Photography: Rich Gilligan.
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for February is a very special preview of the new album by Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and Thomas Bartlett, collectively known as The Gloaming. Their new album The Gloaming 2 is available now on Society of Sound, one week in advance of the full commercial release on Real World Records.
You may think you know Irish music, but think again. The Gloaming have re-defined the music of Ireland, moving it in thrilling new directions. Steeped in tradition yet thoroughly modern, these extraordinary musicians instinctively respect their ancient roots whilst being bravely contemporary.
"The Gloaming. It's a particular quality of light, the transition between night and day. It's my favourite colour in the evening. And the music connects. It's not dark, not bright, not happy, not sad… yet it's on the cusp of all those things." says Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh.
The album, recorded at Real World Studios in December 2015, was produced by Thomas Bartlett and engineered and mixed by Patrick Dillett.
Photography: York Tillyer.
We're absolutely delighted to see the wonderful Spiro nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award this year.
The band are nominated in the category of Best Original Track for their track The Vapourer which features on their most recent album Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow.
Rather unbelievably it is the first time that the band have been nominated for a Folk Award, so we're even more pleased that it has finally happened this year.
The awards take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 27 April.
John Metcalfe has just announced a series of live dates in the UK, this May.
The composer, producer, violist, guitarist and arranger now turns band leader and front-man for these special live shows.
The four-piece band, featuring Daisy Palmer (Rae Morris) on drums, Ali Friend (Red Snapper) on bass and vocalist Rosie Doonan (Birdy) will perform music from Metcalfe's new album The Appearance of Colour as well as pieces from across his solo repertoire.
Metcalfe is tantalised by the prospect of taking the album on tour. "I'm excited to share the music with these incredible musicians to see where we go with it" he says. "Should be amazing".
8 May BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern
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13 May CORK Triskel Arts
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15 May MANCHESTER The Castle Hotel
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19 May BRIGHTON Great Escape Festival
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20 May OXFORD The Bullingdon
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21 May STROUD, SVA, Brunel Goods Shed
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28 May LEICESTER Cookie
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29 May LONDON Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room
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The brand new album from the pioneering Sidestepper, entitled Supernatural Love is released today.
The group have long been musical pioneers, taking new directions with each of their albums - and that sense of innovation and evolution continues with this new twelve track album, Supernatural Love, featuring the singles Come See Us Play and Supernatural Soul.
01. Fuego Que Te Llama 4:42
02. On The Line 6:29
03. Supernatural Love 3:38
04. Come See Us Play 5:38
05. Magangué 5:11
06. Song For The Sinner 5:16
07. Lover 5:37
08. La Flor Y La Voz (pt 1) 2:58
09. La Flor Y La Voz (pt 2) 3:33
10. Hear The Rain Come 4:15
11. Celestial 2:34
12: Supernatural Soul 3:41
The album is garnering a host of four and five star reviews with Mojo magazine calling Supernatural Love "the first best album of summer 2016", whist The Observer said "it's a joyous affair... [the] arch modernist goes organic."
Supernatural Love is available on CD, LP & Download.
Photography: York Tillyer.
Long-time Real World Records artist and member of the acclaimed Irish/American group The Gloaming, Iarla Ó Lionáird is the subject of a new documentary that will air on RTÉ One this Thursday, 4 February, at 11.15pm.
The documentary, entitled The Works Presents, is part of a special season of arts programmes on the Irish national broadcaster in which John Kelly meets five Irish artists on the cutting edge of their craft.
This week, John Kelly meets Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird whose career has led him to work with internationally acclaimed musicians and composers such as Nick Cave, Sinead O'Connor and Peter Gabriel as well as form groups such as Dublin's Crash Ensemble and Afro Celt Soundsystem. He has sung to audiences around the world including at New York's Carnegie Hall and Sydney's Opera House. O'Lionáird's voice has also been heard in films such as Calvary and most recently the Oscar nominated Brooklyn. His most recent collaboration, The Gloaming, has been particularly well received by audiences and critics alike and the group's second album is released by Real World Records on 26 February.
Other programmes in the season includes interviews with film director Lenny Abrahamsson; actor, writer and theatre artist Olwen Fouéré; theatre director Louise Lowe; and artist Brian Maguire.
