2015 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award Winners
Pons Aelius are an ambitious young instrumental sextet exploring the traditional and contemporary folk musics of Britain and beyond. With bold arrangements and an arsenal of instruments, the band melds age-old traditions with a fresh and innovative attitude.
“Newcastle-based, Scots-infused sextet Pons Aelius have made quite a name for themselves on the live circuit over the past couple of years, so the question with their debut album was always going to be whether they could bottle the magic for domestic consumption. The good news is… this does the job just fine.“ Oz Hardwick, RnR Magazine
“While there’s no shortage of individual talent on display, the strength of Captain Glen’s Comfort lies in the sound Pons Aelius make as a band.“ Nick Hart, Bright Young Folk“
“Pons Aelius are a testament to the strength of the North East folk scene. With a healthy share of Scots, they’re the most exciting band to come out of Newcastle in a long time. Their musical style is a wild liberation from the ordinary that fits the post-trad generation like a glove. Their original material is skillful and sincere. I can’t wait to see where they’ll be in a few years time.” David Foley, RURA.
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