Compass Records Tops the Irish Echo’s

January 30, 2007

    Compass Records Tops the Irish Echo’s
    Ten Best List of
    Traditional Irish Albums 2006





January 29, 2007 (Nashville) - Revered music commentator Earle Hitchner has announced the top ten traditional Irish albums of 2006 in his weekly Irish Echo column, "Ceol". Nashville-based Compass Records, currently the leading Irish record label in the US, snagged four of the ten spots, including the coveted number one position with Mick Moloney’s McNally’s Row of Flats. As the Irish Echo is the oldest, most respected and largest Irish-American newspaper in the US, placement on this prestigious list is an extreme honor.


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Compass Best of Accolades of 2006

January 29, 2007
Tony Hillier, of Australia’s Rhythms Magazine, picked Paul Brady’s "Say What You Feel" as his #9 album of 2006.

Catie Curtis’ "Long Night Moon" was voted #2 album of 2006 by Sue Barrett of Australia’s Rhythms Magazine.

Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, and Fats Kaplin’s "Lost John Dean" made Washington Post’s Best CDs we Missed in 2006 list.

"McNally’s Row of Flats", Mick Moloney’s latest release, was recognized as Album of the Year by Livies. Moloney was awarded Best Male Vocalist of 2006.

Hayes & Cahill On Tour 2007!

January 29, 2007
"There’s no more impressive partnership in Irish instrumental music today than Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill." - The Irish Echo

"Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential." - Colin Harper, Q Magazine

Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and American guitarist Dennis Cahill possess a rare musical kinship, ranking them among the most memorable partnerships of our era. Together they have garnered international renown for taking traditional music to the very edge of the genre, holding listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances. The duo is opening the doors of traditional Irish music and releasing its pure, distilled beauty, incorporating sensibilities from the worlds of classical, blues and jazz. The New York Times calls them "a Celtic complement to Steve Reich’s quartets or Miles Davis’s ’Sketches of Spain.’"

The musical rapport between Hayes and Cahill is so strong that it is often said they appear to be playing one instrument, "working on a seemingly telepathic level," as CMJ describes it. While Martin pursues a melody, Dennis explores the harmony and rhythms within the tunes. He seems to intuitively know Hayes’s next move, consistently matching it with astonishing skill and grace. Their live performances weave tunes that stretch up to thirty minutes long, in what Hayes describes as "a three-way conversation between the two of us and the music."

Hayes and Cahill work off each other like two jazz masters, exploring the tunes, spinning medleys that expand and contract with intensity. "Our allegiance is to the spirit of the moment," says Hayes. "Our primary wish is that the musical experience be one that lifts our spirits and those of the audience."

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Joe Craven’s Django Latino In Stores Today!

January 16, 2007

"Inspired? This project redefines the word." - ALL ABOUT JAZZ . COM


"Few musicians are as adept at as many different instruments as Craven... adventurous, sometimes humorous, sometimes strikingly beautiful arrangements..." - DIRTY LINEN

January 16, 2006 (Nashville) - Joe Craven is well-known for his virtuosity as a multi-instrumentalist and came to national attention during the 17 years that he toured as a member of the David Grisman Quintet. Craven’s third solo effort Django Latino, originally self-released, is available beginning today on Compass Records.

Django Latino makes the most of its creator’s imaginative capacities. Craven successfully internalizes the multifaceted music of French gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhart, then recasts it through the lens of a rich Latin soundscape, creating tracks that are "festive and spicy where the originals are swinging and hot" (Allaboutjazz.com). Playing mandolin, mandola, cavaquiño, ukulele and a full range of percussion instruments, Craven takes advantage of modern, multi-tracking technology to play nearly every part on several of the tracks, which range from Cuban danzón to Brazilian choro samba to Puerto Rican plena. "Ambitious as that might sound," says the Los Angeles Times of the stylistic and instrumental scope of the project, "Craven brings it off, playing with briskly swinging inventiveness and convincing authenticity."

Legendary Songwriter Paul Brady On Tour this February, 2007!

January 12, 2007
"Brady has a soulful Van Morrison quality in his music, although he’s more immediately accessible." - Billboard

"Paul Brady is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of rare gifts, an artist who has made an indelible impression in both traditional and pop-rock genres." - The Wall Street Journal

"Some guys got it down - Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Paul Brady. Secret heroes." - Bob Dylan

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular artists. In the ’60s, Paul joined legendary folk group The Johnstons, traveling to London and later New York before they disbanded. Returning to Dublin, Paul soon became a member of Planxty, the premier Irish folk band of the early ’70’s. A short stint as a duo with Andy Irving was followed by the release of "Hard Station" in 1981. Those more traditional voices that would have preferred him to stay as he was were soon replaced by praise for a record that is now accepted as a classic of Irish rock.

The albums which followed collectively established Paul as the pre-eminent Irish singer-songwriter of his generation. Over the 80s and 90s his songs gradually came to the attention of artists internationally and to date have been sung by Brooks & Dunn, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel, Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Ronan Keating and Santana to name but a few.

In 2001, Paul formed his own record label, PeeBee Music - now distributed worldwide by Nashville’s Compass Records.

In the past few years Paul has been honored with lifetime achievement awards from IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association), The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards. Continuing to tour extensively both as a solo performer and with his own band, he has forged a reputation as a passionate and exciting performer and attracts a dedicated following worldwide. Paul Brady continues to push out the boundaries not only of his own talent but of Irish contemporary music in the new millennium.

Don’t miss Paul Brady’s U.S. Tour this February 2007!

2.8.07 / Sanders Theater, Harvard / Cambridge, MA
2.9.07 / The Egg / Albany, NY
2.10.07 / Narrows Center For The Arts / Fall River, MA
2.11.07 / Iron Horse / Northampton, MA
2.13.07 / Dartmouth University / Hanover, NH
2.14.07 / The Stone Church / Newmarket, NH
2.16.07 / Wesleyan College / Middletown, CT
2.17.07 / BB King’s / NYC, NY
2.20.07 / Carrboro Arts Center / Carrboro, NC

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