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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.

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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 »

Charlie Winston's Hello Alone out now

The first single from the eagerly awaited new album by Charlie Winston is out now in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Catch up with Charlie talking about his song 'Hello Alone' from the recording session. The album 'Running Still' will be released in these territories in November.

Germany, Canada, UK and the rest of the world... New music from Charlie coming soon.

Published 28th Sep 2011, 11:56am »

'Foxlight' by Iarla O Lionaird Released Today

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.

Download the free track Glistening Fields.

"...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)

Published 26th Sep 2011, 1:53pm »

Creole Choir of Cuba Embark on their US Tour

The American tour is underway. Catch this clip of the group recording the track 'Tande' in the Wood Room at Real World Studios. The track appears on the album Tande-La.

Published 21st Sep 2011, 5:41pm »

Peter Gabriel talks 'New Blood' with Guy Garvey

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.

Published 20th Sep 2011, 10:05am »

Portico Quartet - New Album In Creation

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.

Published 15th Sep 2011, 1:20pm »

Release date set for Iarla Ó Lionáird's new album 'Foxlight'

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

Iarla Ó Lionáird - Foxlight (Sampler) by RealWorldRecords
Published 6th Sep 2011, 2:13pm »

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