With one foot in tradition and the other firmly in musical invention, The Celtic Social Club release a special edition of their 2019 album, From Babylon To Avalon, in the UK. Produced, recorded and mixed between France and the USA, their third album affirms the personal path between tradition, energy and songwriting.
The Celtic Social Club as their name suggest are a Celtic band. Not just a Celtic band but a Celtic Celtic band. Celtic music has always been popular outside of the Celtic nations, and not just among the Celtic diaspora, but it is heartening to find that the music is alive and flourishing where it was birthed. The Celtic Social Club hail from the small town of Carhaix in western Brittany between the Arrée Mountains to the north and the Black Mountains to the south. Breton culture and language flourishes in this version of Ireland’s ‘gaeltacht’ with over 20% of the areas children attending bilingual schools helping to ensure that the Breizh language not only survives but grows.
The band first surfaced in 2014 in front of a 50,000 + crowd at the French festival Les Vieilles Charrues in July and followed this up with their self-titled debut album the same year. Since then they have graced stages across the world from Europe to north America, Asia and Africa. They went on to put out a live album in 2015 and another studio album, A New Kind of Freedom, in 2017 but from the start this bunch of seven diverse musicians took traditional Celtic tunes and used that diversity to add elements of Rock, Folk, Blues, Reggae and even Hip-Hop to the mix making something contemporary and yet still traditional at the same time. From Babylon To Avalon was first released in May 2019 at home in Brittany and France but with their appearances over the last couple of years at some major British music festivals and a growing fan base here the band have decided to re-release the album complete with new artwork and added tracks. The UK version was released last month on Kitchen Disco Records and was produced, recorded and mixed at home and the United States, by drummer Manu Masko and respected NY producer, Ariel Borujow. The album will also be available on vinyl for the first time ever. The music of the Celtic Social Club knows no boundaries, taking genres from all over the world and making them their own as they continue their musical journey.
The Celtic Social Club boosts several amazing musicians and we couldn’t do them justice without a little piece on each of these tremendously talented musicians.
(A live concert filmed at Les Vieilles Charrues festival in July 2014)