Refugee project introduced by Robin Adams

Refugee

Unreleased and original tracks from Bonnie Prince Billy,
Linda Thompson, Alasdair Roberts and more

All proceeds go to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station)

Released on June 3rd 2016 through Brainfog Records

Refugee is a highly significant collaborative recording project which reflects, through song, the issue of the refugee crisis in its many forms, from Syria and beyond.

The concept came about from singer-songwriter Robin Adams who took on the challenging role of curator for this beautiful collection of music. Featuring the likes of folk familiars Linda Thompson, Bonnie Prince Billy, Rachel Sermanni, BMX Bandits, Richard Dawson and many more, each song stands with individual character, yet the delicate ties of each subject make this a well-formed and consistent body of work. As Adams says about the collection:

 “What amazes me is that every song works. Every song seems to fit the sentiment of the record effortlessly even though the songs vary largely in subject and spirit.”

A poignant and moving assembly of songs, the album contains perspectives from different visions in the crisis. Focusing in on the issues addressed, the subject matter leans toward one particular area of the refugee’s journey – the daring move to cross the oceans. From the warm home recording of ‘Scarce of Fishing’ by Alasdair Roberts, to Richard Dawson’s chanting ‘To The Sea’, and to Adam’s own beautiful contribution ‘The Devil’s War and God’s Blue Sea’ (the single which spawned the initial concept), the topic keeps surfacing as a reminder of the overall cause – to raise money for MOAS, whose rescue missions operate in the Aegean, Andaman and Mediterranean Sea.

“The first and foremost priority should be getting these people safely to dry ground and so MOAS was always the obvious choice. Their work has already saved around 12,000 lives in the first two years. All of the money made from this album will go straight to MOAS to aid them in saving more lives… Although the motivation for the record was primarily sparked by the Syrian crisis, there are so many other Countries enduring humanitarian crises, so the record is really dedicated to all refugees.”

Here are some further details on the project from the curator of the project and contributor, Robin Adams.

“Around the beginning of last year I found myself increasingly disturbed by a growing number of reports from many reputable independent media outlets, not only describing the horror of the Syrian crisis itself but also a shocking lack of coverage in the mainstream media. What little coverage there was I found to be deeply troubling given the insensitive nature of the reporting.

All of this moved me to write a song that directly addressed the problem. The obvious thing to do was to release it digitally via Bandcamp as a charity single to raise money for MOAS At the time [of the single], the severity of the crisis hadn’t quite resonated with the general public, because it simply wasn’t being reported frequently or clearly enough in the mainstream media. Months later there was a shift in awareness after [the media] published heartbreaking photographs in September 2015 of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi washed ashore on a Turkish beach. That moment seemed to turn public perception on the crisis around very quickly.

It occurred to me that organising a charity album might be the best way I could help. I got in touch with anyone I could think of whose music I admired and asked if they’d be interested in contributing. I just asked if they’d like to write a song or contribute something new which they felt might be fitting. The response was wonderful and it just grew from there.”

MOAS website: https://www.moas.eu/

Jenn Grant announces deluxe reissue of Compostela

Jenn Grant announces deluxe reissue of Compostela

Jenn Grant announces the release of Compostela of her double JUNO nominated album, Compostela. Set for release on 4th December 2015, the expanded album includes a French version of Bombshell, a spine tingling cover of Hunters and Collectors classic ‘Throw Your Arms’, as well as acoustic takes of album originals  ‘Mauve’, ‘Bring Me A Rose’ and JUNO Nominated Songwriter of the Year track ‘Trailer Park’.

Speaking on the deluxe edition Jenn says:

“It’s almost been a year since Compostela was first released and it’s been amazing to tour around the world with this record. I’m so proud of everything that has come from it. This deluxe edition sees me recorded in French for the very first time  and recording a cover version of Hunters and Collector track that I performed on my first Australian tour. I wanted to sing a song that connected with that audience but also be able to give it my own style. Some songs just fit your voice like a glove, and this one feels that way to me.

Compostela translates to “Field of Stars” Or “Star Field” and  the album features a band of stars, including Sarah Harmer, Buck 65, Ron Sexsmith, Rose Cousins, Don Kerr, Kim Harris, Stewart Legere, Justin Rutledge, and Rachel Sermanni. Compostela was produced by Jenn’s husband and renowned producer Daniel Ledwell.

