folk & world

Transatlantic Sessions

After 8 sell-out appearances at Southbank Centre, Transatlantic Sessions returns to revisit shared roots and forge new common ground between today’s finest Celtic and Americana musicians.

Originating as part of the award-winning Pelicula/BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions returns for a ninth year, fresh from the success of their sold-out US tour. The project’s founding musical directors, iconic Shetland fiddle maestro Aly Bain, and 14-time Grammy-winning dobro master Jerry Douglas, lead a house band that includes Phil Cunningham, John Doyle, Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick, Russ Barenberg, John McCusker, Donald Shaw and James Mackintosh.

The show brings together the best of Nashville, Ireland and Scotland in a format that ‘affords these musicians the opportunity to play together for the love of the music they are playing.’

Guest musicians include:

- Suzy Bogguss: the longtime country queen recently celebrated 25 years since her platinum-selling breakthrough album Aces, re-recording it as Aces Redux.

- The Secret Sisters: this Muscle Shoals duo, aka Lydia and Laura Rogers, triumphantly overcame record label tribulations with 2017’s Brandi Carlisle-produced You Don't Own Me Anymore, showcasing their sublime, alchemical harmonies amid strains of Southern gospel, bluegrass and swing.

- Shawn Camp: the Arkansas-born multi-instrumentalist and producer is revered for his work with Loretta Lynn, John Prine and Guy Clark. He also features with Douglas in the Flatt & Scruggs-inspired supergroup Earls of Leicester.

- Daoirí Farrell: this multi-award-winning Dubliner has been hailed by Dónal Lunny as 'one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade'

- Julie Fowlis: a Uist native whose stunning new album, alterum, sees the groundbreaking Gaelic singer forging her own transatlantic connections, with its guests including Mary Chapin Carpenter.

A sterling, invigorating and immensely satisfying night of music.... It doesn't get much better than this.
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Royal Festival Hall


£24.50 - £32
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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