Tuned In – Jan. 2016

Not-to-be-missed music news

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The Travel Songs team filming on location in Peru. (Photo courtesy of Travel Songs)

Travel Songs: Peru Wins
Area music and documentary group gets an international award

Travel Songs, a Wilmington-based organization of musicians and filmmakers, recently won the Audience Appreciation Award at the 2015 Folk Music Film Festival for their documentary Travel Songs: Peru. The festival was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Travel Songs member Tyler Holloway was there to accept the award.

Travel Songs: Peru, the group’s first documentary, was filmed in summer 2013 and premiered last December at Theater N in Wilmington. Through it, crew members for this film—producer Zachary Humenik; photographer and score director Samuel Nobles; camera operators George Murphy and Colin Shalo; sound engineer Tyler Holloway, and production assistant Tyler Doherty —aim to bridge cultural gaps and create a common ground through documenting art forms from around the world.

“I was amazed to see that the standing-room-only crowd, consisting of filmmakers, academics, journalists, and a couple of hundred school children, were so enthralled by an English film,” says Holloway. “The crowd went silent as they were drawn into the Peruvian world. This reaction was very special to me—it exemplifies the mission of Travel Songs to connect cultures through music and reinforced that music is a universal language.”

Adds Humenik: “I would like to think that people can feel the film and see the passion that went into it. I think we did well to connect with people on an intimate level. We got great access, had a great team, and I think the people we interviewed and met with really trusted us to share their stories in a way that felt real. That’s important—people can tell when something feels real.”

Travel Songs is in the process of registering as a nonprofit organization to enhance funding for films, and to expand charitable giving programs. The goal is to establish initiatives in each country Travel Songs films in, promoting local musical styles and cultural arts programs.

“It includes setting up musician workshops, lecturing at universities, and advocating for music and the arts—all of these things are important if we really want to share our message,” says Humenik.

He says the documentary projects are the center of the Travel Songs organization right now, leaving little time for the band to perform. Humenik, Holloway, Nobles and Doherty, members of the actual band currently live in various cities.

Fundraising for the next documentary—which could be filmed in either Cuba or Tunisia, along with a few other options—will begin this month. For more information and to view the Peru documentary for free, visit travelsongs.org.

British Star in Arden
Robyn Hitchcock brings talent and wit on Jan. 23

Robyn Hitchcock, one of England’s most-loved contemporary singer-songwriters, is coming to Arden Gild Hall for a WXPN Welcomes show on Saturday, Jan. 23. The alternative rock artist will blend his folk sound and psychedelia, along with wry British humor, of course.

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Hitchcock has recorded more than 20 albums. He’ll perform songs from his most recent album, The Man Upstairs, which he describes as a “bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world.”

Special guest Emma Swift, an Australian singer-songwriter, joins Hitchcock on tour.
The show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Brian Fallon & the Crowes
Gaslight Anthem singer performs at The Queen

Radio 104.5 will present Brian Fallon & the Crowes on Sunday, Jan. 10, at World Cafe Live at The Queen.

Fallon, best known as vocalist and guitarist for the Gaslight Anthem, is also working on a debut solo album, Painkillers, set for release early this year.

Gaslight Anthem announced plans last summer to go on an indefinite hiatus following a successful European tour. Get Hurt (2014), the band’s acclaimed fifth studio album, hit number 4 on the Billboard 200.

Special guest Cory Branan will bring his alternative singer-songwriter sounds to The Queen.

Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8, and tickets are $22.50.

Band of the Royal Marines
UK’s Royal Navy musical branch comes to The Grand

For something a little different, see the Royal Navy’s Band of the Royal Marines at Copeland Hall at The Grand on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The group is part of The Royal Marines Band Service, the musical wing of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, which consists of six bands.

The Band of the Royal Marines is celebrated for the quality of their music, visual grandeur and precision drill. The band performs popular classics, big band, stimulating contemporary works and entertaining solo features.

They also provide jazz, string and woodwind ensembles, making the group one of the most versatile and adept in military music. The Grand performance is part of their first-ever U.S. tour.

Tickets are $36-$42, and the show begins at 8 p.m.

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