Celtic Connections Special Burns and the Commonwealth Concert
An eclectic line-up to celebrate the national bard’s birthday. South African vocal trio The Mahotella Queens, Split Enz founder and ex-Crowded House resident Tim Finn with his take on contemporary New Zealand folk. Greek-Cypriot Alkinoos Ioannidis, who is much loved in his homeland as an eloquent cultural and political commentator, perform with Scotland’s own Karine Polwart. Rising international star of India’s blossoming alternative music scene Raghu Dixit combine classically inspired lyrics with folk, blues, rock, Sufi, funk, reggae, bhangra and Latin sounds while home-grown trailblazers Salsa Celtica serve up their own unique cross-cultural fusion. Also featuring the outstanding Scottish voices of Karen Matheson and Rachel Sermanni. Australian guitarist Jeff Lang and Scottish legend Dougie MacLean alongside other very special guests from home and abroad, a party that Rabbie himself would have relished.
La Maroma is the name of a circus that's been around for more than a century. Performers travel from village to village. The travelling circus doesn't include animals or a big top, but has a clown who also serves as a trapeze artist, a comic and a wandering poet. The clown is accompanied by a string band and that's where Pasatono Orquesta comes in.
Pasatono Orquesta reinvent the sounds of an indigenous, village band. They include strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion.
Half of the songs on the band's album include new arragements of this traditional music; the other half are new pieces composed by the band's artistic director Ruben Luengas. Pasatono Orquesta is made up of nine musicians. Think of them as 21st century Oaxacans, who move comforatably between the ancient and modern.
Maroma includes references to Dixieland jazz, melodic lines from Hungary via gypsy caravans as well as Polkas and pasodobles.
Hi Gordon that's a nice track, here is Wikipedia's take on World Music....... "Succinctly, it can be described as "local music from out there", or "someone else's local music". "It is a very nebulous term with an increasing number of genres that fall under the umbrella of world music to capture musical trends of combined ethnic style and texture, including Western elements."...............
"someone else's local music"................ that just about sums it up for me and is the basis of this thread. If you trawl through the posts you will come upon items which are local to both you and I i.e. Scotland, however they will not be local to the rest of the world. On reflection I'd probably not have used your Natalie Merchant "Motherland" track within this thread, it's a lovely rendition of a good song one I'd be happy to add to my audio library. Let it live here I'm sure others will appreciate it also.