Rebecca De Winter’s sound fuses the alternative pop soul of Ryan Adams with the pure piano balladry of Ben Folds and the narrative delivery of Kate Bush. The new debut album ‘… released on ‘Brother Sister’ Records was produced at Lost Boys Studio by Ru Cook (Eyelash / The Johnny Parry Trio) and Nick Mailing (The Quireboys). The project was completed with string arrangements by Johnny Parry (Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra /Lost Toys Records). Continue reading Rebecca De Winter – And Other Tales
‘My Friend Marx’ is the debut album from Irish folk-blues artist Marc O’Reilly. Its release has been greeted with much acclaim in his native Ireland and received extensive national media, radio and TV exposure with Marc been strongly tipped to follow artists like James Vincent McMorrow and Villagers as Irelands international breakthrough artist of 2012.
The video for his first single, ‘My Friend Marx’, won the Best Music Video at the DareMedia Underground Short Film Festival Awards in 2011. Continue reading Introducing Marc O’Reilly…
When I took my first faltering steps into the world of ‘folk’ music my music teacher presented me with a book of American folk songs edited by Alan Lomax. That memory is once again evoked by this glorious collection of songs and what better way than to reminisce than with Suzy Bogguss. It sounds very much as if Ms Bogguss and I travelled the same road for isn’t it best that in the first instance you should ‘enjoy’ what you’re performing and if possible invite everybody in who’ll listen? If that is the case then this comes across in a presentation that is simple yet effective utilising amongst others the skills of musicians including Jerry Douglas (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle & mandolin) and John McCutcheon on hammer dulcimer. Continue reading SUZY BOGGUSS – American Folk Songbook CD and Songbook (Loyal Dutchess Records LDR 1006)
The Henry Girls are fast becoming one of the most talked about folk/roots acts to come out of the North West of Ireland in the last decade , and they are now also developing an international reputation performing overseas, including the US. Hailing from the picturesque village of Malin in the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, they have a unique sound which blends classic traditional Irish folk music with a hint of Americana, a nod to bluegrass and many more in between.
They are renowned for their fine close harmonies and musical arrangements, and have been likened to many other harmonising siblings such as The McGarrigle Sisters, The Andrews Sisters and The Everly Brothers. Their sound has also been compared to such great musical acts as Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Dixie Chicks and the Be Good Tanyas.
The new album December Moon is now available and so far has been really well received and has been getting national and international airplay with great reviews from Irish Music Magazine and Music Review Unsigned.
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Susan Greenbaum committed the first sin of musicians: She quit her day job. After working as a corporate executive in Fortune 500 companies, she traded her power suits for performing and songwriting. Since then, the Harvard graduate is poised for success, having won several national songwriting awards, including the Smithsonian Songwriters Award, The Philadelphia Songwriters Project and released four albums independently. Now, Greenbaum is releasing This Life, her most insightful and engaging songs to date, distributed by Compass Records Group this January 31st. Continue reading Award-Winning Songsmith Susan Greenbaum Announces This Life, New Album Available Jan 31
Here a gem that we missed telling you about from October last year…
RENAISSANCE: DREAMS & OMENS / TUSCANY / LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN – LIVE IN JAPAN 2011. This set provides a glorious glimpse into the musical legacy of a great British group, performing at the height of their fame and success. Annie Haslam’s crystal clear vocals soaring through hit songs, is just one of the pleasures to be derived from these albums. Michael Dunford is interviewed by respected author and journalist Chris Welch for the exclusive detailed liner notes in the booklets that accompany these three releases. All three albums have been expertly re-mastered, superb sound, top quality reproductions – the best in the business. Continue reading Some exciting news about RENAISSANCE…