Cannery Row Records is a Berlin-based record
label. It has grown out of an informal network
of musicians and music lovers around the world
which has developed over many years. Whether
it is folk, country or garage rock, we are
only interested in
supporting and developing the careers of working
musicians who sing and play from the heart.
AND CURRENT RELEASES:
Tony Rose "Medicine Tunes" CRR 1824
Release June 15th 2018
Tony Rose is an accomplished songwriter, singer and guitarist, who has been travelling and making music for three decades. After many albums with the various bands he has been in over the years, Tony has now recorded his first solo album, “Medicine Tunes”, a rich, heartfelt and haunting collection, where his guitar and voice are subtly supported by long-time musical colleagues Geir Voie (mandolin), Sean Condron (banjo, guitar, slide, bass, harmonica, mandola, backing vocals), Mark Mulholland (guitar, mandola, bouzouki, backing vocals) and Stéphane Doucerain (drums, percussion). Recorded in one session in a farmhouse in rural France, with all the basic tracks done live together in the same room, “Medicine Tunes” is organic, natural roots music at its very best.
Various Artists "Roll High & Roll Good - Songs of Tony Rose" CRR 1825
Release June 15th 2018
To accompany the release of "Medicine Tunes", Cannery Row Records has put together a collection of covers of Tony's songs recorded by some of the many artists who play his tunes around the world, some taken from existing albums, others recorded for the occasion. This is the first release in a series which will combine a new original album by a great songwriter, paired with a compilation of covers of his or her songs. "Medicine Tunes" and "Roll High and Roll Good" are released as a double CD, or as separate album downloads.
Funteni Baby "Funteni Be Bi De" (single) CRR 1721
Release September 25th 2017
Funteni Baby is a band based in Bamako, Mali, composed of 4 musicians from different backgrounds. The band name is derived from a play on words drawn from an expression in Bambara, the most common language in Mali, « funteni bé bi», which means "it is hot today". Funteni Baby's music is a unique blend of western rock influences surfing on an African groove. It is a mixture of Mandingue percussion, electric guitar, bass and singing in various African and European languages.
You can see the video clip at this link, and you can find more info about the band at funtenibaby.com.
Strip Me Naked "Counterpoise" CRR 1519
Release June 5th 2015
Release Party - Privatclub, Berlin, 5/6/15
The second album from Berlin band Strip Me Naked, as a follow up to their debut "Good Morning Mr Average", also released on Cannery Row. Fronted by the singer, songwriter and guitarist Robert Wildhack, "Counterpoise" showcases the development of Robert's songwriting, without straying from the honest rootsy rock'n'roll that is the trademark of this fine band.
Frankétienne & Mark Mulholland "Chaophonies" CRR 1418
« Chaophonies » is the fruit of a collaboration between the Haitian poet, painter, novelist, playwright and actor Frankétienne and the Scottish musician Mark Mulholland combining spoken word and music. Theatrical readings by Frankétienne of extracts from his book of poetry « Rapjazz, Journal d'un Paria » blend with original music composed and performed by Mark Mulholland. The first performance of the work was in Jacmel, Haiti, in March 2013, and the reactions to the initial performance encouraged the pair to work on a recorded version of the project, in which Frankétienne's captivating and dramatic readings and occasional créole songs, are combined with settings drawn from different musical backgrounds – rock, blues, Celtic folk, musette…masterfully played by Mark Mulholland and the other musicians who appear on the album : Haitian percussionist Zikiki, Belgian double bassist Hannes d’Hoine and violinist Buni Lenski, French accordionist Olaf Hund and Scottish cellist Nicola Geddes.
