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William Barton – Birdsong at Dusk

IWilliam Barton Birdsong at Duskt’s funny when things slip under the radar a little. Last Friday, while setting up for the Griffith University “Seed” Concert series at QPAC, I bumped into Martin Buzacott. Amongst catching and chatting about bike riding in the French Alps, he congratulated me on the CD release for the William Barton recording of “Birdsong at Dusk” Martin was the host for the ABC Classic FM Live broadcast last August (2013). I was in the booth producing with Classic FM’s Costa Zoulio engineering. Throughout the concert, we were all mesmerised by William’s performance on Didge, Vocals and Guitar also featuring his mother Dalmae Barton on vocals, John Rodgers on violin and accompanied by The Kurilpa String Quartet. I have had the pleasure to work with William over several years and they are always inspiring occasions, most notably Sean O’Boyle’s Didgeridoo Concerto (featuring William and the QSO) which was voted at no. 32 on ABC Classics 100 Concertos. You can purchase the CD from ABC Shop online or via iTunes
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Sarah Calderwood – As Night Falls

With its roots firmly in the Celtic tradition, As Night Falls features immortal tunes like Wild Mountain Thyme, The Unquiet Grave and Poor Wayfaring Stranger, alongside contemporary classics such as Annie Lennox’s Into the West and a particularly compelling version of Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street. The album features the stunning folk singer Sarah Calderwood along with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greene performing the traditional songs The Maid of the River, I Am Stretched On Your Grave, and The Blue Cockade, the latter featuring Mike Scott from the ex-Waterboys.

Also featured is internationally acclaimed accordion player Alan Kelly, Berlin-based Australian guitarist Bob Spencer, former Savage Garden bass player Lee Novak, and virtuoso Australian percussionist David Jones.

As Night Falls can be purchased from the ABC Store

Sarah Calderwood, solo album “As Night Falls”

Here is the press release from ABC Classics for the album that I am producing and engineering during September this year.  Very excited about this one!

SARAH CALDERWOOD ‘AS NIGHT FALLS’ A FIRST FOR ABC CLASSICS

Australia’s leading classical CD label ABC Classics today confirmed that it has signed folksinger Sarah Calderwood to make a solo album. The groundbreaking deal – the first in which a solo folksinger has been signed to a major classical label – follows the success of Celtic Road, the album by Sarah’s band Sunas, which spent six consecutive weeks in the ARIA Classical Top 10 and achieved high rotation on ABC Classic FM and Local Radio playlists when released in February this year.

The band went on to headline both the National Folk Festival in April and National Celtic Festival in June, to extraordinary acclaim.

But it was Sarah’s solo vocal on the traditional Bushes & Briars, accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which drew audiences to the album from well beyond the folk community.

‘The response to Sarah’s haunting voice has been amazing,’ says Manager of ABC Classics Martin Buzacott, who discovered the 29-year-old singer performing with Scottish song-writing legend Dougie MacLean at a semi-private concert in the Wollemi National Park last year.

‘Although she sings in the distinctive folk style, Sarah is actually classically trained, has perfect pitch, and very sophisticated musical tastes, so her association with ABC Classics is more natural than it might first appear.’

‘I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to make this solo album,’ says Sarah, who is already in the studio working with Celtic Road’s producer Geoff McGahan, ambient music specialist Mirko Ruckels, and leading orchestral arranger Jessica Wells. ‘Having these trusted colleagues plus ABC Classics and its partners at Universal Music Australia behind the album is like a dream come true.’

With its roots firmly in the Celtic tradition, the album will feature immortal tunes like Wild Mountain Thyme, The Unquiet Grave and Poor Wayfaring Stranger, alongside contemporary classics such as Annie Lennox’s Into the West and a particularly compelling version of Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street.

‘These are some of my favourite songs from the traditional Celtic and contemporary British repertoire,’ says Sarah, ‘and we have the luxury this time of a full symphony orchestra plus Jess and Mirko’s beautiful, ambient atmospherics, as well as – on a couple of tracks – the musical loves of my life in my band Sunas!’

Recording moved to Hobart last week where the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greene played several of Wells’ arrangements including the traditional songs The Maid of the River, I Am Stretched On Your Grave, and The Blue Cockade, the latter featuring a high-profile male Australian singer as Sarah’s duet partner. ‘No names, no pack-drill just yet,’ Sarah laughs.

Also featured will be Irish-based Alan Kelly, acknowledged within the folk community as the world’s greatest accordion player, whose own new album Small Town and Famous Nights will be released on ABC Classics in October, plus Berlin-based Australian guitarist Bob Spencer, former Savage Garden bass player Lee Novak, and virtuoso Australian percussionist David Jones.

‘It’s like a who’s-who of the world’s great musicians,’ Sarah says. ‘I’m so inspired to be surrounded by this musical company.’

Sarah’s album, entitled As Night Falls, will be released on 4 November, with advance tracks being pre-released on iTunes from early October.

UPDATE: Also featuring duets with Mike Scott (from The Waterboys) and Shane Nicholson!  We are currently finished recording and are madly mixing to reach the deadline!

Sunas – Celtic Road

I’m just putting the finishing touches on Sunas’ new album Celtic Road. Earlier in October I commenced recording with Sunas at the ABC studio in The Queensland Orchestra building on Ferry Rd.  They are an acoustic folk band with celtic roots.  Their exciting blend of instruments and singing is fantastic with both original tunes and covers of some well know favourites.  The album is being launched on February 18 through ABC Music.

Here are some recording photos from Sunas’ facebook page: Sunas Facebook Recording

Check out their website here: www.sunasband.com

Carisma’s Celtic Dreams

Carisma’s latest CD Celtic Deams has been released under the Atmospheres labe through ABC Classics.

Featuring the beauty, joy and mystery of Celtic music through the unique combination of flute, harp and cello. This album includes Carisma’s interpretations of traditional and much-loved folk songs as well as haunting and ethereal contermporary Celtic music.

Available at ABC stores or ABC Online
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