Afro Celt Sound System released their 8th studio album ‘Flight’ in 2018. The album explores themes of migration – both human and avian – with a dazzling cast of stellar musicians from around the globe. Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System is a European and African based collective which has forged a reputation for energetic, uplifting shows. Winners of the Songlines 2017 Best Group award and nominated for the same in the 2019 Awards, they combine folk traditions of different cultures in a unique and innovative way.
Simon Emmerson is joined by long-term member, vocalist, kora and balafon player N’faly Kouyaté and Dhol Foundation drummer Johnny Kalsi on 11 self-penned and 2 traditional tracks on ‘Flight’ introduce moving devotional songs alongside Afro Celt Sound System’s trademark driving afro house, with drum and bass beats, bold west African brass and exuberant electronic rhythms and bass lines. Both the album and their live shows will feature contributions from a host of outstanding musicians from around the world.
After joining us for our online Virtually Knockengorroch event in 2020, naming their song Lockdown Gorroch Reel after us and featuring snippets of the event in the music video we are more than delighted to be finally able to welcome them to Knockengorroch’s meadow. Truly a show not to miss!