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7 days ago

600 Years in a Moment was recorded using a contemporary Australian piano with ancient instruments from around the world. Fiona’s concept is to bring instruments and their unique sounds from villages across the globe to explore the hidden musical treasures of cultures in a modern musical setting. The album is eclectic, acoustic, beautifully produced, and defies genre by bringing Classical, Jazz and World music together with New Age.

The always-entertaining-and-accurate Midwest Record Review writes, “…A new age/Celtic piano player that could take all those bored, ambitious housewives playing piano on Friday night at Barnes & Noble to school, this is the real stuff. While the brand names involved might tip you off about what to expect, they don't telegraph exactly what to expect and therein lies the sonic joys. Outdoing her previous releases for really being on the money, records like this could spear head a real, mass market new age revival. A winner throughout.”
Exploring time and history, bringing the past to the present, joining old with new and finding origins while looking into the future, 600 Years in a Moment is a journey from Fiona’s native Australia, travelling sonically around the world; it shares the distinctly Celtic flavour of her ancestors while combining sounds from other ancient cultures.

Recorded around the world from Newcastle Australia, Los Angeles California; New York, NY, Bremen and Portland, Maine; Halifax, Canada, and Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, the album is also unique for the production credits that include Will Ackerman, Corin Nelsen, and Fiona Joy Hawkins. 600 Years in a Moment was recorded in 96/24 and will be released in several formats including CD, SACD (hybrid/multichannel) and double vinyl album with bonus track for audiophile listeners.

Only recently Fiona was introduced to Stuart and Sons after a move to Newcastle NSW. A friend suggested she visit one of his clients who made pianos nearby. “The Stuart piano factory was literally two minutes from where I was living. It was an unfortunate time in my life where for over a year I had no piano at all. Then I met Wayne Stuart who offered his showroom full of concert grands for me to practice. I felt like I had won the lottey!”says Fiona.

All great art is a collaboration and there are some amazing contributions on 600 Years in a Moment. Produced by Will Ackerman, Corin Nelsen and Fiona Joy Hawkins, engineered by Corin Nelsen and Mastered by Bob Ludwig, the album had pedigree the moment it left the studio.

Contributions from Rebecca Daniel (Australian Chamber Orchestra), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Tony Levin (Paul McCartney), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheney), Heather Rankin (Rankin Family), Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega), Tod Boston, Paul Jarman, Michael Jackson, Phil Aaberg, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz and many others give the album its historical value and grace.

ARIA Finalist, MusicOZ Winner, ZMR multiple category winner (Including Album of the Year) and current IMA Finalist Fiona Joy Hawkins is set to take on a bigger stage and push the New Age genre boundaries with awards that have crossed genres to include World Music, New Age, Jazz, Classical and a Best Performance nomination shared with Pete Seeger as a top 5 finalist in the Independent Music Awards.

“One of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre Fiona Joy Hawkins is poised to move into stardom and we have only to watch to see it happen” - Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records).

Site: www.fionajoyhawkins.com.au
Videos: www.youtube.com/fionajoy
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7 days ago

Without question Ewan MacColl was the most influential man in the British Folk Scene in the 20th Century. The son of Scottish Immigrants and born and raised in Salford, Manchester, MacColl was a singer, writer, actor, playwrite, activist and everything inbetween.

There had been a Folk revival in Britain in the early 1900's which had catalouged a wide array of British music for posterity. This was largely a middle class revival. MacColl took back Folk music from the middle classes and gave it to the working classes in the folk revival of the 1950/60's.

MacColl believed in the legitimacy of Folk music, that you had to commit yourself fully to the songs and they stories they told as you recited them, and in doing this he became the foremost interpreter of traditional music in Britain. Then came his acclaimed Radio Ballad's series, where he wrote new music in the Folk style and coupled it with recordings of real people and real life stories that, for the first time, were to be heard nationally.

MacColl used folk music to advance his political stances, and he never shied away from making a statement about his government, or the world at large, if he felt the cause worthwhile. He was a communist in belief and championed the working classes and the people of the lower end of society.

His songs crossed genres, and have been covered by hundreds of others, some even breaking into the very foundations of the British and Irish Folk scene in such a way that people would sware that they were hundreds of years old.

Most famous amungst his work are the songs The First Time Ever I saw Your Face, Dirty Old Town, the Manchester Rambler and The Shoals of Herring, but these are merely scraping the surface of his archive.

If one should learn of a single person in British Folk Music history than that person should be Ewan MacColl, for even now, over twenty years since his death, his shadow lays large upon that genre.

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13 days ago

I enjoy them. I keep an average of 6 or 7 of their songs on my computer.

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13 days ago

Space rock.

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13 days ago

I need to listen to more of their music, but from what I've heard over the years they are pretty sweet.

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13 days ago

I like her music.

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13 days ago

Cool.

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13 days ago

My favorite 60s band.

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13 days ago

I love his solo music. It's very dark and alternative, and very Depeche Mode-ish of course.

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13 days ago

Fade Into You makes me cry (it just touches me for some reason), but their other music is awesome.

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