On October 17,the Blind Boys of Alabama will be hosting their 60th Anniversary Show at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (USA). This concert marks 60 years since their first professional performance, also in Birmingham, back in 1944.
'Champagne and Grits' is causing a positive stir in the UK press! Speaking from New York where the recently reformed Tackhead have been playing, Skip MacDonald is interviewed by Andy Gill for The Independent. Read the full interview.
Combining music documetary and social documentary, MUTINY charts the meteroic rise of Asian music in 1990's Britain. Shot independently on digital video over 7 years Mutiny features Asian Dub Foundation, Joi, State of Bengal, Talvin Singh, Fun^Da^Mental and many more. The artists who emerged from this era became some fo the greatest innovators in British music mixing the influences of their parent's culture with electronica, hip hop, reggae and punk. Directed by New Yorker Vivek Bald, MUTINY has its UK premier on Saturday 2 October at 7.20 at the UGC Sgaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH as part of the Raindance Film Festival. Vivek Bald will be present for Q & A. Tickets can be booked in advance.
On the release today (20 September) of the new album "There Will Be Light" (Virgin Records) the response in the UK press couldn't be better ! The Guardian says of the album: "Harper's soft, blues-drenched vocals marry seamlessly with those of septuagenarian gospel veterans the Blind Boys.." The Independent On Sunday called it "Passionate, inspired, simple and uplifting....this does for gospel/blues what 'O Brother' did for country".
A unique show on Tuesday October 12 at New York's Apollo Theatre will see Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals on stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama. Following the release of their fantastic collaborative album 'There Will Be Light' (Virgin Records) this should be an extraordinary show!
The very wonderful legendary Tchad Blake has just finished mixing 'Guess You Got It', the new album by Pina. A selection of fabulous new songs absorbing influences from rock, blues, folk, New Orleans swamp sounds reinterpreted by Pina's wonderful unique voice!
Pina's new album will be released on the new imprint PRE in early 2005. She will be joining Liverpool's Sizer Barker as the second release on the label. Watch this space for news!
Iarla has been busy at his own studio at home in Ireland creating tracks for his new solo album. Expect the usual combination of exquisite heart-breaking Irish tunes in a unique contemporary context. Watch this space for news of the release date in 2005.
In between a busy schedule of other projects, writing sound tracks and solo work, the Afro Celts have had their heads down at their own Britannia Row studios in London creating the new band album. Due for release in Spring 2005......we hope to have some previews soon!