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January, 2016

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Folk Alliance International 2016

We were approached and and are honored to be sponsoring CD’s for the 2016 Folk Alliance
International Conference in Kansas City. As a manufacturer of custom CD, DVD, BluRay, USB,
Apparel, Commercial/Large Format Print, and Packaging, Pressing Media has a commitment to
local artists all over the world and we are proud to be involved again this year!

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FAI_Logo_TextVertical_bw-1-220x200Music BC will be returning to the Folk Alliance International conference, and teaming up with BreakOut West to present the best in Western Canadian Folk! The event will take place in Kansas City MO, February 17th-21st 2016.  The Folk Alliance International conference is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music.  It is an event of celebration, education, and entertainment, that includes showcases, panels, workshops, and exhibitors.

Compilation CD provided by Pressing Media, featuring the BC participants coming soon….


BC Participants Include:

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Big Little Lions

Big Little Lions is the ferocious folk-pop songwriting duo of JUNO Award winning Helen Austin and Paul Otten. With a sound that crosses somewhere between Mumford and Sons and Pomplamoose, between them they have had hundreds of TV/ad and movie placements and many awards including a 2014 JUNO Award and a 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Ensemble of the Year.

“The conviviality and charm that are palpable in these 12 tunes sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by- side. But, then again, the natural pairing of Austin and Otten is an indication that distance is just a number, one that can’t hold back real musical camaraderie. Big Little Lions’ A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is a jubilant collection of folk-pop songcraft.” PopMatters.com

In their collaborative body of work as Big Little Lions, Helen is the heart and soul and Paul is the bones and blood. Their songs are a dynamic fusion of feel-good and deep emotion that leave the listener with a strong emotional reaction.

“It’s the cohesiveness, too, of Frayed that buoys the album as one of the finest and most organic releases of 2015.” Popdust.com


Don Alder

Three time world champion acoustic guitarist / singer songwriter Don Alder, often referred to as the Acoustic Hendrix is a Multi-Award Winning Acoustic guitarist from Vancouver, BC, Canada. He continues to “Wow” audiences around the world with his “jaw dropping” one man band act. His singing is soulful and heartfelt, his story telling and guitar playing,highly entertaining.
Don’s music is all original material including fiery guitar instrumentals that put you on the edge of your with singing with a voice to soothe your soul. One could describe his music as “fusion folk, blending pop and instrumental music” while others say “new world fusion with a hinge of bluegrass”. Alder’s music also speaks for itself; his 2009 CD “Not A Planet” was nominated for two prestigious Music Industry Awards, his YouTube videos have seen over 4 million views. His music is a unique combination of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration – some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don’s phenomenal finger style playing and rich voice captivate.
As winner of the 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol (held in London, UK), 2010 Guitar Superstar contest (LA, USA) and the 2007 International Finger style Championships, Don Alder has earned his place as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world. He has multiple endorsement deals (Yamaha, Ernie Ball Strings, Seymour Duncan pickups, Santo Angelo Cables), including signature guitars from Greenfield Guitars and Riversong Guitars. Past performances inlude being selected to play the NAMM Breakfast of Champions, All Star Guitar Nights, a duet with astronaut Chris Hadfield, Vancouver TEDx (in 2010) as well as a duet with Angelique Kidjo to perform for Desmond Tutu at WE-Day in Vancouver.

 Fish & Bird

Fish and Bird

Fish & Bird are one of the most exciting folk acts in Canada. They seamlessly marry traditional and contemporary influences for a sound that is at once familiar and fresh.





Jenny Ritter

“Indie-Americana to give Little Red Riding Hood the jitters” – Songlines Magazine

Confidently laying claim to the genre “indie-folk” Jenny Ritter writes complicated and unique pop- tinged landscapes. Originally from Vancouver Island, She is a seriously accomplished instrumentalist and supports her clear, sweet vocals with complex banjo and guitar parts. A rotating cast of bandmates includes members of Fish & Bird, The Deep Dark Woods, and The Bills. Her lyrics reflect a lonely upbringing deep in the woods, rife with pastoral imagery and wild animals scratching at the doors.

In 2012, after a decade of playing with roots outfit The Gruff, Jenny packed up, moved to the city and struck out on her own, writing and recording her critically acclaimed album “Bright Mainland”. In September 2015 she released her second record “Raised By Wolves”, a dreamy tribute to an unconventional upbringing, and unusual people. The album has received a great deal of radio play and was featured in the !Earshot top folk-roots top 10 charts for 8 weeks running.

