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KEN ELKINSON - 'THE GOLDEN STATE'
The perfect chillout companion - a mix of ambient, trip hop and instrumental goodness all with light percussion and a slightly dark vibe.
Genre: Electronic: Chill out
Release Date: 2016
DEAN PERRETT - 'DUSTY SKY'
Dean Perrett's 14th album "Dusty Sky"
Dean Perrett :
" 'Duty Sky' is a collection of songs about the things and the way of life that I know best; songs written by myself and also by my good friends Ian Quinn and Allan Caswell. I have also included tracks from some new songwriters as well."
Track Listing :
01 Somewhere Down the Track
02 The Veteran
03 Mustering On
04 Kidman Rides Away
05 Dusty Sky
07 Let’s Grow Old Together (featuring Dean Perrett, Aleyce Simmonds & Tommy Emmanuel)
08 My Old Man’s Guitar
09 Silver City Highway Blues
10 Bryson’s Song
11 Called Good
12 Hooves and Horns
13 Cunnamulla Fella
14 Territory Tough
JIM LOW - 'JOURNEY'S END'
Jim Low is a singer/songwriter who lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in New South Wales. He creates and sings songs that get to the heart of the story, entertain and beg to be listened to again.
He has a deep interest in Australian history having written books, articles, and school learning materials on Australian themes. Jim has been performing for many years. His original music has appeared on a number of CDs, played on ABC radio and used in documentary soundtracks. His new album is called Journey’s End and is a journey well worth taking.
KAMINI NATARAJAN & KEN ELKINSON - 'OMNEITY - CHANTS FOR MEDITATION'
Ken Elkinson’s new project is Omneity with the amazing Kirtan singer Kamini Natarajan, gets off the ground with Chants For Meditation. It is a new twist on yoga music, and basically invented a new genre called Kirtanbient.
Kamini Natarajan … Vocals
Ken Elkinson … Keyboards, Synthesisers, Synthesiser Programming
THOMAS BARQUEE - 'KUNDALINI : RISE OF THE SOUL'
This is Thomas Barquee at his very best. Returning to his Kundalini Yoga roots, this album is a deep reflection of his soul.
Thomas Barquee … vocals, keyboards, bass
Simone Sello … guitar
Sheila Bringi … Flute
Luigi Recca … drums and percussion
Produced by Thomas Barquee
Track Listing :
1. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
2. Aad Guray Nameh
4. Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam
5. Sat Narayan
6. Akal Maha Kal
7. Ra Ma Da Sa
8. Prosperity Har Meditation
GRAHAM RODGER - 'TERRITORY MAN'
This is Graham Rodger's fifteenth album.
It is a very strong Album full of Australian Ballads and is woven around the Northern Territory and western Queensland, its people, history and heritage.
Graham had recorded co-writes with several people and believes that their input has brought new colour and depth into the CD. It has been a wonderful experience for Graham.
Track Titles :
1. Territory Man
2. Stepping Over Spinifex
3. Dusty Stopes and Drives
4. Kidman's Boys
5. The Eagle
6. Ghosts of the Murranji
7. Dust Gauge
8. A Little Town West of the Great Divide
9. The Brand That Seared the Land
10. Trembling Lips
11. The Kimberly Riders
12. City Cowboy Living on the Dole
13. The Wellshot Hotel
14. Duel at the Georgetown
VARIOUS ARTISTS - 'A TRIBUTE IN MUSIC AND SONG TO JOHN BELLANY'
A Tribute In Music And Song To John Bellany
19 tracks: Moon River (Siobhan Miller) * His Brush Across The Canvas (Simon Kempston) * Bonaparte’s Retreat (Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham) * Farewell Tae The Haven (Davy Steele with Ceolbeg) * The Road and The Miles to Dundee (The Corries) * John Bellany of Port Seton (Hamish Moore) * Aberlady Bay (The McCalmans) * The Boatie Rows (The John Bellany Day Centre Folk and Alex Hodgson) * Blue Bonnets Over The Border (GiveWay) * Ae Fond Kiss (Gill Bowman) * Hazard Yet Forward (The Harbour Lights Plus The Boatie Blest Folk) * Puirt Seton / Bellany’s Brush (Stuart Eydmann & Eddie McGuire) * The Reel John Bellany (Alex Hodgson) * Wha’ll Dreg a Buckie (Davy Steele with Drinker’s Drouth) * Le Campane di Barga (The Bells o’ Barga) (Hamish Moore and The Choirs of Barga and Sangstreem) * Dark Lochnagar (Calum Kennedy) * Shoals of Herring (Rod Paterson) * Rage Against The Dying of The Light (Paul Bellany). Bonus track: Will Your Anchor Hold (The Fisher Folk Choir).
