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Mishra &

Deepa Shakthi 


In 2022, global-folk band Mishra met international fusion vocalist Deepa Shakthi (formerly Deepa Nair Rasiya). Out of a blossoming musical friendship, they began a collaborative project that takes the soul-stirring euphoria of Deepa’s sufi singing as a starting point, and weaves in the threads of Mishra’s UK folk and Indian classical influences to create a captivating cross-cultural sound. Their joyous performances are a journey of contrasts, from hand-clapping trance-like sufi songs to spacious stillness and reflection. 


Mishra are a collective of musicians with a growing reputation for forging a distinctive path through music rooted in diverse traditions. Founded as a duo of Kate Griffin on banjo and vocals and Ford Collier (The Drystones) on low whistle and percussion, the pair recruited some of the finest musicians exploring the meeting points of world, folk, and jazz on the Sheffield music scene: John Ball (Rafiki Jazz) on tabla and santoor, Joss Mann-Hazell (Auka) on double bass, and Alex Lyon on clarinets and vocals. Since forming in 2018, Mishra have won Celtic Connections’ prestigious ‘Danny Kyle’ award, received BBC Radio 2 airplay for their albums 'The Loft Tapes' and 'Reclaim', and performed at festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Beardy, Timber, and more. 


Over 30 years of studying Indian music and working across genres under the banner of ‘world music’, Deepa Shakthi has forged an international reputation as a vocalist and composer, receiving awards and acclaim in the UK and India. She has worked with artists including Kuljit Bhamra and toured with Opera North’s production of Orpheus.

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tour history

Aotearoa New Zealand duo Tour 

January/February 2024

Whare Flatt Folk Festival

Waiheke  Whitaker's Music Museum

Kumeu   Kumeu arts

Whangerei   The Woodshed

TSB Festival of Lights

Tauranga   The Jam Factory 

Palmerston North   The Globe

Wellington Bluegrass Society

Paekakariki   St. Peter's Hall

Auckland Folk Festival

Auckland   Movespace Rooftop

Nelson   Fairfield House

Golden Bay   lunasa festival

Takaka   The Mussell Inn

Barrytown   Barrytown Hall

Okarito   Donovan's Store

Arrowtown   The Fork and Tap

Oamaru   Grainstore Galley

Akaroa   The Grand Hotel

Christchurch Folk Club

Picton   Le Cafe

gigs 2022 quartet/quintet

The Unicorn, Abingdon​

Ryepiece Barn House Concert, Ettington

The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber

The Tithe Barn, Nailsea

Pound Arts Corsham

Holmfirth Folk Festival

Northern Quarter, Huddersfield

Nest Collective Campfire Club, Woolwich

Hyde Park Folk Club, Leeds

Stapelford Granary, Cambridge

Cobalt Studios, Newcastle

Castle Hotel, Manchester

The Petri Dish, Aylesbury

Prema Arts Centre, Stroud

Grewelthorpe Village Hall, West Yorkshire

Samaroh tour ft. Deepa Shakthi

Spring 2023

Rondo Theatre, Bath

God's House Tower, Southampton

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury

Acorn Theatre, Penzance

Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham

Squire Theatre, Nottingham

Spring Bank Arts, New Mills

The Greystones, Sheffield

Stoller Hall, Manchester

Reclaim Release tour

Autumn 2021

Manchester Folk Festival

Leeds College of Music

Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham

The Green Note, London

The Musician, Leicester

Ashcroft Arts, Hampshire

Forest Arts, Hampshire

Kala Sangam, Bradford

Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor

West Kirby Arts Centre

Shakespeare's Sheffield

The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

festival highlights

Cambridge Folk Festival

Celtic Connections

Manchester Folk Festival

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Sidmouth Folk Week

Timber Festival

Between the Trees

Priddy Folk Festival

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival


  • Danny Kyle Open Stage Winners 2022​ Celtic Connections

  • Christian Raphael Prize 2018 - Cambridge Folk Festival​

  • Ford Collier - Young Folk Award 2018 Nominee (as part of The Drystones)​

  • Kate Griffin - shortlisted for Young Folk Award 2018, Making Tracks Fellow 2020



Listen on:

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Abhayam - Without Fear (Single ft. Deepa Shakthi)



Our latest single featuring Deepa Shakthi, this moody track brings together a portishead inspired groove with the darkly-jazzy harmonic possibilities of the Indian classical raag Shree. 


Devil's Nine Questions (Single ft. Deepa Shakthi)


"It has one of catchiest openings I’ve heard in a long while, slipping straight into a groove courtesy of Kate Griffin’s cello banjo (a unique instrument hand-made by luthier “Slim Jim” Heasell) with Alex Lyon’s clarinet lending the opening an almost vintage tropicalia edge. Collier’s calabash and John Ball’s tabla are bang on with Joss Mann-Hazell’s intuitive bass driving the groove, while Deepa Shakthi’s enthralling vocals are nothing short of breathtaking. The interplay between her and Kate sounds so natural. Nothing here feels contrived, I take my hat off to them all for such a great single."

Alex Gallacher

Folk Radio UK Song of the Day

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Sophomore Album

Distributed by Hudson Records


“Reclaim is a place where Irish tune sessions meet Indian classical music in your front room… energetic and enjoyable throughout.”

Tim Cummings, Songlines Magazine

“It’s impossible to question the compelling tune-making at the heart of Mishra”

Mojo Magazine

“This is the life-affirming sound of the real ‘global Britain’” 

Steve Hunt, RnR Magazine

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The Loft Tapes


Debut Album

Distributed by Hudson Records


"Fascinating stuff... I'm really enjoying Mishra's blend"

Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2


“An airborne amalgam of cross-continental pollinations … More servings please”

Tim Cummings, Songlines Magazine

“It is a powerful and heady cocktail, yet at times almost mystical as well, bringing together the flavours and ingredients of four different continents, and producing a sumptuous feast for the ears… The Loft Tapes has undeniably forced its way into my top ten albums of 2019.”

David Auckland, Folk Radio

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