Hemifran representing Marjorie and DC Cardwell in Europe & Scandinavia

Marjorie and I are very pleased to announce our new association with Hemifrån who will be promoting our music in Europe & Scandinavia.

Hemifrån come very highly recommended and they have represented a very wide range of artists, including some very well-known names such as Daniel Lanois, Dave Rawlings, Jackson Browne, Levon Helm, Wanda Jackson, Kasey Chambers, Indigo Girls, The Long Ryders, Jerry Douglas, Judy Collins… need I go on?!

Hemifran represent Marjorie and DC Cardwell

Despite the fact that we both come from Europe ourselves (Northern Ireland to be precise) this is our first serious push into that part of the world in this stage of our career and we’re very excited about it.

We’ve already been picking up some significant airplay and expect our exposure in various media to increase as time goes on.

About Hemifrån

Hemifrån is an independent A&R, promotion and marketing company based in Sweden and their cool motto is “Gut Music For All People” – so that suits us, as Marjorie and I like to listen to music that “gets you in the gut” and we try to make music that has the same effect. They promote all kinds of music including powerpop, singer-songwriter, heavy rock, blues, westcoast-pop, country, AOR, jazz, Americana, electronica and rock’n’roll, and again, we figure that works for us as we feel we have toes in several of those genres!

To find out more about Hemifrån visit www.hemifran.com (where you will find an article about us in the “news” section, dated 26.09.2012) or click on their logo above.

~ DC

Marjie and David Cardwell

Marjorie Cardwell’s new album OUT NOW!

We’re very excited to announce the release of Marjorie Cardwell‘s new album “In Another World”!

It’s available as a beautiful looking CD (or download) at www.marjoriecardwell.com and you can preview some tracks there before you buy. And for a limited time it comes with a free mini-print of Marjorie’s artwork and a really cool Madcar Records fridge magnet! It’s also on iTunes and available at CD Baby, Amazon etc, if you prefer.

The album was produced by Marjorie along with her husband, award-winning singer-songwriter DC Cardwell. It features several guest musicians, including Kiwi legend Don McGlashan playing a sublime euphonium solo on the opening track, “Hole In My Head”, a song Marjorie wrote about her recent experience of being diagnosed with a brain tumour.  Thankfully, the tumour was benign and surgery was successful so she is already writing songs for her next album! Listen to the album below.

In Another World with card and magnet
In Another World with card and fridge magnet

Harpocrates – a Poem for Harpo Marx

Harpocrates

 How do I love Harpo Marx?
My word, the ways are many!
(Though words can’t tell the worth of him,
Who never needed any.)

 His language was a woman’s wig,
A pocketful of pasteboard –
That coat concealed a horn, a fish,
Three hundred knives, a washboard.

 His heart revealed his love for wife,
For life, for fun, for fairness,
For family, friends, for four bless’d kids:
All full of love’s awareness –

That every noise he made was smart
And every thing he touched was art.
Groucho wept when Harpo died,
But when he played, the angels cried.

by Marjorie Cardwell

A poem for Harpo Marx

2012

Harpo Marx of The Marx Brothers playing his favorite instrument, the harp.

When Harpo plays his harp…

Marjorie Cardwell’s new album on Madcar Records!

Hi, DC here,

I just wanted to mention that we’ve sent Marjorie‘s album off to the plant for pressing. Quite exciting! We haven’t set an exact release date yet but it will be available to you sometime in the next 4-8 weeks, maybe even sooner. The sleeve design was painted by Marjorie and it’s very beautiful. If you’re on Facebook, she could use a few “LIKES” on her Facebook Fan Page at facebook.com/marjoriecardwellmusic

I’m pretty confident that if you like my music you’ll also like hers, so I hope you don’t mind me simply including her news in my news. I’m heavily involved and the instruments are almost all played by Marjorie, me and our sons, Samuel & Joel. She wrote all the songs except one, which is a cover of one of my songs (I feel honoured!) and we produced the album together. This is the logo of our new record label… Madcar Records!

Madcar Records logo

There are also two very special guest musicians, one of whom, drummer Chris Haylock very sadly died of cancer just over a week ago. Chris was a very good friend and this has been very heartbreaking for us. He leaves behind his wonderful wife Cath and three children, two of whom are just little toddlers. Some of us are working on some kind of fund-raising CD to help his family – probably an album of songs that he played on.

One of those songs might be this Sam Phillips song, “I Need Love” we recorded in my studio a few years ago. It’s just a jam where I hit “record”, but it came out quite well. Chris, as always, held things together beautifully – that’s him on the photo. Just click on the picture to hear the song.

The other guest musician on Marjorie’s album is actually quite famous and one of our greatest musical heroes, so we’re naturally very thrilled about that! More news soon…

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But enough about Marjorie! I will be going back to work on my own album very soon and it will be out later this year. We don’t have room under our bed for 2000 CDs so we’re going to have to come up with some genius way of parting with them!

I’ve been working hard to rebuild my lost Youtube channels. Since my last email I’ve started a “covers” channel at youtube.com/DCCardwellsCovers so please visit, subscribe, comment, rate, and (best of all for me) SHARE my videos on Facebook!

