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Colin Hay   Man @ Work (LP)

  Anniversary edition vinyl

  Includes tracks featured on Scrubs and Garden State soundtrack


Noam Pikelny   Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

   2015 GRAMMY Nominee

   2014 IBMA Album of the Year


John Cowan   Sixty

  PopMatters' 15 Best Americana Albums of 2014

  Featuring Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Huey Lewis, Rodney Crowell and more 


The Duhks   Beyond the Blue

  AMA Top 100 Americana Albums of 2014

  "One of the Canadian neo-folk scene's most influential roots acts."      –Huffington Post


Mike Farris   Shine For All The People

  2015 GRAMMY Nominee

  Popmatters' Best R&B Album of 2014


Justin Currie   Lower Reaches

  "Master songwriting talents." –New York Daily News

  "Delivered with intelligence and sincereity." –BBC Music


AJ Croce   Twelve Tales

  "It is a pleasure to witness triple uniqueness: pianist, songwriter, singer."      –Allen Toussaint




 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen   Cold Spell

    2015 GRAMMY Nominee

    2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of Year


Special Consensus & Friends   Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver

  2014 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year

  2014 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year


 Cecilia Noël   Havana Rocks

   2014 Lucas Award Nominee

  "Havana Rocks because Cecilia rocks." –Oscar Hernández



 Jim Oblon   Sunset

  "One of the most exciting guitarists in Nashville (and beyond)." –GuitarWorld

  "A musician's musician." –NPR Mountain Stage



Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper   On Down the Line

  IBMA 9-time Fiddle Player of the Year

  IBMA 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year


Michael Barnett   One Song Romance

  "Brilliant throughout...a triumph." –John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

  "Nothing but virtuosity here on so many levels." –Bluegrass Unlimited

Irish Traditional Band Altan Announces New Studio Album, The Widening Gyre, Out 2/24 The Widening Gyre Album CoverAltan Announces New Album, The Widening Gyre, Out February 24 via Compass Records

On Tour in 2015 in U.K., Scotland, and North America

After nearly 35 years together—the longest running lineup of founding members in Irish music—the members of Altan were ready to flex their musical boundaries when they began work on their newest album, The Widening Gyre.

With a new band member, Martin Tourish on accordion, and the help of many good friends in the studio, Altan’s new album fuses the traditional Irish music that they are known for, namely Donegal fiddling and Gaelic singing traditions, with American roots music, particularly that of the Appalachian bluegrass fiddle.

Recording in Nashville for only the second time and the first time for a full album, the band was able to gather many of the roots musicians they’ve met over their thirty years together, including Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Eddi Reader, Bryan Sutton, and Compass co-founder Alison Brown.

The bluegrass presence shows itself clearly on “Buffalo Gals” and “Thomasino (Thomas Tourish’s Tune),” a lively fiddle song written by Altan’s own Ciaran Tourish. Lead vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s crystalline voice unlock the Celtic undertones of the mournful waltz “No Ash Will Burn” from the legendary Nashville songwriter Walt Aldridge, and Tim O’Brien duets on “The House Carpenter (Gypsy Davy),” a track which spotlights the shared musical roots of Irish and Appalachian music with references to both of these historical songs.

The Widening Gyre straddles time as it manages to remind listeners of the ancient bond between Irish and Appalachian music while at the same time breaking new ground through collaborations between masters of American roots music and Celtic music.

The Widening Gyre is a compelling development in Altan’s story proving that they are still growing as artists, even after so many years together.

Release Dates:

  • Ireland: 20 February
  • UK: 23 February
  • US: 24 February

Tour Dates:

2/22 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage

2/27 – Boothbay Harbor, ME – Boothbay Harbor Opera House

2/28 – Sommerville, MA – World Music CRASHarts - Somerville Theatre

3/1 – New York City, NY – City Winery

3/2 – Fairfield, CT – Edgerton Center of the Performing Arts

3/5 – Ram's Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD

3/6 – Barns at Wolf Trade – Vienna, VA

3/7 –  Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre – Philadelphia, PA

