If Christmas is the season for giving to others, then give yourself a treat in the New Year!
All you need to do is pick up a copy of the January 07 edition of premier world music magazine Songlines or the key folk/roots journal fRoots and check out the Real World Records competition on the back page. Answering a simple question could win you a copy of every Real World CD released in 2006, Peter Gabriel merchandise, Real World T-shirt, post cards etc.
Bring in some festive cheer this season with the heart-warming sound of The Blind Boys of Alabama. The classic Christmas album 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' and the live DVD of their special one-off concert are now available as a pair at a reduced price through our on-line shop! A wonderful gift of soulful, gospel uplifting tunes with a host of special guest performances. Merry Christmas one and all!
Charlie Musselwhite has been nominated in no less than five categories for the Blues Foundation Awards 2007.
Universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists, the event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year.
Online voting is underway and will continue through February. The winners will be announced at The Blues Music Awards on May 10, 2007, at the Cook Convention in downtown Memphis. Voting and ticket information can be found at www.blues.org
Charlie is nominated in the following categories..
Album of the Year: DELTA HARDWARE
Song of the Year "Church is Out"
Traditional Blues Album of the Year: DELTA HARDWARE
Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year
Instrumentalist of the Year: Harmonica
Coming in at number 90 in the 'Top 100 Greatest Albums of 2006' of Q Magazine is Adrian Sherwood's 'Becoming a Cliché'. An impressive achievement considering that the list starts with the Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Razorlight ...... all the usual mainstream suspects! Number 90 puts Adrian in above Iron Maiden and The Concretes!
Q Magazine describe this latest solo album release of Adrian's as;
'Electrifying dance hall/dub sound clash from still the UK's biggest noise in modern reggae'
A well deserved reward for Charlie Musselwhite comes with the news that the editorial staff at online retailers, Amazon.com have chosen his latest album 'Delta Hardware' as the number one blues album of 2006.
As 2006 comes to a close, the Blind Boys of Alabama are thankful for another blessed year. This holiday season in America, the Blind Boys will be touring the country on their "Go Tell It On The Mountain Christmas Tour," highlighted with a performance on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Dec. 20.
Major television and radio appearances include:
Nov. 30 "Imus in the Morning" - MSNBC TV Nationally syndicated radio show
Dec. 10 Crystal Cathedral's "Hour of Power" -Televised church service
Dec. 20 "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" - NBC TV
Dec. 20 E-Town - Nationally syndicated radio show, with Sarah McLachlan
Meanwhile, the Blind Boys' Christmas tour kicks off Dec. 2 in New York City at B.B. Kings Blues Club and wraps up at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. on Dec. 23 (see all dates under Tours section). Don't miss the 4-time Grammy-winning soul gospel legends mixing things up, with their unique take on holiday songs as well as traditional favorites. It's guaranteed to be a rousing, spiritual good time for everyone!
For those of you who can't get there in person all the Blind Boys Grammy award winning albums and their live DVD are available to buy online here.
For the first time iTunes has commissioned a contemporary blues session now available to buy at the online store. This is a hard-edged roots of Delta session by way of Chicago blues. Guitarist Chris 'Kid' Andersen, bassist Randy Bermudes and drummer June Core hop into the heart of this electric trancelike blues with Musselwhite's harmonica filling the gaps and where his world-weary voice shouts, hollers and bellow. The band digs deep here. The session features outstanding new versions of tracks from his recent Real World release alongside new tracks. This unmissable set, now available on, and exclusive to, iTunes.
A selection of special offers at reduced prices are available now at the online WOMAD Shop to give you (or a friend!) the opportunity to explore some of the gems of the music on offer from the extensive Real World music collection.
These CD sets are specially-themed providing fascinating introductions at introductory prices!
Singer Songwriter Triple Bill
Music of the Silk Road
Ecstatic Eastern Englightenment
Unwind Your Mind
The Lion of Zimbabwe Double Offer
Go to the WOMAD shop special offers page to read more about the chosen music on offer.
Sizer Barker will be playing a gig on the 24th November at the Arena Gallery on Duke Street, Liverpool, to mark the end of the ]BracketTHIS[ exhibition and help kiss the biennial goodbye until next time. It's an all new set and band, leaner and meaner than George Foreman's cookware. Kinetic Fallacy are also performing on the night.
Why not enhance your day by listening to our MP3 stream from Adrian Sherwood's new Double CD 'Becoming a Cliché' and 'Dub Cliché'? If you're inspired by what you hear, there's a chance to pick up a limited edition Japanese Import over at our store ..as Adrian says, "..it's a good sheet of noise!"