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SOUNDCLIPS and VIDEO

1. The Queen of Argyll - Andy M. Stewart, Scottish
2. Sidhe Set - trad. Irish/Cat Taylor
3. Willie Stewart - Robert Burns, Scottish
4. Whiskey in the Jar - trad. Irish
5. Hunt the Cat - trad. Irish
6. The Great Selkie - trad. Scottish
7. Stop That Train - Peter Tosh
8. Andray Soulet - Medieval French
9. Chansonetta Tedesca - Medieval
10. Jack Daw - original by Kristoph Klover
11. Arise, My Love - original by Cynthia McQuillin

 

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BAND DESCRIPTION

Oakland, California-based Celtic rock band AVALON RISING is known for its unique sound -- a blend of original rock, Celtic, and Medieval music. Their rich acoustic/electric sound features brilliant male and female vocals over intricate instrumental arrangements, supported by a vibrant rhythmic background. Their line-up includes electric and acoustic guitars, electric violin, Celtic harp, flute, bass, mandocello, drums, and vocals.

With a repertoire that includes both original and traditional songs and ranges in feel from driving Celtic tunes to haunting harp-based ballads, Avalon Rising will enchant and excite you. Their music has been compared to Tempest, Loreena McKennitt, and Dead Can Dance with touches of Jethro Tull and the Grateful Dead.

Avalon Rising has been performing in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest for over fifteen years at clubs, festivals, pubs, benefits, and conventions. Festival performances include the Euro-American Festival in Jinan, China, the Livermore Scottish Games, the Modesto Scottish Games, the Sonoma County Fair, the Harmony Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, and many more.

They headlined at the Oscar Party for THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Return of the King. Their music has been used in a Boston Globe commercial, and can be heard in several movies, including Cost of a Soul, Valley of Fear, and Far From the Sea.

What do you get when you cram five master musicians of divergent styles together in one band?

In the case of Avalon Rising, the answer is: magic.

To say they're the world's foremost practitioners of Celtic/Medieval progressive rock could be meaningless, given the scanty membership of the genre -- until you factor in just how damn good they are. Hearing them perform, one is hard-put to say just what kind of music they're playing -- just that it rocks, it screams, it soars, it whispers. Elements of classical, Celtic folk, French Medieval, psychedelic jam band and funk interweave, conflict, and finally coalesce into a stunning, surprising whole. One hears echoes of Loreena McKennitt, Dead Can Dance, the Grateful Dead, Fairport Convention, and the Pentangle.

They're a motley assemblage. There's the beautiful Flower Princess on harp (not the harmonica, the big wooden thing with all the strings) who also plays flute and recorder and sings in a sweet, classically trained soprano. Then there's the blonde goddess in black velvet, sensuously bowing a purple, cat-headed 5-string electric violin. Does life get any better than this? But wait -- in front of a stack of tie-dyed amplifiers, in a bowler hat and John Cippolina t-shirt, pulling a stream of howling, lyrical, psychedelic riffs from a sparkly purple Stratocaster, is a genial bearded hobbit-man who sings in a honeyed tenor. Behind them all sullenly lurk the bassist and drummer, two candidates for Queer Eye who seem to think they're backing up James Brown or The Clash.

Avalon Rising's new album, their second, is called Storming Heaven. Clocking in at a CD-maxing 74 minutes, it includes just about everything you're likely to hear in their current live show, with no less than 6 full-out Celtic rock tune-sets wherein a never-ending assortment of jigs, reels, and other traditional dance tunes are stuck together end to end and raced through like a Hummer on a Grand Prix course, knocking bricks off buildings and smashing statuary along the way. Songs include the lilting Irish Do You Love An Apple, the mystically psychedelic originals Jack Daw and Turning In Time, Papa John Phillips' lost masterpiece Dancing Bear and a handful of traditional British Isles songs.

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PHOTOS
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PRESS

"...Bands like Avalon Rising are few and far between...Storming Heaven is a jewel, plain and simple..."
"Wonderful vocals by Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover... This is a seriously talented band -- and after 10 years and hundreds if not thousands of shows, they are a tightly knit group of friends. The interaction is seamlcss on every track, leading to a perfect album. And with 15 cuts, you're getting your money's worth! ...Avalon Rising plays a lot of festivals and was chosen as the band for the official Lord of the Rings fan club Oscar party in Hollywood -- if you needed any more proof of how good they are, there you go...one of the year's best! Highly recommended."
-- Michael Sullivan, Editor-Publisher, Here and There Ezine

"...Meet your new arbiters of cool: Avalon Rising, the Bay Area's finest Celtic-prog band..." "Avalon Rising plays bright, bouncy Celtic pop -- with a dark undercurrent of technically precise trickiness, as though the Jethro Tull dudes had been sneaking into rehearsals...The chops and the songwriting on the band's latest, Storming Heaven, are stellar indeed..."
-- Rob Harvila, Music Editor, East Bay Express

"...the musicians in Avalon Rising are outstanding..."
-- Michael Krikorian, Bay Area Concerts Examiner, San Francisco Examiner