« The album is quite simply a jewel! Frankétienne’s voice is extremely supple, clear and powerful, and the music is really extraordinary, original and unexpected. » Julien Delmaire, writer and TV présenter, France
Mark Mulholland and Craig Ward CRR 1217
Mark Mulholland and Craig Ward's music represents their own take on the British folk tradition of Graham, Jansch, Renbourn et al. Friends since their teens, when both were playing in bands in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the late '80s, the two have been travelling and playing music since, crossing paths at various points along the way. Craig produced Mark's band Two Dollar Bash's third album, “Lost River”, and accompanied the band on a 5 week North American tour in 2007. Around this time, the pair started talking of recording an album together, drawing from their mutual influences of the likes of Pentangle and Nick Drake. In the course of 2010 and 2011, they met up for a series of recording sessions in Berlin, Antwerp and Rotterdam, and the resulting album, “Waiting for the Storm”, will be released in summer 2012 by Cannery Row Records and the London-based Jezus Factory Records, accompanied by a tour of the UK, Ireland and France. The line-up is completed with the addition of Belgian double-bass player Hannes d'Hoine, and the trio completed a successful tour of Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic in February and March 2012.
Trailhead, “Bodies in the Basement”, CRR 1216 Trailhead is the venture of Berlin songwriter Tobias Panwitz. Drawing from journeys through various parts of the world and musings on relations past and present, his songs are of a quiet restlessness, captured in simple, personal tunes. Combining energy laden melodies and roadside imagery, Trailhead captivates the listener with his moving off the beaten track lyrics in a way that few songwriters do.
Moments of restlessness, longing, loss and reconciliation pass you by, as Trailhead recounts his journeys along Spanish caminos, Swedish islands, Baltic coast lines Latvian rivers and American scenery.Echoing the folky americana sound of the 60s & 70s classics, the songs have the rootsy sound of Trailhead's backing band or strip down, as in his solo sets, to their calmer self of story and melody, accompanied by Panwitz' folky guitar and finger picking, piano, hamonica and ukulele. Together with his warm yet powerful vocal delivery, Trailhed's music relates to the sound of artists like Crowded House, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Jackson Browne.
Allen Devine, “Thrillride”, CRR 1115 After spending many years in the trenches with countless American bands including stints with Boston legends Asa Brebner (Jonathan Richmans Modern Lovers) and legendary producer David Minehan (Stardarts, The Neighborhoods, Paul Westerberg) and national U.S. exposure as guitarist featured on CBS/ MTV hit „The Girl with the Curious Hand“ Allen relocated to Berlin and now releases his 5th solo disc. Self produced, this disc features 16 catchy new tracks laced with interesting melodies and complimentary vocal harmonies. “Devine has perfected the three-minute pop song” Julia R. Destefano, "The Noise" Boston
,Mark Mulholland, “The Cactus and the Dragon”, CRR 1114
For many years, Mark Mulholland has been travelling and playing music, sometimes with bands, sometimes solo, sometimes with an assortment of musicians met along the way. His new album „The Cactus and the Dragon“, recorded in studios, kitchens and sitting rooms in Berlin, Paris, Antwerp and San Francisco, is a distinctive mix of folk, jazz, country and rock featuring guest appearances from many of Mark‘s musical collaborators. “An inventive, melodic guitarist with a warm and expressive singing voice; fl ashes of Jansch, Perrett, and Dylan; conjuring long languid afternoons and melancholy drawn-out nights in distant cities” Nick West, Rock‘n‘Reel
Two Dollar Bash, “New Adventures”, CRR 1113
The Scottish/French roots band return with their 4th album including 14 original songs. From acoustic folk and country to jangly pop and rock, the CD is rich in vocal harmonies, and refl ects the fact that the band is composed of several singersongwriters who can back up each other‘s compositions with an intuitive feel that can only come from years of playing together.
“This is very heartfelt and very true Americana” Green Man Review (USA) “Think of a European version of The Band” Jazzwise (UK) “I have seen Two Dollar Bash...Praise be the Lord!” Rootsville (B)
Lord Mouse and the
Urban Calypso for the 21st century
Release Date 30.04.2010 CRR0911
About Lord Mouse:
Excerpt from an interview with the "West
Indies Herald," 2005 "It must have
been a good while ago" muses singer Lord
Mouse from his lounge chair on the shore.
" I was singing for the big cruise ships,
the luxury ones. Well, I got work on one of
them that was going to the Carribean. That
was back before all these crazy hurricanes.
