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(by Ben & Michelle Glover)
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With "Wiccan Dance" we wanted to try writing a track in the style of a traditional folk tune. It started with the flute melody, and we gradually added other instruments to the mix; violin, accordion and rhythm guitar. When it came to the instrumental things went off at a bit of a tangent. Guest saxophonist Mike Greenland started with a jazzy riff, and Colin Mold (now with Karnataka) added a guitar solo that took things in a kind of psychedelic rock direction. The trumpet sounds were created with an Akai EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) , a kind of electronic flute, played through a VL70 synth module. And we finished it off with the "Wiccan Dance" chorus.
Dance has always had a close association with magic and mystery, whether it be the Bacchic dances of the nymphs, or the ecstatic twirling of the dervishes; the Witches Sabbat or the sacred dances of Gurdjieff. Lord Shiva in his dancing form is called Nataraj, 'King of the Dancers'. His dance is the "Dance of Bliss", and is said to symbolise the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction; the rhythm of birth and death. But our dance is just a simple celebration, a dance of joy.
(The "Witch Hill" illustration was drawn in pastels by Michelle Glover.)
Recorded: Ashwood Studios Norwich
Guests/Players: Amber Curtis - flute
Mike Greenland - sax
Ben Glover - EWI, vocals
Chris Scupham - accordion
Geoff Charlton - drums
Colin Mold - violin, guitar
Sotos Yiasimi - acoustic guitar
Rachael Murray - vocals
Michelle Glover - vocals, acoustic guitar
Matt Gamble - bass
Technical Notes: Recorded at Ashwood Studios, Norwich
Mixed at The Mill, Diss
Mastered at Close to the Edge, London
Artist Profile: Magicfolk combine traditional and modern influences, creating music with an otherworldly atmosphere. Their songs range from ethereal ballads and introspective acoustic moments, to progressive rock and psychedelia.
The band incorporates an array of instruments including flute, violin, EWI, guitars, keyboards, bouzouki, harp, drums and harmony vocals.
Magicfolk has performed across the UK, including 3 Wishes Faery Festival Cornwall, The Met Manchester, Masque of Orpheus London, Myddle Earth Summer Camp Wales, Conway Hall London, Stortford Music Festival, Priddy Folk Festival, Reedham Ferry Folk Festival, The Mercian Gathering Warkwickshire, Eastbourne Lammas Festival, Fairhaven Green Festival Norfolk, Druid Camp Gloucester, Jackdaw Essex.
Both of Magicfolk's two albums are available direct from their website www.magicfolk.co.uk and www.cdbaby.com
"A compelling mix of quality female vocals, keyboards, flute, acoustic and electric guitars"
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“A raft of magical spells, a silver blade wrapped in lace”
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