Live! - The
"Celtic-Scandinavian Dream-Team", Kerstin Blodig und Ian
Melrose, have just released an audiophile live recording. Many
popular and often-requested songs from the Kelpie live programme
are now available on CD!
Kerstin and Ian founded the duo Kelpie
in 1997. After a total of 15 years of playing together in different
projects and on many CD productions they are an experienced and
totally synchronized team, who effortlessly understand each other
and can react to the slightest nuances in each other's playing.
This quality is particularly evident in their live concerts, which
have earned them an international reputation. The legendary "Kelpie-wall-of-sound",
this opulent acoustic orchestration impresses with carefully crafted
guitar and vocal arrangements, the varied use of ethnic flutes,
bodhrán, bouzouki and the sparse but effective use of bass-maker,
delay-effects and foot percussion. It's hard to believe there are
only two people playing!
What audiences particularly react to is
the passionate, obvious and infectious joy these two full-blooded
musicians experience in making music together, a joy which often
results in euphoric demands for more and more encores.
"Var det du - var det deg?" - "Was
it you or was it you?" is a wonderful mixture of easily singable
mouth music (in the old Norwegian tradition of sung dance music)
and cheeky dialect. The outside cover shows, as on Kelpie`s previous
CD, a painting by Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen: "Nøkken"-"The
Water Sprite". "Kelpie" is the Scottish equivalent, a mystic water
horse in Scottish mythology. Kelpie`s fascination for mystical creatures
is evident in their choice of repertoire. "Troll expert" Kerstin
had already dedicated her latest solo album "Trollsang" to those
living under the ground…
While the first CD, "Kelpie", was
strictly acoustic and as performed live, this CD shows the whole
spectrum of their creativity - allowing them to fully exploit their
multi-instrumental and compositional talents, using overdubs and
samples as well as acoustic instruments and voices. Fantastic guest
musicians, Peter Jakk, Talking Water`s bassist and percussionist
Urs Fuchs and Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, radio and record
producer Leiv Solberg - here on the Hardanger fiddle, brought in
exciting new flavours and ideas.