Irony and Omen Sade (yes, those are their real names) were bred and buttered in Mexico, New York, and have been wearily explaining it ever since. The two brothers grew up listening to their father's guitar and hearing folksongs from Britain, Ireland, and the Appalachians. Both traveled independently to the British Isles, and were captivated by the music of the renaissance, and the old Celtic world. Irony got mixed up with a group of Druids in Minnesota, wandered off to the South Pacific, and returned playing the wire-strung harp. This unusual instrument was considered extinct for two hundred years, but now, thanks to Allan Stivell, Patrick Ball, and a few others, is slowly being revived. The ethereal ring and long subtle harmonization of the wires lends surprising layers to the old melodies. Omen, meanwhile, formed a successful symbiosis with the Sterling Renaissance Festival, emerging a skilled and witty improviser on the flute. When the brothers reunited in 2003, they discovered they knew many of the same songs. They wrote a few more, and set about playing them wherever they were allowed. Soon people were asking if they had any recordings. Now they do... Rising Sea contains traditional melodies from Ireland, Scotland, and England, as well as more unusual pieces from Iceland, the modern folk community, and two written in the Kingdom of Tonga. The music is entirely acoustic, with harmonies and counter-melodies weaving between the chords. It is perfect for relaxation, meditation, background music, or studying, and is a favorite among nurses and therapists for it's tension reducing qualities.
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