Anyways, thats were I met the rest of the
band, we were all working there together.
Well, anyhow, We docked in the Port of Spain,
thats in Trinidad. It was a fun night and
we were testing the local drinks. I honestly
don't know what happened after that, just
that I woke up the next morning with a pounding
hangover. Then I realize that I..m still in
the bar. I start to panic, because I was supposed
to have been back to the ship before midnight,
and it's now sometime in the morning. Well,
I get off the bar stool, and rush to the door,
and guess what? I trip right over the bass
player. Turns out that one of the locals had
given us some booze that's so strong even
the local drunks won't touch it. Well, I go
out side, up to the port, and sure enough,
the ship was long gone. Nothing there, just
some fishermen, pelicans, and.... Who's that
group of people there? Well, turns out the
whole band missed the ship, except one guy,
the marimba player, but nobody really liked
him much anyways. Well, we were stuck, not
much money, We'd all left our stuff in our
cabins. We were in real trouble. Well, We'd
never played Calypso, not even really heard
of it, except for that Belefonte character.
But we learned and learned fast. After about
5 months of playing on the street corners
and little cafès, We finally had our
money to get home. Well I ain't no European,
but I liked these folks, We were like a family,
so I decided to head on over to Europe and
here we are today." -As told by interviewer
Cannery Row Records Sampler 2010
1. Man in Black - Two Dollar Bash
2. Doesn't Matter Any More - Eamonn Dowd
and the Racketeers
3. Rat Race - Lord Mouse and the Kalypso
4. She Told Me - Allen Devine
5. I Left The City Burning - Little Birdie
6. The Right Time - James Finch Jr
7. Our Houses - David Judson Clemmons and
8. The Road to Salamanca - Trailhead
9. The Churches of Spain - The Slaters
10. Take on the World - Impure Thoughts
11. Penny for my Effort - Strip me Naked
12. The Whisky Tree - The Durgas
13. Don't Want to Hear you Laugh - Mark Mulholland
Eamonn Dowd and the Racketeers
"Mansions of Gold"
Release date 23.10 2009 CRR0909
Mansions Of Gold is the title of the new
album from Eamonn Dowd & The Racketeers.
A raw rootsy affair - 11 new songs including
the singles ‘Women Around Here,’
‘45’ and ‘Sweet Angel.’
It rocks , it roll’s and it exists
in a world all of its own. You’d get
the impression that these guys don’t
give a damn about trends, radio play or commercial
success. And you’d be right ! On this
collection, Dowd lets rip on electric guitar,
producing walls of feedback. Lyrically it
takes you someplace else, another world, another
time, and throughout, Les Keye and Chris Teusner
hold down the beat. And then there’s
the plaintive ballads augmented by organ,
banjo and saxophone.
Since the mid 90’s Irish man Dowd has
fronted The Racketeers as they brought their
fiery brand of americana / rock n roll to
audiences throughout Europe, releasing four
albums along the way. In recent years Eamonn
has also toured in a solo / acoustic capacity,
blazing a trail through Germany, The Netherlands,
Belgium, the Baltics, USA and Canada.
Strip me Naked -
Good Morning Mr. Average
Release Date 04.04.09 CRR0910
style: indie garage rock
Debut album from Berlin-based rock'n'roll
band, ten great songs, played with lots of
energy and attitude, this is an album to get
the party going. A musical trip that soars
between happiness, melancholy and ecstasy.
No masks, just the belief in yourself and
the music – that’s what STRIP
ME NAKED stands for. The sound of this Berlin
based band combines honest, basic roots-rock
with catchy melodies and raw power. The band
is touring constantly around Germany and Europe.
