‘Certainly one to watch. A band that really are destined for great things.’
Jim Gellatly, XFM/Radio Magnetic

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The Geese

Played the Mill Sessions: November 25, 2011

Galloway Indie-Folkies The Geese played their first gig at the Mill on the Fleet as a 5-piece, having previously performed twice as a trio during the Midsummer Music Festival. 

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Ewan McLennan

Ewan McLennan

Ewan McLennan performed at the Mill Sessions on Thursday 12 August 2010.  Click below to watch a couple of songs ...

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Mark Wilson

Mill Sessions : Mark Wilson

Mark performed at the Mill for our July 2010 Session. Watch a couple of songs from his performance ...

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Mill Sessions : ODi

21st September 2012

ODi is an Irish singer, songwriter and musician who manages to blend elements of Joan Armatrading’s pathos, Beth Orton’s eye for the quirky and deep with a touch of Dido’s bed-sit romance to produce her own unique, captivating sound.

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Mill Sessions : Masayuki Kino

20th September 2012

Masayuki Kino has appeared with orchestras worldwide including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, and made many international appearances on both television and radio.

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Bellevue Rendezvous

Bellevue Rendezvous by Kim AyresWednesday 4th July 2012

Bellevue Rendezvous are an inventive Scottish based trio of Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Cameron Robson (cittern, jaw harp) and Ruth Morris (nyckelharpa), plundering Europe for strange and interesting tunes.

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With a unique sound and style Farino have been finding popularity and wide recognition with their shows of high musicianship. Their acoustic, instrumental, jazz, flamenco mix will make you move your feet to their latino beats!

 They wil be supported by local group the Scruffy Buzzards.

Sean Taylor

4th May 2012 : 7.30

Sean Taylor by Kim Ayres

Samba Sene

22nd March 2012 : 7.30pm

Samba Sene was born in Senegal but moved to Scotland ten years ago. He writes his own material and sings in French, English and Wolof. His style is strongly influenced by international music from Jazz, Latino, Caribbean, Pop, Rock, Blues and Traditionnal music from Senegal. He is mainly influenced when writing by the like of Baaba Maal (with whom he studied before leaving Senegal), Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, Omar Pene, Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dubbe, Xalam II, Souleymane Faye, Senemali, Camille Ndiaye, Missal Group, Manu Dibango, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, UB 40, Aswad. He is a charismatic singer, with a broad appeal, from serious world music fans to audiences who just want to dance to the beats.

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