Bath International Music Festival got off to an amazing start with seemingly the whole city on the streets for fireworks and free music on Friday night. Recent Real World signing and Mercury Prize nominated Portico Quartet kicked off programmed events in the cities great new venue Komedia on a wonderfully sunny Saturday.
The last show of their tour brought beautiful and involving playing from Portico Quartet. Tracks from their Mercury nominated debut 'Knee Deep In The North Sea' intertwined with new material they have recently been recording at Abbey Road studios with legendary producer John Leckie for their forthcoming release on Real World Records.
The Imagined Village are set to kick off their summer live dates with a return to Bridport Arts Centre, the venue where the project was launched in 2007.
In the two years since the launch The Imagined Village have gone on to perform on Jules Holland's Later, headline the Cambridge Folk Festival and win the Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track with their rousing performance of Cold Hailey Rainy Night.
The line-up includes Chris Wood (winner of 2009 BBC Folk Singer and Folk Song of the year), Martin and Eliza Carthy, plus the 10 piece band consisting of the best of the British folk and electronica scene.
There are two concerts to choose from, one seated and one standing.
Standing - Wednesday 24 June, 8pm
Seated - Thursday 25 June, 8pm
The 29th-31st of May is the weekend of Wychwood festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Wychwood festival has been running since 2005 and previous artists to have played include Steve Earle, The Imagined Village, Martha Wainwright, The Levellers and The Divine Comedy. As well as fabulous artists the festival offers comedy, fantastic food and all sorts of activities and workshops for all ages.
We are happy to announce that 3 artists from Real World Records will be playing at this year's event. They are: Dub Colossus, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara and Spiro.
Dub Colossus will be headlining on the Sunday night on the main stage. This is their first return to the UK after their now legendary appearances in 2008 at the Barbican and Glastonbury festival. Also the new Dub Colossus EP, 'Return To Addis' will be available to buy on site as a festival exclusive in advance of the release on June 15th.
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara will also be playing on the Sunday. Now is a brilliant time to catch them live, their new album 'Tell No Lies' has just been launched and has been receiving outstanding reviews across the board.
Spiro will be playing on the Saturday and this is a great opportunity to experience their unique blend of acoustic music. Spiro are four musicians playing accordian, mandolin, guitar and violin to create a majestic and cinematic sound. Their debut album for Real World Records 'Lightbox' will again be available as a festival exclusive on site over the weekend in advance of the official release on 22nd June.
New today from Real World Records and available in our store on CD, MP3 and Apple Lossless download. CD buyers get a free MP3 download of the album to ensure instant gratification. CD quality downloads are only £5.99.
"A stunning album ... really atmospheric." Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music.
China's Mamer will be launching the release of 'Eagle' at two very different concerts in London over the next few days. Saturday night May 16 at the Union Chapel (Islington London) will see the full band line up showcasing the rich atmospheric contemporary sound of the album production and on Monday May 18 Mamer will present a stripped down intimate acoustic set for the Electro-Acoustic night at The Slaughtered Lamb (London).
BBC Radio 6 Music's Tom Robinson described 'Eagle' as "A stunning album ... really atmospheric." These concerts are a unique opportunity to catch this rising star.
Eagle is released in Europe on May 18. Pre order the CD now and we will give you an exclusive bonus digital track.
We are excited to announce that today 'Tell No Lies' by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara is released by Real World Records. The album has been receiving outstanding reviews across the press which you can check out by following the link below.
An extensive tour is all set to follow the release of the album. The dates are listed under the Tour Dates section of our website.
The album launch is at the London Jazz Cafe on Wednesday 13th of May - this is not to be missed and there are still tickets available...
The CD is available to buy physically and digitally from the WOMADSHOP.
Dengue Fever performed their live soundtrack to the 1925 classic film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World' on 5th May in San Francisco at the Castro Theatre. It was by all accounts a resounding success!
Follow the links below for detailed reports:
A couple of little clips of Spiro handheld on a Canon 5D Mk11 at The Bell in Bath. They saw nothing but room for improvement in their performance and I'm pretty sure the cameraman had a beer in his other hand, but it's a glimpse of a mesmerising performance.