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John Metcalfe Remix EP out now

Around the release of John Metcalfe's The Appearance of Colour album a number of remixes were commissioned for various tracks on the album.

These remixes can now be found in one place as part of the Remix EP which is released today, Friday 11 March.

The track listing is:

  • Sycamore (Etherwood Remix)

  • Kite (Red Snapper Remix)

  • Parsal (Grasscut Remix)

Buy the Remix EP now on iTunes

Listen now on Spotify

John will embark on the UK tour in May 2016. Head over to his website to see dates and buy tickets

Published 11th Mar 2016, 10:47am »

The Gloaming album #1 in Ireland

After an amazing week that started with a sold out show at London's Union Chapel and went on to include five (equally sold out) storming shows at Dublin's National Concert Hall the new album by The Gloaming reached #1 in Ireland on Friday 4 March.

Photography: Rich Gilligan.

Many congratulations to Iarla, Thomas, Caoimhín, Martin & Dennis from everyone at Real World and thanks to everyone who bought the album and came to the shows. Amazing!

Published 7th Mar 2016, 10:02am »

New 9Bach album Anian announced

We're very happy to confirm that the new album by 9Bach entitled Anian will be released on Real World Records on 29 April 2016 on CD, LP and Download.

Anian is a soulful, brooding record whose songs take a critical look at the world in which we live. While Tincian - BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2015 Winner of Best Album - commemorated stories from the past, Anian explores more contemporary themes.

As singer, composer and pianist Lisa Jên explains, the album comes from a desperate, anarchic place. "It marks where I'm at, whether it's my age, being a mother, or simply being much more exposed to social media where I'm faced with pictures and videos, images and words which I find difficult to cope with right now."

The eleven songs move from the rolling rhythms of Llyn Du to the piano settings of Ifan and Deryn, the layered voices of Brain and Si Hwi Hwi to the full band Near Eastern climax of Cyfaddefa. At the centre is always Lisa Jên's voice, and the instinctive way in which 9Bach work together. "The songs always start with the vocal melody," says Martin Hoyland. "Then it's my job to build the instrumentation and arrangements around that, and to compliment it as much as possible."

Anian is a Welsh word meaning nature, the natural order, natural morality, the natural world, creation. What you are made of, your soul and bones, and how you connect with other people.

The double CD package includes companion piece Yn dy lais / In your voice, where writers, actors, poets and singers - Peter Gabriel, Maxine Peake and Rhys Ifans among them - give their own interpretations of the songs as a way to convey the meaning to a non-Welsh speaking audience.

Pre-order Anian now:

Real World | iTunes* | Amazon

* Pre-order on iTunes and receive the track Anian as a download immediately.

Published 2nd Mar 2016, 12:40pm »

The Gloaming 2 released today

The new album from The Gloaming is released today!

Recorded at Real World Studios in December 2015 the new album was produced by Thomas Bartlett from the group and engineered and mixed by Patrick Dillett.

"The music has its arms wide open, willing to give something beautiful, something fundamentally powerful and true. It's not afraid and it's not smug and knowing. We're on an adventure. We don't know where we're going, and beautiful things are born of that." Caoimhín Ó Roghallaigh.

The album's 12 tracks are a mixture of original compositions by the group and new arrangements of traditional material. The track listing is:

01. The Pilgrim's Song
02. Fáinleog (Wanderer)
03. The Hare
04. Oisín's Song
05. The Booley House
06. Repeal the Union
07. Casadh an tSúgáin
08. The Rolling Wave
09. Cucanandy
10. Mrs Dwyer
11. Slán le Máighe
12. The Old Favourite

"We play with no mission other than to experience the music with as much feeling as possible… the meaning, feeling and content of the melody take preference over note-perfect playing." Martin Hayes

The new album is available to buy now on CD and download.
The 2LP vinyl edition is available to pre-order and will be released in May. If you order from the Real World Shop you will receive a download on the audio in advance of the vinyl release.

Real World | iTunes | Amazon

Published 25th Feb 2016, 5:51pm »

Sidestepper & GRIT for WOMAD

Great news! It has been announced today that both Sidestepper and The Grit Orchestra will perform at WOMAD Charlton Park this summer joining George Clinton, Baaba Maal and Ibrahim Maalouf in the first wave of acts to be announced for the festival.

The Colombian trailblazers Sidestepper will be playing tracks from their critically acclaimed new album Supernatural Love. A little bit of sunshine is therefore assured at this year's festival knowing that Sidestepper will be playing.

Also confirmed is The Grit Orchestra, who will reprise their performance from 2015's Celtic Connections opening ceremony and features a hand-picked orchestra of folk, jazz and classical players performing Martyn Bennett's GRIT.

The performance won Event of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2015.

WOMAD Charlton Park takes place over the weekend 28-31 July.

Looking forward to it already!

Published 25th Feb 2016, 10:10am »

Society of Sound: February

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.

Published 19th Feb 2016, 2:12pm »

Spiro nominated for Folk Award

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.

Published 11th Feb 2016, 12:24pm »

John Metcalfe UK tour May 2016

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
Buy tickets 0844 887 1500

13 May CORK Triskel Arts
Buy tickets +353 (0)21 427 2022

15 May MANCHESTER The Castle Hotel
Buy tickets / 0161 237 9485

19 May BRIGHTON Great Escape Festival
Buy tickets 0870 264 3333

20 May OXFORD The Bullingdon
Buy tickets

21 May STROUD, SVA, Brunel Goods Shed
Buy tickets 01453 751440

28 May LEICESTER Cookie
Buy tickets 0116 253 1212

29 May LONDON Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room
Buy tickets 020 7589 8212

Published 11th Feb 2016, 10:14am »

Sidestepper's Supernatural Love Out Today

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.

Buy Now:
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Published 5th Feb 2016, 10:29am »

Iarla Ó Lionáird documentary on RTÉ One

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.

Published 3rd Feb 2016, 10:14am »

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