We are excited to announce that the Monster Ceilidh Band will be performing three shows at Fort Con! If you’ve never heard them before then check out the video below.
Monster Ceilidh Band are on a crusade to bring a powerfully modern and un-patronising approach to ceilidh fusion music. Their experimentation with electronic beats, “simply stunning” (Songlines), has its roots in the traditional but has produced something innovative, contemporary and dynamic. They combine, explosive and fiery folk with, funky riffs, glitchy Drum ‘n’ Bass beats and live drums. Monster Ceilidh Band’s music embraces the old dance traditions, while translating them into blood-quickening crescendos for a twenty-first century nightclub audience.
2011 saw the release of their first studio album ‘Mechanical Monster’. Its new electronic approach transformed their reputation from a stalwart and steady ceilidh outfit into that of a ground-breaking new act on the UK music scene.
In 2012 they set themselves on a mission; to inject traditional music of the British Isles with the UK’s other great musical export, Drum ‘n’ Bass. They are currently the only live Drum ‘n’ Bass, folk act on the festival circuit.
Since their debut studio album, Drum ‘n’ Bass producer, The Touch, has joined the band on a permanent basis adding live drums to the show. This expands on the electronic beats and brings the music alive. This new line-up has led to a slew of hugely successful festival appearances. Highlights included; Bestival, Beat Herder, Knockengorroch, Glade and Kendal Calling along with traditional folk festivals; Cambridge, Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and National Forest. This experience has honed their live performance into something that R2 described as an “unbeatable live experience”.
2014 excitingly saw their 2nd studio album ‘Charge’ released independently on the band’s own label. It was the first album to feature the full quintet with live percussion. They played many more festivals to promote this including a packed and stunning appearance at the much respected TFF (Tanz und Folkfest) in Rudolstadt, Germany.
The ‘Monsters’ will release their new album ‘Mutations’ on Halloween 2016. It will feature 2 fiddle players; Grace Smith (Spree, The Rachel Hamer Band, The Lindie Quartet) and Shona Mooney (The Shee) and the band will be playing many more summer festivals and a UK tour in October/November to promote this.
Fort Con on 22nd October will be a unique experience for the band and a first for a comic con style event and Fort Con will now feature as one of the dates on the UK tour.
“…if we could say anything about this band it would be: any chance you get, go and see them!” – RoomThirteen.com