Manuel Alvarado''Photo by Andrey Mikhaylov
Manuel Alvarado''Photo by Andrey Mikhaylov

Award-winning tango vocalist Martín Alvarado comes to the area this week as part of his 27th international tour.

The Buenos Aires-born troubadour, who will perform at the Red Lion Hotel in Wirksworth, on Wednesday, May 7, at 8pm, has earned worldwide renown for his exceptional voice.

Alvarado (pictured) is now widely considered to be one of the most exciting contemporary vocalists in traditional tango to have emerged from Argentina for decades. He has even been described as a 21st Century successor to the late, great tango singing superstar, Carlos Gardel, who died in 1935.

Like Gardel, Alvarado, performs as a soloist often just accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. This is unusual for tango singers who are normally part of a band or a large touring dance show.

On this tour, he will be joined by an acclaimed Peruvian pianist and bandoneón player, Claudio Constantini, performing in the UK for the first time.

Alvarado’s trademarks are emotionally engaging, artistic performances of a largely modern repertoire of tango, including rare Piazzolla numbers, other Argentinian styles, and some self-composed songs. BBC Radio 3 presenter Max Reinhardt, who heard him perform in London last year, described him as “totally mesmerising, a tango epiphany”.

Tickets for the concert are £10 in advance or £12 on the door. They are available at the Red Lion Hotel and at Traid Links in Wirksworth and online at www.musicglue.com/l-tango-promotions/listings/

n Designate@The Gate in Matlock has live music on Friday, May 2, courtesy of a gig from Rob Simpson - Some Bad Hat.

It runs from 8.30pm-late.

Meanwhile, the Smedley Street-based venue has a free film showing on Tuesday, May 6, from 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

For more on the two events, call 01629 760033.