CAMRA Presents

The Saturday Lunchtime Session


Hugo Kensdale

Hugo Kensdale is a singer-songwriter hailing from Macclesfield. Alternative indie folk rock in style Kensdale’s music draws faint comparisons to the likes of Guy Garvey, early Bowie, The Shins and Calexico. The songs are melody driven and Kensdale’s abstract way of describing his world through his lyrics is delivered by strong, gutsy vocals. Recent happenings include performing in an international exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London in the summer of 2016 followed by the release of two singles, an acoustic album and a European tour in December 2016/January 2017. Hugo is currently recording his debut album which will be a full band affair and is due for release later this year.

‘ Electrifying…A master of atmospherics ‘ – Manchester Evening News

Kamal Arafa

Manchester based singer/songwriter, Kamal Arafa made five solo albums before forming The Moonlight Band in 2007. The band gained popularity in and around Manchester and eventually played a slot on Glastonbury’s Avalon stage in 2011. The band split shortly after this. Kamal continued to write on his own until he teamed up with ex-band members from the Mekkits to record a Christmas song. The band continue to write and perform together as Winter Project alongside Kamal Arafa’s solo work.
Soaring and effortless, Kamal’s heart warming and sometimes bizarre tales envelop your soul. He possesses worldliness and a wry songwriting style that is both thoughtful and tender. Think, Rufus Wainwright meets Devendra Banhart.

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