We are saddened to hear of the death of Angus Grant, one of Scotland's leading traditional musicians, who was fiddler and frontman of Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty.
The image below (featuring Angus, top middle) is taken from the album that Shooglenifty released on WOMAD Select during the 1996 Real World Recording Week.
The Breath have announced a short run of tour dates for this December.
The shows are on sale now with Early Bird Tickets priced at £10 each are available for a limited period. Buy here.
13 Dec - Carlise, Old Fire Station
14 Dec - Clitheroe, The Grand
16 Dec - Barton Upon Humber, Ropery Hall
18 Dec - Manchester, Band on the Wall
The Breath is the new band project of former Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer and lyricist Rioghnach Connolly. Along with McCallum's fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers.
Reviewing the band live at the WOMAD Festival this summer Louder Than War said: "I had heard great things about them and clearly half the festival had too… the crowd was enormous and I could barely see the stage much less reach it. Thankfully I could hear them well enough and what I heard was wonderful."
"Raw, soulful, often mesmeric, richly textured and lushly constructed" Mojo Magazine
Spiro's UK tour kicks off tomorrow (24 September 2016), taking place at the following venues:
24 September - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
26 September - Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
29 September - Yellow Arch Studio, Sheffield
26 November - South Street Arts Centre, Reading
4 December - St. George's, Bristol
The tour begins ahead of the band's new release, Repeater, a collection of Spiro's music pressed onto vinyl for the first time, out 21 October. The album will also be available digitally.
This September Bowers & Wilkins is celebrating the 100th Society of Sound release with a special record to mark the occasion - Passion, by Peter Gabriel.
Passion, an extension of the score that Peter had created for Martin Scorsese's film The Last Temptation Of Christ, was also the very first release for the newly formed Real World Records in June 1989.
Passion is a quietly persuasive record, with music that unpeels itself slowly, of unquantifiable depth and spirituality, music that matches the tension and power of the film itself.
Nearly 30 years after its release, Passion is now being made available to subscribers of Bower & Wilkins' Society of Sound as a high-resolution download, the first time it has been available in such sparkling definition.
Repeater, a new anthology from Spiro is available to pre-order today.
The album is a collection of Spiro's music pressed onto vinyl for the first time, due for release on 21 October. The album will also be available digitally.
The first 50 copies of Repeater when ordered from the Real World shop will be signed by the band, so pre-order yours today be in with a chance of receiving an exclusive signed version.
With tracks selected from all four of their Real World albums Pole Star (1997), Lightbox (2009), Kaleidophonica (2012) and Welcome Joy And Welcome Sorrow (2015) Repeater will showcase the exquisite sound of these four brilliant musicians ahead of several UK tour dates later this month.
This month's Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release is from Bell X1. The Irish band is: Dominic Philips, Paul Noonan and David Geraghty.
ARMS is the seventh studio album from the trio, due for full commercial release on 14 October. Society of Sound members can enjoy an early preview of the album, available to download today (18 August).
The new album is the follow up to Bell X1's critically acclaimed album Chop Chop from 2013, which became their third number one album on the Irish Album Charts and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.
Produced by the band and recorded in Dublin and Donegal by Tommy McLoughlin (Villagers) and Glenn Keating (Jape), ARMS was mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Jónsi) with Ross Dowling mixing the song Out of Love.
"The title ARMS is about the idea that, as the world feels like it's becoming a harsher place (maybe there's just more damn noise?)" says singer Paul Noonan. "We seek out the comfort of the familiar and familial… arms."
Following their five sold out nights at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and their also sold out performance at the Union Chapel in London earlier this year, The Gloaming will be touring at a variety of UK venues this September.
The dates and venues are as follows:
21 September - Colston Hall, Bristol
22 September - Royal Festival Hall, London
23 September - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
24 September - Usher Hall, Edinburgh
25 September - Symphony Hall, Birmingham
The tour will then continue in Europe next year.
Click here for a full list of dates and links to buy tickets.
"In the centenary year of 1916, The Gloaming are continuing their stunning musical revolution. They deserve to be celebrated and cherished." - Review from the National Concert Hall performance by The Irish Independent.
"They astonished with the space, dexterity, lightness and sureness of their group interplay" - Review from the Union Chapel performance by The Arts Desk.
What a fantastic WOMAD weekend that was! We had plenty of sunshine, delicious food and of course music from every corner of the globe.
We hope you had a chance to experience some of the Real World Records artists and music too. The Grit Orchestra kicked things off to a fantastic start on the Open Air Stage on Friday afternoon, with an incredible orchestral version of the late Martyn Bennett's album.
Sidestepper got everyone grooving on Saturday afternoon on the Siam Stage, with a great set featuring tracks from their latest album, Supernatural Love.
The Breath wowed the packed crowd at the Ecotricity Stage on Sunday night, with a beautiful performance of tracks from their debut album Carry Your Kin.
The Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016 was also a popular location throughout the weekend, with the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system providing impressive sound quality for performances from Stuart McCallum, Hollie Stephenson, Dawn Penn, The Anchoress and more.
Hope to see you next year for WOMAD 2017!
Earlier this week we enjoyed a special live performance from the Colombian band Sidestepper.
The group are currently touring in the UK performing at different festivals, including WOMAD on Saturday.
The performance, which took place in the Big Room recording studio, was also live streamed via the band's Facebook page, which you can watch here.
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for July comes from singer-songwriter Ben Taylor.
Though born into a musical world (his parents are James Taylor and Carly Simon) it wasn't really in Taylor's mind to become a singer until he was into his twenties. His first album release Famous Among the Barns was released in 2003 but it took until Another Run Around the Sun , in 2005, for Taylor to feel he'd started to create something which represented his true musical nature.
" My music is a huge amalgamation of things and influence and styles, but it's very much made up of music that my parents made that I heard growing up, it's ingrained in me. I have a hard time separating between the two."
The Another Run… album was co-produced by Kevin Bacon and Bacon is again the producer for this month's B&W release Naked. A live performance in a stripped back format.