Matt Owens’ debut album The Aviators’ Ball is out this week on All Made Up and has attracted wonderful reviews.
A great review of Matt Owens’ The Aviators’ Ball in Echoes Magazine:
The next release on All Made Up Records is Matt Owens’ debut album ‘The Aviators’ Ball’. The album is being released on 18th May and Matt will be launching it a concert that evening as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival. It’s just been featured on the new band radar on the Marlbank blog:
“Matt Owens is to debut with The Aviators’ Ball in May, much of the beautifully arranged material on the All Made Up Records folk and jazz-inspired release taken from the Manchester scene bassist-composer’s suite ‘Ten’, commissioned by the Manchester Jazz Festival and written for jazz quartet combined with wind quintet and percussion.
Aviators also includes a spine-tingling version, sung by Ríoghnach Connolly, of the Appalachian folk song ‘Black is the Colour (of My True Love’s Hair)’ covered famously by Nina Simone and Joan Baez in the 1960s, Cara Dillon and Christy Moore more recently. In the setting of the song backing the singer Owens is joined by Neil Yates on trumpet (who added tin whistle on tantalising opener ‘Raindrops On Our Rooftop’), pianist/organist John Ellis and drummer Rick Weedon plus woodwinds and French horn.”
See the article here
We are pleased to announce the digital re-release of Kirsty Almeida’s songs which featured on the soundtrack of the film Albatross (directed by Niall MacCormick and starring Jessica Brown, Felicity Jones and Sebastian Koch). The EP contains, If You Can’t Make Me Happy, Shakespeare, Butterflies (Albatross film version), Murderer and Wish You Well.
Kirsty Almeida & Descarga combine their love for Latin music with inspired songwriting and fine musicianship in this 2004 release. English and Spanish lyrics intertwine over Afro-Cuban rhythms, in an album that captures a variety of moods: from the cheeky bubbliness of Barfly, via the eccentricity of Mi Loca to the epic beauty of Unconditional. The band’s inventive re-workings of Nature Boy and I Heard It Through The Grapevine have featured on several compilation albums including The Beginner’s Guide To Latin Music. Llanita was recorded in Gibraltar and Manchester, UK.
“No hay duda: ésta es música Latina con la frescura de un nuevo siglo.”
“Without a doubt this is Latin music with the freshness of a new century.”
La Banda Elastica, Latin Alternative Music Magazine, Los Angeles
“Kirsty’s own songs are unmediated expressions of her own vivacious character. The mood is spirited and playful, with an undertone of seduction”.
Mike Butler, City Life Magazine, Manchester
“Kirsty Almeida & Descarga have a fresh sound featuring exciting Latin rhythms, good solos and a lead vocalist who has a powerful and compelling voice. And, in addition, you can dance to everything on this album”
“Miss Almeida has matured into a true class A diva – pure soul with a Latin heartbeat.” Lubi Jovanovic (of Straight No Chaser/Nascente Records)
Kirsty Almeida’s song Wish You Well is to be used on the CW network’s superhero drama Arrow. It will appear in the season 2 episode 12 broadcast in the US on 29th January.
Wish You Well is featured on Kirsty’s album DéjàVoodu. Preorder CD (released 17th Feb)
Available now on iTunes
DéjàVoodu is the re-release of the critically acclaimed debut album from Kirsty Almeida, produced by the legendary Youth (U2, Primal Scream, The Verve, Beth Orton, Sir Paul McCartney). Originally issued as Pure Blue Green by Decca Records, the album includes the singles Spider, Cool Down Rewind, If You Can’t Make Me Happy and Late At Night. Recorded at London’s State of The Ark studio, DéjàVoodu combines wonderful songwriting with blues-folk, New Orleans soul, voodoo-tinged-pop and world music flavours, all brought to life by Youth’s chart topping production. The album features beautiful string and horn arrangements, Indian violin, Motown-esque backing vocals, santoor, harp and steel pan alongside Kirsty’s inspired band, The Troubadours. A true creative, Kirsty was assistant producer and painted the artwork. Her hypnotic voice has been compared to Dusty Springfield, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons and Janis Ian.
Preorder CD (released 17th Feb)
Available now on iTunes
Kirsty Almeida has written the theme song for the children’s app Lucy Ladybird by Sharon Chai. You can find out more at www.lucyladybird.com. There’s even a karaoke version that you can watch right now!
‘Winter Songs’ is the new release from Manchester based singer/songwriter Kirsty Almeida. The album is a collection of ten delightful tracks reflecting both the magic and darkness that the season brings.
Winter Songs, recorded in the city’s Limefield studios includes originals: ‘Merry Christmas (Let’s Have Some Fun)’, ‘Tick Tock Tick’, ‘Just Cancel Christmas’ and ‘Cold Lonely Blue’. They nestle snugly alongside several beautiful covers including a stunning reworking of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ and a soulful acoustic version of Mariah Carey’s hit song, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. The album also features ‘January Man’ by one of the UK’s finest song writers– Ian Reynolds and Andy Green’s uplifting remix of a Kirsty Almeida’s live favourite – ‘Shine All Your Light’.
Attractively packaged, Winter Songs will bring a smile to the face of anyone who sees it with art and design by Kirsty Almeida and Sandra Whetham.
Track listing: ‘Merry Christmas (Let’s Have Fun)’, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, ‘River’, ‘January Man’, ‘Tick Tock Tick’, ‘Just Cancel Christmas’, ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Cold Lonely Blue’, ‘Shine All Your Light (Andy Green Remix)’ and ‘White Christmas’.
On 11th October Kirsty Almeida performed her ‘Paper Music Project’ at the Manchester Art Gallery. It was a new collaboration with amazing science artist and musician, Ed Briggs, the wonderful mad music professor. The music was all made from paper to open the Manchester Exhibition, ‘The First Cut’ as part of the Manchester Weekender.
Arts writer Mike Butler wrote:”Kirsty Almeida can write a catchy pop tune and do it well. Her Decca album, Pure Blue Green, was infectious to the point of medical guidance. But there is, it seems, a multiplicity of Kirstys. Music is only part of it: she is a dress-maker, an interior designer, and a creative catalyst for a thriving artistic community in Manchester. This free performance, opening a weekend of cultural events in the city and a series of Thursday late-night events at Manchester City Gallery, revealed the off-the-wall and out-of-the-ordinary Kirsty, and she was riveting.” Read his full review here.