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JVC Jazz Festival – New York Presents Concerts at Rose Hall featuring Latin and flamenco Jazz

Chick Corea
Chick Corea
New York, NY, USA – Don’t miss An Evening with Chick Corea & Touchstone featuring Tom Brechtlein (drums), Carles Benavent (bass), Jorge Pardo (sax/flute) and Rubem Dantas (percussion) on Thursday, June 16. With the core members of the renowned flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia’s band, Chick revisits the heart of his Spanish-influenced compositions from his classic Touchstone
album and continues his flamenco-based explorations with new music for this stellar quintet. Throughout his four-decade career, he has constantly sought inspiration from his Castilian heritage. His renowned work, Spain, was drawn from his roots, and to this day, remains a strong foundation among his musical offerings.

Corea captured the music of his group Origin on the albums Live at Blue Note and a six-disc set, A Week at the Blue Note.

He recently presented the return of his Elektric Band and music from his new CD, To the Stars, to sold-out crowds around the world.JVC Jazz Festival – New York wraps up its series at Rose Theater with Michel Camilo: Solo, Duo & Trio on Friday, June 17. The dynamic Dominican pianist presents his music in three figurations with the Michel Camilo Trio featuring Charles Flores (bass) and Dafnis Prieto (drums) with special guest David Sanchez (saxophone). Equally renowned as a composer, Camilo’s works have been performed and/or recorded by artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to the Manhattan
Transfer. His diverse resume includes performances with symphony orchestras around the world, compositions for films and collaborative projects with Paquito D’Rivera, Katia, Marielle Labeque and other entertainment greats. He recordedLive at the Blue Note in 2003, his first live album as well as his first record with a Cuban rhythm section. The two-CD set scored a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album. His debut solo piano album, Solo, was released in January and features Brazilian music, jazz standards and original compositions, further showcasing his diverse talents and exuberant technique.

Kicking off the Rose Theater series on Tuesday, June 14, is 100 Years and a Day: Doc Cheatham Centennial Jazz Party featuring trumpet stars Nicholas Payton, Clark Terry, Warren Vaché, Randy Sandke, Jimmy Owens and Theodore Croker (Doc’s grandson) with Howard Alden (guitar), Chuck Folds (bass & producer of the concert), Jim Galloway (saxophone/clarinet), Jimmy Heath (saxophone), Earl May (bass), Benny Powell (trombone), Catherine Russell (vocals), JVC Jazz Festival producer George Wein (piano), Frank Wess (saxophone), Jackie Williams (drums) and WKCR announcer and jazz historian Phil Schaap as host of the evening’s festivities.

Adolphus Anthony “Doc” Cheatham, born June 13, 1905, didn’t have to toot his own horn; he had a ton of friends to do that for him and from the looks of the line-up turning out to celebrate what would have been his centennial year, his memory and music remain cherished. His sense of humor, debonair style and stellar technique made him a favorite of fans and musicians alike. In fact, some say that he didn’t reach his true stride until he was in his 70s; and 20 years later, he played with a range, power and total confidence of trumpeters half his age. He suffered a stroke just 11 days shy of his 92nd birthday and shortly before then, he would let loose with some notes that made even his closest
friends stand back and wonder. His discography includes Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton in 1994, Swinging Down in New Orleans in 1995 and Live at Sweet Basil in 1996. He shared the stage and recorded with some of the best, and it’s no surprise that so many friends will celebrate the master at Rose Hall.

Piano Masters Salute Piano Legends: Celebrating Ellington, Evans, Han*censored* & Monk, produced in association with Mark Morganelli & Jazz Forum Arts, takes over Rose Theater on Wednesday, June 15, featuring Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Uri Caine and Randy Weston performing on a 9-foot Steinway Grand Piano in solo as well as trio format with bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Al Foster. The incomparable Randy Weston will salute Duke Ellington and Geri Allen will pay tribute to Herbie Han*censored*. Uri Caine will celebrate the music of Bill Evans while Kenny Barron will honor Thelonious Monk, whose music Barron featured with his legendary quartet Sphere.

