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Blackmore's Night

Legendary Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (b. April 14, 1945, Weston-super-Mare, England) shifted his musical focus away from hard rock in the late 1990s and started concentrating on his love of Renaissance-era music. He formed Blackmore's Night with his fiancee, vocalist/lyricist Candice Night (b. May 8, 1971, Hauppauge, Long Island, New York), and recruited other musicians from around the world to combine elements of world music, Renaissance, new age, folk, and rock & roll. Blackmore didn't exactly retire his Fender Stratocaster, but he plays acoustic guitar almost exclusively in Blackmore's Night. His acoustic guitar melodies and Night's clear, ethereal voice blend with a host of instruments such as mandolins, keyboards, pennywhistles, violins, tambourines, military drums, and hurdy-gurdies. Blackmore once described the band's sound as "Mike Oldfield meets Enya." Blackmore and Night met in about 1989 when Deep Purple played soccer against employees of a Long Island radio station where she worked. Night, a former model, studied communications at the New York Institute of Technology and had her own radio show. Blackmore and Night discovered they shared a love of Renaissance culture and quickly became a couple. The formation of Blackmore's Night is tied to the efforts of his previous two bands. Blackmore left Deep Purple -- again -- after 1993's musically disappointing The Battle Rages On... album. Blackmore then revived Rainbow -- technically under the original Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow moniker -- with largely unknown musicians for 1995's Stranger in Us All, and Night contributed lyrics for four songs. Blackmore didn't really want to call it a Rainbow project, but record company executives insisted the name recognition would make it easier to market the album. After Stranger in Us All, Blackmore decided to actually record Renaissance-inspired music. He'd loved the style for years, but he never really played it himself. Once he began playing the music at home, Night would casually start singing along. This innocent, informal practice germinated in Blackmore's Night. The debut album, Shadow of the Moon, was released domestically in 1998. Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson contributes flute on "Play Minstrel Play." Under a Violet Moon followed in 1999, and since a full tour was planned, Blackmore consciously wrote more upbeat, stage-friendly music. The duo continued to release albums throughout the noughties, including 2003's Ghost of a Rose, 2006's The Village Lanterne, and 2008's Secret Voyage. In 2010, Blackmore and Night released their eighth studio album Autumn Sky. Dedicated to their newly born daughter, the album went on to reach the number 15 spot on the German album charts. Dancer and the Moon, their ninth release, appeared in 2013.

Celtic Radio Reviews:

February 13, 2011: Autumn Sky
Blackmore's Night is a Renaissance folk rock group led by Richie Blackmore (of Deep Purple) and Candice Night. The group got...

July 16, 2008: The Secret Voyage
The latest Blackmore's Night CD, The Secret Voyage, features 12 songs by legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, charismatic...

December 22, 2017: Winter Carols Revisited
Festive Holiday songs from a group that changed the face of folk rock, introducing the genre to a wider audience throughout t...

November 8, 2015: All Our Yesterdays
Since Richie Blackmore and Candice Night joined forces as Blackmore’s Night, they have been almost single-handedly responsibl...

August 19, 2013: Dancer and the Moon
Blackmore's Night is one of those acts that do not really strive to push the boundaries and sustain an "evolution&quo...


October 7, 2011: Under a Violet Moon
Having listened to Blackmore’s Night-Under a Violet Moon for an entire month, was completely captivated by what I was hearing...

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Browse our library of Blackmore's Night music:

2006 - Winter Carols (Disc 01)

2006 - Winter Carols (Disc 02)

All Our Yesterdays

Autumn Sky

Dancer and the Moon

Fires At Midnight

Ghost of a rose

Live in Paris

Nature's Light

Secret Voyage

Shadow Of The Moon

The times they are a changin'

The Village Lanterne

To The Moon And Back (CD 1)

To The Moon And Back (CD 2)

Under A Violet Moon

Winter Carols

Listener Comments

Member Name: Shadows
Date Posted: 18-Apr-2015
Comments: I had followed this group when they first change to ren music and then they got lost in all my other music interests. I have since come back to listening to the wonderful sounds they make!Review on Blackmore's NightVisit Artist Page

Member Name: CelticRadio
Date Posted: 25-May-2013

Comments: Backmore's Night is awesome! Check them out!Review on Blackmore's NightVisit Artist Page

Member Name: CelticRadio
Date Posted: 25-May-2013

Comments: Nothing Like Blackmore's Night on a rainy weekend!

Member Name: valpal 59
Date Posted: 22-Aug-2008

Comments: He was with Deep Purple and Rainbow.

Member Name: Harlot
Date Posted: 21-Aug-2008

Comments: In case some of you don't already know ,you can get their cd's from I have some all ready very nice. Setting here thinking if Richie played with Black Sabbath or Dio maybe it was both?


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