RootBeat Records congratulates The Rheingans Sisters on their BBC Radio 2 Folk Award
The Rheingans Sisters capped a remarkable year with a Folk Award on Wednesday night, winning Best Original Track for “Mackerel”, from their acclaimed album “Already Home“.
— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) April 27, 2016
After a warm response and across-the-board critical acclaim for her collaboration with Chatterbox, Tuulikki Bartosik strikes out on her own with her solo debut Storied Sounds. A showcasing artist at Tallinn Music Week, Bartosik enlists the help of Timo Alakotila (piano), Villu Talsi (mandolin) and Dylan Fowler (guitar).
“We transfer our traditions to each other, take our world with us wherever we go, and we take something with us from every place we visit, every person we meet.” –Tuulikki
Storied Sounds is a beautifully-composed love letter to the Estonian landscapes of Tuulikki’s childhood, to more recent adventures, and to family and friends. There is a glimmering vividness in these tracks. Pulsating cities, screeching seagulls, fishes flapping in nets, the smell of the forest in autumn and spring… all of these things, and more, are depicted powerfully in their reflective tunescapes. Ambient field recordings made in Estonia infuse several pieces, enhancing their already strong sense of place. Storied Sounds evokes an elemental point where nature, memory and music converge.
Praise for Chatterbox, Tuulikki’s collaboration with Hannah James (RBRCD25):
“An evocative album” Martin Chilton, The Telegraph
“Against expectations Chatterbox is one of the freshest and in its quiet way one of the most spectacular albums I have heard this year” Folk Radio UK
“A wholly original and mesmeric album” Folkwords
“A gem of an album that I think will be near on impossible to top in the accordion world” FATEA
Leveret and Lady Maisery are proud to be Official Showcase artists at 2016’s Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City! Follow the adventures of the English delegation to FAI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Leveret are up for Best Group, with Andy Cutting also nominated for Musician of the Year, whilst the Rheingans Sisters and Rosie Hood are both named in the Horizon Award nominees. The Rheingans Sisters also get a nomination for Best Original Song for “Mackerel”, from their new album Already Home.
We’re incredibly proud of the music we released last year, and of the recognition our artists have received tonight.
You can find all nominated releases on a special page in our shop, and they’re also available on Amazon, iTunes and Proper Music.
Exactly a year after the release of their debut New Anything, English instrumental trio Leveret return with In The Round, a new live recording of instrumental music played spontaneously for a live audience. Recorded during one concert in an octagonal church in Derbyshire, the album continues Leveret’s mission of rediscovering and re-imagining tunes from archive sources, and features the distinctive interaction between players for which their live performances are renowned.
Leveret comprises three of the top instrumentalists in English folk music. Fiddler Sam Sweeney is the current BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Musician of the Year’, thanks to his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting is a two-time winner of that award, and as well as his new trio with Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr currently performs with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others.
Leveret’s work as a trio sounds unlike anything else. Their music is not arranged at all in the conventional sense; instead it is played entirely in the moment, combining consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity in a sound that is timeless and natural yet also fresh and contemporary. The material may come from archive sources and manuscripts, but there is nothing academic or historical about the sound: it’s warm, listenable, engaging and refreshing, a massage for the ears.
The English folk tradition has not always valued its instrumental repertoire as highly as some of our neighbours, and yet the tunes exist in their thousands in manuscripts and archives. For every tune in current circulation, there are dozens more waiting to be rediscovered. Leveret’s music has helped inspire a growing interest in instrumental music; In The Round doesn’t always fit into what has come to be known as ‘the English style’ but it’s without doubt a current and contemporary recording of English repertoire by three top-notch instrumentalists with deep roots in the tradition.
…and the RootBeat elves are up their ears in wrapping paper, festive ribbon and gift tags. It’s easy to order CDs ready-wrapped and have them delivered straight to your loved ones – each album in the shop has a gift-wrapping option, just click “Christmas”.
Pick up our latest release, the Rheingans Sisters‘Already Home, which is nominated for Album of the Year in the fRoots Critics Poll and selected for Songlines’ next Top of the World compilation, or have a browse through old favourites including Kerfuffle’s midwinter album Lighten The Dark.
For our many loyal customers abroad, here are the last posting dates for this Christmas. UK orders must be in by midday on 21st December to guarantee delivery before Christmas.
|Friday 4 December||Africa, Middle East|
|Monday 7 December||Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia|
|Tuesday 8 December||Caribbean, Central & South America|
|Thursday 10 December||Greece, Australia, New Zealand|
|Monday 14 December||Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland|
|Tuesday 15 December||Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA|
|Wednesday 16 December||Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain|
|Thursday 17 December||France|
|Friday 18 December||Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland|
We’re incredibly proud that two of our recent releases have been chosen as nominees for Album of the Year in the prestigious fRoots Critics Poll. Leveret’s first album New Anything and the Rheingans Sisters’ Already Home are chosen amongst 10 nominees, with the winners to be announced live on BBC Radio 3 during World On 3 broadcast from 11pm on Friday 4th December.
