The beautiful new album is now available. Peter Gabriel, long-standing fan of the Irish singer says of Foxlight: "I have loved Iarla Ó Lionáird's voice for many years, and this latest record is the perfect backdrop against which to set his extraordinary voice. Iarla and his main collaborator, Leo Abrahams, have used sparse and subtle arrangements and created a work of simple and satisfying beauty".
Watch Iarla and producer Leo Abrahams talk about the making of Foxlight.
"...a melting pot of sublime pure-note singing and some of the most sky-kissing melodies you'll hear all year." ( 4 Stars) Tony Clayton (The Irish Times)
Guy Garvey, lead singer of Elbow beams into The Big Room at Real World Studios to talk New Blood with Peter Gabriel.
From flying on a bus to following a conductor, all via the miracles of video conferenceing. What could go wrong? Stay tuned for the full length version which will be available to watch on October 5th 2011.
The Portico Quartet have been holed up in north London's Fish Factory studio creating the sounds for their third album. This week they have moved west to start mixing at Real World. Expect to hear some surprising new music appearing over the next few months, with a full album release in early 2012.
Iarla Ó Lionáird's new album 'Foxlight' is set for release on September 26th, with advanced pre-orders being available on the 12th from our online Real World store.
Internationally acclaimed as the voice of Afro Celt Sound System, Ó Lionáird, on his latest solo release, has produced an impassioned and sublime set of songs that shimmers with versatility and exposes his exquisite voice.
We are giving away an advanced free download of the track 'Glistening Fields' taken from the new album. Download it here.
From his early days as a sean-nos singer to his collaborative and solo work, Ó Lionáird has always ploughed his own artistic furrow - and Foxlight is his most organic, naturalistic record to date. Featuring guitarist/producer Leo Abrahams, Jon Hopkins, Leafcutter John, Geese, Caoimhín Ó'Raghallaigh, and Sara Marielle Gaup (Adjagas).
Iarla Ó Lionáird and his new band launch 'Foxlight' at St Giles in the Fields, London WC2 on 23rd September
The Creole Choir of Cuba embark this month on their first major U.S. tour, with 30 performances in 21 cities. Venues for the tour include two major festivals - Chicago's World Music Festival and Bloomington, Indiana's Lotus Music Festival - as well as prestigious performing arts centres such as Symphony Space in NYC, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Phoenix, The Painted Bride in Philadelphia, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and The Music Center at Strathmore near Washington DC.
Several major universities are hosting the Choir, with student workshops & special performances for the college communities in addition to the group's public concerts; these include Dartmouth College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, California State University at Chico, Humboldt State University in Arcata CA, and the University of California campuses at San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Riverside.
'NEW BLOOD' Peter's latest studio album features re-imagined arrangements of many of his songs which dispense with the traditional weapons of the rock armoury - no guitar, or drum kits - the lyrics are exposed and laid bare, often taking new meaning with the passing of the years.
This treatment is applied with painstaking attention to detail and stunning effect to songs including 'Digging In The Dirt', 'Don't Give Up', 'Downside Up', 'Intruder', 'Mercy Street' ' The Rhythm of the Heat' and the spine tingling, atmospheric 'San Jacinto'. Working together, acclaimed composer and arranger John Metcalfe, Peter and the New Blood Orchestra have given each track a new depth and a powerful significance. These tracks were recorded with a 46-piece orchestra, conducted by Ben Foster.
The album will be available as a standard single-disc & digital download. There will also be a special edition 2-CD version of New Blood which will include the standard album plus a disc of instrumental versions with an added bonus track. In addition there is a heavyweight vinyl version that comes with a bonus 7" featuring 'A Quiet Moment' and 'Solsbury Hill'. The vinyl will be available from November 7th.
Pre-order from the official Peter Gabriel shop and receive an exclusive bonus track 'Father/Son' with the New Blood album.
For two nights only you can experience New Blood Live in 3D on the big screen in selected cinemas across the UK. Pre-Order tickets for the screenings.
Over two nights in March 2011, Peter Gabriel took to the stage at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, in the company of the 46-strong New Blood Orchestra, with the entire event filmed in 3D. The extraordinary show features a handful of the covers from Scratch My Back, but the majority of songs are taken from Peter's solo career and given the same glorious orchestral treatment.
Pre-Sale tickets are also now available for Peter's Mexican & Brazilian tour dates with The New Blood Orchestra this coming November. Check the Live Page for more information and links to buy tickets.
As well as the impressive debut from Samuel Yirga, Irish singer Iarla O Lionaird performed new songs from his forthcoming album Foxlight late at night in the beautiful Siam tent. The Creole Choir of Cuba captured the hearts of the crowd with a moving and powerful show on the main stage, bathed in golden evening sunshine.
Aurelio brought a wave of Caribbean warmth and had a whole crowd dancing with his infectious Garifuna grooves. Dub Colossus showcased songs from their new album with vivacious vocalist and stunning dancer Mimi and host of guests.
You can catch up with performances from Aurelio and Dub Colossus on BBC iPlayer. Both performances are available until Sun, 7 Aug 2011.
Samuel Yirga made his first solo appearance this weekend at WOMAD Charlton Park, delighting the festival crowd with a virtuosic and impassioned performance that seemed mature beyond his young age. He was delighted by the warm reaction and spend time signing CDs for enthusiastic new fans.
Today he releases his debut solo recording, a four track EP 'Hagere'. Samuel is carving out a reputation as the brightest rising star in the new generation of Ethio-jazz musicians. His piano playing celebrates the golden era of Ethiopian jazz, pop and traditional roots music which he explores in his unique personal style.