Virtuoso guitarist Paul Brett releases ’12 String Instrumental Power’ LP

The titan of guitar known worldwide as Paul Brett has released a new full-length album, “12 String Instrumental Power.” Like the rest of his recent material, the track has been released on the Viral Discs and Downloads indie music label. It comes on the heels of his popular “12 String Blues Power” LP which has been turning heads in fan and critical circles over the last month. Showcasing the consummate skills of this master guitarist – one of the best players the world has known – “12 String Instrumental Power” is at once a must-have album for fans of guitar, of classical music, and of perfect music in general.

Paul Brett’s new record is a robust collection, 30 songs for a total listening time of nearly 80 minutes, making for a splendid overlook of the virtuoso’s repertoire. An arresting album regardless, it also happens to represent a monumental occurrence in music history. Paul Brett’s “12 String Instrumental Power” includes two complete, original suites: “Earth Birth,” the world’s first suite written for 12-string guitar, and “Gryphon Suite for High 12 String,” the first written for the high 12-string guitar.

These suites represent just 16 of Brett’s tracks on the LP. The artist’s label, Viral Discs and Downloads, describes the remaining songs as “a selection of other original instrumentals that take the listener on a journey into the immense possibilities that 12-string guitar can produce when taken beyond the standard realms into the creative universe.”

This creative universe includes a dazzling array of textures, tones and styles, all of which orbit the 12-string guitar thrumming at their center but stand out with their own remarkable individuality. There are songs composed in the medieval style, songs which would fit in perfectly on a classic-rock record, songs writ in the spirit of the Irish tradition, classically minded songs, folk compositions, a shadowy Spanish composition, a startling 37-second jam session, and even an impression of “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff which must be heard to be understood.

Regarding the two suites Brett has composed for the 12 string on this new LP, “Earth Birth” is technically a classical-guitar suite, but its strong overtones of folk music easily win out over the ‘classical’ denomination. This unique flavor blends English and Irish guitar traditions with the folk music of the 1960s and early ’70s for a powerful little collection which will nestle comfortably between classic rock and folk albums and classical guitar compilations alike.

Contrasting pleasantly with Paul Brett’s “Earth Birth” is the somewhat more complex “Gryphon Suite for High 12 String,” which stands (dances) on its medieval British and Irish foundations and sculpts new sonic forms from them in ways which are utterly unpredictable, yet inexplicably familiar at the same time. The music fan gets the distinct impression that Brett isn’t so much inventing music as he is revealing songs which have existed for centuries, in the aether perhaps, to the world for the first time.

Still, at the end of the day “12 String Instrumental Power” is a Paul Brett record, and as such, most of these tracks defy categorization altogether.

“12 String Instrumental Power” by Paul Brett is available online everywhere now. Get in early, guitar aficionados and true audiophiles. This is music in its absolute purest form.

[The following is a recounting of Paul Brett’s much-lauded career, first published to announce the release of his “12 String Blues Power” album in June, 2015 (also available online worldwide).]

Paul Brett’s music has dipped into many different genres over the years, particularly those most associated with the classic rock groups of the late 1960s and ’70s. He has notably played the blues, folk, rock, psychedelic, and acoustic music, and is also an avid fan of classical. Having been globally recognized as one of the top 12-string guitarists for over four decades, Brett’s musical resume borders on the unbelievable.

As a session player in high demand, Paul Brett has performed, written and/or recorded with such legends as the Strawbs, the Overlanders, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, the Velvet Opera, Tintern Abbey, Fire, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, Tom Newman (“Tubular Bells”), Mott the Hoople, Motorhead, Mungo Jerry, Manfred Mann, the Savoy Brown Blues Band, John Mayall, Rod Stewart & the Faces, Quintessence, Keith Ralph (Yardbirds), Jimmy James & the Vagabonds, Steve Holley (Wings), Andrew Lloyd Webber, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jimi Hendrix, John Renbourn, the Who, Van der Graaf Generator, Motorhead, Paul Brett Sage – and quite literally scores of other world-famous musicians not here listed – as well as simply in his own right as Paul Brett.

He has his own range of signature guitars distributed worldwide by Vintage Guitars and has written as a music journalist for Melody Maker, NME, Sound International and International Musician. He is the resident expert on vintage acoustic guitars for the UK’s Acoustic Magazine, and currently operates as festival director for the Llyn Acoustic Guitar Festival in North Wales.

Paul Brett’s most recent endeavors find him piloting a record label with Tom Newman, co-founder of Virgin Records and producer of Mike Oldfield’s seminal platinum album, “Tubular Bells.” Together they are undertaking several projects in the educational arena, including the recording of classic albums played by schoolchildren. Their popular “Tubular Bells” rendition as performed by the Children of Ireland appeared on digital shelves worldwide in 2013 and has been turning heads ever since.

“12 String Blues Power” by Paul Brett is available online worldwide beginning 20 June 2015.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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The Children of Ireland release LP album ‘Tubular Bells’



The Children of Ireland have released their debut LP record album, “Tubular Bells,” to broad critical and fan acclaim. The record is an album-wide cover of the original “Tubular Bells” composed and recorded by Mike Oldfield in 1973, this rendition having been performed by Irish children, including those with autism spectrum disorder and various other handicaps. It is comprised of 10 tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It has been released on the Viral Discs and Downloads music records label.


The original “Tubular Bells” album is often first identified as having provided its opening “Overture” for the theme song to the film, “The Exorcist,” but it was also the key official release that gave traction to the then-new music company, Virgin Records, founded by Tom Newman and Sir Richard Branson. “Tubular Bells” by the Children of Ireland has been produced by Tom Newman with co-producer Steve Fearnley, and the talents of famous guitarist, Paul Brett.


The following is taken without editing or revision from a written comment from Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Records:


“Without Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells,’ it is quite conceivable that the Virgin Group may never have got off the ground. Without Tom Newman, ‘Tubular Bells’ may never have been recorded. Tom has produced a version with schoolchildren from across Ireland. It’s got its own magic and is well worth downloading. Tom’s idea is to give young musicians the opportunity to re-create classic albums and record them in situ, with many sections actually being recorded in the classroom. Tom and guitarist Paul Brett have set up a new label, Viral Discs and Downloads, and intend to undertake similar projects in the future to bring together children and communities through the power of music.”


Of the project’s aims, Paul Brett writes, “’Tubular Bells’ by the Children of Ireland very successfully focused kids, some of whom were on the edge of musical apathy, by presenting them with a challenge to master a piece of music that was technically far beyond anything they had previously encountered. They all, without exception, responded with an enthusiasm that all concerned, especially their teachers, found deeply moving. The result of their experience is contained within this album.”


The release of the Children of Ireland’s “Tubular Bells” also commemorates the original Oldfield record and the birth of Virgin Music 40 years ago, but it has taken titanic effort and dedicated commitment, particularly on the part of Newman.


Brett writes, “[For years] Tom took his mobile recording studio into school classrooms and recorded children across Ireland to bring his dream of spreading such iconic albums to young musicians and communities, even countries.”


Newman and Brett are taking every advantage of their built-up inertia, too.


“All profits from the album will be reinvested in a similar project,” they write, “so that we may have a platform to introduce young musicians into the world of popular music. Please support our goals and purchase a copy.”


The LP “Tubular Bells” by the Children of Ireland is available online worldwide beginning 7 November 2013.


-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer



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