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Two Magical Gospel Albums at Special Christmas Price!

Buy Spirit of The Century and Go Tell It On The Mountain together from £20 (delivered in the UK).
We're bundling these two fantastic Blind Boys of Alabama CDs together to bring you some of the best Gospel music around.
"Spirit of the Century", is a stunning blend of classic gospel tunes and contemporary secular music, all reinterpreted in The Blind Boys' unique and passionate style.
With the festive season approaching what better time to pick up "Go Tell It On The Mountain" the CD Entertainment Weekly described as Jesus Choice "What Christmas album would Jesus listen to? Believers and non-might concur that this year, it'd be the Blind Boys of Alabama's Go Tell It On The Mountain (Real World). Guest stars either counter the Boy's gospel grizzledness (Chrissie Hynde, Shelby Lynne) or sound similarly septuagenarian (Tom Waits, George Clinton), with players like John Medeski turning up the spiritual-blues simmer." Now established as one of the legendary holiday albums of the decade!
Buy On Line direct from Real World!

Published 23rd Nov 2004, 6:27pm »

Special Offer Price on Limited Edition Sherwood Vinyl

Christamas Offer!! A unique opportunity to buy a special double vinyl edition of Adrian Sherwood's 'Never Trust a Hippy' at a newly reduced price of only £ 13.50 (including p&p) by mail order. Only a limited number cut!

Published 23rd Nov 2004, 6:26pm »

Christmas 2004 Tour for Blind Boys

The ever hard working BlindBoys embark on another Christmas tour beginning on November 28 in Boulder, Co. From there,they will spend the next two weeks in California, a week in the Midwest and Southeast, and end with two dates in Canada on Dec. 22 and 23- just in time for Christmas! Looking ahead into 2005, Real World will release the next studio album in the spring, along with our first DVD available through Eagle.
Keep checking Tours on our website for all the details.

Published 23rd Nov 2004, 6:24pm »

Daby Touré Builds on His Success in France

Daby will been touring Fnac stores in France - signing CDs and performing to fans. He appeared at Les Halles on 17 November and will be travelling to stores around France in January. His reputation is growing with great support at radio for the song 'Iris' which can be heard on his Real World release 'Diam'.

Published 23rd Nov 2004, 6:20pm »

Blind Boys on hit TV series 'Lost'

For American audiences, in case you missed it, The Blind Boys' version of Ben Harper's "I Shall Not Walk Alone" could be heard in the ending scene of last week's episode of ABC's hit series "Lost." That CD "Higher Ground" is now available (including performances with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) from Real World Records.

Published 23rd Nov 2004, 5:49pm »

Blind Boys Holiday Special on PBS for Viewers in the USA

The initial release of Go Tell It on the Mountain was followed by a tour which included special guests who sang or performed on the CD. In December 2003, a special holiday concert was held at the historic Beacon Theater in New York City, along with vocal guests Aaron Neville, Chrissie Hynde, Mavis Staples and Michael Franti, as well as musical guests Robert Randolph, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robilliard, and ace keyboard player John Medeski. PBS filmed that show and it will be presented as a Holiday special entitled BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - GO TELL IT ON THE MOUN TAIN as part of their December 2004 pledge drive (check local listings). The program will air nationally between Dec. 4- 14. The program features a mix of gospel standards, such as "Down By The Riverside" and "Amazing Grace," as well as holiday songs chosen in collaboration with the guests. Mavis Staples joins us on "Born in Bethlehem," a song she learned as a child; Chrissie Hynde performs "In the Bleak Midwinter," a traditional English Christmas song; and Aaron Neville sings "Joy to the World." There's also the holiday classic "Little Drummer Boy," with spoken word by Michael Franti. You will be able to purchase a DVD copy of the concert with your pledge to PBS.

Published 23rd Nov 2004, 5:42pm »

Skip "Little Axe" McDonald on BBC Radio 2

Tune in to The Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio 2 this Thursday evening, 25th November, to hear Skip McDonald perform with the band. The show runs from 8-9pm. Not to be missed.

Published 23rd Nov 2004, 2:04pm »

Martyn Bennett documentary nominated for Best Arts Documentary

At The British Documentary Awards - GRIERSON 2004, the BMG/ZOMBA Award for Best Arts Documentary was awarded to MAC TV for their film about Martyn Bennett.
(Director: David F Rea/Producers: Ann Morrison/Calum AngusMackay)
Martyn Bennett exploded onto the musical scene in the 90s with his electrifying fusion of Celtic music and driving dancebeats. But Martyn has been away from the performing circuit in recent years, waging a private battle with cancer. This unique profile takes us to his remote studio on Mull, where, during the lowest points of his illness he produced his astonishing new album ‘Grit’ a passionate and moving blend of archive recordings and electronica.

Private Eye editor and documentary maker Ian Hislop presented GRIERSON 2004. Ten awards recognising the very best in documentary-making were presented. The winners were selected from two hundred entrants by nine panels of judges from across the industry and beyond.

Published 12th Nov 2004, 3:24pm »

Martyn's 'Grit' Nominated for Scottish Music Award 2004

Martyn Bennett's album 'Grtit' has been nominated for a Scots Trad Music Award! Described in the nomination list as an 'unforgettable album' and Martyn as an artist who 'continues to astound'. You can vote for Grit on the Hands Up For Trad website. Hands up for Trad, in association with BBC Scotland Interactive, will be hosting the second annual Scots Trad Music Awards 2004 on Saturday, December 4th at 7.30pm in Edinburgh's Queen's Hall. The aim of the Awards is to celebrate Scotland's rich musical heritage and in doing so, create a high profile annual event to bring traditional music centre stage. The Awards encompass Scotland's thriving traditional music scene from Gaelic and Scots song, folk music, Scottish dance to pipe bands and more. This year's event will again be opened by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture. Tickets can be bought from the Queen's Hall (Edinburgh) Box Office 0131 668 2019 (priced from £8 - £15).

Published 9th Nov 2004, 3:43pm »

Charles Zawose - July 3 1970-October 24 2004

It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of Charles Zawose in hospital in Stockholm on Sunday 24 October. Charles had been ill for sometime and in spite of many efforts from friends and family to ensure he received the best medical care he finally became too ill to even travel home. Charles was in Sweden at the time for a series of performances fhaving travelled the week before from his home in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

Charles Zawose was the nephew of the legendary Dr Hukwe Zawose and they travelled together worldwide - touring in support of Peter Gabriel and WOMAD and recording for Real World Records and WOMAD Select. With the death of both Hukwe in December 2003 and now Charles we have lost the two most important performers of the beautiful and magical music of the Wagogo people of Doduma, Tanzania.

Published 27th Oct 2004, 6:48pm »

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