Bossa royalty Clara Moreno releases Meu Samba Torto on Compass Records today!

June 26, 2007
Bossa royalty Clara Moreno releases Meu Samba Torto on Compass Records today. Featuring a stellar line-up of Brazilian musicians including Clara’s mother, the legendary Brazilian singer-songwriter Joyce, and the celebrated songwriter and guitarist Celso Fonseca, Meu Samba Torto features two new compositions written especially for Clara by Joyce, "Sabe Quem" and Fonseca, "Litorânea". Highlights also include classic bossa nova tracks such as "Moça Flor", originally recorded by the Tamba Trio, "Vem Morena Vem", from Jorge Ben’s debut album and "Morena Boca de Ouro", made famous by João Gilberto. Meu Samba Torto features a version of "Mon Manege a Moi", originally recorded by the French singer Edith Piaf and a beautiful cover of the American jazz standard "Tenderly".

With Meu Samba Torto Moreno felt the urge to strip things down and pay tribute to the musical heritage of the city she is from:"In Brazil we call a person from Rio de Janeiro a "Carioca", and on this album I have tried to share this feeling of what it is like to be a "Carioca" with the listener. I took inspiration from 60s bossa nova - the cornerstone of modern Brazilian music - and created a contemporary view of Brazilian music that fans all over the world can enjoy. I wanted to create a warm, intimate vibe the listener can connect with, so they can get a sense of what it is like to be a "Carioca"."

Russ Barenberg Releases When At Last on Compass Records today!

June 26, 2007
Guitar aficionados may be ready to hail the new display of virtuosity on Russ Barenberg’s When At Last--his first solo album in almost 20 years--but for the legendary guitarist himself, the value of the collection is somewhat different. "What I maybe have to bring to the world," he says with a kind of wry deliberation, "is some good tunes."

Leading off with the taut groove of "Little Monk," the set winds its way through bluegrass, Celtic and contradance-flavored tunes that frame Barenberg’s lyricism and rhythmic subtleties in intricate ensembles that feature long-time friends and collaborators. Dobro extraordinaire Jerry Douglas, fiddle giant Stuart Duncan and percussionist Kenny Malone, who appeared on Barenberg’s last solo album, Moving Pictures, are back for the ride, while the bottom end is held down by Viktor Krauss and Dennis Crouch. Less familiar contributors turn up too and add a delightful new flavor to the work. "Ruthie Dornfeld is just a fantastic musician," Barenberg notes. "She’s a great dance fiddler and she plays a lot of traditional music and understands it really well. Jeremiah McLane is a fine accordion and piano player from Vermont who plays in a wonderful trio called Nightingale; they’re one of my favorite bands."

Still, while ensemble interplay is the foundation of When At Last, its heart and soul ultimately is to be found in Barenberg’s tunes--some dating back to the early 90s, others composed shortly before recording began--and in his glistening playing. "I’m at a point in my life now where I really appreciate what a gift it is to be a musician," Russ Barenberg says with a smile, "and I’m ready to embrace whatever’s involved in doing it for a living. It’s just a great time for me."

Russ Barenberg will be featured in the upcoming issues of Acoustic Guitar and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. He currently resides in Nashville.

Colin Hay Announces "Are You Lookin’ At Me?" 2007 Summer Tour

June 21, 2007

"4 stars... Colin Hay is still The Man." - PASTE

"He’s got the same familiar voice, the same charming smile and a legion of loyal fans." - Baltimore Examiner

Colin Hay is back at it again! After recently wrapping up a sold out spring tour of the east coast and midwest promoting his new album, Are You Lookin’ At Me?, Colin Hay is hitting the road this summer with band members Charlie Paxson (drums), Jon Flaugher (bass), Kiki Ebsen (piano) and wife Cecilia Noel (vox).

