Preview: Salsa Celtica, Queen Hall

Salsa Celtica. Picture: comp
Salsa Celtica. Picture: comp
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IT might only be March, but already Salsa Celtica are having an incredible 2014.

The release of their new album, The Tall Islands, brings them to the Queen’s Hall on Friday, for an evening of Afro Latin salsa fused with traditional Scottish and Irish music.

“We were looking to go back deeper into the roots of both the salsa and Celtic sides of our music,” says percussionist and trumpeter Toby Shippey, one of the founder members.

The result is quite unlike anything else – weaving together Afro Latin with Scottish-Gaelic sounds as if the two cultures grew up together.

Founded in the Capital in 1995, Salsa Celtica has now toured the world, and now boast fans as far afield as New York.

With new material composed and developed on a back to roots village hall tour of the highlands and islands, The Tall Islands, boasts 17 musicians.

“There are Gaelic tunes on the album because Megan Henderson is a Gaelic-speaking fiddler and singer,” says Shippey. “And we have a tune like Ven Guajira Ven because Ricardo Fernandez Pompa is a Cuban Sonero who likes to sing in B. What’s more, it flies the flag of a great folk melody written by piper Ross Ainsley. The intimacy and ease between cultures is palpable.”

Salsa Celtica, Queen Hall, Clerk St, Friday, 8pm, £15, 0131-668 2019