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'Strange Folk!' The Crash Ensemble Compose for Iarla

Iarla continues to pursue his own adventurous and ground breaking musical journey. He is currently working with the respected experimental Crash Ensemble on a work that has been specially created for the sean-nos singer.

Strange Folk!

Crash Ensemble premier a new work by Dennehy for Iarla Ó Lionáird in Dublin and New York in 2007

Crash Ensemble: Strange Folk, 10 February, 8pm at Samuel Beckett Theatre and on 28 March at the Merkin Hall NYC.

In an eagerly anticipated highlight of 2007, Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading contemporary classical music group, will premier a new work by Donnacha Dennehy for Sean Nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird as part of a unique celebration of newly composed music inspired by the sounds and ideas of ethnic music.

Called STRANGE FOLK, this one-night concert at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, will not only be the occasion for the premier of Dennehy’s large new piece for Iarla and the group in advance of its New York debut, but for the first time in the ensemble’s ten-year history, they will be presenting work by the important composers Osvaldo Golijov, and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, alongside an Indonesian influenced piece by Bang On A Can’s Evan Ziporyn.

Published 13th Feb 2007, 12:38pm »

Joi's Without Zero is Top of the World

Without Zero is gathering critical acclaim from every quarter! The new album has been rated 'Top of the World' in the review section of Songlines magazine (March/April 2007 edition). The track The Blessing will appear on the cover mount CD along with the magazine when it hits the streets on February 16.

Published 9th Feb 2007, 6:40pm »

Joi special on Galaxy FM

Manga from Shaanti will be presenting a Joi special on his next Global Asian Sounds show - Sat 11 Feb. Airing on Galaxy FM Manchester between 2 and 4am, the show will feature selected tracks and remixes from the new album 'Without Zero'.
Tune in to preview the album before it's release on Monday 12 Feb.

Published 9th Feb 2007, 5:48pm »

Listen again to Farook's interview with Bobby Friction

Farook dropped into the Asian Network studio for an interview with Bobby Friction about the new Joi album and the Joi remix competition, which is currently running on

Listen again to the interview by clicking the link below..

Published 8th Feb 2007, 5:22pm »

Martyn Celebrated at Celtic Connections

The Real World night at this year's Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow paid tribute to the much loved, much missed Martyn Bennett with a short but outstanding set by Cuillin Music. This is what the press said:

"Cuillin Music continued to celebrate the memory of piper Martyn Bennett, under the direction of his widow Kirsten. Their urgent, dynamic assault with three fiddles, pipers, whistles and beats was particularly poignant as it marked the precise anniversary of Bennett's untimely death two years ago" ((The Scotsman)

"A storming set from Cuillin Music...was a stirring reminder of his legacy as the foremost new traditionalist. Reprising his pungent, juddering electro-reels, the band's fiddles and bagpipes blended into a wash of samples from the keyboard...a stark reminder of his ability to seamlessly meld traditoinal and contemporary styles" (The Independent)

"..Cuillin Music...continue to promote the rich and creative legacy of visionary composer and performer Martyn Bennett....They delivered a thrilling handful of tracks from Bennett's Bothy Culture and Hardland, keeping the flame alive by reworking the material rather than seeking simply to replicate the originals." (The Herald)

Published 8th Feb 2007, 4:26pm »

A Warm Welcome for Real World in Glasgow

On January 31st as part of Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival Real World presented its first showcase north of the boarder. In the beautiful venue of the Old Fruitmarket the audience were treated to a night of uplifting voices, superlative musicianship, dub and grooves from West Africa to Central Asia, London to Ohio!

" A near-capacity crowd was treated to a succession of outstanding performances, starting with the young Mauritanian singer-songwriter Daby Touré, whose supple, soaring vocals were framed by bracing taut, reggae-infused guitar, bass and percussion backing. Next up were Cuillin Music, the band who continue to promote the rich creative legacy of visionary composer Martyn Bennett, who died two years ago....who delivered a thrilling handful of tracks. Then came Uzbekistani singer Sevara Nazarkhan, a pixie-like figure with a ferocious voice, matched by the dub, dance and electronica backdrop from her four-piece band. Finally the Fruitmarket resounded to the mighty guitar virtuosity of Skip "Little Axe" McDonald, flanked by the heavy-duty rhythm team of Doug Wimbish and Keith LeBlanc (of the Sugarhill Gang) with live mixing by DJ/producer Adrian Sherwood... they stirred together a dark, delicious stew of blues, gospel and soul " (The Herald)

Real Word sends a big thank you to Donald Shaw and all the hard-working Celtic Connections team for their generous invitation to invade their Festival with something a little bit more alternative than Celtic sounds.

Published 8th Feb 2007, 10:21am »

Jan Fairley interviews Peter Gabriel for The Scotsman.

..."TALKING TO PETER GABRIEL, ONE IS struck by how he is as much into technology as music, and deeply involved in the political implications of both. You can see why Gabriel brought out the late Martyn Bennett's powerful roots-electronic album Grit on his label, Real World, and why he's excited that his connection with Bennett's "brave new music" has led to Real World's first Scottish showcase, at Celtic Connections next week...

...I've been lucky to meet Peter Gabriel several times over the years. Once, at an early WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) Festival in Cornwall, before his 1980s Amnesty Tour, we talked in his car about Chilean singer Víctor Jara and the exile of Inti Illimani. Another time, down at the Real World Studios for BBC Radio 4, he took me and the producer by surprise by rowing us up the millstream that runs under the studios, because, as he remembers now, "it was a glorious day!" The movement of the oars made recording the interview impossible, so we chatted until he stopped mid-river, then were slowly carried back downstream as the tape ran, before he insisted we stay for lunch..."

Published 29th Jan 2007, 6:18pm »

New Look and New Competition - win a day in the Big Room

Today sees some major changes to and the launch of our second Remix Competition - remixing Joi's 'Without Zero' could see you spending the day in Real World Studios flagship space, the Big Room.

We hope you enjoy the new look, the forum searching, the new sample pack, the radio, player improvements and competition features. As ever let us know if you have any problems with the site.

Published 26th Jan 2007, 7:53pm »

Värttinä NPR interview to hear online

You can catch up with Värttinä talking to NPR in America during their recent tour.

Published 26th Jan 2007, 11:14am »

'Without Zero' radio programme on air now

Launched now on the new Joi website, you can listen to the 'Without Zero' radio programme. Farook Shamsher aka Joi talks about the tracks on his forthcoming album. This is your chance to hear the new tunes before the CD is out on February 12! Just click on the link below!

Published 24th Jan 2007, 5:49pm »

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