Spiro are this month's artists on the Real World curated Bowers and Wilkins Music Club. You can see them here talking about recording the project at Real World Studios, with an introduction from Peter Gabriel. Catch them this month at The Music Club, live at The Bell in Bath on Monday 30th March, at upcoming festivals - Wychwood and WOMAD Charlton Park and in projects coming soon with Real World Records.
"Spiro are at the forefront of the new wave of inspirational English acoustic music - unique arrangements that transport you into gorgeous landscapes. Essentially English, beautifully brilliant with timeless melodies." Karen Tweed
livinginperu.com has a review and photographs of Box's wandering minstrels from the opening concert of their tour.
"Every concert is different depending on the audience, and as Peter Gabriel took his bows, it was clear that the palpable Peruvian energy had once again worked its magic..."
Daby Touré brought his energetic live show to London's Jazz Cafe on Wednesday night where he was joined by the legendary Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald.
Daby's live dates come highly recommended, as does his recent collaborative project with Skip. If you are in the South West of England you can catch Daby this weekend in Bristol.
An exciting new discovery for us has been the Chinese singer Mamer. Introduced to us by English producers Robin Haller and Matteo Scumaci, Mamer is a cult figure at home, an underground hero playing venues of Beijing's leftfield music scene. His debut album 'Eagle' is haunting, lyrical, ambient and subtle - a modern soundtrack to the wild open Kazak grasslands.
There is a touch of the renegade spirit here - of everyone from The Flying Burrito Brothers to The Velvet Underground and Nick Cave. Here are traditional Kazak folk songs and Mamer's own compositions, and guests including Grammy winner Bela Fleck (on a Chinagrass duelling-banjos-style duet) and the late, great French producer Hector Zazou.
Mamer is revitalising the ancient songs and instruments of his heritage in windblown western China, with an alt-country aesthetic.
As a special offer, available only from our online shop, we are giving away a download of a track not available on the final album, 'Proverbs' (Hector Zazou remix) to anyone who pre-orders the album.
Daby Touré will be playing a stripped down high energy acoustic slot on Saturday 28th March at Hyde Park as part of the Put People First march in London that day. Thousands of people will be taking part in the march ahead of the G20 summit on the global financial crisis. The march will end at Hyde Park where various artists including Daby Touré will be playing.
WITNESS has been collecting signatures on a petition asking Mexico's President Calderon to resolve the disappearances and murders of hundreds of women on the Mexico / U.S. border. Put your signature on the petition that Peter will deliver to the Mexican government on March 27th. Please sign it if you haven't already and send to your friends asking them to do the same. We only have until March 27th to grow this petition!
Kicking off the UK Festival season is Wychwood Music Festival at the end of May. Launched in 2005 Wychwood quickly gained a happy audience and a great reputation for eclectic programming. The festival's name comes from the ancient forest that once covered large parts of Oxfordshire, but the festival has found its own home over in Gloucestershire and is steadily becoming that county's largest music festival. It was described as 'a bijou Glastonbury' by The Independent.
Returning to Europe for a series of dates Dub Colossus In A Town Called Addis bring together musicians from Ethiopia and the UK in a unique collaboration. "...As if Lee Scratch Perry were producing Éthiopiques" (Financial Times) "The result is a sprawling idiosyncratic delight that strives one minute for the epic gravitas of great film music and the next just settles into a pleasantly exotic groove." ( The Word).
Bringing the group together for live performances is an epic undertaking of logistics, funding and visas. We are delighted that Wychwood will be their first show of the summer. Watch out for the group at WOMAD Charlton Park in July and further appearances listed under our Tour section.
Dub Colossus at Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse - Sunday 31 May 2009
As the release of Daby Touré and Skip McDonald's mini-album "Call My Name" on 9th March draws near the pair will be in the UK doing various interviews and performances to promote the record. On Friday 6th March Skip McDonald will be interviewed on BBC5 Live for the Up All Night Show to be broadcast in the small hours. On Saturday 7th March between 6.15pm and 7pm Daby will be performing a track from the record on BBC Radio 4 on the Loose Ends programme. Of course thanks to the wonders of IPlayer on the BBC website these programmes should be available to listen to again.
Daby Touré is the latest artist to feature on Real World's remix site www.realworldremixed.com
Remix Daby Touré's track Setal and be in with a chance to win an ipod Nano and jam with Daby over the winning remix at his show in Amsterdam on April 11th.
Setal is from Daby Toure's second studio album 'Stereo Spirit' released in February 2007 on Real World Records. Stereo Spirit is truly a solo album as Daby played all the instruments himself.. "I made this album alone, and like Diam I played all the instruments myself. It's much easier to say what you want to say when you know exactly what you want,".
Daby will be touring throughout March and April in Europe with dates in the UK between 12th and 21st of March. Daby will be joined by Skip on selected UK dates. Visit the tours section of this site for further details.