Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita @ St Mary's Space, Fasnacloich


Multi award-winning duo Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita give Fasnacloich audiences the opportunity to experience their remarkable new album SOAR performed in the intimate enviroment of St Mary's Space.

Their performances of the album in spring 2018 garnered 5* reviews from both the Guardian and The London Evening Standard and prompted Songlines Magazineís Tim Cumming to describe them as "the most popular world music act of the decade". 

SOAR takes wing on the flight of the osprey, the magnificent raptor persecuted to extinction in Wales during the 17th century, which has recently returned home after a 400-year absence. The osprey makes its annual 3000-mile migration from the estuaries of West Wales, where Catrin grew up, to Seckou's homeland in Senegal, West Africa - an amazing natural connection which hit a resonance with the two artists. Themes of migration - natural, enforced and economic - run throughout SOAR, drawing deep on the sometimes darker history of these two great musical nations. "Like the iconic raptor, it swoops and soars to capture the bird's very essence," says Dave Haslam, in his 5* review for RnR Magazine, "SOAR is as near to perfection as it is possible".

The album has received a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize, and has for the second time been shortlisted for the prestigious fRoots Critics Poll Album of The Year 2018, having previously received the award for their debut album Clychau Dibon in 2013. 

Their music has been described by Elbow's Guy Garvey as "absolutely hypnotic", whilst revered British actor Toby Jones (Atomic Blonde, The Detectorists, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) says of Catrin and Seckou "incredible - you're witnessing a state of rapture, it's entrancing". This is music with a huge emotional resonance and a remarkable synergy, a seemingly unlikely marriage between the cultures and of Wales and Senegal which has resulted in the most serendipitous of unions. Welsh traditional melodies mix effortlessly with Mandinka staples, with hypnotic improvisations from both in an exhilarating and playful set which leaps over cultural barriers, roaming freely in borderless musical territory.

Beyond beautiful in concert Catrin and Seckou create a uniquely spellbinding and mesmerising experience that has been filling concert halls across the UK, Europe and beyond.  

A Q & A session will follow this intimate concert in the very beautiful setting of St Mary's Space.

You could listen to this 1,000 times and still find something new
David Hutcheon, MOJO
an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together
Robin Denselow, The Guardian
It’s rare that you hear something so beautifully conceived and performed
Simon Broughton, London Evening Standard
... SOAR is about as near to perfection as is possible
They are now one of the most popular world music acts of this decade