3/8 – Majestic Theater – Gettysburg, PA

3/12 – UW Memorial Union – Madison, WI

3/13 – Old Town School - Maurer Hall – Chicago, IL

3/14 – Interlochen Center for the Arts – Interlochen, MI

3/15 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI

3/17 – Arden Theatre – St. Albert, AB

3/22 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR

3/24 – City Winery Napa – Napa, CA

3/25 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA

3/26 – Folsom Lake College – Folsom, CA

3/27 – Spanos Theater – San Luis Obisbo, CA

3/28 – Berger Performing Arts Center – Tucson, AZ

3/29 – Music Instrument Theater – Phoenix, AZ

4/1 – KiMo Theaer – Albuquerque, NM

4/2 – Daniels Hall – Denver, CO

4/3 – Union Colony Civic Center – Greeley, CO

5/7 – Mac – Birmingham, England

5/8 – The Atkinson – Southport, England

5/9 – Buxton Opera House – Derbyshire, England

5/14 – Huntingdon Hall – Worcester, England

5/15 – Grayshott Folk Club – Grayshott, England

5/16 – Blackheath Halls – London, England

5/20 – Carnegie Hall – Dunfermline, Scotland

5/21 – St. Andrews in the Square – Glasgow, Scotland

5/22 – The Queen's Hall – Edinburgh, Scotland

5/23 – The Buccleuch Centre – Langholm, Scotland



Venerable Singer/Songwriter Colin Hay Confirms First Album in Four Years, Next Year People, Out 2/17 Next Year People Album Cover

Venerable Singer/Songwriter Colin Hay Confirms First Album in Four Years, Next Year People, Out February 17 via Compass Records

On Tour in 2015 in Nashville, New York, Chicago + West Coast Dates

Colin Hay, familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”), has confirmed the February 17, 2015 release of a new solo album entitled Next Year People on Compass Records.

Next Year People is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, and cynical yet open-hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics.  Some of the songs are based on Colin's personal experiences such as "Waiting in the Rain," written about his parents and the almost mystical experience he had growing up in a music shop in Scotland, surrounded by instruments and a constant stream of 50's and 60's radio hits. 

The album's title track, "Next Year People," is a stand out composition, a stark but beautiful homage to the depression-era farmers who kept going by holding on to hope that next year would be better. "They kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result," explains Colin.  "I can relate, although their situation was so much more bleak."  

The album was produced by Hay and mixed by Chad Fischer (Chasing Mavericks, Ice Age 3, Lisa Loeb) and includes contributions from two young Cuban musicians, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom recently emigrated from Havana, as well Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on B3, and Colin's wife, vocalist Cecilia Noel.

Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of his music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs. 


Colin Hay Tour Dates:

2/12-13 – Nashville, TN – City Winery

2/16-18 – New York, NY – City Winery

2/20-22 – Chicago, IL – City Winery

3/9 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre

3/10-11 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum

3/13 – Poway, CA – Poway Center for the Performing Arts

3/15 – Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre

3/17 – China, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

3/19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre

3/20 – Napa, CA – City Winery

3/21 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts

3/22 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre

3/25 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater

3/26-27 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall

3/28 – Yakima, WA – Seasons Performing Hall

3/29 – Walla Walla, WA – Main Street Studio

3/31 – Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley Opera House

4/4 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre


Track Listing for Next Year People:

1. Trying to Get to You  

2. If I Had Been a Better Man 

3. Did You Just Take the Long Way Home? 

4. I Want You Back 

5. Next Year People 

6. Lived in Vain 

7. Scattered in the Sand

8. To There from Here

9. Mr. Grogan 

10. Waiting in the Rain

Bonus Tracks–CD Edition Only

11. Are We There Yet? - 3.49 

12. Lament for Whisky McManus - 3.35 


Colin Hay Online:

"Too Late for Goodbyes" The New Single from Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper "Too Late for Goodbyes"

The New Single from Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

2015 Nominee for Fiddle Performer of the Year
from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA)

From On Down the LineProduced by Jeff White

New Single



Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper announce a new single from their latest  album, On Down the Line. "Too Late for Goodbyes" is a hard-driving bluegrass take on the Julian Lennon hit from 1984. Propelled by instrumental trades between banjo player Glenn Gibson and Cleveland, the bluegrass version is an unexpected twist on what was originally a rock song steeped in the electronic synth sounds of the era. 