Actually, speaking of sharing, there’s nothing better you can do for us than share our music. For example, you can click the “SHARE” button on a Youtube video and pass it along to your Facebook wall, or to individual friends, or to Twitter, or in an email.

I try to make my web addresses easy to remember, so you can easily share my website (www.dccardwell.com) or my online store (MadcarRecords.com) on Facebook or wherever you like.

Thanks for reading!

~ DC

PS: I had just listened to a very long “webinar” and when they said that far more music sales are made through emails than through social networking, I decided it was time for another email newsletter. But I forgot say anywhere “Please buy my music!” But try to imagine those 2000 CDs (plus many unsold copies of Some Hope) cluttering up Madcar Records, AKA “our house” 😉

Or there’s always iTunes – if you think some record company is eating up all the profits, let me assure that, for us, Apple gets 30% and we get the rest, so every sale really does help!

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A small disaster & how you can help

DC Cardwell Youtube Avatar

Hi, DC here – A small disaster has struck my music “career”.

Actually, it’s definitely a first world problem so I shouldn’t even call it a disaster but it’s an annoyance. Youtube has shut down all three of my channels, so all of my videos disappeared overnight! (June 2012) And the almost 90,000 views and thousands of lovely comments from people are just gone. Gone! GONE!

On top of that, my artist link on Youtube no longer works (as it leads to my old channels) and the iTune links are not on my videos any more.

It only takes one or two people to register some kind of complaint for Youtube to do this, and I’m remaining optimistic that they will review it, see that my original channels (dccardwell, dccardwellcovers and cardwellers) are clearly legitimate, and re-instate them. But I can’t count on that by any means so I’ve (sigh) started building a new channel and uploading my videos to it. Very, very tedious.

Anyway, you can do me a few HUGE favours if you’d like to help:

  1. Visit our NEW Youtube channels at:
    youtube.com/DCCardwellsMusic (DC’s originals)
    youtube.com/DCCardwellsCovers (DC’s covers)
    youtube.com/MadcarRecords (Marjorie’s songs)
  2. Subscribe to them!
  3. Share my videos wherever you can, particularly on Facebook and Twitter. It would be nice to get my view count up so I don’t look like a newbie!
  4. Comment on my videos, and also click on the LIKE, RATE & SHARE buttons. Also, adding my videos to your playlists helps a lot.

Much love & respect ~ DC

PS: Keep going back to my channel as I add more videos and do the same to my new ones… if you like them!

ADDENDUM, 14 Oct 2012: I never did get my old channels back and my views and comments don’t seem to be going up as fast as they had been before. It’s also left Youtube a bit confused. For example, when my name comes up as a link in the video titles and you click on it, it takes you to a dead page which would have led to my old videos.  And if you click on the automatically generated “Artist” links at the bottom of each video the same thing happens. And there are no iTunes links the way there were before. I tried filling in one of the automated contact forms but just received a form letter in reply. – DC

PS: Here’s one of the many videos I had to re-upload to my new channel. It’s a mini-documentary on my trip to Los Angeles to record with producer Jaymee Carpenter.

Marjorie’s progress after brain surgery

In my last newsletter I mentioned that my wife Marjorie was home from her surgery for a benign brain tumour (meningioma) and that she was doing well. I just thought I should let you know that it’s been just over 3 weeks from the operation and she has recovered remarkably well indeed – yeah!

And with a very clever new hairdo you wouldn’t even know she’d had 36 staples removed from an 8-inch scar going from the centre of her forehead to below her right ear. I posted a photo on Facebook of her at various stages from day one, however I can assure you she already looks as cute as ever (see photo below)!

We were really stunned by the amount of love, prayers and concern that so many people offered and we’re very thankful that by God’s grace Marjie is well on the way to full recovery (and her own new soon-to-be-released album!)

Marjorie Cardwell's progress after brain surgery
Marjorie Cardwell’s progress (and new hairdo) after brain surgery!

Marjorie Cardwell home from brain surgery! [Newsletter 12th Mar 2012]

Marjorie Cardwell's bandaged head after her brain surgery
Marjorie’s bandaged head after her surgery

In my last newsletter I mentioned that my wife Marjorie had been diagnosed with a brain tumourand was going to have surgery to remove it. Well, she went into hospital last Thursday and it was a very long and difficult operation but the surgeon was pleased to report that he is pretty sure the tumour was benign and he managed to remove all of it.

Amazingly, Marjorie came home today, only four days after the operation, and she’s doing very well indeed. Thanks to everyone who prayed for her safety during and after the surgery.

She had been planning to release an EP of 5 songs she’s written and recorded recently, but after the diagnosis she decided to make it a full-length album, and the Saturday before her surgery she recorded guitar and vocals for five extra songs!

This is one she wrote while she was in the MRI machine for her pre-op scan. It’s called “Hole In My Head” and there’s also a hole where the solo should be as we haven’t had time to finish it yet.

Let us know what you think! [EDIT: This is the finished video from later, featuring Don McGlashan of the Mutton Birds!]

~ DC