Last night The Imagined Village opened the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony with an outstanding performance of Cold Haily Rainy Night. It was this unique and hugely entertaining version of this song that then took the Award for Best Traditional Song. A packed crowd of folk luminaries at The Brewery in London gave The Imagined Village a standing ovation. The song celebrates a new expression of English folk that can embrace dhol drums and sitar alongside less unexpected instrumentation. You can catch up with news of the evening by clicking the link below.
Listen to the Awards ceremony on BBC radio 2's Mike Harding show on Wednesday 6 February.
Peter Gabriel was honored with the Award of MIDEM Personality of the Year 2008 at the industry conference in Cannes and the event was celebrated at a fantastic gala evening. Guests from all areas of the international music industry gathered in the Carlton Hotel for a banquet supper. Music was provided by Real World artists The Imagined Village who performed an outstanding and energetic version of Tam Lyn from their recent album (in spite of arriving with little time to spare from a foggy London Heathrow airport and a day of cancelled flights!). Maryam Mursal, the legendary Somali diva sang one of Peter's best loved songs, Kufilaw, from the Real World album 'The Journey' while Peter managed to maneuver himself onto the stage (in spite of his broken leg!) and join in with backing vocals and banging his crutches overhead to the amazement of the audience! Charlie Winston ended the showcase with a rousing 'Hobo' - another of Peter's favorite songs - and lead a trail like a troubadour through the audience and out of the banqueting hall. A pretty unforgettable evening!
Ryko Distribution and Peter Gabriels Real World Records have now announced a U.S. distribution agreement for the labels entire catalog and future
recordings. As part of the agreement, Ryko will handle digital and physical distribution of Real
Worlds catalog and will re-issue many of the labels back catalog titles with new packaging, and
in some cases, with exclusive bonus material.
In making the announcement, Jim Cuomo, President of Ryko Distribution states, Joining forces with Real World is a perfect complement to the artist-driven focus we have at Ryko and will enable us to reinforce Real Worlds stature as the standard bearer in World Music. We have shared and applauded Peters vision over many years and are both thrilled and excited to be able to contribute to Real Worlds ongoing success.
Gabriel adds, The music on Real World is very precious to us, so we wanted to find a great home in America. We are delighted to have all our artists welcomed and look forward to building something special together.
Like so many, I have a profound admiration for Peter as a musician and artist, as well as a deep respect for the innovative and influential label he started nearly two decades ago, says John Esposito, President and CEO of WEA Corp., who oversees Warner Music Groups U.S distribution companies, including Ryko. Real Worlds impressive catalog is a true cultural gem and we will look forward to applying the resources of Ryko and WMG to assure it is treated with the care and dedication it deserves.
Real Worlds first project under the new agreement teams Gabriel and Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party), who oversaw a new album called Big Blue Ball. The album has been 16 years in the making and began in 1991 during a Recording Week at Real World Studios when Gabriel opened its doors for the week to 75 international artists from over 20 countries.
The project is filled with several unique and unexpected collaborations.
The first single from the Big Blue Ball project, Whole Thing, is available now exclusively on
iTunes. The song features Gabriel on lead vocal and keyboards, Tim Finn (Crowded House) and Andy White (ALT) on backing vocals, Karl Wallinger and Paul Allen on guitar, and Francis Bebey, the legendary cultural icon of Cameroon, on flute.
Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald is set to head off to Germany for a remarkable European tour starting in Stuttgart on January 24. The tour will be headlined by Bernard Fowler's Bad Dog and also features Little Axe and the other original Tackhead musicians, Doug Wimbish and Keith Leblanc.
Most of the shows will be in Germany and Austria but the tour will also visit Italy, France and The Netherlands, with an exclusive show for France in New Morning, Paris and for The Netherlands in Effenaar, Eindhoven.
This promises to be a rare treat for fans of this unique collective of musicians. Visit the tours section of this site for full venue details.
The 75th anniversary celebrations of the BBC World Service come to a head in Greenwich last Saturday with a live concert at the Indigo2.
Real World Records artists Daby Touré and Toumast were part of the eclectic line-up, which also featured Squeeze, Yunasi, Katie Melua and Carbon Silicon.
