The Imagined Village

Formed 2007.
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The Imagined Village is a folk musical project founded by Simon Emmerson of the Afro Celt Sound System. It is intended to produce modern folk music that represents modern multiculturalism in the United Kingdom and as such, features musicians from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The name of the project comes from the 1993 book The Imagined Village by Georgina Boyes.

The project started in 2004, and led to the release of an eponymous album in 2007 by a collective of artists on Real World Records. Some of the tracks on it are modern re-interpretations of traditional folk songs.

The Imagined Village E.P. was released earlier in 2007, and is a remix of the album tracks. The 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards voted "Cold, Hailey, Rainy Night" as best traditional track.

In 2009, the project moved to a new record label, ECC Records, and a second album, Empire & Love was released in January 2010.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Bending the Dark

    Bending the Dark 2012

    Reviewed by John Aizlewood
    As calling cards go, Bending the Dark states this genre-fusing act’s case eloquently.
  2. Review of Empire & Love

    Empire & Love 2010

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    The sound of an ensemble pulling its punches. Disappointing.
  3. Review of The Imagined Village

    The Imagined Village 2007

    Reviewed by Chris White
    Brave but flawed attempt to update English folk's relevance for the 21st century...
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