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Uninvited Guest

by The Secret Commonwealth

An eclectic blend of Celtic, Swedish, and American folk styles designed to shiver your spine and transport you to other worlds and times. 2004 JUST PLAIN FOLKS MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE - BEST CELTIC ALBUM and BEST CELTIC SONG ("THE UNINVITED GUEST")
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
0:23 $0.99
2. Nessie of the Loch
3:43 $0.99
3. The Glowin' Bones of Craggie Hope
5:04 $0.99
4. Varulven (The Werewolf)
4:49 $0.99
5. Scarecrow Walking
3:45 $0.99
6. The Last of the H.M.S. Gannet
4:15 $0.99
7. The Uninvited Guest
3:35 $0.99
8. Whispered Over a New Grave
3:37 $0.99
9. The Silke
3:12 $0.99
10. Spring Lament
1:08 $0.99
11. Fairy's Fable
2:41 $0.99
12. Autumn Wind
4:31 $0.99
13. Put Your Hand to the Plow
4:34 $0.99
14. Frost on the Pumpkin
2:42 $0.99
15. Samhain Feis
3:18 $0.99
16. The Parting of Friends
1:05 $0.99
17. Farewell
5:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Secret Commonwealth describes its particular take on Celtic and folk music as "Celto-eclectic." In addition to a wealth of bawdy drinking songs, haunting ballads and instrumentals learned from the cultures of Ireland and Scotland, The Secret Commonwealth also performs many original compositions. The group has successfully combined styles as diverse as Swedish folk, bluegrass, blues, French folk, Hungarian folk, rock and roll, and Appalachian folk.

The group currently has six members, all of whom write, sing, and play multiple instruments.
The band's second CD "Uninvited Guest" is a conceptual project containing nearly all original songs based around the band's interest in the supernatural, Halloween, and ghost stories.



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Wonderful CD; I love it.
This is an excellent CD; I love the variety of music genres.


After hearing one track off this CD, I knew that this was one I had to have and I wasn't disappointed. I love music that tells a story and, without a doubt, this band delivers!

todd bilbrey

uninvited guest, OWN IT
I saw them live and was hooked. I wish that they played more! The CD is a must have, buy it if you love celtic music.

John Flynn

This is one of those CDs that doesn't come out of the changer for at least a ful

Alan M. Clark/IFD Publishing

Playful, atmospheric, soulful, full of fall color
Playful, atmospheric, soulful, full of fall color, the UNINVITED GUEST is a rich experience, the songs giving a sense of place and time, history, and best of all, human emotion.

Chandra Cerchione Peltier

Stirring, evocative interstitual music best served with whiskey by bonfire
Although some might feel compelled to compare their haunting song stylings with Loreena McKennitt, or their high octane energy with the Pogues, the Secret Commonwealth's unique blend of interstitual influences set them apart from the pack. In addition to a repertoire that includes traditional as well as original material, the CD has occasionally been punctuated with sound effects and sound bites (such as clips from a Nessie sighting) that offers the listener a veritable multimedia experience.

Bill Doria

A terrific variety of Celtic sounds and American roots music
Just in time for best part of autumn, Tennessee's The Secret Commonwealth brings us their second CD, "Uninvited Guest", a collection of Celtic and roots music with a decidedly autumnal feel. In the best spirit of Halloween, ghost stories, fairy tales, and murder ballads abound, but the group varies their material and their tempos (including three lovely instrumentals) enough so that the record never becomes overly melancholy.

The four tracks available for listening here give a good indication of the band's range, from Americana ("The Glowin' Bones of Craggie Hope") to Celtic ("Nessie of the Loch" and "The Silke", which has a catchy melody and rhythym that'll stay with you for days) to folk traditions of other parts of the world (in this case, Sweden, on the energetic "Varulven"). Each of the four songs also features a different lead vocalist, so you'll get a good idea of what to expect from the record.

Overall, the record gives a great sampling of the songs that have earned the band a devoted local following. You can almost hear the crackling of dry leaves underfoot on every track!