Following their sell out show at the Royal Festival Hall in London ths autumn the Afro Celts had no problem convincing thier audience that they are still one of the best live acts around!
You can vote for them as the Best Live Act in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and end up joining them at the awards show. Click on the link below and go to 'Your Vote".
The story of Scottish musician/producer Martyn Bennett is to be the subject of a documentary to be shown on BBC Scotland as part of the Artworks series on the evening of Sunday 7 December. Martyn's life as a prodigious young musician, radical saviour of Scottish contemporary folk, and his recent struggles with cancer, the extraordinary story behind 'Grit' his new album on Real World Records will be told against the back drop of the beautiful Isle of Mull where Martyn now lives and works.
Radical, genre-defing Scottish musician/producer/mixer will be warming up the crowd at the Brighton Cenre on Monday 24 November in support of Peter Gabriel's special one-off show. Bennett will be DJing his ecclectic mix of Gaelic traditional music and slamming break-beats, which have brought rave reviews of his new album 'Grit'.
CHILLI SOLO IS A NEW CLUB NIGHT IN HACKNEY CENTRAL, STARTING THURSDAY NOV 6TH WEEKLY. HOSTED BY STATE OF BENGAL, SHOWCASING A MIXTURE OF NEW MUSIC FROM A MULTITUDE OF PRODUCERS & ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE SPECTRUM INCLUDING LIVE & EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES FROM BOTH UN/KNOWN ARTISTS.
FULL LINE UP & DETAILS On http://www.chillisolo.com & http://www.stateofbengal.com
HACKNEY CENTRAL CLUB,
Corner of Mare St / Amhurst Rd. Hackney.
London E.8 1 LL
The former railway station.
(Next to Hackney Central Railway Station)
Tel: 0208 986 5111
8pm till midnight
door: free B4 10PM £3 after (this month only)
KELIDOSCOPIC FREQUENCY THRU ARTISTIC FLOW
State of Bengal who collaborated with the legendary Ananda Shankar on his final album Walking On (RW81) is currently finishing an album with Paban Das Baul (who last worked with Real World Records on the album Real Sugar RW65).
To celebrate the release of Grit by Martyn Bennett we're giving away 10 Exclusive Limited Edition copies of the promotional 12" Vinyl Remix of Move!
All you have to do is answer a simple question and you'll be in with a chance of being a winner.
HINT: If you need help, the answer CAN be found in the Grit website. Good Luck!
directed by Nichola Bruce
is currently being released on 29th Oct Check out
The film music was created by Iarla O Lionaird and released on Real World Records. Find out more at www.realworldrecords.com/icrts
The shortlist of nominees for the 2004 Awards has now been announced at the annual WOMEX showcase which took place in Seville this week.
Real World artist Sevara Nazarkhan has been nominated in the category of Newcomer and Asia. Sevara has had an extraordinary year following the release of her album Yol Bolsin to great critical acclaim and she was one of the artists chosen to perform at a showcase concert in front of WOMEX delegates in Seville.
The 2004 Awards ceremony is moving this year and will take place on 9th March at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. For more details go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/awards2004/ As well as the usual nomination categories there will be new styl Listener's Award where voting will commence on 1st January 2004.
Part one of an interview with Martyn plus tracks from his album was broadcast on Tuesday 14th October and the show will be repeated on Sunday 18th at 1705.
The second part of Martyn's interview along with 3 or 4 more tracks will be broadcast on Tuesday, 21st Oct.
However, the show can be listened to at anytime 7 days after it is first broadcast on Celtic Connections website. Simply click on the listen again button.
Martyn Bennett is simply one of the most exciting, daring and innovative musicians working in Scotland today.
Grit, where deeply traditional Gaelic music meets unashamedly slamming breakbeats and 21st century production techniques.The result is brilliant - the freshest voice you have heard from Scotland in many years.
The record is not available until monday, but our feature is up now, so get ahead of the game and take a look have a listen and express your views in the forum.