PRESS + AWARDS
Catrin and Seckou win Best Group/Duo
in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019
SOAR wins 'Best Fusion' Album
in the Songlines Music Awards 2019
SOAR - Winner, fRoots Critics Poll
Album of the Year 2018
SOAR - Top Of The World album May 2018
Clychau Dibon - Critics Poll Album of the Year 2013
SOAR: Songlines Top Ten World
Music Albums 2018
MOJO's Top Ten World Music Albums 2018
SOAR - Welsh Music Award Nominee 2018
SOAR - fRoots Playlist 2018
BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS
MOJO's Top Ten World Music Albums 2014
Winners of Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration 2014
Nominated for Best Duo and Best Traditional Track for ‘Les Bras de Mer’
One of Robin Denselow's Top Five
World Music album's of 2013
PRESS ON CATRIN AND SECKOU
‘they have created some of the finest, most gently elegant and thrilling fusion music on the planet’
5* ROBIN DENSELOW, SONGLINES, on ECHO
4* DAVID HONIGMANN, FINANCIAL TIMES on ECHO
'....an exquisite album'
5* ROBIN DENSELOW, SONGLINES, on SOAR
'They are now one of the most popular world music acts of this decade.'
TIM CUMMING, SONGLINES
MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2
'SOAR is a heartbreakingly beautiful duet by virtuoso players based in nations a continent apart on instruments that look completely different yet sound uncannily similar'
'...their playing takes to the air and scales the thermals of mutual improvisation and melodic invention'
TIM CUMMING, SONGLINES
'Throughout the Welsh nation and the Republic of Senegal, Catrin and Seckou broadcast a strong and vibrant message of unity and brother-and-sisterly love, coupled with proud and defiant independence, through SOAR.
This is a stunning, inspiring album'
'Like the migratory habits of birds, it seems magical, and for many listeners, that’s exactly what it is.'
TIM CUMMING, Songlines
‘…timeless, calibrated perfection’
8/10 NIGEL WILLAMSON, UNCUT MAGAZINE, on ECHO
'musical empathy on a delicate and often exquisite set'
'Hypnotic and ethereal,
SOAR is a unique marriage of cultures'
'the intricate textures of these two harps — and occasionally Seckou’s vocals — meld and flow'
'This ingenious duo have let fly with their second set and released a remarkable album of such texture and prowess that at points its scope, concentrated into the workings of two masters of their instruments, takes the breath away. The pacing, structure, packaging and context, including inspired liner notes from Andy Morgan, is all impeccable and it all combines to result in a truly inspired, beautifully conceived project.'
'Manding sway and shining harp arpeggios'
'the communication has reached a point of seamlessness. It’s hard to tell where the harp ends and the kora begins...one flowing musical conversation'