Returning to Summerhall for the first time since their acclaimed 2016 Made in Scotland Fringe show, Songs of the Roma is a new Romani musical journey full of spiritual intensity, catharsis and joy by one of the UK’s most expansive musical figures, Simon Thacker (classical guitar), with the much admired Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska and leading Roma exponent, Lublin based singer/violinist Masha Natanson.
Building on one of the world’s great song traditions as well as his own pioneering experiences across the world, Thacker draws on and extends European, Indian and Balkan folk forms, and of course flamenco in a vivid re-imagining of powerful songs in Romani, Romanian, Serbian and Russian and wonderfully inventive new instrumental music. Supported by Creative Scotland.
A Hawk and A Hacksaw return with new record ‘Forest Bathing’ this year, inspired by the Japanese medical term Shinrin-Yoku (translating as ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ and the Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
Having recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, Edinburgh’s Broken Records return in 2018 with the release of their fourth studio album entitled ‘What We Might Know’, released 30th March.