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Real World 25 - Out now

Today marks the release of Real World 25 - a beautifully packaged Clamshell Box with 3 CD wallets, 28 page booklet containing the story of 25 Years of Real World Records, and a collection of Real World Tales with contributions from musicians, producers, designer and managers.

Available via:

iTunes / Amazon / Real World / Proper Music

Published 29th Sep 2014, 12:47pm »

Great Musical Pioneer ‘Mandolin’ U Srinivas Dies

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We have learnt today of the death of the great Indian musician U Srinivas.  

Born on February 28, 1969, he started to play the mandolin, a little-known instrument in India, when he was only six years old. Even though, at the time, the mandolin was an alien instrument in South Indian classical music, Srinivas learnt to play Carnatic ragas on the mandolin with so much ease and dexterity that his name has become synonymous in India with the mandolin and he is popularly called Mandolin Srinivas.

Real World had the honour to work with him on two albums.  Rama Sreerama was a memorable live performance of traditional Carnatic compositions that took place in a candle-lit Wood Studio. Dream was the highly-experimental musical partnership with producer/guitarist Michael Brook featuring collaborations with Nigel Kennedy, Nana Vasconcelos and Jane Siberry.   

A calm, gentle and mediative young man, Srinivas was surprisingly modest for an artist of such international critical acclaim, as he said “Where is the end to music?  The more your learn, the more you want to know”.

Read more about U Srinivas

Published 19th Sep 2014, 1:27pm »

Aurelio "Lándini" out now

Aurelio’s new album Lándini (“landing” in Garifuna) is out now.  Listen to Aurelio performing some tracks from the album via our YouTube Lándini playlist.

Lándini is available via:
Real World / Amazon / iTunes

Published 17th Sep 2014, 3:01pm »

Don’t Miss The Gloaming's Return To London

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If you’ve missed their outstanding live performances so far, now is the opportunity to catch the exceptional experience of The Gloaming live, returning to London for a show in the beautiful main hall of the Barbican. With numerous sell out shows behind them already, make sure you book your tickets early as this is currently their only UK show planned for 2015.

Considered by many one of the world’s finest fiddle players, Martin Hayes will be joined by long-time collaborator guitarist Dennis Cahill, legendary sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and experimental, mercurial New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman).  This group of extraordinary virtuoso musicians each have their own highly successful individual careers, but have come together in this group with a shared musical aesthetic to form a band with a sound all of its own - sparse and beautiful, authentic and suffused with powerfully-emotional melodies.

“..it’s a remarkable set that sees the only standing ovation and the only encore of the weekend. Gaelic is the language and the tunes drip with the melancholy of the diaspora. As the five musicians shift gears effortlessly through The Sailor’s Bonnet, picking up the pace, feet start stamping on and off the stage, the crowd begins to whoop and one can only marvel at the intuitive understanding between the five. But it’s not just jigs and reels that make them remarkable: the opening Song 44, with Bartlett holding down his piano strings to mute them, and violins scraping ominously, has more in common with post-rock than with Christy Moore. It’s a staggering display of both emotion and virtuosity".

The Guardian (Live review from Other Voices Festival, Derry)    

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Discover more about The Gloaming

Published 14th Sep 2014, 11:39pm »

Spiro - Pole Star (Out 8th Sep)

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Spiro first met on the Bristol music scene and have been together, their line-up unchanged, for over 20 years. Since their formation, it was clear these were not your average acoustic instrumentalists. They’ve been likened by The Word to “Detroit techno played by a travelling band out of a Hardy novel – or Steve Reich playing the cider-scented backroom of a village pub" and as “cinematic, breathtaking and beautiful” by Songlines magazine. 

This lost gem of an album, released independently by the band in 1997, is a wonderful addition to the Spiro collection, showing how their fascinating sound began and how fresh it remains even today.

Pre order Pole Star (Out 8th Sep): Real World  / iTunes / Amazon

Published 26th Aug 2014, 12:11pm »

New Society of Sound release: Roddy Woomble - Live at King's Place

This month’s Society of Sound release is the first of an occasional series of live recordings from London’s Kings Place. Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) and his band make the most of the bespoke acoustics playing a beautifully balanced set of songs mixing folk, Americana and Scottish influenced tunes. Roddy’s intimate vocals are backed by Hannah Fisher - fiddle & vocals, Sorren Maclean - ccoustic guitar & vocals, Luciano Rossi - Piano and Craig Ainslie - electric bass.

