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Archives of Ages to Come

by Emerald Rose

Celtic myth meets the modern age in a folk-rock fusion reminiscent of Tull or Great Big Sea.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. Come To The Dance
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2. Before the Twilight Falls
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3. Take Me Down (to Her Water)
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4. Four Doors To Elfland
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5. Queen of Argyll
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6. Three More Drops
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7. Autumn in Asheville
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8. Gwydion's Song to Lleu
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9. Wheel of Fortune
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10. Four Jacks
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11. Irish Heartbeat
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12. Dagger of the Moon
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13. Urania Sings
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14. Whistler's Farewell
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15. Dance of the Rats
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16. We Come From Monkeys
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Archives of Ages to Come, the fifth commercial CD from Emerald Rose, is an "evolutionary moment" for the band. Not just Celtic folk anymore, the songs include elements of jazz, rock, pop, and world-beat, along with messages both ancient and relevant to modern times. The sixteen tracks on this CD range from Gypsy/Pagan chant (Come To The Dance), to heartfelt Celtic mythological ballads (Before the Twilight Falls, Gwydion's Song), to rocked-up Pagan anthems (Three More Drops, Four Jacks). Scientists and astronomers will appreciate "Urania Sings", a rock ballad about the muse of astronomers, while fans of the Allman Brothers might groove on "Autumn in Asheville", a jazzy instrumental. There's also the band's well-known humor twist, with "Dance of the Rats" describing a kitchen nightmare, and the evolution rant "We Come From Monkeys" rocking down on fundamentalist nonsense with some heavy guitar and dance beats. There's even a couple of covers of Celtic classics: "Queen of Argyll" from Andy M. Stewart and "Irish Heartbeat" from Van Morrison. Somehow, it all ties together into an emotional journey that we hope will delight you again and again!

ABOUT THE BAND
Emerald Rose from Georgia (USA) combines Celtic, world-beat and rock sensibilities with original songwriting, creating a unique fusion sound that crosses many styles. Guitars, mandola, pennywhistle, bodhran, drums and bass drive the music, while harmony vocals bring across intelligent lyrics that range from ancient myth to modern thought. The band has been around since 1997, producing five commercial CDs and performing live across the USA and in Ireland. Their appearances at numerous sci-fi/fantasy conventions have given them a reputation as a "band of fandom" -- notable repeat engagements include Dragon*Con in Atlanta, I*Con in New York, and performances at the Oscars night cast parties for Peter Jackson's epic movies "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King" in Hollywood, CA. Music from Emerald Rose will appear in the Tolkien fan documentary film "Ringers: Lord of the Fans" distributed by Sony Entertainment. Meanwhile, the band continues a busy touring schedule, mostly around the Southeast USA.


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Zia

Good Stuff!
Not one track I didn't like. Especially pleased with Three Drops, and happy that they've re-released Dagger of the Moon.

Celtic MP3s Music Magazine

Not Your Average Band
Celtic folk rock music is well represented by Emerald Rose, who over
the years have continued to polish their sound. They formed in 1996,
and the ten years have seen them go from a small, grassroots band to
one that can hold their own; and then some.

Those with a taste for a medieval sound combined with some humor
shouldn't miss track 15, Dance of the Rats, which just needs to be
pointed out! (It seems logical that band member Larry Morris would
have had at least a hand in this song, since he has been responsible
for songs such as Chicken Raid of Cymru and other rather unusual
titles.)

Their latest effort, Archives of Ages to Come, blends the ancient with
the current, and tips its hat to tradition while staying fresh and
trying new things. Each band member has a myriad of musical talents,
influences and tastes, and it makes for a truly eclectic blending
which is reflected in the CD. They have a solid blend of strong voices
combined with traditional Celtic instrumentation, and add quite a bit
of guitar for that folk feel. Definitely not your average band!

J.A. Massa

Astonishing
If Emerald Rose 'bent tradition' in their aptly named 2000 release, now at last they've broken it open like an egg. And a sound lustrous and wonderful has emerged.

This is a polished, multi-threaded collection that combines Celtic and World influences with stunning Rock. The tracks merge lyric penny whistle with harmonious voices, throbbing drums with kick-ass guitar. But most remarkable is the vision presented by these songs--a blend of magic and science, Goddess-consciousness and humor, politics and myth. This is song-writing so good it will break your heart one moment, make it soar the next.

In a lesser work, the title might be prententious. Instead it perfectly expresses an artistry that reveres the past but is savy to the present and peers resolutely at the future. Listen to this CD and, to borrow a phrase from one of the songs, you just might 'evolve a bigger mind.'



Love the new CD! "Come to the Water" is a favorite, but really, they are all great songs with great music. I'm so happy I bought this!

Norman Morrell

Buy It!!
If you like Emerald Rose already, you'll love this album as well. If you're a Pagan neo-wiccan Biophile, like me, you'll love it!! If you like good music, you'll like it (you may even love it!)

keltickitten from Belgium

Amazing
I found this band trough the Irish and Celtic music podcast and was completely in the mood by the song "Come to the Dance". Being a fan of celtic music in every form of it, also celtic rock, and being more of a pagan, I immediatly liked it and searched for more. I do not regret buying the album.

luci of the gods

emerald rose
these guys are amazing. They grab hold of my pagan heart. They are inspirational

Kathy

And they do it again!
Love 'Come to the Dance'...and 'Three Drops More'. A bit more mellow than past releases but a must have for fans. Great work guys!

Cybersmith

from chills to hilarity to unforgettable choruses to ..evolution?
Listening to this cd is like reading a pop-up book while totally...umm...in an altered state. You know those pop-up books where you turn the page and this incredible 3-D shape emerges....an enchanted forest, a fairy tale, a secret garden? That's what's on this cd! Now I really need a little kid around so I can sing "Dance of the Rats" and be the coolest parent....

Edward Burke, Celtic music fan and college DJ

Celtic Branches Out!!!!
Unique and eclectic, original and traditional Celtic music with a folk and rock feel complete with pagan and mythical elements. Equal parts serious and playful, acoustic and electric, there's something for everyone here. Of particular note are "Come to the Dance", "Three More Drops", "Gwydion's Song to Lleu", "Four Jacks", "Dagger of the Moon", and the fairly un-apologetic rocker "We Come From Monkeys". It is great to see a Celtic band penning their own words for a change.
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