Archive for Afro Celt Sound System


Posted in festivals, Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, News with tags , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Christy Moore (Sat), Gogol Bordello (Fri), Imelda May (Sun), Glen Hansard (Fri), Mary Chapin Carpenter (Sun), Afro Celt Sound System (Sat), Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (Sat), Kate Rusby (Sat), Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band (Sun), Jon Boden (Thurs), Songs of Separation (Sat), Sam Lee & Friends (Sun), Michael McGoldrick Band (Fri), Blazin’ Fiddles (Sun), Solas (Sat/Sun), Edward II (Fri), Le Vent du Nord (Fri/Sat), Duncan Chisholm (Sun), Kíla (Sat/Sun), Breabach (Sat), Hot 8 Brass Band (Sun), Cash Box Kings (Sat/Sun), This Is The Kit (Sun), Stick In The Wheel (Sat), Seafret (Thurs), The Mike + Ruthy Band (Fri/Sat), Will Varley (Thurs), Lisa O’Neill (Fri), Brian McNeill (Fri/Sat), Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (Sun), Ímar (Thurs), Glorystrokes (Fri), Steamchicken (Fri), The Dovetail Trio (Thurs), Flats & Sharps (Thurs), Funbox (Sun), Silent Ceilidh (Sat), The BarrowBand (Fri)

“For sheer class and integrity, it can’t be beaten.”
– The Independent

“An event with everything anyone could ask for.”
– Sunday Express

One of Europe’s biggest folk fests, CFF is bursting with established and traditional talent alongside younger acts.”
– Time Out

The first names have been revealed for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, one of the longest established and most prestigious folk festivals in the world. Tickets are on sale.An eclectic range of performances will include: iconic Irish folk singer
Christy Moore in an exclusive English Festival appearance, performing with Declan Sinnott and Jim Higgins; high energy Gypsy folk-punk band Gogol Bordello, acclaimed for their live shows; rockabilly singer-songwriter Imelda May, a powerful live performer with “a whipcracker of a voice”; Academy Award-winning star of the film Once, Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard in an exclusive English festival appearance; American singer-songwriter and multi Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter; global beat pioneers Afro Celt Sound System who are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a new album; the “screaming eagle of soul” Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires.

The ever-popular Barnsley Nightingale Kate Rusby; Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, featuring the English folk figurehead nominated for Folk Singer of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and her all-star band; a standout performer of his generation, the Bellowhead lead singer and main arranger, Jon Boden, in one of his first solo appearances since their final gig in May; Songs of Separation, a special collaboration between ten leading Scottish and English female folk musicians on the issue of ‘separation’ including Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart; song collector and nominee for Folk Singer of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Lee & Friends; leading folk multi-instrumentalists the Michael McGoldrick Band, featuring the trailblazing player and composer; prolific and multi-award winning Scottish fiddle band Blazin’ Fiddles; one of the world’s most exciting Celtic bands, Solas.

Edward II, who uniquely blend the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs from the British Isles; dynamic Quebecois folk band Le Vent du Nord; acclaimed Scottish fiddle player and composer Duncan Chisholm; relentlessly energetic groovers Kíla, who interject Gaelic rap and world influences into traditional folk; multi-award winning Scottish firebrands Breabach who have just released their fifth album entitled Astar; New Orleans jazz, hip-hop, funk sensations Hot 8 Brass Band; one of the best U.S. blues bands, Cash Box Kings, playing their old time Chicago blues in an exclusive UK performance; the beloved musical project of Kate Staples, alternative folk band This Is The Kit, championed by 6Music; fRoots magazine Album of the Year 2015 winners Stick In The Wheel, nominated for Best Group in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; up-and-coming North East duo and Radio 1 favourites Seafret; The Mike + Ruthy Band, who produced one of the standout Americana albums of 2015; one of Time Out’s rising stars of 2015, rambling folk singer Will Varley, who previously toured with Frank Turner; the refreshingly witty Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill; multi-instrumentalist Brian McNeill, leading the Festival session.