Allen grew up in Detroit and earned a degree in jazz studies from Howard University and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Moving to New York City, she performed with Betty Carter, Oliver Lake, Mal Waldron, and Charles Lloyd. Allen’s first major label release was 1992’s Nurturer. In 1996 she was the first woman to win the coveted Danish Jazzpar prize. Her first new CD in six years, Life of a Song, features Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette. Barron played professionally as a teenager in Philadelphia. At 19, he moved to New York, played with Dizzy Gillespie for five years, then with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, and Yusef Lateef. The ‘80s saw the birth of the quartet Sphere with Buster Williams, Ben Riley, and Charlie Rouse. Fifteen years after Rouse’s death, Sphere reunited in 1998 with saxophonist Gary Bartz. A five-time Grammy nominee, Barron released the quintet album Images in 2004.

Uri Caine, another Philadelphia native, began playing with jazz greats Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, and Mickey Roker. While at University of Pennsylvania, he played with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Benny Golson, J.J. Johnson, and Stanley Turrentine. Caine has recorded 15 CDs as a leader and has arranged and recorded the music of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Schumann, and Bach’s “Goldberg
.” His most recent release is 2004’s trio CD Live at the Village Vanguard. Weston was born in Brooklyn and spent the ‘40s and ‘50s hearing jazz giants Count Basie, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. The first of his 47 recordings as a leader was 1954’s Cole Porter in a Modern Mood. In the ‘50s, playing with Cecil Payne and Kenny Dorham, the 6’8” Weston wrote many of his best loved tunes, including his greatest hit, “Hi-Fly.” Moving to Africa in the late ‘60s, he settled in
Morocco, where his music absorbed the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. His latest CD is 2003’s Spirit the Power of Music.

Tickets for JVC Jazz Festival concerts at the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall are available at the Box Office, Broadway at 60th, (212) 721-6500 or For information and a Festival brochure, call (212) 501-1390 or (212) 501-1393 for Group Sales weekdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or write JVC Jazz Festival – New York, P.O. Box 1169, Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023.

For more information, visit the official JVC Jazz Festival – New York website at

The Buckingham Hotel (, located at 101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue, is the official host hotel of the JVC Jazz Festival – New York. For the special rate, call (888) 511-1900 and ask for the JVC Jazz Festival Room Block.

JVC, sponsor of JVC Jazz Festivals worldwide since 1984, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high quality audio and video products.


The Lama’s Chants

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA – A tenth-anniversary edition of The Lama’s Chants by Lama Gyurme & Jean-Philippe Rykiel is now available. In 1994, Lama Gyurme met
the gifted, blind French pianist Jean-Philippe Rykiel through a mutual friend
who was then studying with the Lama. Rykiel – a Theolonious Monk-influenced
composer and arranger for the likes of Salif Keita, Papa Wemba, Youssou N’Dour,
Leonard Cohen, and Jon Hassell – is drawn to others with musical gifts. On
hearing that the Lama was a “Master of Music,” he expressed his desire to meet,
and the two had a musical getting-acquainted session over a cup of tea. “When he
gave me the tape of that session
,” says producer Jean-Michel Reusser, “I was
astounded. My first reaction was ‘people must hear thi
s.'”The result of their remarkable collaboration was the milestone 1994 recording,
The Lama’s Chants, which was released on Sony Classical and achieved gold status
in various countries around the world, becoming a classic of sacred chant and
ambient recording. “The Lama displays his gold records in a small display case
at his monastery
,” smiles Reusser, who also produced the duo’s subsequent

Rain of Blessings
collaboration for Peter Gabriel’s Real World

This special tenth-anniversary edition of The Lama’s Chants, on Narada, features
a fresh re-mastering of the legendary original album, accompanied by a second
disc, Roads Of Blessings, comprised of live chant performances recorded
at concerts by Lama Gyurme, Jean-Philippe Rykiel, and keyboardist Loy Ehrlich in
Europe, Asia, and the United States between 1995 and 2001, with no studio
overdubs or additional effects.

