Trapeze Signs Important New Joint Venture Deals with UK Acts

John oLeary

Trapeze signs important new joint venture deals with UK acts Trapeze Music & Entertainment has signed three significant new joint venture deals to acquire rights to exciting product for their schedule of releases which will start to flow during the summer.

A deal has been struck with Micky Moody and Bob Young to issue their complete collection of Young & Moody tracks, made for a variety of labels during the late ’70s and early ’80s. Moody is one of the great British rock guitarists, with a CV that includes Snafu and Frankie Miller as well as, most famously, Whitesnake. Bob Young, as well as being a singer and harmonica player, is best known not only as the battle-hardened tour manager of Status Quo, but also the writer of many of their biggest hits. During time out between their various gigs, they made a couple of albums and number of singles that demonstrated their shared love of good-time country blues, rock and funk typified by J.J. Cale and Little Feat. Trapeze is working with them to prepare a definitive 2-CD set comprising all their recordings, including some unreleased tracks and versions.

John O’Leary is one of the veterans of the British blues scene, having in the ’60s been a founder member of the Savoy Brown Blues Band, who developed British blues to become a stadium rock attraction in the USA. He later played with the John Dummer Blues Band, as well as touring with many visiting American blues luminaries. He has toured and recorded with his own line-ups for the last 20 years, keeping his music fresh by hooking up with up-and-coming young musicians in his bands. He is one of the most highly-respected harmonica players in the business, recently fronting the Cyril Davies/Alexis Korner memorial night at the Eel Pie Club. Trapeze will be releasing a 2-CD set comprising his 2004 self-released limited-distribution album “Sins” and a new unreleased ‘live’ album.

In seeking out unusual and interesting folk material to establish a credible strand of repertoire in this genre, Trapeze alighted upon a 1981 album made by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw for the long-defunct Waterfront label and featuring some of the top names of the British folk scene, such as June Tabor, Martin Simpson, Ric Sanders, Rick Kemp and B.J.Cole. Andrew re-released the album many years ago as part of an anthology, but it has been off the market for a while, and Trapeze will be releasing it in its original form. Andrew has long championed the cause of world music, often performing with musicians from Eastern Europe, exploring different musical forms and styles, and appearing at festivals around the world. He is regularly nominated in the BBC Folk Awards World Music section.

Trapeze is delighted to have all these important and excellent current artists on board and looks forward to establishing similar relationships with other artists and labels keen to find an outlet for their music which has an empathy with its roots as well as the ability to bring it to market effectively on an international basis.

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