PBS Special Pa's Fiddle In Stores Now

July 31, 2012


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Pa’s Fiddle: The Music Of America Now Available on DVD/CD

Live concert DVD release featuring Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Committed, Natalie Grant, Ashton Shepherd and The Roys singing the music of the Little House on the Prairie available in stores today, including iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Hastings and via compassrecords.com.

This is a classic ready to happen based on a classic era that already has.” – Cybergrass Music News Network

(Nashville, TN) July 31, 2012: In January 2012, some of country music’s biggest stars gathered to bring the traditional American folk songs written about by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her internationally best-selling series Little House on the Prairie to life. For the first time in concert, this music was performed in front of a rapt, intimate audience at the Loveless Barn in Nashville and filmed for broadcast. The concert was broadcast nationwide on PBS throughout June and was one of the most successful of the 2012 new pledge programs. Additional broadcasts will be scheduled for Fall 2012 and beyond.  Watch the DVD Trailer HERE

The idea for pairing notable country artists with traditional American repertoire was the brainchild of Dean Butler (film producer and the actor who played Almanzo, Laura’s husband, on the Little House on the Prairie TV show) and esteemed musicologist Dale Cockrell (Professor of Musicology at Middle Tennessee State University).  Dean Butler comments, “Dale Cockrell loves traditional American music and I love the stories of American pioneer life written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Having this opportunity to share the music Laura recalled in her unforgettable novels is nothing less than a dream come true.” The concert features Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, Ashton Shepherd, The Roys, Natalie Grant and Committed (NBC Sing Off Champions) accompanied by an A-team band lead by Grammy award-winning musician and musical director Randy Scruggs. 
Now available internationally via the Compass Records Group, the concert DVD release contains 14 performances including standouts The Roy’s performance of “The Gum Tree Canoe”, Ronnie Milsap’s “Dixie/The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “Roll the Old Chariot Along” by Committed in addition to bonus performance footage from Natalie Grant, discussion of the historical context for Charles Ingalls fiddle music from Dale Cockrell, and a video short entitled:  “Little House on the Prairie: the Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Also available today are the accompanying concert cd and a companion Primer cd featuring recordings by Riders in the Sky, Bryan Sutton and Mac Wiseman, among others, performing additional songs from the books.

Little House on the Prairie, the autobiographical bookseries by Laura Ingalls Wilder, offers the most authentic first hand account of 19th-century American folk music available to us.  Seen through the lens of Laura’s father Charles “Pa” Ingalls (1836-1902), a highly acclaimed fiddler of the time, the books offer a window into the music that Americans played, sang and listened to in the late 1800s. The Little House on the Prairie books are among the most popular of all time, with over 60 million copies sold since the release of Little House in the Big Woods in 1932.  The much-loved TV show, which was inspired by the books, has been in syndication since its debut in 1974.



Colin Hay to Celebrate 'Down Under' 30th Anniversary With Global Re-Release

July 24, 2012
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Colin Hay to Celebrate ‘Down Under’ 30th Anniversary With Global Re-Release
Newly recorded version of iconic anthem ‘Down Under’ to be used as the centerpiece of Telstra’s Olympic Games Advertising Campaign
(Nashville, TN) July 24, 2012 — A newly recorded version of the iconic Men at Work song “Down Under” will be released globally on Compass Records in celebration of the song’s 30th year anniversary. Colin Hay re-recorded the song without the “Kookaburra” flute line which is the subject of a drawn out and embittered lawsuit in Australia. The track will be released as part of an EP (available on iTunes July 31st) which will include three versions of the song: the newly recorded studio version, a solo acoustic version and a live, solo, story-song version in which Hay humorously describes how he wrote song. The three track EP will be released exclusively through iTunes with the single "Down Under 2012" available through other digital outlets including compassrecords.com. Click to stream the new track.
Marketing executives at Telstra, the Australian network provider, tapped the track as the theme for their Olympic games advertising campaign. "Down Under" has been the unofficial anthem of Australian sports since it was adopted by the Australian team during the 1983 America’s Cup which Australia won. Telstra chose "Down Under" as the centerpiece for their campaign in recognition of its unparalleled representation of the Australian national spirit. The campaign features Colin Hay in a series of 30- and 60-second commercials singing the song with groups of various sizes, ranging from people on the street to a children’s chorus up to a football stadium of 60,000. In addition to their TV campaign, Telstra is promoting the song through broadcasters Bigpond, Ninemsn, and worldwide via a social media campaign on Youtube, Facebook, Flikr, and more. Australian TV Channel 9 will also air a 3-minute ‘making of’ video during the Olympics. Compass Records Group will be promoting the release of the digital EP with a “Down Under” trivia contest and social media campaign targeting Hay fans.
In 2009, a multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed by Larrikin Music Publishing against EMI Music Publishing and co-writers Colin Hay and Ron Strykert for allegedly plagiarizing the folk melody “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.” Despite overwhelming popular support for Hay, the court ruled that the two-bar flute line did infringe on the original copyright, though ultimately the claimant was rewarded a fraction of what they were seeking. The media attention surrounding this was further heightened this year with the death of Greg Ham, Men at Work co-founder, saxophonist and flute player who played the melody off the top of his head while recording the song.
The current re-release of the song and the simultaneous media campaign will serve as a vehicle for illustrating the integrity of the song. Comments Hay: “Fortunately on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the song Telstra, the communications company, have decided to license "Down Under" and are about to show it on the telly, as well as the cyber-world to hopefully inspire our athletes at the upcoming Olympics. I was happy to help, and along with my friend Dorian West, created a spirited version of the song featuring footballers, pub goers, sailors on the Thames, school kids in Sydney, and, well, you get the idea. This led me to the idea of re-releasing "Down Under 2012" (without the so-called infringing flute line), to re-establish the song in the consciousness of the public, and in so doing, highlight that the power and strength of the song lies in its original words and music. It speaks for itself.“
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Nuala Kennedy Announces Noble Stranger - New Album and UK/US Tours

