Longtime Rock fans may know the legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from his prior and highly notable bands that included the British band the Outlaws (circa 1960-1965), Deep Purple, and Rainbow; however for the past 16 years he has been creating a new sound with Blackmore's Night Band. For guitar aficionados, look at YouTube on the Internet for the British band Outlaw's recordings to see a young Richie Blackmore slinging his guitar; well worth the look.
Blackmore's Night consists of Ritchie Blackmore - acoustic and electric guitars, nickelharpe, mandola, hurdy gurdy, tambourine, Candice Night - lead vocals, harmony vocals, renaissance and medieval woodwinds (chanter, cornamuse, shawm, rauschpfeife), tambourine, Bard David of Larchmont (David Baranowski) - keyboards and background vocals, Earl Grey of Chimay (Mike Clemente) - bass and rhythm guitar, Troubadour of Aberdeen (David Keith) - percussion, drums, Lady Kelly De Winter (Kelly Morris) - harmony vocals, French horn, and Scarlet Fiddler (Claire Smith) - violin.
We both love music, and especially live performances which typically bring out more than just the cover of current and past recordings, and at the Paramount Hudson Valley venue, we were treated to an extraordinary night of over 2½ hours of emotionally charged music. The audience, looking like they had been waiting for the band to come to the area for years with some dressed in Renaissance costumes while others talked about how many times that they have experienced the musicianship of Richie Blackmore, with some going back to his days with Deep Purple. It was a night to remember, not only for the audience, but also for the band.
Ritchie Blackmore and David Keith
Blackmore's Night opened with the title track of their latest release, Dancer and the Moon featuring Richie Blackmore showing his string prowess by playing the hurdy gurdy, an eighteenth century string instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. From the start, you knew that you were in for a treat of the unexpected with an emphasis on musicianship.
The band was only performing three shows in the USA and the Paramount venue was the second of three shows in 4 nights. The band had just come off a fifteen show six country European tour over a two month period, to promote the release Dancer and the Moon, followed by a couple of months break before the three shows in the USA.
The concert included tracks from across Blackmore's Night's discography spanning sixteen years and nine studio and two live releases. Tracks included Troika off Dancer and the Moon, the title track off their second release Under a Violet Moon, from Richie's Deep Purple days they played Soldier of Fortune, Renaissance Faire off their 1998 release Shadow of the Moon, and Peasant's Promise off the 2008 Secret Voyage release, to name a few.
Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore
In addition, the audience was greeted by two possible future musicians as the Blackmore's children, 3-year old daughter Autumn and 1 ½-year old son Rory, graced the stage and accompanied their parents during the performance.
Rory, Autumn, and Candice on Stage
The music kept coming and the audience soaked up each melody and each riff while the continual shouts of "play this song or that song Ritchie" could be heard throughout the evening. With Candice fronting the group, the band responded to many of the requests, and the audience responded by dancing in front of the stage and in the aisles.
For information on the band and for information on upcoming Blackmore's Night performances or information on their latest release, Dancer and the Moon released on the Frontiers Records label please visit the websites: www.BlackmoresNight.com, www.CandiceNight.com, and www.Frontiers.it.
For information on upcoming performances and events at the Paramount Hudson Valley, please call the Box Office at +1-914-739-0039 or visit the website: www.ParamountHudsonValley.com. The Paramount Hudson Valley Box Office is open Wednesday through Saturday from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm.
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Read the review of Dancer and the Moon released on the Frontiers Records label in the Music Scene section.
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