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Iarla Launches New album at Real World Studios

Iarla O Lionaird finished a week of rehearsing his new band with a live performance on the afternoon of August 8 at Real World Studios. This was the first outing for the band which features Graham Henderson (keyboards/accordion), Steve Jones (guitars) and Liam Bradley (drums/percussion). In front a small audience of guests from the media and his record company this was a wonderful informal lauch for this new album 'Invisible Fields' which will be released on August 22. Extracts from the afternoon concert which took place at Real World Studios Big Room will appear on Iarla's website shortly.

Published 8th Aug 2005, 6:31pm »

Iarla sings on the BBC

Iarla appeared in the BBC Northern Ireland series Ceol I gCuideachta...(Music in the Company of...). You can read about the show and watch a clip of Iarla's performance at the link below.

Published 21st Jul 2005, 10:22am »

Blues harmonica icon Charlie Musselwhite sits in with Ben Harper in Los

Ben Harper fans got an unexpected treat in LA Sunday when Charlie Musselwhite sat in with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
during their intense, sold-out show at the Music Box at the Fonda Theater.

Musselwhite is the legendary harmonica player who, with his Southside Chicago cool and slicked back look, inspired Dan Akroyd's Blues Brother
character. Charlie was called out midway in the set and later for the encore, jamming with Ben and his band on two unreleased Harper originals,
"Dressed in Black" and "Gather Around the Stone." He also played and sang with Ben on "Homeless Child," a Harper song that Charlie recorded on his
2004 Grammy-nominated release, SANCTUARY (Real World Records).

Musselwhite, Harper and the Innocent Criminals first teamed up in the studio together along with John Lee Hooker on Hooker's BEST OF FRIENDS album. Then on Charlie's SANCTUARY, Harper performed on both the title track and
"Homeless Child." Since then they have played together a few times, including as part of Ben's three night run in Paris last November. The
amazing connection between the two artists will continue as Charlie has now joined Ben's tour for the next seven dates (through the July 27 show at New York City's Irving Plaza), after which Musselwhite has to jump ship for
European commitments of his own.

Published 20th Jul 2005, 1:37pm »

Iarla in the company of world class harps and poet Seamus Heaney.

Dublin was the venue for the Ninth World Harp Congress, an international festival that takes place in a different city around the world every three years. Representing all styles of harp music, from classical and traditional to improvised and world music, the festival features over 30 concerts in venues around the city, including the National Concert Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral and UCD, as well as masterclasses, lectures and exhibitions. The opening concert at St Patrick’s Cathedral was on Sunday 17th July and revisited the ancient collaboration between harpist and poet in a tribute to Ireland’s bardic history. It featured readings by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and performances by leading Irish harpists including Siobhan Armstrong, Grainne Hambly, Jean Kelly, Diane Marshall, Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Aine Ni Dhubhghaill. Iarla was only singer performing and had created a new song for famous harpest O'Carolan.

Published 20th Jul 2005, 1:14pm »

Daby Touré - American and Canadian dates announced!

This July sees a rare opportunity for American and Canadian audiences to catch this rising star of West African music. Daby will be performing first in Boston on 15 July and ending his tour in Chicago on 12 July. Check out full details on the Real World Records tour listings.

Published 8th Jul 2005, 11:55am »

Ozomatli - Catch the Live Vibe!

With a reputation as one of the best live bands around and with a growing band of fans to prove it Ozomatli are coming back to give UK audiences a treat. Check out the forthcoming tour dates - including the two V Festivals. Unmissable!

Published 8th Jul 2005, 11:36am »

Catch Pina On Irish Radio - 8th July

Catch Pina on not one but three different radio stations tomorrow! She will be performing tracks from her new album, Guess You Got It, as well as being interviewed on Cork Campus Radio (7.4FM), RedFM (104-106FM) and 96FM (96FM).

Both RedFM and 96FM offer live streaming via their respective websites.

Published 6th Jul 2005, 5:58pm »

Live 8: Africa Calling: BBC Five Live interview

Five Live's Phil Williams interviewed Peter Gabriel at the Africa Calling event on 2nd July.

Published 4th Jul 2005, 4:41pm »

Live 8: Africa Calling: Live web streams

Find out how you can watch and listen live to the Africa Calling Live 8 concert at Eden this weekend. The BBC has exclusive access to stream the entire event, so if you can't be there, follow the even from the BBC's site.

Published 1st Jul 2005, 5:02pm »

Thomas Mapfumo to release new album on Real World

The legendary artist and political activist Thomas Mapfumo from Zimbabwe will release his new album "Rise Up" on Real World Records early in 2006. Presenting new songs from the album Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will be performing at Africa Calling on Saturday 2 July as part of Live 8. There could not be a more appropriate artist to walk on stage and represent his nation and its people.

Published 30th Jun 2005, 10:57pm »

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