Compass Records Group Acquires Tayberry Music
October 23, 2007
Compass Records Group is excited to announce the purchase of Tayberry Music, an internet and mail order business specializing in hard to find Celtic and folk CDs, DVDs, sheet music and books. Founded in 1987 by Margaret Tice and her son Frank Tice, Tayberry Music has sourced thousands of copies of eclectic Celtic music and English folk music to a discerning audience for over 20 years, and at one time was the main source of CDs for listeners of NPR’s "Thistle & Shamrock".
Tayberry Music founder Margaret Tice said about the sale, "I was very pleased when Garry contacted me because we had been looking for someone to take on this business. I know that it’s time for me to pass it on and I can’t think of a better home for Tayberry other than Compass Records. And I’ve told my customers that this is a happy arrangement for us and we expect the people at Compass will serve them well."
Compass co-founder Garry West comments: "Celtic music is a highly specialized, niche genre, with a dedicated but discerning upper-demographic customer base. Tayberry has served these customers extremely well for many years and this acquisition gives us a fantastic additional outlet through which to reach the consumer. This is a tailor-made fit for us given our presence in the Celtic music genre."
Compass Records Group, co-founded by Garry West and Alison Brown and including Compass Records and Green Linnet, has the largest catalog of front line Celtic music in the world. After purchasing the physical distribution rights of the Green Linnet Records catalog in 2006, the Compass Records Group is now home to many of the biggest names in Celtic music including Lúnasa, Solas, Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll and John Doyle.
In-Studio Alert: The Waybacks at Compass Sound Studio
October 19, 2007
The Waybacks have spent the last 10 days in the Compass Sound Studio recording tracks for their upcoming yet-to-be titled spring 2008 release on Compass Records. The label staff, whose offices are on the first floor of the building just below the studio, has enjoyed hearing the tracks as they’ve gone down. Produced by bassist Byron House (Sam Bush Band, Emmylou Harris, Nickel Creek), the album features all original material and much more electric guitar and vocals than we’re used to hearing from The Waybacks as well as guest vocals from both The Greencards and The Infamous Stringdusters. (More super-secret special guests to be revealed soon.)
"I think this past year we began playing more night time festival gigs and that groove has definitely found its way into our playing", notes guitarist/lead vocalist James Nash. Fiddle player/vocalist Warren Hood says: "When you get on stage at 10pm at night and the crowd’s been dancing for hours, you’ve got to keep that energy going. Plus the outlaw vibe of the studio is definitely rubbing off on us," they add with a laugh.
To hear tracks from their latest album, From the Pasture to the Future
, click here
Catie Curtis Helps Olivia Celebrate 100!
October 18, 2007
Catie Curtis will join Lily Tomlin, Julie Wolf and others as performers for Olivia’s 100th cruise celebration October 20, 2007. Curtis will depart for the week long voyage of the Mexican Riviera after her Friday evening performance at Acoustic Music San Diego.
Catie Curtis delivers her most personal effort to date with her current album Long Night Moon, an intricate work of stripped down modern folk. Long Night Moon features the track "People Look Around" for which Curtis (along with co-writer Mark Erelli) was honored with the Grand Prize in this year’s International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries from 82 countries). "People Look Around" addresses the human toll and the divisive political landscape that arose in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Catie Curtis will be featured in this weeks San Diego Union-Tribune and can now be seen in the Maine section of Ellen Degeneres’ new local website, "Wish You Were Here"
To hear samples of Long Night Moon click here
To view Catie’s video for "People Look Around" click here
Catie Curtis Tour Dates
10.19.07 Acoustic Music San Diego San Diego, CA
10.20.07 Olivia’s 100th Cruise Mexican Riviera
10.24-25.07 Freight & Salvage Berkeley, CA
10.26.07 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
10.27.07 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
10.28.07 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
11.2-3.07 MOAB Folk Festival Moab, UT
11.4.07 Millwood Junction Mancos, CO
11.17.07 Coffee with Conscience Westfield, NJ
Bruce Molsky On Tour with Nickel Creek
October 16, 2007
Compass Records artist Bruce Molsky will be playing select dates with Nickel Creek on their Farewell (For Now) Tour this fall.
Nickel Creek with Special Guest Bruce Molsky
10.23.07 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
10.24.07 Grand Theater Wausaw, WI
10.26.07 Hoyt Sherman Theater Des Moines, IA
10.27.07 State Theater Minneapolis, MN
10.28.07 Overture Center for the Arts Madison, WI
10.31.07 Renaissance Theater Mansfield, OH
11.01.07 Carnegie Library of Homestead Munhall, PA
11.02.07 9:30 Club Washington, D.C.
Dale Ann Bradley: IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year
October 05, 2007
Compass Records recording artist Dale Ann Bradley was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual awards ceremony Thursday night. The Compass Records Group staff would like to wish Dale Ann a hearty congratulations and much continued success!
Bradley’s critically acclaimed album Catch Tomorrow
has been named Album of the Year for the upcoming issue of Bluegrass Now and earned her a #2 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited radio chart for "Rita Mae".
Listen to clips from Catch Tomorrow here
Colin Hay Number 8 at Ear X-tacy
October 04, 2007
A week after an in store performance stop in Louisville, KY Colin’s Are You Lookin’ at Me?
claims the number eight spot at Ear X-tacy. Mr. Hay put on a rare in store performance at Louisville’s most beloved independent record store, and fans responded, as Are You Lookin’ at Me?
out-sold pop darlings Feist and Kanye West.