I am very excited about sharing with you this month's Featured
Back in January, I was knocked out by something I heard on Fiona
Ritchie's wonderful "Thistle and Shamrock" program on National Public
Radio. I didn't catch the full credits, but I did hear the
words "Uncertain Wonders." I didn't know if that was the name of the
CD, the track, the band, what
and a Web search didn't help. I then
posted on the discussion forum at the Thistle site that I was looking
for more information about who or what I had just heard. No one
responded! Until a few weeks ago, when I received an e-mail from
someone who had seen my plaintive query
this dear fellow, who signed
his e-mail as "Toirdhealbhach the Wanderer (mundanely known as
Charles)" gave me the name of the band as "Rise" and from there on I
was able to not only find their website, but another site,
efolkMusic.com, that enabled me to hear that track again, as well as
many others from this very special debut album. Their page of music
samples, both RealAudio and MP3s, can be found at:
If nothing else, listen to "Time and Tide," which is the song that
grabbed me. In our feature on the band and the CD, they write "
also wanted to try to keep the feel of a traditional Burns-type
ballad while utilising the power of modern instrumentation and
production. We combined an intelligible lyric, telling an age-old
story, set to a traditional melody then wrapped it up in a modern
arrangement and tried to play it with as much feeling as possible.
That's really how 'Time and Tide' came about and got on the album."
However, although that was the one that made me determined to track
them down if at all possible, I found that I had a tough time picking
my favorite tunes
there are so many! (Be sure to check out 'Lomond'
too!) I can't buy as many CDs as I would like to, but after getting
tired of constantly clicking to play the MP3s over and over at
efolkMusic.com, I just had to order my very own copy!
By the way, a wonderful "side benefit" of discovering Rise was also
discovering efolkMusic.com through the link at the Rise website!
There is SO much good Celtic music available there, free for the
listening. Check it out!
We include several links at the bottom of our feature on Rise at the
Celtic Cafe. All during the month of May you can of course find the
feature smack dab center of our main page at www.celticcafe.com but
here's the direct link to it:
I must thank Alexander Servas again, profusely, for creating another
superb "header" for the feature. Awesome. As are some of the photos
that Rise provided for this purpose
check out especially the ones of
the Isle of Bute, their home off the West coast of Scotland.
After listening to their music, and reading what they have to say
about it, I'd love your thoughts. What do you all think of "Uncertain
Wonders"? I'm really pleased that we can offer a "mix" of musical
styles at the Celtic Cafe and I hope that you enjoy our Featured
Artists as much as I do!
Thanks, Toirdhealbhach the Wanderer!