2010 is the Year to start your own record label. Following last week Billy Corgan and Jim James were each planning their own label, now British film director Guy Ritchie has decided to launch Punchbowl Recordings, his very own record label named after his London pub – The Punchbowl.
Ritchie, noted for stylish, British crime films like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the just released Sherlock Holmes, said about the new label: “It’s exciting to venture into the world of the music industry – it’s a tough place, but I’ve witnessed this band connect with people first hand; they have every chance of being embraced by a wider audience and I genuinely wish them the very best of luck with their debut album.”
Punchbowl Recordings, a subsidiary of Universal Music, has already signed its first act. That would be the pub’s in-house Irish group called The Punchbowl Band, comprising Willy Barr, Brendan McAuley, Steve Mulhern and Daniel Gott. The band preformed on the soundtrack of Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.
The Punchbowl Band’s debut album, Journey, will include traditional Irish tunes like “Fields Of Athenry,” “Black Is The Colour,” “Carrickfergus” and “Whiskey In The Jar” and will be released on March 1st. [via BeatCrave]