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Watch Charlie Winston online tonight live from la Flèche d'Or in Paris - 8pm (UK time)

If you are not lucky enough to have tickets to the sell out show of Charlie in Paris tonight you can still watch a live stream.
Charlie is launching his new album 'Running Still' at this special one off concert.
The album is released in France & Canada on 21st November.

Published 16th Nov 2011, 4:52pm »

The nominees in the 26th annual fRoots Critics Poll Albums Of The Year have been announced.

Real World Records are delighted to announce that Aurelio's 'Laru Beya' and JuJu's 'In Trance' are amongst the 11 nominees in the New Album of 2011 category.

Aurelio - Laru Beya
"This promises to be the album of the year." **** The Guardian
"Idyllic, beach strolling music … a major figure to watch." **** The Telegraph
"An outstanding, surprise-filled offering." The Observer

JuJu - In Trance
"Avant-jazz dub-trance grooves." **** The Independent
"Adams and Camara interact with extraordinary intuition." **** The Guardian
"Hot stuff" ***** London Evening Standard

Every year since 1986 (when the first winner was Paul Simon's Graceland), fRoots magazine has polled experts in the UK and abroad to decide the Album Of The Year in folk, roots & world music. With over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists worldwide invited to vote, it is the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, and "The best researched guide to the key world roots albums of the year" (BBC Radio 3).

This year's winners will be revealed exclusively by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 broadcast from 11 pm on Friday 2nd December, hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy. Full details will appear on the fRoots web site and in a dedicated section from 3rd December, and in the Jan/Feb 2012 double issue of fRoots published in mid-December.

Published 16th Nov 2011 »

Aurelio live on BBC 6 Music this Sunday

Aurelio will be joining Cerys Matthews for a live session on her BBC 6 Music show this Sunday at 10:00am. His soulful Caribbean rhythms are perfect listening material for a lazy Sunday, and are a sure way to combat those post summer blues.

Aurelio is currently touring the UK with upcoming dates all over the country including The Stables, Milton Keynes (14/11), Union Chapel, London (16/11), Mac Birmingham (17/11), Band on the Wall, Manchester(18/11) and many more.

Published 11th Nov 2011, 2:47pm »

Portico Quartet New Track

Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit's unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas where the inspiration of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Flying Lotus rubs shoulders with the textures of Arve Henriksen and Bon Iver and echoes of Steve Reich and Max Richter. But all underpinned by a shared joy in collective music making as the band push their inimitable music into the future.

Portico Quartet's third, self-titled, album is released in January 2012 on Real World Records.

Published 10th Nov 2011 »

Charlie Winston Kick Starts Christmas in Paris

Charlie Winston is in Paris building up to the release of his second album Running Still on November 21 (in France and Canada). Celebrations begin on November 8th when Charlie will be turning on the Christmas lights at the famous Galeries Lafayette store. With "Rock' no Mode", Galeries Lafayette celebrates Christmas with a concert of Charlie and his band on the roof!

On top of that Charlie also has a new website. Be sure to go and take a look.

Published 7th Nov 2011, 5:20pm »

Aurelio European Tour: November 2011

Aurelio returns to Europe this month with dates in the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway preceding a 12-date UK tour in November.

In light of Aurelio's European tour we are giving away a free remix by Sidestepper. Sidestepper are a collective of Columbia's most lethal singers and players, mix Latin rhythms with dub and electronic music - uniting drum & bass, dancehall and hip-hop with their Latin counterparts.

Published 28th Oct 2011 »

Iarla Ó Lionáird on Mike Harding's BBC Radio 2 Show

Earlier this week, Iarla Ó Lionáird was Mike Harding's guest on BBC Radio 2. Iarla talked to Mike about his latest album, Foxlight, explaining how his beginnings in the Sean Nós (old style) singing traditions of West Cork have continued to influence his throroughly modern writing and recording style.

Mike Harding presents an hour of folk, roots and acoustic music. You can listen to the programme for the next six days.

Published 20th Oct 2011, 2:04pm »

Creole Choir making friends in the US...

Check out this video of The Creole Choir of Cuba recording their track 'Maroule' at Real World Studios taken from their album 'Tande-La'.

The Creole Choir are half way through their tour of the USA and they have been getting an overwhelming response on the back of their live shows.  We have been hearing some amazing stories whilst they have been on the road, these include receiving a citation from the City of Philadelphia, visiting the Haitian Embassy, and engaging with local schools and communities.

They are performing tonight live at the Music Center at Strathmore, Maryland. -

Published 19th Oct 2011, 4:32pm »

New World Record for the Longest Dance...

Real World wanted to say a hugh congratulations to the Free to Dance team and specifically Ben Hammond who broke the world record for the longest dance all in the aid of his Charity, Freedom For Burma.

Ben danced at The Scoop at More, London's iconic amphitheatre overlooking Tower Bridge from 11th - 16th October dancing a total of 5 days and 15 hours to an eclectic mix of music, including 4 hours of music from us at Real World.

You can still donate to Freedom For Burma :-
TEXT: FREE to 70777 to donate £5
or go to

Published 17th Oct 2011, 1:41pm »

First listen to New Blood - the full album

Stream new tracks from Peter Gabriel's forthcoming album 'New Blood' from his official website.

As of today a new track will be made available to listen to each and every hour throughout the day. The first track 'The Rhythm of the Heat' will be live as of 12.00 (GMT).

Make sure you check back throughout the day to hear all of the full length tracks.

Published 30th Sep 2011, 6:11pm »