A little while ago we were asked to make a series of promos for a unique and very interesting group. Here’s what the press release says:
“William Shakespeare may have died nearly 400 years ago, but the Bard is still making a bid to top the music charts.
A group of Renaissance-style musicians have signed a record deal to release a compilation of the Bard’s sonnets.
Because the songs on the album were written by the man regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time, the band believe they have an album of perfect love songs.
“The lyrics are so perfect, so beautiful, they say what we all feel about love then and now” said Robert Hollingworth, the musical director of the album, of the lyrics.
“When you see someone and you fall in love with them and you say ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely’. What could be more lovely than a summer’s day?”
The promo’s are going to be shown on BBC 1, SKY 1, SKY Arts and SKY News.
You can check out one of the promo’s here: http://news.sky.com/home/showbiz-news/article/16213106
Yesterday a true legend of music passed away at the age of 71. Levon helm was a multi-instrumentalist and singer but he is probably best remembered as the drummer and lead vocalist of “The Band”, an incredibly influential group, largely responsible for popularising contemporary Americana. The Band, a seemingly generic name to the unfamiliar, were the backing group the legendary Ronnie Hawkins and later played with Bob Dylan during his transition to a more electric style. Known for their incredibly tight performances, they were dubbed The Band as a mark of respect. A group this good didn’t need a name.
When the band finally began to make music of their own, it was Helm’s voice that initially gave them their identity. Gnarled, textured and full of character and experience, Levon had one of those voices developed from years of travelling the roads of America. He was a rocker, a hillbilly, a crooner, a yodeller a blues singer and beneath it all he had soul too.
Here’s what President Clinton had to say on the passing of Levon Helm
April 19, 2012 | New York, NY | Bill Clinton | Statements
“I was saddened to learn of the death of my fellow Arkansan Levon Helm. Levon was one of America’s great musicians. His music, with the Hawks, the Band, and throughout his career, and his standout performance in Coal Miner’s Daughter, touched a cord with me and with many Americans. He never forgot his roots. I was always grateful that he helped the annual Delta Blues Festival get off the ground. He will be deeply missed.”