World Unlimited is a voluntary, not for profit, organisation formed in 1989 to bring the best in International roots artists, singer songwriters, folk roots and more to Birmingham. We held six events that year and it is from that humble beginning that the organisation grew to over one hundred shows per year. Our aim is to present, via live performances, the best musicians from cultures worldwide as well as UK based musicians including a focus on local artists from the West Midlands. Artists we have presented in Birmingham since 1989 include:
Angelique Kidjo, Billy Bragg, Beth Nielson Chapman, Soul Brothers, Handsome Family, Yusa, Ali Hassan Kuban, Chief Ayinde Barrister, Taj Mahal, Transglobal Undergound, Dougie MacLean, Giroldo Piloto y Klimax, June Tabor, Banco De Gaia, Ani Di Franco, Kate Rusby, Bozi Boziana & Anti-Choc, Diblo Dibala, Rizwan & Muazzam Qawwali, Asian Dub Foundation, Aly Bain, Sharon Shannon, The Wailers, Gil Scott Heron, Jimmy McGriff,Olodum, Ananda Shankar Experience & State of Bengal, The Levellers, Gretchen Peters, Richard Thompson, Be Good Tanyas, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Joyce, Ska Cubano, Scott Matthews, Maurice El Medioni, Ed Sheeran, Water Tower Bucket Boys, Dhoad Gypsies Of Rajhastan and many many more.
A lot of our promotions are now in South Devon including the Acoustica Festival in Exeter and Kingskerswell Parish Church, some of the artists we’ve presented at Kingskerswell Church are:
Glenn Tillbrook, Jackie Oates, Kris Drever & Ian Carr, Martin Stephenson, Jon Gomm, Boo Hewerdine, Declan Sinnott, CoCo & The Butterfields, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham (Nine Below Zero) Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Arthur Smith, Lucy Ward, Eleanor McEvoy, Blair Dunlop, Nick Harper, Rory McLeod, Ruarri Joseph, Sally Barker, Rachel Sermanni, Martyn Joseph, Yves Lambert Trio, Maz O’Connor, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, The East Pointers, Gerry Colvin Band, Jim Causley, Hank Wangford, Baskery, Lukas Drinkwater, Benjamin Folke Thomas, Dracula (Rabbit Theatre) John Hegley, Patrick Monahan, Land Of The Giants (acoustic) Worry Dolls, Lisbee Stainton, Paul Armfield, John Otway, Fred Macauley, The Roving Crows, Nick Harper, Tallulah Rendall, Vinny Peculiar , Wildwood Kin, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Kelly Oliver, Songdog, Tobias Ben Jacob, Leveret, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Calan, Nibs van de Spuy, The Changing Room, Mark Thomas, Glorious Chorus, Sharon Shannon, Elani Andrea, Tony Hawks, Jane Taylor, Jennifer Crook, Martha Tilston, Leveret, Charlie Dore, 3 Daft Monkeys, Bruce Molsky, Gilmore & Roberts, Martin Carthy, Rory McLeod & The Familiar Strangers, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) and Lach, Sam Carter, Boo Hewerdine & Findlay Napier, Phil Beer, Mike Peters, Undercover Hippy, Antimatador, Basco, Sarah Deere-Jones, Henhouse Prowlers, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar , William The Conqueror, Recreations (aka Sam Duckworth -Get Cape Wear Cape Fly) Scott Matthews, Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Sultans Of String, Keston Cobblers Club, Transylvania, Resurrection Russian Choir, Beth Rowley, Jo Harman etc
We explore and present traditional roots and contemporary new musics developed and inspired from traditional sources. We endeavour to make performances open to all, reflecting the cosmopolitan mix of Birmingham and the West Midlands. Particular emphasis is placed on working with young people and educational development without losing sight of the historical role our elders have always played in relating the social role of music. Our pricing policy will always aim to reflect the needs of all sectors of society.
World Unlimited has gained a reputation as one of the leading national promoters from musicians, agencies and audiences alike and aims to further develop these skills in the furtherance of bringing top International artists to an even wider audience. We aim to range presentations, to challenge stereotypes, and to reach out to people who do not attend events in the more conventionally structured performance spaces. This initiative is allied to the continuing search for suitable venues in areas that are under-represented on the performance map.
Education / workshop provision is a further development area. Previous workshop series have included a arts council and awards for all funded community workshop series that worked with young artists who are workshop practioners under the guidance of Kuadashe Matimbah, looking at skill development and cross cultural collaboration, they in turn worked with a range of different communities. In all aspects of the work World Unlimited undertakes, paramount importance will be given to taking a pro-active role in the development , maintenance and consolidation of a pluralistic and multi-cultural society.
Although we are a voluntary group supporting new and culturally diverse music since 1989 World Unlimited receives no grant support, if you would like to support our work please get in touch, all money raised goes into promoting new & diverse music and supporting the development of new artists, we are all volunteers, we work from home and have no office so very low overheads meaning more money for music!
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