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Blackmore’s Night Announces 2018 Tour Dates

The summer brings so many great festivals and shows to our regions, and now it brings the spirit of the Renaissance to life with the music of Blackmore’s Night who will be doing select performances in July. Check out the full press release below.

The Press Release:
This July, Blackmore’s Night will perform a string of East Coast tour dates, kicking off July 19 in Glenside, PA. Internationally renowned with several gold records and an established track record of sold-out shows, Blackmore’s Night has released 10 studio albums throughout their 20-year career, and continues to captivate fans at concert venues and castles alike. Helmed by Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, Blackmore’s Night deliver more than just a concert experience. Their sound –- a mix of acoustic / electric Renaissance styled and troubadour folk-music with fantasy themed lyrics –- transports the listener to an old world style tavern, inviting everyone to leave their modern day stress at the door and join along with the festivities. Adding to the ambiance, the band and fans alike are adorned in classic Renaissance garb…each show is a passport to a time gone by.

blackmore's night, ritchie blackmore, candice night
Blackmore’s Night (2018)

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Blackmore’s Night To Release 2017 Edition Of “Winter Carols”

As we step into Fall, there is no reason to avoid the subject of Holiday Music and since we’ve been fans of Blackmore’s Night for quite a few years, it was awesome to read this news about their spirited songs for Christmastime. Read on down below for the full press release and check out the image. I’ll be back at the close.

The Press Release:
Ritchie Blackmore has been known worldwide for his guitar shredding in Deep Purple and Rainbow. He has also shown hints of his penchant for medieval music in both of those bands. That 18th and 19th Century love, though, has only truly come to the fore within the acoustic context of his “renaissance rock” project, Blackmore’s Night. Together, with award-winning vocalist / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, (often compared to Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter), Blackmore’s Night is currently celebrating the band’s 20th Anniversary.

Passionate about the musical melodies and styles of the past, combined with their love for the spirit of the holiday season, they recorded Winter Carols to share with their fans, friends and Blackmore’s Night families. Winter Carols is holiday music at its best, performed and sung as it was hundreds of years ago, when the peasants and royalty alike shared the jovial spirit of the holidays. For this very special re-release of their holiday album (out on digital formats on September 22, on CD October 13), Blackmore’s Night included three brand new recordings of “Deck The Halls”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and “Oh Christmas Tree”. Each song, arranged by Ritchie Blackmore, is lovingly filtered through the Blackmore’s Night prism, given an eclectic Renaissance touch topped with Candice Night’s ethereal vocals.

It’s this love of Renaissance-based and classical melodies that endears Blackmore’s Night to hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Their unique genre is classified as “fantasy music for all ages.”

“The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace and togetherness,” says Candice. “We are entranced by the magic of the season. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music year round—so this CD is a natural progression. All the music we craft and create has always been about love, unity and friendship. These songs as a whole are beautiful unifying carols. Feel the warmth of friendship! Everyone can join in.”

“The origin of the word ‘carol’ means ‘dance’,’” adds Ritchie. “I am naturally attracted to these melodies. As a kid, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. As an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money!”

Celebrate the holiday season with Blackmore’s Night!

Track Listing:
1. Deck The Halls
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Oh Christmas Tree
4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful
5. I Saw Three Ships
6. Winter (Basse Dance)
7. Ding Dong Merrily On High
8. Ma-O-Tzur
9. Good King Wencesla
10. Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts
11. We Three Kings
12. Wish You Were Here
13. Emmanuel
14. Christmas Eve
15. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: When I saw this press release I knew that the album had sounded on the familiar side to me and that was because WAYYYY back in 2006 I had reviewed the original version of it. You can scroll page through the pages of time and see that legacy album review by clicking on THIS LINK. In looking at it today I can say that it’s in need of a revisit and possible expansion. If I get my hands on a copy you can count on that being discussed for you so let’s stay tuned on that. What about you fans of the Blackmore’s Night project? Do you own this album already or have you heard about it and always been on the curious side? Chime in down below. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.blackmoresnight.com/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackmoresnightofficial/

“Land of Hope and Glory” (Single) by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

Artist: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow
Title: “Land Of Hope and Glory” (Single)
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 5/26/2017
Genre: Classical/Folk
Rating: 4/5

Learning that the legendary Ritchie Blackmore was recording new music with his group Rainbow is always a great way to start the day and just recently it was announced that this would indeed be the case. The guitarist was going to rework the song “Land Of Hope and Glory” which a lot of you graduates might recognize as your entrance music to the ceremony but that is its real name. The single was released a few days ago and I just wanted to offer up some thoughts on it for good measure.
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“Christmas Eve” (Single) by Blackmore’s Night

Artist: Blackmore’s Night
Title: “Christmas Eve” (Single)
Label: Minstrel Hall Music
Release Date: 11/1/2013
Genre: Folk/Holiday
Rating: 3/5

It was way back in the bygone days of 2006 when I reviewed a holiday album by Blackmore’s Night with “Winter Carols”. It was a collection of Christmas themed ditties and if you’d like to learn more you can click HERE to see that archive review piece. I’m pretty sure that this release is now long out of print since I don’t think Locomotive Music exists anymore, but I digress. Now, as 2013 heads towards a close we find Ritchie and company issuing a revisited version of one of that albums tracks with the single “Christmas Eve”. After a few listens, I’ve culled together these thoughts about the new version of the track and the other stuff that is included on the release.
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“Shadow Of The Moon” by Blackmore’s Night

Artist: Blackmore’s Night
Title: “Shadow Of The Moon”
Label: Minstrel Hall Music
Release Date: 2/9/2010
Genre: Folk Rock
Rating: 4/5

Originally released on Steamhammer SPV records in 1997, the debut release by Blackmore’s Night “Shadow Of The Moon” has been remastered and now comes care of Minstrel Hall Music. The album is essentially the introduction to the world of the new phase in musical life that was being presented by former Deep Purple and Rainbow axe slinger Ritchie Blackmore who is joined by his then companion, the lovely Candice Night (the couple would eventually marry in 2009). Together they would play an interesting blend of Classical music with a very strong Folk and Renaissance flavor to it and depending on what your tastes are this might be just what you are looking for because it is very, very different from what the conventional Blackmore fans were expecting him to do. In today’s music realm I admit to being a fan of what the band does for the world, but I had to say that when this release was initially distributed I hardly cared what it was all about for my head was in a different place and of course twelve years younger as well. Since that time I have grown to appreciate all of the wonderful melodies and arrangements that they do so it was very interesting to hear the debut release so long after it first came to us. Blackmore plays all of the guitars, be they acoustic or electric, on the album and even offers up a little tambourine and some drums while Candice handles all of the vocals. The end result is a number of great songs that take you to a different place and time and that is very effective when the music can do that to you from just a single listen. There is a warmth to the style of Blackmore’s Night that is not easily duplicated and while the debut release is largely acoustic in nature there are some rocking moments and more up tempo pieces that work out rather well.
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