The mantras performed on both discs are Tibetan Buddhist blessings intended to
heal, purify, protect, and liberate, and also include prayers for peace. The
Lama’s soothing voice and Rykiel’s delicate, ethereal framings create a
contemplative space for the listener to meditate, a quiet place too often
overlooked in our Western culture. This is all delivered with sparse beauty
through lovingly-crafted arrangements and profoundly heartfelt vocal expression.

Performing live, Lama Gyurme sits cross-legged in his trademark saffron and
bordeaux-colored robe, surrounded by a myriad of tiny Tibetan oil lamps. His
eyes are often closed, and he rarely speaks between the mantras. “These
performances are like quiet moments amidst the bustle of the city
,” says
producer Jean-Michel Reusser.

What makes their work together unique is the way both collaborators maintain
distinct musical paths. “They simply listen to one another,” Reusser continues,
There was a lot of respect for backgrounds, but this was really beyond
cultures. It is like two human beings coming together on parallel lines

Lama’s Chants


Seventh Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards Announces Three New Categories

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
has announced the addition of three new categories for its seventh annual
awards. New this year, Aboriginal musicians will be honored for their
achievements in the categories of Best Inuit Culture Album, Best Children’s Song
and Best Television Program or Special Promoting Aboriginal Music. Additionally,
Galaxie, CBC’s Continuous Music Network will grant, for the third consecutive
year, a Galaxie Rising Stars Award to a shining newcomer in Aboriginal Music.Each year the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards celebrates the musical
contributions of Aboriginal people by honoring the premiere musicians, groups,
and industry members across Canada. Entries and nominations in 28 categories are
now being accepted for the seventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, to
be held on Friday, November 25 at the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto.

The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards are presented in association with the
Canadian Aboriginal Festival, an annual celebration of the rich cultural
heritage of Canada’s Aboriginal community. Each year the event draws thousands
of visitors for its spectacular grand entries, musical showcases, original
crafts and traditional teachings. The twelfth annual Canadian Aboriginal
Festival will take place November 25-27, 2005 at the Rogers Centre (formerly
SkyDome) in Toronto.

To qualify for a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, nominees must be Canadian
Aboriginal; status, non-status, Metis or Inuit, by birth, adoption or community
acceptance. All entered materials must be original, except Traditional and Pow
Wow, and must be commercially accessible. Nominations are not restricted and can
be made by anyone. This year’s new categories will accept entries from the past
two years. (From January 1, 2003 to May 30, 2005.)
The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards submission deadline is Thursday, June 30,

Application forms, a full list of the 28 award categories, and further
information about the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards is available for download
at Additional information is
available by calling 519-751-0040.

[Photo courtesy of Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards].


Cuban Country Music Legend Radeúnda Lima Dies in Havana

Havana, Cuba – Radio Progreso in Havana reported the death of

Radeúnda Lima
, a key figure in Cuban country music (música campesina).
Radeúnda Lima died early in the morning on May 30 in Havana. She was a gifted performer and composer.
Radeúnda Lima was born August 28, 1923 in the province of Villa Clara. She
specialized in tonadas campesinas and sones montunos, accompanied by her brother Raúl,
a well known lute player and composer.

[Photo: courtesy of Tumi Music].


The Rough Guide To Bottleneck Blues CD

San Francisco, California, USA – The Rough Guide To
Bottleneck Blues
(RGNET1151CD ) focuses on the timeless recordings of the
original blues legends and pays tribute to the second-generation bottleneck
masters of today.

The mesmerizing sound of a bottleneck slide across guitar strings is synonymous
with the Delta blues. Developed around the turn of the last century,
bottleneck-playing cultivated great variety and skill, from the
Hawaiian-influenced guitar style of Casey Bill Weldon to the twelve-string
guitar brilliance of Blind Willie McTell and the gospel playing of Blind Willie
Johnson. Muddy Waters was born in Rolling Folk, Mississippi, in 1915, and is widely
acknowledged as the ‘King of Chicago blues’. A popular Delta Juke Joint player
in the mid-1930s, ‘I Be’s Troubled7 was one of his exhibition pieces that was
recorded as ‘I Can’t Be Satisfied’ in 1948, after he had migrated north to

By the mid-1930s Robert Johnson had become the most progressive bluesman around,
with ambitious guitar and vocal arrangements. He recorded numerous immortal
blues classics, such as ‘Come On In My Kitchen’/ and he has become an icon for
many rock musicians.

