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Emmy Award Winning A Southern Celtic Christmas Out on DVD

November 05, 2014

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

November 04, 2014

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 www.franklintheatre.com.

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Announce New Album, December Tour

November 03, 2014

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s Before the Sun Goes DownCompass Records Announces Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley's BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN. Duo Tour Scheduled for December with Album Release to follow January 13, 2015.

“In the ever changing world of country music, it’s comforting to know that the real deal still exists.” —Marty Stuart

Compass Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN. The album pairs Rob Ickes, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15-time Dobro Player of Year, with rising singer/guitarist Trey Hensley whom Ickes recently discovered while recording in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee. After collaborating with Hensley on an album track from Blue Highway's current release, and inviting him to guest on some live shows, Ickes was inspired for the two musicians to record a studio project together. BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN is the result of that effort and it is a unique project in the way it seamlessly blends contemporary bluegrass and the spare studio stylings of classic '60s and '70s country music.

Hensley's voice is something of a miracle, a throwback to the great country singer icons of the genre's first golden era, at one moment evoking an early George Jones or Merle Haggard, and at another, Conway Twitty or Hank Snow. The fact that Hensley is still just in his early 20's makes the experience of listening to him even more astounding. His talent has drawn the attention of more than his fair share of Music Row heavy weights including Marty Stuart who said: "Trey Hensley is the real deal—I'm one of his biggest fans." Dobro master Rob Ickes is the perfect musical foil to Hensley's prodigious talent, both as a musician and co-producer. His Dobro ornaments Hensley's vocal lines with perfect finesse one moment and with jaw-dropping fire the next, showing why he is one of the best to ever pick up the instrument. On the production side of things, Ickes has a solid hand and deep musical understanding which enables him to draw the connections between bluegrass and early country to create a cohesive and highly successful end result.  
The 13-track album includes a hard-driving cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s masterpiece “Georgia on A Fast Train,” which showcases Trey's acoustic guitar chops, “My Way Is The Highway,” an original by Trey that elicits a classic country vibe, as well as the album's title track, which is an elegantly played country shuffle that illustrates just how well Ickes and Hensley have absorbed the sounds of shared musical influences.  

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will be on tour in California and the Pacific Northwest in December:
12/4/14 – Royal Room – Seattle, WA
12/5/14 – Green Frog – Bellingham, WA
12/6/14 – Treehouse – Leavenworth, CA
12/7/14 – Little River Inn – Little River, CA
12/9/14 – Tallman Hotel – Upper Lake, CA
12/11/14 – Don Quixote's – Felton, CA
12/12/14 – Boulevard Music – Culver City, CA
12/13/14 – Powerhouse – Del Mar, CA

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Join The Compass Records Family!

October 07, 2014

Photo: (L-R) Top: Garry West and Alison Brown; Bottom: Trey Hensley and Rob IckesCompass Records Signs Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

New Album Slated for January 2015 Release

Compass Records is pleased to announce the signing of bluegrass and traditional country-infused duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley to the label. Their debut collaboration, BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN, slated for a January 2015 release, pairs the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15 time Dobro Player of Year, Ickes, with the up and coming singer/guitarist, Hensley, whom Ickes recently discovered in a stroke of good luck. Says Ickes, "Last year, when we were working on the latest Blue Highway album, THE GAME, we needed a scratch vocal done on one song so we could play live without having to go back and replace the vocal. The studio owner said he knew a kid nearby who was a great singer and could do it on short notice. So he called Trey in and he proceeded to sing the hell out of "My Last Day in the Mines", a song he'd never even heard before! And the way he sang it was so perfect that we couldn't imagine replacing it or changing anything about it, so his "scratch" vocal quickly became a "guest" vocal. Later, I saw some YouTube footage of him playing electric guitar and it was obvious he was as strong on guitar as he was on singing. So I told Trey that if there was ever anything I could do to help him in his career, I'd be happy to do it, and soon after, he and his wife moved to Nashville and we started playing the Station Inn on a regular basis."

The more the two musicians played together the more they became inspired to record a studio album together. BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN is the result of that effort and it is a unique project for the way it seamlessly blends contemporary bluegrass and the spare studio stylings of classic '60s and '70s country music. Hensley's voice is something of a miracle, a throwback to the great country singer icons of the genre's first golden era, at one moment evoking an early George Jones or Merle Haggard, and at another, Conway Twitty or Hank Snow. The fact that Hensley is still just in his early 20's makes the experience of listening to him even more astounding. His talent has drawn the attention of more than his fair share of Music Row heavy weights including Marty Stuart who said: "Trey Hensley is the real deal—I'm one of his biggest fans." Dobro master Rob Ickes is the perfect musical foil to Hensley's prodigious talent, both as a musician and producer. His Dobro ornaments Hensley's vocal lines with perfect finesse one moment and with  jaw-dropping fire the next, showing why he is one of the best to ever pick up the instrument. As a producer, Ickes has a solid hand and deep musical understanding which enables him to draw the connections between bluegrass and early country to create a cohesive and highly successful end result.  
Compass co-founder Alison Brown says, "We are delighted to be working with Rob and Trey. Individually they represent some of the best talent roots music has to offer. Rob's Dobro playing is an absolute force of nature and Trey is one of the most gifted singers and players I've ever heard. As a duo they are forging new territory, creating a sound that is steeped in tradition but utterly fresh and completely captivating." Ickes adds, "I've known Garry West and Alison Brown for years and I am very excited to be working with Compass. Their passion and dedication to Roots Music is second to none and I'm looking forward to seeing where this new venture takes us all!"

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will be on tour in California and the Pacific Northwest in December:
12/4/14 – Royal Room – Seattle, WA
12/5/14 – Green Frog – Bellingham, WA
12/6/14 – Treehouse – Leavenworth, CA
12/7/14 – Little River Inn – Little River, CA
12/9/14 – Tallman Hotel – Upper Lake, CA
12/10/14 – TBA, Redding, CA
12/11/14 – Don Quixote's – Felton, CA
12/12/14 – Boulevard Music – Culver City, CA
12/13/14 – Powerhouse – Del Mar, CA
12/14/14 – TBA, Sonora, CA

Catch The Tannahill Weavers This Friday at Earlville Opera House!

October 07, 2014

The Tannahill WeaversThe Tannahill Weavers Return to Earlville Opera House!

"The music may be pure old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll." -- Winnipeg Free Press

The Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland's premier traditional bands, will bring their dynamic brand of Celtic music to the historic Earlville Opera House this Friday, October 10.

The Tannahill Weavers’ diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. 

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, "The Tannahill Weavers - properly harnessed - could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night's concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll."

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. Only their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits can match the variety and range of the material they perform.
Catch the Tannahill Weavers with reflective ballads and foot-stomping reels and jigs at the EOH!  You won't be disappointed!

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