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(2004 – present)

The Imagined Village is an English folk musical project founded by Simon Emmerson (of the Afro Celt Sound System) in 2004. 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 on Real World Records. Some of the tracks on the album are modern re-interpretations of traditional folk songs.

While primarily the project of Simon Emmerson, the band includes contributions from: The Copper Family, Sheila Chandra, Benjamin Zephaniah, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Paul Weller, Transglobal Underground, Tunng, Chris Wood, Billy Bragg, Tiger Moth, The Gloworms and Dhol Foundation.

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 of the year.

In 2009, the project moved to a new record label, ECC Records, and a second album, Empire & Love was released in January 2010. In 2012 they released the album, Bending The Dark.

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  • Loginquitas she a..larger woman, or just pregnant?

    23 Jan 2014 Reply
  • cha0sm0nkey

    I think you have to listen to all the albums repeatedly to really get them, to be fair...

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Nochek

    thank you

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Mullington

    I love Winter Singing

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Leaf_Thief

    New album is very, very good!

    26 Aug 2012 Reply

    My favorite album...

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • BatsMouth

    @bose-man Yes I have just listened to Bending The Dark and it is such a great improvement.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Mullington

    Winter Singing-great stuff!

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • Bose-Man

    I agree with 'BatsMouth' the second album was a disappointment mainly because it lacked originality,but I think Bending The Dark is a big step forward and will grow on me with a few more listens.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • BatsMouth

    Just got round to listening to the second album and I am truly disappointed. I adored the first album, it isn't bad but not really special. I have only listened too it once, so maybe it will grow?

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kpthedude

    So good live. Really hope I can see them again some time. Hint hint...

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ilakef

    Death and the Maiden Retold божественна

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jaricleiv

    Космическая девушка бьет рекорды популярности. И действительно ведь хорошая песня.

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • the_red_shoes

    Space Girl is fantastic!

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • mirrorball95

    I agree the new album isnt nearly as good as the first. Still worth a listen though! Real stand-out track is the opener 'My Son John'.

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Younghappy

    sorry I meant Simon Emmerson, not Peter Gabriel.

    2 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Younghappy

    I don't really like the new album (on first listen) I think the production is a bit uninspired, overp -prouduced and the sound isn't quite as ground-breaking as the first release. On the first album they had a wider range of artists that took on their own song and it gave the album a much more varied sound but with this release it seems there is tighter group all playing on the same songs. It just comes across as an Eliza Carthy-Chris Wood collaboration. Peter Gabriel did some awesome work with the Afro Celts but he must realise that this is the noughties not the nineties.

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • RogerBu

    @ ILikeManyMusics: I think the new album is pretty good from what I've heard so far... although I'm not sure about the folk ballad version of "Cum On Feel The Noize".

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ILikeManyMusics

    So... anyone heard the new album? Any good?

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • mirrorball95

    These guys are awesome man. Just in terms of sheer musicianship.

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
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