Mohammad Syfkhan

Saturday 18th May, 4pm
Big Top, Con Smith Park, Cavan

Mohammad Syfkhan

Music of joy, love, and happiness from Kurdish-Syrian bouzouki sensation. Singer and bouzouki player Mohammad started playing traditional folk music in his home city of Raqqa in the 1980s, performing throughout Syria. Forced to flee his homeland after his son was murdered by ISIS, Mohammad, a surgical nurse by profession, settled in Leitrim, where his combination of traditional Kurdish music and original compositions has taken the Irish trad scene by storm.

Tickets: €5 (Under 16s for free)

He has since performed with luminaries such as Lankum, Martin Hayes, Eimear Reidy, and Cormac Begley, with The Guardian calling him “the toast of the Irish folk scene”. The Journal of Music has described his album I am Kurdish as “ecstatic music which…create[s] an atmosphere of joy, love, and happiness”, while The Quietus says it’s a record “that truly slaps”.

Join Mohammad Syfkhan at the Big Top, Con Smith Park for a performance as uplifting as this gifted man’s inspiring story of resilience, perseverance, and triumph over adversity.

The GuardianInterview with Jude Rogers
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‘Music is the language of the world’: how a Syrian refugee became the toast of the Irish folk scene"
Listen to Mohammed on Culture File Link to Spotify
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Mohammad Syfkhan's first Irish album, "I Am Kurdish" is a message from the rich underground music scene in Leitrim.

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