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.
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!
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
9. Good King Wencesla
10. Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts
11. We Three Kings
12. Wish You Were Here
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.
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. Continue reading “Land of Hope and Glory” (Single) by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow→
Artist: Rainbow Title: “Monsters Of Rock Live At Donnington 1980” Label: Eagle Vision Release Date: 4/22/2016 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
Fans of Rainbow and even the legendary Deep Purple should be giving continual thanks to the folks over at Eagle Rock Entertainment because their offerings have allowed them to build up a seriously stocked audio and video library for these bands. This latest release brings us back to the year 1980 where Rainbow was playing the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donnington. This was a headlining set for the group and it was the first ever Monsters Of Rock event so historically speaking it’s a big deal for sure. Dio had moved on and now in his place was singer Graham Bonnet and based on the timing of the recording would still be showcasing material from “Down To Earth” and the forthcoming “Difficult To Cure”. Rainbow was a band that had quite a few members over the years and for this particular offering we have Don Airey (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass) and Cozy Powell (drums) in addition to Blackmore and Bonnet. I’ll be speaking about the DVD/CD version of this particular release so let’s discuss the DVD part first. Continue reading “Monsters Of Rock Live At Donnington 1980” by Rainbow→
Sometime yesterday the new video by those Renaissance Rockers Blackmore’s Night made its first appearance and I wanted to make sure that we gave it a little love here on the website. For you newbies that is the band formed by former Rainbow guitar god Richie Blackmore and his Folk Queen Candice Night. It’s the title of the band’s new album “All Our Yesterdays” which comes care of Frontiers Records.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: As far as music video clips go this one was very simple in terms of its content. We find the group performing to the camera in a forest which totally goes with what is expected of them and there is some dancing here and there. That’s about it but I liked it since there is a lot of Candice Night who remains one of the most stunning of all the female lead singers I have ever enjoyed watching do their thing. Okay, relax I am not trying to gush here but it does add to the appeal of watching a clip such as this. The song is also a very straightforward rousing tune by the band and didn’t break any new ground for me personally but I will have a better handle on that once I get around to reviewing the full on album. It’s a nice taste of what is to come and if you like the band already I think they will keep you satisfied with it. If you have not yet been schooled on them then this lets you walk into the waters with ease. If you don’t like them I am afraid I don’t know what to tell you. Click another link on the site, find something you go crazy for. What do you readers think of this particular clip?