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Ireland’s Cruachan isn’t the world’s first, nor the world’s only “folk steel” music group (other popular acts getting Finland’s Amorphis and England’s Skyclad, to mention but two), however they possess arguably attended the greatest measures of anyone within their tries to expand this even now largely unexplored subgenre. Developing in 1992 through the ashes of a youthful band known as Minas Tirith, Cruachan (this means “the best stack” and doubles because the battle cry, or slogan, from the Argyll region’s Clan Campbell) highlighted Keith Fay (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Jay Brennan (electric guitar), John O’Fathaigh (flute), John Clohessy (bass), and Jay O’Niell (drums), whose excellent sonic objective was meshing Irish traditions, Celtic background, and Tolkien mythology with loss of life and black steel savagery. Also recognized to make use of traditional instrumentation, sometimes, to handle this objective, the music group released their initial work, Tuatha Na Gael, separately in 1995, but split up a year or two later after extended negotiations didn’t yield a cope with Hundred years Media Information. But Cruachan ultimately made a decision to re-form and, after retooling their lineup with brand-new arrivals Joe Farrell (drums) and, financing greater flexibility with their sound, vocalist/percussionist Karen Gilligan, they agreed upon a new cope with Hammerheart Information. Now experiencing some balance, Cruachan proceeded to turn out 2000’s THE CENTER Kingdom LP, 2001’s Trip On EP, and 2002’s Folk-Lore LP. Keyboardist Ed Gilbert became a member of the staff in 2003 and performed on the next record, 2004’s Pagan.

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Full Name Cruachan
Music Songs Some Say the Devil Is Dead, Celtica, Viking Slayer, Ride On, Maeve’s March, To Invoke the Horned God, Death of a Gael, I Am Warrior, The Brown Bull of Cooley, The Fianna, I Am Tuan, The Very Wind Rover, Cúchulainn, The Sea Queen of Connaught, Ossian's Return, The Marching Song of Fiach Mac Hugh, Brian Boru, The Great Hunger, Susie Moran, 1014 A.D., Óró sé do Bheatha Abhaile, Pagan Hate, Wolfe Tone, Erinsong, A Celtic Mourning, Born for War, Diarmuid and Grainne, Téir Abhaile Riú, Summoning of the Sídhe, The Morrigan's Calls, Lament for the Wild Geese, Blood for the Blood God
Albums Blood for the Blood God, Pagan, Folk-Lore, The Middle Kingdom, Tuatha na Gael, Blood on the Black Robe, A Celtic Legacy, The Morrigan's Call

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