Catrin Finch & Seckou Kieta bring SOAR, their award-winning album with Themes of migration running throughout, to The Tolbooth, Stirling, for a live performance ahead of Refugee Festival Scotland.  Inspired by the majestic Osprey, the album’s opening track Clarach holds special significance for Stirling.

Multi award-winning duo Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita give Tolbooth audiences the opportunity to experience their remarkable new album SOAR performed in concert on 19th June 2019. Themes of migration – natural, enforced and economic – run throughout SOAR, drawing deep on the sometimes darker history of these two great musical nations.

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. 

Elbow’s Guy Garvey described them as “absolutely hypnotic”

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

Multi award-winning duo Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita give Tolbooth audiences the opportunity to experience their remarkable new album SOAR performed in concert on 19th June 2019. Themes of migration – natural, enforced and economic – run throughout SOAR, drawing deep on the sometimes darker history of these two great musical nations.

The inspiration for Soar, The Osprey was recently reintroduced to the Dyfi Valley in Wales after it’s persecution to near extinction, and now successfully migrates between the British Isles and West Africa. “Clarach” the first track on Soar, is named after one of the first reintroduced chicks who has, for the past few years, and continues to nest in Aberfoyle, proximity so close as to give a special excitement and poignancy to the event here in Stirling.   

On the evening of their performance, Catrin & Seckou will be collecting for RST - the Refugee Survival Trust, a Scottish charity providing practical support to asylum seekers and refugees, especially those who are at risk of destitution.  RST also supports refugees and asylum seekers to access employment and educational opportunities. 

 “We're thrilled to have Catrin & Seckou's support on this tour. The themes of migration woven into their work bring us close together and it's our pleasure to be connected to their music.” Caroline McKoen, Fundraising Development Coordinator, Refugee Survival Trust

Tickets for Soar are available from https://culturestirling.org/events/soar-catrin-finch-seckou-keita/

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Wednesday 19 June 2019 a 1:30 am 3 Hours
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