Kelpie (Kerstin Blodig / Ian Melrose) | Desembermåne - December Moon

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Desembermåne - December Moon

by Kelpie (Kerstin Blodig / Ian Melrose)

A Nordic Winter Journey - Two stars of the Celtic-Scandinavian music scene, Kerstin Blodig & Ian Melrose have created an intimate acoustic album drawing on Scandinavian traditional music and their own experience.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. DESEMBERMÅNE (December Moon)
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2:37 album only
2. STAFFAN VAR EN STALLEDRÄNG (Staffan was a Stable Boy)
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4:11 album only
3. TYST OM TJERNET (Quiet Around the Lake)
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4:04 album only
4. SALIGHETEN ER OSS NAER (Redemption is near)
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7:47 album only
5. NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND (Now come, Saviour of the Gentile
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3:51 album only
6. GOOD KING WENCESLAS / REVEN RASKER OVER ISEN (The Fox is Racing Across the Ice)
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2:28 album only
7. THE SNOWS
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3:58 album only
8. DET KIMER NU TIL JULEFEST (The Bells Ring in our Christmas Fest)
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4:28 album only
9. KVELDING (Eventide)
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2:54 album only
10. ES IST EIN ROS ENTSPRUNGEN / DET HEV EI ROSA SPRUNGE (A Rose Has Sprung up)
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3:56 album only
11. COMFORT AND JOY
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12. DESEMBERMÅNE - December Moon (a capella version)
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2:13 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
There is always something magical about the way the winter season changes the landscape – in the far North it is (for months) the moon, and not the sun, which shines … With minimalistic but poignant and expertly-crafted arrangements on acoustic guitars, bouzouki, bodhrán, whistles, seljefløyte and of course Kerstin’s angelic vocals they conjure up an atmosphere special to this time of the year.

“Desembermåne” celebrates the winter mood particularly in Scandinavia but also in Northern Europe: the Northern Lights, the vast stretches of white snow, the diffuse brightness or enveloping darkness stimulating that typically weird and wonderful mixture of stories about the Christ-child, kings and wise men, but also equally about trolls, elves, kelpies, julenissen and Santa Claus, sitting around a log fire with a cup of fresh coffee in one hand and some “pepperkaker” in the other after a tiring but enjoyable ski-tour through the valleys …

Christmas and winter solstice are associated with a huge collection of songs, both sacred and secular, which were an integral part of Kerstin’s and Ian’s childhood memories. Arrangements of a selection of these, in addition to many new specially-written original compositions, form the basis of this album.

Recorded at Surrealis Sounds, part of the world-renowned Teldex studio complex in Berlin, this CD is an intense audiophile experience of the highest quality, thanks to the expertise of master sound engineer Jörg Surrey. The moods, inflections of the voices, the dynamics and nuances of the acoustic instruments are captured beautifully. - Appearances by top guest musicians Sturla Eide (fiddle, viola), Manfred Leuchter (accordion), Simon Pauli (double bass) and Urs Fuchs (bass, percussion) round off this special acoustic album.


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