Speaking of the Rheingans Sisters, Already Home is out today! If you haven’t made it to one of their gigs this week, you can get a preview of the album in the video below, and order your copy from us, or Amazon or iTunes.
English Folk Expo is an industry event that runs in parallel with Homegrown Festival in Bury, Lancs. Around 150 people from the UK and international folk music business gather to hear the best of English folk music. This year, RootBeat has the considerable honour of the Friday afternoon label showcase slot, where said select band of industry types will hear performances from Ollie King, the Rheingans Sisters and Lady Maisery. Then, on Saturday night, the public will be treated to Moore Moss Rutter opening for Seth Lakeman, so all in all it’s a RootBeat takeover.
Presenting England’s traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. The new collaboration effortlessly combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, Fred Jordan Memorial Award winner Rosie Hood, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.
The Dovetail Trio’s debut album Wing of Evening will be released in September 2015 on RootBeat Records. The album features a number of unusual versions of traditional English songs alongside an American folk story, a traditional Scottish whaling song, and even a French/Canadian tune set. Tight vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship make this an exciting debut album.
Barnsley’s Jamie Roberts is renowned for his narrative singing and driving guitar rhythms. In 2007 he joined folk quartet Kerfuffle with Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, and in 2013 was a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee with duo Gilmore & Roberts.
Rosie Hood‘s pure voice and engaging performances are garnering widespread acclaim. With a keen eye on the history of the songs she sings, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, she has performed at a number of the country’s leading festivals and folk clubs, and opened for the Cecil Sharp Project. Rosie is, for 2015, a BBC Performing Arts Fellow with EFDSS.
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Quinn has been playing the melodeon, mandolin and fiddle, and singing his way around the English folk scene for the last seven years in various bands including Dogan & the Boombox Karavan, The Mighty Quinns and the Eliza Carthy Ceilidh Band.
I saw The Dovetail Trio showcase at English Folk Expo last year, and quickly developed a fondness for their honesty and elegance. There’s a real economy to the arrangements; no waste, no fat on the bones of these songs, but a charming, deceptively simple presentation.
Over coffee and cake in Derby we planned the release of the album, and chose “Wing of Evening” as the title; it’s a line from their rendition of Peter Bellamy’s Sweet Loving Friendship.
Jamie Roberts is a friend, a one-time bandmate of mine, and probably best known to many of you as half of Gilmore Roberts (whose new album, on their own label, is out later in September); it’s a real joy to hear him getting to grips with Trad-arr stuff again, and excelling in such a sparse, unforgiving set of arrangements.
Producer/engineer Tom Wright is becoming one of Sheffield’s go-to guys (and will be recording something else destined for RootBeat next month, watch this space) and he resists the temptation to adorn these songs with too much gloss. It is, in the best possible sense of the term, folk club-friendly.
In other news, Sam is taking Made in the Great War on tour this week. If you’ve seen it already, you’ve probably already booked to see it again and told several friends. If you haven’t, take what might be your last chance to see an astonishing piece of theatre featuring Sam’s Bellowhead bandmate Paul Sartin, the wonderful musician-composer-arranger Rob Harbron and storyteller-narrator extraordinaire Hugh Lupton. Tour dates are here – www.madeinthegreatwar.com
This Friday, we release “II”, the second album by Moore Moss Rutter. You can preorder it from us now to be sure of receiving it on Friday, and it is also available from Amazon on CD or download, and on iTunes.
It’s been a long time coming, but as anyone who’s seen them at a festival recently will attest, it’s well worth the wait. When it comes to the creation of original, potent arrangements of traditional and self-penned tunes and songs, there’s no-one better at the moment. Tom, Archie and Jack are three of the best players of their generation, and as anyone who’s heard a good late night festival session lately knows, it’s a prodigiously talented generation. What stands out, for me, is the combination of near-obsessive focus and attention to detail in arrangement and recording coupled with a pure, joyous abandon when they play live. The preview gigs in recent weeks in Bristol and London have been intimate affairs in tiny rooms packed with people gripped by energetic, visceral performances. It’s not unlike watching the English Acoustic Collective on speed, or Nickel Creek if they’d been raised in Somerset/Norfolk/Yorkshire; staggering virtuosity, manic energy, locked in an irrestistable, tumbling death-spiral of a wrestling match with their desire to make potent, engaging music out of the raw materials of the English folk tradition. This energy has been captured with astonishing faithfulness by genius producer Andy Bell.