I love live albums. They capture that moment when the creative spirit of the musician meets the energy of the crowd. And when that connection is there, a band will feed of the energy to give their very best. It does not always happen, but every time when that connection ìs there it gives me goosebumps. I've been to several concerts where that electric energy was there between the band and us, the crowd and I remember them to this day. To catch something like that on a CD is just magic! When I heard that Harmony Glen was releasing a second live CD/DVD, knowing the cool positive energy they bring to the stage, and hearing that it was recorded at Elfia one of the bigger fantasy festivals in Holland, I was really looking forward to this CD. Did it live up to my expectations? For a big part it did, a very big part. But I'll come to that later.
Harmony Glen has become a household name at medieval- and fantasy festivals all over Europe and even North America. Dressed as a steampunk band their shows are [quote]: "An Irish folk extravaganza!"
[unquote] and as their biography is right on the nose, I will quote it a bit more: [quote]: "Harmony Glen is a Dutch feelgood-folk group founded in 2005. The music is based on Irish-Celtic folk but regularly sounds from all over the world get woven in. The goal of the band is to stand out not only through their music (which is a mix of traditional and original songs and tunes) but through their stage presence as well. Harmony Glen's shows have been described as 'a powerhouse of Folk' and people who attend can't seem to stand still as the energy is always on a maximal level."
Until now they recorded 6 studio and one live album called Live In Bremen
. So Live At Elfia
is their second live album and already their 8th CD overall. Quite an impressive discography. Most of the songs on Live At Elfia
are taken from their latest studio album Start Living Today
, so people already owning Live In Bremen
don't need to worry, there are just two songs that appear on both CDs.
The artwork of Live At Elfia
looks stunning. That alone makes buying this album worth all it's money. Niels Duindam did a wonderful job on it. The… Read More
There is this Dutch saying: 'all good things come fast.' But I don't think even Satria Karsono would have dared to dream that he would be rocking the Winter Castlefest stage with his own band Sunfire , only 10 months after doing his first solo concert as a support act for Thundercrow .
Nor would he have expected that ALL the major Dutch fantasy festivals would be queuing up to book his band for the 2018 season. Whether you will be visiting Elfia , Zomerfolk or Castlefest, there is no escaping the western folk sounds of Sunfire. And you might bump in to them on a lot of other Dutch festivals as well. 2018 is starting to look like a break through year for this young band.
Sunfire already visited the CeltCast living room and the song Yoyo was our February 2018 monthly marker . So it's high time we finally introduce Satria's music in a CD review.
We first picked up on Satria Karsono's music when he released the mini CD Endorphine
under the artist name Satria Sunfire in 2014. It is a beautiful 6 track album that showcases Satria as a gifted singer-songwriter and guitarist. His style can be described as laid back acoustic music, with a warm soulful voice and good lyrics, reminding me a bit of Jack Johnson
. It kinda feels like friends sharing life stories while drinking good wine around a campfire. Endorphine
was brought out as a download album only. Although officially no longer promoted, you can still find it in the archives of the good old internet if you want to.
In February of 2017 Satria did his first solo performance at the Thundercrow release party, for their CD Drop It
. He played old material from his Endorphine
Mini CD and gave us a taste of the new songs that were released on Sunfire
soon after. This is his first -and for the time being only- full length solo CD. Satria recorded it with the help of old friend and sound engineer Berend de Vries. But even before officially releasing Sunfire
, Satria already told us he wanted to bring a band together to promote the CD and work on new material.
In the summer of 2017 Sunfire did some small shows as a full band for the first time, with Satria on vocals, guitar and percussion; Berend de Vries on (solo) guitar and Michel Beeckman on bass.… Read More