Indian ensemble and sci-fi folk evangelists pay a visit

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If you’re looking for something new, unique and original, there’s some interesting gigs coming up in the Lancaster area over the next few weeks.

The UK’s National Ensemble for Indian Music will perform at More Music’s Hothouse venue in Morecambe on Saturday, February 7.

Tarang is the only ensemble of its kind in Europe. Formed in 2003 by Indian arts development trust Millapfest, Tarang is comprised of musicians early in their careers who perform Hindustani (north Indian) or Carnatic (south Indian) music.

The ensemble is strengthened by classically trained Western musicians, who bring their experience and skills into the group to create music that mixes traditions.

Support comes from the Long Walk Chinese Orchestra, a group formed from More Music’s Chinese music sessions where anyone can go along and learn to play a Chinese instrument.

Tickets for the Tarang gig cost £10/£7 in advance and can bought online via www.moremusic.org.uk/tarang or by calling 01524 831 997.

An Indian vegetarian buffet is included in the ticket price. The show starts at 8pm.

On February 21, self proclaimed “sci-fi folk evangelists” Maia perform at the Heron Theatre in Beetham, near Milnthorpe.

The four-piece have spent the last three years touring and playing festivals and as a result have morphed and matured into what has been described as “harmonic psychedelic sci-fi folk and disco rock....”

They were also winners of the Yorkshire Gig Guide award for outstanding live band in 2014.

Maia are taking a break from recording to play The Heron Theatre to showcase some of the new material from their forthcoming album to be released in the Autumn.

Tickets for the gig are £12 for adults, £5 for under 18, and members of the theatre pay £10. http://www.theheron theatre.com/music_program.html. Music starts at 8.30pm.