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The Black Sorrows: Saint Georges Road

Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows announced the world-wide release of Saint Georges Road on September 10th through Ambition Records. To celebrate this milestone – and to make this record truly special – Joe Camilleri reunited with Grammy nominated Peter Solley - producer of Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons’ breakthrough album Screaming Targets (‘79) that featured Joe’s first Top 40 hits, Hit and Run and Shape I’m In.

 

Saint Georges Road showcases 11 original tracks written by Joe Camilleri and his long-time writing partner Nick Smith.

https://www.theblacksorrows.com.au

Jesse Butterworth: After It Rains

With this new project, Jesse really has struck gold, working with some of the top musical talent on planet earth, from Grammy Award Winner, Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore, Pentatonix, Kesha), Aaron Sternke (Amy Grant, Mercy Me, Mathew West) and Lewis Jones (Harry Potter, Avengers, Black Panther). All the pain and hope of a lifetime has been woven together and somehow reconciled in this stellar project by an artist with a unique and solitary voice.Jesse Butterworth lives in Seattle with his wife Marisa, their three kids, Liam, Finn & Harper, their dog, Maple Syrup and his 1962 Ford Econoline Van, Van Scully.

 

In his new 12-song project, we get a glimpse into the soul of a man who has seen the heights of success and the depths of dejection. He could have easily found bitterness and anger through the freak stage injury, the unexpected family division, and fighting rare diseases, and given up on it all. But instead, he found wonder.

https://www.jessebutterworth.com

Alessia Cara: In The Meantime

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara is set to release her eagerly anticipated third album 'In The Meantime'.

 

After five years of nonstop touring and recording, quarantine provided a much-needed slowdown for the Canadian-born singer-songwriter. Her new album captures the downward spiral she experienced at the height of her popularity thanks to insomnia, anxiety, and a brutal work schedule.

 

With therapy, some time off, and a lot of inner work, Cara climbed her way out of a dark period and set to work on her third record.

https://www.alessiacara.com

Rich Davies & The Low Road: Live From Brunswick

Australian Folk Music Awards Finalists 2021 (for Folk Artist of the Year – Duo/Group), Melbourne's Rich Davies & The Low Road release Living For The Weekend, a modern-day land-shanty recorded live for cameras for their new EP 'Live From Brunswick'.

 

Scotland-born, Australia-based Rich Davies & his band, The Low Road deliver a foot-stomping' contemporary folk attack.

 

Featuring trad-roots instrumentation, five part gang vocals, and narrative-driven songs, delivered with the ferocity of a rock band. Davies draws from his heritage and love of the old folk traditions across Mountain Music, Celtic, and even Shanty, through to 60’s Folk Revival influences.

https://richdaviesmusic.bandcamp.com

Serena Ryder: The Art Of Falling Down

Toronto-based vocal powerhouse Serena Ryder is a platinum-selling artist adored by fans, peers and critics alike, in part due to her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances. She has received numerous accolades, including six prestigious JUNO Awards, a MuchMusic Video Award for Best Rock Video for “Stompa.”, and a Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Music–Original Song. Ryder received the Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award and she has been the face of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign for several years.

 

With her newest album, The Art of Falling Apart, Serena invites listeners to join her mental wellness journey and helps us understand the importance of sitting with the uncomfortable moments and the wisdom in their messages.

https://www.serenaryder.com

Mànran: ÙRAR

With 11 incredible years at the heart of the traditional music scene and three hugely successful studio albums under their belt, the unstoppable supergroup show no signs of slowing down as they gear up for the release of their fourth record.

 

Showcasing intuitive instrumentation and song, this primarily self-penned body of work from the seven-piece sees the soaring album live up to its Gaelic title, meaning ‘fresh’ or ‘flourishing’.

 

The first Mànran record to feature Scottish songstress Kim Carnie and guitarist Aidan Moodie, ÙRAR sees Mànran’s traditional sound pushed in a new reflective and exhilarating direction, marking an exciting new chapter for the multi-award-winning group.

https://manran.co.uk

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