FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCED: Cambridge Folk Festival 2012
Europe’s most acclaimed folk festival has revealed some of the first artists confirmed for 2012’s eclectic bill.
Performances include a rare Festival appearance by the original line-up of Irish folk royalty and multi-million album sellers Clannad, leading singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, who has enjoyed success in pop, folk, blues, reggae and jazz genres; ever-popular Scottish icons The Proclaimers, guaranteed to bring the Festival to its feet; a rare Festival appearance by June Tabor & Oysterband, following their acclaimed 2011 collaboration ‘Ragged Kingdom’ and recent multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award wins; internationally acclaimed Canadian singer and composer Loreena McKennitt, playing an intoxicating blend of Celtic and Middle Eastern sounds; renowned singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg celebrates Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday, which falls in mid July; and the first full public performance in 30 years by English folk legend Nic Jones, whose career was cut short by a car accident in 1982. ‘Penguin Eggs’ by Nic Jones is widely recognised as one of the finest folk albums of all time.
More headline names including emerging and contemporary stars will be announced very soon.
Online booking and information: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
The Super Happy Fun Club release FREE Valentine’s Day single ‘Way Back (The Conflict)’
Stuck for ideas for Valentines Day? Forget roses, wine, and the fancy dinner. Instead, treat your loved one to a brand new single from Chicago’s The Super Happy Fun Club. Following a hugely successful UK tour last year, the band felt they’d received so much love from UK audiences, it was only right they gave some of that love back!
Check out either of the following links to get yourself the free new track from the band – ‘Way Back (The Conflict)’.
Talking of the track, The Super Happy Fun Club had this to say;
"Happy Valentine's Day UK! We are really excited to release our new single WAY BACK as a free release! Everyone in the UK has been so great to us, we wanted to take this opportunity to give back and say Thanks for the all of the love and support! Send it to your significant other, send it to your grandma, send it to your neighbor, send it to everyone! This message has been approved by the Super Happy Fun Club."
The Super Happy Fun Club are currently recording their follow up to Go Fun Yourself and will be touring the UK in autumn of 2012.
So what are you waiting for - get on it!
Edge of Paradise Guitar Giveaway Contest - “The EOP Guitar Shoot-Out”
Time to pick up your axe and chop some wood! Edge Of Paradise and Ultimate Guitar team up to give away a autographed guitar that was used in the video for Edge of Paradise’s song “Mask”, the title track from their debut CD.
The contest will provide a forum for guitar players to showcase their skills and gain feedback from fellow musicians. In addition to the grand prize of the autographed guitar, the second place runner up will win a Morpheous “drop tune” effects pedal, and third place winner will receive an Edge of Paradise CD/T-Shirt package.
For more information about the contest, visit http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/contests/edge_of_paradise_contest.html
"We are excited to be involved in this talent showcase and are looking forward to seeing what guitarists come up with." The contest will feature versions of 2 songs from EOP's debut CD “Mask”.
Contestants will be given access to the backing tracks which feature world renown session greats, Gregg Bissonette and Tony Franklin. Everyone will also be able to download the original versions of the songs for free here :http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Edge-Of-Paradise/175809195764541?sk=app_182222305144028 They will then create their own guitar insanity, video tape the performance and upload the outcome to Ultimate Guitars' You-Tube channel. Ultimate Guitar will choose the winners based on overall creativity and votes by your fellow guitarists.
Edge of Paradise is gearing up to record their next single, which is slated to be mixed by the legendary Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, Accept, Motley Crue, Testament) and to be released March 2012. The band is looking forward to capturing the momentum of the Sept. 2011 debut release of “Mask”, and the staggering growth of the band since the release. “We just want to bring you along for the ride!”