Early 2016 finds Jenny and her band touring again in the UK, featuring at Celtic Connections, and opening for Lucinda Williams at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall.

Jenny loves to travel to old, cold places. She’s been to most every nook and cranny of Canada, and frequently tours the roads of the UK and Scandinavia. When not touring, she singlehandedly runs two renowned rock choirs in East Vancouver, The Kingsgate Chorus, and the Mount Pleasant Regional Institute of Sound.


Khari Wendell Mcclelland

Khari McClelland is bending the edges of folk, adult contemporary, and soul to create a sound all his own.

Reared on gospel, hip hop, folk and soul in Hitsville, USA, the home of Motown Records, Khari began his musical education early. Every Sunday provided lessons in the roots of African American music and cultural expression, through the wafting sounds of Gospel from street corner churches and local radio programs. Every other day, the sounds of hip hop and contemporary R&B blared from car speakers and boom boxes.

Khari made the move from Detroit a decade ago and is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. There, he cut his teeth with some of the best. Besides having a thriving solo career Khari is a member of the Award­winning band, The Sojourners. Khari has worked with the likes of Frazey Ford (of the Be Good Tanyas), Steve Dawson and Cosmo Sheldrake (London). Khari also had a singing role in a television movie starring Toni Braxton (Twist of Faith, on the Lifetime Network) and sang backing vocals for Michael Buble on his NBC Christmas Special.

When hearing his sound one is reminded of Bill Withers and contemporary artists such a Tobias Jesso Jr. and Leon Bridges – the richness of traditional forms interwoven with elements of contemporary urban grit and whispers of melancholy.


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Lydia Hol

Lydia Hol’s music leaves you with the taste of the sea on your lips, and the wind in your hair. Her time spent living in Ireland flavors her performances with a storyteller’s honesty and charm. Since the release of her debut EP, Boats, in 2012, Lydia Hol has toured the country from coast to coast, filling rooms with her songs and witty stories. She’s shared the stage with folk legends such as Dar Williams and Sylvia Tyson, and become a favorite on the CBC. Her new full length record Heading North recorded with Frazey Ford’s producer John Raham, captures a delicate, elegant take on folk.

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Mike Edel

Even the title, India/Seattle feels like a story on it’s own. Victoria’s Mike Edel couldn’t have named his sophomore release more poetically.

Part of growing a little bit older, a little bit wiser is the awareness that comes inside growing spaces. Nearing thirty, on the exhaust of a brutal four year touring schedule, Edel settled inside these spaces to create his finest work yet. There’s a quiet here, even in the literal spaces in the record that speak loudly.

There’s something about the way Edel presents personal experiences in a way that project universal understandings. Love and beauty, pain and confusion, the knowledge that all precious things are only precious because they can be lost. It feels a little bit like growing up – like the moment when everything that felt so close as a young person is all of a sudden so far away. It’s the comfort in finding that you aren’t alone. There’s a humanity in these discoveries, and listening to India/Seattle feels like watching Edel discover it for himself, and the product is a little bit of each of us.


Quinn and Quistina Bachand

Qristina & Quinn Bachand have proven to be quintessential to Canada’s contribution to the world stage, garnering a mantle-packing collection of awards and recognition that thrust them to the top of the international Celtic music world. These include two Irish Music Awards, for Top Traditional Group and Top Duo, plus a combined total of 9 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and 3 Western Canadian Music Award nominations. Born on Canada’s West Coast, with its signature embrace of experimentation and improvisation, Qristina & Quinn Bachand have developed their own ‘voice’, exploring various musical traditions, fusing styles such as Old-Time, Celtic, Folk and Jazz to create their own distinctive sound. Their music features a hint of grunge, a dash or noir, a healthy sprinkling of Celtic and a dollop of rootsy goodness, engaging contemporary listeners with jaw-dropping effect.    While their performances speak to the heart of traditional roots music, they successfully introduce their own fresh new approach, artfully meld heart-swelling, stomp and clap Celtic Roots with progressive Indie Folk. Their latest album, Little Hinges (2015), so titled for its sonic resemblance to the adage, “big doors swing on little hinges”, lays waste to conventional expectations, blending spirited new sounds to pre-established Celtic traditions. Little Hinges achieves its promise – opening the door and further exploring the Bachands’ diverse musical talents and bottomless pool of creativity. The results that are arresting, provocative, stimulating and thoroughly intoxicating.

