Fans often tell us that they would like to know more about the Legend of Serundal, and so we have begun work on a trilogy which will tell this magical tale through our music. Here then is Part One..
In the beginning, in the regions to the North there was a land known to all as the Kingdom of Roth. It was ruled by the fair and just Asyndwr, Lord of Roth and his beautiful wife Elene whom he loved more dearly than life itself. For many years it was a peaceful happy place until a great darkness fell upon the people when Elene became stricken by, and eventually died from a strange illness. Then everything changed, Asyndwr became bitter and his anger grew inside him. And because of this, all happiness ceased to exist in the Kingdom of Roth. Even his daughter, Baibre did not escape his wrath.
And so it was that she and her beloved fled from her father’s house to the clearing in the forest which was the gateway to the otherworld known as Serundal. Taking pity upon them, the fairy Queen Mariana took them in and there they would remain for all eternity.
When her father heard of this, his screams could be heard far and wide and to avenge this wrongdoing he pledged his soul to the evil hag Malkin who was soon to cast a spell which would awaken such an evil the like of which had not been seen for a thousand years.
Only Serundal could save the people now…
This album, the first of three, is a rich tapestry of Celtic storytelling and medieval English legend reinventing the ancient roots of storytelling through a mixture of traditional and modern music form. Mysterious and thought provoking it may leave the listener wanting to know what happens next. But then of course there is always Part Two!
May 9th 2007 news update! 'The Storm' from 'Ab Initi' is now number ONE in the top forty Folk Showcase charts on Songvault.fm. Thank you for your votes.
June 19th 2007 news update don't stop voting! 'The Storm' has made it to the Folk Indie Charts top forty on www.songvault.fm and is currently number 11. Only 10 and above will move up to the next tier. Thank you for your support. Stream our music on www.betarecords.com. It's really cool!
David King and his wife Maxie make up Serundal. Their new album is a concept about a forlorn king turned evil and his daughter. This music is very soothing and makes for a nice listen. The lead vocals are soft and pleasant and the backing folksy. The epic never feels forced, only unfolds gently.
"The Keening" happily recalls Renaissance and the more ambitious seventies prog era. Serundal are perhaps out of their time but they wear it well. Their album is lovely and deserves a wide audience.
Copyright © 2007 Anna Maria Stjärnell