Happy Holidays from the Compass Records Group!

December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays from Compass Records!


Press Round-Up: In the news and blogs at CRG (12/24/10)

December 24, 2010

The Bluegrass Blog features The Gibson Brother’s preview video for their upcoming album, Help My Brother. The brothers sit down for a Q&A with John Trout’s Bluegrass World.

Alison Brown’s Live at Blair and Colin Hay’s Live at the Corner are worth buying.

Colin Hay plays the Queenscliff Music Fetival.

The host of "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn" (featuring Heidi Talbot) talks about the program’s eight year run with the Boston Globe.

Eileen Ivers performs An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas at the Columbia Theater.



Gráda included on NPR's Best Folk Albums

December 24, 2010

Grada Natural AngleGood news from NPR’s Folk Alley. Gráda’s Natural Angle was selected as one of Folk Alley’s Best Folk Albums of 2010! They are joined by artists such as Patty Griffin and Natalie Merchant. Congrats to Gráda!

You can isten to the Folk Alley "Best Of" episode here.

Catie Curtis at the White House

December 20, 2010

Catie Curtis at the White HouseCatie Curtis recently performed for White House staffers as party of their holiday festivities. Check out ’Twas the Night Before the White House whcih was recorded while rehearsing for the event.

Dala on Mountain Stage

December 14, 2010

Listen to Dala perform on NPR’s Mountain Stage. Listen here.

Press Round-Up: In the news and blogs at CRG (12/14/10)

December 14, 2010

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band play at Jerry Garcia Tribute. See photos from the event here.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s Legacy is included in Uprooted Music Revue’s Top 20 albums of 2010.

Legacy is "arguably among the finest bluegrass recordings made in a decade…perhaps in the last 25 years…maybe longer. It is that good." (Bluegrass Unlimited)

AmericananUK also reviews Legacy.

Heidi Talbot, The John Hartford Stringband, Karan Casey & John Doyle and Peter Rowan Bluegrass are included in Acoustic Guitar’s Essential Acoustic albums of 2010 list.

Joe Derrane’s "Tango Derrane" (from Grove Lane) is included in Irish TimesTop 50 Musical Moments of 2010.

Luka Bloom’s Dreams in America is included in Irish Central’s "Off the Road" Best Music of 2010.

Téada’s Ceol & Cuimhne  and Nuala Kennedy’s Tune In are included in critic, Siobhan Long’s, Irish Times Top 10 list of 2010.

Solas and Bearfoot tie in Herald Review’s Top 5 Concerts of the year.

Michael McGoldrick will play Celtic Connections opening concert on January 13th.

Heidi Talbot and Téada play Christmas shows to celebrate the season.

What do Heidi Talbot and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh listen to during the holidays? Read here on the Music Road blog.

Noam Pikelny discusses his Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass with Gaper’s Block.

Alison Brown is to perform at the 18th Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert Dec. 18, 19; praises Warren Hellman in The Deal Magazine.

Alison Brown Quartet and Joe Craven contribute to this year’s Putumayo World Christmas Party

The Indigo Girls’ Holly Happy Days (featuring Alison Brown) "... is refreshing and captures the essence of the holidays in celebratory, romantic and spiritual glory."

Eileen Ivers continues her An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas concert series in Connecticut and New Jersey.

Gibson Brothers talk with American Songwriter

December 14, 2010

The Gibson Brothers discuss writing songs as a team on American Songwriter. You can read the Q&A here.


Colin Hay Live at Eddie's Desk

December 14, 2010

Watch this Colin Hay performance of "Overkill" from "Live at Eddie’s Desk" (Melbourne).


John Doyle Appearing on Prairie Home Companion

December 03, 2010

This week’s broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion will feature a performance by John Doyle. Also appearing on the program is Elvis Costello, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, vocalist Jearlyn Steele, Rich Dworsky, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

For more information and ways to listen, click here. A Prairie Home Companion is the renowned live radio show distributed by American Public Media that garners four million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East.

Catie Curtis to Play at White House

December 03, 2010

We are very excited for Catie Curtis who will be performing at the White House on Monday, December 13th as part of their holiday festivities. It’s a private tour for staffers, etc. We have not been informed if President Obama will be in attendance. This is her first time performing at the White House.

