Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Two great harpists meet (well, one's a kora, but a kora is a kind of harp) in a Welsh-African fusion.

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Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Multi award-winning duo Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita give the opportunity to experience their remarkable new album SOAR performed in concert.

Their performances of the album in spring 2018 garnered 5* reviews from both the Guardian and The London Evening Standard and prompted Songlines Magazine’s Tim Cumming to de-scribe them as “the most popular world music act of the decade”. SOAR takes wing on the flight of the osprey, the magnificent raptor persecuted to extinction in Wales during the 17th century, which has recently returned home after a 400-year absence. The osprey makes its annual 3000-mile migration from the estuaries of West Wales, where Catrin grew up, to Seckou’s homeland in Senegal, West Africa – an amazing natural connection which hit a resonance with the two artists.

Themes of migration – natural, enforced and economic – run throughout SOAR, drawing deep on the sometimes darker history of these two great musical nations. “Like the iconic raptor, it swoops and soars to capture the bird’s very es-sence,” says Dave Haslam, in his 5* review for RnR Magazine, “SOAR is as near to perfection as it is possible”. SOAR entered the UK Official Independent Album Charts at #16 on the first week of its release and spent over three months at the top of the Amazon World Music charts, reaching number one in the Transglobal World Music Charts in June 2018. The album received a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize, and has for the second time been shortlisted for the prestigious fRoots Critics Poll Album of The Year 2018, having previously received the award for their debut album Clychau Dibon in 2013.

Their music has been described by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as “absolutely hypnotic”, whilst revered British actor Toby Jones (Atomic Blonde, The Detectorists, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) says of Catrin and Seckou “incredible… you’re witnessing a state of rapture, it’s entrancing”. This is music with a huge emotional resonance and a remarkable synergy, a seemingly unlikely marriage between the cultures and of Wales and Senegal which has resulted in the most serendipitous of unions. Welsh traditional melodies mix effortlessly with Mandinka staples, with hypnotic improvisations from both in an exhilarating and playful set which leaps over cultural barriers, roaming freely in borderless musical territory. Beyond beautiful in concert Catrin and Seckou create a uniquely spellbinding and mesmerising experience that has been filling concert halls across the UK, Europe and beyond.

“an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together” – 5* ROBIN DENSELOW, THE GUARDIAN

“You could listen to this 1,000 times and still find something new” – 4* DAVID HUTCHEON, MOJO AUGUST EDITION

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Tour dates 2019

At 10 venues:

An Lanntair Arts Centre and Cinema, Isle of Lewis

Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles, HS1 2DS

Mon 24 Jun

£15 / 01851 708480

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Anstruther Town Hall

18 School Green, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3DF

Sat 29 Jun

£12 (7–17s £5) / 01333 311 977

Part of East Neuk Festival.

Aros Centre, Isle of Skye

Viewfield Road, Portree, Isle of Skye, Highland, IV51 9EU

Tue 25 Jun

£16 (£15) / 01478 613750

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Caroline Social Club, Shipley

Caroline Street, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3JZ

Fri 18 Oct

£24.20 / 01274 585140

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Bishop's Road, Inverness, Highland, IV3 5SA

Wed 26 Jun

£17 / 01463 234234

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Guiting Power Village Hall, Cheltenham

Church Lane, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5TX

Fri 19 Jul

Sold out

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT

Thu 27 Jun

£19.80 / 01224 642230

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Mill Street, Ullapool, Highland, IV26 2UN

Fri 21 Jun

£18 / 01854 613336

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

The Old Vicarage, Cheltenham

Tally-Ho Lane, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5TY

Fri 19 Jul

Sold out

St Mary's Space, Appin

Fasnacloich, Appin, Argyll and Bute, PA38 4BJ

Thu 20 Jun

£20 / 01631 730 449

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

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