Seamus Egan was born in Hatboro, Philadelphia in 1969. His parents returned to Foxford, Co. Mayo five years later and it was here that Seamus - on hearing Matt Molloy - became interested in traditional music. Martin Donoghue from Ballindine was his teacher during those formative years. On returning to America he was fortunate to meet Mick Moloney, the folklorist and banjo player. Mick acted as a mentor, guiding Seamus in both style and repertoire.
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Roshi is a welsh born singer of Iranian descent. She sings individual interpretations of Iranian folk as well as her own evocative songs. They are encapsulated in sparse electronic and cello arrangements produced by Gagarin. Her debut EP And Stars was experimental ep of the month in Mixmag, has been well reviewed in the Wire and elsewhere and she has performed live on Radio Three.
Capercaillie is a Scottish folk band founded in the 1980s by Donald Shaw and fronted by Karen Matheson. They recorded their first album, Cascade, in 1984. Their 1992 EP Coisich A Ruin was the first ever Scottish Gaelic language record to reach the UK Top 40 singles chart. They have also pioneered the integration of bits of other music, including some electronics and African rhythms, into their music, though it is still primarily scottish folk music.
Mèkurya began his musical studies on traditional Ethiopian instruments such as the krar and the messengo, and later moved on to the saxophone and the clarinet. Upon reaching adolescence, he began his career in 1949 as a part of the Municipality Band in Addis Ababa. In 1965 he joined the famous Police Orchestra. He was also one of the first musicians to play an instrumental version of the Ethiopian war chant "Shellela.
Chartwell Shorayi Dutiro started playing mbira when he was four at the protected village, Kagande, about two hours drive from Harare where his family was moved by the Salvation Army missionaries during the Chimurenga. Even though the missionaries had banned traditional music, he learned to play from his brother and other village elders. His mother also encouraged him through her singing of traditional songs.
There are 2 entries for Harem: 1. Harem are a well known Turkish percussion group.
And also a band born in 1998 in Castel Bolognese (Ravenna - Italy), and finally gain the actual line-up in 2002. We've had a lot of local and national contests, with some good results. We've also make an exhibition at the Heineken Jammin' Festival in 2003. We've constantly played our music and covers in pubs, venues and events... everywhere in last years.
The Band consists of (so far) two Strange People, known as Alieneye and Margo, both obsessed with their professional activities and trying to speak their souls in the music they play.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Prem Joshua is a pioneer in the field of World Music, exploring and creating a new synthesis in sound which takes us beyond the borders of both East and West.
Haunting melodies on the sitar, bamboo flute and soprano sax soar over driving tabla rhythms - ancient Sanskrit and Sufi poems are re-awakened by captivating songs and chants. And while drawing inspiration from these deep wells of the musical traditions of the East, Joshua has never lost touch with the pulse of contemporary Western music.