Catie has also recently reached over 7100 views on her “It Gets Better” video on youtube.

Grammy Nominations Given to Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and The John Hartford Stringband

December 03, 2010

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and the John Hartford StringbandCompass Records celebrates two GRAMMY nominations in the 53rd annual GRAMMY awards. In the American Roots Field, Compass Records garnered nods for Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s Legacy in the category for Best Bluegrass Album and The John Hartford Stringband’s Memories of John in Best Traditional Folk Album category.

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS at 8 PM ET/PT on Sunday, February 13th from Los Angeles, California. The full list of GRAMMY nominees can be viewed here.

Watch the Two Latest Grooveable Feast Episodes

December 01, 2010

SomiCheck out the two newest episodes of Grooveable Feast, hosted by our very own Richard Julian. The two newest episodes feature Nu-African Jazz singer, Somi, and Little Willies guitarist, John Campilongo. Click here to watch both.

Dala Wins Canadian Vocal Group of the Year

December 01, 2010

Compass Records congratulates Dala on their recent Candian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year.

Dala’s Everyone is Someone is available for pre-order before its release on January 25th.

Press Round-Up: In the news and blogs at CRG (12/01/10)

December 01, 2010

The Toronto Observer sits down with Dala’s Amanda Walter. Dala visits The Registry, supports quilting

Colin Hay’s "Waiting For My Real Life To Begin" is featured in the film Morning Glory staring Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford.

The Boston Globe includes Alison Brown Quartet’s Live at Blair in its DVD Holiday Gift Guide.

Joe Derrane’s All-Star concert was "The best concert I barely saw." (IrishEcho.com)

Boston Irish Reporter reviews Heidi Talbot’s The Last Star

...the former Cherish the Ladies lead singer has hit her stride; her singing is unabashedly confident and self-assured, the choice of material (including traditional and contemporary songs plus a few Talbot/McCusker compositions) is stellar, and the arrangements -- Rusby references notwithstanding -- and musicianship supporting her are both outstanding and well-conceived.

All of this is evident on the highly entertaining, boisterous “Sally Brown,” an Anglo-American sea chantey that here is transformed into something resembling a Salvation Army hymn channeled through a Cajun festival, complete with horn section. Talbot, along with guest vocalist Eddi Reader, brings the right amount of verve and salt to a song, which almost certainly did not originate as something young ladies would sing.

Talbot goes to a completely different place on the emotional spectrum on the very next track, “Bantry Girls,” a lament for the Irishmen gone to fight abroad. The song has been covered by numerous male and female singers, but Talbot nonetheless brings forth its tenderness and tragedy; and her vulnerability and vibrato are eloquently enhanced by Carr, McCusker and double-bassist Ewen Vernal.

Other tracks of note include “Willie Taylor,” a cautionary ballad of love, devotion, and betrayal (with fearsome consequences) featuring cameos by Michael McGoldrick and Phil Cunningham; “Bleecker Street,” a Greenwich Village variant of “Patrick Street” -- about a one-night stand in which it’s the sailor who gets victimized -- that incorporates a riff from “Johnny’s Jig,” which McCusker devotees will recognize from his “Goodnight Ginger” album; and a cover of “At the End of the Day,” an overlooked Sandy Denny masterpiece that still tugs at the heartstrings. Speaking of covers, Talbot does herself proud by bringing in the authors of “Hang Me” (Kris Drever) and “Start It All Over Again” (Karine Polwart) to add harmony vocals to her renditions of their respective works.

Talbot, by the way, is to be the featured vocalist in this year’s “Christmas Celtic Sojourn” production -- one of many future appearances in the US, one would hope and trust.

The Gibson Brothers "bring Bluegrass" to The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI) on Dec. 4th.

Eileen Ivers perfromed at the annual Lincoln Square Holiday Tree Lighting and discusses being the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin" with The Hunstville Times in preperation for her performance there of An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas, Dec. 2nd.

The Special Consensus will be taking Bluegrass to Ireland and Britain this January.

Vintage Guitar Magazine reviews Bearfoot’s Follow Me reissue.

Catie Curtis visits WCPN NPR’s Around Noon.

"Musicians have to work so hard at marketing themselves, constantly ... [Richard Julian’s The Grooveable Feast] allows viewers to peek through a keyhole, and see the real people behind the music.” (Baristanet.com)

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