With less than a fortnight to go until this year's WOMAD Festival, here's a reminder of the Real World Records artists and music that you'll be able to experience live over the weekend (28 - 31 July 2016):
The Grit Orchestra
The late Scottish musician Martyn Bennett's fifth album, Grit, brilliantly fuses together traditional Celtic and modern music. Over 10 years on since it's release, The Grit Orchestra will be performing a full orchestral version of the album at WOMAD on Friday afternoon, an extraordinary show from the opening ceremony of the 2015 Celtic Connections Festival.
Currently touring the UK this summer, Sidestepper will be bringing a slice of Colombian sunshine to WOMAD this year, with their rootsy Latin beats and tracks from the new album Supernatural Love.
This is the latest signing to Real World Records, consisting of Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly and McCallum's fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers. This is a great opportunity to see the band perform songs from their brand new album, Carry Your Kin. Stuart McCallum will also be performing solo at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016.
Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016
To add to the excitement for this year's festival, Sound System, the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system from Bowers & Wilkins will be making an exclusive UK appearance at WOMAD. Each day features special live performances, electronic live sessions and a closing DJ set. View the full line up here.
The latest band to be signed to Real World Records, The Breath, have released their first album today.
Carry Your Kin is now available on CD, vinyl and download from:
The album mixes Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly's lyrics pour forth from her own life in a torrent of meaning. She sings songs of birth and death, woman's rights, first love, the call of motherhood, the death of men at sea and post-colonial wrongs, all interwoven with the electronic fabric of guitarist Stuart McCallum's distinctive soundworld.
In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart as The Breath conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly's raw songs and soul cleansing vocals.
All delivered with compelling emotional honesty and a raw urgency as McCallum, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers delve deeply into the spaces between rock, ambient, folk and jazz to deliver a powerfully hypnotic accompaniment that moves from chilled soundscapes to rocking anthems.
The album was recorded in Manchester and at Real World Studios and mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake.
Sound System, the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system designed by British speaker brand Bowers & Wilkins will be making an exclusive UK festival appearance at WOMAD (28 - 31 July) this year.
Each day features a progressive and ambitious line up, including acoustic acts, special live performances, electronic live sessions and finally a closing DJ set - all from artists that are passionate about sound.
The line up is as follows:
> Jah Shaka
> Dawn Penn
> Native Dancer
> A Guy Called Gerald
> Francois K
> Black Devil Disco Club
> Cats Eyes
> Hollie Stephenson
> Gwilym Gold
> Paddy Steer
> The Invisible
> The Anchoress
> Stuart McCallum
> Nick Luscombe & Steve Hellier
Joseph Arthur has announced nine live dates in November 2016 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK and Ireland:
3 November - Botanic Rotonde, Brussels
4 November - De Amstelkerk, Amsterdam
6 November - Blue Shell, Cologne
7 November - Point Ephemere, Paris
8 November - Oslo, London
9 November - Deaf Institute, Manchester
10 November - Bodega, Nottingham
11 November - King Tuts, Glasgow
13 November - Whelan's, Dublin
The announcement follows the recent release of Joseph's fifth album on Real World Records, The Family, which is available now.
The June release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound relives performances from the diverse range of artist that performed at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage at WOMAD 2015.
The compilation features a truly eclectic mix of music from singer/songwriters to leftfield bluesmen, Moog synth players to trance pop maestros, experimental pianists to composers/sound manipulators.
The music that flowed through the genre-defining speakers - and features on this month's release - inevitably sounded crisp and clean, powerful and detailed. 135,000-watts of wrap-around sound delivering a truly special festival experience.
Bowers & Wilkins Live - WOMAD 2015, is available now and features performances from:
Richard Norris and Finlay Shakespeare
The Lake Poets
The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
Son of Dave
The latest band to be signed to Real World Records, The Breath, have released a new track from their forthcoming album today.
This Dance is Over is taken from the debut album Carry Your Kin, which will be released on CD, LP and download on 8 July.
The track is also available as an instant download if you pre-order the album from iTunes.
Watch the video below:
The Gloaming's sell-out performance at The National Concert Hall in Dublin earlier this year is now available to listen to online.
The show was broadcast on The Rolling Wave show on Ireland's national radio RTE1, over two evenings.
The programme features a selection of tracks from The Gloaming's first and second albums, both out now on Real World Records.
As well as keeping up to date on all things The Breath here, why not check out the band's recently launched website too?
It features all the need to know information about the latest band to be signed to Real World Records, whose debut album Carry Your Kin is due for release on 8 July.
The new album from Joseph Arthur is available from today on CD and download. The Family will also be available on LP from 17 June.
The whole album was written at a piano, a Steinway Vertegrande from 1912, that Joseph had recently acquired. The instrument was so full of character and history, and owned by just one family until it ended up in his industrial studio space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, it became a potent source of inspiration.
The album was mixed by Tchad Blake, whose previous collaborations with Joseph include the well-loved songs Honey and the Moon and In the Sun, the latter which has been covered by Michael Stipe and Peter Gabriel.
The debut album from The Breath entitled Carry Your Kin will be released on Real World Records on 8 July 2016 and is now available to pre-order.
As an early preview the album is also available now as the Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for May.
The album was recorded at Real World Studios, as well as Rosehill Studios in Manchester and guitarist Stuart McCallum's home studio.
In a blog post for Society of Sound McCallum gives some insight into the making of the album and the production techniques used during the recording.
"The album is essentially an acoustic recording," says McCallum, "some of the acoustic instruments were modulated through electronic processors to closely integrate the electronic and acoustic sounds."
Carry Your Kin will have a full commercial release on Real World Records on 8 July 2016.