What festival organisers say about Celtarabia

Celtarabia have played at Dogs in Space in both their ‘sound system’ and ‘unplugged’ formats a number of times over the years and have gone down a storm every time!
Unplugged, they breathe fresh air into traditional and ancient folk tunes, combining skilled musicianship on instruments rarely heard with strong vocals and a brilliant sense of humour, to produce a set that has the audience dancing right from the word go.
In their sound system format, they go one step further, taking a traditional folk/dance sound as a starting point and skilfully augmenting that with solid trance and dub beats and basslines, bleeps and sequencing to produce a truly unique ‘sound’ that gets even the most dyed in the wool technoheads up and dancing to what is essentially, dance music from a forgotten time!
‘Electro folk’, ‘medieval techno’, call them what you like but these skilled exponents of ancient instruments and music are genuinely a pleasure to work with and to behold.

Michael Dog
Programmer of Dogs in Space,

Solfest, Cumbria

Celtarabia Unplugged – The magical combination of  hurdy gurdy and  hammered  dulcimer brought together by two inspired musicians Quentin & Amanda creates a spell-binding aural feast that provides the missing link between medieval  and contemporary cutting edge dance music. Great audience rapport coupled with fine musicianship and music that has wide genre-crossing appeal gives this duo an appeal that will ensure they go from strength to strength as they build on the firm foundations they established many years back with the excellent full band Celtarabia.

Jim McLaughlin
Artistic Director,
Musicport

Solfest

Solfest was amazing , The Club Dog tent a joy and the vibe amazing – We had really lovely gigs one for the sound system and one as the unplugged duo. A top time met loads of old friend and made some new ones special mentions to Michael S, Len, DJ Axis all the the VJs in the tent Dom the sound man and the irrepressible Taffy Thomas. Here is the photo I took of Mandi and I playing the Celtarabia unplugged set the photo was taken by me, from the stage – with crowd in the background waving before the final encore, we had a top time at Solfest with brilliant audiences and an amazing response. Many thanks to everyone who came and said hello after the show and around the site.

Celtarabia and the crowd waving

Solfest

Solfest 2011 brings the 8th installment of the nation’s local festival. Founded in 2003 by a group of volunteers dedicated to festivals and to Cumbria; Solfest has returned each year and grown to include 5 great stages, showcasing local as well as national talent.

An amazing festival we are playing in ‘The Dogs In Space’ tent. Appearance timings:
CELTARABIA SOUNDSYSTEM Friday night/Saturday morning, (early hours of Saturday August 27th) 2am-3.30am.
CELTARABIA UNPLUGGED
Saturday August 27th, 6.30pm-8pm.