Born around 1890, Charley Patton has often been hailed as the ‘King of the Delta
blues’. His coarse, earthy voice reflected hard times and hard living, and ‘A
Spoonful Blues’ describes the consequences of using cocaine. Son House was a
Southern Baptist preacher before he started working as a hired musician around
1926. Patton arranged his first recording debut after House had been imprisoned
at Parchman Farm Penitentiary, and the bleak lyrics to ‘Country Farm Blues’
evoke House’s experience as a prisoner.

Bukka White also spent time in the notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary in 1939,
where ‘Sic ‘Em Dogs On’ was recorded.

Bob Brozman studied music and ethnomusicology at Washington University, focusing
on the earliest roots of Delta blues. He has successful collaborated with
artists on Riverboat Records and his arrangement of Charley Patton’s ‘Poor Me’
takes him back to his musical roots.

From 1965-1975, Stefan Grossman studied and traveled with some legendary blues
figures, including Fred McDowell, Son House and Reverend Gary Davis. ‘Memphis
Jellyroll’, an improvised bottleneck piece, is taken from one of his numerous
solo albums.

Martin Simpson was born in S*censored*horpe in 1953, and his beautiful version
of ‘I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes’ shows the impact on his playing of the
great early bottleneck blues exponents.

Born in Texas around 1900, Blind Willie Johnson is regarded as one of the
greatest bottleneck slide guitarists. ‘God Moves On The Water’ tells the story
of the sinking of the Titanic, a disaster that for many African-Americans
represented the destruction of the myth of white superiority and invincibility.

Blind Willie McTell was a twelve-string-guitar genius and his unique style – a
form of country blues, bridging the gap between the raw blues of the Mississippi
Delta and the more refined East Coast sound – can be heard on ‘Mama, ‘Tain’t
Long Fo’ Day’.

Born around 1904 in Tennessee, Fred McDowel’s intense voice and bottleneck
playing gave his music an edge, as heard on ‘Fred’s Worried Life Blues’.

Furry Lewis was born in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1893 and ‘Falling Down Blues’
is a track from his first recordings and shows him at his creative peak.

Kokomo Arnold was one of the bestselling acts of the 1930s. A left-handed
bottleneck guitarist who played his guitar flat across his lap in the Hawaiian
style, Arnold influenced the likes of Robert Johnson and his distinctive and
intense technique can be heard on ‘The Twelves (Dirty Dozens)’.

Known as the ‘Hawaiian Guitar Wizard’, Casey Bill Weldon recorded close to
seventy sides between 1927 and 1938 and he was the first blues guitarist whose
playing evoked the sounds of Hawaiian steel-guitar sounds. ‘St Louis Blues’ by
Jim & Bob (The Genial Hawaiians) is also heavily influenced by the Hawaiian

Featuring music from Pete Harris, Sylvester Weaver, Alien Shaw, Willie Harris,
Hambone Willie Newborn, John Fahey and Dan Pickett, The Rough Guide To
Bottleneck Blues contains some of the finest slide playing that still has an
ability to captivate and amaze.


The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues


Historic Recording of Native American Music

Phoenix, Arizona, USA – The Blackfoot Confederacy has
recorded an historic album,

Setting the Record Straight
– Recorded Live in Browning (Canyon Records). Together the Blackfeet, the Kainai, the Piikani and Siksika
form the Blackfoot Confederacy, one of the proudest and strongest alliances in
the history of Native America. From the great Nations that comprise the
Confederacy, some of the respected singers on the pow-wow trail gather to sing
together at one drum for this historic recording. For the first time, these
songs, belonging to the Confederacy, are sung by members from each of the four
great Nations.The Blackfoot, known as the Soyi-tapi (“Prairie People”) in their own language,
have occupied their homelands in southern Alberta, Canada, parts of
Saskatchewan, Canada, and central Montana for thousands of years. The Blackfoot
people belong to a loose confederacy of three semi-independent tribes. Although
there were some differences among these tribes, all spoke the same language of
Algonquian stock, shared a common culture and generally viewed the entire
Blackfoot territory as their own.

