“In the autumn of 1996 World Music band Celtarabia played a sell-out gig at Slaithwaite Civic Hall in West Yorkshire with support from Psychedelic DJ Simon Scott of Tandoori Space Records in Leeds and were joined on stage by Bryn Jones who joined them in their set playing a Darbuka with his painted red hands signifying his support for the Palestinian people. Reggae Producer John Bolloten (The Rootsman) was also there and a great time was had by all on stage and afterwards. At the end of the gig Quentin Budworth gave Bryn Jones and John Bolloten a copy of the band’s first CD ‘The Lost Music of Celtarabia’ with some very interesting results a series of collaborations leading to the recording of The Rootsman Meets Celtarabia ‘Union of Souls’ album with John and the arrival of a mysterious DAT tape in a plain brown envelope sent directly to John Bolloten at the Third Eye Studio of Celtarabia tracks remixed by Bryn Jones directly from the album – extremely gritty and fierce the recordings are direct from Bryn’s Studio and strangely beautiful. Reflecting the bitter reality of life in Palestine far removed from the dreamy orientalism of the original Celtarabia Tracks. The tracks are all remixes of “The Lost Music of Celtarabia” tracks.” Quentin Budworth
The word Beulah (pronounced BYOO-lah) is of Hebrew origin and means ‘to join’. In William Blake’s mythology it is ‘the realm of the subconscious, the source of poetic inspiration and of dreams.’
Beulah Gatherings are drug and alcohol free seasonal celebrations, bringinglike-minded people together. Celebrating without drugs and alcohol allows more authentic connections to be made between people, which helps create good vibes. Partying in a conscious way is about getting out of your head in a different way. It’s about moving in to the full vividness and beauty of now.
BEULAH FESTIVAL is a family friendly celebration with a deep-rooted sense of community. We are in our third year and would love to welcome you to the beautiful Lime Tree Farm near Ripon.
Celtarabia played a storming headline gig at Hull Folk Festival Mark Pollard organiser of The Hull Folk Festival described the performance in this way:
“After a full day of music and a fair bit of drinking, the crowd was starting to get itchy feet. The first signs were a bit of shuffling and swaying, which became more animated whenever an act performed an upbeat number, and ended up with people jigging and reeling at the front of the stage. By the time the final act was ready to play they really needed something more, though; something that would allow them to absolutely lose themselves in sound and rhythm. Thankfully, that final act were Celtarabia; right from the off the crowd became a seething mass of whirling dervishes, immersed in 45 minutes of hypnotic world and roots fusion. There really was no finer way to end the day!”
A lovely film about this week’s Hull Folk Festival with somegreat footage of Celtarabia playing and the crowd dancing on this film made by Mark Richardson for The Hull Folk and Maritime Festival – we had an amazing time playing there and get a mention mention towards the end of the film.
Well next sunday at about 10pm we will be headlining at Beverley Folk Festival -it should be a great gig and it would be great to see you there – bring your dancing shoes and expect to dance. I think we are in the big top tent!
Celtarabia have a headline spot at the wonderful Cornucopia Festival this coming saturday night – bring your dancing shoes.
Purveyors of the finest global dance music we will be playing for people to party and dance like mad things – Hurdy Gurdy, Hammer Dulcimer and the hottest rhythm section ……..oops forgot to mention dijeridu, kaoscillator soaring vocals, medieval, arabo-andalucian and eastern european tunes – there may be some surprise guests too!
They are playing our tune …….. Hello Celtarabia – Good news! One of the tracks you uploaded to us has been broadcast on BBC Radio! We played your track, Oro, on BBC Introducing on Radio Humberside 09/12/12. If you missed it, you can listen again on BBC iPlayer via this link (up to seven days after broadcast): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01164k6
Here are some videos from the Harewood House performance taken on June 30th 2012 we had a fantastic time playing for the Reenactors though the weather had been shocking all day – lots of cold wet people – needless to say we would love to do this kind of event again – the magic happened – the crew on the night were fantastic a big thank-you to Chris and Tim at CTAV for their sterling work.
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