Recorded live at King’s Place by Dave Wells and mixed by Patrick Phillips at Real World Studios.

Since 2010 and the Idlewild hiatus, Roddy Woomble and his solo band have toured consistently playing hundreds of concerts in theatres, folk clubs, village halls and arts centres the length and breadth of the UK. Together they have released three albums ‘The Impossible song & other songs’ (2011). 'Listen to Keep’ (2013) and 'Live in the Inner Hebrides’ (2014). The show at Kings Place comes at the end of his solo band touring for a while as Idlewild gear up to release a new album and tour in 2015.

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Learn more about King’s place

Published 22nd Aug 2014, 5:50pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Aurelio's new album 'Lándini' out 15th September

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The new album, Landini, from Honduran songwriter, singer, and guitarist Aurelio is set for release on the 15th September.

The songs on Lándini are about Aurelio, his feelings, his family, and Garifuna life in general. There’s a sadness, a melancholy throughout, but the rhythms remain really lively. It affects the body, the brain, and the soul in a way that is very unique to Garifuna music. It always has a purpose, whether it’s dancing or documenting a tragedy or just poking fun at someone; there is never a notion of “I’m going to make a song because I need to make a record” - such a concept does not even exist in Garifuna culture.

Pre order Lándini

Published 8th Aug 2014, 3:17pm »

Peter Gabriel in Discussion at WOMAD 2014

The Shed at WOMAD #158 (01.08.2014) by Mark Coles on Mixcloud

Peter Gabriel joined Mark Coles (Radio 4/ The Shed) at the Society of Sound Stage at WOMAD Festival, on Saturday morning, to chat about sound systems, audio quality and 25 years of Real World Records. As part of the discussion there’s a very special opportunity to hear, for the first time ever, the studio version of one of Peter’s new songs “Show Yourself”.

As well as that, Mark takes us on a tour of some of the musical and spoken highlights of the festival:

“The Shed downsizes to a tent this week to bring you highlights from this year's WOMAD Festival. Join me live on stage with Peter Gabriel and backstage with Welsh band 9Bach, Namibia’s Elemotho and - conjuring up music to scare off poisonous spiders - the Italian pizzica star Anna Cinzia Villani.”

Available to listen to now on markcolesmusic.com, on Mixcloud and on radio on Sunday lunchtime on World Radio Switzerland and on Tuesday evening on Radio New Zealand

The PG interview starts at 11:54 in.

Find out more about Real World 25

Published 1st Aug 2014, 6:12pm »

Curios 'Captive' available on Society of Sound

The new album available on Society of Sound is Captive by Tom Cawley’s band Curios. 

Curios, Tom Cawley on piano, Joshua Blackmore on drums and Sam Burgess on double bass, were described by Time Out Magazine as “state-of-the-art piano trio music” and since their formation in 2006 have been garnering rave reviews for music that draws on romantic classical music as much as modern jazz. Cawley’s compositions are melodic, fiery, serene and intense.

“most formidable piano trio in the UK” and “triumphant” - Mojo Magazine.

“spellbinding” - The Independent 

“dazzling” - Jazz UK

“pioneering” - Musician magazine

Their album ‘Hidden’ from 2007 was nominated in the BBC Jazz Awards, and reached the top 5 in both the HMV and the Radio 3 Jazz Charts. 

Discover more about the new Curios album ‘Captive’ 

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Published 31st Jul 2014, 5:32pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

9Bach Perform at the Commonwealth Connections Final Concert - BBC at the Quay

From BBC at the Quay in Glasgow, the culmination of World on 3’s 35 part Commonwealth Connections series. Lopa Kothari presents with a concert of bands from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 9Bach, are representing Wales.  You can also hear Edinburgh-based Shooglenifty, originators of ‘acid-croft’ who mix contemporary styles with Celtic folk; uilleann pipes player Jarlath Henderson from Dungannon, County Tyrone who will perform with Scottish bagpiper Ross Ainslie; alongside England’s Bellowhead.

Catch the show on 31 Friday at 23.00 on BBC Radio 3

Published 31st Jul 2014, 10:33am »

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