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New Aurelio album 'Darandi'

Darandi is a collection of Aurelio's favourite songs from his career recorded to capture the sound of his incendiary live performances.

The album will be released on 20 January 2017 (North America release is 17 February 2017).

Accompanied by some of the Garifuna world's brightest musical talents, pairing upbeat, dynamic rhythms with melancholy, heartfelt melodies, this music is both deep and danceable.

The album was recorded while Aurelio was visiting the UK for a performance at the WOMAD Charlton Park. After the festival, Aurelio and his band visited Real World Studios, and laid down the record, completely live.

As Aurelio sees it, this is an album that closes a cycle in his career, representing the culmination of 30 years of composing and performing paranda music. The album consists of the songs from his extensive catalog that have proven to be his biggest hits, the songs he plays most frequently while touring throughout the world.

"I feel like the main cultural representative now of the Garifuna community of Central America" says Aurelio "and I think I can do more with my music that I ever could as a lawmaker."

Published 18th Oct 2016, 10:22am »

Joseph Arthur Free Download

The Campaign Song sees Joseph Arthur give voice to his frustration with the current state of affairs around this year's Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. A frustration expressed in the best way he can: a protest song.

"Woody Guthrie wrote a protest song about Donald Trump's grandfather. So this is like carrying the torch for Woody," says Joseph. "I used the lingo of a by gone era to accentuate that aspect, like 'America really should boot bums like this out' and 'Old scratch'. I wanted to use the lingo of Trump's elders as a subtle form of linguistic manipulation designed to send him under his bed shivering like the whimpering maggot that he is."

The video, created by Ehud Lazin, features footage from artist Spencer Tunick's large-scale anti-Trump installation Everything She Says Means Everything.

Published 17th Oct 2016, 12:43pm »

New 9Bach Tour Dates

9Bach have announced a small run of tour dates in the UK for February 2017.

The dates follow a successful tour to support the release of their album Anian earlier this year and selected festival performances during the summer.

All dates are on sale now.

King's Place have a special Early Bird ticket price of £9.50, so don't delay!

Published 11th Oct 2016, 12:21pm »

Remembering Angus Grant

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.

Published 10th Oct 2016, 3:45pm »

The Breath Tour Announced

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

Published 28th Sep 2016, 3:25pm »

Spiro tour starts tomorrow

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.

Published 23rd Sep 2016, 11:43am »

Society of Sound: September

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.

Published 22nd Sep 2016, 3:28pm »

New Spiro anthology available to pre-order

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.

Published 5th Sep 2016, 11:55am »

Society of Sound: August

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."

Published 18th Aug 2016, 11:27am »

The Gloaming UK Tour 2016

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.

Published 3rd Aug 2016, 12:29pm »

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