The Imagined Village – Thursday, 21st July

Village resident Simon Emmerson will be back on stage after a decade long hiatus, with his band, The Imagined Village who are premiering at the Electric Palace on Thursday, 21st July at 8pm.

This will be a special warm up gig with members of the original line-up, joined by Billy Bragg.

The most ambitious folk fusion band of the 21st century, The Imagined Village set out to match English traditional songs against the sounds of contemporary multi-cultural England, with influences from Asia, the Caribbean and elsewhere. And they did so with an extraordinary line-up that included folk celebrities:

  • Eliza Carthy
  • Martin Carthy,
  • Simon Emmerson (of Afro-Celt Sound System fame),
  • Sitar exponent Sheema Mujherjee,
  • That rousing dhol and tabla percussionist Johnny Kalsi, and
  • Drummer Andy Gangadeen.

They recorded three albums, played at major festivals from Glastonbury to Cambridge, headlined at concert halls and appeared on Later…With Jools Holland, performing a stomping, percussive re-working of Cold Haily Rainy Night (the song that won them Best Traditional Track at the 2008 BBC Folk Awards). Then, after recording Bending The Dark in 2012, they took an unexpectedly lengthy break, from which they have at last thankfully returned.

Tickets are available from Bridport Electric Palace – Click HERE.

  • £29 in advance
  • £30 at the door


Watch their promo video…


The Imagined Village will be performing at this year’s Beautiful Days Festival19th-21st August at Escot Park, Devon – playing a VERY special headline performance on the Big Top Stage.