Watch Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Perform "Too Late for Goodbyes"

 Singer Josh Richards tackles Julian Lennon’s "Too Late For Goodbyes" to open proceedings and it makes for a far more effective bluegrass song than you could have imagined." – Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine

"On Down the Line, a terrific record by any standard, illustrates the band’s elevated cohesion and vibrant interplay even as it highlights the selflessness Cleveland brings to his bandleader’s calling." – David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

On Down the Line is led by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland. Michael is currently celebrating his 2015 SPBGMA nomination for Fiddle Performer of the Year. The group's virtuosic style and traditional bluegrass sound have  never been better represented or received such high praise. 

The album's fourteen tracks showcase Flamekeeper's rich instrumental blend and tight, three-part vocal harmonies with tunes that span from straight-ahead bluegrass (“Fiddlin’ Joe," "Orange Blossom Special") to melodic, heart-felt songs such as "Just Call Me Crazy" and the imaginative reworking of the traditional "Jack O'Diamonds" as a solo fiddle tour de force. 

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper 2015 Tour Dates:

Feb 6 - The Station Inn, Nashville, TN
Feb 7 - SPBGMA Convention, Nashville, TN
Mar 7 - Imagine Awards, Elizabethtown, IN
Mar 8 - The Players Pub, Bloomington, IN
Mar 27 - Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, Wilmington, OH
Apr 10 - Shepherdsville Music Barn, Shepherdsville, KY
Apr 11 - Western Brown High School, Mount Orab, OH
May 1 - Crossroads Christian Church, Newark, OH
May 23 - Lil John's Mountain Music Festival, Snow Camp, NC
June 6 - Bluegrass by the Lake, Greenfield, IL
June 20 - Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, IN
July 11 - Bluegrass on the Grass, Carliste, PA
Aug 13 - North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Marion, NC
Aug 28-29 - Lakes Bluegrass Festival, Pine River, MN
Sept 17 - Dailey Vincent Land Fest, Denton, NC
Sept 25 - Uncle Pen Days, Bean Blossom, IN 
CMT Edge Presents Video For My Way Is The Highway From Rob Ickes & Trey Hensleys New Album Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley on CMTRob Ickes & Trey Hensley perform "My Way Is the Highway" LIVE at CMT Edge from NEW album Before The Sun Goes Down.

“Listening to Trey Hensley play guitar, I realized I haven’t heard guitar-playing this exciting since Clarence White. Wow!” –Gene Parsons, The Byrds

Watch the video and read the CMT Edge interview with Trey Hensley:


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The Jeremy Kittel Band On Tour Jeremy Kittel

White House Art Collective (Clarkston) 2/10 at 7:15
NMU Northern Lights Series - Forest Roberts Theater (Marquette) 2/13 at 7:30pm
The Bay Theater (Suttons Bay) 2/14 at 7:30pm
The Ark (Ann Arbor) 2/15 at 7:30pm

“Jeremy Kittel has already established himself as a world class fiddler.” —SingOut!

Jeremy Kittel is at the forefront of a new breed of fiddlers and violinists who easily navigate between musical styles and traditions. His mastery of the instrument has earnd him a 2015 GRAMMY nomination in the category of "Best Classical Compendium" for his work with Turtle Island Quartet. Kittel breaks exciting new ground and is helping to redefine the role of his instrument.

Currently touring with his name-sake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band, he leads audiences into fresh musical territory. Jeremy and his band are eager  to play four dates in his home state of Michigan.

GRAMMY nominated, six-time Detroit Music Award winner, and Scottish Fiddle Champion, Jeremy Kittel is known for his captivating fusion of Celtic fiddling with the spontaneity of jazz, the soul of bluegrass, the rhythms of Africa and Latin America, the layered melodies of Eastern Europe, and the intricacies of chamber music. Kittel has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured with Abigail Washburn, spent over five years as a member of the GRAMMY Award-winning jazz improv group Turtle Island Quartet, and arranged and performed the strings parts for My Morning Jacket’s most recent studio  album, Circuital.

Sample his latest album Chasing Sparks.

Alison Brown Brings Americana Holiday Pops Program to Chattanooga Grammy winning banjoist Alison Brown is bringing her Americana Holiday Pops program to Chattanooga for two performances at The Tivoli Theater with the Chattanooga Symphony on December 20th and 21st.

The program, which Brown debuted with the San Diego Symphony last December, was touted as one of the freshest and most fun holiday concerts of the season.  Highlights of the show include Brown's imaginative reworking of themes from The Nutcracker. Titled The Five String Nutcracker (In five Minutes More or Less), it's the first time Tchaikovsky's masterpiece has been adapted for the banjo and is a bona fide crowd pleaser.