"Avalon Rising Storming Heaven: "Like many things that bubble up in an Irish cultural stew, Celtic music is simultaneously blessed and cursed. The music's passion, angst, and ethereal beauty can be truly astounding, but - like the blues - it can become cliched and almost laughable when embraced by dunderheads and dilettantes. Happily (at least for my ears), Avalon Rising drifts above the curse by being both real and adventurous. The band wisely lets violinist Cat Taylor and flutist/harpist Margaret Davis deliver the major Celtic vibe, and they are absolutely stellar musicians. The duo's soaring, almost achingly sensual phrasing gives age-old and original melodies near-cinematic impact. (Don't be surprised or embarrassed if you shed a tear when listening to their plaintive harmonic dances - it just means you're a living, breathing, feeling person.) The wilder bits are injected by guitarist Kristoph Klover, who employs a bratty Strat tone and an affinity for blues and psychedelia to modernize the standard Celtic formula without tanking the traditional melodic and rhythmic devices that make this music so endearing. Avalon Rising isn't the most trad or the most progressive Celtic-based band I've heard, but it's certainly the group I'd pick to lift up my spirits or drown me deeper into my Guinness."
-- Mike Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine

"A refreshing new-age approach to an old-world style -- You'll be left breathless and fascinated. The basis of this sound is in traditional English, Scottish and (mostly) Irish folk music, and there are continental renaissance-era influences filled with those uplifting, bouncy compositions that will have you tapping your feet the first time you play it, and whistling along with the melodies every subsequent time. To appreciate this one your tastes will have to extend beyond just prog and rock. This music applies a progressive spin to retrogressive music and will be appreciated by hobbits and open minded music fans everywhere."
-- Duncan Glenday, Progressive Ears

"They are loud, they work hard and they are GOOD!"
They rocked Pantheacon with a 2-hour concert -- supreme musicianship from all, but especially Margaret Davis. She plays flute, recorder, harp like a demoness, and she sings!! How can a single person have so many talents!! -- Richard Man, musician, fan

"Avalon Rising inject traditional balladry with a churning rhythm section and a few sprightly touches of good old prog rock to create a sound that's a mixture of Tubular Bells, Dead Can Dance and that song Pippin sings in the film version of Return of the King. ... Storming Heaven is hot off the presses and full of Celtic-jammy vim and vigor." -- Sara Bir, North Bay Bohemian ________________________________________________________________________

STAGE PLOT

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BIOS

Margaret Davis -- vocals, harp, flute, recorders
Margaret wishes she'd been born in the twelfth century, where she would have sung, played the harp, flutes, and recorders...Coincidentally, that's what she does in Avalon Rising. Brocade is extra, as are gossamer wings.

Kristoph Klover -- vocals, electric guitar, 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, octave mandolin
Kristoph's real name is Bill. Don't ever use it -- you've been warned.

Cat Taylor -- electric violin, vocals, bodhran
Cat likes bags, but they've got to be black. Her stage gear takes up at least of dozen of them. When she's not busy packing or unpacking...well, frankly, that's about all there's time for. Call us next week.

Mark Ungar -- vocals, electric bass, mandocello, doumbek
Orphaned at birth by a pair of itinerant Neanderthals, Mark hibernated through the ensuing Ice Age until he was revived in 1973, just in time for the Second Disco Era. His love of the bass can be traced to a subconscious feeling that, with its size and heft, it'd make a dandy mammoth whacker.

Scott Irwin -- drums
Scott blah blah blah drums blah blah blah beer blah blah blah blah would you please speak up? Blah blah blah blah since he was thirteen. Not valid in some states, tax and license extra. ________________________________________________________________________

BOOKING: Kristoph Klover, stoph at flowinglass dot com, phone (510) 219-9836

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UPCOMING & PAST SHOWS

2014

Saturday, October 4th: PEERS Girl Genius Oktoberfest Ball, Alameda

Saturday - Sunday, May 3rd - 4th: Ravenswood upon the Gleann, Weaverville

Saturday - Sunday, March 15th - 16th: Dublin St. Patrick's Day Festival, Dublin

Sunday, February 16th: Pantheacon Convention, San Jose

Saturday, February 1st: PEERS Middle Earth Ball, Alameda

2013

October 5 - 6 : Reno Celtic Celebration , Reno

Saturday, June 1st: Modesto Scottish Games, Modesto

March 8 - 10: Sonora Celtic Faire, Sonora

Saturday, February 2nd: PEERS Lord of the Rings Ball, San Mateo

2012

Saturday, December 22nd: Bec's Bistro, Berkeley

Friday, November 30th: Bec's Bistro, Berkeley

Saturday, October 27th: Bec's Bistro, Berkeley

Saturday, October 6th: The Bistro, Hayward

Saturday, September 15th: Fresno Highland Games, Fresno

Saturday, September 1st: PEERS Robin Hood Ball, San Mateo

Saturday, July 28th: Bec's Bistro, Berkeley

Friday, July 20th: Bec's Bistro, Berkeley

Saturday, June 30th: Bec's Bistro, Berkeley

Saturday, June 16th: Sacramento Celtic Faerie Festival, Fair Oaks

Saturday, June 2nd: Modesto Scottish Games, Modesto

Saturday, May 5th: PEERS Midsummer Night's Ball, San Mateo

Saturday, March 17th: Dublin St. Patrick's Day Festival, Dublin

Saturday, March 17th: Celtic Soul St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza, Alameda

