Sharon Knight – Celtic-Rock Live

Sharon Knight – Celtic-Rock Live

Come to the Eye on June 22nd for a night of Celtic-inspired myth infused folk rock, chants to celebrate the wheel of the year, or sensual tribal rock to appeal to your darker side; there will surely be something here to inspire your mythic soul. Ticket/Reservations are $15 through the Summer Solstice (June 21st), and $20 on the day-of, if there are any remaining seats. Call 612-872-1292 or click here to order online.

Sharon Knight and Winter

Sharon Knight and Winter

San Francisco songstress Sharon Knight is a Celtic folk singer in leather armbands. She plays octave mandolin as if it were an electric guitar and sings as though she means to summon a storm. Together with longtime collaborator Winter, she tours nationally several months out of the year.

Preferring to stray from tradition, Sharon and Winter have developed their own Celtic-hybrid style. Her penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired her own musical style, “Neofolk Romantique”.  This often sounds less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine. [Read more…]

Dangerous Beauty by Pandemonaeon

Gothic. Tribal. Folk. Metal. Metal that grows leaves, flowers and thorns and forms a sonic hedge you find yourself suddenly caught within, pushed through to the other side of, in a landscape where disparate elements come together to form a running creature of sound to carry you.  Not quite safe, something dangerous like the Wild Hunt.  Influenced by Tribal culture and Myth,Dangerous Beauty by Panamonaeon after a long hiatus, Pandemonaeon returns to the public eye with the fires of inspiration burning strong in their third recording, “Dangerous Beauty.”

If you’ve never heard of Pandemoneaon, here’s what they say on their website:  “Founded by a guitarist (Winter) with a penchant for unusual chords and a vocalist enchanted by Celtic melancholy (Sharon Knight), Pandemonaeon creates soundscapes both modern and timeless by combining Middle-Eastern, Scandinavian, and Celtic folk influences with modern rock stylings. At times haunting and stark, at times driving and passionate, the result is deeply evocative. Like the dark underworld of Faery that influences them, you can almost sense that beneath the seductive beauty of their music is a fearsome witch come to slay you with poisoned tongue.”

Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic.  You might think they take themselves pretty seriously – well, there’s some serious multi-layered things going on with the music, with the lyrics and the structure of the music.   You could call it Pagan Rock—most songs are written by Sharon Knight and Winter—but a couple of tracks show their influences as they compose for lyrics by Aleister Crowley and Victor Anderson.

More simply put, as one music fan describes them, Pandemonaeon is “music for bellydancers in combat boots.”

Dangerous Beauty Tracks:

1. Eater of Sorrow
2. Lover’s Pardon
3. Fierce Black Soul of Night
4. Hunter
5. Heart Girt With A Serpent
6. Dangerous Beauty
7. The Tower
8. Queen of Shadows
9. The Goat Is On The Pole
10. Song of Mari
11. Chalice & Blades
12. Arrak
13. Well of Lost Voices

All songs written by Sharon Knight & Winter. Lyrics on track 5 by Aleister Crowley. Lyrics on track 10 by Victor Anderson. Track 9 written by Winter.

Pandemonaeon’s music has been featured in 2 independent films. They have been courted by Warner Bros. Records, co-founded El Mundo Bueno Studios, and performed at Faerieworlds, Oregon Country Faire, Health and Harmony Festival, Sebastopol Celtic Festival, the Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, and the Mystic Theater, to name just a few.

Pandemonaeon is:

Sharon Knight: lead & harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, mandola, percussion, keyboard
Winter: acoustic & electric guitars, percussion, harmony vocals
Tim Rayborn: harmony vocals, oud, saz, suling, dumbek, riqq
Gari Hegedus: violin, mandocello, tarhu
Caith Threefires: bass
Tina “Bean” Blaine: dumbek, djembe, percussion
Mark Abbott: drums

Buy Dangerous Beauty CD

Songs for the Waning Year

Discover a collection of 22 chants for pagans, nature mystics, Goddess lovers, and those who celebrate the cycles of the year, featuring strong female vocals backed with percussion, guitar, and a choir.

We first got this CD in when T. Thorn Coyle came to the Twin Cities earlier this year.  Chant CD - Sonts for the Waning YearSince then, Songs for the Waning Year and the companion CD, Songs for the Strengthening Sun, have become a couple of our favorites to play in the store.  This is not your old-fashioned dirge-like chant collection. These are songs which invite you to encounter the mystery, celebrate the spirit, and honor deity. Some songs are devotional and contemplative, like the Hecate Chant, and some will get you up on your feet and moving your body, like Osiris Lives.  Others are great for group ritual, like Come All Who Hunger.

The songs on this CD are all written by Sharon Knight and Thorn Coyle, and delivered with a passion that beautifully conveys their love of nature’s cycles.

If you are pagan or goddess oriented and want to lend a fresh voice to your devotions or rituals, then pick up these CDs.  They are fabulous.  Click on the links below for complete track listings and mp3 samples: