The Imagined Village live band opens the UK festival season at Wychwood. This will be the group's first appearance in 2008 following the success of the UK tour last year. The Wychwood Music Festival returns to Cheltenham Racecourse for its fourth year. With an eclectic mix of music, comedy, workshops and more, the festival plays host to some of the best artists from World, Folk, Indie, Jazz and Chillout. The festival has been nominated for the Best Family Festival Award in the UK Festival Awards every year so far.
As our sites begin to re-emerge on the web it's a joy to be able to add some new content, with some initial information on Big Blue Ball - including an interview with Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger and a remix pack from the album at Real World Remixed.
Our pack is from the track 'Exit Through You' from the long awaited 'Big Blue Ball', an album recorded over three Real World Recording Weeks, produced by Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger and featuring a dizzying array of international musicians. 'Exit Through You' opens with the distinctive vocal of Joseph Arthur with Peter Gabriel joining at the chorus for a funky spiky pop tune accompanied by Karl Wallinger and Justin Adams on guitars. The song was originally put together in a fast and furious live session in just over one hour back in 1995; further production work by Stephen Hague followed and a final mix came from Tchad Blake.
The majority of Real World, Peter Gabriel and WOMAD web services are currently off-line. Our servers were stolen from our ISP's data centre on Sunday night - Monday morning. We are working to restore normal service as soon as possible.
Our first move has been to get our store up and running, so if you want WOMAD Charlton Park tickets or Music from Real World Records, we are back in business.
The Imagined Village have won three Hancock Awards from the 'Talk A While' web site and forum.
Visitors to the forum recently voted for The Hancock Awards 2008. In the final count The Imagined Village came out top in the categories of Best Album, Best Original Song (Cold Haily Rainy Night) and Best Traditional Song (Tam Lyn Retold). The group will be presented with the awards on stage when they perform at the Wychwood Festival on June 1st.
Initially brought together by Fairport Convention and the Cropredy Festival the website has expanded to cover many artists and festivals. The forum section has some of the heaviest traffic in the online folk community with around 1000 visitors every day.
Those looking for a little retail therapy may like to check out our new web store - phase one of the new system has been launched today, hopefully providing a much improved experience. The shop will be growing in the months to come, with improved content, digital downloads and interaction, but we've already got much improved access to music with samples from nearly every track available, more competitive pricing across international zones, and simpler festival ticket ordering.
The new series of Soundcheck at Momos kicks off on April 13, at 9pm on Sky Channel 281 .
Filmed at Londons famed and exclusive Momos Kemia Bar, the series features a solo performance from Real World Records artist Daby Touré.
In a broadcasting climate that affords precious little exposure to African artists, this series attempts to redress that balance, radically. Unlike most music shows, Soundcheck endeavours to give each act the best chance to get their music and story across with each half-hour episode dedicated to one artist.
Uniquely, the series is not hosted by some larger-than-life presenter stamping their personality across each episode. Instead, each episode has a unique feel because theyre hosted by the artists themselves.
The Imagined Village band recently recorded 'Cold Haily Rainy Night' at the BBC studios for this Friday's episode of Later with Jools Holland. The energetic live performance lasts well over 6 minutes, which is apparently something of a rarity on the show. The full touring line up, including The Young Coppers on backing vocals, perform a rousing rendition of this award winning version.
The show goes out this Friday night at 11.35 on BBC2.
Joi have been nominated in the category of 'Best Asian Underground Act' for the 2008 UK Asian Music Awards.
Voting is already underway on the UK AMA website www.theukama.com, so don't hestitate to vist the site and show your support for Joi. The nominees will be reduced to two from four when the web voting finishes in a couple of weeks time.
This is not the first time Joi have been recognised at the UK AMA. Farook from Joi won the award for 'Commitment to the Scene' at the 2006 awards.
The awards will take place at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 6th March 2008. Music from Joi's album 'Without Zero' will be played throughout the event when the winners walk to collect their awards.
Last night The Imagined Village opened the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony with an outstanding performance of Cold Haily Rainy Night. It was this unique and hugely entertaining version of this song that then took the Award for Best Traditional Song. A packed crowd of folk luminaries at The Brewery in London gave The Imagined Village a standing ovation. The song celebrates a new expression of English folk that can embrace dhol drums and sitar alongside less unexpected instrumentation. You can catch up with news of the evening by clicking the link below.
Listen to the Awards ceremony on BBC radio 2's Mike Harding show on Wednesday 6 February.
Peter Gabriel was honored with the Award of MIDEM Personality of the Year 2008 at the industry conference in Cannes and the event was celebrated at a fantastic gala evening. Guests from all areas of the international music industry gathered in the Carlton Hotel for a banquet supper. Music was provided by Real World artists The Imagined Village who performed an outstanding and energetic version of Tam Lyn from their recent album (in spite of arriving with little time to spare from a foggy London Heathrow airport and a day of cancelled flights!). Maryam Mursal, the legendary Somali diva sang one of Peter's best loved songs, Kufilaw, from the Real World album 'The Journey' while Peter managed to maneuver himself onto the stage (in spite of his broken leg!) and join in with backing vocals and banging his crutches overhead to the amazement of the audience! Charlie Winston ended the showcase with a rousing 'Hobo' - another of Peter's favorite songs - and lead a trail like a troubadour through the audience and out of the banqueting hall. A pretty unforgettable evening!