Recently I have been listening to “Empire and Love”by the Imagined Village”. It is a folk music project founded by Simon Emmerson of the Afro Celt Sound System, which is intended to produce modern folk music that represents modern multiculturalism in the United Kingdom. It features musicians from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and The name of the project comes from the 1993 book “The Imagined Village” by Georgina Boyes.
The brainchild of Afro Celt Sound System veteran Simon Emmerson, “The Imagined Village” has some very famous musicians such as folk musicians Martin and Eliza Carthy, who are joined by people like Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Johnny Kalsi and a host of other well known contributors from across the British musical spectrum.
This has created a wonderful mixture of contrasting styles such as mixing Traditional Folk with touches of Bhangra, and Middle Eastern Music mixed with 60’s psychadelic inspired tunes.
The Imagined Village are also playing at this years Shrewsbury Folk Festival at the end of August, which should be awesome.
* My Son John
* Sweet Jane
* Space Girl
* Byker Hill
* Scarborough Fair
* The Hand Weaver and the Factory Girl
* The Lark in the Morning
* Rose Buds in June/ Mrs Preston
* Cum on feel the Noize
* Scarborough Fair (Reprise)