Folkworks: Electrofolkmageddon 4: Monster Ceilidh Band, Elephant Sessions, Barrule and more

Gateshead Old Town Hall

Folk Fusion – Ceilidh madness – Manx folk tinged with heady electronica – hybrid funk-folk

Get set for Newcastle’s only experimental electrofolk dance night and launch of ‘Charge!’ Monster Ceilidh Band’s new LP! A night of beatiful folkie mayhem.

Monster Ceilidh Band will headline the night with their unique drum and bass influenced instrumental folk. It’s also the release date for their latest album ‘Charge’. ‘Charge’ is the first album featuring the complete quintet – also featuring guest vocalists who will be present on the night.


Three virtuosic musicians; Mabon frontman and accordion wizard Jamie Smith, gifted 20 year old fiddle player Tomás Callister and versatile accompanist Adam Rhodes (also Mabon) on bouzouki and electronics. Barrule are named after the famous Manx summit, where legend says the ancient Celtic God Manannan Mac Lir stalked his mighty fortress. Barrule showcases Together this compact, versatile, acoustic trio create a powerful and wholly distinctive sound.

The Elephant Sessions

Also performing at the night will be ‘Neo-Trad’ Scottish folk quintet The Elephant Sessions. Comprising funky arrangements on fiddle, mandolin, guitar drums and bass this young band reflect the sounds of Shooglenifty and their world famous brand of Acid-Croft.


Electrofolkmageddon wouldn’t be the same without the experimental folk quintet MkIV. They are a group of specially selected musicians commissioned to write new music for the night. The musicians are blues guitarist Tim Bloomer; classical cellist Mark G Carrolle; folk fiddler Cathy Geldard and others to be announced! Sean Cotterill from artificial sun project will be working on electronics.

More acts to be announced for the fabulous and unique night at Gateshead Old Town Hall!

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