Rock music and traditional folk instruments might sound like a very awkward combination, but it has definitely been road-tested successfully.
After all, folk and rock are not-so-distant cousins who still share the same core and the same energy: it is all about people getting together and sharing an experience.
With such a mindset, Celtica embodies the sheer strength of a heavy metal band with the added sonic variety of a Celtic music ensemble. The combo sports a really exciting and interesting international line-up, boasting musicians hailing from Scotland, The United States and Austria.
Their energetic live shows and stage antics managed to leave a mark in the hearts and ears of the crowds of some of Europe's most important music festivals and US venues, while their recent studio effort "Legends and Visions" is a vibrant interpretation of folk music with all the grit and immediacy of heavy rock.
As they say, Celtica truly managed to deliver the "best of both worlds", in the studio, but particularly live on a stage, which is where this band truly shines.
“Legends and Visions” truly unfolds like an adventure - a quest underlined by poetic lyricism and a thirst for everything that's new and exciting.
These songs are both touching and rowdy, much like the soul of a street busker who has seen a lot in his time and has quite a few stories to share through the songs he would play to the people passing by.
From frantic pipe leads to walls of guitars and relentless rhythm sessions, Celtica's Whiskey-fueled stomp just cannot leave a ballroom indifferent. With such a unique attitude and drive, I am not surprised by the fact that these lads are gaining momentum and their reputation keeps getting better, gig after gig. If you think “Legends and Visions” is engaging, just wait until you have the chance to catch these guys live, pouring their hearts out and shaking their bodies on a stage like a bunch of haunted pirates!
Celtica are somehow able to deliver a blend of imagery, poetry and energy that feels quite romantic, yet very real and dry at the same time: it’s not about escaping into a fantasy, but turning the fantasy into something to live by! 5 stars from Celtic Radio!
Legends and Visions
Track List1. Legends and Visions
2. Starship Celtica
3. Alba's Shore
4. Whiskey in the Jar
5. The Druid's Prophecy
6. Celtic Dragon
7. Love U2!
8. Visitors I: Out There
9. Visitors II: Contact
10. Rolling With the Goblins
11. The Princess and the Piper
13. Beyond Avalon
14. The King's Tournament
15. One More!
16. Don't Stop Believin'