Rhiannon Giddens has invited Bumi Thomas to join her London concert at the Royal Festival Hall. After months of trauma and uncertainty due to Bumi’s threatened deportation from Britain, despite being born in Glasgow and lived here in the United Kingdom most of her life, thankfully Bumi won her appeal and is now free to remain in this country for the time being

‘Relief for Windrush sisters as removal threat overturned’ – Guardian coverage here 

Bumi Thomas plays her first London concert since the verdict at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 22 November, opening for Rhiannon Giddens as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival

After this show, Rhiannon Giddens heads across Britain playing her own shows:

Saturday 23 November | BRIGHTON St George’s Church

Sunday 24 November | BASINGSTOKE Anvil

Tuesday 26 November | BATH Forum

Wednesday 27 November | BUXTON Opera House

Thursday 28 November | LIVERPOOL Grand Central

Friday 29 November | GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead

Sunday 1 December | EDINBURGH Usher Hall

Bookings on all UK dates here


Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens is a masterful singer, banjo and fiddle player, blending American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues and country. Her elegant, prodigious voice and fierce spirit come alive in her performances, bringing audiences to their feet, whilst showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess

She has joined forces with Italian pianist and percussionist Francesco Turrisi to release their critically acclaimed album there is no Other  through Nonesuch

‘Wonderful. It wallops with impact. Giddens is going supernova, and it’s a blistering thing’ 

(★★★★★ Guardian, Album of the Month)