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Joseph Arthur to perform at Rough Trade East

Joseph Arthur will be performing a live in-store performance at Rough Trade East in London on the 25th July ay 7.00pm.

Entry to the gig will be free and you will be able to obtain a wristband from Monday 22nd July from Rough Trade East. There will also be a Rough Trade Exclusive EP on sale, available for pre-order now.

Any remaining wristbands will be given out 1 hour prior to the stage time.

More information on this event

Pre- order the Rough Trade EP

Published 24th Jun 2013, 2:13pm »

Dazzling UK Premiere for The Gloaming

The beautiful, vaulted, gothic space of Islington’s Union Chapel was the perfect atmospheric venue for the UK launch of The Gloaming, performing music from their forthcoming album to be released in October.

The uncomfortable term ‘supergroup’ can be disappointing, but Wednesday evening’s performance went beyond all expectations. Some of Ireland’s finest players - the legendary Martin Hayes, the young fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, sean-nos singer Iarla Ó Lionáird met American guitarist Dennis Cahill and New York contemporary classical pianist Thomas Bartlett in a truly unique collaboration.  The virtuosity, the energy, the unexpected arrangements and the sheer beauty of the music left the packed venue jumping to a standing ovation.

“Hearing Ó Lionaird’s wonderfully rich timbre filling every last corner of the Union Chapel was one of the musical highlights of the year”  (The Arts Desk)

“…it’s a truly dazzling show, where extraordinary musicianship meets with old Gaelic numbers … delivered with a contemporary twist.” (The Irish Post - 5 stars)

Published 20th Jun 2013, 6:03pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Explore The Real World: A Series of New Compilations

Over the past 24 years, Real World Records have widened horizons and expanded record collections with unerring artistry and eclecticism, releasing extraordinary music from all corners of the globe. 

Explore our catalogue and discover hidden gems with these themed digital compilations. Perfect introductions if you’re new to Real World and ideal if you want to delve deeper into our musical vaults. 

We kick off with Real World: Africa Grooves 1 on 18th June. 

Sample 12 glorious grooves from this great continent of music. From Rossy’s Madagascan rapping to Juldeh Camara, the Fulani Coochie Man of Gambia; from the legendary soaring vocals of Papa Wemba to psychedelic trance of Speed Caravan. The diversity and richness will leave you breathless. 

Buy ‘Africa Grooves 1’ Now

A new compilation will be released every two weeks. Look out for Real World: Film & TV 1, Real World: Indian Classical and Real World: Remixed coming this summer.

Published 18th Jun 2013, 1:57pm 2 notes on Tumblr »

Joseph Arthur - The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 & 2


We are delighted that Joseph Arthur will be returning to Real World Records to release his new album The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 & 2

The double album, Acts 1 & 2, will be released on CD and digital on 9th September.  If you can’t wait until then, Act 1 is available digitally now

Pre order Acts 1 & 2 below:

iTunes / Real World

Published 11th Jun 2013, 2:07pm 2 notes on Tumblr »

The Gloaming's Debut Album

We are delighted to announce the release of The Gloaming’s debut album on Real World (Autumn 2013)

The group of extraordinary virtuoso musicians carve new paths, connecting the rich Irish folk tradition and the New York contemporary music scene. From haunting sean-nós songs to raucous folk explosions, they make music that is both ancient and utterly new. Featuring New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionaird – well known for his contribution to the legendary Afro Celt Sound System.


In their much-anticipated UK premier The Gloaming will perform at Union Chapel, London N1, Wed 19 June, 19:30. Followed by Premiers in Holland at The BimHuis, Amsterdam on Thurs 20 June and Paris for the Cite De La Musique Festival at Centre Culturel Irlandais Fri 21 June

 Moves the music of Ireland in captivating new directions.” The New Yorker Magazine

More information about The Gloaming

Published 7th Jun 2013, 8:03am »

A Samuel Yirga short film for Channel 4's Random Acts


On a recent trip to Ethiopia, Mango Films had the chance to film a few Random Acts for Channel 4. Producer Christopher Pencakowski and director Henrique Goldman are both great fans of Samuel Yirga’s music and they where delighted to be able to collaborate with him on this episode.

