In stores today! Annbjorg Lien - Khoom Loy

June 26, 2012

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Norwegian Fiddler Annbjørg Lien’s New Album Khoom Loy Now In Stores
11 new tracks span Celtic, Norwegian folk, Eastern and Asian styles. Khoom Loy features Lien’s vocal debut.
 
 
“If you like moody, sometimes dark, folk music, punctuated by beautiful musicianship and artistry, then you will find nothing to dislike here."PopMatters
 
“Lien’s spectral fiddling proves hauntingly absorbing as it introduces the past to the future.” —The Washington Post
 
(Nashville, TN) June 26, 2012 A virtuoso of Norwegian traditional music deeply inspired by the music of other cultures, fiddler Annbjørg Lien crosses musical borders as a pioneer for true “world music.” Khoom Loy, Thai for “Paper Lanterns,” is Lien’s eighth solo album and explores a broad spectrum of traditions ranging from her traditional Norwegian folk to Irish and Asian music, with Lien playing her native Hardanger fiddle as well as the keyed fiddle. Lien says of the album, “this is a tribute to a lovely ritual of the East: releasing lanterns in remembrance of the dead, or as a prayer for a good life. They serve as bridges connecting us to the past and the future, the east and the west, tradition and innovation.”
 
Steeped in the music of other cultures, Khoom Loy also represents a first for Lien—her world vocal debut to stunning effect, notably on the title track and “Den Storste Daarlighed,” which also offers a unique fusion of the Indian tabla with Celtic whistles. The album features Bjørn Charles Dreyer, Hans Fredrik Jacobsen, Bjørn Ole Rasch, Per Elias Drabløs, Per Hillestad, Orsa Spelmän, Kristiansand String Quartet, and Pat Broaders.
 
Winner of the Garmeleng Prize for classical folk and the Hilimar Award in her native Norway, Lien is also is a member of the world music fiddle group String Sisters (Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Liz Knowles, Catriona MacDonald, Liz Carroll and Emma Härdelin) and has collaborated with American fiddler Bruce Molsky amongst many others. Lien comes from a musical family and learned traditional music from her father and classical music at the music school in Ålesund. She has since been teaching privately with other top musicians, including Hauk Buen from Telemark.
 
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Also now avaialble for the first time in the United States, Dala’s 2007 Canadian release, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE
Warm and hauntingly ethereal and full of folk-pop sensibilities, the award-winning Canadian duo Amanda Walther and Shiela Carabine, better known as Dala, have established a completely signature sound, abundant with playful harmonies and creative, hook-driven melodies. Click for more info.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Larry Stephenson records Track by Track with Sirius XM

June 13, 2012

Bluegrass singer/mandonlinist Larry Stephenson has just released his Compass Records debut album What Really Matters and was invited by Kyle Cantrell at SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction to record an in-depth interview and Q&A on the album for Kyle’s "Track by Track" show. The show was taped today, June 13th and will air Wednesday, July 11th with additional program times to follow.

Larry’s new CD, What Really Matters, has been receiving critical acclaim. Bluegrass Today praises, "The tracks place Stephenson right where he’s always been: smack dab in the middle of hard-core traditional bluegrass with a driving band." You can order the album here.


Norwegian Fiddler Annbjorg Lien Announces Khoom Loy

June 13, 2012

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Norwegian Fiddler Annbjorg Lien Announces New Album Khoom Loy, Available in North America June 26 on Compass Records
 
 
 
“If you like moody, sometimes dark, folk music, punctuated by beautiful musicianship and artistry, then you will find nothing to dislike here."PopMatters
 
“Lien’s spectral fiddling proves hauntingly absorbing as it introduces the past to the future.” —The Washington Post
 
A virtuoso of Norwegian traditional music deeply inspired by the music of other cultures, fiddler Annbjørg Lien crosses musical borders as a pioneer for true “world music.” Khoom Loy, Thai for “Paper Lanterns,” is Lien’s eighth solo album and explores a broad spectrum of traditions ranging from her traditional Norwegian folk to Irish and Asian music, with Lien playing her native Hardanger fiddle as well as the keyed fiddle. Lien says of the album, “this is a tribute to a lovely ritual of the East: releasing lanterns in remembrance of the dead, or as a prayer for a good life. They serve as bridges connecting us to the past and the future, the east and the west, tradition and innovation.”
 
Steeped in the music of other cultures, Khoom Loy also represents a first for Lien—her world vocal debut to stunning effect, notably on the title track and “Den Storste Daarlighed,” which also offers a unique fusion of the Indian tabla with Celtic whistles. The album features Bjørn Charles Dreyer, Hans Fredrik Jacobsen, Bjørn Ole Rasch, Per Elias Drabløs, Per Hillestad, Orsa Spelmän, Kristiansand String Quartet, and Pat Broaders.
 
