Members of The Imagined Village on stage
The Imagined Village

The Imagined Village

Monday 21 May 2012

Town Hall

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A joyous celebration of English and global culture. The Times

A whole evening of music opening with performances from some of the star Villagers including Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Jackie Oates and Barney Morse Brown.

One of the UK’s most exciting bands, The Imagined Village’s powerful music is inspired by Britain’s diverse cultural heritage. The ten members of The Imagined Village also play in other bands including Chase & Status, Afro Celts Sound System, Cornershop, Transglobal Underground, The Bays, Dhol Foundation and Red Snapper.

They return to Town Hall to mark the release of a new album, Bending the Dark, about group survival. Simon Emmerson describes the album: “As a band we feel we’ve come through tough times but just through dogged perseverance and the simple joy of playing together we’ve achieved what we set out to do when we came off the Empire and Love Tour January 2010: make a recording that reflects both the fun and energy we generate as a live unit, plus our respective skills, eccentricities and unique identities as song writers, arrangers and musicians. We’ve never felt more united as a band and we hope this comes across on the album.”

…recalls the classic Incredible String Band ethnic-crossover experiments. The Independent

Imagined Village’s success lies in taking traditional material and making it sound relevant and contemporary – which is what folk music should be. Evening Standard

The Imagined Village are:
Eliza Carthy fiddle, vocals
Martin Carthy guitar, vocals
Simon Emmerson guitars, cittern
Ali Friend bass, vocals
Andy Gangadeen drums
Johnny Kalsi dhol, tabla, percussion
Barney Morse Brown cello, vocals
Sheema Mukherjee sitar, vocals
Jackie Oates fiddle, vocals
Simon Richmond keyboards, electronics, vocals

20% discount for full and part-time students.

Town Hall

  • Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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