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Blackmore's Night

Legendary Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (b. April 14, 1945, Weston-super-Mare, England) shifted his musical focus away from hard rock in the late '90s and started concentrating on his love of Renaissance-era music. He formed Blackmore's Night with his fiancée, vocalist/lyricist Candice Night (b. May 8, 1971, Hauppauge, Long Island, New York), and recruited other musicians from around the world to combine elements of world music, Renaissance, new age, folk, and rock & roll. Blackmore didn't exactly retire his Fender Stratocaster, but he plays acoustic guitar almost exclusively in Blackmore's Night. His acoustic guitar melodies and Night's clear, ethereal voice blend with a host of instruments such as mandolins, keyboards, pennywhistles, violins, tambourines, military drums, and hurdy-gurdies. Blackmore once described the band's sound as "Mike Oldfield meets Enya."

Blackmore and Night met in about 1989 when Deep Purple played soccer against employees of a Long Island radio station where she worked. Night, a former model, studied communications at the New York Institute of Technology and had her own radio show. Blackmore and Night discovered they shared a love of Renaissance culture and quickly became a couple. The formation of Blackmore's Night is tied to the efforts of his previous two bands. Blackmore left Deep Purple -- again -- after 1993's musically disappointing The Battle Rages On... album. Blackmore then revived Rainbow -- technically under the original Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow moniker -- with largely unknown musicians for 1995's Stranger in Us All, and Night contributed lyrics for four songs. Blackmore didn't really want to call it a Rainbow project, but record company executives insisted the name recognition would make it easier to market the album.

After Stranger in Us All, Blackmore decided to actually record Renaissance-inspired music. He'd loved the style for years, but he never really played it himself. Once he began playing the music at home, Night would casually start singing along. This innocent, informal practice germinated in Blackmore's Night. The debut Night and Blackmore-penned album Shadow of the Moon, was released domestically in 1998, and featured Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, who contributed flute on "Play Minstrel Play." Under a Violet Moon followed in 1999, and since a full tour was planned, Blackmore consciously wrote more upbeat, stage-friendly music. The duo continued to release albums throughout the noughties, including 2003's Ghost of a Rose, 2006's The Village Lanterne, and 2008's Secret Voyage. In 2010, Blackmore and Night released their eighth studio album, Autumn Sky. Dedicated to their newly born daughter, the album went on to reach the number 15 spot on the German album charts. Night released his solo debut, Reflections, in 2011. Dancer and the Moon, Blackmore's Night's ninth release, appeared in 2013, followed in 2015 by All Our Yesterdays, both of which were issued via Frontiers Records. ~ Bret Adams
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Autumn Sky

1. Highland

2. Vagabond (Make A Princess Of Me)

3. Journeyman

4. Believe In Me

5. Sake Of The Song

6. Song And Dance (Ptii)

7. Celluloid Heroes

8. Keeper Of The Flame

9. Night At Eggersberg

10. Strawberry Girl

11. All The Fun Of The Fayre

12. Darkness

13. Dance Of The Darkness

14. Health To The Company

15. Barbara Allen

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Track List: Village Lanterne

1. 25 Years

2. Village Lanterne

3. I Guess It Doesn't Matter

4. The Messenger (Instrumental)

5. World Of Stone

6. Faerie Queen - Faerie Dance

7. St. Teresa

8. Village Dance (Instrumental)

9. Mond Tanz / Child In Time

10. Streets Of London

11. Just Call My Name (I'll Be There)

12. Olde Mill Inn

13. Windmills

14. Street Of Dreams

15. Call It Love

16. Street Of Dreams

17. All Because Of You (Radio Edit)

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Track List: Beyond The Sunset

Disc 1

1. Once In Million Years (Previously Unreleased)

2. Be Mine Tonight

3. Wish You Were Here

4. Waiting Just For You

5. Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus

6. Ghost Of A Rose (Re-recorded New Version)

7. Spirit Of The Sea

8. I Still Remember

9. Castle And Dreams

10. Beyond The Sunset

11. Again Someday

12. Diamonds And Rust

13. Now And Then (Re-Recorded New Version)

14. All Because Of You

Disc 2
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Track List: Ghost Of A Rose