The idea was simple. Get a piano in the middle of the busiest street in Addis Ababa and invite Samuel to play a spontaneous performance for the city.

On the first attempt the team faced a city-wide power cut and by the time a new location was found near a generator the beautiful evening light had faded.


Two days later they were ready to try again. Of all places the local bank agreed to hook up some power for the piano and speakers - such is the way thing go in swinging Addis. Finally, just after 3pm, with kids let out from school and the afternoon sun shining bright, Samuel began to play.

“This never happens in Addis” says Samuel, who has done similar spontaneous performances in London and elsewhere but never in his native Addis. “This is much different from an audience in an auditorium or club and I think it’s a bit scary, but when I get into the music I don’t think it will be”.

The crowd that grew around Samuel’s piano where totally mesmerized and delighted by his playing. People leaned out of bus windows and street vendors took time out of their day to take in the moment. It was a wonderful treat.

Samuel performed Ambassel In Box Revisited. The short film will air next Tues night/Weds morning at 00:05 (BST) on Channel 4.

Find out more about Samuel Yirga

Goto the Channel 4: Random Act website

Published 29th May 2013, 12:44pm 3 notes on Tumblr »

Pina - The Work Room Sessions - Out Now

Rock singer/songwriter Pina was described on her debut album release as ‘musical magic’ by Billboard. On this previously-unreleased collection four of her classic songs are given space, openness and sensitivity in an acoustic performance in Real World’s Work Room studio. Her spellbinding husky vocals and smart alt-folk-country style are vividly showcased.

Discover more about 'The Work Room Sessions’

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Published 27th May 2013, 9:50pm »

Portico Quartet Live in the Boiler Room

Portico Quartet recently played a live set as part of Boiler Room’s Red Stripe Make Session 008.  

Watch a series of clips from the night, starting off with a performance of ‘Steepless’ featuring the magnificent Swedish songstress Cornelia.

Buy the new album 'Live/Remix’ now

Discover more about Cornelia

Published 16th May 2013, 12:12pm »

Special Offer on Dub Colossus’s award-winning album, ‘Dub Me Tender’

Dub Colossus’s recent album Dub Me Tender was the worthy winner of the Songlines Music Award for Cross-Cultural Collaboration. To celebrate, we are giving away three bonus tracks with every new purchase of the album from the newly launched Real World Store

As a big thank you to those who have already supported Dub Colossus and bought Dub Me Tender from our Store, these bonus tracks will automatically appear in your Real World digital library

Bonus tracks must be downloaded by close of offer on 13th June 

“Has the woozy, vertiginous vibe of an authentic Jamaican dub mix of the mid 70s, but also the crisp definition one expects today…” Songlines

Published 14th May 2013, 4:30pm »

Joseph Arthur new release on Real World


Joseph Arthur returns to Real World Records to release  'The Ballad of Boogie Christ’ - a new high point in his critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs.  Release dates (for the world outside of America/Canada) to be announced shortly for CD, digital and vinyl.  

“‘The Ballad of Boogie Christ’ is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a big production featuring horns and brass and living legends like Garth Hudson, Ben Harper, Jim Keltner, Joan Wasser and many others….It’s a concept album with a story arc about a man falling apart and coming back together in insanity and enlightenment. It’s a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens when you find it and lose it.

It all came from words and poems like seeds that bloomed into songs which themselves fathered some of the richest music I’ve made in 17 years of putting together records.  I can’t wait for you to hear it. This is the one I’ve been waiting for years to put out.”  Joseph Arthur

Discover more about Joseph Arthur

Published 9th May 2013, 9:47am »

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