|Afro Celt Sound System will be performing at the 18th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on Wednesday 05 April at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets for the annual ceremony that celebrates and rewards the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music are on sale now. The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and will be available to watch afterwards on the BBC iPlayer and the Red Button service.
Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’ released in April 2016 on ECC Records described as a “colossus of an album” by fRoots. ‘The Source’ is undoubtedly their most ambitious album yet and one that takes their cross-cultural collaboration and acclaimed live performances to another level.
On tour, Afro Celt Sound System is a live music spectacle featuring a host of outstanding musicians, every bit as energetic and captivating as the album. They played to packed houses on tour last year and delighted audiences at festivals around Europe. They have announced a huge tour for November 2017 supported by label mates and friends The Dhol Foundation who will themselves release a brand new studio album ‘Basant’ later in the year. TDF deliver a now legendary wall of sound, global rhythms and thumping contemporary beats with the effervescent Johnny Kalsi, the UK’s most celebrated player of the Punjabi dhol drum, at the heart of their live show.
“A colossus of an album” fRoots
“A triumph” Songlines
5* fRoots | 5* Songlines | 4* Observer | 4* i | 4* Daily Mirror | 4* Financial Times