The late John Bellany was born and brought up in Port Seton, East Lothian, Scotland, and went on to become an artist of international renown.
His father was a boat builder in Port Seton and many of John’s paintings reflect his connection with fishing and the sea. John also had a great love of music and in fact had a ceilidh band named The Blue Bonnets in his early years.
This collection of music and songs is released as a tribute to the great man and many were John’s favourites, chosen by his wife Helen and other family members. Some items were specially written for the album in honour of John Bellany.
The front cover is Port Seton Harbour and a fine example of the artist’s work. The album royalty will go to The John Bellany Day Centre, Port Seton, which cares for the elderly in the community on a daily basis.
GORDON GUNN - 'WICK TO WICKHAM'
10 tracks: Woodlea Mount / The Blue Reel / The Earl’s Chair * Atlantic Forest / Nearly Not / Colonel Penguin * Ardessie * Fleurs de Mandragore / Over The Moors to Maggie * Money, Stories, Fame….Stuff / Boy On a Headland * Osmosis / Alasdair’s Reel / The Grey Coast Reel * Rob of The Strath * Phil & Marina Anderson of Springlands / Limehill / McKinnon’s Brook / Hamish The Carpenter * Shop Street * Wick to Wickham / Anna and Rob Rowe of Plockton / The Black Stairs.
Gordon Gunn is one of Scotland’s top fiddlers and a member of the hugely successful Scottish band Session A9. He is also regarded as a talented composer, especially of slow airs which are the envy of all tunesmiths.
Born and brought up in Wick, Caithness, Gordon was taught by the highly respected violin teacher Margaret Henderson and was soon involved in different aspects of Scottish music. After recording Shoreside with The Gordon Gunn Band for Greentrax in 2000, Gordon was invited to join top Scottish band Session A9 and also Anam.
He continues to gig with The Gordon Gunn Band which these days consists of Brian McAlpine (keyboards) and Phil Anderson (guitar). Gordon is also in demand as a fiddle tutor and has participated in workshops at many major music festivals throughout Scotland. As a session musician he has worked on several albums.
On Wick To Wickham, Gordon has surrounded himself in the studio with not only Brian and Phil but also Marc Clement (guitar), David (‘Chimp’) Robertson (percussion), Tim Edey (melodeon) and Marc Duff (whistles). Together they produce a rich and exciting sound.
The sets include several of Gordon’s own compositions, those of other contemporary composers and several traditional tunes.
The album was recorded at Storm Sound Studio, Orkney, and mastered at Studio-D Wick. The artwork is by Colin Keddie of K4 Graphics.
After an absence of five years, Greentrax is delighted to welcome back Gordon Gunn to the fold and we are proud to release what we believe is an outstanding album.
“One of the most exciting and innovative fiddle players of the times…”
PAUL AVGERINOS - 'GRACE'
Once again Avgerinos brings us to a place of high vibrational contemplative relaxation.
Building on his GRAMMY® nominated New Age album BHAKTI, and featuring Grammy winners David Darling, Laura Sullivan and Ricky Kej, Avgerinos offers us a serene, magical and nurturing haven.
Avgerinos’ best selling albums to date have been LOVE and BLISS. GRACE was conceived as a child of these two well received works, carrying forward their noble tradition on Avgerinos’ 22nd album since 1985.
Relax, renew and experience GRACE.
