Blair Dunlop, BBC Horizon Award winner 2013 signs to SGO. “Dunlop’s writing, singing and staggering guitar are never overshadowed. A vital bridge between Brit folks first and latest flowerings.” ★★★★ Q Magazine. “This is a young folk star producing staggering guitar chops and blending them with poignant lyrics creating one of the best folk albums of 2012” – Acoustic Magazine. “An outstanding debut” Simon Mayo (BBC Radio 2). “The British folk scene has produced a series of impressive dynasties, and this looks like the start of yet another.” ★★★★ The Guardian. Blair kicks off 2014 with an Australian major festival tour followed by the release of his highly anticipated new album. Watch him go in 2014.
Monthly Archives: February 2014
SGO Music has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Elizabeth McGovern of Downton Abbey fame and her band Sadie and the Hotheads. The band’s new album ‘Still Waiting’ is released 10th March. “Everybody’s Got A Song” is first single. Sadie and the Hotheads are currently on a 24-date UK tour with Mike & The Mechanics.
Bruce Springsteen hired Lúnasa’s Cillian Vallely to sprinkle some piping magic on his 2014 album ‘High Hopes’. Bassist Trevor Hutchinson has been out with his old band, The Waterboys. The original band reformed for a European tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their legendary album ‘Fisherman’s Blues’. Lúnasa roars into 2014 with a headline for Celtic Connections at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall; a series of shows across Alaska; a quick run to Australia with shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Port Fairy Folk Festival, then back to the USA before heading home to Ireland.
Big Country‘s “In A Big Country” written and performed by the band – Stuart Adamson, Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler and Bruce Watson, was licensed for the new indie film Land Ho!. Here are some of the reviews from Sundance Film Festival. “The soundtrack, too, is a total winner with scenes punctuated by somewhat anachronistic – and yet totally right – electronic music including the film’s unofficial anthem, “In a Big Country”.”–The Film Experience. “One of my favorite side effects of going to a film festival is getting a song from a movie lodged in my head. This year at Sundance, that honor goes to “In a Big Country” from the modestly charming Land Ho! Now, that chorus just makes me think of Paul Eenhoorn.”–Tim Grierson (film and music critic for Screen International, Deadspin, Paste and Playboy). “They make excellent use of both original synth-pop music and Big Country’s “In a Big Country.” It’s a song you’ve heard a thousand times but that here seems newly profound”–Wesley Morris, Grantland. “Traveling a stunning Icelandic landscape with an ’80s synth-pop soundtrack (the use of “In a Big Country” is positively glorious)”–Madison Movie. “And I couldn’t get “In a Big Country” by Big Country out of my head after it exploded out of the speakers in “Land Ho!”–Cyndy Drue, 102.9 WMGK, Philadelphia’s Classic Rock. “Best Meta Music: “Land Ho!” in @LandHoMovie. (Also features “In a Big Country” by Big Country) #mysundanceawards2014″–Leah Giblin, Cinereach. “Exhilarating and/or dorky, Aaron Katz’s use of “In a Big Country” in LAND HO! is my fave needle drop of #Sundance2014 #thecrossingonvinyl”–Joshua Rothkopf(Film Editor, Time Out New York; Flicks critic, Penthouse Magazine)