world music. celtic trad fuses with afro drum rhythm, dance, salsa. when these Dubliners play everyone belongs to their tribe. miss them live at your peril, wear your dancin shoes.
Gavin James was born in Ealing, London and now lives mostly in South Switzerland, on a Greek island or in Wales. He started learning classical guitar at the age of eleven, and used this as a basis to explore other styles of music such as folk und blues and popular songs of the day. Gavin started hitch-hiking around Europe at the age of seventeen, supporting himself by playing in bars and busking. In the ten years of his travels he gained musical and life experiences which inspired him to write songs about his life on the road.
Foster and Allen are a musical duo from Ireland consisting of Mick Foster and Tony Allen. Foster & Allen began back in the seventies when Mick and Tony were playing in Country Music bands around Ireland. In 1975 they formed a small group and went over to the UK to work the Irish music venues on a short tour. Mick & Tony had at this stage the idea of working together as a duo, playing ‘easy listening’ music with a touch of traditional Irish instrumentals. When their UK tour finished they decided to let the band return to Ireland whilst they stayed behind to try and break into the public eye.
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Crazy Folk are a musically diverse 5 piece band from the North West, gate-crashing the folk scene with a lively blend of traditional Irish, drinking songs, 3 part harmony and instrumentals. All the members are professional musicians active in many genres of the music industry performing in Classical orchestras to Jazz and World music groups. They all share a passion for Folk and Celtic music and formed the Crazy Folk band in 2009 as an outlet for the music.
Joglaresa is a London-based early-music ensemble, formed in 1990. Aside from its English leader, Belinda Sykes, its members are British, Israeli, Irish, and Arabic, and all these cultural strands are to be found in their music, together with many others. Rather than playing early music in a standard sense, or "fusions" with modern traditions, they attempt to create an homogenous sound that marries all their influences.