‘ Grace is openness. By remaining open, you let go of your ego and narrow-minded views, and allow Divine Grace to express itself through you.’ – AMMA
Paul Avgerinos Producer, Engineer, Vocals, 12 string and echo slide guitars, keyboards and sound design
David Darling Cello Laura Sullivan Piano
Ricky Kej Keyboards Jeff Pearce EBow Guitar
Kevin Braheny Fortune EWI & Clarinet
Dayashila Carrie Grossman Diva of AH and OM
Produced by Paul Avgerinos at Studio Unicorn
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone
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FRASER & IAN BRUCE - 'THE BEST OF ... MRS BRUCE'S BOYS'
16 tracks: The King’s Shilling * Farewell to The Gold * Rise Up Jock * Can Ye Sew Cushions * Broken Down Squatter * Isle of Haut * Catch Me If You Can * Down Where The Drunkards Roll * Ring-a-Rosie * The Weddin’ * A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day * Bonnie Susie Clelland * Edinburgh * Grey Funnel Line * Nostradamus * White Flower.
Fraser and Ian Bruce enjoyed an extremely successful period between the years 1980 and 1986, playing festivals, concerts and folk clubs throughout the UK and other countries around the world.
In one year alone they appeared as a main stage act at fourteen festivals in the UK. They made many radio and television appearances plus they released three very fine albums: Mrs Bruce’s Boys Vol 1, Veil Of The Ages and Mrs Bruce’s Boys Vol 2. In those days they were on vinyl and tape, long before CDs were even thought about!
The boys were becoming so busy that a decision had to be made. Fraser wanted to take on a greater challenge by setting up a specialist structural repair company whilst Ian was keen to proceed with his musical career. He was starting to write some fabulous songs and his voice was second to none on the folk scene.
Ian is now a firmly established top grade artist with a series of around 20 CDs to his credit, plus a selection of songs which have become standards on the scene. He still works solo and as part of a duo with his friend Ian Walker - they released a CD & DVD Born To Rottenrow in 2014.
Fraser’s business was a success but is now in the hands of his two eldest sons. This has allowed Fraser and Ian to get together again to produce and compile an album of songs from their days in the 1980s.
There are ten re-mastered tracks, five re-recorded live tracks and one song never previously released. Ian Walker joins the lads on the live tracks, which were recorded in front of an invited audience in the Wee Folk Club, Edinburgh.
The album includes such classics as King’s Shilling (Ian Sinclair), Farewell To The Gold (Paul Metsers), Rise Up Jock (Bob and Carol Pegg), Broken Down Squatter, Down Where The Drunkards Roll, Edinburgh (Ian Bruce), Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney) and the very powerful Nostradamus (Al Stewart). The re-mastered tracks all include the best session musicians of the time and the arrangements are as fresh today as they were in the 1980s.
Fraser and Ian are currently planning tours of the UK and beyond to promote the album.
Peter Haigh of Peter House Studios mastered the album and design is by John Slavin of Designfolk.
VARIOUS ARTISTS - 'THE LBS COUNTRY COLLECTION - VOLUME 20'
The LBS Country Collection – Volume 20 - 2015
Track Listing :
Born To Be Free … Shaza Leigh
Me And Henry … Tom Maxwell
Forty Shades of Green … Brian Letton
Once He Used To Dance … Rachel Jillett
Pictures of Australia … Ashley Cook
Daydream Island … Peggy Gilchrist
You’re My Man … Rachel Summerell
Winds of Change … Greg Bain
The Namoi Flows In The Moonbi Range … Emma Jene
Beneath The Queensland Moon … Lindsay Butler
Fifteen Hundred Head … Jeff Gibson
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels … Heidi Sullivan
Calling You … Lindsay Butler & Peggy Gilchrist
Sydney Or The Bush … Shaza Leigh & Melissa Bajric
Land Of The Flying Jabiru … Ashley Cook
On Your Wedding Day … Brian Letton
Annie … Brian Young
Home In Dirranbandi … Tom Maxwell
When It’s Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley … Rachel Jillett
Kimberley Skies … Greg Bain
Something Of A Privilege … Shaza Leigh & Lynette Guest Smoky Mokes … Barry Thornton & Lindsay ButleR
Recorded by Award Winning Producer, Lindsay Butler OAM in Australia's Country Music Capital, Tamworth
For information about LBS Music, go to www.lbsmusic.com.au
ROSS MUNRO - 'TWISTED TRADITION'
13 tracks: Gravel Path * Roo Joey * Gone But Not Forgotten * The Dark Island * The Mist Covered Mountains * Lexie * The Misses MacMillan * Celtic Cottage * The Piper * Funky Paddy * The Sleeping Tune * High Road to Itchiness * Cuimhneachan.
