Press Round-Up: In the news and blogs at CRG (3/25/11)

March 25, 2011

Listen to Colin Hay discuss the loss of his father and making light of darkness in this interview with The Backstage Beat. Colin to play Boston’s Sommerville Theater April 17th; sings to sold out crowd at Austin’s World Theater; discusses the mystery of song-writing for his newest, Gathering Mercury with Red and Black.

The Waifs:

Listen to The WaifsDonna Simpson discuss gardening and their newest, Tempation with ABC (Australia)’s Anne Gaffney. "It is amazing people can connect with something so personal as a song I have written.” –Donna Simpson to Coolum and North Shore News, Donna Simpson discusses their band’s changing lives and redemption with, being landlocked in the US with Rave Magazine and the Port Fairy Folk Festival with The Standard.

  • Look at pics from The Waifs performance at Australia’s Enmore Theater. The AU Review reviews the show, "They possess this unequivocally comfortable presence."
  • "This band should be bottled." –ABC (Australia)’s review; 3.5 stars from Adelaide Now
  • 3.5 stars from Adelaide Now
  • "They were class. All class." –Live performance review from Faster Louder
  • "A big break and a little faith have injected vigour into the Waifs." –The Age
  • "Fans of The Waifs will love this album; the songs are strong, the vocals are personable and charming...and the warm instrumentation sounds brilliant on tape (no Pro-Tools for these homespun folk)." –The Music Network
  • The West Australian reviews The Waifs performance at Fremantle Arts Centre.

BNET interviews Martin Simpson before last month’s Tyneside gig.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass to play Apollo Bay Music Festival April 9th and the Rothbury Festival (July 2–5).

Alison Brown & The Fairweather Friends to play TN’s 13th annual Celebration of Craft April 2nd.

Heidi Talbot to play York’s National Centre for Early Music April 14th.

Jeremy Kittel to play Saline, MI with Fiddlers ReStrung May 7th.


The Wayback's Merlefest Hillside Album Hour Guess-a-Thon

March 21, 2011

The WaybacksLed Zeppelin II, Sticky Fingers, and Abbey Road have all graced the MerleFest stage by The Waybacks with an array of special guests, ranging from Emmylou Harris to Elvis Costello.

The Wayback’s Hillside Album Hour is now the must-see performance at MerleFest but what classic album will be performed this year? It’s a secret until they take the stage but go ahead and make your best guess for a chance at prizes on the 2011 HillSide Album Hour Guess-a-Thon’s Facebook page. Clues are provided every couple of weeks to help you along.

See the show live at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC (April 28-May1).

Blueridge Outdoors Magazine Streams Compass Music

March 14, 2011

Compass Records GroupIn honor of St. Patrick’s day, Blueridge Outdoors Magazine is streaming music this month from the Compass Records Group (home to North America’s largest Irish music catalog). The mix includes songs from T with the MaggiesJoe Derrane and even a few non-Irish acts like The Gibson Brothers and Dala.

Listen to the "Trail Mix" here.

Press Round-Up: In the news and blogs at CRG (3/9/11)

March 09, 2011

More on Liz Carroll’s TG4 Composer of the Year award here.

Dala to perform Northern Michigan University Saturday, March 12; performs for Haiti relief.

Absense makes The Waifs "Grow Stronger" (Yahoo 7 News). Their newest release, Temptation, is "...their best yet"Who the Hell?; a return "to their roots" –Stereoboard. Don’t resist it

BMA Magazine talks with The Waifs’ Donna Simpson about Temptation. The Australian talks with the band about reuniting for the making of Temptation. "The Duke is excited" about the new release. The band has hit the road in Australia to promote the album and will headline Blue Mountains Music Fest March 18-20.

Bearfoot shows off their "man-lin" and "flat-foot" for these Elementary school students.

Watch video of The Gibson Brothers perform at Wintergrass Music Festival.

Listen to this Luka Bloom interview from ABC Australia.

Watch video of The John Hartford Stringband performing for Fox St. Louis.

Colin Hay to play Chicago’s Park West April 30th, returned to Birmingham’s WorkPlay,

Jeff Coffin Mu’Tet played Blues Alley Jazz for the first time.

Catie Curtis goes from "White House to Firehouse", to play Phoenixville, PA this Friday.

The Evening Chronicle talks with Martin Simpson who helped develop this acoustic guitar. Simpson is to play Australia for the first time in 40 years starting in Sydney.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band speaks Bluegrass, the "Universal Language", played Big Grass Fest, headlined the “world’s only 2011 indoor camping and music festival” and is to play Telluride (June 16-19).

"Ireland Meets Appalachia" in Solas who "lit up" Berkeley’s Freight.

Solas is to play Central Michigan University on March 24th (pg 11), CMU Public Radio’s Our Front Porch at Harbor Springs’ Performing Arts Center, March 26th and is still "going strong".

Special Consensus "Delights All" at Poughkeepsie’s Oakwood Friends School, helps launch an acoustic series at this Cocoa church.

"Rhythm master", Missy Raines, played the Rooster’s Wife with Matt Flinner and talks about leading her band, the New Hip, and instinctually following as a bass player with News Observer.

Folk World reviews Joe Derrane’s Grove Lane.

Altan celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a performance at Pittsburg’s Bynham Theater. Watch video of Altan performing on Good Morning Texas.

Dale Ann Bradley to play Blue Moon Bluegrass Fest in July, West Virginia BBQ and Bluegrass Festival in September and Mountain Stage March 13th. Look to the Light: Songs of Faith, which guests Dale Ann, is nominated for a Dove Award for Album of the Year.

Nuala Kennedy to play Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre for St. Patricks Day.

The "fiery" Cecilia Noël is to play Byron Blues Fest in April.

Sharon Shannon to play Tall Ships Races in Waterford, IE.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill to play Bath International Music Festival in May.

Jeremy Kittel to play Green Lake Festival of Music in July and performed at Ann Arbor’s Ark.

Karan Casey to play Cathedral concert March 19th.’s Randy Ray name Old Blind Dogs in his top 5 live performances of 2010.

Learn how to play "Angelina Baker" in this video featuring Joe Craven for Wintergrass Youth Academy.

Heidi Talbot performed with Eddi Reader in Kildaire and is to play North Wales’ Trelawnyd Memorial Hall in July.

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