Last year’s AAMF Director, Joan McEldowney, has informed us that she is stepping down from the role this year due to family commitments.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Joan for all of her great AAMF organisational efforts, and also for her own AAMF performances as a singer/guitarist!
We are now seeking a volunteer to take over the role of Director for an AAMF 2017.
Please note this position continues to be unpaid!
The contact email address for any interested potential music festival organisers based in Al Ain is:-
Mark your calendars for what promises to be a very entertaining evening of music…
On Thursday, 26th January Joan McEldowney, Atlanta Cecilia, and Desert Groove will be joining forces at the Sands Golf Club, Al Ain, to share some of their favorite songs with us, and we can’t wait!
The concert is called “Playing by Heart”. The music starts at 8:30 pm., and there will be no cover charge.
Don’t miss this chance to hear and to support your local musicians!
Here is an update message from AAMF Director, Joan McEldowney, concerning the ‘Reggae Night‘ event this Friday…
We regret that Natty Wailer and the Reggae Vibes can’t make it to the gig on time! We will go ahead with our Reggae dj under the stars and bring our community together. This is a new venue in a beautiful garden. The manager wants to offer his garden space to the expat community. He worked really hard for the performance license to be granted. All pre-paid ticket money for Natty will be refunded in full. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation.
The revised price for entrance to the event will be 75% off at 50 dirhams. Food and drinks are available. This is still going to be great, the weather is so beautiful now. We have worked so hard for this festival to happen. We achieved 7 out of the 8 events. This disappointment came at the 11th hour. So sad and disappointed but the dj show will go on in the spirit of Bob Marley. Peace and love.
Paul Nancarrow is joining the bill for the AAMF 2016 ‘Folk Night‘ on Friday, 11th November at the Sands Club, Al Ain. Paul will be playing his mandolin alongside of Joan McEldowney. They will cover an Eddie Vedder song from the movie, “Into the Wild“; a Strumbellas’ song; and songs from Joan’s own album, “Storm“.
Formerly a lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast, Paul is now an Associate Professor at the American University of Sharjah.
Don’t miss it!
We are very pleased to announce that Atlanta Frith will be performing at the AAMF 2016 ‘Folk Evening‘ on Friday, 11th November!
Singer songwriter Atlanta has written and performed her original music, a blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul and Folk, in live music venues in Melbourne, Australia, and London, UK. She is now living in Al Ain.
Collaborative projects have seen her work with renowned Jazz and Classical Australian musicians Nick Tsiavos and Peter Neville on two cross-cultural recordings centred round the poetry of activist poet Abidya from Indonesia.
Atlanta Cecilia’s debut album ‘North‘, draws upon her love of spoken word poetry. Her ‘North‘ songs can be sampled at:-http://atlantacecilia.bandcamp.com/releases
Atlanta Frith will share the ‘Folk Evening‘ stage with singer and guitarist, James Bradley, from Belfast, and our AAMF 2016 Director, Joan McEldowney.
The Biker Rock and Blues Band, Skreemin’ Egulz, will make their debut in Al Ain on Thursday, 27th October – ‘Fright Night‘ – at the Sands Club.
The Skreemin’ Egulz members are Craig on vocals, Scotty on guitar, Justin on guitar, Andy on bass, and Christoph on drums. Background information on this band is available at:- http://www.skreemin-egulz.com/the-band/
Local band, Desert Groove, play on ‘Fright Night‘, too.
The Desert Groove members are Lisa on vocals, Gerard on guitar, David on bass and Zsolt on drums. Their background information is available at:-http://www.desertgroove.com/who.html
They will be joined on the bill by singer/guitarist and AAMF 2016 Director, Joan McEldowney, on this pre-festival Halloween-themed night.
The live music starts at 8:30 pm and runs through till midnight.
Admission is free!