Ross Munro started playing the bagpipes under Pipe Major John D Burgess MBE at an early age. At seventeen he joined The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
After the mega success of the Spirit Of The Glen trilogy of albums on Decca Records, in which Ross played a pivotal role as Pipe Major on the Classical Brit award-winning album Journey, Ross became widely known. He retired from the army in 2013 to start a new professional career in music.
Ross is a multi-instrumentalist and Twisted Tradition takes you on a musical journey with a playful and yet seriously inspired variety of original and traditional tunes.
Ross first worked with producer Iain McKinna of Offbeat Studios in Edinburgh when Ross was Pipe Major of the Guards on the Spirit Of The Glen trilogy. The first record reached Number One in the UK Classical Charts and the second album Journey achieved a Classical Brit Award for best album in 2009.
On Twisted Tradition, Ross plays most of the instruments and also showcases his arrangement skills. The sound of his haunting pipes, which Ross has blended with whistle on some tracks is truly special, adding to his unique uplifting sound. This is pipe music with twist.
Iain McKinna plays bass, drums and guitar on various tracks, Kirsty Anderson adds vocals on track 8 and Simon Lowden plays bass on track 1. Design and artwork by Graham Monaghan.
KEN ELKINSON - 'MUSIC FOR COMMUTING - VOLUMES 7-12'
Most artists are not crazy enough to attempt one box set. Never one to shy away from insanity – Ken presents his second box set Music For Commuting Volumes 7-12 on February 3, 2015. 60 (count ‘em) more tracks of angry driver relaxing ambient deliciousness.
THE FALKIRK MUSIC POT
CD1: The Lads ‘O The Fair (Brian McNeill) * The Kelpies Suite Including Myth, We Toss Our Mains and Wait, We See Them Run, Majesty, The Kelpies’ Promise and Mystery (Falkirk School Ensemble) * You Are The Pillar (Mercy Nyirongo & Pupils of Bandawa Girls Secondary School) * Stirling Brig (Bo’ness and Carriden Band) * A Mariner Who’s Never Been To Sea (Andy McKean, Marc Duff & Brian McNeill) * The Terror Time / The Pogoing Painter / Clueless (Pipes - Amy Low) * The Boys That Broke The Ground (Brian McNeill & Andy McKean) * I’m a Bright Light (Louisa Foley, Robyn Gibb, James Greenaway, Mark Adams & Rachel Paterson) * Tam Bain’s Lum / Angus MacKinnon (Fiddles - Sheila Airth, Sandy Harvey, John Johnstone, Mary McElroy, Jennifer Simpson & Lorna Swan) * Tae Feed a Hungry Child (Brian McNeill and Sylvia Barnes).
CD2: Ndibwerera - Am Coming Home (Mercy Nyirongo, Faith Banda, Dyna Mphepo & Memory Msowoya, plus the pupils of Bandawa Girls Secondary School) * The Great Wheel / Schiehallion (John Somerville, Marc Duff & Steven Holland) * The Men of Twenty Three (Willy Thomson) * Mr Graham Stirling of Airth’s Strathspey / Airth Castle (Rita McAllister) * The Travelling Nation’s Pride (Sylvia Barnes) * Sergeant Stuart ‘Gus’ Millar / Blackness Castle / William Marshall / Ochil View (Pipes - Emma Buchan) * The Carron River (Andrew Howie) * Bothkenner / The Beauty O’ The Bing (Brian McNeill & John Somerville) * Train Tracks (Liam McIntosh & Ellie Williams - Bo’ness Academy) * My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose (Bo’ness and Carriden Band) * The Best O’ The Barley (Brian McNeill) * Phala Phala Phala (Prisca Chirwa and Pupils of Bandawa Girls Secondary School).
