August 19, 2013
Blackmore's Night is a Renaissance folk rock group led by Richie Blackmore (of Deep Purple) and Candice Night. The group got its names by combining their last names, Blackmore and Night, to create Blackmore's Night!
The duo came together in 1989 when Candice Night was working at a local New York rock music station when she first encountered Ritchie Blackmore, who was then with Deep Purple. Blackmore and Night discovered they shared a love of Renaissance culture and quickly became a couple.
Ritchie Blackmore always loved the style of Renaissance music for years, but had never performed the genre himself. During the mid 1990's Ritchie began playing Renaissance music at home and Candice would casually sing along. The duo became interested in the idea of bringing Renaissance music to a contemporary audience and thus was born the idea of Blackmore's Night. With Night's personality and singing ability along with Richie's legendary Guitar and musical talent, the couple released their debut album in 1998 - Shadow of the Moon. Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson contributed flute on "Play Minstrel Play."
Seven albums later and 19 years together, Richie Blackmore and Candice Night were married on October 5, 2008 at a Castle on the Hudson. Their first child, Autumn Esmerelda Blackmore, was born on May 27, 2010 and their eighth album, "Autumn Sky" was released soon afterwards.
Celtic Radio Comments:
Blackmore's Night is one of those acts that do not really strive to push the boundaries and sustain an "evolution" record after record, but rather focus on exploring different aspects, moods and option within their niche. The group's signature medieval tunes and unusual instruments have been a staple on their music and imagery, and latest studio effort Dancer and The Moon does not fall short of suggestive arrangements echoing distant eras. This album is not a collection of folk standard or historical tunes, but neither some kind of "crossover" record. The concept followed by Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night is not really about blending folk and rock, but rather to create something unique blinking an eye to several elements “borrowed” from both genres.
The album features 13 songs that are truly able to create captivating sonic textures via the unusual combination of instruments as diverse as renaissance drums, tambourines, keyboard, accordion and even French horns. The blend of old and new provides an authentic feel and an organic vibe that carries the listener hand in hand from start to bottom. This is definitely a solid chapter that stands as a further testimony of the importance of Blackmore's Night's legacy - that of keeping interest in historical music and folk alive and well and promote it to a larger audience who still follows and remembers Blackmore for his work with famed hard rock band Deep Purple. 5 Stars from Celtic Radio!