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Iarla Ó Lionáird - The Day That You Were Born

To celebrate the 50th birthday today of long time Real World Records artist Iarla Ó Lionáird we’re delighted to be able to offer you a free download of a previously unreleased version of the track The Day That You Were Born. The original version of the song, featuring Caroline Dale on cello, is on Iarla's Invisible Fields album, but this extended mix has never been available before now. Enjoy and happy birthday Iarla!

Download the track now

Published 18th Jun 2014, 1:59pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Rave reviews for GRIT production

GRIT ‘The Martyn Bennett Story’ has premiered at the Tramway in Glasgow to rave reviews. The production conceived and directed by Cora Bissett and written by Kieran Hurley mixes Martyn’s music with drama, dance and aerial choreography to tell the life story of one of Scotland’s most innovative, pioneering and influential musicians. 

Reviews for the show have been universally good, reflecting the emotional, uplifting and powerful nature of the show. A selection are below here:

The Daily Telegraph - "humorous, moving and thrilling“ [read more]

Folk Radio - ”thrilling and incredibly emotional“ [read more

The Herald Scotland - ”As with the show’s inspiration, Bissett mixes and matches forms with abandon" and “the emotional power of Bennett’s story can’t be over-stated[read more]

If you are able to make one of the remaining performances we thoroughly recommend it. There is also a small exhibition of photographs of Martyn, by Bj Stewart, in the Tramway foyer, including some images that have never been seen before.

GRIT 'The Martyn Bennett Story’ is at Tramway, Glasgow until Saturday 7 June, before it moves to Mull for a short run at Comar 19-22 June

The re-released album GRIT is available now and includes two bonus tracks, not on the original release. 

Book tickets: Tramway, Glasgow / Comar, Mull

Buy Grit the album

Published 5th Jun 2014, 5:57pm 2 notes on Tumblr »

9Bach "Tincian" tour in full swing

9Bach’s UK tour arrived at the Louisiana in Bristol last night where they played a beautiful set showcasing songs from their latest, critically acclaimed, album Tincian.

If you are yet to see 9Bach they are playing in Cardiff tonight and also have forthcoming shows next week in London and Brighton.  The band will also be playing at WOMAD, The Green Man Festival and End of The Road festival this summer.

Largely new compositions, set in a minutely detailed sonic world… an evening of spectacular reinvention✮✮✮✮ David Honigmann / FT (full review).

View a full list of live dates

Discover more about Tincian

Published 23rd May 2014, 1:51pm »

Congratulations to Nick Mulvey

Everyone at Real World would like to say a massive well done to ex-Portico Quartet member Nick Mulvey on the success of his debut album First Mind.

You can hear where it all started on the wonderful Mercury nominated Portico Quartet album Knee-Deep In The North Sea and its follow-up Isla.

Meanwhile you can catch Portico Quartet live at the Roundhouse on May 31st as part of the Mr Scruff take over festival (buy tickets now).

Published 21st May 2014, 2:35pm »

Martyn Bennett's "Grit" out in the UK today


outstanding photograph by BJ Stewart’

The reissue of Martyn Bennett’s “Grit” is released in the UK today!

Grit featured on the front page of the Arts section in The Herald (Scotland) over the weekend -  read the feature over on their website now.

Grit is available via:

Amazon / Real World

Published 19th May 2014, 3:39pm »

9Bach "Tincian" released in the UK today

The new album from 9Bach is out in the UK today (US tomorrow).

Tincian is 9Bach’s second album. It’s an atmospheric, emotional record that reflects their home environment of Gerlan, North Wales. 

9Bach’s appeal is centered on singer Lisa Jen, whose cool exquisite vocals dominate the album.
The Guardian

Anyone who has gently come down to the strains of Massive Attack, Air or Portishead will engage with the vibe on offer here” 
Essential New Releases - Sunday Times Culture 

 “Tincian is a captiviating original.“
Uncut Magazine

 “Lisa Jen has a voice of mountain-brook purity.”

 “An ambiguous mood piece from fragments of traditional Welsh music & contemporary tension.“
Drowned in Sound

Tincian is available via:  iTunes / Amazon / Real World

Published 12th May 2014, 10:17am 2 notes on Tumblr »

Listen to Gravenhurst's remix of 9Bach's Lliwiau


Bristol based multi-instrumentalist and Warp signee Gravenhurst has put his own twist in his remix of ‘Lliwiau’.

The collaboration sees old friends reunite, as 9Bach’s Martin Hoyland was one-time Gravenhurst tour manager circa 2007, as Talbot has told tQ: “…and a very fine tour manager he was. I saw his band a few years later in Bristol and was mightily impressed; the final song of their set ('Lliwiau’) went off in what I am reluctant to describe - due to the danger of sounding generic or tokenistic - as a Portishead-esque direction; featuring mainly Lisa’s reverbed vocals against a threateningly minimal tapestry of insistent dubby bass riff, Ennio Morricone guitar and a drum rhythm that sounded like it had already been remixed by Lee Perry anyway.”

Listen to the track via The Quietus

Published 11th May 2014, 1:18pm »

Tell Us Your Favourite Real World Track


This year Real World Records celebrates its 25th birthday. We’re really keen to know what music you have enjoyed from the Real World catalogue since we launched the label in 1989. 

We are creating a special triple CD set, featuring some of the music we’ve loved from the wonderful musicians we’ve come to work with over the years. We’d like you to be involved too and help choose the tracks to be included on one of the compilation CDs in the box. Submit your track choice and we will put your name into a draw and you’ll have the chance to win a pair of outstanding Bowers and Wilkins P5 headphones - as well as the anniversary CD box set you will have helped to create.

Please submit your suggestion before midday (BST) on Monday 5 May 2014. 

Browse our catalogue & listen to track samples

Submit your track choice

Published 29th Apr 2014, 11:42am 3 notes on Tumblr »

Stream The Gloaming live at The Albert Hall tonight

The Gloaming will be performing tonight alongside Paul Brady, Glen Hansard & Imelda May at the Royal Albert, as part of President Higgins’ State Visit to Britain.  

This special evening of Celebration (“Ceiliúradh”) will be streamed live via RTÉ Radio 1 Player to audiences around the world. In addition, RTÉ 1 will present a two-hour programme on the concert from 22.15 and the BBC will present an hour long highlights programme, “Ultimate Irish Music at the Royal Albert Hall: A Presidential Celebration” on BBC 4 at 20:00 on Sunday, 13th of April.

Discover more about the event

Listen to RTE Radio 1 live

View more programme information on RTE 1

More info on “Ultimate Irish Music at the Royal Albert Hall: A Presidential Celebration” on BBC4

Published 10th Apr 2014, 3:48pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Samuel Yirga on BBC Radio 4's "Swinging Addis"

Samuel Yirga recently appeared on “Swinging Addis” on BBC Radio 4 which is now available to listen to on BBC iPlayer

The program introduces some of the veterans of the ‘Swinging Addis’ golden age of Ethiopian jazz, including Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete - the 'Ethiopian Elvis’. These Ethiopian heroes, now in their 70s, are like the Buena Vista Social Club stars of their country. Courtney speaks to the legendary Ethiopian music producer Amha Eshete, while his guide on his musical journey of discovery is Francis Falceto, the French music producer who 'rediscovered’ these artists and brought their music to the west, and has now compiled 30 albums in the Ethiopiques series. Courtney finds Addis Ababa is still swinging, and meets one of the new generation of Ethiopian jazz musicians who are picking up the beat, the young pianist Samuel Yirga, to jam Ethiopian style.

Listen on BBC iPlayer now

Published 1st Apr 2014, 2:33pm »

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