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Martyn Bennett's GRIT opens Celtic Connections this week

Celtic Connections opens this week with the live world première of Martyn Bennett's final masterpiece Grit.

Grit, originally released in 2003, is widely recognised as a towering landmark in contemporary Scottish music, and this year's festival also coincides with the 10th anniversary of Bennett's untimely passing. The performance - of this almost entirely studio-created album, reconstructed by violinist and composer Greg Lawson for a custom-designed orchestra of folk, jazz and classical players - extends his legacy triumphantly towards the future.

Centred on traditional music's purest primal essence, as distilled into Scottish Gaelic and traveller songs, Grit brought to bear the full visionary sweep of Bennett's genre-transcending artistry and technological wizardry, to both dazzling and inspirational effect. Several years in the writing, Lawson's reimagined version features a cast of around 80 musicians and singers.

"When you enter the landscape of Martyn Bennett's mind," he observes, "It's amazing how many people you need to accomplish what he did by himself."

Published 12th Jan 2015, 1:20pm »

GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story named

We're delighted that GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story won 'Event of The Year' at Saturday's MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, that took place in Inverness.
The Martyn Bennett Story is a theatrical exploration of one of Scotland's most innovative and maverick musical visionaries: Real World artist Martyn Bennett. The production was directed by Olivier Award winning theatre director Cora Bissett and written by one of Scotland's brightest writing talents Kieran Hurley.
You can read more about the Trad Awards in this piece from The Scotsman . Well done to everyone involved in the production!

Continuing the GRIT theme, 2015 will be the 10th anniversary of Martyn's untimely passing and with a mixture of celebration and commemoration the opening event at Celtic Connections 2015 will be the live world première of Martyn Bennett's final masterpiece, originally released in 2003, and widely recognised as a towering landmark in contemporary Scottish music. It should prove to be another memorable night.

Published 15th Dec 2014, 4:08pm »

Radiophonic Workshop - Society of Sound release for December

Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is ending the year in some style with a release from the famed musical collective Radiophonic Workshop, best known for defining the use of sound effects and pioneering sound design across popular TV, film and music over the past 50 years.

Having come to recognition as the founding members of the BBC's world famous electronic music department ('BBC Radiophonic Workshop'), the group have been lauded globally for delivering musically progressive and immersive appearances wherever they play.

Society of Sound offered the perfect environment for Radiophonic Workshop to express itself and this recording - made earlier this year at Real World Studios - was created especially for the Society of Sound release.

Dr Dick Mills of Radiophonic Workshop said: "We've been experimenting in the studio, mixing the old techniques with new ones, taking some of the methods we used when the Workshop began in 1956 and mixing them up with the very latest digital technologies. The Workshop took the approach that we didn't know what wasn't possible so we never really saw the boundaries in sound that others did. The producers would ask us to create a certain feel and we would imagine it - by whatever means we could. That has stayed the same and we welcome the freedom to be able to experiment in the studio in that way again."

For the first time, the group's unique form of electronica will be available in high-resolution 24-bit/48kHz studio quality download via Society of Sound - a music subscription download service that offers two hand-picked albums per month, delivered in partnership with Peter Gabriel's Real World and the London Symphony Orchestra.

The album Radiophonic Workshop is available now on Society of Sound.

Published 27th Nov 2014, 3:47pm »

Joi featured on Channel 4's new series

Dazed have teamed up with Channel 4 for a new series looking at music cults. British Asian Rave aired on Channel 4 last night and celebrates the musical and social phenomenon of the so-called 'Asian Underground', the anthem for many second generation British South Asians during the 1990s as they negotiated their Britishness.

The programme featured the Real World group Joi, whose DJ-led mix of brittle breakbeats and flowing Eastern grooves was at the forefront of the movement. Joi went on to release three albums, 1999's One and One Is One, 2002's We Are Three and 2007's Without Zero. Celebratory and devotional, progressive and respectful, laden with different emotions yet bound by a one-love aesthetic, they stole the hearts of critics, clubbers and exemplary music-lovers alike.

In 1997, Real World commissioned some of the leading lights of the UK's Asian Underground movement to remix and reshape the back catalogue of the late, great Pakistani qawwali singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The compilation features remixes from Joi, Asian Dub Foundation, Nitin Sawhney, State Of Bengal, The Dhol Foundation and others and was recently reissued as part of our Real World Gold series.

Published 27th Nov 2014, 3:47pm »

9Bach - Tinc (out now)

9Bach's TINC EP features four remixes of tracks from Tincian and a live session recording of the track 'Bwthyn Fy Nain' (from their debut self-titled album).

"We really love all these mixes, it's fascinating to see people's interpretation of the songs, and hear them take on another life. We love it that Gruff Rhys chose to remix Asteri Mou - he's a dear friend of ours and it's brill he took the Greek song to the studio and did what he did with it. It's the first time he's done a remix under his own name, rather than as band." - Lisa Jen

Watch the recording of Bwthyn Fy Nain, featured on the EP, recorded live at Real World Studios.

Published 14th Nov 2014, 5:46pm »

Cara Dillon – Society of Sound artist for November

Real World continues to work with Bowers and Wilkins to bring outstanding music for members of Society of Sound.  Presented this month is award-winning Irish singer Cara Dillon with her album A Thousand Hearts.

