Afro Celt Sound System

 Friday 20th October, 7pm 


The Ritz


With - The Nightjar

Sound of the Sirens

 An energetic and captivating live music spectacle, innovatively combining folk traditions of different cultures to breathtaking effect. 


Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. 


They celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a stunning new album, The Source. Described by fRoots as “a colossus of an album”, it has taken their cross-cultural collaboration and acclaimed live performances to another level. 


The exhilarating live show celebrates the African and Asian roots brought to the band by long-term members N’Faly Kouyaté (vocals, kora and balafon) and Johnny Kalsi (Dhol drummer), alongside founder member Simon Emmerson (producer, guitars, cittern) and new core member Griogair (vocals, piping, guitars) – winner of Gaelic Singer of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards. 



The show will feature contributions from a host of outstanding musicians which together fully demonstrate the eclecticism of the band’s music.

In concert with

‘THE SOURCE’ album reviews – 

4* Observer | 4* Independent | 4* Daily Mirror | 4* Financial Times | 5* fRoots | 5* Songlines 


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