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Blues renegade Charlie Musselwhite burned up the stage in NYC last night, playing with his smokin’ Sanctuary band-Charlie Sexton, Jared Nickerson and Michael Jerome-to an excited, appreciative sold-out crowd. The band previewed songs from SANCTUARY, Musselwhite’s powerful new album to be released April 6 on Real World/Narada. SANCTUARY takes the listener through the gritty territory of Musselwhite’s life, opening into personal themes of melancholy and darkness. Musselwhite, whose career spans 40 years and 33 albums, has plenty to say here, covering Ben Harper, Randy Newman, Townes Van Zandt, Sonny Landreth, Savoy Brown and Eddie Harris, as well as four originals. As Musselwhite commented in a recent interview in the NY Daily News (2/24), “These are dark times. People need a refuge, a place they can sort things out and find some healing. I hope this record can be one of those places.”

Charlie Musselwhite will now bring his legendary harp-playing to SXSW for a truly special one-night-only show at the Continental Club on March 19 at 11pm with fellow guitarist Charlie Sexton and drummer Michael Jerome, both of whom lent their masterful playing skills to SANCTUARY.

“In recent years, his singing and guitar work have grown as assured as his harmonica work.”
New Yorker 3/1/04

“...the world’s greatest living blues harmonica player, is going to blow the roof off...and yes, there are only 10 little holes in that thing.”
NY Press 2/25/04

Published 2nd Mar 2004 »

Unbelievable Third Time Winners!

The Blind Boys of Alabama have won their third Grammy in a row with 'Go Tell It On The Mountain' at the 2004 Awards. Following success with their two previous albums on Real World Records this is a wonderful vindication of years of hard work and serious talent...congratulations!!

Published 9th Feb 2004 »


Sevara Nazarkhan has won the 2004 BBC Radio 3 World Music Award (in the Asia/Pacific catagory). The news was announced today on BBC R3's World Roots programme by Charlie Gillet and Lucy Duran. Sevara will be performing at the winner's concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on March 9th (which will be broadcast live on BBC radio 3 and seen on BBC television).

Published 31st Jan 2004 »

Sevara Nazarkhan

Anyone who saw Sevara as part of the Growing Up Tour last year, or who has enjoyed her Yol Bolsin CD on Real World Records might like to give her their support in the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2004.

The audience award is a chance for the public to vote for their favourite artist of 2003.

Published 15th Jan 2004 »

'Among Brothers' Recognised in Best of Year

Abdelli's latest release 'Among Brothers' has been named as Best World Music Album of 2003 by Le Soir, Belgium's biggest daily newspaper.

Published 7th Jan 2004 »

'Grit' Celebrated as Folk Album of the Year

Martyn Bennett's 'Grit' has been named as Folk Album of the Year in Scotland On Sunday newspaper:
'Made in the midst of his battle with cancer, Bennett uses his most trusted tools from the Scottish tradition to sample travellers and Gaelic singers, catapulting them into the modern world with thrilling beats and full-on techno. It is a collage of archive recordings from the Scots and Gaelic traditions integrated with Bennett’s trademark contemporary dance beats. This collection is carried by monumental voices. The Roma provide the strongest, but listen to ‘Liberation’ for a Gaelic psalm using the singing of Murdina and Effie Macdonald and the gravelly voice of Michael Marra reading Psalm 118 in English.'

Published 7th Jan 2004 »

Sevara On The Ticket

Sevara Nazarkhan will be interviewed on the BBC World Service arts programme The Ticket on January 10th. You can listen again on line at the link below.

Published 17th Dec 2003 »

Sevara in Pick of the Year

World Music broadcaster, writer and general music guru Charlie Gillett has listed Sevara Nazarkhan's 'Yol Bolsin' in his top 10 albums of the year. Charlie has been a great supporter of the newly-discovered Sevara and she has featured on his show several times over the last year.

Published 16th Dec 2003 »

Sizer Barker sign to Real World Records

Formed in Liverpool in 1999 by vocalist Carl Brown, Sizer Barker, have had their first success with the independently released single 'Day By Day'. Critically acclaimed and loved by the press 'Day By Day' was a Radio 1 (UK) record of the week.
"..a strange and wonderful band...The only thing you can be sure about is that it sounds brilliant" (NME)
"After a year of processed pop, Sizer Barker's sound is a wonderful, idiosyncratic thing." (The Guardian).
Finally the band have finished recording their debute album which will be released on Real World Reocords in Spring this space.

Published 11th Dec 2003 »

Blind Boys Bring On the Christmas Cheer

The Blind Boys of Alabama's first Christmas record in their 60-year history 'Go Tell It On the Mountain' has reached number 1 on the American Gospel Chart and has broken in to the Billboard Top 200.

Look out for the legendary band on 'The Tonight Show' on December 15, the Wayne Brady Show on the week of December 22 and 60 Minutes II on December 24 and a special Christmas Day performance with Aaron Neville on The Today Show.

Published 11th Dec 2003 »

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