Produced and arranged by Cara’s husband Sam Lakeman the album features guests including Timothy B Schmit (The Eagles). The songs slip effortlessly between traditional ballads, Americana and folk.  Cara’s exquisite crystalline voice carries both beauty and poignancy - she is one of the most superlative singers of her generation.  

This is the opportunity to own this music in the best quality possible, audio at studio standard not heard before:  

“We had both 16bit/44.1 and 24bit/96 masters done with each being approached from a differing objective. To me there’s no comparison, the Hi-Res masters were given far more room to breath, have much greater detail and the dynamic is far greater.” - Sam Lakeman

Discover more about this Society of Sound release

Published 14th Nov 2014, 5:50pm »

The 29th Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2014

We're pleased to announce that four Real World albums have been included in The 29th Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2014. Both Aurelio's new album "Landini" and The Gloaming's self titled debut release are nominated for the New Album award. Also, Martyn Bennett's "GRIT" and our Real World 25 anniversary box are up for the Best Reissue/Compilation for 2014.

This year's winners will be revealed by BBC Radio 3 during World On 3 broadcast from 11pm on Friday 5th December, hosted by Lopa Kothari.

Published 4th Nov 2014, 3:03pm »

The Gloaming : ‘A Concert to Blaze In the Memory’

Following a fantastic series of concerts in Australia, including Sydney Opera House, The Gloaming return to Europe. Shows have sold out in Liverpool and Belfast and for three subsequent nights at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.  These promise to be electrifying shows…

“And when it’s all over the audience doesn’t hesitate to jump to its collective feet to give these amazing musicians the standing ovation they so richly deserve.”  -  - (Review of The Gloaming at The Sydney Opera House)

The tour continues - see the full schedual

Published 30th Oct 2014, 5:55pm »

Gruff Rhys remix of 9Bach premiering now on Line of Best Fit


Following the acclaim their outstanding album Tincian received upon its release earlier this year, on 17 November, 9Bach will release a digital only EP of remixes.

The Tinc EP features remixes of four of the albums tracks. The first mix on the EP is by Gruff Rhys who has re-worked ‘Asteri Mou’ turning it into a haunting and hypnotic song cycle, building toward a pounding climatic finish. It’s Gruff’s first remix undertaken in his own right.

The remix is premiering now on Line of Best Fit

Gruff says of his remix:

 “I love this song by 9 Bach - I worked with engineer Simon Jones in trying to exaggerate the natural rounds of the vocal parts - The plan was to create an R&B mantra that would build into a droning racket - that would transport us into another dimension, or at least out of Cardiff.”

The other remixes on the EP are by: Gravenhurst, who has turned ‘Lliwiau' into a “narcotised fug of heart-palpitation bass and wraith-like vocals” (The Quietus); Carcharorion, who have warped 9Bach’s interpretation of traditional folk song 'Pa Le?’, making it now sound as if celestial robots have joined Lisa Jen’s extraordinary vocals and Sir Doufus Styles (Cate Le Bon, Super Furry Animals, The Flaming Lips) whose mix of 'Wedi Torri’ is a subtle reworking, emphasizing the beauty of the original.

These four incredible, leftfield re-imaginings of 9Bach’s unique sound are complimented by a re-recording of the band’s exceptional track Bwythn Fy Nain, which originally appeared on their debut album. The re-recording is from a live session the band recorded earlier this year at Real World Studios.

TInc EP tracklist:

01 Asteri Mou - Loops & Drones remix, Gruff Rhys

02 Pa Le? - Carcharorion Remix

03 Wedi Torri - Sir Doufus Styles Mix

04 Lliwiau - Gravenhurst Remix

05 Bwthyn Fy Nain - Real World Session Version

Pre-order the Tinc EP now:

iTunes / Amazon

To celebrate their most successful year to date in November and December 9Bach will undertake a mini UK tour:


20th     St Donats Arts Centre - Book tickets

21st      Acapela, Pentyrch - Book tickets

22nd    Le Pub, Newport - Book tickets

23rd     Colston Hall, Bristol - Book tickets


4th        The Vortex, London - Book tickets

6th        Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda - Book tickets

*Tickets available now from:

Published 30th Oct 2014, 12:52pm »

Jef Neve – Society of Sound artist for October

Each month Peter and Real World Records work with Bowers & Wilkins to curate the music for Society of Sound – a meeting place for people who are passionate about sound.

Following hot-on-the-heels of the recent release ‘Mar De Leva’ a retrospective of the music of contemporary Colombia, this month’s release comes from a little closer to home and the debut solo album from acclaimed Belgian pianist Jef Neve.

The album, One, was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and after more than a decade travelling around the world, playing with all sorts of different bands, and being the driving force behind the award-wining jazz group the Jef Neve Trio, this is Neve’s first release as a solo artist.

At first I felt naked, deserted, a big confrontation with myself, as if I was looking into a mirror trying to reveal the reflection of my own personality. It took me half a day to reach that point where I could start to let go of my fears and energize the music, aiming for melodies that were never done before.

After the first recording session, my whole point of view of making a good new album changed completely, it had to be no less than perfect and from then on I accepted the personal challenge to do absolutely everything possible to make this album, whatever it would take.”

More details on the release of One and how to hear it

More details on Society of Sound

Published 22nd Oct 2014, 4:50pm »

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