The Hand is British duo Rachael Dadd and Wig Smith. Their music has a pastoral English air, with Wig's masterly playing of the kora adding Asian and African overtones to their sound.
They were in the middle of their long European tour (their 30 dates included an appearance at Glastonbury Festival) and 7ème Ciel was delighted to welcome them and their charming songs, taken from their debut album, Berries From The Rubble.
The first Japanese person to ever play on the 7ème Ciel balcony, Ichi is a one-man band with skills that are simply staggering. He is capable of playing a multitude of instruments (steel-drums, accordion, trumpet, glockenspiel and lots of others) more or less at the same time.
The combined effect left the 7ème Ciel audience both enthralled by his talent and howling with laughter at his wonderful sense of humour.
7ème Ciel opened Whit Monday evening with the engaging folk music of Andy Skellam, an English singer-songwriter from Bristol who describes himself as a "skinny old man yelling at his reflection in a puddle".