Posts Tagged ‘Celtic’

Fay Brotherhood is a unique soul whom charts Pagan & Celtic influences for her traditional folk outfit. Take this song for example: her soundtrack to Boudicca’s supposed final skirmish in the Battle of Watling Street, which took place near Mancetter on the Warwickshire-Leicestershire boundary. Drawn from her second album Follow the Falcon, Blue Spiral Screams is a mystical track that perfectly captures the uncertainty that must have been engrained in the minds of Boudicca’s army. 

 

Free listening to Fay’s ethereal debut Whispers in the Boughs produced in 2003.

 

For more about Fayhttp://www.faybrotherhood.com/

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How did The Waterboys evade me for this long? After spectating on their three-song Jools Holland set and reading StevoMusicMan’s review, I am now immersing myself in their Best Of ’81-’90 album.

Album cover – The Best Of the Waterboys ’81-’90.

Formed in 1983 by ‘madman/genius’ Scottish songwriter Mike Scott, The Waterboys have gone on to become an age-defying project that has encompassed Celtic folk and rock influences. Although an 80’s child myself (Calvin Harris has love for me), The Waterboys’ big music didn’t quite penetrate my unfused two-week-old braincase. Hence I am playing catch up as per usual!

Highlight of the Best Of disc is Ivor Novello award-winning The Whole of The Moon – a marching romp that reaches cacophony levels by the time it encounters trumpets. Funnily enough, a main feature of Don’t Bang The Drum is the walloping percussions reminiscent of any Top of The Pops 2 edition.

New tenth album An Appointment with Mr Yeats is Scott’s musical embodiment of W.B Yeats’ poetry. Sweet Dancer is a crooning melody littered with endearing piano keys and romantic lines. In the beautiful waltzing Mad as the Mist and Snow I genuinely believe the Anglo-Scottish-Irish act could have an outsider for Christmas number one. In an ideal world of course.

With The Pogues supposedly now retired from Christmas concerts following their 2010 Farewell tour, Mike Scott and co can claim the season as their own. I can just see the snow machines sprinkling winter venues now… Catch the rest of the Jools set at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/later/#p00lgvhp