The Old Fire Station, Carlisle on Saturday 30th November
Monster Ceilidh Band will return to Cumbria in November to present their ‘Electrofolk’ spectacular with the award winning talents of Accordionist Amy Thatcher and talented young Teeside Violinist Grace Smith.
Their powerful and uncompromising approach has brought them to the attention of many of the major UK Festivals; from Cambridge to Bestival, along with Tanz und Folkfest, Germany and Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic and soon to audiences across the world ! The band’s experimentation with electronic beats, ‘simply stunning’ (Songlines), has its roots in the traditional but produces something innovative, contemporary and dynamic.
In recent years Monster Ceilidh Band band have performed in the region at Kendal Calling & Glasonby Festivals, Kirkgate Arts Centre Cockermouth, along with a Highlights Rural Touring scheme supported mini-tour in October this year. They’ve also played across the border at festivals which include; Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, Audio Soup & Midsummer Music at Gatehouse of Fleet.
The ‘Monsters’ have been guided by bands like Shooglenifty, Martyn Bennet, and the Peatbog Faeries, continuing in the electronic-fusion genre with their self styled ElectroFolk.
D’n’B producer the Touch works together with electronic experimentalist and bassist David de la Haye to augment the compositions of Amy, Grace and Octave Mandolin player, Kieran Szifris. The result is a crucible for smelting riffs, massive chord progressions, intense electronics, folk tunes and a wide variety of styles from simply some of the UK’s finest folk musicians.
This is not a ceilidh, it’s electrofolkmaggeddon!
Saturday 30th November
Old Fire Station, Carlisle