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The Sojourners

There are lots of squeaky-clean gospel songs out there for people to listen to, but that’s not what you come for when you decide to spend time with The Sojourners. The celebrated Canadian gospel trio comprising Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland performs music that reflects the world we all live in.

This is not music that strives to be polite. In The Sojourners’ universe, echoes of doo wop, R&B, country and blues weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today’s world. This is roots gospel music that can take a punch and remain standing. Singing praise music with their own special ‘stank’, the Vancouver based Sojourners sound just as at home in a road house bar as they do in a revival tent.

“The Sojourners new album is just plain good listening. But more importantly it shouts for social justice by reinforcing those inseparable links between the early spirituals, gospel, and activist folk music which all arise from hope, faith and courage in the face of adversity. Listen and you shall be released.” – Marc Lindy, Gospel Train, CFRO 100.5 Vancouver BC


The Fretless

The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world.  This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

In November 2011, Karrnnel Sawitsky (Fiddle), Ivonne Hernandez (Fiddle), Eric Wright (Cello) and Trent Freeman (Fiddle) got together for the first time on Vancouver Island to start rehearsing this project.  After 10 days straight of writing, arranging, and practicing, The Fretless emerged as a band.

With the release of their debut album ‘Waterbound’ in early 2012, and their latest release ‘The Fretless’ in 2014, the quartet has grabbed the attention of critics and fans across many genres.  These albums have fueled a busy touring schedule of festivals and concert halls across North America and Europe and world wide sales and radio play. They have also won 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, and 2 Western Canadian Music Awards for the albums.

Musically, the goals of the group are to expand the rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangement style of the many folk genres they play using only string instruments.  As a band, all four members have come from very different traditional and contemporary backgrounds, and are influenced by a vast array of art. However they are unified in their goal to continually develop their amalgamated sound in order to push traditional music as far as possible.

The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world.  This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. They harbor all the energy of fiddle tunes, while shattering all expectations in writing, creativity and performance. The Fretless is an innovation in music that must be heard.


Pressing Media – Top 10 Ways To Sell More Merch -w/Brian Thompson (Thorny Bleeder)


Top 10 Ways To Sell More Merch

With Brian Thompson from Thorny Bleeder Records  -


I remember reading an interview with the band D.R.I. many years ago, who said that if it wasn’t for t-shirt sales they wouldn’t be able to exist as a band. As a kid, I was shocked that a band wasn’t able to survive on music sales and performances alone. And that was many years before music’s digital revolution.

So here we are in 2010 and band merchandise is more import than ever. As an artist, independent or signed, merch is your lifeblood. It’s your store front. It’s where you make your money. It’s where you connect with your fans. It’s what gives your band a face on the streets.

Your merch table is your music career survival kit, and it deserves to be treated as such.

As a former music buyer for one of Canada’s largest music chains, I spent many hours analyzing consumer behaviours and how people react to product placement, display techniques, and their affect on sales. It’s not a hard thing to grasp, much of it is common sense: Make your shit look good and put it in a highly visible location.

So let’s get to it. Here’s my list on how you as an artist can make the most of your merchandise…

Top 10 Tips To Increase Your Band’s Merch Sales:

1. Set up your merch area before the doors open.

2. Have someone standing behind your merch table at all times.

3. Create “bundles” which offer incentives to buy additional items at a discount.

4. Offer a product within each price-point category (ie. Under $10, Under $25, Under $50, etc.)

5. Have proper signage: Band Name, Price List, Bundle Descriptions.

6. Make your display look sexy and eye-catching.

7. Make sure your merch person is friendly and talks to each and every person who approaches the table. In any sales environment, customer engagement is essential in closing a sale.

8. Don’t be too hardcore militant with your pricing. If a kid only has $8 and you’re charging $10 for a CD…just make the sale and just give it to him for whatever he can afford.

9. Sort your merch by size and style ahead of time to make the sales process quick and simple. Roll up your shirts by size and put an elastic band around them, along with a piece of tape with the size info.

10. Have a clipboard on your merch table, with a pen attached, to collect email addresses for your newsletter database.

This is the portable merch booth for the band Black Hat Villain.

The band travels with everything they need to accommodate any venue size or selling location. They bring their own fold up merch table, table cloth, t-shirt hangers, and most importantly…a slick fold-up, multi-panel custom graphic display board.

Black Hat Villain offers different product and packages for sale at $5, $10, $20, $45, and $60…there’s something available for any budget. Each product and package is clearly priced and detailed. Also note the band’s online website’s clearly listed, as well an advertisement for their iPhone app.