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BeauSoleil and Alison Brown PBS Bluegrass Underground Episodes Begin Airing This Week

October 24, 2013

 

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Alison Brown to be Featured on PBS
Bluegrass Underground Episodes Begin Airing Nationwide This Week
 
(Nashville, TN) October 23, 2013 - Cajun supergroup BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and  GRAMMY-winning banjoist Alison Brown will be featured on their own respective episodes of PBS’ music adventure series Bluegrass Underground nationwide starting this week. Back in March, both groups performed live at Bluegrass Underground, 333-feet underground in the Volcano Room of the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN. Each performance of that live show, which that day also included artists Leon Russell and Ben Sollee, was taped as an episode for PBS broadcast this October, as well as broadcast Saturday nights on the Legend 650 WSM Radio.
 
With a live show praised earlier this year by Rolling Stone as “stone psychedelia with a striking Cajun accent,” the undisputed “Kings of Cajun Music” BeauSoleil performed a varied setlist that included classics from their GRAMMY-winning catalog like, “Little Darlin’” and “Zydeco Gris Gris,” as well as songs from their their critically-acclaimed new album From Bamako to Carencro like “Bamako” and “La Douceur” - the latter of which the band invited Alison Brown to perform with them.
 
Brown can be seen prominently on the cover of last month’s American Profile magazine, perched with her banjo atop a boulder in a special feature on the Bluegrass Underground series. Brown and her quartet’s unique fusion of bluegrass, jazz and folk reverberated through natural acoustics of the Volcano Room, covering material from her entire catalog. “I expected the sound to be much more dark, and I expected the walls of the cave and all the stone to swallow up the sound,” says Brown in the article. “I was surprised by the kind of bright, shimmery high end on the music. I thought it was really beautiful.”
 
Go to http://www.pbs.org/ to check local broadcast schedules. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Alison Brown are both currently on tour. Click here for tour dates. 

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New Celtic Releases from Capercaillie and Eamonn Coyne/Kris Drever

October 09, 2013

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Compass Records Announces October Celtic Releases
New albums include Capercaillie’s 30th anniversary album 
At the Heart of It All, and the second collaboration from Éamonn Coyne & Kris Drever, Storymap

(Nashville, TN) Oct 8, 2013 - Compass Records has announced two new Celtic music releases for North America out October 29th - At the Heart of It All, the long-awaited 30th anniversary album from Capercaillie and Storymap, the sophomore release from talented collaborators
Éamonn Coyne ( Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica) and Kris Drever (founding member of Lau).
 
At the Heart of It All, Capercaillie’s brand-new 30th anniversary album, revisits and reinvigorates songs sourced from the rich vein of centuries old Hebridean folk songs, enriched by compelling contemporary arrangements, together with an array of special guests representing the pinnacle of today’s flourishing Scottish music scene. “We’d never really done much in the way of collaboration on previous albums, but this time it seemed like a nice way to go,” says bandmember Donald Shaw, “We didn’t want Capercaillie’s 30th anniversary being all about us and our record, but more about celebrating how Scottish and Gaelic music as a whole has expanded and progressed in that time with so many younger musicians coming through.”
Album guests include vocalists Julie Fowlis (from Disney’s Brave), Kathleen MacInnes, Darren MacLean, Sineag MacIntyre and Kris Drever ( Lau). Also, Irish banjo legend Gerry O’Connor, uilleann piper Jarlath Henderson, fiddler Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), percussionist James Mackintosh and jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith.
 
Banjoist Éamonn Coyne and vocalist/guitarist Kris Drever, praised by The Scotsman as “one of the folk scene’s most consummately attuned duos,” offer an exciting new mix of traditional and contemporary folk and song. Their striking new release Storymap beautifully balances jigs, reels, and ballads, guaranteed to inspire a whole new generation of folk fans. Special guests include vocalist Eliza Carthy on the duet “Farewell To Stromness,” fiddlers Simon Bradley and Megan Henderson, ace accordionist Alan Kelly on “Kitty O’Neil’s Champion Jig,” while Calum McIntyre (drums) and Nico Bruce (double bass) hold down the rhythm section.

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