Saturday, February 18th: Pantheacon Convention, San Jose

2011

Saturday, June 4th: Modesto Scottish Games, Modesto

Saturday, May 7th: PEERS Ball of the Gods , San Mateo

Sunday, April 17th: Vacaville Medieval Festival, Vacaville

Saturday, March 19th: St. Pat's Show, High Street Station, Alameda

Friday - Sunday March 11th - 13th: All Hallows Fantasy Faire, Sonora

Saturday, January 29th: High Street Station, Alameda

2010

Saturday, November 6th: St. Andrew's Guild Winter Feast, Livermore

Saturday & Sunday October 23rd - 24th: All Hallows Fantasy Faire, Sonora

Saturday, October 2nd: PEERS Evil League of Evil Ball, San Mateo

Friday, August 20th: High Street Station, Alameda

Thursday, July 15th: City of Pinole Summer Sounds Series, Pinole

Saturday, May 1st: PEERS Courts of Faerie Ball, San Mateo

Sunday, April 18th: Vacaville Medieval Festival, Vacaville

Saturday, March 13th: Schelly’s Pub, San Leandro

Saturday, February 13th: Pantheacon Convention, San Jose

2009

Saturday, November 7th: St. Andrew's Guild Winter Feast, Livermore

Saturday & Sunday October 24th - 25th: All Hallows Fantasy Faire, Sonora

Saturday & Sunday September 19th - 20th: Northern California Renaissance Faire, Hollister

Saturday, June 6th: Modesto Scottish Games, Modesto

Saturday & Sunday May 16th - 17th: Livermore Scottish Games, Livermore

Saturday, May 9th: The Starry Plough, Berkeley

Saturday, April 18th: Vacaville Medieval Festival, Vacaville

Saturday, March 14th: Schelly’s Pub, San Leandro

Saturday, February 21st: BayCelt Festival, Oakland

2008

Friday, October 24th: McGrath’s Pub, Alameda

Saturday, July 19th: The Bistro, Hayward - 15th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, April 27th: Costumecon

Saturday, April 19th: Vacaville Medieval Festival, Vacaville

Saturday, March 22nd: San Francisco Celtic Festival, Oakland

Saturday, March 15th: Schelly’s Pub, San Leandro

Saturday, February 16th: Pantheacon Convention, San Jose

Friday, January 25th: Ashkenaz Music & Dance Club, Berkeley

2007

Saturday, November 10th: St. Andrew's Guild Winter Feast, Tracy

Saturday, October 6th: Stanislaus Pagan Pride Festival, Modesto

Thursday, August 23rd: Concerts in the Park, St. Helena

Friday, July 20th: The Bistro, Hayward

Saturday, June 16th: The Black Rose Pub, Santa Rosa

Sunday, June 10th: Health & Harmony Festival, Santa Rosa

Saturday, May 5th: Sleeping Beauty Ball, San Mateo

Thursday, May 3rd: Ashkenaz, Berkeley

Sunday, April 22nd: Medieval Festival, Vacaville

Saturday, April 21st: The Bistro, Hayward

Saturday, March 17th: St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival, San Francisco

2006

Friday, November 10th: The Black Rose Pub, Santa Rosa

Saturday, October 20th: The Starry Plough, Berkeley

Saturday, September 16th: Three Rivers Harvest Festival, Fair Oaks

Friday, August 11th: The Black Rose Pub, Santa Rosa

Friday, July 7th: Cloverdale Friday Night Concert Series, Cloverdale

Sunday, June 11th: Sacramento Celtic Midsummer Faerie Festival, Fair Oaks

Saturday, May 27th: BayCon Science Fiction Convention, Doubletree Inn, San Jose

APRIL 27 - MAY 8 - SHANDONG EURO-AMERICAN FESTIVAL, JINAN, CHINA

Saturday, April 22nd: Vacaville Middle Earth Festival, Vacaville

Saturday, April 15th: Placer County Strawberry Festival, Roseville

Friday, March 17th: Mr. Pickwick's Pub, 2644 Clayton Avenue, Concord

Saturday, February 18th:Pantheacon Convention, Doubletree Inn, San Jose

Wednesday, February 8th: The King's Head, 201 Orchard City Drive, Campbell.

Wednesday, January 27th: The Starry Plough, with Tempest, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

Other festival performances include the High Sierra Music Festival, the Mammoth Lakes Celtic Festival, the Heart of the Forest Faire, and the Avery Ranch Folk Festival.

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BOOKING: Kristoph Klover, stoph at flowinglass dot com, phone (510) 219-9836