Compostela was nominated for two major Canadian music awards on release JUNO 2015 Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year and has seen Jenn play sold out shows across North America, Europe and Australia. With 175 of dates so far in 2015 and counting, Jenn sees out 2015 with an Australian tour and five Music Nova Scotia nominations and three Canadian Folk Awards.

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Artist’s website: http://jenngrant.com/

‘Spades’ – official video:

Jenn Grant – Compostela

Jenn Grant - Compostela

Following sold out dates in UK this spring, award winning (Polaris Longlisted/JUNO nominee) singer songwriter, Jenn Grant returns to the UK this September for shows on Sept 26th The Green Note, London, Sept 27th Prince Albert, Brighton, Sep 30th Gullivers NQ Manchester, and Oct 1st – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham.

Hailing from Prince Edward Island, in Canada’s Maritimes.  Jenn’s new album Compostela was released last month in the UK. Already in her native Canada, the album has been nominated for two major Canadian music awards: JUNO 2015 Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Jenn was also voted Top 10 Must See Female Artists at this Years SXSW .

Jenn has just completed a short visit to the UK last weekend where she appeared on BBC Radio Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding and was the invited guest performer at the London premiere screening of Storytelling, a documentary about the renowned artist Andrew Salgado.

Jenn’s new record Compostela translates to “Field of Stars” Or “Star Field”. Grant is known for her kind heart and for her love of friends in the music scene across the globe. Here, there’s a band of stars on Compostela, including Sarah Harmer, Buck 65, Ron Sexsmith, Rose Cousins, Don Kerr, Kim Harris, Stewart Legere, Justin Rutledge, and Rachel Sermanni.

Compostela is produced by Jenn’s husband and renowned producer Daniel Ledwell, In the studio they built close to their home, in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, he has helped to transform Grant’s folk, indie rock and alternative pop ballads into lush and adventurous offerings.

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Jenn Grant – ‘Wild Animal’:

Rachel Sermanni – new album

Rachel Sermanni Tied To The Moon

Folk-Noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni returns with the release of her new studio album, Tied To The Moon, via Middle Of Nowhere Recordings in July. Tied To The Moon is her second full studio album following 2012’s debut, Under Mountains.

Tied To The Moon was conceived in March 2014, in an apartment above a pottery studio deep in the sticks of Nova Scotia. The apartment belonged to two-time Juno Award winner Old Man Luedecke and offered Rachel four days of complete stillness with no means to communicate with the outside world. Bookended by her routine of going for a morning run in the surrounding ten acre forest and silent afternoons of coffee and pistachios, Rachel would sit, in total solitude; writing; reading; playing music. In the space of these four days she unintentionally wrote six songs – four that would later become the core of Tied To The Moon: ‘Tractor’, ‘This Love’, ‘Banks Are Broken’ and ‘Old Lady’s Lament’.

In total, Tied To The Moon features ten new songs that channel spirits of all ages and archetypes, weaving images of childhood and womanhood, of instinct and inhibition. An indefinable mix of songs, Sermanni’s creations have grown, twisted and turned since those four days in the Novia Scotia solitude to reach a fully-formed stage reminiscent of classics such as PJ Harvey, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell. To achieve this, she enlisted the help of Colin Macleod (recording and production), Jennifer Austin (piano, organ and backing vocals), Gordon Skene (bass and cello) and Louis Linklater (drums) and tracked all takes, live, in Colin’s living room in the Scottish Highlands.

Rachel, age 23, has toured extensively across the world since 2011, making her a young veteran on the gig circuit. In the past four years she has toured across her native Scotland and the UK numerous times, whilst appearing in Canada, USA, Australia, Iceland and across Europe, as well as sharing the stage with names including John Grant, The Staves, Stornoway, Rumer, Mumford and Sons, Ron Sexsmith and Elvis Costello. Rachel Sermanni has an impressive musical and professional resume, a swath of EP’s recorded all over the world, and now two full length studio albums in addition to last year’s live album that was recorded at Dawson City Music Festival. Sermanni’s newest release though, Tied To The Moon, sees Rachel digging deeper than ever and offering a darker and more rhythmic flavour of poetry and music.

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‘Tractor’ – the first single from ‘Tied To The Moon’: