Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 17 July 2022

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Seckou Keita opens Folk by the Oak 2018

Back in 2013, when Catrin and Seckou first came together with the resulting rapturous debut release Clychau Dibon, we quite simply fell in love with this sublime pairing of Welsh harpist Catrin and Senegalese kora player Seckou. We were thrilled when they agreed to join us on stage at Folk by the Oak 2014, and their performance was hailed by our audience as completely mesmerising.

The critically acclaimed and multi award-winning duo have continued to grow their reputation for delivering stunning live performances of world-class musicianship, and we were among many who were delighted that they are releasing a long awaited second album, SOAR, in April 2018.

The album takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence. The osprey makes an annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, making it the perfect muse for this acclaimed duo and resulting in an album of remarkable, entrancing, intricate and enthralling music that we wanted to share at Folk by the Oak that summer.

Sadly Catrin was unable to join us due to health issues, but Seckou gave a simply magical solo performance, once again holding our audience in a state of rapture as he opened the main stage at Folk by the Oak 2018.

intricate, ethereal and entrancing, an elaborate pas-de-deux... remarkable ****

- Uncut Magazine -

a sublime duo of two artists who are masters of their instruments...musicality and architecture at work

- London Evening Standard -

the interaction is remarkable ...an elegant, gently exquisite set ★★★★

- Robin Denselow: The Guardian -

Using every trick in the rock manual to dynamic effect...magical ****

- MOJO -

heavenly music.. that soars, intricately realised, pretty wonderful ****

- Songlines -

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita - Ceffylau