From Celtic-Scandinavian Roots to New Acoustic Music
KERSTIN BLODIG : vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, bodhrán
IAN MELROSE : guitar, vocals, whistles
A Kelpie is a spirit in Scottish mythology who appears at the waterside disguised as a beautiful white horse. Once mounted the unsuspecting rider is taken to the bottom of the loch never to be seen again. In Norway it is the water troll Nøkken who lives in a lake or river, occasionally surfacing to lure people to their doom. He, too is said to appear in human shape or as a white horse (also called straumhesten). The Nøkk is said to be very musical, being a master of fiddle-playing, and often he plays the most beautiful melodies to attract human beings, especially young women. He may also offer to teach tunes to ambitious fiddlers in exchange for their souls.
As this creature is to be found in both Celtic and Scandinavian mythology it is a fitting symbol for the music, combining material from these two cultures with the Kerstin`s and Ian`s musical backgrounds and arrangements.
When Kerstin’s crystal-clear vocals mix with Ian’s haunting low whistle they evoke a whole gamut of images, from the serenely majestic Norwegian fjords to the magnificence of the Scottish highlands. These qualities coupled with their virtuoso guitar-playing – Kerstin’s groovy plectrum guitar together with Ian’s exquisite fingerstyle technique – are the basis of the special Kelpie sound.
Having worked in the field of world-music for quite some time in different formations and projects, Kerstin and Ian deliberately decided to keep this CD on an acoustic level, using no guest musicians or overdubs. Apart from some few sound effects on this album, the music is reproducible by the two musicians at live concerts, meaning ”what you hear is what you get”.
„Original and fascinating interpretations of Norwegian and Celtic material. Virtuosic and compelling“
„A high-quality musical programme performed with great skill, passion and an incomparable lightness; the audience was totally enthralled“
Stadland Nordwest-Zeitung, Germany