Barnstorming live performers and nominee for the Horizon Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys; five-piece Ímar, which features some of today’s most exciting young traditional musicians including current and former members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule; Glorystrokes, possibly the world’s only traditional English metalcore ceilidh band; a fun-packed family ceilidh with the ever-popular Steamchicken; The Dovetail Trio, with their bold new approach to traditional songs, featuring Rosie Hood, nominated for a Horizon Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; Flats & Sharps, blurring the lines between bluegrass, folk and country; an exciting sing-along experience for children from Funbox, formerly The Singing Kettle; a Silent Ceilidh with caller Cate Bannister; and children’s entertainers The BarrowBand celebrating healthy eating through song.

More major names to be announced.

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Tickets: Full Festival: Adult £159; Adult (18-21) £125; Teen (16-17) £95.50; Child (5-15) £44.50; Infant (0-4) free. Day tickets: Thursday £26.50; Friday £57.50; Saturday £67.50; Sunday £67.50. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £63.50; Coldham’s Common (second site) £43.50. All ticket prices include booking fees.

Afro Celt Sound System announce their first new album in 10 years ‘The Source’

Posted in Modern rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , , , on February 16, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Afro Celt Sound System announce their first new album in 10 years ‘The Source’ to be released through ECC Records on 29th April 2016



With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrate their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’.

This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. Afro Celt Sound System have an accomplished catalogue of albums, dating back to their 1996 debut, Volume 1: Sound Magic and continue their adventures on ECC Records, with the band’s first studio recording for a decade: ‘The Source’.

As its title suggests, all 13 tracks on ‘The Source’ summon the original Afro Celt energy, while simultaneously yielding fresh and creative inspiration. Grammy-nominated multi-instrumental founder and producer Simon Emmerson recalls the creative spark that occurred from his early-’90s work with celebrated singer and guitarist Baaba Maal in Senegal, and a meeting of minds with Dublin-born musician Davy Spillane. It led to a jam session of African and Irish musicians laced with electronic beats at Peter Gabriel’s Real World’s studios in Wiltshire (with the surreal backdrop of the likes of Johnny Depp, Kate Moss and Iggy Pop milling around), from which Afro Celt Sound System’s debut album took flight.

‘The Source’, is perhaps the most expansive and exuberant Afro Celt Sound System work to date. Its track-listing brings together core members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with long-standing collaborators such as Davy Spillane and Emer Mayock on uillean pipes and whistles, Moussa Sissoko on djembe and talking drum, and members of Scottish folk fusion Shooglenifty (who contributed to the very first Afro Celt album).

There are also welcome newcomers to the family, including the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair (an exponent of “ghetto-croft”, with a nod to his off-grid base in the Scottish Highlands), and the hauntingly soulful delivery of Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly (Realworld), who leads Beware Soul Brother, inspired by a homage to legendary Nigerian poet Chinua Achebe, with a powerful song about what happens when something you love is stolen.

‘The Source’, is very much a collaborative effort, embracing devotional harmonies (notably the exquisite sound of Guinean female quintet Les Griottes, who contribute to songs including opener Calling In The Horses), with protest songs, rockabilly guitars (Desert Billy) and powerful electronic rhythms.

The Source was recorded at various locations across Europe, including Davy Spillane’s own studio by the Cliffs of Moher, an experience which the band liken to a Game Of Thrones quest (“Go and seek out the wise man on the remote cliffs”). The adept mixing skills of David Bottrill and Mass are credited for their “alchemical art” in bringing the album’s varied elements together.

One of the most celebratory numbers is The Magnificent Seven, a stirring reunion with the mighty Dhol Foundation, with the vital percussion spurred along by a vocal chant which translates as “courage” in Kouyate’s native tongue of Mandinka. The Source also rounds things off in spirit-soaring style, with Kalsi Breakbeat.

‘The Source’ features artwork by Jamie Reid, highly regarded artist, best known for his designs for the Sex Pistols including the “Anarchy in the U.K.” poster—a ripped and safety-pinned Union Flag and the God Save the Queen single.

The new album’s characteristic energy will certainly translate to Afro Celt Sound System’s latest live sets, which kicked off 2016 in style with a sell-out show at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival.


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