The Works Presents: Iarla Ó Lionáird.
RTÉ One, Thursday 4 February, 11.15pm.
Supernatural Soul by Sidestepper is a feel-good tune with hints of gospel, soul, California sunshine and Latin boogaloo and it's available as a one track download now or delivered instantly if you pre-order the new album on iTunes.
The song tells of higher planes, spiritual paths and love that comes around, and around, and around … summing up the sentiments of Sidestepper's lovingly-crafted and groundbreaking new album Supernatural Love, released on 5 February 2016.
Supernatural Soul will also be released later on (on 15 April 2016) as a limited edition AA-sided coloured 7" vinyl with album track "Fuego Que Te Llama".
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for January is from East London newcomer Bee MC.
The album Cash is King is the result of an incredibly eclectic musical 'education' combined with prodigious talent and a barely constrained appetite for creativity.
Bee MC grew up listening to everything and anything: "Anything on radio, music played in people's cars or music played by family and friends." And he says that "Life" introduced him to the Blues. The introduction obviously hit home, because a modern British take on the Blues is the closest you can get to describing this hard to categorise offering.
The album is produced by Seb Roachford drummer, band leader and producer of Polar Bear, a multiple Mercury prize nominated experimental jazz band.
The second album by The Gloaming will be released on 26 February 2016 and available on CD and Double LP and as a Download.
The new album was recorded at Real World Studios over an intense and brilliant week in December 2015, and was produced by Thomas Bartlett from the group and engineered and mixed by Patrick Dillet.
The cover image comes once again from Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, the duo responsible for the group's first album cover (parkeharrison.com).
The twelve tracks on the album are a mixture of new compositions written by the group and newly arranged traditional pieces
The track listing is:
1. The Pilgrim's Song
2. Fáinleog (Wanderer)
3. The Hare
4. Oisin's Song
5. The Booley House
6. Repeal the Union
7. Casadh an tSúgáin
8. The Rolling Wave
10. Mrs Dwyer
11. Slán le Máighe
12. The Old Favourite
The CD and Download will be released on 26 February. The Double LP format will be released on 6 May.
If you Pre-Order the album via iTunes now, you will receive the track The Pilgrim's Song immediately as a download.
Hot on the heels of Youssou N'Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar's Fatteliku winning Best Re-Issue/Compilation in the 2015 fRoots Critics Awards, the magazine is now running a 'Best of the Best' poll.
Every year since 1986, fRoots magazine has asked a large international panel of experts - over 300 in recent times - to nominate the album of the year.
They are now looking for us all to help them pick the very best one out of all the annual winners and runners-up since the poll began.
We're delighted that Real World Records has two albums in the running:
Aurelio - Lándini
JUJU - In Trance
If you'd like to vote for one of our releases to be the best folk, roots or world music album of the past 30 years you can do so here
The closing date is 31 January 2016
The December release from Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from singer, songwriter, producer and storyteller Catherine Anne Davies, otherwise known as The Anchoress and is entitled Confessions Of A Romance Novelist.
Born in Wales, her parents took her to live in Australia at the tender age of 10 weeks old - the very moment she was old enough to fly. By the age of four she was back in Buckinghamshire, in a house that rang to the sounds of The Carpenters, The Beatles and Nilsson.
One band above all convinced her that it was possible to be fiercely intelligent, glamorously literary and, of course, Welsh: Manic Street Preachers. "Being a precocious, annoying, council estate girl who thought better of herself, I would literally write down every book and author that they had referenced in their old interviews," she says. "Then I'd go to the library and order Andrea Dworkin's 'Mercy' or Brett Easton Ellis' 'American Psycho'. The Manics changed my whole world."
When it came time to record her debut album, The Anchoress went into Hugh Padgham's studio in Acton along with her co-producer Paul Draper, and expected to finish it in five weekends. That was three-and-a-half years ago.
"The record felt like it didn't want to be finished," she says.
Confessions Of A Romance Novelist is a record that has been deliberated on. It is richer for the time it has taken, and that fact lends weight and meaning to every near-catastrophe that led here. Every trip and fall, even the literal ones, were obstacles for our protagonist to hurdle. Now they're stories to tell and you can hear them this month on Society of Sound.