1. Way To Mandalay

2. 3 Black Crows

3. Diamonds And Rust

4. Cartouche

5. Queen For A Day (Part I)

6. Queen For A Day (Part 2)

7. Ivory Tower

8. Nur Eine Minute

9. Ghost Of A Rose

10. Mr. Peagram's Morris And Sword

11. Loreley

12. Where Are We Going From Here

13. Rainbow Blues

14. All For One

15. Dandelion Wine

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Track List: Minstrels And Ballads

1. The Times They Are A Changin'

2. Spirit Of The Sea

3. Fool's Gold

4. Again Someday

5. Fayre Thee Well

6. Greensleeves

7. Wish You Were Here

8. Mid-Winter's Night

9. Catherine Howard's Fate

10. Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus

11. Be Mine Tonight

12. Ocean Gypsy

13. Benzai-ten

14. Now And Then

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Track List: Fires At Midnight

1. Written In The Stars

2. The Times They Are A Changin'

3. I Still Remember

4. Home Again

5. Crowning Of The King

6. Fayre Thee Well

7. Fires At Midnight

8. Hanging Tree

9. Storm

10. Mid Winter's Night

11. All Because Of You

12. Waiting Just For You

13. Praetorius (Courante)

14. Benzai-Ten

15. Village On The Sand

16. Again Someday

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Track List: Under A Violet Moon

1. Under A Violet Moon

2. Castles And Dreams

3. Past Time With Good Company

4. Morning Star

5. Avalon

6. Possum Goes To Prague

7. Wind In The Willows

8. Gone With The Wind

9. Beyond The Sunset

10. March The Heroes Home

11. Spanish Nights (I Remember It Well)

12. Catherine Howard's Fate

13. Fool's Gold

14. Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus

15. Now And Then

16. Self Portrait

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Track List: Shadow Of The Moon

1. Shadow of the Moon

2. The Clock Ticks On

3. Be Mine Tonight

4. Play Minstrel Play

5. Ocean Gypsy

6. Minstrel Hall

7. Magical World

8. Writing On The Wall

9. Renaissance Faire

10. Memmingen

11. No Second Chance

12. Mond Tanz

13. Spirit Of The Sea

14. Greensleeves

15. Wish You Were Here

16. Possum's Last Dance (Bonus Track US Only)

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Track List: A Knight In York

4. Journeyman

9. Barbara Allen

10. Darkness

11. Dance Of The Darkness

13. All The Fun Of The Fayre

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Track List: All Our Yesterdays

1. All Our Yesterdays

2. Allan Yn N Fan

3. Darker Shade Of Black

4. Long Long Time

5. Moonlight Shadow

6. I Got You Babe

7. The Other Side

8. Queen's Lament

9. Where Are We Going From Here

10. Will O' The Wisp

11. Earth Wind And Sky

12. Coming Home

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Track List: Dancer And The Moon

