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As part of the TENTH Furthest from the Sea Festival, we are delighted to be inviting the city to a free, outdoor gig, featuring some incredible talent, all with a strong Derby connection.

When: Friday 23rd June 2023, 5.30 - 8.30pm

Where: Cathedral Green, Derby, DE1 3AF

FREE

We are delighted that the Museum of Making are partnering with us to offer a barbecue and an indoor bar throughout the event.

Derby's Gig on the Green is funded as part of the Furthest from the Sea Festival by
Arts Council England, with support from Derby City Council and Cathedral Quarter Derby.

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For any additional information please contact us through our social media channels, or call Matt on 07794946241.

Lucille

Lucille are a contemporary Soul band with roots deep in Americana & Blues. Fresh off the back of a sold out hometown show at The Museum of Making in Derby, Lucille deliver an energetic live show driven by powerful vocals & blazing guitar hooks. Taking inspiration from the likes of Al Green, Durand Jones & Charles Bradley, Lucille are a must see for fans of Soulful Americana.

Photo credit: Vikki Asker

Jemma Johnson is a rising singer-songwriter from Derby, UK. She has gained a following of over 64,000 on YouTube and has featured on several Spotify curated playlists including ‘New Pop UK’, ‘Easy’ and ‘All New Punk’.

Jemma has supported Charlie Simpson, Beth McCarthy and James Walsh and has played gigs curated by Jake Gosling. Festival slots have included Y-Not, Off The Tracks and Bearded Theory. In summer 2023 Jemma will be playing the Quarry Stage at Y Not along with Dot to Dot and Tramlines Festival.

Jemma’s songs have received airplay from national, regional, and internet radio stations including BBC Radio 1, Radio X, Amazing Radio, Gorgeous Radio and BBC Introducing. Jemma has been a featured artist (interview and session) on Coop Radio, which was broadcast in store across the UK.

New single Sing It With Me was released in April and Jemma is currently on tour across the UK to support the release.

Photo credit: Arthur René Walwin

Jemma Johnson
Muntu Valdo

Recently relocated to Derbyshire with his family, it's an honour to be able to welcome Muntu Valdo to a Derby stage.

Progenitor of the amazing Sawablues, Muntu Valdo’s music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery.

Muntu Valdo belongs to the Sawa people who populate the length of Cameroon’s coastline along the Gulf of Guinea. His father is from the small village of Dibombari, his mother from the Malimba Islands out in the Atlantic Ocean, famous for their giant oysters. Muntu then, is a Sawa. Blessed by the legendary «Miengu» (mermaids) who are known to protect those who worship them, his mesmerising bluesy music is seeped in the oceans, mangroves, waterfalls and rivers that dominate the region.

First discovered alongside some of the great names of world music including Ali Farka Touré, Manu Dibango, Lokua Kanza, Eko Roosevelt. Muntu’s debut album “Gods & Devils” was met with rave reviews in France, as well as in Cameroon and throughout Africa. It was described by NME as "a rapturous record that shudders with joy and passion”.

In 2008, Muntu moved to London. Over the recent years he has toured the UK’s most prestigious venues supporting the likes of multi-award-winning jazz bass player singer extraordinaire Richard Bona, multi-award-winning British jazz star Dennis Rollins, and collaborating in a 30 dates tour with Grammy award winning South African legends Lady Smith Black Mambazo. His second Album “The One & The Many” released by WMG on Warner Jazz received critical acclaims.

Muntu Valdo is now firmly established on the live scene as a solo artist. He just successfully completed a 3 weeks UK Tour supporting Ladysmith Black Mambazo and is preparing a new Album due to be released by the end of 2023.

“Pure spiritual uplift” – Metro
“Music to banish sadness” – The Times

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