What a fantastic WOMAD weekend that was! We had plenty of sunshine, delicious food and of course music from every corner of the globe.
We hope you had a chance to experience some of the Real World Records artists and music too. The Grit Orchestra kicked things off to a fantastic start on the Open Air Stage on Friday afternoon, with an incredible orchestral version of the late Martyn Bennett's album.
Sidestepper got everyone grooving on Saturday afternoon on the Siam Stage, with a great set featuring tracks from their latest album, Supernatural Love.
The Breath wowed the packed crowd at the Ecotricity Stage on Sunday night, with a beautiful performance of tracks from their debut album Carry Your Kin.
The Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016 was also a popular location throughout the weekend, with the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system providing impressive sound quality for performances from Stuart McCallum, Hollie Stephenson, Dawn Penn, The Anchoress and more.
Hope to see you next year for WOMAD 2017!
Earlier this week we enjoyed a special live performance from the Colombian band Sidestepper.
The group are currently touring in the UK performing at different festivals, including WOMAD on Saturday.
The performance, which took place in the Big Room recording studio, was also live streamed via the band's Facebook page, which you can watch here.
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for July comes from singer-songwriter Ben Taylor.
Though born into a musical world (his parents are James Taylor and Carly Simon) it wasn't really in Taylor's mind to become a singer until he was into his twenties. His first album release Famous Among the Barns was released in 2003 but it took until Another Run Around the Sun , in 2005, for Taylor to feel he'd started to create something which represented his true musical nature.
" My music is a huge amalgamation of things and influence and styles, but it's very much made up of music that my parents made that I heard growing up, it's ingrained in me. I have a hard time separating between the two."
The Another Run… album was co-produced by Kevin Bacon and Bacon is again the producer for this month's B&W release Naked. A live performance in a stripped back format.
With less than a week to go until WOMAD (28 - 31 July), the final line up for the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016 is now confirmed.
Bowers & Wilkins developed the Sound System to bring studio-quality sound to the festival environment and the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system is making an exclusive UK festival appearance at this year's WOMAD.
Saturday and Sunday will kick off with vinyl listening sessions of two of Peter Gabriel's iconic albums, Passion and US and throughout the weekend you can expect a highly curated line up of sound pioneers, DJs, listening sessions and live acts intended to showcase the system's versatility.
> Jah Shaka - 11pm
> Dawn Penn - 8.15pm
> Akala - 6pm
> Native Dancer - 4pm
> A Guy Called Gerald - 2pm
> Francois K - 11pm
> Black Devil Disco Club - 8.30pm
> Cats Eyes - 6pm
> Hollie Stephenson - 4pm
> Gwilym Gold - 2pm
> Paddy Steer - 12pm
> Classic Album Playback - A Vinyl Listening Session: Peter Gabriel's Passion
> Optimo - 11pm
> The Invisible - 8.30pm
> The Anchoress - 6.15pm
> Vessel and Immix Ensemble present 'Transition' - 4pm
> Stuart McCallum - 2pm
> Nick Luscombe & Steve Hellier - 12pm
> Classic Album Playback - A Vinyl Listening Session: Peter Gabriel's US
With less than a fortnight to go until this year's WOMAD Festival, here's a reminder of the Real World Records artists and music that you'll be able to experience live over the weekend (28 - 31 July 2016):
The Grit Orchestra
The late Scottish musician Martyn Bennett's fifth album, Grit, brilliantly fuses together traditional Celtic and modern music. Over 10 years on since it's release, The Grit Orchestra will be performing a full orchestral version of the album at WOMAD on Friday afternoon, an extraordinary show from the opening ceremony of the 2015 Celtic Connections Festival.
Currently touring the UK this summer, Sidestepper will be bringing a slice of Colombian sunshine to WOMAD this year, with their rootsy Latin beats and tracks from the new album Supernatural Love.
This is the latest signing to Real World Records, consisting of Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly and McCallum's fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers. This is a great opportunity to see the band perform songs from their brand new album, Carry Your Kin. Stuart McCallum will also be performing solo at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016.
Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 2016
To add to the excitement for this year's festival, Sound System, the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system from Bowers & Wilkins will be making an exclusive UK appearance at WOMAD. Each day features special live performances, electronic live sessions and a closing DJ set. View the full line up here.
The latest band to be signed to Real World Records, The Breath, have released their first album today.
Carry Your Kin is now available on CD, vinyl and download from:
The album mixes Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly's lyrics pour forth from her own life in a torrent of meaning. She sings songs of birth and death, woman's rights, first love, the call of motherhood, the death of men at sea and post-colonial wrongs, all interwoven with the electronic fabric of guitarist Stuart McCallum's distinctive soundworld.
In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart as The Breath conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly's raw songs and soul cleansing vocals.
All delivered with compelling emotional honesty and a raw urgency as McCallum, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers delve deeply into the spaces between rock, ambient, folk and jazz to deliver a powerfully hypnotic accompaniment that moves from chilled soundscapes to rocking anthems.
The album was recorded in Manchester and at Real World Studios and mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake.
Sound System, the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system designed by British speaker brand Bowers & Wilkins will be making an exclusive UK festival appearance at WOMAD (28 - 31 July) this year.
Each day features a progressive and ambitious line up, including acoustic acts, special live performances, electronic live sessions and finally a closing DJ set - all from artists that are passionate about sound.
The line up is as follows:
> Jah Shaka
> Dawn Penn
> Native Dancer
> A Guy Called Gerald
> Francois K
> Black Devil Disco Club
> Cats Eyes
> Hollie Stephenson
> Gwilym Gold
> Paddy Steer
> The Invisible
> The Anchoress
> Stuart McCallum
> Nick Luscombe & Steve Hellier
Joseph Arthur has announced nine live dates in November 2016 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK and Ireland:
3 November - Botanic Rotonde, Brussels
4 November - De Amstelkerk, Amsterdam
6 November - Blue Shell, Cologne
7 November - Point Ephemere, Paris
8 November - Oslo, London
9 November - Deaf Institute, Manchester
10 November - Bodega, Nottingham
11 November - King Tuts, Glasgow
13 November - Whelan's, Dublin
The announcement follows the recent release of Joseph's fifth album on Real World Records, The Family, which is available now.
The June release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound relives performances from the diverse range of artist that performed at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage at WOMAD 2015.
The compilation features a truly eclectic mix of music from singer/songwriters to leftfield bluesmen, Moog synth players to trance pop maestros, experimental pianists to composers/sound manipulators.
The music that flowed through the genre-defining speakers - and features on this month's release - inevitably sounded crisp and clean, powerful and detailed. 135,000-watts of wrap-around sound delivering a truly special festival experience.
Bowers & Wilkins Live - WOMAD 2015, is available now and features performances from:
Richard Norris and Finlay Shakespeare
The Lake Poets
The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
Son of Dave
The latest band to be signed to Real World Records, The Breath, have released a new track from their forthcoming album today.
This Dance is Over is taken from the debut album Carry Your Kin, which will be released on CD, LP and download on 8 July.
The track is also available as an instant download if you pre-order the album from iTunes.
Watch the video below: