Great Progressive Folk Rock by SPRIGGAN MIST — Live in Reading

The hypnotic, spell-binding fourth album from Spriggan Mist — ‘Myths and Legends’ — has been released.

It took 18 months to create and “Spriggs” say they are very happy with the result.  And so they should be, it’s a wondrous thing.

The album tour finale was held in the bijou but convivial Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading.

The voice of Ann-Mari Thomas - tension, unleashed
The voice of Ann-Mari Thomas – tension, unleashed

We had a front-row seat to enjoy the atmospheric spectacle.

Amid the sensual, free-flowing & much loved prog-folk numbers were several new gem-like songs (from the album) such as the splendid Brighid. This was poetic and haunting.

There were also many high-spirited jigs, mysterious twinklings, Gothic conjurations and a lot of hard-rock moments too.

The voice of Ann-Mari Thomas tended to slip, slide and ripple through the wonderfully crafted musicianship. The strength of her voice is in the tension, unleashed. Often it feels weightless, before coming down to rest in some dangerously low places. It constantly surprises the listener with so many nuances and unexpectedly sublime touches .

The guitar-work was excellently embroidered by Max and Spike
enhanced by the complicated rhythms set in motion by Colin Garratt on drums. Musical ideas tended to spark off from the main melodic axis — yet never disrupted the ambient nature of each song.

We loved the ‘Game of Thrones’ theme [by Ramin Djawadi] which demonstrated the multiple skills of the band. Max played various wind instruments… Whilst Ann-Mari differed from keys to bass-guitar from time-to-time, and the super-talented rhythm-king Baz Cilia played bouzouki on some of the songs.

The combined talent of Spriggan Mist is simply breath-taking!

Movement, shape, rhythm and feeling – all provided for our delight on one magical evening.

Words & Images: @neilmach 2015 ©

Link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spriggan-Mist

Grab their new album here: www.sprigganmist.co.uk/

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