Brian McNeill & Friends Celebrate His Home Town’s Music
The Falkirk Music Pot is one of three projects forming part of the Falkirk Creative Place 2014 Award programme. This recording project has been produced on behalf of Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council by multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and author Brian McNeill. The project has involved Brian of course and other professional musicians and singers, but also includes items by local residents, schools and bands plus recordings from Bandawa Girls Secondary School, Malawi.
In January 2014, Falkirk was officially designated a Creative Place. The successful bid to Creative Scotland’s 2014 Creative Place Awards was co-ordinated by Falkirk Community Trust on behalf of a number of partner agencies (see sleeve notes). The Falkirk Music Pot is one of three projects forming part of the Creative Place programme entitled Acts Of Discovery which complement and build on the distinctive features of cultural activity in the area.
Falkirk-born musician Brian McNeill was invited to become involved and brought expertise, passion, energy and a wealth of experience to the project. A career spanning 45 years has established Brian as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scotland’s music. He’s been described as “Scotland’s most meaningful contemporary songwriter” by The Scotsman. Add to that his work and influence as performer, composer, producer, teacher, musical director, band leader, novelist and interpreter of Scotland’s past, present and future and you have a man who has never stood still. He has performed around the globe, both as a soloist and with some of the most influential Scottish bands including The Battlefield Band.
Brian brings many of his own songs to the project, including such classics as The Lads O’ The Fair, The Boys That Broke The Ground and The Best O’ The Barley, and also plays some of his own compositions.
Special mention must be given to Sylvia Barnes’ interpretation of Brian’s song The Travelling Nation’s Pride but this album is full of gems, including a wide variety of sounds from local singers and musicians plus pupils of Falkirk schools, The Bo’ness & Carriden Band and solo pipers Amy Low and Emma Buchan. The wonderful Kelpies Suite consists of seven pieces of song and music.
Scotland’s links with Malawi in southern Africa are numerous and Falkirk High School has an ongoing partnership with Bandawe Girls Secondary School, resulting in three tracks from singers and pupils of this school, giving the album an international dimension. Brian McNeill and Jacqueline France spent a week at Bandawe School in September 2014, working with the girls and recording them.
The eye-catching cover was designed by Brian McNeill, with additional artwork by Jacqueline France. Booklet designed by Iain Stretford. Mastered by Peter Haigh, Pier House Studios.
This is an amazing mix of songs and music bound to please all music lovers, which has been a labour of love by Falkirk-born Brian McNeill.
AHMED MUKHTAR - 'MUSIC FROM IRAQ'
Ahmed Mukhtar, master oud soloist, composer and music consultant, presents new visions, rooted in the rich and complex Iraqi tradition and Middle Eastern music, based on maqams and rhythms from ancient Babylon to the present. Played utilising both ancient as well as innovative playing techniques and harmonies.
ANCIENT FUTURE - 'YEARNING FOR THE WIND'
Composed by scalloped fretboard guitar innovator Matthew Montfort, Yearning for the Wind is a poignant piece based on Indian raga. Set in a nine beat rhythmic cycle, it provides a sublime setting for this duet with Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar, who is considered one of the most gifted tabla players of his generation.
Recorded in December 2013, this evocative piece was produced for the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings, Ancient Future's ambitious ongoing recording project. To finance A.F.A.R., Ancient-Future.Com Records provides financial supporters access to select files from Ancient Future's archives of alternate takes, live concerts, radio performances and new studio recordings as they are created. On February 11, 2014, the exact 35th anniversary of the first Ancient Future concert, Yearning for the Wind became the 10th track added to the archive and was made available to A.F.A.R. supporters in mp3, CD quality, and 96-kHz/24-bit hi-res audio and HD video.
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