An interview with Salsa Celtica

Before headlining the last night of Big Tent, Toby from Salsa Celtica talks babies and boozing

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An interview with Salsa Celtica

For anyone who’s not seen Salsa Celtica play live before, what can they expect?
Great music, a really exciting gig with some amazing musicians from two very strong cultures and maybe a baby. I have forgotten how many times people have come back to us and said we met at one of your gigs and we now we have a family, thanks!

The sound of Salsa Celtica, in three words?

Salsa and Celtica.

Are you planning on catching any of the other festival acts while you’re at Big Tent?
Yes – I don’t think I have seen the Proclaimers since they used to busk in Edinburgh so can’t wait to see them again. Man’s Ruin should be a great gig and I have heard that The Whisky River Boat Band are the future of Scottish music, possibly music in general.

What essentials will you make sure you take along to the festival?
Loads and loads of drink, and a travelling seat is a really good idea for when you it’s difficult to stand up any more!

You’ve been playing together since 1996. What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played?
Honestly we have done so many mental gigs over the years it’s hard to remember, but playing at The Lincoln Centre in New York for the first time to a mainly Latino audience was a special yet very scary experience.

Salsa Celtica headline the second night of Big Tent on Sunday 22 July.

Salsa Celtica

A heady mix of jazz, African, Latin and Celtic rhythms from this lively group.

Big Tent

Three-day event mixing entertainment with environmentally-minded education. With creative workshops, puppet shows and storytelling for children, exhibitions, displays and debates for adults, and a festive ambience provided by world music artists, the festival will provide serious fun for all ages. This year's line-up…

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