A word premiere for the 2023 festival, cbakl: seanfhocail is a bold reimagining of traditional music for the modern age – combining archive samples with hip hop, eclectic beats, spoken word, jazz, R&B, soul and house. Composed and performed by the Belfast based producer cbakl alongside a number of guest artists, the show will bring a sense of musical adventure while being rooted in years of history.
Starting out uploading tracks to SoundCloud aged 15, cbakl began gaining an organic following online and has now progressed to becoming one of Ireland’s most in demand beatmakers. Successfully transitioning focus from SoundCloud to Spotify & Apple Music, he has amassed over 10 million streams across various platforms. His music has been praised by the likes of Hot Press, District Magazine and Nialler9, while two of his songs featured on the RTE show Kin, starring Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders) and Emmett J. Scanlan (Peaky Blinders, The Fall) and supervised by David Holmes.
Having spent much of his career virtual crate digging to discover soul and jazz samples – creating new sounds via his production prowess – he now brings this approach to the world of traditional music – trawling the archives to collect musical, vocal and spoken snippets, bringing into a new setting.