Marybeth D’Amico – Releases THE LIGHT INSIDE

Artist – Marybeth D’Amico
Title – THE LIGHT INSIDE
Label – LongMan Records LongMan 057CD
Distribution- Proper Distribution
Release date-June 13 2011

“Very good indeed…just wonderful.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2, UK

Marybeth D’Amico is known for telling dark stories with her music. But the release of her second album finds the American singer-songwriter taking a more personal look at the forces of darkness and light.  The twelve songs on THE LIGHT INSIDE demonstrate not only a step forward in her song writing, but a willingness to explore her own struggles to connect with the audience.  “A good song needs to go beyond navel-gazing, enabling listeners to bring their own experience to the subject matter,” says Marybeth.  “But it also needs a great melody!” Continue reading Marybeth D’Amico – Releases THE LIGHT INSIDE

The Lorelei – Due to release their stunning new album… "FACES" May 16

The Lorelei formed in 1990 in a garage in Dyce with Jonny and Beefy being original members along with Martin Watson, the original singer. Over the next 2 years The Lorelei settled on a line up which apart from John S Martin, The Lorelei’s new front man, remains to this day. The Lorelei went on to record two albums HEADSTRONG and PROGRESSION. The Lorelei spent seven years touring from Lerwick to London doing more than 100 gigs a year. Gigs ranged from playing in small bars to a few locals to playing to a huge crowd at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections. They built up a solid fan base across the country, becoming regular features in venues throughout Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. Touring was constant and The Lorelei way of life was based around travelling, playing, drinking and generally having a good time, and this still holds true today. Fans of the Lorelei are loyal, known as the Clangers, and The Lorelei continue sell the first two albums all over the world. Continue reading The Lorelei – Due to release their stunning new album… "FACES" May 16

DAVE STEWART RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM FOR 16 YEARS…

Proper Records have recently announced a partnership with Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Surfdog Records for the release of an exciting new album project from Artist/ Producer/ Director and Eurythmics co-founder, Dave Stewart.  His new album, The Blackbird Diaries is set to be released in Britain on Monday, June 27th 2011.  Recently completed in Nashville, the album was produced by Dave Stewart and Mike Bradford and was recorded and mixed by John McBride at his famed Blackbird Studio.   The Blackbird Diaries is set to feature all new material including a co-write with Bob Dylan as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and features The Secret Sisters. Dave is backed throughout the album by a stellar assortment of musicians on the album including guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano.  As an integral part of Stevie Nicks new album, ‘In Your Dreams’, (he was co-producer, co-writer, photographer, performer and movie director) Dave was invited by Stevie as her special guest to perform at Webster Hall in New York City on May 4th.

“This was my favorite time ever in the studio, I wrote most of the songs on the spot and recorded all of them in one incredible session lasting 5 days and nights!,”  explains Dave Stewart.  I made an unusual film of the process that not only features all the musicians and performers but also gives away some of my writing secrets which involves both a well known fortune teller and hypnotist who allowed themselves to be filmed in session with me.”

Dave Stewart’s The Blackbird Diaries is unlike anything he has embarked on during his illustrious 30 year music career both with Eurythmics and as a solo artist. With an American flare and rooted in rock, country, and blues, the album is in the vein of recent releases by Bob Dylan and Neil Young – masterful recordings mixed with rich and detailed lyrics.  The Blackbird Diaries showcases a very different type of songwriting for Stewart with more story-driven autobiographical lyrics, which is a departure from the pop/rock sounds which have made him one of the most successful and revered songwriters/collaborators of all time. Tales of loves conquered and loves lost, Dave gets intimate, personal with words while he allows his music to rock free on an album that might just prove to be this artist’s second, and perhaps finest, act.

