Heidi Talbot Announces Angels Without Wings

December 11, 2012

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Irish Songstress Heidi Talbot Announces Angels Without Wings
Former Cherish The Ladies Vocalist’s New Release Features Collaborations with Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien and More
(Nashville, TN) Dec 11, 2012 – Acclaimed Irish songstress Heidi Talbot presents Angels Without Wings, a new collection of stunning original compositions, many co-written with long time collaborator with Boo Hewerdine, featuring some of the most notable players and singers from the worlds of folk, pop, rock and bluegrass. The new album will be released by the Compass Records Group on January 29th. Click here for a complete stream of the new album:
When Mark Knopfler and Jerry Douglas offered to play on Heidi Talbot’s new album, they thoughtfully recorded their parts in several different styles – some were instantly recognizable, others more low-key. Talbot’s husband, producer and band-mate John McCusker joked, “you’ve got the best guitar players in the world and we’re blending them in?” But both musicians knew that for Talbot, the song always comes before the name.
Subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient – from her gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material that earned her rave reviews for her 2008 breakthrough In Love And Light. The girl from Ireland’s Co. Kildare, who spent several years in New York as a member of the Irish-American super-group Cherish The Ladies, slips effortlessly between musical worlds but retains a personal penchant for traditional folk.
Talbot began writing songs on her 2010 album The Last Star. In just two years she’s become a master of the art, sometimes composing alone, sometimes with McCusker and Boo Hewerdine (who form her touring band). Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) became a new creative foil for Talbot recently. The pair became a song-writing team recently after discovering a mutual admiration for each other’s music: “He was asked to pick his fantasy band for The Independent and he picked me and Morten Harket from A-ha on joint lead vocals,” Talbot laughs. She conceived the melody for "Button Up" – a brooding, urgent acoustic love song – with Anderson in mind, and he sent back his own lyrics.
"At home we listen to Belle And Sebastian and Teenage Fan Club as much as we do The Fureys and Mary Black,” she says, of her song-writing’s broad appeal. The best modern folk music gets right to the heart of human drama while remaining oblique about time and place: "Wine & Roses" is a poignant contemporary reminiscence about young lovers “holding hands and rubbing noses”; "I’m Not Sorry" is a mini-psychodrama written from a single moment of reflection – “I felt it, so it can’t be wrong to sing about it.”

And while the timeless language of traditional folk will always be an inspiration, there are traces of Americana in "When The Roses Come Again" (featuring Mark Knopfler), a delicate country-tinged duet with bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien, and Parisian romance in the unforgettable title track by Boo Hewerdine, laced with vintage accordion.

Talbot and McCusker were keen to capture the spontaneity of performance: the album was recorded live in Glasgow’s new Gorbals Sound Studios with her regular team including Ian Carr (guitars), Phil Cunningham (accordian), Michael McGoldrick (flutes/whistles), James Mackintosh (percussion), Boo Hewerdine (acoustic guitar) and Ewan Vernal (bass). “If people made mistakes we’d just keep going,” says Heidi. “On some of the tracks you can even hear the harmonium creaking. These guys are friends, they all give their opinion. They’ll say, “That’s it! That’s the take!’”

Talbot’s close-knit creative environment has fostered her confidence as a songwriter while allowing her to welcome in surprising new collaborators. These ever-evolving musical relationships can be heard on this, her most sophisticated and vibrant recording to date.
Praise for Heidi Talbot:
“A voice that’s both awestruck and tender”
—The New York Times
“A tremendous singer!”
—Irish Edition
“Heidi Talbot’s dusky voice occasionally evokes Norah Jones in its intimacy and honesty.”
—Acoustic Guitar Magazine
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Compass Records Receives 2 GRAMMY Nominations

December 07, 2012

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Compass Records Receives 2 GRAMMY Nominations
Noam Pikelny and Special Consensus Nominated for Best Bluegrass Album
(Nashville, TN) Dec 6, 2012 – Compass Records recording artists received two out of the five nominations in the category of Best Bluegrass Album during last night’s nominee announcement by The Recording Academy for the 55th Annual GRAMMY awards. Albums nominated include banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny’s dynamic solo album Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail and Special Conensus’ critically acclaimed Scratch Gravel Road. The awards will be held on February 10th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live at 8/7c on CBS.
Praised by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as, “one of the most invigorating and innovative acoustic albums of the year,” Noam Pikelny’s second solo album Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail showcases the innovative banjoist as a composer and virtuosic performer. Pikelny was the 2010 inaugural winner of the $50,000 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music and, as a member of Punch Brothers, he has helped broaden the awareness of the banjo in the mainstream. The long-awaited album features Steve Martin, Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton and fellow Punch Brother Chris Thile. In addition to playing with Pikelny on the album, friends Steve Martin and Chris Thile join Ed Helms, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Bela Fleck and Earl Scruggs to help Pikelny avert disaster in a parody video featured on Funny or Die. Watch Pikelny narrowly escape creative failure here.
Bluegrass Unlimited calls Special Consensus’ Scratch Gravel Road a project “…marked by a consistent excellence beginning to end. To miss it is to miss one of the best, if not the best release of the year.“ Special Consensus has developed a reputation for excellence in the genre and bandleader Greg Cahill has been called the Cal Ripken Jr. of bluegrass for his relentless commitment to quality; this GRAMMY nomination is the first in the band’s 37-year history. Currently the #2 album on the National Bluegrass Survey airplay chart, the IBMA Award-nominated Scratch Gravel Road was produced by Compass co-founder and banjoist Alison Brown and features Special Consensus alumni Chris Jones and Josh Williams on the Bill Monroe tribute track “Monroe’s Doctrine."
Billboard Magazine has touted Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade. The label group is home to over 500 releases across the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records imprints with a roster that boasts a variety of artists including Colin Hay, Victor Wooten, Claire Lynch, Altan, Peter Rowan, The Gibson Brothers, BeauSoleil, Catie Curtis and label co-founder Alison Brown.
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