Photo: Andy Morgan
We're currently sending some Blue Harps for Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita. Their duo of Blue Harp and kora is a world music hit, winning widespread critical praise, and performing everywhere from Womad to Sfinks. We were thrilled to be able to hear them ourselves at the Dutch Harp Festival. For the French speakers among you, here's a TV report on their recent Paris début:
Their set, an uncannily organic fusion of Welsh and West African music, is also available as the CD Clychau Dibon (Astar). The album is the fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year (2013), and Catrin and Seckou have also won the Songlines Magazine Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration Award 2014. Songlines also named Clychau Dibon one of their best ten world music albums of 2013 - in short, the project has been a runaway success.
I've got a FREE COPY of this beautiful album to the first lucky Harpblog reader to write in with their postal address!
Clychau Dibon was also runner-up in fRoots Best Packaged CD 2013. The album comes with an extensive booklet, and there is also actually a separate book about the project, by Andy Morgan. This book, Andy writes, "arose out of my frustrations with the limitations of short-form journalism". It's a lovingly-crafted piece of storytelling about a project with a fascinating story to tell. I haven't got a free book to give out, but you can order them from Astar.
Find out more on Catrin and Seckou's duo site.