Afro Celt Sound System's Anatomic was voted number 2 in the 'Best of Echoes' Listeners Poll for 2005. Echoes is the nightly music soundscape heard on over 130 public radio stations across America, on XM satellite radio, Channel 133 on Sundays 3 till 5 pm (ET in the USA) on online via the link below.
The album also came in at number 19 in the '25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2005' as picked by presenter John Dillberto and his staff.
Värttinä are to lauch the opening night of next year's music industry bonanza MIDEM with a performance alongside other Finnish artists. Performance date: Sunday, January 22, 2006
Venue: Palais des Festivals, Salle Ambassadeurs, Cannes France. Doors: 20:00 Showtime: 21:00-21:30.
Värtinnä will be celebrating the worldwide release of their 10th studio album "Miero" on Real World on January 30th and the start of previews of the Lord of the Rings stage production in Toronto on February 2 and the Gala World Premiere on March 23 at Princess of Wales Theatre, featuring music co-composed by Värttinä, Indian composer A.R. Rahman and LOTR music supervisor Chris Nightingale.
You can catch Iarla O Lionnaird both on air and live on Friday 25 November. At 2.45 pm RTÉ radio 1 in Ireland welcomes Iarla as the guest curator of their magazine arts programme Rattlebag. Iarla's chosen theme is "Lift Off - Space, Music and Creativity" and you can hear a collection of music, poetry and spoken word exploring this fascinating idea. Expect the usual measure of ancedote, erudition and wit from Ireland's leading sean-nós singer. Not to be missed for Irish listeners (or log no at the address below).
Later in the evening Iarla will be performing live in a trio with Graham Henderson and Leo Abrams at Cork City Town Hall as part of the celebrations of 2005 City of Culture. The theme of the concert is Music Migrations - North of the River. As the world truly becomes a global village, the Irish music scene has also changed with the times. From the first recordings of music on a wax cylinder to the most sophisticated of digital downloads today, music has mutated and morphed into an attempt to fully embrace these changes, whist still remaining rooted in the oral tradition transmitting its message from person to person. Ireland has also one of the most vibrant contemporary music scenes in the world. This contemporary voice, this 'other' voice if you like, will be an integral part of this final part of the Music Migrations series where we celebrate The Irish Voice from the traditional to the contemporary. A concert not to be missed!
The Blind Boys of Alabama, winners of animpressive four Grammy Awards in the past four years, will be performing their soulful family Christmas tour
Go Tell It On The Mountain all over the country again this year. They will take their annual holiday show to major cities around the country including
Cleveland, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Austin, and end at Los Angeles'prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall.
While preparing for the holiday tour, the Blind Boys took time out to perform at a heavenly tribute to Sam Cooke at the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame last week. Kicking off the performance with This Little Light of Mine, the Blind Boys joined Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello, The Dixie
Hummingbirds, Solomon Burke and others on the bill.
The band will also perform on the "Tonight Show" during Christmas week.
Following his highly acclaimed album 'Diam' and his international touring success Daby has been recognised with a nomination in the 'newcomer' section of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. The winners will be announced at the Awards concert in London on April 7 2006
You can get a double dose of Christmas cheer this year from our online shop! We are selling copies of the DVD of the Blind Boys Live in New York in a bundle with the Grammy aware winning CD 'Go Tell It on the Mountain' - both items glittering with festive fun and a stocking full of special guests from Chrissie Hynde to Mavis Staples for only £ 25!
Finland's Värttinä enter 2006 with the release of their tenth studio album, Miero, in January on Peter Gabriels Real World Records.
The focus of Miero ("Outcast") is voices. Värttinä singers Mari Kaasinen, Susan Aho and Johanna Virtanen collaborated with producer Aija Puurtinen, one of Finland's most respected female singers and well-known vocal adventurer, to create the most vocally exciting album in the band's twenty-three year history. Never before have the Värttinä vocals sounded so crisp and powerful, the harmonies so clear, the solos so pure.
Miero also features some of the darkest, most sinister themes yet from Värttinä 's lyricists. Yet there are also tender songs of love and silence. As with every other Värttinä album, melody is still the dominant feature. The group's compositional skills are as refined and potent as any time in their career as songwriters. Miero is a song journey from start to finish.
The release of Miero coincides with Värttinäs main stage appearance at the Midem convention in Cannes on January 22 and with the North American premiere in Toronto of the stage production of Lord of the Rings featuring music co-composed by Värttinä with Indian composer A R Rahman and music supervisor Chris Nightingale. The first night of LOTR previews is February 2 at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto with the Opening Gala set for March 23. The Music of Lord of the Rings album will be recorded in summer 2006. The London West End premiere will take place in early 2007. Producer: Kevin Wallace.
Miero release date: January 30, 2006
Catalogue number: CDRWX135
ICPN: 00946 346084 2 8
Los de Abajo are set to perform on 'Later', to be broadcast on Friday 28th Oct, BBC2, at 11.35pm. The band, whose live set has been described as "the global party of the year", will be joined by orginal Fun Boy Neville Staple and Dennis 'Bad Bone' Rollins on 'The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum'.