World gigs of the week: Songlines Encounters Festival, Kings Place, London N1


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The world music magazine's festival kicks off with the punk-meets-medieval-peasant riot of Poland's R.U.T.A. (above, Wed), whose music flares like a burning barn.

Punk singer Guma and members of Warsaw Village Band deliver revolutionary songs from the feudal peasantry that strike a chord with today's Occupy generation.

In sharp contrast, Thursday features Finland 's Lepisto and Lehti on accordion and bass, summoning up stunning Scandinavian soundscapes, alongside the Tango-Arab-Balkan crossover of Kosmos Ensemble, and Fugata Quintet's nuevo tango.

Friday has the amazing turbo-minimalism of Spiro, Quebec 's Le Vent Du Nord, and rising folk star Sam Lee. He's back on Saturday fronting the Klezmer melodrama of the Yiddish Twist Orchestra.

The Madagascar All Stars feature some remarkable players for the closing act, while in Hall Two, Irish jazz group Thought-Fox weave a spell with oud player Soufian Saihi.

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