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RTÉ to broadcast The Gloaming concert film

We are pleased to announce a special Easter Sunday broadcast of a new concert film by Philip King which captures The Gloaming performing Live at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland on the final night of their 2018 Residency.

The film will be broadcast on RTE 1 on Sunday 1 April at 23:05 - and then available to view globally on the RTE player.

The film is the perfect compliment to group's recent album, the highly acclaimed, 'Live at the NCH' which features highlight moments culled from some of the band's record breaking 24 sold out shows at The National Concert Hall.

Quote from filmmaker Philip King:
"Given the power of The Gloaming's live performances and the unique relationship between the band and their audience, I've long wanted to find a way to capture the energy and beauty on film. I'm delighted to say that we've done just that. We were able to take a photograph of this incredible band at a unique moment in time. The Gloaming: Live at the National Concert Hall is something very special."

Quote from The Gloaming's Martin Hayes:
"Philip King understands our band and our music in a way that makes him uniquely qualified to visually represent what we do. He and his crew have done a masterful job of capturing the feeling and atmosphere of our NCH concerts."

The Gloaming brings together five musical masters. Steeped in traditional Irish music since birth, fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird are joined by New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill.

Published 28th Mar, 10:24am »

Society of Sound: KLARA

Out now on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is the new album from London-based, Swedish singer songwriter KLARA, entitled Blossom.

The album was recorded at Real World Studios in winter 2017 and mixed at Coronet Studios, London. The album was co-produced by last month's Society of Sound artist Erland Cooper.

Musically KLARA takes her pointers from the likes of Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, writing songs that mix hope and melancholy underpinned by a sumptuous voice and subtle studio magic.

"This record feels like a true representation of me right now," says KLARA. "Recorded in the countryside, surrounded by nature, close to water and celebrating hope both musically and lyrically in many songs on 'Blossom'. Real World was the perfect place to record this album."

Published 23rd Mar, 9:57am »

The Gloaming - Live at the NCH out today

Today marks the release of The Gloaming's Live at the NCH, a collection of performances culled from two years of shows at their residency in Dublin's National Concert Hall.

Siobhán Long of The Irish Times said of the performances: "They unquestionably capture the essence of this band whose live performances are akin to mesmerising, whirling dervishes ."

"Each musician (under the persuasive baton of producer Bartlett) brings subtleties and intricacies to the music that almost defy description."
★★★★★ Sunday Business Post

Published 2nd Mar, 1:08pm »

Society of Sound: Erland Cooper

The Bowers and Wilkins Society of Sound release for February is Solan Goose, the debut solo album by Erland Cooper.

Having grown up on the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, the project began as a gentle response to ease an anxiety and claustrophobia of working in a large city. Exploring a balance between alternative, ambient, electronic and classical music, he set out to create a sense of balance and calm for both him and the listener, while connecting identity, memory and place through music and cinematography.

"For the most part, each of the songs on the album generally started as an improvised piece," says Erland, "recording piano alone in peace or perhaps writing over an ambient layer, created out of experimenting."

Watch a live performance version of Maalie a track from the album:

Published 22nd Feb, 2:21pm »

The Gloaming reveal new video

The Gloaming have revealed a new video for the live version of The Booley House which is taken from the forthcoming album Live at the NCH/

The video features renowned artist Jacob Stack.

Of the video the band say; "We've enjoyed Jacob Stack's illustrations over the years and so took much delight in his new drawing celebrating the release of Live at the NCH."

Published 21st Feb, 3:33pm »

Spiro release The Copper Suite

Spiro have released their composition The Copper Suite, recorded live at Real World Studios in January 2018.

The Copper Suite was written for the centenary celebration of Bob Copper's life and work, at Cecil Sharp House in London on 24th January 2015. As the only instrumental group invited to take part in the event, Spiro were very honoured to join the fabulous array of performers from the world of English folk music, and to perform a specially composed instrumental suite based on tunes from the Copper family repertoire.

The Copper Suite is based on the following traditional English tunes from the repertoire of the Copper family: 'The Bold Fisherman', 'Lord Thomas' and 'Spencer the Rover'. All other composition elements in the piece are by Jon Hunt, Alex Vann, and Jane Harbour of Spiro.

'As one of my handful of favourite and most innovative instrumental bands working in English folk today, I always plotted to include Spiro in any live event I produced. How to fit them into a massive concert celebrating the centenary and (generally unaccompanied) songs of English folk giant Bob Copper held at Cecil Sharp House in 2015 provided only a slight challenge. I pointed out to them the beauty of many of the melodies in the Copper Family repertoire and wondered if they might work them into an instrumental suite. It turned out to be one of the hits of the night and I've been pestering them to record it ever since. Hurrah!' - Ian Anderson, Editor, fRoots Magazine; producer, Bob Copper Centenary Concert

The Copper Suite is available to download/stream now.

