Byron Bay Bluesfest

Afro Celt Sound System


It’s a mash up of world music that needs to be heard to be believed…take traditional Irish music and combine with West African sounds and you get the inimitable band Afro Celt Sound System. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’. It has been described as a “colossus of an album” by fRoots and “daring and triumphant” by The Guardian.

On tour it’s a live music spectacle, every bit as energetic and captivating as the album. They delighted audiences at festivals around Europe this Summer and toured in November 2017 and are ready to bring their exhilarating performances to Bluesfest in 2018.

‘The Source’ is undoubtedly their most ambitious album yet and one will take their cross-cultural collaboration and acclaimed live performances to another level. It is the first album to fully celebrate the African and Asian roots brought to the band by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Along with founder member Simon Emmerson (producer, guitars, cittern) and Griogair (vocals, piping, guitars) – winner of Gaelic Singer of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards – the album and the live show features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians which together fully demonstrates the eclecticism of the band’s music.

The single from the album ‘Honey Bee’ with a brilliant accompanying video features the sultry, soulful delivery of Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly (Real World Records), one of the many contributors to this truly collaborative album. Bluesfest audiences will no doubt vibe with this ground-breaking force in music!


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