The story of this recording, of how some of the most noted singers from the
Blackfoot Confederacy came to sing together, begins with a dream. Jay Dustybull
(Blackfeet) was told in this dream to search out specific singers. The singers
were to sit at one drum and sing the songs that have belonged to the four
Nations for many years. All of the singers are lead singers in their own right
and have sung and traveled with some of the most celebrated drums in the history
of pow-wow.

Although the songs presented here have been performed by many groups throughout
pow-wow country over the years, the songs originated with the Nations of the
Blackfoot Confederacy and are sung here in the traditional Blackfoot singing

Many of the songs on this recording are for the Chicken Dance, a dance that
originated with the Blackfoot Confederacy. The singers hope to reaffirm that the
Chicken Dance (and its songs) is sacred dance of the Blackfoot people and is not
merely a dance style. It is a dance that must be learned and taught in the
appropriate way, with a dancer being initiated into the Chicken Dance Society.
This album includes extensive liner notes on the history of the Blackfoot
Confederacy and songs.


Norwegian Country Music

Oslo, Norway – Syng meg heim (Sing me home, FXCD 289) is the title of Sondre Bratland’s new CD. The
greatest icon in Norwegian vocal folk music has made a moving country music CD.
While some might think this quite a switch, the truth is that American country
and Norwegian folk music are close cousins. Some of Sondre’s earlier albums also
show this close relationship.

Many fans will remember “Luftslott i det bla” (Castles in the Air) on Kirkelig
Kulturverkste’s tribute to Hank Williams, or the version of Lead, Kindly Light
on the album Atterklang (Echoes). But what is new to this record is
Sondre’s refined style where country music is his closest reference. Sondre Bratland grew up in the back country of Telemark county, where Norwegian
folk music still holds a special place in the hearts of the people, and where he
was deeply influenced by family and folk traditions. But his idols when he was a
teenager were Hank Williams and Elvis Presley and no doubt this has influenced
his interpretations of Norwegian folk music.

For many years Sondre has also had a keen interest in Irish folk music. “Gje meg
handa di” (Give me your hand) is a wonderful example of one of many tunes he has
discovered in Ireland. The Norway – Ireland – US axis is easy to trace in
country music and runs all the way through “Sing me home”. The songs are from
all three countries, and songwriters include such greats as Johnny Cash, Hank
Williams and of course Sondre Bratland, in addition to Irish and Norwegian folk

The backing band, fiddle (Einar Mjelsnes), flute (Hans Fredrik Jakobsen), dobro,
lap steel, acoustic guitar and electric guitar (Knut Reiersrud), double bass and
electric bass (Gjermund Silset) and drums (Jan Inge Nilsen), clearly reflects
the country and pop connections between these three countries.


The Doors Drummer John Densmore Produces Persian Beat Album by Reza

Venice, California, USA – The latest production by The Doors
drummer John Densmore is Ray of the Wine, an album by Persian-American
musician Reza. The Middle East meets West in the Hen House studio, where the
quintessential American rock musician’s mandate was to westernize the
arrangements of the Persian folk and classical music that Reza, a longtime New
Yorker, has been wanting to bring to the United States. Reza observes, “The
fact that a Persian musician worked with one of The Doors is a big deal
.”Densmore, who played drums on the album and wrote its vivid liner notes,
humorously describes Ray of the Wine as “peaceful sounds from The Axis of
,”‘ adding reverently, “Reza plays magic. He has all these
instruments that look like they belong in the Smithsonian

Comparing each song on Ray of the Wine to “a painting, with different colors
and feelings
,” Reza strokes the rhythms and melodies of mysticism, divinity,
and human love – most taken from the lyrical pages of ancient Persian poetry and
a few he wrote – with “brushes” such as the tar, sitar, ney, kamanche,
and Farsi incantations.