Published 16th Feb, 4:13pm »

The Gloaming announce new album Live at the NCH

The Gloaming will play seven sold-out shows at Dublin's National Concert Hall on March 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, their only live appearances of 2018. To mark this occasion, Real World Records will release Live at the NCH, a live album recorded at the beautiful concert hall which has become their home from home.

The Gloaming's shows at the National Concert Hall have become an event not to be missed with each annual residency selling out quicker than the previous one, and indeed faster than new shows can be added. Their debut performance at the hall in 2011 is a gig that will always be remembered as 'the one that sold out before they had written or rehearsed any music!'

The musicians of The Gloaming came together seven years ago to explore the possibilities of Irish contemporary music, and have since gone from strength to sparkling strength. And it's too late to stop now. What began as an experiment has turned into something truly compelling, enthralling and thrilling. Something which never fails to lift the heart or lift a roof. Something which connects you to old souls and wild ways and fierce times. Something which certainly didn't exist before, but which often feels as if it has been been part and parcel of the furniture forever.

To put Live at the NCH together Thomas Bartlett, the band's producer, sifted through two years of performances and settled on six tracks: "The Booley House, "Cucanandy", "The Sailor's Bonnet", "The Pilgrim's Song", "The Rolling Wave" and "Fáinleog". 

Using the studio recordings only as points of departure, these performances stretch out and roam in unexpected new directions, incorporating new tunes and rearranging old ones, filled with the excitement and delight of five master musicians coming together as one.

The Gloaming concert experience consistently leaves audiences breathless.

This band of trailblazers take contemporary Irish music into hitherto unchartered waters, enhancing the traditional rich, melancholic tones with modern hues of jazz, contemporary classical, post rock and experimental music. Away from home, their international touring schedule has been equally impressive, including such notable nights out as the Ceiliúradh at London's Royal Albert Hall (a celebration of the Irish president's first-ever state visit to Britain), Sydney's Opera House, New York's Lincoln Center, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, Mexico City's Teatro de la Ciudad, and Philharmonie de Paris. 

Published 1st Feb, 12:16pm »

Bothy Culture and Beyond

Three years after Celtic Connections commissioned a full orchestral version of Martyn Bennett's GRIT album for their 2015 opening gala, Greg Lawson and the Grit Orchestra were back at Celtic Connections on Saturday night, this time to celebrate Martyn's second album Bothy Culture.

The venue for this spectacular performance entitled Bothy Culture and Beyond was the 10,000 capacity Hydro Arena (Peter Gabriel had been one of the first artists to play the venue, one month after it opened in 2013), the biggest indoor venue in the city. A vast room equally matched by the show's musical and theatrical ambition.

Greg Lawson's full scale orchestral arrangements of Martyn's music captured the propulsive energy of dance music, whilst bristling with cinematic drama, visceral intensity and emotion. Add into the mix a representation of the Cuillin mountains, the aerial display skills of Aisling ní Cheallaigh and the All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre as well as Danny MacAskill (broken knee and all) and Alistair Clarkson re-imagining the epic stunt cycling from their video The Ridge (that Bennett's Blackbird soundtracked) and the effect was complete.

It is testament to Martyn's enduring legacy and continuing relevance as an artist that thousands of fans cheered the roof off the Hydro throughout the night. The strength of his music lends itself to reinterpretation and reinvention years after his death. It was a wonderful opportunity for Real World Records to work with Martyn on his final album Grit. We are sure it would make him smile if he could see what joy (and ecstatic dancing) his music engendered in a huge stadium this weekend!

Published 30th Jan, 10:30am »

Society of Sound: Les Amazones d'Afrique

This month's release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is the debut album by Les Amazones d'Afrique. Originally released on Real World Records last year, the album République Amazone, features Angélique Kidjo, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Mouneissa Tandina, Nneka, Pamela Badjogo and Rokia Koné - an all-female collective of west African musicians, campaigning for gender equality.

Barack Obama chose a track from the album La Dame et Ses Valises as one of his favourite songs of 2017.

Running on funk and blues with dabs of dub; ancient rhythms blending seamlessly with their western appropriated cousins, Les Amazones d'Afrique sound like an aural actuation of the new melting pot cities of the African continent.

Published 18th Jan, 6:56pm »

Zena Bacar: 1949-2017

Real World Records is saddened to hear of the death of Zena Bacar, singer with the Mozambican band Eyuphuro whose album 'Mama Mosambiki' we released in 1990 and who we were first introduced to at WOMAD Harbourfront in Toronto in the late 1980s.

Often referred to as the 'golden voice of Mozambique', Zena Bacar's philosophical view of the world fed Eyuphuro's contemporary songs of love and social criticism, providing a sharply observed commentary on life in Mozambique and particularly the inequalities faced by women in that society. After a period away from music a comeback album 'Yellela' was released in 2001 and a third album '25 Anos' followed in 2006, the same year as Eyuphuro's final international show in Portugal.

Our thoughts and condolences go to Zena's family and friends.

Zena Bacar - 1949 - 2017

Published 16th Jan, 3:36pm »

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