An audience of around 2000 invited guests were treated to a 3 hour musical trip around the world presented by Radio 4s Mark Coles. Click the link below to listen to the concert in full on the BBC website.
The Imagined Village band did a pre-recorded session on the Charles Hazelwood show last night, BBC Radio 2 at 10pm. The link below takes you to the listen again page, you can also see a video of this performance on a freezing cold winters day in a drafty somerset barn on the outskirts of glastonbury in the middle of our last november tour. It's all unplugged, and we play an acoustic, shortened version version of john barleycorn going into england half english, followed by scarbourh fair sung by chris wood with Billys introductory talk at the front. As an end of year round up the project has been nominated for 2 radio 2 folk awards: best album and best traditional track 'Cold Hailey Rainy Night' and we will be performing this song at the awards in february. We also came joint 8th in the Froots new albums of 2007 and 5th in the Mojo folk top 10 for 2007.
You can also listen again to the Tom Robinson show from last Tuesday 18/Dec on the Radio 6 website, he played 3 live tracks from the IV RFH gig: Acres of Ground, Cold Haley Rainy Night, Hard Times of Old England
We wish everyone a great Christmas and a happy New Year and well see you all hopefully in a field somewhere on the summer festival circuit.
The Village People
Farook from Joi featured in this weeks edition of 'Reproduced' on Bobby Friction's weeknight evening show.
'Reproduced' is where a producer gets creative and mashes up tracks and beats to showcase their production skills in a 10-15 minute montage. It can be as experimental as they want - the more creative and abstract the better.
Click the link below to listen again on the BBC website
Real World Records have today released a double CD "Long Way Down" with music featured in the TV series of the same name - Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's epic motorcycle journey from the northern-most tip of Scotland to the southern-most tip of Africa.
01 Stereophonics Long Way Down
02 Maryam Mursal Somalia, Don't Shame Yourself
03 Geoffrey Oryema Ye Ye Ye
04 Afro Celt Sound System Shadowman
05 Joseph Arthur Exhausted
06 Ben Onono Blink
07 Adrian Sherwood Majestic 12
08 Martyn Bennett Move
09 Spaccanapoli OMare
10 Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila Dodoma
11 Ayub Ogada Kothbiro
12 Abdelli Adarghal The Blind In Spirit
13 Sheila Chandra The Enchantment
14 Spaccanapoli Santa Notte
01 Big Blue Ball Whole Thing Original Mix
02 Dub Colossus Azmari Dub
03 Maryam Mursal Take Care
04 Zawose & Brook The Bedbugs Bite
05 The Boxer Rebellion The Gospel
06 Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited Marudzi Nemarudzi
07 Ghorwane Majurugenta
08 Abdelli Walagh
09 Hassan Hakmoun & Zahar Soudan Minitara (Bumbastic Mix)
10 Hukwe Zawose Sisitizo la Amani Duniani
11 BT & Sasha Da-ka-ne
12 Geoffrey Oryema Makambo
13 Afro Celt Sound System Onwards
14 Bernard Kabanda Nnankya
15 Musicians Of The Nile Zahrafat Al Saiid
16 Geoffrey Oryema The River
On November 20, 22 and 24 Yungchen Lhamo accompanied an exception site-specific dance work 'Walking The Line' created by world renown American choreographer Bill T Jones. It took place in one of the museum's most spectacular locations (the one-hundred meter perspective stretching from the Winged Victory of Samothrace, to the Renaissance Arch (from the Stanga Palace) in which the celebrated sculptures of Slaves by Michaelangelo are framed. Solo percussion was performed by Florent Jodelet.
Nicolas Gailbert from Sony ATV Music Publishing gave us his report of this powerful and moving performance:
"In our mind, "Walking the line" will remain a very special souvenir, not only because it's obviously heavy to organise such an event inside the Louvre museum - I thought it would take place in the auditorium. The vision of Yungchen singing a capella and covering the 100 meters Gallery, from the Michel Ange's Arch to the Victoire de Samothrace's stairway where we were seated,
was a pure moment of emotion. Supported by Bill T.Jones' choregraphy and Florent Jodelet's drums, she flew over 15 centuries of sculptures, from Greece to Renaissance, as if by magic. "