Compass Records Group Announces October 30th Releases

August 28, 2012

 

 

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Compass Records Group Announces October 30th Release
New releases include Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom and N. American distribution of Navigator’s supermassive Bellowhead and UK festival favorites The
Young’uns
 
Luka Bloom
This New Morning
Compass 4586
 
A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. On THIS NEW MORNING, Bloom continues to shake up the folk genre with clever chord sequences and arrangements while still retaining folk’s core values of story-telling and commentary. Bloom is primarily known in Ireland as a solo guitar and mic man. Here, he has gathered together a Who’s Who from the Irish folk pantheon. THIS NEW MORNING sounds like a band album—and what a band: Glen Hansard, Donal Lunny, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Eimear Quinn, Steve Cooney and Conor Byrne. The playing is magnificent throughout. Bloom co-produced this record with his old sparring partner, Brian Masterson, and together they have created an album of outstanding beauty, sensitivity and fun.

 

Bellowhead
Broadside
Navigator 073

 
Bigger, bolder, brassier and more brazen than ever, Bellowhead blaze back with their mighty new album, BROADSIDE. Their third album Hedonism was the highest- selling independently released traditional folk album of all time, yet the new one BROADSIDE (a title that rather cunningly melds an early form of printed song sharing with an appropriate nautical reference to firepower) is sure to eclipse it with its thrilling arrangements and non-stop party spirit.
 
Like Hedonism, BROADSIDE is produced by the great John Leckie, who has previously worked closely with the Stone Roses and Radiohead; he has again effectively captured the explosiveness of Bellowhead, incorporating the top-notch jazz, world, folk and classical musicians of the gung-ho 11-piece line-up in a swathe of brass, strings, squeeze box, percussion and anything else that seemed like a good idea at the time. Tracks on the album may be familiar to the folk revival, including the mining song “Byker Hill,” the rocking sea shanty “Go My Way,” and the gruesome romp “Black Beetle Pies,” but they’ve never sounded like this as the band flex their considerable musical muscles with storming vocals, blitzing percussion, rampaging strings and mad, bad brass. With four albums, an abundance of awards, sell-out tours and a long trail of thunderous festival appearances down the line, Bellowhead have transported folk music into hitherto unknown territory, introducing a whole new audience to it with them.

 

The Young’uns
When Our Grandfathers Said No
Navigator 075

After bursting onto the folk scene three years ago, The Young’uns have fast become one of the most popular, entertaining and sought after live acts in the UK today. Hailing from the northeast, the Hartlepool trio ooze bags of charm, talent and an abiding enthusiasm for traditional song. Sean Cooney (vocals), David Eagle (keyboards and piano accordion) and Michael Hughes (guitar) bring freshness and dynamism to their arrangements of close harmony songs, both with and without accompaniment. Everything from traditional sea and working songs to more recent compositions are present in their repertoire, and are delivered with originality and flair. They are effortlessly entertaining, with an irreverent sense of humour that engages every audience.
 
WHEN OUR GRANDFATHERS SAID NO is their fourth album and is expected to launch them well and truly onto center stage of the neo-folk scene. Under the watchful eye of producer Stu Hanna (Megson), the guys serve up an irresistible plate of traditional song and close harmony singing backed on occasions by guitar, piano and accordion. In 2012, they joined top names such as Bellowhead, Bella Hardy and Lau by signing to Navigator Records in London, and have just returned from what could only be described as a “triumphant” performance at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival as one of the festival’s “buzz” bands. The Young’uns will continue to “buzz” as their brand new album reaches parts and people that others have not yet reached—as well as sustain their substantial existing loyal fan base, as they continue to tirelessly tour—leaving no one disappointed along the way.

 

 
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Nuala Kennedy
Noble Stranger
Compass 4579
 
 
 
"A flute player and composer of remarkable finesse…digging deep to discover her fullest potential." - Irish Times
"Cheeky, dynamically textured and full of ideas, this distinctive sound is new but already fully formed." - Scotland on Sunday
 
Although her repertoire is rooted in the traditional music of her native Ireland and adopted homeland of Scotland, Nuala Kennedy has also gained critical attention for her eclectic cross-genre work, featuring liltingly beautiful vocals, adventurous instrumentation, and an imaginative mix of influences. For her Noble Stranger album release tour, her American band accompanies Kennedy, consisting of Kyle Sanna (guitar) and Dana Lyn (fiddle). She has performed and recorded Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Norwegian musicians Frode Haltli and Vegar Vardal, and the late Canadian composer Oliver Schroer.
 
On her third solo album ’Noble Stranger’, Nuala is accompanied by her Scottish touring band: percussionist Donald Hay, guitarist Mike Bryan and mandolinist Iain Macleod. The tight musical arrangements and deep grooves on the record attest to the staying power of her new road-tested tracks. Classic traditional songs such as ‘My Bonny Labouring Boy,’ and ‘Matt Hyland’ re-emerge as a natural part of this recording where a small but beautiful vintage Casio keyboard also inspired new songs, including ‘Gabriel Sings’.
 
 
 

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