Folk & World

Transatlantic Sessions

After seven sell-out appearances at Southbank Centre, Transatlantic Sessions returns for an eighth year.

Originating as part of the award-winning Pelicula/BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions continues to revisit shared roots and forge new common ground between today's finest Celtic and Americana musicians.

The project’s founding musical directors Dobro maestro, Jerry Douglas, and Shetland fiddler legend, Aly Bain, lead a stellar backing line-up that includes John Doyle, Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick, Russ Barenberg, John McCusker, Donald Shaw and James Mackintosh.

Guest musicians include:

John Paul White – formerly of multiple Grammy-winners The Civil Wars – whose new solo album, Beulah, stirs together a deliciously brooding blend of mournful folk balladry, swampy southern rock and dark acoustic pop.

Tift Merritt,Texan-born and a fellow Grammy honoree – was raised in the rich Americana heartland of North Carolina, the bedrock for a wide-ranging country/soul sound that’s been variously likened to Dusty Springfield and Lucinda Williams.

Dirk Powell, multi-instrumentalist and singer, is a welcome return visitor to ‘the ultimate backporch session’, one whose artistry encompasses virtually the entire US roots music spectrum.

Jim Lauderdale has also covered plenty of bases in his three-decade career, including bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, but his 2016 album, This Changes Everything, marks a return to classic country, playing tribute to Texas’s legendary dancehall scene.

Eddi Reader of Scotland joins in the song-sharing with a voice that’s been described as 'nothing short of miraculous' (Spiral Earth); a revelatory instrument whether reinterpreting Burns and other folk material, or in the self-penned songs on her most recent release, 2014’s Vagabond.

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