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Kerstin Blodig: Vallivan CD

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Price: $16.99
Item Number: ALU-1031
Country or Region: Europe Special Collections
Catalog No: ALU-1031
VALIVANN, from Kerstin Blodig, is a fascinating fusion of two different cultures - Irish music and Scandinavian traditional sounds. Both cultures have musical parallels in regards to their rustic charm and sense of tradition and history, which colors both the melodies and lyrics. VALIVANN was inspired by the mystery and breathtaking beauty of the sea, with songs that capture its light and dark aspects. The romantic Scandinavian ballad "Vallevan" opens the album with a tale about a lovelorn sailor. The mood turns shadowy with "The Cruel Sister" and "Harpa," a pair of ghostly airs about jealousy and betrayal. Other songs include tales of the mystical kelpie, the seal maiden, a lullaby, a Norwegian poem set to music and more. Each song prominently features Blodig's enchanting Celtic-tinged singing voice, backed by bodhran, synthesizers, mandolin, bass and guitar. Norland Wind members Ian Melrose and Thomas Loefke perform on whistle and harp respectively.
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The sea--with its mysterious depths, vast breadth and breathtaking power--has always fascinated generations of people and provided inspiration for countless tales and legends. The North sea connects Norway and Scotland just as Kerstin Blodig's wonderful solo project links Celtic and Scandinavian music, creating an exciting Nordic ethno-cocktail!

Kerstin Blodig is one of the top new vocalists in the German acoustic scene. One of the principal ideas behind Valivann is to feature the striking similarity between Celtic and Scandinavian ballads.

1. Fause Fause Hae Ye Been
2. Vallevan
3. The Cruel Sister
4. Horpa
5. Mine Viser
6. The Seal Man
7. Kjetta
8. Mystical Man
9. Sven Svane
10. Lullaby

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