Monday, January 6, 2020

Dave Brons "Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Symphonic, Prog Folk
Format: CD, digital
Release date:January 6, 2020
1. The Song Of Illuvatar (4:56)
2. EÄ (6:09)
3. Into The Perilous Realm (5:10)
4. Awakened By Starlight (6:19)
5. Under The Same Sun (5:02)
6. The Shire : A Long Expected Party (4:46)
7. The Pass Of Caradhras (3:36)
8. A Prayer For The Fallen (2:11)
9. The Riders Of Rohan (4:18)
10. Minas Morgul (4:30)
11. The Ring Bearers (6:56)
12. The Houses Of Healing (3:50)
13. All The End Of All Things (3:35)
14. White Shores And A Swift Sunrise (6:03)

Total Time 67:21

Dave Brons (Celestial Fire): Electric guitar, orchestration, arranging, and easy piano (7,8,9)
John Biglands: Drums and cymbals, acoustic guitar ( 11)
Daniel Day: Bass, low whistle, and classical guitar (5)
Mark Swift: Piano and organ
Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Celestial Fire): Mixing, additional keyboards, electric guitar and percussion
Sally Minnear (Celestial Fire): Lady Galadriel narration, lead vocals, ethereal vocal looping,
Catherine Ashcroft: Uilleann pipes and low whistle and tin whistle (14)
Maria Mullen and the Great Yorkshire Chorus: Choir and improvised vocal textures.
Jane Bryan: Flute, alto flute and piccolo.
Ian Brons: Cello
Stephen Bradnum: Trombone, french horn, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba.
John Dey: Trumpets
John Clay: Cornet
David Hogan: Clarinet and soprano saxophone
Frank Van Essen (Iona, Dave Bainbridge, Celestial Fire): Violin, violas and the violin solo (5)
'Red' Rich Davenport: Gandalf narration.
Jaiden Vai Brons: Vocals (9, 11)
Kai Rohan Brons: Frodo's narration (12)

Sally Minnear, as the voice of Lady Galadriel, opens the album and The Song Of Illuvatar. The haunting guitar theme is reminiscent of Scarborough Fair and Catherine Ashcroft's evocative Uilleann pipes soloing is in the fine tradition of Troy Donockley. In contrast, EÄ is the first of several tracks that incorporate heavy guitar riffing, bringing Haken to mind. Given the album's 'Celtic symphonic' aspirations, the metal tendencies came as a surprise, but it works nonetheless. Tracks like The Riders Of Rohan and The Ring Bearers boast soaring instrumental flights, demonstrating Bron's virtuoso guitar playing and inventive soloing.... If I had to cite comparators, in addition to those already mentioned, I would add Iona, Mike Oldfield, Solstice and, for sheer audacity, Arjen Lucassen.
Read the full review by Geoff Feakes at dprp.net


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