SPECIAL BOX SET OF VINYL SINGLES “ELECTRIC SEVENS” TO BE RELEASED FOR “RECORD STORE DAY 2012” - Including T-Rex
This year is the 40th Anniversary of Glam Rock, or Glamiversary as some have christened it. Electric Warrior was T. Rex’s second album, released in September 1971. It was T. Rex’s No. 1 single “Hot Love” which sparked a movement that gathered pace throughout 1971 to become a fully-fledged phenomenon in 1972. 1971 was the year Marc Bolan broke big, and thanks to a touch of glitter under his eye when performing “Hot Love” on the March 10th edition of Top Of The Pops, he was to herald a new pop era, Glam or Glitter Rock. By the end of 1971 Bolan and Rexmania was as close as anyone had come to Beatlemania since 1963.
Universal Music is pleased to announce a Deluxe, Super-Deluxe, a special vinyl and digital exclusive editions of T. Rex’s monumental ELECTRIC WARRIOR album on April 23rd 2012. It will be preceded by a box set of singles produced especially for Record Store Day 2012 (April 21st 2012).
These new editions are crammed with previously unreleased demos and out-takes - the centrepiece of which is original producer Tony Visconti’s re-mastered version of Electric Warrior.
The Limited Edition Super Deluxe Edition of Electric Warrior will be housed in a lavish box set which is foil blocked and de-bossed and will contain the two CDs plus a DVD of rare and unreleased TV performances and promos by the group, and a wealth of additional items - alongside a 32-page hardback book featuring a brand new essay from Bolan biographer Mark Paytress (including new interviews with those who were close to Marc). The box also includes reproductions of rare photos and memorabilia: a poster including a timeline, three photographs, a coaster and a vintage press release.
The DVD includes the only two surviving Top of the Pops performances from the BBC archive of T Rex’s Electric Warrior-era hits – “Hot Love” and “Get It On”, the latter featuring Elton John. The DVD also includes the previously unseen Blue Screen versions of “Jeepster” and “Life’s A Gas” from Germany’s Beat Club plus the actual broadcast versions of “Jeepster” and “Life’s A Gas”. The rarely seen official promo videos for “Get It On” and “Jeepster” are also included, plus live performances of “Girl” and “Cosmic Dancer” which were recorded at the performance of T. Rex’s historic Wembley Empire Pool concerts on March 18th 1972. These were not included in the concert film Born To Boogie which used none of the matinée concert footage.
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DIO's Holy Diver/Last In Line/Sacred Heart Deluxe Editions due for release on 12th March 2012.
In May 2010 the world of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal lost one of its most gifted and fervent ambassadors, with the passing of Ronnie James Dio. In his position as lead vocalist for Rock giants such as Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as fronting his own eponymous band for nearly three decades, Dio created some of the genres most defining and respected works. Albums such as ‘Holy Diver’, ‘Sacred Heart’ and ‘Last in Line’ all stand as towering monuments of sheer class and brilliance in the Rock pantheon. Dio was also to pave the way in regards to performing live, as few equaled him. With his incredible vocal range, Dio was to preside over countless memorable rock shows, enthralling his millions of fans worldwide. As well as the original CD being re-mastered, these reissues each feature a bonus CD containing an expanded booklet with notes from Malcolm Dome and has been endorsed by Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.
‘Holy Diver’ was the debut album from Dio, released 25th May, 1983. It was hailed by critics as some of his best work and in January 1986 it was awarded Silver certification. The upbeat sounding ‘Rainbow in the Dark’ was to catch MTV’s attention, with the title track also standing out.
‘The Last in Line’ was the second Dio studio album. It was released on 13th July, 1984 and was the first album from Dio to reach Platinum status as well as number 4 in the UK charts. This new album showcased the anthemic tracks ‘We Rock’ and ‘I Speed at Night’ as well as the seven-minute epic, ‘Egypt ( The Chains are On)’.
Released in October 1985 ‘Sacred Heart’ was released as the third studio album from Dio. The album reached number 4 in the UK charts and was to go on to be certified Gold. This was to become Dio’s most well known album and contained the tracks ‘Rock N’ Roll Children’ and ‘Hungry for Heaven’. The stage show that was to accompany this album was hailed as a spectacle, involving a mechanised dragon as well as laser’s. Ronnie and his band were to refer to the dragon as Denzil. This was the last studio album to be released by Dio that included guitarist Vivian Campbell.