See Colin On Tour This Summer:
07.07.07 Hard Rock Cafe Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
07.12.07 Alive at Five Stamford, CT
07.13.07 Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
07.14.07 Carl Pfeifer Performing Arts Center Wyckoff, NJ
07.15.07 Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, NY
07.16.07 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
07.19.07 Canal Room New York, NY
07.20.07 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
07.21.07 Palacio Europa Newark, NJ
07.23.07 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
07.24.07 Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA
07.26.07 The Abbey Chicago, IL
07.27.07 Fraze Pavilion Kettering, OH
07.28.07 Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN
07.29.07 Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN
08.02.07 Wisconsin State Fair Milwaukee, WI
08.03.07 Crown Center Kansas City, MO
08.09.07 The Independent San Francisco, CA

Beoga Releases Second Album "Mischief"

June 11, 2007
"Super vocals, a terrific staccato beat to the rhythm with a real sense of style and wit. This is a major, major band to be reckoned with."
- Bill Margeson (The Chicago Irish-American News / Live

Beoga are a five-piece traditional band based in County Antrim. Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordians of Sean Og Graham and Damian McKee, along with four time All-Ireland bodhran champion Eamon Murray and pianist Liam Bradley. With the addition of one of Ireland’s premier young singers, Naimh Dunne, "Mischief" looks to confirm Beoga’s reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Ireland in recent years. The bedrock of Beoga’s music lies firmly within the Irish tradition, but they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. With a repetoire of fresh self-penned tunes and inventive arrangements, "Mischief" has already earned a 9.5/10 rating in Hotpress and has been tipped by Irish Music Magazine as a contender for album of the year.

Beoga’s popularity continues to flourish, as they captivate audiences on a global scale with their blend of passion, energy and vitality. This second album proves to be a coming of age record. Expect the unexpected from Beoga’s "Mischief".

Roddy Hart "Home" Video Featuring Kris Kristofferson

June 06, 2007
Roddy Hart’s music video for "Home" from his new album, Bookmarks, can now be seen on You Tube. Look for an appearance by the legendary Kris Kristofferson. 

See it here.

New Compass Newsletter

June 06, 2007
Annoucing a new weekly newsletter from Compass Records, Compass Records Up Close. Featuring artist news, tour dates, new releases, online sale updates and much more, Up Close is the best way to stay connected to your favorite Compass artists and their music.

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BBC2 Folk Awards Horizon Winner Kris Drever releases Black Water on Compass Records today!

June 05, 2007
"A strong natural singer and top notch guitarist. The folk revival has a new standard bearer." - Q MAGAZINE

"Kris Drever is a serious talent" - MOJO

June 5, 2007 (Nashville) - Orkney-born and son of singer-songwriter Ivan Drever (Wolfstone), Kris Drever emerges from within the surging folk scene with Black Water, a debut album that is "as marvelous as it is timeless." (Maverick) . Produced by John McCusker and featuring constant conspirators and collaborators Kate Rusby, Donald Shaw, Roddy Woomble and Eddi Reader, Black Water gives a modern washing to folk standards such as "Braw Sailin’ On the Sail" and "Patrick Spence".

At seventeen, Drever left home for the mainland, eventually gravitating towards Edinburgh’s burgeoning session scene and The Tron Ceilidh House, which was then (late 1990’s) the place to be. It wasn’t long before Drever was a regular at this Scottish musicians haven, playing several nights a week. After a temporary switch to the double bass, Drever subsequently returned to the guitar and began honing his highly individual style - a blend of rhythm and harmony, folk, jazz, rock and country inflections - that now finds him in near-constant demand as a session player.

Drever’s earlier live and recorded work includes collaborations with Cathy Ryan of Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, Scottish fiddlers John McCusker and Bruce MacGregor, Irish accordionist Leo McCann and Gaelic band Tannas, as well as tours of the US and South America with the Irish dance show Celtic Fusion. Drever was also a member of the highly acclaimed trio Fine Friday which released two albums on the Foot Stompin’ label and toured the UK, Europe and Australia before the three went their separate ways to concentrate on individual projects.

In February 2007, Kris Drever was honored with the prestigious Horizon Award at the 2007 BBC2 Folk Awards. Drever recently toured the UK with Eddi Reader and Roddy Hart and will release an album with the band Lau (Aidan O’Rourke on fiddle, Martin Green on accordion) on Compass Records summer 2007.
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