July 10, 2012
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Nuala Kennedy Announces New Album Noble Stranger
Celebrated Irish flautist to debut new album with UK and North American tours. Cities will include London, Dublin, Glasgow, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee and more.

(Nashville, TN) July 10, 2012 Nuala Kennedy is a celebrated traditional Irish musician and internationally acclaimed flute player and singer. Touted as “spellbinding” and “a delight,” by the Irish Times, her live performances inspired her return to the studio to record Noble Stranger (Compass, avail 8/20 UK, 8/28 USA), a road-tested collection of innovative originals and traditional songs recorded at home in Scotland with her touring band. Kennedy uses her traditional music background as a springboard for the new album which offers a 12 song set on which her adventurous instrumentation and progressive arrangements shine. Watch the album EPK here.
Accompanied by the spirited interplay between Mike Bryan’s guitar and Ian Macleod’s mandolin and supported by the tasteful percussion of Donald Hays, tracks on Noble Stranger intimately connect Kennedy’s own interests in traditional music and her progressive composition style. Kennedy has recently been calling New York City a home-away-from-home, absorbing and contributing to the City’s growing neo-folk scene. “Spending time in America has given me a greater appreciation of my own traditional musical heritage, and this renewed appreciation is reflected in the choices of some of the older material on the album. Classic traditional songs such as “My Bonny Labouring Boy” and the bonus track “Matt Hyland” are songs I have known for a long time and they seemed to re-emerge as a natural part of this record.” Not all is tradition here, a vintage Casio keyboard given to Kennedy by Norman Blake of the Glasgow band Teenage Fanclub inspired several album tracks, including the light and groovy album opening “Gabriel Sings.” “I was immediately drawn to the simplicity and transportability of the instrument and it strongly influenced the direction of the arrangements.”

Kennedy was raised playing and singing traditional music on the East coast of Ireland - an artistic area steeped in mythology with long historical ties to Scotland. Captivated by the traditional Irish and Scottish repertoire, she went on to study at the Edinburgh College of Art, mentored under fellow Irish expatriate Cathal McConnell and formed her first trio with guitarist Kris Drever and fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson and released two critically acclaimed albums. Her first two solo albums, The New Shoes and Tune In, were released through Nashville-based roots music company Compass Records Group and were universally well received. She has performed and recorded with Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Norwegian musicians Frode Haltli and Vegar Vårdal as well as the late Canadian composer Oliver Schroer. Kennedy is also a member of the traditional music group Oirialla performing music of her native North-East area of Ireland alongside Gerry ’fiddle’ O’ Connor and Martin Quinn and she holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance and Composition from Newcastle University.

“Noble Stranger, you have ventured to me from the land of your fathers,” sings Kennedy on Noble Stranger’s final track “Napoleon’s Dream,” a sentiment that reflects the underlying theme of the album. In joining the burgeoning New York folk music scene, she has also imported her distinct virtuosity and strong sense of traditional Irish identity—an identity that, inspired by her many influences, continues to evolve and define new boundaries for her tradition.
European Album Release Tour
With Donald Hay (percussion) Mike Bryan (guitar) Iain Macleod (mandolin) AJ Roach (Guest Vocals)
1-2 Aug - Douglas Robertson’s Amazing Loft House Concert Series at No.42.
Edinburgh, Scotland
03 Aug - Whelan’s - Dublin Ireland
04 Aug - The Spirit Store - Dundalk
05 Aug - The Black Box - Belfast
23 Aug - The Green Note - London
28 Aug - Dunkeld Village Hall
31 Aug - Centre for Contemporary Arts -- Glasgow, Scotland
North America Album Release Tour
With Kyle Sanna (guitar) and Dana Lyn (fiddle)

02 Sept - New World Festival, Chandler Vermont
05 Sept - Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center -- South Carthage, Maine
06 Sept - Unity College Center for the Performing Arts -- Maine
07 Sept - Stone Mountain Centre for the Arts -- Brownfield, Maine
08 Sept - New England Youth Theatre -- Brattleboro, Vermont
12 Sept - Night Town Jazz Club -- Cleveland, Ohio
13 Sept - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
15 Sept - Old Town School of Folk Music -- Chicago, IL
16 Sept - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
22 Sept - North Madison Congregational Church - Madison, CT
26 Sept - Burren Backroom Sessions -- Somerville, MA
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