Their concerts celebrate life, love and Rock’n
Roll … and you're invited to celebrate
Road to Salamanca"
Release date 24.02.09 CRR 0908
Based around the compositions
of Berlin singer-songwriter Tobias Panwitz,
Trailhead have a gift for lyrical and melodic
folk-rock and Americana with texts that are
rich in imagery. With influences both from
the 60s and 70s and from the current crop
of alternative country bands, Panwitz's warm,
atmospheric voice is backed sometimes by simple
acoustic arrangements based around his country-esque
guitar playing and at other times by a full
Two Dollar Bash - Lost River
Release Date 26.05.08(UK)19.09.08(Germany)
Third album from great folk/country/blues
band, originally from Scotland and France,
consisting of 4 talented singer-songwriters,
who back up each others compositions with
an intuitive feel that can only come from
many years of playing together. With great
original songs, fine musicianship and impressive
harmonies, the band blends influences from
North American folk, blues and country with
Celtic and European styles.
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The Slaters - Fresh Pint
Release Date tba
The Montreal trio The Slaters
debut album is a 42 minute romp through almost
every folk music style of North America, paddy-rippers
cheek by jowl with Tex-Mex tear-jerkers, Verdun
klezmer sharing space with blistering banjo
breakdowns. Produced by Marc L’Esperance
(NoMeansNo, Veda Hille,...), “Fresh
Pint” is a homage and a fresh contribution
to the canon of working class people's music
of the New World
The Durgas - Back To The Start
Release Date 18-01-08
Style: Global Folk-Rock/Americana
We are proud to announce
that we will be releasing The Durgas' (Ex
A Subtle Plague) debut album 'Back to the
Start' - recorded at Claustrophobia Sound
Studios, Berlin, mixed by Boris Wilsdorf (Einstürzende
Neubauten), remastered by Noa Winter Lazerus
(The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits); with 3 bonus
tracks recorded live in Hawaii, and a video
clip of their song 'The Whiskey Tree'.
“Back To The Start” release Germany:
Jan. 18th 2008 (Pool Musik); digital release
-itunes, Amazon & Co- (Zebralution Distr.)
Dec. 15th 2007.
Two Dollar Bash - On The Road
Release Date 02-02-07
“On the Road”
is a creative outpouring of songs from these
talented and prolific songwriters, originally
from Scotland and France, who are backing
each other up with the intuitive feel that
can only come from many years of playing and
travelling together. The album is a refreshingly
authentic collection of handcrafted songs
with an appeal that goes beyond any ephemeral
trends in Alt-Country, Nu-Folk, or whatever
is the currently hyped flavour of the moment.
“On the Road” release UK: Sept.
10th 2007 (Proper Music Distribution), Germany:
Feb. 2nd 2007 (Pool Music), digital release
(Zebralution Distribution) June 4th 2007.
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Two Dollar Bash - Two Dollar Bash
Release Date 17-09-07
After the release of their
album „On the Road”, due to popular
demand Cannery Row Records is rleasing the
band’s first, self-produced album, titled
“Two Dollar Bash”. The songs range
from careering bluegrass romps to lonesome
ballads, from acoustic blues to alternative
country, with different combinations of guitar,
drums, mandolin, banjo, bass, harmonica and
fine vocal harmonies.
“Two Dollar Bash”
release UK (Proper Music Distribution) on
June 4th 2007, Germany (Pool Music) Sept.
17th 2007, digital release (Zebralution Distribution)
June 4th 2007.
Eamonn Dowd and the Racketeers -
Silver and Dust
Release Date 10-11-2006
Style: Country Rock/Folk Rock
4th great album from Dublin
troubadour Eamonn Dowd and his band. Recorded
by Paul Thomas, who is best known for his
work with Thin Lizzy and early U2. Hot Press
magazine said of The Racketeers’ last
album, “Exit Hellsville”, "A damn
fine example of gravel-voiced country rock.....these
songs are full of unaffected, unrefined humanity,
a kind of world-weary, warts 'n' all honesty
that's getting rarer in music....there is
something raw and real about The Racketeers
that's easy to love."
Impure Thoughts - Lights Ahead
Release Date 24-02-2006
Rock'n'roll band from Glasgow,
now based in Berlin. 14 songs bursting with
energy, searing guitars, vocal harmonies and
tunes you won't be able to get out of your
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