Long time Real World Records artist and member of The Gloaming Iarla Ó Lionáird has turned his hand to acting as well as singing in the new John Crowley directed film Brooklyn.
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015, is based on the book of the same name by Colm Tóibín and has been adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby. It tells the story of young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) as she navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn.
Ó Lionáird plays the character of Frankie Doran giving a performance worthy of special mention by Mark Kermode in his film review for The Observer newspaper:
"In one sublime sequence that echoes the poetry of the Pogues' Fairytale of New York, Eilis serves a communal Christmas dinner to the downtrodden men who "built the tunnels and bridges", one of whom (played by angel-voiced Iarla Ó Lionáird) stands to sing the traditional Irish love song Casadh an tSúgáin. Wisely, Crowley allows Ó Lionáird's voice to ring unaccompanied before Michael Brook's orchestration appears (wonderful to hear a score that is lyrical without recourse to the ladle), a montage of silent faces offering fleeting portraits of homes left and loves lost."
Composer Michael Brook has worked extensively with Real World Records, collaborating and producing albums with artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and with Iarla on his debut Seven Steps to Mercy.
The film itself is getting rave reviews with five stars and 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, whist Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian gives four stars "A very heartfelt and absorbing film", as does Kermode's Observer review "Those who discover the film, whether by design or accident, will be wooed by its subtle spell and enriched by its deceptively low-key charm", whilst the Daily Telegraph calls it "pulse-quickeningly good".
Final word to Iarla himself; "It was such a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful story."
9Bachhad two live shows in the UK in November 2015.
The gigs were memorable ones, the first time the band played live since finishing the recording of their new album at Real World Studios.
The dates were:
5 November 2015 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool.
8 November 2015 - Anvil Arts Centre, Basingstoke.
The October release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is a fascinating and powerful soundscape entitled Be One.
The UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015, designed by Wolfgang Buttress. Credit: Hufton + Crow
The music was initially created by Kevin Bales and Tony Foster (who've worked with Spiritualized, Julian Cope, Dave Gahan and Mark Lanegan, amongst others) to provide the soundscape for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. Since then the project has progressed into the full album now available on Society of Sound.
The 2015 Milan Expo brought together 145 participating nations under the theme "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life". The UK Pavilion, designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, highlights the plight of the honeybee focusing attention on the importance of pollination.
The album you can hear now on Society of Sound is a constantly changing and evolving symphony - a dialogue between bee and human.
Fatteliku the new live album from Youssou N'Dour e Le Super Etoile de Dakar is released today on CD and download. The album captures Youssou and his band recorded live in Athens in 1987 at a pivotal moment in their career.
Already a star in his native Senegal, Youssou's vocal contribution to the Peter Gabriel track In Your Eyes, from the So album, and the subsequent support slot on the globe-trotting So tour was instrumental in bringing the young N'Dour and his band to an international audience.
It is the first time that this concert performance has been available on CD or download and to listen to the performance captured by the Fatteliku album is to hear a global superstar in the making.
Reviews for Fatteliku
"..the exuberance of his singing amid talking drums remains intoxicating... Happy Days." - The Observer
"You could argue that 1987 was Youssou N'Dour's peak; certainly at this concert, an Athens warm-up for Peter Gabriel, he was in superlative voice" - **** The Financial Times
"The mood is hot, raw and fervent, with the Greek crowd audibly engrossed in every note. Youssou's band are firing on every possible cylinder… Youssou's gilded shriek has a shimmering expansiveness" - **** Songlines
"Captures the essence of the energy and excitement from that time" - ***** fROOTS
"Few bands at the time could produce such a seductively joyful sound" - The Arts Desk
"an outstanding and essential collection" - FolkRadio.co.uk
9Bach have just announced a new UK album tour in April/May/June 2016. These special shows will coincide with the release of their second album on Real World Records. Full details on the forthcoming LP will follow.
9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas. Their 2014 album Tincian was the worthy winner of the coveted Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015.
Support on all dates comes from Twelfth Day.
The Gloaming announced live shows at the Union Chapel (London) in February & The National Concert Hall (Dublin) for February and March 2016.
26 February -Union Chapel, London
27 & 28 February, 1 & 2 March - The National Concert Hall, Dublin
These special events coincided with the release of their second album on Real World Records.
Even before The Gloaming released their debut album in 2014, the Irish Times hailed them as "one of the great forces in Irish music." The group has quickly become one of the world's most renowned live acts, performing to packed houses at the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Mexico City's Teatro de al Ciudad, New York's Lincoln Center, and WOMAD festivals worldwide, as well as selling out multiple concerts at home from Dublin's National Concert Hall to the Cork Opera House. Their live activity climaxed with the historic Ceiliúradh concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, during which they performed for an audience including Irish President Michael D Higgins to commemorate the Republic of Ireland's first state visit to Britain.
The self-titled debut album was similarly acclaimed, winning Ireland's Choice Music Prize for Album of The Year, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and making year-end best-of lists in America (NPR Music) and the UK (Mojo Magazine), as well as an Album of the Year in The Irish Times.
The September release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile de Dakar recorded live in Athens in 1987 and is available now. The album is called Fatteliku and is being made available via Bowers & Wilkins in advance of its wider commercial release on Real World Records on 16 October.
The recording captures Youssou and band at a pivotal moment in their career. Already a star in his native Senegal, Youssou's vocal contribution to the Peter Gabriel track In Your Eyes, from the So album, and the subsequent support slot on the globe-trotting So tour was instrumental in bringing the young N'Dour and his band to an international audience.
"I was blown away by the music, the rhythms and one of the most extraordinary voices I'd ever heard, which I thought at the time was like liquid gold" said Peter Gabriel of the first time he saw Youssou play live. The performance captured by the Fatteliku album is full testament to that, revealing a global superstar in the making.
It was such a difficult decision to choose the winner of the Totó La Momposina Remix Competition with so very many notable mixes being delivered and so many different styles and approaches being utilised by the mixes.
But decide we must and as such we're delighted to announce the winner of the Remix Competition is…. DJ Nirso. Your prize will be on the way to you very soon.
We'd really like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and to share their brilliant mixes with us. It was tough to choose the winner but great fun to listen to all the entries and argue about who should win! Many thanks again!
And as Totó herself says: "The roots of ancestral music are profound. It's great when they reach the young in such new ways! Thanks to all who participated."
You can listen the winning mix below:
On 16 October 2015 Real World Records will release the album Fatteliku by Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour.
The album captures Youssou and his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar at a seminal moment in their career as they travelled the world as the main support act on Peter Gabriel's So Tour.
Recorded in Athens, Greece in October 1987, and never previously available on CD/Download, the album features not only Youssou's full live set but also a rousing version of In Your Eyes, with Youssou joining Peter Gabriel on stage.
As Peter says in his introduction of the band to the Greek crowd that October night; "You are about to see a remarkable group of musicians, playing some of my favourite music. I ask you to give them a warm reception and a good listen: Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile de Dakar!"
Almost thirty years later, you too can now enjoy the young N'Dour, just 28 at the time and already and big star in West Africa, as he makes that final step towards international stardom.
John Metcalfe and band had two live shows during September 2015 where they played, amongst others, tracks from his album 'The Appearance of Colour.'
On stage with John were Daisy Palmer (drums), Ali Friend (bass), Tom Cawley (piano), Louisa Fuller (violin), Will Schofield (cello) and Rosie Donovan (vocals).
The shows took place on:
19 September - Galeri Caernarfon
26 September - Kings Place, Hall Two, London