When the legendary rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones, was soon to celebrate their 50th anniversary, the whole world knew it won’t be a regular birthday party. As soon as the gossips about their big new concert tour started to spread, all the fans began to jump with excitement.
What first comes to your mind when you think about Celtic music? Usually… ‘it’s some sort of Irish dances? Flutes and violins, and guys jumping on one leg…?’ Well let’s say that this was more or less what I was thinking (shame, shame!) when I went to see Beltaine back on a freezing December day…
It was in July 2009. A friend, very excited, was telling me about a band called Nightwish. For me, the only thing rattling around my head in regards to this name was a bunch of long-hair high school kids dressed in black leather jackets and armed with very rebellious looks on their faces.
If somebody told that there is a band which plays a modern version of Czesław Niemen’s music, my eyes would start shining with rage. Any type of imitating the work or this genius artist is for me an unforgettable profanation. However, I decided to give Soundrise a chance.
Imagine the times when The Beatles were regularly playing concerts in Europe. Not when their myth got to be more important than their music. A few inconspicuous boys on the stage, for example in Paris, trying so hard to correctly spell maintenant, un chanson qui s’appelle… Bras throwing and high-voltage squeaking appears.