Colin Hay Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live

February 28, 2007


Colin Hay

February 28, 2007 (Nashville) - Tune in to ABC tonight, Wed, February 28, 2007 at Midnight (EST) to catch Colin Hay on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Hay will perform the title track from his upcoming release, "Are You Lookin’ At Me?", and join the house band Cleto and The Cletones for classic Men At Work favorites.

"Are You Lookin’ At Me?", Hay’s brand new solo album, will be available everywhere April 24, 2007.

Kane, Welch, & Kaplin At Folk Alliance Feb. 23-24

February 22, 2007

folk alliance



6:00 pm BALLROOM A (CC)
ASCAP Presents
: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester: Guy Clark (Nashville, TN), Shannon McNalley (Oxford, MS), Russell Smith (Nashville, TN), Peter Case (Los Angeles, CA), David Olney (Nashville, TN). David Ball (Nashville, TN), Welch Kane Kaplin (Nashville, TN)

9:00 pm Heritage 3 Folk Alliance Showcase Kane Welch Kaplin

Val Denn Agency & Gigi Benno Agency Present
8:00pm Gretchen Peters (Nashville, TN)
8:30pm Jed and Kelley (Memphis, TN)
9:00pm Kane Welch Kaplin (Nashville, TN)
10:00pm Jimmy LaFave (Austin, TX)

Kudos for Compass Artists!

February 20, 2007

The Livies & Top TIP Awards for 2007 Announced!

February 19, 2007 - (Nashville) - Noted Irish music journalist and radio personality Bill Margeson, via the Top TIR Awards (the Irish-American News) and The Livies (, has announced the greatest happenings in traditional music for 2006. Inclusion is quite an honor as the Chicago based Irish-American News has clocked 30 years and now reaches 100,000 readers, while touts being the web’s largest Irish music site. Nashville-based Compass Records, currently the leading Irish record label in the US, picked up several of the accolades, including:


Female Vocalist of the Year: Eddi Reader

Instrumental Cut of the Year: John McSherry and Donal O’Connor - Tripswitch

Male Vocalist of the Year: Mick Moloney

Vocal/Instrumental Album of the Year: Mick Moloney - McNally’s Row of Flats


Instrumental Cut of the Year: John McSherry and Donal O’Connor - Tripswitch

Male Vocalist of the Year: Mick Moloney

Vocal/Instrumental Album of the Year: Mick Moloney - McNally’s Row of Flats


Eddi Reader calls for "Peacetime" - Out on Compass Records!

February 20, 2007
4449 album mini.2

"Reader has one of those Midas touch voices that transmutes into gold almost every note it touches...hear her and rejoice.- Entertainment Weekly

"Peacetime is a very calm experience where the songs are given room to breathe." - BBC, Folk and Country Review (UK)

February 20, 2007 - (Nashville) - Glasgow native Eddi Reader’s rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets this former Fairground Attraction vocalist apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience.

On Peacetime, Reader makes a plea to seek out balance and harmony when times of struggle and heartache arise. Deftly produced by the young, renowned Scottish fiddler John McCusker (Battlefield Band, Kate Rusby Band), and featuring Reader’s longtime musical collaborators Boo Hewerdine and John Douglas, the musicians on Peacetime read like a who’s who in the world of traditional folk music: Ian Carr (guitar), Phil Cunningham (accordion), Michael McGoldrick (flute) and Donald Shaw (harmonium/wurlizter). Compass Records’ Alison Brown special guests on the US version’s bonus track "Ontario". Highlights include "Prisons", a folk-pop cover of a Trashcan Sinatras prayer for forgiveness, the inspiring and soothing title track, "Peacetime" and "Safe Houses", Reader and Hewerdine’s response to London suicide bombers. "It amazes and relieves me that intense hate, although incredibly destructive, can also encourage great and intense love."

Peacetime is Eddi Reader’s fourth release on Compass Records. Previous releases include Angels and Electricity (1998), Simple Soul (2001) and Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (2003). Reader has just finished the Mean Fiddler Fleadh Tour 2007 with Willie Nelson, Sharon Shannon and Damien Dempsey and is in the midst of a UK tour with her band in support of Peacetime. She will make an appearance at this summer’s 2007 Milwaukee Irish Fest.


Buille Brings the Beat - Out on Compass Records!

February 20, 2007

Buille brings the beat - out on Compass Records today!

