If you’ve missed their outstanding live performances so far, now is the opportunity to catch the exceptional experience of The Gloaming live, returning to London for a show in the beautiful main hall of the Barbican. With numerous sell out shows behind them already, make sure you book your tickets early as this is currently their only UK show planned for 2015.
Considered by many one of the world’s finest fiddle players, Martin Hayes will be joined by long-time collaborator guitarist Dennis Cahill, legendary sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and experimental, mercurial New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). This group of extraordinary virtuoso musicians each have their own highly successful individual careers, but have come together in this group with a shared musical aesthetic to form a band with a sound all of its own - sparse and beautiful, authentic and suffused with powerfully-emotional melodies.
“..it’s a remarkable set that sees the only standing ovation and the only encore of the weekend. Gaelic is the language and the tunes drip with the melancholy of the diaspora. As the five musicians shift gears effortlessly through The Sailor’s Bonnet, picking up the pace, feet start stamping on and off the stage, the crowd begins to whoop and one can only marvel at the intuitive understanding between the five. But it’s not just jigs and reels that make them remarkable: the opening Song 44, with Bartlett holding down his piano strings to mute them, and violins scraping ominously, has more in common with post-rock than with Christy Moore. It’s a staggering display of both emotion and virtuosity".
The Guardian (Live review from Other Voices Festival, Derry)
Spiro first met on the Bristol music scene and have been together, their line-up unchanged, for over 20 years. Since their formation, it was clear these were not your average acoustic instrumentalists. They’ve been likened by The Word to “Detroit techno played by a travelling band out of a Hardy novel – or Steve Reich playing the cider-scented backroom of a village pub" and as “cinematic, breathtaking and beautiful” by Songlines magazine.
This lost gem of an album, released independently by the band in 1997, is a wonderful addition to the Spiro collection, showing how their fascinating sound began and how fresh it remains even today.
This month’s Society of Sound release is the first of an occasional series of live recordings from London’s Kings Place. Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) and his band make the most of the bespoke acoustics playing a beautifully balanced set of songs mixing folk, Americana and Scottish influenced tunes. Roddy’s intimate vocals are backed by Hannah Fisher - fiddle & vocals, Sorren Maclean - ccoustic guitar & vocals, Luciano Rossi - Piano and Craig Ainslie - electric bass.
Recorded live at King’s Place by Dave Wells and mixed by Patrick Phillips at Real World Studios.
Since 2010 and the Idlewild hiatus, Roddy Woomble and his solo band have toured consistently playing hundreds of concerts in theatres, folk clubs, village halls and arts centres the length and breadth of the UK. Together they have released three albums ‘The Impossible song & other songs’ (2011). 'Listen to Keep’ (2013) and 'Live in the Inner Hebrides’ (2014). The show at Kings Place comes at the end of his solo band touring for a while as Idlewild gear up to release a new album and tour in 2015.
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The songs on Lándini are about Aurelio, his feelings, his family, and Garifuna life in general. There’s a sadness, a melancholy throughout, but the rhythms remain really lively. It affects the body, the brain, and the soul in a way that is very unique to Garifuna music. It always has a purpose, whether it’s dancing or documenting a tragedy or just poking fun at someone; there is never a notion of “I’m going to make a song because I need to make a record” - such a concept does not even exist in Garifuna culture.
Peter Gabriel joined Mark Coles (Radio 4/ The Shed) at the Society of Sound Stage at WOMAD Festival, on Saturday morning, to chat about sound systems, audio quality and 25 years of Real World Records. As part of the discussion there’s a very special opportunity to hear, for the first time ever, the studio version of one of Peter’s new songs “Show Yourself”.
As well as that, Mark takes us on a tour of some of the musical and spoken highlights of the festival:
“The Shed downsizes to a tent this week to bring you highlights from this year's WOMAD Festival. Join me live on stage with Peter Gabriel and backstage with Welsh band 9Bach, Namibia’s Elemotho and - conjuring up music to scare off poisonous spiders - the Italian pizzica star Anna Cinzia Villani.”
The PG interview starts at 11:54 in.
The new album available on Society of Sound is Captive by Tom Cawley’s band Curios.
Curios, Tom Cawley on piano, Joshua Blackmore on drums and Sam Burgess on double bass, were described by Time Out Magazine as “state-of-the-art piano trio music” and since their formation in 2006 have been garnering rave reviews for music that draws on romantic classical music as much as modern jazz. Cawley’s compositions are melodic, fiery, serene and intense.
“most formidable piano trio in the UK” and “triumphant” - Mojo Magazine.
“spellbinding” - The Independent
“dazzling” - Jazz UK
“pioneering” - Musician magazine
Their album ‘Hidden’ from 2007 was nominated in the BBC Jazz Awards, and reached the top 5 in both the HMV and the Radio 3 Jazz Charts.
From BBC at the Quay in Glasgow, the culmination of World on 3’s 35 part Commonwealth Connections series. Lopa Kothari presents with a concert of bands from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 9Bach, are representing Wales. You can also hear Edinburgh-based Shooglenifty, originators of ‘acid-croft’ who mix contemporary styles with Celtic folk; uilleann pipes player Jarlath Henderson from Dungannon, County Tyrone who will perform with Scottish bagpiper Ross Ainslie; alongside England’s Bellowhead.
Real World 25, the 3CD Box Set celebrating 25 years of Real World Records is now available to pre-order.
The clamshell box includes three individually sleeved CDs, a 28 page booklet featuring extended liner notes on the history of the label plus a selection of great photos and additional notes on every track, as well as a fold out insert featuring reminiscences on the label from the likes of Sheila Chandra, Joseph Arthur, Joji Hirota, Michael Brook and more. It’s a beautifully put together package and a fitting commemoration of the label’s anniversary year.
To quote Peter from his recent discussion about Real World Records at WOMAD2014; “We wouldn’t have got involved with any of the artists if we didn’t love what they did. I don’t think we had any idea when we set out that we’d be here 25 years later. But it’s great. I think we’ve worked with extraordinary artists, so I think we’ve been very lucky”
Real World 25 is a celebration of the music and the artists we’ve had the privilege to work with over the last 25 years and we hope this collection sparks as many happy memories for you as it does for us.
A limited number of Real World 25 orders made via the Real World Shop will come with a selection of Real World removable tattoos, stickers and postcards. Available on a first come, first served basis.
Across the weekend we’ll be lucky enough to see a selection of artists who have worked with Real World over our 25 year history - The Gloaming, Iarla O’Lionaird, 9Bach, Adrian Sherwood, Justin Adams and Amjad Ali Khan. We are also launching the brand new Society of Sound stage, in association with Bowers and Wilkins.
Hope some of you will be there to join us.