ROY SCHNEIDER – ERLEICHDA – ALBUM RELEASE AND UK TOUR

“Roy Schneider writes and plays smart American songs in a down-home style.”
David Gans, Songwriter, Host of the Grateful Dead Hour

“…had no idea [Roy] played so many instruments so well.”
Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary

Singer/Songwriter Roy Schneider’s third CD release, ERLEICHDA is a collection of lively and soulful Americana, inspired by a combination of his 2009 South-eastern US summer tour and recollections of a whirlwind childhood. The curious title (assumed pronunciation being “err-like-duh”) is a fictitious word borrowed from Tom Robbins’ novel Jitterbug Perfume, translating loosely to “lighten up”.

Special guests include Nashville harmonica legend Charlie McCoy (Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen) and bassist David C. Johnson (Aaron Neville, Neville Brothers Band). Continue reading ROY SCHNEIDER – ERLEICHDA – ALBUM RELEASE AND UK TOUR

UNIVERSAL MUSIC SIGN MILLION POUND DEAL WITH TEN CORNISH FISHERMEN

INDEPENDENT RELEASE HALTED AS MAJOR LABEL DISCOVERS PORT ISAAC’S SHANTY SINGERS

London, Thursday 18 March 2010: Universal Music today announced that they have reeled in ten Cornish fisherman to join the label that is home to Lady Gaga, Take That and Amy Winehouse. Signing a massive million pound deal, Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends will be the first traditional shanty singers to be released through a major label.

Brought to the attention of Universal Music by record producer Rupert Christie, who spotted them whilst on a holiday in Port Isaac performing in the local pub, the label had to move swiftly to stop the record coming out on the Fisherman’s Friends’ own label, Marine Records.

‘Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends’ will be released on 26 April 2010 and is the eponymous album from these traditional shanty singers from the rugged, panoramic north coast of Cornwall.

The Fisherman’s Friends are shanty singers who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years. Down on the harbour front of the tiny fishing village of Port Isaac, the authentic sound of the shanty can be heard loud and clear via the mighty, brawny chorale of The Fisherman’s Friends. At around eight in the evening during the summer months, tourists and locals gather to hear this ten-man group mesh their voices in an incredibly rousing and joyful set of shanties and Cornish folk songs.

This unique group from Port Isaac are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) and they’ve known each other since childhood. Their regular portside concerts have become a much-loved local institution and visiting celebrities such as Chris Evans, Gloria Hunniford and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen have fallen under the spell of their Shanty singing.

Recorded in a 15th-century church in nearby St Kew, ‘Ports isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends’ features a rich haul of 14 songs from their Port Isaac repertoire, including the classic South Australia, the haunting Cornish robber ballad The Cadgwith Anthem and the beautiful Brightly Beams, their mesh of Chapel-inspired harmonies rising out of a big-band folk setting.

SOCIETY… SONGS FROM THE BRICKHOUSE

“In my opinion this is the best Americana album to come out this year”… Darren Beech www.folking.com

Society are a three piece country rock band from West Sussex who specialise in gorgeous three part harmonies that set them apart from the current crop of Americana or West Coast rock wanabees in the UK. Society comprise of guitarist Matt Wise, bassist Ben Lancaster and on all things percussive F.Scott Kenny. Their recorded and live sound has echoes of C.S.N.Y, The Band, The Heartbreakers, The Jayhawks and the late great Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance. Matt Wise composes most if not all of their material and when all three sing in harmony the result is simply stunning.

Since forming in 2004 Society have supported many great visiting artistes when they toured the UK, opening for notable musicians and performers such as Eve Selis, Deadstring Brothers, Corb Lund, Luke Doucet and The Wailin’ Jennys. Apart from their own UK headline shows, Society have completed two tours of Canada along with a string of dates in the American mid-west gaining a whole new legion of fans in the USA. This constant touring has honed both their musical and vocal chops and in the winter of 2008 Society left their disused stable that served as their rehearsal space and spent time at The Brickhouse Studios near Brighton recording their debut release entitled SONGS FROM THE BRICKHOUSE

The album is a collection of eleven original songs from the pen of Matt Wise and arranged by all three band members. Guest musicians helping out on the recording included Spencer Cullum, a member of the Deadstring Brothers who is one of the foremost young pedal steel players around today, Dave Berliner and James Batchelar on keyboards and the glorious violin of the classically trained musician Sarah Gonputh. The songs on the album echo their love of all things West Coast, Laurel Canyon and the great country rock music of the mid seventies yet bringing their sound right up to date with a distinct indie feel.

2010 will see Society broadening their horizons with live shows and festival appearances already booked in the UK and many new dates to be confirmed.

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Singer-Songwriter Heaven – The Songs Of Kevin Faherty

Ellis Paul, Diana Jones, Darryl Purpose, Buddy Mondlock and other singer-songwriters each sing one song in this surprise tribute to songwriter Kevin Faherty.

EXTRACT FROM THE ALBUM “LINER NOTES” (by PAUL ZOLLO): The first song of his I ever heard was “Singer-Songwriter Heaven,” as performed by Darryl Purpose. And I loved it, not only because it’s funny, which it is, or because it names many of my idols, which it does. I loved it because it tells song writers that what we do matters. It tells us that what these guys in the song did – even the ones who were secret heroes when they were alive, known only to those in the know – has lasting meaning in our lives. That although the world keeps spinning and the future keeps coming with all its chaos, sorrow and madness intact, that what Harry Chapin wrote, or Steve Goodman, or Townes Van Zandt – still matters to those of us who were touched by their brilliance. And will always matter. That songs are eternal. And that after the world of today is gone, the thing that emerges when the dust settles is the song.

So when word came down the wire (or, more accurately, the wireless), that Darryl was inviting friends and fellow singer-songwriters to join him in a musical tribute to the guy who wrote “Singer-Songwriter Heaven,” it seemed like a good idea. Not just because it’s a great song. But also because heaven on earth for singer-songwriters would be something like this. Something in which all your pals, who also happen to be singers and/or songwriters, get together to sing your songs, and even make an album. It’s an honor few songwriters ever get, especially when they’re still alive. And what’s better for a songwriter than being heard? It’s being sung. And Kevin is thoroughly sung here, and by those who love him.

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LUNASA – The Merry Sisters Of Fate

LUNASA The Merry Sisters Of FateA nice opening set-up from Donogh Hennessy’s driving rhythmic guitar settles comfortably in to the jig ‘Aoibhneas Eilis Ni Cheallaigh’ with Kevin Crawford’s flute and Sean Smyth’s fiddle taking up the lead lines.

The rather nifty segue from the second tune ‘Jimmy Ward’s’ into the closing ‘Not Safe with A Razor’ is a typical demonstration of the band’s main strength, that of the art of arrangement. Many of today’s aspiring Celtic musicians could take note for a well-structured arrangement is pivotal in keeping the audience’s attention.

Adding colour are Cillian Valleley’s pipes and underpinning it all is Trevor Huthinson’s double bass. The addition of Hennessy’s electric guitar adds warmth on ‘The Kilarney Boys of Pleasure’.

All of the tunes on this 11 set album go with a swing and the self-assured way in which they are put across leaves you in no doubt that Irish music is in safe hands and continuing to break the boundaries of musical prejudice.

Pete Fyfe

Originally posted – 17-May-2001

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