Experimental Folk Artists Storm Europe
Catherine Lewis reports:
This is not the first time such a thing has happened. The first Poor Minstrels Carnival happened in the Spring of 2000 in the States with In Gowan Ring, Iditarod, Stone Breath, and Drekka.
This winter's tour features Drekka and the Iditarod from the last Poor Minstrels Carnival, along with Ring and Peter Scion. Drekka (straight outta Bloomington, Indiana) is the solo project of Blue Sanct records owner and Turn Pale vocalist Michael Andersen. Drekka's sound is based on Andersen's shimmering guitar and hushed vocals against programmed background tracks and looped effects. The Iditarod (Rhode Island) are an avant-folk quartet with cello and violin. Ring (Norway) is the artist name of Filip Ring Andersen. His banjo- and guitar-driven ballads are set against samples and electronics. Peter Scion (Sweden) is a music writer in addition to a multi-instrumentalist and singer. His dark folk songs have recently pulled from a country music influence.
In support of the tour, the bands have put together a CD compilation featuring 18 exclusive tracks. See them on the road:
02-19 Oslo, Norway - Bla
.: Drekka: http://www.bluesanct.com/bands/drekka/drekka.html