1. I Think It's Going To Rain Today

2. Troika

3. The Last Leaf

4. Lady In Black

5. Minstrels In The Hall

6. Temple Of The King

7. Dancer & The Moon

8. Galliard

9. The Ashgrove

10. Somewhere Over The Sea (The Moon Is Shining)

11. The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)

12. The Spinner's Tale

13. Carry On... Jon

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Track List: Secret Voyage

1. God Save The Keg

2. Locked Within The Crystal Ball

3. Gilded Cage

4. Toast To Tomorrow

5. Prince Waldeck's Galliard

6. Rainbow Eyes

7. The Circle

8. Sister Gypsy

9. Can't Help Falling In Love

10. Peasant's Promise

11. Far Far Away

12. Empty Words

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This is the most awesome sound that has made it to my ears in a long time.
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I'm very impressed. Dee Purple used to e a fav back in the day in my car with an 8track tape player. LOL This is super music
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BTW I have been a huge Blackmore fan since 1969. They did a concept album with full orchestratio n . IT is great that Ritchie Didn't get caught in a time warp of DP Greatest Hits type of career. His evolution into other genres is a testament to his talent. Thanks to both of you.
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Mike Oldfield meets Enya...that is a good description. I have enjoyed Oldfield since his Ommadawn album, but I think his best work is Songs of Distant Earth. I would enjoy having Loreena McKennitt do a few songs with them. Her voice is very pure and her backing musicians use many of the same instruments as Night. I may get scolded for this, but I think Loreena could do even more justice to the vocals than Candice.
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jamesrgray8
Great guitar and beautiful vocalist; reminds me of my time in England in '79 - '81.
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Wow, know wonder I love Blackmore's Night ...... I just read their bio and found out the guitarist founded DEEP PURPLE in 1968 ! I've always loved that band and collected their albums from the used record stores when I was about 16 yrs. old. That was 1979 when there was alot of disco stuff topping the charts. I loved the old 60's bands !!!!
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(BM'SN means Blackmore's Night)
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I wish they had more lyrics for BM'SN
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annikajane.c r a w f o r d
They make such efficent earworms, not to say I don't love them.
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Such KOOL
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Pandora,
Lyrics PPLLLEEEAAAs S S S E e e e . Essential to music appreciation and understandin g the craft and message.
Please make the sing-along addicts happy to tune to Pandora!
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I like this group's music; discovered them last year
Never would have believed the D Purple connection!
Will Candice break out into Highway Star?!
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CaliberRose

I met Blackmore's Night on Pandora Radio. Ghost of a Rose and I was hooked! Would love to attend a concert.
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Awesome music; should be played on mainstream radio! I love their song about The Renaissance Faire!
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It is so hard to find such excellent and dynamic renaissance- i n s p i r e d music online without knowing specifics like song titles, or specific artists. Blackmore's Night tops most of them though and I just.can't.g e t . e n o u g h .
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Literally thought this was nightwish with annette olzon til i read the bio :) sounds good
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Blackmore's Night has been one of my top favorites ever since I discovered them a few years ago. Amazing stuff.
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I love the fact that Ritchie is so versatile. I loved his work in Deep Purple and now I've just discovered his Renaissance side. I'm a big fan of bellydance music, world music and erhu. Blackmore Night is now on the shopping list. Congratulati o n s on his marriage and child.
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It's great to see a rock star create a whole new sound for himself. And of course, his lovely wife. I actually like this music better than the Purple stuff.
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LORELY!
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I love Under a Violet Moon, it is why I got into this genre
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grew up on Deep Purple, even enlightened a few youngsters that never hear the band before, but my real love is this music
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one of my favorite groups that I discovered on Pandora! Thanks!
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Hmm
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I like this group's music; discovered them this year
Never would have believed the D Purple connection!
Will Candice break out into Highway Star?!
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lou.gadol
The last sentence needs some editing -- there are two mistakes.
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janecichy
I was follower of DP, so I appreciate Richie s guitar sound.
Blackmore s, Night is very pretty , I'm a huge fan
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Thank you Pandora for fixing the bio. Now it is really about this group and not just about Deep Purple and Ritchie.
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I love Blackmore Night it's beautiful I mean I think I like them a lot more than dp the music is very smooth
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So friggin' beautiful !!! WTG Ritchie... you are in tune with the times. Loving your music then and now.
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I wish they'd get the electric guitar out of their songs....
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i call it mood music ;)
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I like ritchie blackmoor a lot, but lets face it, this group is defined by Candace Night. To have not even a mention of her here when mentioning so many other nobody's is disgraceful.
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Read the bio. Blackmore has been busy.
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Is that an organ at the end?
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Under a violet moon raise your hats and your glasses too we will dance the whole night through were going back to a time we knew under a violet moon!
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vintagevogue 2 0 1 5
Her Celtic voice is ethereal. Many of us don't understand the mystery of light in music and this moves me and allows gazes behind the veil.
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Why are you just posting random song names xD
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The dancer and the moon
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The circle
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Psst julissavarga s 1 0 3 this is the artist's page, we don't know what song you are talking about.
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This is my favorite song (at the moment) I absolutely love the mix of violin and electric guitar.
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Ivory tower
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I listened to ths 6days ago
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Under a violet moon
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friscofresha i r 4
Please, come to Dallas, Texas!!!
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The clock ticks on
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The circle
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ghost of a rose
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