The AAMF has a new Director

This year the AAMF has a new Director, Joan McEldowney.

Joan is planning a lively and entertaining programme featuring 6 concerts of live music spanning three weekends this November 2016.

Let’s wish her every success in her new role!

Joan was a performer at the AAMF 2015Guitar Evening‘ alongside of Mark Campbell on percussion…

Jason Carter to perform at Guitar Evening on Thurs. 5th Nov. at the Sands Club

Hold-guitarWe are proud to announce that Jason Carter will be performing at the AAMF’s “Guitar Evening” on Thursday, 5th November at the Sands Club, Al Ain.

Jason is a guitarist/composer of the highest calibre and originality. Prolific and exceptionally creative, he continually produces captivating and alluring music that showcases not only his classical abilities but also his obvious love for world music. Played with humility, passion and exquisite flair, his music offers audiences a profound and intimate experience, regardless of the size of the venue. Jason’s ability to connect with his audience is unparalleled and offers a moving, thought-provoking and unexpectedly comforting experience. Jason Carter newest

Within this region Jason has performed concerts for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Crown Prince Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

And, in recent years, he has collaborated with pearl divers/Khaleej musicians in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman as part of his ‘Grain of Sand’ project with film maker Ray Haddad:-

Plus, he played in Abu Dhabi with Sting’s bass guitarist, Dominic Miller, at the latest ‘Volvo Challenge’ World Series sailing event. and at the Sharjah World Music Festival, too.

His collaborations with musicians in other regions include projects with Hossam Ramzy (Egypt), 1998 – 2005; and musical collaborations with Cliff Richard (UK), Nigel Kennedy (UK), Jukka Leppilampi (Finland) Marjan and Mahsa Vahdat (Iran), Huong Thanh (Viet Nam) and Nina Åström (Finland). IMG_1159

His 18th album is set for release in autumn 2015 – “Seeking The Divine,” featuring solo harp-guitar compositions. It can be sampled at:-…/seeking-the-di…

On 30th October, just prior to his arrival in Al Ain, Jason Carter will be performing at a concert in Belfast. Coincidentally, that city is where Joan McEldowney comes from.

Now based in Al Ain, and a Singer/Guitarist and composer herself, Joan will be performing the opening set along with Mark Campbell on percussion.

This AAMF 2015 “Guitar Evening” concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free again.

Don’t miss out!

Opening Night is drawing near!

Bryan Dedman BandThe Opening Night of the Al Ain Music Festival 2015 is drawing near!! Less than 3 weeks to go now to the start of a very varied and entertaining AAMF programme!

The first event in this new AAMF series of eight events will be the “Halloween Rock Night” on Friday, 30th October. It kicks off at 8:30 p.m.
No tickets are required this time – as admission is free! Don’t miss out!

It is being hosted by the Sands Club once again -and we thank that club’s committee very much for their continuing support for this third edition of the rock night.
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Sounding Boards play opening set of AAMF 2015!

TheSoundingBoards2015The opening band for the AAMF 2015 will be Sounding Boards!

This band has been entertaining audiences in Al Ain for several years now with their own blend of rock music.

The Sounding Boards are:- David Frey – Vocals and Lead Guitar; David Connell – Bass; Danielle Bruckert – Cello; and Mark Campbell – Drums.

The Halloween Rock Night” is set for Friday, 30th October at the Sands Club.

Additional details about the performers, and ticket information will be appearing here in the next few weeks.

Fabulous sets at inaugural “World of Folk Evening”!

untitled-8936The music at last Thursday night’s inaugural “World of Folk Evening” concert was fabulous!

Congratulations to Mark Southan, Gabe Canazarro, Teresa Murray, and Matt Fraser for combining so well together in the songs for the opening set!

untitled-8925Congratulations to Joan McEldowney and Mark Campbell for entertaining us with such a warmly received performance!

untitled-8992And let’s acknowledge a fantastic set from our headline act -the folk duo over on tour from England- Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton!
That was a terrific set, guys!

The AAMF’s inaugural “World of Folk Evening” – Thursday, 20th November at the Sands Club, Al Ain


Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton are performing on Thursday, 20th November at the Sands Club – along with Joan McEldowney at the inaugural AAMFWorld of Folk Evening.

There’ll also be a short opening set by a couple of local guitarists making their stage debut in Al Ain: Mark Southan and Gabe Canazarro.

Watch Kevin and Joe perform together…

More background information on the duo, including their “France Course” workshops; Joe’s leadership of the large, young “Folk Ensemble”, and so on is available at…

The concert starts at 7:30 pm.Tickets available at the door AED. 30. One not to be missed!

Oasis Living logoThe “Oasis Living” magazine is now running an online prize draw competition!  

AAMF T Shirt designWin free tickets for this concert + a free official Al Ain Music Festival T shirt!!

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Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton, touring English Folk Duo, to headline on 20th November!

Joe Broughton and Kevin Dempsey in action

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton are the Folk Duo at the inaugural AAMF 2014 World of Folk Evening on Thursday, 20th November, at the Sands Club, Al Ain.

Since forming in 1999 this incredible duo have recorded three albums and toured extensively in over 20 countries round the world. Combining emotive songs, unrivalled instrumental capability and a spectacular high energy show, they never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere. Their new album “Off By Heart” is being released this Autumn to coincide with their world tour.
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The list of musicians they have played with is impressive…Whippersnapper, Mary Black, Dando Shaft, The Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, Percy Sledge, Uiscedwr, Lazarus….but it can’t prepare you for this unique partnership. To pigeon hole their style of music would be to do them a disservice. They draw on Folk music from all corners of the world but their experience in Jazz, Soul, Classical, Pop and Rock music takes the result into original and uncharted territory.

It is not only the originality of what this acoustic duo plays, but also the simple fact that they do it so well. Kevin has a fantastic voice and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s greatest acoustic guitar players, whilst Joe is simply unmatched in the world of fiddle pyrotechnics.

The Dempsey/Broughton show is playful and entertaining! Try to take it all in as they swoop from beautiful song to mind blowing tune via a stream of hilarious banter. Two hours with Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton can seem like 10 minutes.Dempsey and Broughton promotional quotes

The duo will follow on from Joan McEldowney, guitar,supported by Mark Campbell, on percussion. And, the concert will be opened by our special guests, Mark Southan and Gabe Canazarro. These two acoustic guitarists will be making their debut.

The first ever AAMFWorld of Folk Evening” starts at 7:30 pm. on Thursday, 20th November.
Tickets at the door are only AED. 30. Don’t miss out!