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’ (29th April / ECC Records).
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. The new album’s characteristic energy has already translated brilliantly to Afro Celt Sound System’s latest live sets, which kicked off 2016 in style with sell-out shows at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival and Islington’s Assembly Halls in North London.
Afro Celt Sound System LIVE features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. On some shows, the band will be joined by the hauntingly soulful Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and the devotional harmonies of the Guinean female quintet Les Griottes.
JULY / AUGUST
15 July – Larmer Tree Festival 18 July – Milton Keynes International Festival 24 July – Folk by the Oak 30 July – Cambridge Folk Festival 05 August – Dranouter Festival, Belgium 12 August – Boomtown Festival 13 August – Lakefest 19 August – Beautiful Days 02 September – Helsinki Festival, Finland
The Source Album Tour 2016
26 BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex 27 NORWICH The Open 28 BRISTOL Colston Hall 29 OXFORD o2 Academy 30 LONDON Barbican
01 MANCHESTER RNCM 02 NEWCASTLE Riverside 03 EDINBURGH Queens Hall 04 SHREWSBURY Walker Theatre 05 SHEFFIELD The Leadmill 07 BIRMINGHAM Town Hall 08 COLCHESTER Arts Centre 09 YEOVIL Octagon Theatre 10 PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms 11 BUXTON Opera House 12 EXETER Phoenix 13 BRIGHTON Concorde 2