Winner of the Garmeleng Prize for classical folk and the Hilimar Award in her native Norway, Lien is also is a member of the world music fiddle group String Sisters (Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Liz Knowles, Catriona MacDonald, Liz Carroll and Emma Härdelin) and has collaborated with American fiddler Bruce Molsky amongst many others. Lien comes from a musical family and learned traditional music from her father and classical music at the music school in Ålesund. She has since been teaching privately with other top musicians, including Hauk Buen from Telemark.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Colin Hay Delights Thousands at Bonnaroo

June 12, 2012

This past weekend in Manchester, TN at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Compass artist Colin Hay performed in front of thousands of fans, young and old. Though not a comedy act, Colin’s performances at the Comedy Tent on Friday and Saturday were punctuated by his clever stories and sharp wit. "He’s at his best unplugged, and can still those high registers at perfect pitch," praises Forbes Magazine.

If you missed the show, you can watch him perform "Overkill" and "Down Under" from his Saturday performance below. His wife Cecilia Noel joins him on stage.


Compass Records Announces Distribution of UK Neo-Folk Label Navigator Records

June 06, 2012

 

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Nashville roots music company the Compass Records Group has announced that it will serve as the North American distributor for the London-based roots imprint Navigator Records. The cross-Atlantic pairing will bring some of the UK’s freshest voices and well known favorites to North American audiences including releases from Bellowhead, Jon Boden, Boo Hewerdine, Faustus, Bella Hardy, Spiers & Boden, Chris Wood and many more.
Navigator Records launched in 2008 with a vision of creating a home for UK artists blending the alternative and edgy side of folk music with more traditionally rooted styles – a 21st century take on the Topic Records legacy in a sense. Since that time, Navigator has become home to many ground-breaking artists on the UK roots & folk scene today, receiving multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and nominations as well as recognition from the Irish Music Awards and glowing press in the major tastemaker publications in the UK. You can view all currently available titles here.

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PBS Now Airing Pa's Fiddle: The Music of America - DVD Available July 31

June 05, 2012
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Live concert DVD release featuring Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Committed, Natalie Grant, Ashton Shepherd and The Roys singing the music of the Little House on the Prairie books to follow July 31.

In January 2012, some of country music’s biggest stars gathered to bring the traditional American folk songs written about by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her internationally best-selling series Little House on the Prairie to life. For the first time in concert, this music was performed in front of a rapt, intimate audience at the Loveless Barn in Nashville and filmed for broadcast. The concert will be aired nationwide on PBS throughout June with additional broadcasts scheduled for Fall 2012 and beyond.

The idea for pairing notable country artists with traditional American repertoire was the brainchild of Dean Butler (film producer and the actor who played Almanzo, Laura’s husband, on the Little House on the Prairie TV show) and esteemed musicologist Dale Cockrell (Professor of Musicology at Middle Tennessee State University). Dean Butler comments, “Dale Cockrell loves traditional American music and I love the stories of American pioneer life written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Having this opportunity to share the music Laura recalled in her unforgettable novels is nothing less than adream come true.” The concert features Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Ashton Shepherd, The Roys, Natalie Grant and Committed (NBC Sing Off Champions) accompanied by an A-team band lead by Grammy award-winning musician and musical director Randy Scruggs.

Slated for release on July 31, the concert DVD release contains 14 performances including standouts The Roy’s performance of “The Gum Tree Canoe”, Ronnie Milsap’s “Dixie/The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “Roll the Old Chariot Along” by Committed in addition to bonus performance footage from Natalie Grant, discussion of the historical context for Charles Ingalls fiddle music from Dale Cockrell, and a video short entitled: “Little House on the Prairie: the Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Also slated for release on July 31 are the accompanying concert cd and a companion cd featuring recordings by Riders in the Sky, Bryan Sutton and Mac Wiseman, among others, performing additional songs from the books.

Little House on the Prairie, the autobiographical bookseries by Laura Ingalls Wilder, offers the most authentic first hand account of 19th-century American folk music available to us. Seen through the lens of Laura’s father Charles “Pa” Ingalls (1836-1902), a highly acclaimed fiddler of the time, the books offer a window into the music that Americans played, sang and listened to in the late 1800s. The Little House on the Prairie books are among the most popular of all time, with over 60 million copies sold since the release of Little House in the Big Woods in 1932. The much-loved TV show, which was inspired by the books, has been in syndication since its debut in 1974.
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