Ironically, Densmore wasn’t familiar with certain instruments to be used on Ray
of the Wine when he and Reza began pre-production, but laughs, “I immediately
resonated to the music and knew what to do. It sounds a little pompous, but I
got it.”

An acclaimed painter whose evocative water color imagery ensconces the CD, Reza
says, “I want to make the connection, even if the language is different. The
music translates to the American audience. There’s more recognition of Indian
music and the Arab world in the West, but there hasn’t been a lot of
understanding of Persian music, because it hasn’t been introduced the way it
should be, in order to make a connection. This music has that quality, the way
it’s presented, and I hope makes it more listenable. “The music is not totally
traditional or from a different world
,” he assures quietly. “People can
relate to it, at least in terms of the color and arrangement

Densmore adds, “It blows my mind that in the last 10 years, America is
accepting music in languages it can’t speak. Look at the Buena Vista Social
Club; it went through the roof. You get the feeling of the culture, even if you
don’t literally understand the lyrics. Reza’s songs are so beautiful that they
transcend the language barrier

Ray of the Wine was recorded live in three days, and conveys the improvisation
of “instruments talking to each other,” as Densmore succinctly explains.
However, all that spontaneity among crack musicians Osama Afiffi (electric
bass), Quinn Johnson (keyboards), Christina Berio (percussion), and Stephen Kent
(didgeridoo), took a lot of cross-country pre-production between him and Reza.

It was really fun, like a jazz record,” says Densmore, who was also
the executive producer along with Harlan Steinberger, whose revolutionary Hen
House Studios offers free recording time to musicians in exchange for the right
to film them during the process.

Reza asserts, “Harlan kept the record alive,” referring to the long
hibernation of Ray of the Wine after its completion.

Born in Tehran, Reza studied Persian classical and folk music. His recording
credits include the soundtrack to Mel Gibson’s David and Goliath. He recently
gave two performances at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. He and Densmore
plan to gig in Los Angeles, with the distinct possibility of touring behind Ray
of the Wine.


Ray of the Wine


The International Arts Festival 2005, World Music in New Orleans

Morgan Heritage
Morgan Heritage
New Orleans, USA – The International Arts Festival (IAF) presents a stellar line up featuring: Akon, Common , Doug E Fresh, Slick Rick,
Maxi Priest
, Morgan Heritage, the International Garifuna Band,
Tito Puente Jr
,Neutral Sisters,
Ski Johnson,
Wild Magnolias
Bamboula 2000 and Early Brooks Jr.

The IAF is New Orleans 3rd oldest and longest running event in Marconi Meadows and only World Music festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s a division of the International Arts Foundation, a non-profit 501c organization founded by New Orleans native Ernest D. Kelly. Visit the marketplace and shop for arts & crafts, music and a variety of cultural gifts. The IAF upholds its reputation for having the most delicious international foods. General admission $25. Two day passes are available for $65. Doors open at 12noon. The IAF offers air, hotel, ground transportation and admission packages through World Tours and Travel.

The International Arts Festival (IAF) welcomes TV channel UPN 54 as they
celebrate their 10th anniversary in New Orleans. The festival has always reached out to the community promoting unity among all people. “It’s a natural synergy with UPN as their programming reaches a culturally diverse audience.” UPN’s Warren Bell hosts on Saturday June 11th live at Marconi Meadows (City Park) while the festival is featured on UPN 54 from 9am – 5pm. The on site party kicks off with lots of fun including giveaways, product sampling, prizes, surprises and much more every hour on the hour.

Music has always been a motivation for spreading messages of hope, love and peace. Observing its theme of Live the Peace – Feel the Fun IAF launches five days of
motivation beginning on Tuesday June 7th through Sunday June 12th 2005.

