"Reflection and contemplation seem to be the order of the traditional music world these days. Stand-out albums have had one thing in common: a consistency of tone and mood that hints at a desire to do so much more than merely air a new (or an old) tune set or song.... Iarla Ó Lionáird raised the bar yet again with his soul-filled, light world, Foxlight . " (Siobhan Long, Irish Times)
Charlie Winston has announced a Canadian tour which hits the road in January 2012.
Tickets and special bonus packages for the Tour are available for sale from all the usual Canadian tickets outlets. VIP packages for the tour will be soon be available from the Charlie Winston Web Store.
In spite of the blustery weather, Charlie played a charming, witty set of songs from his new album Running Still and his best selling Hobo up on the roof of the famous Galeries Lafayette store in the centre of Paris. With beautiful views of the Eiffel Tour and the Opera and the sparkling lights of the city stretching out, this has to be one of the most exciting venues to perform.
Charlie's rooftop show at Galeries Lafayette will be aired on W9 at 10:00pm on 3rd December.
Lucky Charlie Winston fans in France and Canada can now be the first to hear his second album 'Running Still'.
Journalist Steve Hochman recently spoke to Charlie about the album:
".. there's a sense of joy and discovery throughout the album, self-discovery in particular. Following up the breakthrough of his 2009 album, Hobo, a No. 1 smash in France and a huge hit throughout Europe and Canada, Running Still finds Winston and his richly talented band, the Oxymorons, in collaboration with producer Tony Berg (Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Bruce Hornsby, Ozomatli) to reach new emotional and sonic colors. This is the first album featuring the band -- drummer Medi, bassist Daniel Marsala and harmonica ace Benjamin "Ben Henry" Edwards along with Winston's piano and guitar -- which came together organically after the making of Hobo as Winston shaped new visions both as a songwriter and performer. Other than a little keyboard additions from Patrick Warren and a touch of guitar from Tiny B (Berg, under a Winston-bestowed alias), the whole colorfully diverse ball of wax comes from the skilled hands of the empathic ensemble.
"It's near impossible for me to write in one style only," says Charlie. "And today in my generation of songwriting, there's a bit of a lack for me. People have forgotten the power of song, since the technology swept through, and how it carries. Coming from parents who are songwriters, that's my No. 1 thing, really."
If you are not lucky enough to have tickets to the sell out show of Charlie in Paris tonight you can still watch a live stream.
Charlie is launching his new album 'Running Still' at this special one off concert.
The album is released in France & Canada on 21st November.
Real World Records are delighted to announce that Aurelio's 'Laru Beya' and JuJu's 'In Trance' are amongst the 11 nominees in the New Album of 2011 category.
Aurelio - Laru Beya
"This promises to be the album of the year." **** The Guardian
"Idyllic, beach strolling music … a major figure to watch." **** The Telegraph
"An outstanding, surprise-filled offering." The Observer
JuJu - In Trance
"Avant-jazz dub-trance grooves." **** The Independent
"Adams and Camara interact with extraordinary intuition." **** The Guardian
"Hot stuff" ***** London Evening Standard
Every year since 1986 (when the first winner was Paul Simon's Graceland), fRoots magazine has polled experts in the UK and abroad to decide the Album Of The Year in folk, roots & world music. With over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists worldwide invited to vote, it is the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, and "The best researched guide to the key world roots albums of the year" (BBC Radio 3).
This year's winners will be revealed exclusively by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 broadcast from 11 pm on Friday 2nd December, hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy. Full details will appear on the fRoots web site and in a dedicated Amazon.co.uk section from 3rd December, and in the Jan/Feb 2012 double issue of fRoots published in mid-December.
Aurelio will be joining Cerys Matthews for a live session on her BBC 6 Music show this Sunday at 10:00am. His soulful Caribbean rhythms are perfect listening material for a lazy Sunday, and are a sure way to combat those post summer blues.
Aurelio is currently touring the UK with upcoming dates all over the country including The Stables, Milton Keynes (14/11), Union Chapel, London (16/11), Mac Birmingham (17/11), Band on the Wall, Manchester(18/11) and many more.
Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit's unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas where the inspiration of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Flying Lotus rubs shoulders with the textures of Arve Henriksen and Bon Iver and echoes of Steve Reich and Max Richter. But all underpinned by a shared joy in collective music making as the band push their inimitable music into the future.
Portico Quartet's third, self-titled, album is released in January 2012 on Real World Records.
Charlie Winston is in Paris building up to the release of his second album Running Still on November 21 (in France and Canada). Celebrations begin on November 8th when Charlie will be turning on the Christmas lights at the famous Galeries Lafayette store. With "Rock' no Mode", Galeries Lafayette celebrates Christmas with a concert of Charlie and his band on the roof!
On top of that Charlie also has a new website. Be sure to go and take a look.
Aurelio returns to Europe this month with dates in the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway preceding a 12-date UK tour in November.
In light of Aurelio's European tour we are giving away a free remix by Sidestepper. Sidestepper are a collective of Columbia's most lethal singers and players, mix Latin rhythms with dub and electronic music - uniting drum & bass, dancehall and hip-hop with their Latin counterparts.