Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
LONDON Union Chapel
This sublime, critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians - Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora maestro Seckou Keita - delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship. Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for extraordinary performances, winning Best Group at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
'An emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together'
Their triumphant second album Soar earnt them the prestigious fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year 2018, and charted inspirational common ground between two traditions.
'You could listen to this 1,000 times and still find something new'
In September 2019, Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita travelled to Prince Edward Island on the maritime east coast of Canada to meet and collaborate with Vishtèn, a powerhouse multi-instrumental trio and flagbearers for their unique Acadian musical tradition throughout the world.
This show features sets by both artists plus a very special set featuring new material by Catrin, Seckou and Vishtèn together.
Vishtèn features twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc, from Prince Edward Island, and Pascal Miousse – a direct descendant of the first colonial families to inhabit Quebec’s remote Magdalene Islands. Tight harmonies, layered foot percussion and a compelling trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, whistles, piano, bodhrán and jaw harp create an expansive sound that triumphantly defies the parameters of this trio whose artistry looks forward as much as it looks back.
'A jaw-dropping set from an outstanding band'