Latest news » AFRO CELTS: Announce Summer 2003 U.S. Tour
Groove-oriented mix of traditional African and Irish sounds on display at
summer festivals, including New York City's Central Park SummerStage
With critics hailing their fourth album 'Seed' (Real World Records) as a
major step forward in the group's ongoing evolution, the Afro Celts' will
launch a U.S. summer tour at the Santa Monica Pier on July 10. Afro Celts
will perform their signature combination of traditional Irish music fused
with African instruments, international rhythms and a patchwork of textured
electronics, at a number of summer festivals across the country this year,
including a show at NYC's Central Park SummerStage.
The line up for Afro Celts' summer 2003 tour includes: Simon Emmerson
(guitars, bazouki); James McNally (whistles, bodhran, keys, accordian,
guitar); Iarla O'Lionaird (vocals); N'Faly Kouyate (vocals, kora); Moussa
Sossokho (talking drum, djembe); Johnny Kalsi (percussion, dohl, tablas);
Emer Mayock (Uilleann pipes, flute); Miraed Nesbitt (fiddle); Ian Markin
(drums); Francis Hylton (electric bass).
Since the release of 'Seed' on March 25, 2003 critics have praised the
album's innovative approach to songcraft and instrumentation, along with its
intrinsically danceable grooves.
The Dallas Morning News's Gromer Jeffers, Jr. called the album, "defiantly
original," and predicted "cuts like 'Nevermore' and 'Green' will send
partygoers to the dance floor."
Detroit News and Free Press critic Martin Bandyke called the Afro Celts'
sound, "...An unusual but seamless blend of Irish and African music joined
to irresistible dance grooves... hypnotizingly beautiful music."
According to Global Rhythm's Marty Lipp, "The group's sprawling songs build
up momentum as they move through an array of soundscapes... Anyone with an
open mind could easily get carried away by the kaleidoscopic tapestry of
For full details of the dates check out 'Tours' on this website.