Colin Hay on A Prairie Home Companion

May 30, 2014

Colin Hay Takes The Stage on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Live from the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park //  Flagstaff, AZ

GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay brings his storied songs and delightful sense of humor to A Prairie Home Companion on May 31, proudly presented by KNAU Arizona Public Radio and R Entertainment. Also appearing on the show are seasoned Tex-Mex rockers Los Texmaniacs, and vocalist Lynn Peterson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

For more information and ways to listen, click here. A Prairie Home Companion is the renowned live radio show distributed by American Public Media that garners four million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East.

About Colin Hay
"An aboriginal man once came backstage after a show and said to me in a kindly voice, ‘Where’s your dance? I used to like your dance, you’ve lost your dance mate, you’ve gotta find your dance.’ So, I set out in search of it, looking here, there and everywhere in all corners of the globe. Quite soon I realized that "finding my dance" is an inner search, and that whilst I may never truly find it, it matters not. What’s important is to keep searching, and in the process, refine and simplify the steps."—Colin Hay

Colin Hay is a man hard at work. Upcoming in fall 2014, Hay will re-release his landmark 2003 album Man @ Work on vinyl, which boasts tracks such as  a stripped-down, intriguingly paced new version of “Down Under” sits perfectly alongside “Beautiful World,” “Love is Innocent,” and other exquisite modern-day Hay.

He celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Men at Work hit “Down Under” from chart-topping Business As Usual by releasing “Down Under 2012,” a re-recorded version of the #1 single and touring in support of the release.  Early last year, Colin released his critically acclaimed latest album Gathering Mercury on 18-gram vinyl, followed by multiple performances at the hugely popular Bonnaroo Music Festival, and last February he was invited to serenade Ellen Degeneres for her special birthday episode. He has also performed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, has interviewed at length on CNN with Brooke Baldwin and has performed for Rolling Stone Live.

Hear Jamie Hartford and Andrew Vaughan on Here & Now

May 30, 2014

Jamie Hartford, John Hartford’s son, and Andrew Vaughan, author of John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain visited Here and Now to discuss John Hartford’s career and legacy. You can listen to it here.

Merlefest 2014 Contest Winners

May 02, 2014

Congratulations to Allyson of Chuckey, TN on winning 30 FREE CDs from Compass Records Group!

And, to our free T-Shirt Winners: Susan of Winston-Salem, NC; Irene of Forest Hills, NY; Jamie of Asheville, NC; Tim of Hampstead, NC; Peggy of Elkin, NC; Cam of Greensboro, NC; Peter of Oak Ridge, TN; M.K from Winston Salem, NC; Diane From Rutt Creek, PA; and Chris from Wolcott, IN.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle at Merlefest. Don’t fret if you didn’t win—All entrants are elligible for a monthly chance to win 30 CDs from Compass Records.


The Duhks Return with Beyond The Blue, Out June 24

May 02, 2014

The Duhks - Beyond the Blue coverCanadian neo-folk favorites deliver their most dynamic and grittiest album yet.

The Duhks are back and set to release their long-awaited new studio album Beyond the Blue on June 24. The album shows the band in the best form of its 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project. "All of the people who have been in the band over the years, including non-touring founding members Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell (who both appear on the album) have had a hand in shaping our sound and direction. The goal with the new record was to draw on everything we’ve learned over the years and everything we know about where we want to take the music now and create something as fresh, exciting and forward thinking as possible." Toward that end, the band turned to the rising production team of Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of The Mammals), who brought a progressive approach to production that was still firmly rooted in the traditions of folk music. 

Musically, the new project is reminiscent of 2006’s Grammy-nominated Migrations, but with a sound that is even more dense and grittier than 2008’s Fast Paced World. The album opens with the title track, a gorgeous song by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gary Nicholson that begins with the bell-like drone of Leonard’s claw hammer banjo and the ethereal sound of guest Charlie Rose’s lap steel before giving way to Jessee’s expressive alto, perfectly complemented by Tania’s harmonies. On "Banjo Roustabout" electric guitar and drums bring out the more aggressive side of the band’s sound while "Suffer No Fools" is a beautifully rendered acoustic waltz ornamented by banjo, strings and percussion and beautifully sung by Jesse and Tania. Taken as a whole, Beyond the Blue represents a group of musicians at the peak of their powers, the music shaped by their collective experience of years on the road and driven by the sheer joy and inspiration that comes from reuniting and rediscovering that magic that drew them together in the first place.

About The Duhks
No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks.  Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet.  Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.
The Duhks Will Be On Tour In Support of Beyond The Blue:
5/1 - Red Light Cafe -  Atlanta GA
5/3 - Gamble Rogers Folk Festival -  St Augustine FL
5/4 - MeadowGrass Music Festival -  Colorado Springs CO
5/28 - The Blind Tiger -  Greensboro NC
5/29 - Abingdon Farmers Market  - Abingdon VA
5/30 - Graves’ Mountain Festival  - Syria VA
6/1-6/2 - Ogden Music Festival  - Ogden UT
6/27-6/28 - Kate Wolf Festival - Laytonville CA
6/29 - Mountain Sage - Groveland CA
7/9 - Roots Revival Stage - Winston Salem NC
7/11 - Redwing Roots Music Festival - Mount Solon VA
7/12 - Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton - Lorton VA
7/13 - Blissfest Amphitheater - Harbor Springs MI
7/25-7/26 -  Floydfest - Floyd VA
8/1 - Summer Sounds - Greensburg PA
8/29-8/31 -  Rhythm & Roots Festival - Charlestown RI
9/5-9/6 - Sisters Folk Festival - Sisters OR
10/11 - US National Whitewater Center - Charlotte NC
11/6 - Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall - Durango CO
11/8 - Brighton Armory Performing Arts Center - Brighton CO

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