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Bizarre Tales

by Jonathan Kershaw

"...Coming from the same magical place as Led Zeppelin..."; based on the sound of the acoustic guitar and featuring a blend of traditional, Celtic, folk and classical styles with a rock edge.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Fusion
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1. The Demeter
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2. Crossing the Third Sea
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3. Never Love an Angel
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4. Lotus Corset
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5. The Ebony Glass
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6. Sandwalkers
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7. The Green Man
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8. Rat Run
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9. The Alchemist's Penny
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10. Andrasta
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11. Clocks & Mirrors
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The sound of this album was (in it's inception) clearly supposed to be sat firmly in the traditions of Celtic folk music. Evident in the rich, flowing guitar lines intertwined with flute and violin, ringing pedal sounds and sometimes rather ominous bodhrans. However, somewhere along the line, the link was clearly stretched beyond its traditional boundaries. Jonathan's love of music from outside this area becomes apparent with strange colourings from elements of classical, baroque music and dare I even say it, hard rock!"

Review from Renaissance Magazine by Michael Lohr:

For those of you not familiar with Jonathan Kershaw, he’s an accomplished guitarist that originally hailed from Yorkshire, but now resides on the semi-sunny South Coast of England. Musically speaking, “Bizarre Tales” falls somewhere firmly between Blackmore’s Night, Kristin Sweetland and Loreena McKennitt. The sound is partially Celtic, partially rock with subtle touches of Baroque. For those of us who grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, Mostly Autumn and Clannad, such comparisons are easily understandable.
On “Bizarre Tales” a deep echo of mysticism permeates this record. Ancient, verdant Celtic undertones echo throughout and there is also a nautical sensibility here. Songs such as the dark, pounding “The Demeter” and the flowing, epic “Crossing the Third Sea” invoke stormy seas and longing for lost love. The Celtic vibe arises once again on the jig “The Green Man,” while “Never Love An Angel” could be a song from the latest Nightwish album.

My two personal favorite songs on “Bizarre Tales” are the slow burn turned raging inferno of “Andrasta” –who was an Iceni Celtic tribal war Goddess worshiped by the legendary Queen Boudicca- and the whimsical, ribald “The Alchemist’s Penny,” which is the quintessential type of song one could hear on the thoroughfare of your local Renaissance Faire.

On tunes such as “Clocks & Mirrors” guest vocalists Laura Fauvel and Karina McGrath provide exceptional vocal accompaniment. Chris Jones lays down some truly exquisite violin throughout the album, while Celtic flute and bodhrans also abound.

“Bizarre Tales” is a lush, emotive record, full of sweeping aural landscapes. This album is a touchstone for the best of several musical styles. It is a truly enjoyable listening experience.

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Paul Pearson: Greenmantle

Evocative and Inspiring
Jonathan Kershaw is an accomplished guitarist who originally hailed from Yorkshire, but now resides on the South Coast of England. Bizarre Tales is a slice of gentle Celtic rock with a baroque twist. There is a mysticism about the album, and the music shifts between gentle melodic tones and darker undercurrents, invoking loss and mystery. Jonathan’s talent is undeniable – his musicianship smartly produced and aurally captivating.
It’s an album that to play often, there is much to savour here, as the tones and almost hypnotic styles often require attention. Beautifully crafted, this is a talent to watch. Evocative and intriguing, rich with originality and darkly melodic.
Jonathan is currently touring and accompanying Beck Sian, a collaboration which has proven to be remarkable.
Paul Pearson: Greenmantle Magazine
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