Another re-release of the backcatalogue of one of the most influential artists in traditional neofolk. Including classics such as:
Fael Inis, Reaper man, High gallows tree, The wind that shakes the barley…
On this CD Ian Read got helped by : Julie Woods, Mathew Butler and Ian Pirrie.
Midwinter Fires has plenty of the mysterious and powerful magick of Northern Europe we expect from Fire + Ice, which here concentrates somewhat more on the heroic struggle against impossible odds exemplified by the Siegfried made famous by Wagner.
But there are a few other influences going on here too: the Island of the Mighty has had too colourful a past to allow for a narrow perspective on its traditions.
Call it by its newest name of Neofolk, its former one of Apocalyptic Folk, or call it what you will Fire + Ice has been and is one of its leading lights.
1 Fael Inis
2 The Cause
3 Reaper Man
4 High Gallows Tree
6 Wisdom, Strengo, Ellen, Bliss
9 The Wind That Shakes The Barley
10 Midwinter Fires
11 Fokstua Hall
12 Nine Doors
Old Europa Cafe AVS