The festival is honored to have UPN celebrate as the IAF marks 19 years of commitment to unifying a more peaceful state of mind for mankind. We welcome UPN on board. It’s a great partnership that we hope to have for many, many years.” states Damon Batiste, Marketing Director; International Arts Festival.

It’s our 10th year in New Orleans and we want to take the celebration to the people. We want to include our viewers, family and friends. Saturday is the actual anniversary date. We are partnering with the International Arts Festival through marketing programs to help draw attention to the festival and to our celebration.” states Kyle Claude, Creative Services Director of UPN 54.


World Music, Celtic Fusion and Rock in the Highlands

Belladrum, UK – The Belladrum Festival will feature headliners
The Proclaimers, plus The Bees and British Sea Power, who will be making their
only festival appearances north of the border. These are joined by Friday
headliners Alabama 3, the Peatbog Faeries and triple folk award winner Karine
Polwart in a feast of rock, Celtic, country, blues, folk and world musical
talent featuring 45 acts across three stages. The event will take place in the
Italian Gardens, Belladrum, near Beauly, Inverness-shire on Friday 12th and
Saturday 13th August 2005.Other prominent acts at the festival include Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue), Woodstock
vets Country Joe MacDonald, Jah Wobble, Black Velvets, Bluetones, Trashcan
Sinatras, Michael Marra, the Jim Hunter Band, Endrick Brothers, Sundown, Poor
Old Ben, Cinematics and Hazey Janes.

A world music element will be supplied by Afro-Celtic fusion exponents Baka
Beyond, Canadian rock/folk fusion band The Duhks, Dexter Ardoine and the Creole
Ramblers and N’Faly Kouyate. Also featuring will be alt-country cowpunk Jason
Ringenberg, Heather MacLeod, Andy White, Hotlicks Cookie, the Karl Broadie Band
and the Unholy Trinity – Ronnie Elliott, Terry Clarke and Wes McGhee.

In the first four weeks of sales, tickets have been taken up at roughly ten
times the volume of last year’s festival at a similar stage. “We haven’t even
put a poster up but we’ve been deluged by demand
,” said festival organizer
Joe Gibbs.

We were caught on the hop by the volume at first, but most people now are
getting their tickets within 14 days
.” He advised would-be festival goers to
buy early, as early indications are that despite its increased capacity and
two-day duration, the festival may repeat last year’s performance and sell out.

Available on-line at
, tickets can also now be bought 24 hours on
0871 220 0260. They are now on sale over-the-counter too in Glasgow and
Edinburgh at Tickets Scotland; in Dundee at Groucho’s; in Aberdeen at One Up
Records; and in Inverness at Hootananny’s, Eden Court and MVC.

A strong Highland presence includes Stetsonhead, the Galipaygos, Ruthless Blues,
Andy Gunn, Davy Cowan, Calamateur, Michael Wadada, Ruth Sutherland and the Feis
Rois Ceilidh Band.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is a mellow, family-orientated music and arts
festival which takes place in the sensational setting of the old Italian Gardens
at Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in the Scottish Highlands. Attractions include
street theatre, cabaret, cinema, kids’ amusements, dance, alternative therapies,
crèche, stalls, food and drink.

Weekend tickets cost £50 (incl VAT, excl booking fee) and entitle
holders to free parking and camping 4.00 PM 11th August – 1.00 PM 14th August.
Children under 12 enter free. Passes are needed for both camping and under 12s.
Check the web site
for details. Day tickets will go on sale if
any are available on 27th June. Friday day tickets will cost £25 and will not
allow camping. Saturday day tickets will cost £35 and will allow one night’s
free camping on 13th August. Under 12 tickets will be available on both days.
Both day tickets allow free parking.

BBC Radio Scotland’s Celtic Connections Program has come on board as a media
partner with the festival. And for a second year, Belladrum Festival has
announced that Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre will be the beneficiary of a
charitable donation from the event.

Contact: Belladrum Tartan Heart
, 01463 741366; Joe Gibbs, Phoineas House, Belladrum, By Beauly,
Inverness-shire IV4 7BA;

[Photos: 1 – N’Faly Kouyate, 2 – The Duhks].