"...a classic of new Irish music. Miss it if you dare." - THE LIVING TRADITION

February 20, 2007 (Nashville) - Buille (pronounced Bwill-ah), which in English translates to mean "Beat", have released their debut self-titled album on Compass Records today to align with their US tour which kicked off last week. Forging traditional Irish with jazz and classical, Irish musicians Niall Vallely, Paul Meehan and Caoimhín Vallely have joined forces to create one of the most potent new sounds to emerge from Ireland in many years. Concertina virtuoso Niall Vallely enlists his brother Caoimhín on piano (yet another creative member of the legendary clan, so prominent in the Irish arts scene) and guitar powerhouse Paul Meehan to fashion a new sound and take Irish music onward to new frontiers. "Buille is as fresh a breath that’s blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time." (THE IRISH TIMES)

Niall Vallely
Acclaimed throughout the world as one of Ireland’s greatest concertina players, Niall Vallely began learning the instrument at the age of seven, taught by his parents Brian and Eithne Vallely, founders of the Armagh Pipers’ Club. A founding member of NOMOS, he has in recent years performed both in a solo capacity and with musicians such as Karan Casey, Tim O’Brien, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, and Paddy Keenan. His solo debut was released in 1999 Beyond Words, and in 2003 Compass Records released Callan Bridge in the US, a collaboration with his brother Cillian (of Lúnasa) on pipes.

Paul Meehan
A product of thriving Irish music scenes in Manchester, County Armagh, and Cork, Paul recorded three albums with the highly acclaimed North Cregg. He has also spent a number of years touring and recording with Dorsa, the Karan Casey Band, and Lúnasa, of which he is a current member. In recent years Paul has appeared on stage with the likes of Altan, At the Racket, Paddy Keenan, Tommy Peoples and Liz Carroll.

Caoimhín Vallely
Like his older brother Niall, pianist Caoimhín grew up in Armagh and began tin whistle lessons at the Armagh Pipers Club before moving to the fiddle. While still only seventeen, he joined the band Upstairs in a Tent, where he played alongside Brian Finnegan (now of Flook) and Kathryn Tickell. In Cork he co-founded North Cregg. Theater credits include a stint as musical director with the Belfast-based Dubblejoint and playing with Alan Kelly’s dance show "Celtic Legends."

2.21.07 / Boston, MA / The Burren
2.22.07 / Vineyard Haven, MA / Cornell Theater
2.23.07 / Memphis, TN / Center for Southern Folklore
2.24.07 / Memphis, TN / North American Folk Alliance Conference
2.26.07 / Chicago, IL / Martyrs
3.1.07 / Saginaw, MI / White Crow Conservatory of Music
3.2.07 / Clevenland Heights, OH / Night Town
3.3.07 / Pittsburgh, PA / Carnegie Lecture Hall

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Colin Hay Asks "Are You Lookin’ at Me?"

February 19, 2007

    Colin Hay

    Colin Hay’s "Instantly Recognizable" (Billboard) Voice Stirs on
    Are You Lookin’ At Me? out April 24, 2007 on Compass Records

"Hay’s singularly soulful voice....intoxicating stuff." - MOJO

On April 24, 2007, Compass Records will release Are You Lookin’ At Me?, Colin Hay’s first collection of new solo material in five years. "I’ve been working on my latest offering, Are You Lookin’ At Me? on and off for the last couple of years, and I’m not sick of it. It’s warm and fuzzy." Recorded and produced by Hay and featuring a cast of handpicked players, including Hay’s wife and leader of the salsoul band The Wild Clams on backup vocals, Cecilia Noël, Are You Lookin’ At Me? presents the human emotional spectrum in eleven original songs. The urban influenced title track is an autobiographical and introspective look at Hay’s cultural and musical influences, his move as an adolescent from Scotland to Australia and his career as the front man and principal songwriter for 80’s hit machine, Men At Work. Other highlights include "Up In Smoke", an acoustic ballad about a soldier never to return and "Lose To Win", because as Hay says, "’s got both a trombone solo and kazoo....I mean c’mon, need I say more? I think not."

Since the release of Man at Work, Hay has been involved in a number of high profile projects that have earned him a new generation of devoted fans.

* Hay appeared in a 2002 episode of Scrubs as a figment of lead character J.D.’s imagination, strumming an acoustic guitar and singing "Overkill". Tunes by Hay have since been used for several episodes of the NBC groundbreaking comedy including a Broadway cast company style performance of "Waitin’ For My Real Life Begin".

* Ringo Starr called upon Hay to perform and tour with Ringo and the All-Starrs in the summer of 2003.

* Hay combined his life stories, most beloved songs ("Down Under", "Who Can It Be Now?") and devilish wit in 2004 to create a one-man theatrical experience entitled Man At Work. The show debuted to a week long packed out run at NYC’s Village Theatre and was followed with performances at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Aspen Comedy Festival and a month long residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

* John Mayer proclaimed that Hay’s anthem for the broken hearted, "I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You", from the 2005 GRAMMY Award winning platinum selling soundtrack Garden State, "was without a doubt my favorite song of the year."

* ABC’s What About Brian featured acoustic versions of Hay’s songs in the closing credits of three back to back episodes in the fall of 2006.

**Compass Records will launch Are You Lookin’ At Me? in April 2007** with a US tour kicking off with release parties at Largo (LA) and the Canal Room (NYC).


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