Joining Brown and her band on the show will be legendary Chattanooga fiddler (and founder of the Dismembered Tennesseans) Fletcher Bright.  Cloggers, Irish dancers and a surprise guest or two will round out a performance that you won't want to miss!

Tickets are available online for Saturday and Sunday's performances or by calling 1-800-514-3849. Tickets can also be purchasd at the Theater box office located at 3999 McCallie Avenue. For more information, visit


Compass Records Artists Receive Three Grammy Award Nominations Compass Records recording artists received three GRAMMY nominations in the categories of Best Roots Gospel Album of the Year and Best Bluegrass Album of the Year during today's nominee announcement by The Recording Academy for the 57th Annual GRAMMY awards. Albums nominated include banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny’s solo album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, newgrass revivalists Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen's razor sharp album Cold Spell, and the powerfully evocative Mike Farris' much-anticipated album Shine For All The People. The awards will be held on February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live at 8/7c on CBS.
Noam Pikelny
has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. His solo project Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe is the first banjo adaptation of the seminal 1976 bluegrass album Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe and won Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association award ceremony earlier this fall, the first instrumental album in the 25 year history of the organization to capture this award. The project has been praised by The New York Times as “an absolute boon for him: at once a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion.” The inaugural winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Banjo and Bluegrass, Pikelny is a founding member of Chris Thile’s dynamic string ensemble Punch Brothers. His last album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail, was also nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album in 2012.

Riding on a 2014 IBMA award win for Instrumental Band of the Year, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen have taken their brand of progressive bluegrass to another level with Cold Spell. Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen.Touted as "highly original and dexterous" by PopMatters, Dirty Kitchen is made up of banjoist Mike Munford (2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth.

On Shine For All The People, Mike Farris’ musical vision coalesces into a sound that harkens back to early soul records and yet emerges completely fresh. The album pushes beyond his 2007 critically acclaimed album, Salvation in Lights, into a realm that holds to hope admist the failures and sufferings of the present. The new album includes both original material and Farris' trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and the swagger of New Orleans. Folk titan Mary Gauthier says of Mike: "He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone, and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they're not...that's magic.”

Emmy Award Winning A Southern Celtic Christmas Out on DVD A Southern Celtic ChristmasEmmy Award-Winning A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS out on DVD - As seen on American Public Television

“A rollicking yet reverent time.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Compass Records and W.B Yeats Foundation are thrilled to release today, A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS, a unique holiday program that brings together some of the leading lights in Irish and traditional Appalachian music to create a heart warming celebration of the season. From toe-tapping jigs and reels to haunting fiddle tunes to exquisite prayer poems dating back to Medieval times, engaging performances capture the mystical beauty, heartfelt warmth and sheer humanity that is the best of the holiday season.

The program, as seen on American Public Television, grew out of 20 year holiday concert tradition at Emory University, the brainchild of Yeats scholar James Flannery. Unique among holiday programs, A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS delves into the spiritual meaning of the season across time and across continents as it explores the similarities and differences in ancient Celtic traditions and more recent Appalachian traditions. What is revealed is the common thread of humanity’s celebration of the bounty of life at the darkest time of the year.

With appearances by Moya Brennan Band with Cormac DeBarra, Alison Brown Trio with Joe Craven, John Doyle, Rising Appalachia, Buddy O’Reilly Band, Rosin Sisters, Kelly Stewart Brzozowski, Atlanta Irish Dance Troupe and more.

Join Us At The Franklin Theatre on Friday, Nov. 14 Join Compass Artists JOHN COWAN, CLAIRE LYNCH & ALISON BROWNat the Franklin Theatre, Friday, November 14th for SEEDS FOR THE GARDEN - A BENEFIT FOR THE CARTER HILL GARDEN PARK
November 4, 2014 (Nashville, TN) - Join Compass Records artists John Cowan, Claire Lynch, Alison Brown and special guest Forrest O'Connor at The Franklin Theatre on November 14th for an evening of music to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Franklin. The concert is timed to coincide with the State of Tennessee's annual Sesquicentennial event and proceeds will go to support efforts to acquire the Carter Hill Garden (a significant battlefield site). This collaborative evening of music will include original selections inspired by those who fought as well as music that was well known during the time of the Civil War.

The concert begins at 8P and tickets are $25.  Tickets can be purchased at