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Manchester Folk Festival presents: Afro Celt Sound System

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.

Support From:

The Nightjar  
With ethereal close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal, The Nightjar weave an atmospheric sound.  A vibrant collective of multi-disciplinary artists, the band play  “lo-fi post-folk songs for the end of time”. Their sound is dream-like and hauntingly beautiful.

This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – a celebration of English folk in all its forms, from indie to traditional, familiar names alongside exciting new voices. From 19-22 October in and around HOME, the whole festival takes place in one area of Manchester over one weekend. The Festival presents an incredible music line-up, as well as craft workshops, film, a proper pub singaround, artists in conversation and a relaxed Festival Hub where you can watch the world go by. Friendly, inclusive and full of opportunities for discovery, it will have the spirit of a festival in a field, in the heart of the city.