Hen Ogledd

Hen Ogledd take their name from the phrase “for the Old North”, the Celtic region comprising Southern Scotland and Northern England in early Middle Ages Britain. The band members – harpist Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell, Sally Pilkington, and Richard Dawson (also playing solo this year) – all hail from historically different tribal regions of the Old North.

In 2018’s Mogic the group defy the orthodoxy of exploring mystical customs with acoustic instruments and instead, they celebrate the paradoxes and similarities of the ancient and modern through melody, technology and return-journey time travel. In the latest Free Humans (2020), they take us on “a sci-fi odyssey warning of political isolationism and climate apocalypse” (Pitchfork) instead.

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