'Liam Macdonald's Verge is all over the place, but what a nice place to be all over.' ~ British Independent Record Dealers' Magazine He has performed and recorded in Europe and North America with some of the world's leading lights of roots, folk, world, rock, jazz and pop. 'Verge' is Liam Macdonald's first solo CD. It was produced in New York and New Jersey by Tim Carbone from the American band, Railroad Earth, and has received numerous awards from Billboard as well as the Record of the Year award from Radio Six International in Glasgow, Scotland. The following quotes are from the reviews: 'an absolute gem, which you really need to hear - an aural treat by any standards - should be all over the radio - captivating - fascinating - multi-dimensional - mightily impressed by a new talent - Liam's guitar work is stunning, his singing superb - a great sense of rhythm - his rich, deep voice brings out another dimension from the songs - jangle-tastic - tumultuous and satisfying - VERY cool - richly creative - these songs are anything but dull' Liam has been recording his latest project in Copenhagen and Munich with producer Alain Nkossi Konda, the multi-talented CEO and Founder of Afrikool Records. So far, the following singles from 'The Copenhagen Sessions' have also won awards: 'City of Trees,' 'In an Open Space,' 'You Can Never Tell' and 'Black and You' (a.k.a. 'Black & You' and in Asia as both 'Black Y You' and "Balck & You"). Liam's single, Black & You, is included on Afrikool Records' 2007 release 'For Africa Vol. 1.' Other artists who contributed to this CD along with Alain Nkossi Konda and Liam Macdonald are: Gilberto Gil; Lou Bega; Kanda Bongo Man; Selasee Atiase; Zani; Zifa; Manu Di Bango; Alain Nkossi Konda; K.I.F.; Jim Savitt; Muna Mingole; Micko Leao; Bless; Mr. Reo. Proceeds from the For Africa Vol. 1 CD are being donated to the following charities: The Water Foundation; IFAM; The Shaken Baby Alliance; Sens Afrique; Amnesty International. For info on where to hear and purchase this wonderful CD please visit LiamMacdonald.com/audio and scroll down. Awards for Verge: 2004 * Verge is named 'Record of the Year' by Radio Six International. 2005 * 'Smiling Faces' from Verge wins Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest. 2008 * 'Burning Blue' from Verge wins Honorable Mention from the Billboard World Songwriting Contest. * 'Please Tell Me' from Verge wins Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest. * 'Eagle and Snake' from Verge wins Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest. * 'Should Have Known,' from Verge wins Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest. Special thanks for their work on Verge goes to multi-instrumentalists Andy Goessling, Tim Carbone and Buck Dilly and also to guitarist Moris Tepper (PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Frank Black) and his band from California. On the tech side we would like to thank sound engineer Don Sternecker and also Fred Kevorkian who did the mastering, just as he has done for Phish, Sonic Youth, Dave Matthews, The White Stripes, Lou Reed, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, Ryan Adams and more. The following is a complete list of who performed on Verge: LIAM MACDONALD: guitar, lead vocals, songwriter TIM CARBONE: violin, back-up vocals, harmonium, harmonica, kaen, Tibetan singing bowls, hand percussion ANDY GOESSLING: saxophones, 12 string guitar, guitar, marxophone, wood flute, oboe BUCK DILLY: guitar, pedal-steel, lap-steel and banjo, Hammond B3 organ JAMES GILHEANY: bass DAVE MOORE: drums ROBERT MATARAZZO: back-up vocals JOHN SKEHAN: piano MORIS TEPPER: guitar (3) DAVID BURK: bass and mini-Moog (3) SCOTT MATHERS: drums and percussion (3) DAVE von DOLLEN: bass (2) CAREY HARMON: drums (2) NED STROH: hand percussion (4) GARY GEORGETTE: synthesizer marimbas and organ (2) MATTHEW SCHERTZ: Indian drums - utar (4) kanjira (6) A.J. FAAS: African talking drum (4) © & (P) 2003 Liam Macdonald. All rights reserved worldwide.
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