A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the entertainment industry today.  His career spans more than 30 years and more than 100 million album sales, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award with Eurythmics partner Annie Lennox. With Lennox, Stewart delivered ingenious pop/rock hits such as ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’, ‘Would I Lie To You’, ‘Missionary Man’, and ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’.  One of the most sought-after writers and music producers, Dave has crafted songs for and collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Tom Petty, and Gwen Stefani (to name a few) and has shared the stage with everybody from BB King, U2, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Stewart has won Best British Producer four times and Best British Songwriter five times, as well as numerous Grammy, MTV, and European awards.  A highly-regarded artist and filmmaker, Stewart has scored and penned the title songs for many hit movies throughout the years, including the Mick Jagger collaboration for the film Alfie, which won the pair a Golden Globe. He produced the award-winning documentary Deep Blues, and his feature directorial debut Honest premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Stewart and songwriter/producer Glen Ballard recently wrote a musical adaptation of the 1990 Jerry Zucker film Ghost, which opens in London’s West End in June this year. This Year Stewart also co-wrote and co-produced Joss Stone’s new album as well as Stevie Nicks’ new album ‘In Your Dreams’ which marks the first occasion Nicks has ever collaborated on a solo album.

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the banner link below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

Artist links: davestewart.comtheblackbirddiaries.comdavestewart.com/youtube

Bella Hardy signs to Navigator Records and releases her 3rd album "Songs Lost & Stolen"

Navigator Records recently announced the signing of Bella Hardy and the subsequent release of her new album on 18th April. Entitled ‘Songs Lost & Stolen’, it combines the traditional styles and ballad forms that have also been at the heart of her two previous albums with an added gift for poetry and Angela Carter-inspired twisted tales. Consisting of 12 self-written songs that touch on both the fantastical, storytelling elements of Kate Bush and the lovelorn songwriting craft of Carole King, Bella’s lyrics range in subject matter from fairy tales to English working class history via childhood nostalgia, myths, murder and the human condition. At the centre of all this is her soaring and captivating voice, inhabiting her characters and spinning her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. The album is produced by Mattie Foulds of The Burns Unit. Continue reading Bella Hardy signs to Navigator Records and releases her 3rd album "Songs Lost & Stolen"

Trevor Midgley (a.k.a. Beau) – "The Way It Was"

On Monday 14th March to celebrate forty years since the 1971 release of  Trevor Midgleys (a.k.a. Beau) psych/folk “Creation” LP on John Peel’s Dandelion label, Cherry Red Records issued “The Way It Was”, a download-only album consisting of fifteen brand new recordings.  “The Way It Was” (Cherry Red BEAU2011) is available from iTunes, Amazon, and all major download sites worldwide and is Trevor Midgleys first purpose-recorded release since “Creation”. It’s a true back-to-basics set; straight voice and twelve-string – not an overdub in sight!

Artist links: http://www.trevormidgley.com/TheWayItWas.html

GOLDEN – the new instrumental solo album by Robert Illesh

GOLDEN is the new instrumental solo album by Robert Illesh, who is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, producer and composer. Robert is protagonist in the progressive Aquaplanage project, which enjoys airplay worldwide from Rick Wakeman’s Planet Rock to Californian ProgRock Records’ radio show. Robert is also a long-term member of internationally applauded Yes tribute act Fragile, whose activities have taken him from three years of UK/European touring with Yes/Asia legend Steve Howe, to the Richard and Judy Show with Rick Wakeman and Roger Dean. Other credit highlights include working with Alan White and Jon Anderson of Yes, Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker of Jethro Tull; and Steve Grant of The Sweet in the classical/rock extravaganza Barockestra.

GOLDEN presents Robert Illesh in new light. Weaving delicate webs and stories, this intimate original music is classically and sacred inspired. Nine instrumental pieces are performed exclusively on 6-string nylon and steel strung acoustic guitars, with just a hint of string and vocal accompaniment. Robert Illesh plays guitars, voice, recorder, the occasional “ting” and is executive producer. Special guests from “Reflection Strings” include Sarah Turner who plays violin and viola; and Val Banks who plays cello. Cover art of cosmic proportions is provided by Marius Michael- George, classically trained sacred and visionary artist.

Material on the 2011 Golden album is the result of many years of work. True to much solo acoustic music across the ages, it is reflective and introspective and additionally encourages the listener to make a journey into the spaces in-between the notes. Metaphors about music, truth and Golden Ages surely apply. Best suited for public performance in seated theatre, sacred hall, or in nature. Music to Uplift. This is Robert Illesh.

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