Manchester’s The Wonder Inn will be glistening as the city’s crisp wintry environment is led into the solstice by Kirsty Almeida’s warm tones at Let The Light Inn with Winter Song on Wednesday 21 December.
Coining part of its name from her 2012 seasonal album via All Made Up Records, the event will be an uplifting look ahead as the days start to lengthen again through to spring. Fusing radio-friendly chart toppers like Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ with Joni Mitchell’s widely-covered 1971 classic, ‘River’, the album showcases the breadth of Almeida’s flair for folksong.
Her dulcet songwriting is made for radiant live performances with her backing band, The Troubadours, and this occasion also promises her own yuletide repertoire, such as ‘Merry Christmas (Let’s Have Some Fun)’, ‘Tick Tock Tick’, ‘Just Cancel Christmas’ and ‘Cold Lonely Blue’.
In support will be The Wonder Inn favourite Gideon Conn, whose latest record, Hip Hop Original, was released earlier this year via leftfield jazz and electronic label Wah Wah 45s. Ever upbeat and a constant creator of positive auras, Conn intertwines acoustic folk and alt-pop sensibilities with a smiling hip hop swagger (see his Roots Manuva cover) and verbal dexterity, earning him the kudos of electronic pop poet Scroobius Pip, who’s labelled Conn a national treasure.
With Indian mantra singer Madeeha Mubarak also named as the evening’s opener and The Wonder Inn living up to its name by undergoing a transformation into a bohemian grotto for the occasion, solstice celebrations will be as warming as the free cup of ceremonial cacao on arrival.
The venue has been a shining light for Manchester’s alternative scenes, establishing on Shudehill as a community interest company with a programme of events that spans yoga, arts and crafts, healthy eating, cinema, live performance and more.
The Let The Light Inn winter solstice takes place at The Wonder Inn from 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 December, 2016. Tickets are available here.