The Source 2LP
European and African based, globally-connected collective Afro Celt Sound System have been instrumental in fuelling that far-reaching approach; over 20 years, they’ve found kindred spirits across international talent, and forged a reputation for exhilarating shows and an accomplished catalogue of albums, dating back to their 1996 debut, Volume 1: Sound Magic. Now ACSS continue their adventures on ECC Records, with their first studio recording for a decade ‘The Source’.
As its title suggests, The Source summons the original Afro Celt energy and legacy, while simultaneously yielding fresh inspirations. “There was so much scepticism when we started out,” admits Grammy-nominated multi-instrumental founder and producer Simon Emmerson. “We’ve gone from what was a fairly eccentric concept 20 years ago, to something that everyone understands; I think that’s testimony to how resilient the music is.
It is the first album to fully celebrate the African and Asian roots brought to the band by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Along with founder member Simon Emmerson (producer, guitars, cittern) and new core member Griogair (vocals, piping, guitars) – winner of Gaelic Singer of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards