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Catrin Finch is a remarkable musician - one of the world’s leading harp players, her career has featured solo performances with the world’s top orchestras and collaborations with leading world music artists, including Toumani Diabate and most successfully, Seckou Keita the kora player with whom she forms “one of the most popular world music acts of this decade” (Songlines Magazine).

 

In 2000 she had the honour of reviving the ancient tradition of Royal Harpist to H.R.H, the Prince of Wales, a position she held until 2004, and which was last held during Queen Victoria’s reign.

 

Back in 2007, showing her versatility in different musical genres, Catrin embarked on an exhilarating tour of Wales with Colombian band Cimarrón, which they repeated in 2009 and 2010. Ten years later, Catrin and Cimarrón are touring the UK again, and there’s a rare chance to witness this thrilling global collaboration at The Apex on Tuesday 4 February.

 

Grammy-nominated, Cimarrón play joropo - the music of the cattle-rearing descendants of Spaniards, African slaves and indigenous people from the plains of the Orinoco river. Their wild, untamed music preserves the spirit of freedom found in one of the world’s most untouched regions.

 

“Their female dancer, in a gorgeous dress from some 19th century ballroom, swirls in a deadly-looking courting ritual round a stamping male, and a sensual past breathes again.” The Independent on Cimarron at WOMAD 2009.

 

Sadly, Cimarrón director and harpist Carlos Cuco Rojas passed away on 10 January, however the band have announced that they will continue the legacy of their maestro. “We planned to cancel our next concerts, but we believe that the idea of performing on UK stages is the best tribute we can pay to Carlos. His dream was to tour again with Catrin Finch” said singer Ana Veydó.

 

Cimarrón’s instruments include four-stringed cuatro, maracas, Peruvian-flamenco cajón, Brazilian surdo, Afro-Colombian tambora, percussive stomp dance and tribal indigenous whistles never seen out of Latin America before.

 

Their most recent album, ‘Orinoco’ was nominated for Best Folk Album in the Latin Grammys and was awarded Top of the World Album in Songlines magazine.

 

“Orinoco is good both for listeners craving foundational folk music and those who yearn for the fresh and contemporary. It also serves as a phenomenal sales pitch for seeing Cimarrón live as soon as possible… Even unplugged, this group is electrifying.” Popmatters

 

Catrin Finch and Cimarron are at The Apex on Tuesday 4 February at 7.30pm. Ring 01284 758000 or see www.theapex.co.uk for more information or to book.

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